The Latest on TheClose.com, PowerPoint Help, Drive Cloning, Imaging and Online OCR

John Vrooman | March 2020

John Vrooman

The Close is the name of a real estate-focused website founded in 2017. If you are not familiar with the site, the following two paragraphs come from the site’s “About Us” web page that describes the type of content the site has…

“The Close is a new kind of real estate site designed to give agents, teams, and brokerages actionable, strategic insight from industry professionals. We cover real estate marketing, lead generation, technology, and team building strategies from the perspective of working agents and brokers who want to take their business to the next level.

We also strive to bring you the best insights from other disciplines including cutting edge psychology, business & marketing strategy, design, and disruptive technology. All for free, all to help you close more, and close better.”

If the above description sounds interesting and you want to explore the site, here’s the link…www.theclose.com

Microsoft PowerPoint Help

Do you want to learn how to use (or better use) Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation software? If so, you should be aware that many YouTube channels offer beginner to advanced level PowerPoint tutorials on many different PowerPoint related topics. I would encourage you to visit YouTube.com and do a search using “PowerPoint” as your search keyword. After the search results display, browse through a few pages of them. As you review the search results you should visit and subscribe to the YouTube channels that host videos that interest you. Before long, you’ll have a good list of YouTube channels that you can refer to during your PowerPoint learning process. If you search Google, or YouTube using “Best PowerPoint blogs, templates, tricks, tutorials” as your search criteria you’ll find many links that relate to your search keywords.

Of course, you should also remember that most software manufacturers have helpful product training/support areas on their websites. The following link will lead you to a helpful Microsoft Office PowerPoint related page that’s likely to be a good starting point for anyone interested in learning more about PowerPoint…www.tinyurl.com/y99yzb6b

Drive Cloning and Imaging

Are you thinking about upgrading an old computer hard drive for a new one? If you are, but you’re concerned about how to get your information from your existing hard drive onto a new one (e.g. a backup drive, new hard drive, flash drive, etc.), you should familiarize yourself with the terms “Disk Cloning” and “Disk Imaging.” The following link leads to a helpful video titled “Drive Cloning & Imaging” that I found at the Explaining Computer’s YouTube channel. The video explains what disk cloning and disk imaging are, and it also provides some how-to help as well…www.tinyurl.com/rypenu6

If you would like to review several disk imaging/cloning software programs to expand your software options, the following link leads to an online-tech-tips.com article titled “5 Free Disk Imaging/Cloning Utilities for Windows”…https://tinyurl.com/ybot8gfk

Online OCR

The technology that enables a computer to identify and convert text that’s in an image into actual usable/editable text is called optical character recognition (OCR). If you ever encounter a situation where you want to extract the text from a graphic image

(e.g. a photograph of a document, or a graphic version of a text document that’s embedded in a PDF file), you can use OCR tools to accomplish this goal. The following links lead to some online OCR tools that you can try if you don’t already have an OCR solution…www.onlineocr.net, www.newocr.comhttps://ocr.space

Google Contacts Tip

Google recently updated its Google Contacts service. The update restores the previously lost ability to create multiple contacts at once. At the androidsoul.com’s website, I came across a helpful article titled “How to create multiple contacts quickly using Google Contacts Web.” The article discusses how to use the “create multiple contacts” feature, and you can view it here…www.tinyurl.com/qnj73c4

Gmail Tip

A Gmail update that makes it possible for you to store and use multiple e-mail signatures is rolling out over the next month. Once your account receives the update, you’ll be able to create and use multiple e-mail signatures. Finally, you can create and use a variety of e-mail signatures for different needs and accounts. The following link leads you to a Google G Suite Updates page that has an article titled “Create and use multiple signatures in Gmail.”…www.tinyurl.com/rbdx85u

How to Uninstall Windows Programs More Effectively

When you install software programs on your computer, many of them install a lot of information and settings in various places throughout your computer. Unfortunately, when you uninstall software programs, it’s common for traces of the uninstalled program to be left behind. Fortunately, there are tools available that can help you uninstall software programs more thoroughly. Here’s a link to a helpful helpdeskgeek.com article that’s titled “How to Properly Uninstall Programs on Windows 10″…www.tinyurl.com/wpmw447

The Difference Between Silent, Do Not Disturb and Airplane Modes

On your Android phone, if you want to learn what the difference is between, Silent, Do Not Disturb, and Airplane modes, please visit the link below. The link leads to a helpful guidingtech.com article titled “Do Not Disturb vs. Silent vs. Air­plane Mode on Android: Know the Difference.”…www.tinyurl.com/qnf45yk (The information in the article also applies to iPhone/iOS device users to some degree)

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John Vrooman
John Vrooman constantly keeps an eye out for cool new hardware, software, apps, and gadgets; SaaS solutions; Social media developments and trends; and other types of personal productivity, and SMB related solutions. He gathers information for his column from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others. John has been authoring this column since August 2000 and enjoys hearing from his readers.