Savvy’s Tips & Tricks: January 2021

Every other month, Savvy’s Chief of Instructional Design, Terry Aurit, creates a newsletter of Tips & Tricks for making your work more efficient and easier. Here is the January 2021 edition!

Savvy Reader, Lisaana, Provides Tip

I love, love, love it when Tips & Tricks readers comment and share tips of their own. Recently, one of our readers, Lisaana Otter with Miller Nash, read my tip on the Highlighter tool and added a tip of her own! Here it is and thank you, Lisaana!

Lisaana’s Tip: Highlighting in Find

The onscreen highlighting will also occur when performing a quick search using Ctrl+F and Find on the Navigation Pane. To see the onscreen highlighting:

1. Open the Find dialog box by clicking the Find drop-down or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F.

2. Type characters, a word, or a phrase in the Search box.

3. Notice the highlighted text in your document and the list of Results below the search. Use the X beside your search word or phrase to remove the reading highlight and end your search.

To read my original tip with Lisaana’s added to the end, click here.

Tips for Securing Your iPhone

We like to share good information when we come across it.

Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor at Dark Reading, shared her Top 10 Tips for Securing Your iPhone in a recent web post. Sheridan begins with an important question.

“[A]re our iPhones as secure as they could be?” Although Apple provides a set of development protocols called “App Transport Security (ATS),” not all apps use it. View the full post here for more information, examples and technical background.

Here are tips you can immediately put in place.

1. Remove apps you are no longer using. Not only do they take up space, but they could be a security risk since apps that are not maintained may not be receiving security updates and fixes.

2. Update your device to the latest release of the mobile operating system. By design, “these updates… often fix critical vulnerabilities,” according to Sheridan.

Read the entire tip here.

Hidden Text and Non-Printing Characters

We’ve heard from many who aren’t aware that “Hidden Text” is an actual thing in Word and Outlook. Or, they confuse it with another mysterious item – “Non-Printing Characters.” We thought it worth a review of what these are, how and when they are generally used, and how to find out if they’re in your text.

Hidden Text

Word and Outlook have a Font attribute (similar to Bold, Underline, etc.) that is called “Hidden Text.” This is actually what it sounds like – the text is hidden from view. Usually… But, not if someone knows how to see it…

Read the entire tip here.

Add Header/Footer to PDF Documents: It’s Almost Universal

If you are running one of the major PDF Professional software applications (Adobe Acrobat Pro, Kofax Power PDF or DocsCorp pdfDocs), you will follow very nearly the same steps to insert and format content in a Header or Footer in an existing PDF document. Because a similar Add Header and Footer dialog box is used, understanding the process in one application means you will be able to transfer your knowledge to any of these others. And, it lets us outline the steps for three applications in one tip!

Getting to the Add Header and Footer dialog box is slightly different between the applications, but fairly intuitive.

1. Open the file to which you want to add a new Header or Footer.

2. Activate the Edit command.

Read the entire tip here.

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