My Digital Life

Special Operations Tips

3. My Digital Life

This page provides information to help customize your computing device operations to meet your preferences.

Reducing distractions on the page

Chrome extension Just Read cleans up a webpage (ads and popups), you can adjust the size of text, text color, color of the background, and more. Use the big X at the top of the page to turn it off. Just Read app
Apple Safari extensions (how to install on an iPhone) Safari extensions
How to turn on Accessibility features for Safari: Magnify your screen, colors and fonts of web pages, How to turn on accessibility for Safari

How to find my files

File management article with great tips The Art of Filing
Preventing and finding lost files (does have ads) Lost Files
Chromebook: select the App Launcher icon (bottom-left corner of your screen). Locate the app icon for Files and select it to open a window of your files stored on your Chromebook.


Macintosh computers have a Finder icon that looks like a magnifying glass. Select it and type the name of the file you are looking for.  
Windows 10: Search from the taskbar and type the name of the document in the search box. It will show results for your PC and OneDrive.  
Generic: Open the document you were using (example Word) and select Open recent... if it was a file you did recently.  
Google Drive: Use the Search Drive magnifying glass and type part or all of the name. You can filter results by selecting the column titles: Name, Owner, Last modified... to help locate a file. If it was shared with you, use the Shared with me icon on the left and search there.  
iPad: go to the homescreen and swipe from the left to the right. Enter the name of the file in the text box, scan through the results until you find it.  

Managing your time better

How to Stop Procrastinating video + Procrastination Worksheet  
How to Manage Your Time video + Wellcast Day Planner Sheet  


Seeing more than one window or application at a time, or splitting your screen

Windows 10 Creating two browser or application windows

Video demo

Creating a Split screen

Chromebook Tips

Two ways to split, video

Chromebook tips

Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet

How to split your screen video

Ultimate tips and Tricks for Mastering Microsoft Surface Pro 7


video tutorial OS X

Hover your pointer over the full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window. Or click and hold the button.

Choose ”Tile Window to Left of Screen” or ”Tile Window to Right of Screen” from the menu. ...

Click a window on the other side of the screen to begin using both windows side by side.


video demo

Open an app.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock.

On the Dock, touch and hold the second app that you want to open, then drag it off the dock to the left or right edge of the screen.