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How to Automatically Clean Up Spreadsheet Data with OpenRefine

Allana Mayer / August 8, 2017

Ever had to manually edit dusty, messy, years-old information from some obsolete software?

I once worked for a company that stored paperwork offsite for 60 years. Materials were indexed in a document table. Most records had a box number, storage date, storage vendor receipt number, and a rough idea of...

101 Smart Ways to Use Social Media Automation for Sales and Marketing

Matthew Guay / August 8, 2017

Social networking is perhaps the easiest way to waste your day away. You can scroll through Facebook and Twitter all day and still not read everything that’s posted. Try to be friendly and reply to everyone, and you’ll quickly decide that social networks are a Rube Goldberg machine...

Take Full-Page Screenshots with This Hidden Chrome Shortcut

Emily Irish / August 3, 2017

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You need to take a screenshot of a web page, but you don’t just want one small part of the page, so a drag-and-snap screenshot is out. You don’t want just the info "above the fold" that's visible on your screen...

Stay Private: How to Hide Your Webcam, Mute Your Mic, and Turn Off Notifications

Matthew Guay / August 1, 2017

And… cut.

Movies feel continuous, like a snapshot of real life. But really they're the combination of hundreds of cuts and snippets edited together with the best possible take of each scene. Sure, movies have bloopers—and sometimes things will slip through the cracks. But with the time to...

12 Free Chrome Extensions for Getting Work Done

Wade Foster / June 21, 2017

You're in your browser constantly. So why not make your browser as productive as possible?

Google Chrome offers tens of thousands of extensions. Some are just plain fun (your own personal motivational Shia LaBeouf? A filter that hides all mention of the Kardashians?). Others are like booster packs for...

Collect Data from Anywhere with Google Sheet's ImportXML Function

Allana Mayer / June 21, 2017

I’m a not-so-secret spreadsheets nerd. I’m even in a sort of Spreadsheets Interest Group. The number of passionate people there tells me we’ve all relied on a good old spreadsheet at some point in our careers.

Even in this realm, Google Sheets are something of a superhero...

20+ Productivity Apps for College Students and Young Professionals

Nathaniel Eliason / June 15, 2017

As a college student, you balance classes, homework, extra curricular activities, job applications, internships, and (if you're lucky) a few side projects. It's like a four-year master class in time management.

At least that's my experience: I'm finishing up a major in philosophy at Carnegie Mellon...

Use OneNote Templates to Streamline Meeting, Class, Project, and Event Notes

Melanie Pinola / June 14, 2017

Microsoft OneNote is a fantastic, versatile note-taking tool. One of its best features–at least if you're using the Windows version–is page templates. With OneNote templates, you can have a consistent look for all the pages in your notebooks, and can easily replicate notes for things like meeting notes and...

The Google Tasks Guide: How to Get the Most Out of the Simplest To-Do App

Meryl Evans / June 6, 2017

Everyone has their favorite to-do list app features. Some want a tool that does everything. For me, it's about simplicity. My first task management app was the task app on my Palm PDA. Even after getting my first BlackBerry, I continued using the Palm PDA for to-do lists.

Yes...

Inspect Element: How to Temporarily Edit Any Webpage

Auri Pope / June 6, 2017

There's a powerful tool hiding in your browser: Inspect Element.

Right-click on any webpage, click Inspect, and you'll see the innards of that site: its source code, the images and CSS that form its design, the fonts and icons it uses, the Javascript code that powers animations, and...