File Management Principles & Shortcuts Part 3 of 3

File ManagementWelcome back to the third and final (for now) part of our series on file management.

If you missed the first part, we covered file properties, moving, deleting/restoring, and ordering, so go back and check that out.

If you missed the second part, we covered renaming, bulk renaming, and shortcuts, so go back and check that out.

In this part we will cover showing file extensions, changing file extensions, and how to change file associations, so let’s get to it!

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File Management Principles & Shortcuts Part 1 of 3

File ManagementSome methods of file manipulation are universal, and differ little — if any — from one file manager (or operating system) to the next.

You can move, edit, rename, view, order, copy, sort, group and otherwise change how files and folders act.

And there are usually multiple methods of accomplishing each action, allowing you to choose which ones work best for you.

In this three-part series we’ll cover some of the most basic aspects of file management.

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Use Mozilla Thunderbird to Manage Emails and RSS Feeds

mozilla thunderbird logo for emails and rssThey say that email is dying, but I have yet to see evidence to back that particular claim.

On the average weekday, I receive and send an average of 50-75 emails from one or another of my email addresses.

It quickly becomes difficult to manage multiple email addresses, so I have a simple solution.

Thunderbird.

Similar to the widely-known Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird is a program that allows you to manage both emails and news feeds.

And the great news?

Thunderbird runs (for free) on both Windows and Linux!

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How to Configure Computer Mouse Settings

black and red-colored computer mouse with two un-defined buttons and a scroll wheelNot all mice are created equal, but their performance is primarily based on operating system settings rather than the hardware.

Not only do mouse settings provide useful options such as allowing a slower double-click speed, but many are fun to experiment with, too.

Mouse settings are also (and I probably shouldn’t be telling you this) a quick-and-easy way to play practical jokes on other people.

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How to Harness the Power of Firefox Add-ons

Firefox Browser LogoFirefox add-ons are applications that allow you to enhance your browser by adding functionality and style.

You can check the weather and news, block ads, download videos, take full-page screen shots, customize tabs, play games, compare prices, backup, interact with social media, and so much more, just by utilizing Firefox add-ons.

From your menu bar, simply click Tools > Add-ons, and you can browse or search through the hundreds of thousands of add-ons available.

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How to Customize Firefox and Optimize Your Productivity

Firefox Browser LogoAfter installing Firefox, my first move is to enable the menu bar by right-clicking the tab bar and selecting Menu Bar.

In my experience, the menu button (found on the navigation bar and characterized by 3 horizontal lines) lacks several valuable options that are found on the menu bar.

With the menu bar now visible, I can find Tools > Options and explore the options available.

Here, decisions are made such as what home page you see every time the browser starts, what directory files are downloaded to, and whether or not your passwords are saved.

Decisions, decisions.

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How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts (With Bonus Cheat Sheet)

computer-keyboard-keys-blackBy now the average computer user might be familiar with a few of the most common (and life-saving!) keyboard shortcuts, like Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste).

I say “might” because, while I cannot personally remember my life “before shortcuts” (it was probably a scary age, with the dinosaurs and all), I also know some very recent converts.

In comparing notes with them, I found that some of my favorite shortcuts were still widely unknown; my goal today is enlightenment.

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