11 Common Windows Logo Key Shortcuts

I'm back with 11 Common Windows Logo Key Shortcuts to help you use your computer faster and more effectively.

Previously, I've blogged about shortcuts here: 

Keyboard Shortcuts for Punctuation Marks


Keyboard Shortcuts to Pick Colors

More Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

6 Windows Key Shortcuts

Today, I'm giving more shortcuts using the Windows Logo Key in combination with other keys that will enable you to execute numerous handy tasks such as launching Settings, File Explorer, the Run command, and apps pinned to the Taskbar.

There are other shortcuts using the Windows Logo key to open specific features like Narrator or Magnifier as well as creating and using a virtual desktop, but I'm not covering those since most of you probably don't use those items. You're probably more interested in managing windows, taking screenshots, locking the computer, etc.

TO DO THIS                                                            USE THIS COMBINATION OF KEYS

Capture full screenshot in "Screenshots" folder                         Windows Key + PrtScn
Create a new folder on desktop or File Explorer                        Ctrl + Shift + N
Display and hide the desktop                                                     Windows Key + D
Open context menu for selected item                                        Shift + F10
Open dictation feature                                                               Windows Key + H
Open File Explorer                                                                    Windows logo key + E
Open new window                                                                     Ctrl + N
Open Search                                                                             Windows Key + S (or Q)
Open Settings                                                                            Windows Key + I
Open Start menu                                                                       Windows Logo Key
Open Task Manager                                                                  Ctrl + Shift + Esc

TAKEAWAY TRUTH

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Review - Rizzoli & Isles Series on Max

Over the last several weeks, we've binged Rizzoli & Isles on Max.

If you don't subscribe to Max, you can find the series on Prime. Each season costs around $15-17.

We never watched it when it was "live" on TNT. I guess the only reason we watched it now was because we couldn't find anything else to watch.

Despite the gruesome murder that happens at the beginning of each episode, the series is...pleasant and well-acted with appealing characters—some are quirky and get a bit more quirky as the seasons progress.

The police procedures in the investigations skip  over or gloss over some things, but then I've watched and read so many that I expect a police procedural to be accurate and believable.

Heck, it's a character driven series, and the characters are fun, and that makes it completely watchable.

ABOUT RIZZOLI & ISLES

Opposites attract has to be the calling card of this series. Police detective Jane Rizzoli wears tee shirts and casual pants and loves hamburger and beer. Her idea of culture must be a velvet Elvis.

Wealthy medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles wears couture, speaks French, and was raised with a silver spoon in her mouth. She's also a genius who knows everything and spouts it whether anyone wants to hear or not.

These two mismatched opposites have two things in common—they're both tuogh and relentless in search of the truth and they're best friends.

Together, they solve Boston's crimes and put away the bad guys.

Angie Harmon is Jane Rizzoli, Sasha Alexander is Dr. Maura Isles, Jordan Bridges is Jane's brother Frankie, Lorraine Bracco is Jane's mother Angela, and Bruce McGill (I first saw him as D-Day in Animal House!) is Detective Vince Korsak, Jane's mentor and former partner.

It's an easy to watch series that won't keep you glued to the couch for episode after episode. Instead, you can enjoy an episode or two and come back to it a day or more later and pick up more or less where you left off.

TAKEAWAY TRUTH

Based on Tess Gerritsen's bestselling novels, the characters are the best part of this series, and the actors breathe life into them.

If you'd like to read the novels, I think The Surgeon is the first of the Rizzoli & Isles books.

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June Update - 24 for 2024

This is the 3rd quarter report on my 24 for 2024 things I want to do this year.

I didn't call these goals or resolutions. They're just a list of things I wanted to focus on this year.

VERY BRIEF JANUARY RECAP

(1) Regain energy and muscle mass lost when sick in 2023. Still working on it. Added Yoga to my walking and weight lifting his month.

(2) Workout in the morning within thirty minutes of waking up. I still haven't managed to get up before 8:30 so I'm going to start setting an alarm 5 minutes earlier every three days until I reach my goal wake-up time.

(3) Return to my previous Monday through Friday office schedule, starting at 8:00AM and ending at 5:00PM. Agh! I am struggling here. Every week, it seems like there are out of the ordinary incidents that suck away my time and leave me frustrated. I just read about the IF-THEN theory which I'm going to try. More on that later.

VERY BRIEF MARCH RECAP

(4) Make a decision about Kindle Vella. The data didn't support this return on time invested. I got the rights back on my Vellas but haven't completed editing and formatting for publishing yet. Again, the time suck that seems to be my life this year.

(5) Be more active on social media. I'm doing more of it, but I'm not consistent so that needs work.

(6) Publish all my books "wide." Finally, all my books are out of Kindle Unlimited. I've got several uploaded wide now with more to come. Check out my books on Books2Read

3RD QUARTER UPDATE

(7) Finishing uploading all books "wide" on Draft2Digital. 

(8) Finish edit on Good Girl Conspiracy. (Wrote it last year but I wasn't happy with it)

(9) Format the last traditionally published novel for publication in August.

(10) Finish the window treatments on the rest of the windows in our home in town.

(11) Write the next 3 short stories for A Moment in Time series.

MY IF-THEN PLAN

Since there have been so many unexpected events as well as emergencies, storms that knock out the power, and other frustrations, I developed an If-THEN plan. It works like this.

IF blank happens, THEN I will blank. Here are some examples.

(1) If the electricity goes off, then I will work on the short stories using my AlphaSmart and upload what I've written when power is restored.

(2) If I'm called away on an emergency, I'll take my AlphaSmart with me to draft blog posts, chapter novels, or plotting notes.

(3) If I'm physically tired from traveling and don't feel like writing, then I'll jot down ideas for book covers, marketing graphics, and other things that require imagination but not a lot of energy.

Get it? You make a plan for the curve balls life throws at you so you'll know what to do when you can't do something the way you'd planned.

TAKEAWAY TRUTH

The real takeaway from this post is this: Make an If-Then plan for yourself. It'll keep you focused and productive rather than frustrated and overwhelmed.

Monday Magic - Free App - How Stuff Works

Before I get to today's Free App Review, I thought I'd share the beauty of the fields of black-eyed Susans around our house in the country. Simply goreous.

I love flowers of all kinds, but wildflowers are especially wonderful. 

This morning, the view inspired me to write 10 Reasons I Love June for Smart Girls Read Romance. Drop by and see if you agree with my reasons.

Now, on to today's Free App to educate and maybe entertain the kids on a family vation by car: How Stuff Works.

This fascinating website offers articles about how "stuff" works in these categories: Science, Tech, Home, Garden, Auto, Culture, Health, Money, Animals, Lifestyle, and Entertainment. It also offers Quizzes, Crosswords, Riddles, and Puzzles.

The content changes frequently. Today, these were the top picks: The 10 Safest Countries in 2024—just in case you want to know where it's safe to vacation.

Also popular today are How to Delete a Page in Word on Mac and Windows and A Look at Spanish-speaking Countries and Regional Dialects.

Kids may be fascinated by The Cassowary, World's Most Dangerous Bird or Why Are Moose Dangerous, Even More Threatening Than Bears?

They'll certainly like Riddles, for instance, "A girl fell off a 20 foot ladder, but she wasn't hurt. Why not?"

Some adults might want to know How to Connect AirPods to a Laptop (Windows and Mac).

TAKEAWAY TRUTH

Give the kid-sized road warriors something free to do besides watching endless videos. Try How Stuff Works, free educational entertainment that appeals to kids and adults.

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Great Quotes for Dad on Father's Day

Father's Day is always poignant since my Dad is no longer on this mortal plain.

Today's post is dedicated to my Dad and all the other fathers and grandfathers out there.

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” –—Steve Martin

“It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.” —John Sinor

"My father is my rock. It's where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, about being there day-in, day-out, no matter what." —Hugh Jackman

"One of the greatest gifts my father gave me —unintentionally—was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity." —Ben Okri

"Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song." —Pam Brown

“My father didn’t do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do—be there.” —Max Lucado

“Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” —Marinela Reka

“It’s not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” —Johann Friedrich von Schiller

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." —Billy Graham

“Fatherhood is a marathon, not a sprint.” — Paul L. Lewis

“A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.” —Gregory E. Lang

“Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.” —Terri Guillemets

TAKEAWAY TRUTH

"My dad's not here, but he's watching in heaven."

I didn't say that. Golfer Bubba Watson did, but it's a thought I like. I hope he thinks I've lived a good life. I miss him, but he lives in my heart.

Saturday Share Recipe - My Dad's Tea Cakes

Since tomorrow is Father's Day, I thought I'd post the recipe for my Dad's favorite cookie, Tea Cakes.

When the subject was Tea Cakes, he always mentioned the Tea Cakes he first tasted when he was a child.

These old-fashioned cookies  remained his favorite despite his affection for the oatmeal cookies which I made for him when I was a child.

These aren't super sweet, and they do call for buttermilk which I always have in my fridge.

I wish all of you Dads out there, a Happy Father's Day. I hope your kids and grandkids make the day special for you.

NOTE ABOUT BUTTERMILK VS. MILK

Buttermilk and baking soda create a chemical reaction in a recipe that regular milk doesn't. It also has a softening effect and a browning effect on baked goods. 

You can try this recipe with sef-rising flour thus eliminating the salt and decreasing the baking soda to 1/4 teaspoon, but the baking powder that's already in self-rising flour will make the cookie fluffier rather than dense like a butter cookie.

MY DAD'S TEA CAKES

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, softened

1 large egg

4 tablespoons buttermilk

* 2 1/2 to 3 cups AP Flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

* I suppose you could use self-rising flour thus eliminating the salt

1. Set out the stick of butter about an hour before you want to make the tea cakes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (about 176 degrees C.).

3. Line a heavy cookie sheet with parchment paper.

4. Cream the sugar and butter together.

5. To the creamed mixture, add the egg, buttermilk, salt, and vanilla. Mix well.

6. Mix the flour and the baking soda together then begin to add this dry mixture to the creamed mixture.

7. Add enough of the flour mix until the dough forms a ball that is pliable and easy to handle without it breaking apart.

8. Sprinkle a tiny amount of flour on your rolling surface and roll the cookies out thin.

9. Cut with a round, star-shape, or heart-shape cookie cutter and carefully transfer to the baking sheet. For a more rustic look, you can drop by teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheet.

10. Sprinkle sugar over the top of the cookies.

11. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until very light tan color.

12. Carefully transfer the baked cookies to a cooling rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Cool slightly before serving. Simply delicious with a glass of milk or a cup of tea or coffee.

TAKEAWAY TRUTH

I miss you Daddy. 

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My 5 Rules for Naming Book Characters

Have you ever wondered how authors choose names for their characters?

I'm always interested in how other authors do this. I like to know if their process in arriving at a name is like mine or something completely different.

Years ago, I wrote a time travel romance. Despite good feedback from editors, my agent never succeeded in placing the story with a publisher. (It was mixed genre, and I didn't have the creds to go "off genre" then.)

When I resurrected that manuscript and published it as a Kindle Vella, I had to change the hero's name. Originally, his name was Nicholas, but in the ensuing years, I ended up with a grandson named Nicholas. 

So I changed the hero's name, but I'm not happy with the new name. That's why I haven't yet published that Vella as an ebook. I'm still looking for a satisfactory hero name.

MY NAMING PROCESS RULES

I have 5 or 6 "name" books, often called baby name books, that I page through. 

The first one I ever used was The Best Baby Name Book in the World.

This simple book is divided into Girls and Boys and gives the ethnicity of each name along with variations of each name.

The other books list names by popularity—in career fields, ethnicities, time eras, use in classical literature, historical origin, and other specific areas of interest.

Rule 1: Never choose a name for a main character that was already used.

I've kept a file with all names—first and last— and the books in which those names were used. I started the list after I realized I'd used the same surname in 2 unrelated novels.

2. Choose a name that reflects the year of birth.

One would never choose the name Ashley for a girl in a western historical because Ashley was a surname until the 1940s in America. Just as no one in today's world would name a girl Gladys, which was super popular in 1910, but fell out of favor in 1975.

3. Choose a name that reflects the character's ethnicity.

Luna would be an excellent choice for a Hispanic baby girl, but Mabel might not be a good choice unless there was a compelling reason to name the character against ethnicity. By the way, Mabel fell off the populariy list in 1964 but returned to the list in 2013.

4. Choose a name that reflects the character's parents socio-economic background.

If the parents are Harvard-educated lawyers, they probably wouldn't name a son Jim Bob or  a daughter Betty Lou.

5. Choose a name that reflects the parents' cultural background.

This one may be a more subtle. For instance, parents who love opera might select a girl's name like Evalina or Lucia, not Tiffany or Lexi, or Damon for a boy, but not Chad.

Someone in the world of fine art or classical music might choose names reflective of those cultural experiences.

6. Never name a character after a real person's full name or use a real business name.

If you want to use a real business name like Joe's Shoesyou must have a signed release from the owner that legally entitles you to use the name. Obviously there are exceptions. 

Many years ago, How to Bulletproof Your Manuscript was published by Writers Digest Books. It's out of print, and I couldn't find a newer alternative. You may think you have the license to say anything in the wild world of the internet including people's real names, places of business, etc., but that is simply NOT true. Be smart and don't set yourself up for a lawsuit.

TAKEAWAY TRUTH

Choosing names for characters, pets, businesses, towns, etc. is so much fun. Choosing the "right" name helps a character come alive. So get 1 or 2 name books and also check the internet.

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