I’m one of those people who has no time (or patience) for those little tutorials offered to show us all the wonderful things that will ultimately save us time (and patience). Sigh. But I have managed to stumble across a few helpful shortcuts on 360, and I thought that it would be great (and fun) if you guys would share your helpful shortcuts, too. Then I’d never have to look not only at those tutorials but also the help pages. Yay! So here are a few shortcuts or just random things I do on 360 that make my blogging life easier:
1. I blogged on the wonders and joys of tag clouds before, but I didn’t mention (because I’d yet to discover) . . . dum dum dah . . . list view! It’s genius, and it saves me so much time going through other people’s blogs and finding things on my own, as well. In fact, I most recently used it on Neil’s page to find his really wonderful series on climate change.
In honor of Ang, inventor and inaugurator of the most wonderful blog day of all–Shoe Sunday, I’ll use the tag “shoes” as an example. So say you’re interested in what I’ve written about shoes (and hey, why wouldn’t you be?!), you go to my blog, click on the “shoes” tag, and there are all the blog posts I’ve done on shoes. Well, who wants to wade through all that (and no, never blogged on waders)? Just click the handy “list view” and voila! all the titles of all the blogs on shoes! How great is that?
2. I’ve been drawn kicking and screaming out of my blog hidey hole and had to find a way to keep track of all my wonderful friends. Now, when I say kicking and screaming, I don’t mean that I’m unhappy with my current blog life, just that it was easier and faster when I had fewer than twenty friends. I wouldn’t NOW change a thing, I love my list and actually (are you sitting down?) hope to find still more people to add to it so long as they are as interesting and fun as you guys. Anyway, back peddling complete, I did have to work out some way to keep up with everyone without going slap insane, so I came up with a shortcut (um, am probably just using the functions as they’re meant to be used, but not having read the instructions, didn’t know it).
Friend groupings on the home page . . . brilliant! You know how you can go to your “see all” home page and get that little drop down menu? Well, if you’ve tagged your friends list (well, the people on it), you can easily narrow that sometimes scarily multi home page pages to but a few. It does take some time to tag your contacts, but once that’s done, well, easy fun times ensue. I guess you can label your friends by the type of blog they do (political, fiction, personal, travel, photoblog, etc.), but as most of my friends are just as diverse and difficult to label as I (or at least our blogs are), I can’t do that effectively. So I group mine by how often they come to my page, and then I go to theirs (at least) that often. My categories, then are something like daily, weekly, frequently, sometimes, rarely, never. That kind of thing. That way, when I am rushed for time, I can click the “daily” peeps and make sure I hit their pages before doddering off to do whatever else needs doing.
I actually only use this system in a pinch, as I mostly just bounce around wherever I want whenever I want on a whim of the moment. Sort of like my approach to shopping. But it’s good to have in place for those rushed times when I do need it.
3. This one isn’t really a 360 thing, but it helps here. When IE7 came along, I not only blogged it but fell in love with the tabbing function. So of course I found ways to tab my blogging life easier. For example, I will open two tabs when I am responding to comments on my page because it is so much easier to click on a tab than to scroll up and down the page. How’s that for lazy? But it has the added bonus of meaning that I only rarely now miss someone’s comment. Yay! And of course tabbing makes researching blogs and including links all that much easier (though I haven’t really been in the mood to do a lot of research lately, but I’m sure I’ll get back to that one of these days).
4. And then just in general, I’d like to take a moment to honor the wonders and joys of Control + F. Dreamy smile and happy joy. Pressing control F on any website will bring up a happy little box into which you type whatever it is you wish to Find on the page, and then it will go and find it for you. Yay!! You can use this for all sorts of things, but it’s useful to me when I am searching for a particular blog someone’s done, have clicked the tag in the tagcloud, and have a long page of multiple posts to get through, I can “find” a name or term that I know was used in the post I’m looking for and save me reading all those entries (again).
5. Another nifty thing that comes in handy on those pages with wacked text font or the teeeeeensiest text is the Control + Scroll function. Using the scroll wheel on your mouse you can make a page bigger (or smaller) by using Control and wheeling to zoom in or out. It’s helpful. What I don’t know is how to make it go normal again once I’ve messed with it, so if someone knows how, let me know!
Speaking of letting me know . . . please do comment on whatever tips, tricks, and shortcuts you use on 360, or if you have better ways of using the functions than I do, please tell!
There was going to be a segment in here on shrimp (shortcuts, shrimp, and shoes), but the shortcuts section got a bit longer than I expected, so the shrimp had to go. It’s Shoe Sunday, so you know the shoes were here to stay.
Those red slides . . . what can I say about them? They are a dream, an absolute dream to wear. The heel (which is out of fashion now, btw) is the skinny rectangular heel that is so steady and sturdy that you hardly know you’re in a heel at all. At my age, I no longer care if the heel is out of fashion, btw, and I shamelessly wear these to this day! I love them with jeans or khakis or with a three quarter length summery floral dress. For some reason, I think they look . . . um, slutty with shorts or shorter skirts/dresses, and that’s so not the look I go for. I think they might work with capris, but I’m not going to try it . . . just in case that trashy slutty look lurks behind my denial.
Back to the shoes . . . I must say that I have this weird tic about buckles and don’t usually like them on my shoes, but this pair is just too fab not to love. Does anyone else feel compelled to match their jewelry to their shoe (or belt) buckle? You know, silver jewelry with silver, etc.? Or is that just me? hmmm . . . WWSD (what would Stacy do?)