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Weekly Feature - June 28


Be careful if anyone -- even a well-intentioned friend or family member -- gives you a disk or thumb drive to insert in your computer. It could have hidden malware on it. Don't access a disk or thumb drive without first scanning it with your security software. If you are still unsure, don't take a chance. For more tips on how to keep malware off your computer, visit The Florida Bar's Practice Resource Institute page at

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Stripping Metadata from Word, WordPerfect and PDF documents

Powerstripping That .PDF

1. Choose Tools > Protection > Remove Hidden Information. Found items are listed in the Remove Hidden Information panel with a selected check box beside each item.
2. Ensure that the check boxes are selected only for the items that you want to remove from the document. 
3. Click Remove to delete selected items from the file, and click OK.
4. Choose File > Save, and specify a filename and location. If you don’t want to overwrite the original file, save the file to a different name, location, or both.

The selected content is permanently removed when you save the file. Should you close the file without saving it, you will need to repeat this process, making sure to save the file.

Stripping metadata from a Word Perfect document:

Removing metadata from Word Perfect is simple -- or at least far easier than Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF.

To save a WordPerfect document without metadata, choose "File > Save without metadata." That's it, folks!

All personal information will be removed from the document. You can choose to overwrite the existing file or save the file to a different name or location.

Removing metadata from a Microsoft Word document:

1. Open the document that contains the metadata you need removed.
2. Choose File > Properties. Select the "Summary" tab in the "Properties" box. Clear any content from each text box and press "OK."
3. Choose "Tools" and "Options" from the toolbar.
4. Select "User Information" in the "Options" dialog box. Clear each field that contains personal information.
5. Select "Security" and check "Remove personal information from file properties on save."
6. Select "Save" and uncheck "Allow fast saves." Click "OK" when completed.
7. Click on "File" and "Save" in the toolbar to re-save the Word document.

Microsoft or Windows:

"How To Use The Surface Pro's Surface Pen"

The Surface Pen is a new and improved design for your Surface Pro. To use it, click the pen top once and it opens Microsoft’s OneNote application.

Then hold the pen top down and it will open Cortana (think Microsoft’s version of Siri). Click the pen top twice to take a screenshot and send it to OneNote.

"Clean Up Your Excel Workspace"

Do you want to keep your Excel workspace clean and efficient? Why does opening a new Excel spreadsheet automatically open three sheets, when you only need one?
The fix is simple.

Change Excel's default settings by going to the File menu > General > "When creating new workbooks." You can specify the default font and size, whether to open in normal or print-layout view, and the number of sheets to create.

Microsoft Office 365

** Save to SkyDrive
Office 2013 uses your SkyDrive account. You can save files to the cloud, access them from anywhere and sync them across computers.

** Stream Office 365 anywhere
Use your Microsoft ID to stream copies of your Office apps to other PCs that run Windows 7 or Windows 8. Log into the Office website to use Office on Demand.

** Change Office's look and themes
Access the Account page from the File tab in any app to reveal a selection of options for changing the background and theme of the suite.

** Remove the Start screen
By default, Office 2013 apps show a dynamic Start screen. To see a blank new document instead, select File and Options, uncheck the Start screen option on the General tab.

** Add apps
Check out the Office website ( to find apps you can run on top of Word, Excel and Outlook.

** Zoom with your fingers
Use two fingers to zoom in or out of any document on your tablet or smartphone.

'Protecting what's yours'

Microsoft Office 2010's new safety feature is Protected View, which allows the user view a document but prevents it from launching macros -- thereby preventing it from injecting malware into your system. By default, files downloaded from the Internet open in Protected View and attachments opened in Outlook. You can turn off Protected View for any of these options by using File, Options, Trust Center, and then scrolling down and selecting to Protected View.

Time and Date Shortcuts in Excel

Here are a few of quick shortcuts for time and date applications in Excel.

1. CTRL + SHIFT + # -- Applies the date format with the day, month, and year
2. CTRL + SHIFT + @ -- Applies the time format with hour and minute and AM or PM
3. CTRL + SHIFT + ; -- Enters the current time
4. CTRL + ; -- Enters the current date

How to Select Worksheets in Microsoft Excel

Selecting an entire worksheet is useful when you want to make full-scale changes. For instance, you might want to change the size of the font in every cell in the worksheet. You can select the entire worksheet using the Select All button -- it’s the box above the 1 row and left of the A column.

"8 Basic Tips for Windows Warriors"

When the "cool" thing to do became switching to Apple, many PC users stayed loyal to Windows -- and have been rewarded by learning the system inside and out. Here are 8 basic tips that make for easy operating, such as:

  • To check how much hard drive space you have available: Double click My Computer. Right click the mouse on any hard drive and chose properties.
  • Hold the Alt key while double clicking My Computer to open the System Properties window. This is where you will find a quick view of your system such as your computer’s name, system restore, auto updates, hardware, etc. The first screen will provide information about your system such as which version of Windows you are using, how fast the CPU is and how much RAM remains.
  • Pressing the F1 key immediately opens Windows Help.
  • Maximize a window by double clicking the title bar of the window. (This is the long blue bar at the top of your window.) Double click again to bring it back to its prior size it.
  • Get organized by alphabetizing the items in your start menu! Click Start then Programs, and while hovering over a program, right mouse click and choose Sort by Name.
  • To restore an accidentally deleted file, click Control key + Z. If you don’t realize that it is missing until later, you can also look in your recycle bin. Right click on the deleted file and choose “restore”. The file will instantly return to where it originated from.
  • To bypass the recycle bin when deleting a file, hold the Shift key down when deleting. Control Z will still bring it back.
  • Need to save an image from a web page? Right click the mouse and choose “Save Picture As”. You can also rename it at this time.

Quick Understanding
You have a spread sheet – from someone else. Did they use formulas? Or did they just “type in the numbers” to look good? You need to know, and quickly! On any Excel spreadsheet, toggle the display to show formulas and hide them again. On the keyboard hold down Ctrl and strike the ~ key (tilde), or on the Formulas Ribbon, click “Show Formula”

Topping Things Off
It is said that the simple things make a big difference. So repeat after me: “SIMPLY stop scrolling.” If you’ve wended your way down a long list of emails and need to get back to the top of the list, why then: Ctrl + Home.

If you’re on row 1,048,576 of an Excel spreadsheet, and need to get to Row 1: Ctrl + Home.

If you’ve managed to read all of that juicy gossip on the web page and need to get back to the top, do your index finger a favor and Ctrl + Home.

Instant Math Wizardry in Excel
Did you ever need a quick sum for a client on the phone? How about an average? There is no need to be an Excel Formula Guru, or even understand “Sum.” Simply select the numbers in question and the status bar shows you the answers.

Don’t want the “whole column,” you say? No problem. Click on any cell you want to start with. Then, holding the Ctrl key, click on any additional cells.

The Boss Is Coming Panic Button
It’s neat. It’s efficient. It’s a life saver. And yet it is so unobtrusive. It’s on the lower right-hand corner of your screen. No, really lower. Keep going. It’s next to the date and time. Yes that little blank button. It’s magic and it’s called “Show Desktop.”

One click, and all programs minimize instantly. A second click and they all come back. And it’s our little secret.

How to Add the Windows Calculator to the Quick Access Toolbar in Excel 2010 and 2013:

If you use the Windows Calculator while creating spreadsheets in Excel, you can save time by adding the calculator to the Quick Access Toolbar in Excel. This way you won’t have to leave the program to access your calculator. Follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the down arrow on the right side of the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) and select MORE COMMANDS from the menu.
  • On the QAT screen on the Excel Options dialog box, click on COMMANDS NOT IN THE RIBBON from the Choose Commands From drop-down list.
  • Scroll down and click CALCULATOR, then ADD.
  • Click OK to close the Excel Options dialog box.
  • You will see the calculator icon in the QAT and you are good to go!

Microsoft Office Tip: Go back to your last edit
Ever been working on a long Microsoft Word document and decided to call it a day? Then, the next day, you reopen your document and have to page down, page down, page down…to try and find the spot you were at when you stopped editing? Next time you open that document, just press Shift+F5, and Word will take you right back to the last spot you were editing.
    Three things you need to know about this feature:
    1. It also works within a document you’re working on. In case you accidentally (or intentionally) jump to another part of the document and want to go back to where you just were, press
    Shift+F5. Press it again to go to the place you were editing before that. Press it again to go to the place you were editing before that. Press it again, and it’ll take you back to where you
    started; this feature only saves the last three editing points.
    2. It doesn’t always work in versions of Word prior to Word 2010. The feature was there, but it was somewhat cranky. Word 2010 fixes that.
    3. Word 2013 brings the feature to the forefront. When you open a previously edited document in Word 2013, it’ll ask you if you want to go back to where you left off.
    (3/11/2014 Source:13 Tech Tips for 2013 ABA Law Practice Magazine March/April, 2013 Ben Schorr, Roland Schorr & Tower)

Microsoft Office Tip: Save As PDF Built In
Did you know that since Office 2007 came out the ability to save a Word (Or Excel or PowerPoint) file as a PDF has been built in? To save your current file as a PDF simply go to File > Save As but before you click OK, be sure to change the “Save as type” to PDF.

Office 2007 file demo

Windows Tips: Undo What You Just Did
In Windows, you can undo many actions by using the keyboard shortcut of “CTRL + Z”. You probably know that’s the undo in Microsoft Word or Excel, but you can also use that trick to undo an accidentally deleted or moved a file, to put back an appointment inadvertently dragged to a new date in Outlook, and even to un-rename a file in file Explorer.

Clear Temporary Internet Files and/or Browsing History
CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE is a quick and handy way to clear temporary files and browsing history in all major browsers.

The Right-Click button on a Mouse Has One Main Function: Menus
If your mouse has a right-click button on it – you should use it! Right-clicking an item, a file, a folder, a link – just about anything on your screen will result in a menu. That menu usually displays a list of things you can do with the item. Here’s a handy example – right-click on a hyperlink in a webpage, select “Open in a new tab”. That link will open in a new tab (or window) without jumping you off the current page.

CTRL + F is a popular keyboard shortcut for “Find”
From websites to Microsoft Word pressing the CTRL key and the F key at the same time will usually result in a pop-up box that allows you to input a word or term to search for on that page or in that program. Many programs will even highlight each instance of that word as it appears on the page and offer navigation buttons such as Next, Previous, Up or Down (searching direction on the page). Try it now – right here on The Florida Bar website!

Excel Tip – Print Only a Portion of a Spreadsheet
Only need to share or print part of a large Excel spreadsheet? It’s a simple two-step process. First, select the cells you want to print (known as the “range”), then tell the printer that you only want to print that range. Here’s how:

Excel 2007 and 2010
1. Select the range you want to print.
2. Click the "Office" button or the "File" tab.
3. Choose "Print" in the left pane.
4. Choose "Print Selection" from the first "Settings" drop-down ("Print Active Sheet" is the default).
5. Click "Print."

Excel 2003
1. Select the range you want to print.
2. Choose "Print" from the "File" menu.
3. In the "Print What" section, choose "Selection."
4. Click "OK."

Removing metadata from a Microsoft Word document:

1. Open the document that contains the metadata you need removed.
2. Choose File > Properties. Select the "Summary" tab in the "Properties" box. Clear any content from each text box and press "OK."
3. Choose "Tools" and "Options" from the toolbar.
4. Select "User Information" in the "Options" dialog box. Clear each field that contains personal information.
5. Select "Security" and check "Remove personal information from file properties on save."
6. Select "Save" and uncheck "Allow fast saves." Click "OK" when completed.
7. Click on "File" and "Save" in the toolbar to re-save the Word document.
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"How to Check Statute Currency on Fastcase"

Anytime you’re researching statutes, or anything else, it’s important to know that the research you’re doing is up to date.

Fastcase makes that information easy to check, with currency information for every jurisdiction available right on the main "Search Statutes" page.

To check how current the statutes are in your jurisdiction, go to the Search Statutes page and click the plus sign next to your state’s name.

Then just click the blue “info” link to the right of the edition you want to check.

The currency of the statutes is reported here!

Want more examples? We got you!

"How to Use Fastcase 'Copy With Citation' Function"

Fascase's Copy With Citation feature allows you to finish briefs faster -- and everyone wants that, right?

Organizing legal research can be daunting, especially at the beginning of your project. Often you will find portions of cases that are relevant to your issue, but the majority of the opinion is unimportant for your purposes. Long fact sections, discussion of unrelated principles, judges waxing poetic on Shakespeare . . . you typically do not need the full text of an opinion to write your brief.

Fastcase can streamline your research project with one simple tool – “Copy With Citation.”

This allows you to save small portions of cases and easily return to the source material at a later time if you need more context.


1. Click and Drag: To copy text with a citation simply click and drag to highlight the portion that interests you. Fastcase will automatically open a menu with two options: “Copy Text” and “Copy With Citation.” Select “Copy With Citation.”

2. Pasting: Paste the portion of the case you want to remember into a Word doc. The citation will automatically be generated following the text you pasted. When writing more complicated briefs and motions I often like to outline specific elements of my argument (and anticipatory counter-arguments). I then paste helpful quotes that back up my argument within the appropriate section of the outline.

3. Save time: To save even more time, type the reporter page numbers that you will need to cite later next to your quote (if they are not included within the body of the quote itself.)

BONUS TIP: Fastcase links are static. This means you can create hyperlinks back to your cases and save them within your outline for easy access later.

After you paste a quote with a citation into Word, go back to your Internet browser and Fastcase. Copy the URL at the top of your case. Then return to Word, highlight the citation, right click, and select hyperlink. Paste the URL into the box labeled “Address” at the bottom. Now, if you want to easily pull up a case you quoted, you can just login to Fastcase and click the link within your outline.

Learn Fastcase In Five Minutes With This Intro Video

New to Fastcase? Maybe a little rusty?

For a quick intro to the Fastcase member benefit available through The Florida Bar, check out this 5 min. video that touches on all of the highlights!

Print Until Your Heart's Content!

Dramatically cut down your printing time (and cost) with batch printing via your Florida Bar Fastcase membership.

Just move the documents you want to the queue, review them, and press print.

No charge. No URL. No ads.

Other services charge upwards of $20 to print cases. These fees come straight out of your bottom line, your client’s wallet, or oftentimes both. Make the smart (and affordable) choice: free printing is just a click away with Fastcase courtesy of the The Florida Bar!

Master the Basic Features of Fastcase

New to Fastcase? Or just need a refresher on basic features? Download one of the training guides. There’s a one-pager for quick reference, as well as a more comprehensive multi-page version.

Download the guides here: 

Or, you can find both in the Help & Training section at

"Learn To Love Public Link"

You know that The Florida Bar is looking out for all of your access and research needs with your courtesy subscription to Fastcase. Now, you can even share legal documents on the Fastcase database with colleagues and clients.

When viewing a document, just click on the phrase “Public Link” in the upper right corner of the screen. Fastcase will generate a unique static URL for that page so that you can share it as you need! It’s free. There are no limits. It’s just one more feature that makes Fastcase the smarter and more convenient choice for legal research.

"End Endless Scrolling In Fastcase!"

The legal corpus is so large that it’s inconceivable to search it with anything less than the most advanced tools.

The Florida Bar provides you with state-of-the-art tools for free via Fastcase.

With Fastcase’s “Interactive Timeline” feature, you can see – at a glance – how relevant each case is to your search, how many times it was cited by other cases in your search, and even which cases outside of your search were cited. With this member benefit from The Florida Bar, there is no more need for endless scrolling – important cases are obvious right away.

"Stay positive in Fastcase!"

No, this isn't a pep talk from Fastcase. But Fastcase can keep the negative out of your life!

Did you know you can check a case for instances of negative treatment using your free Fastcase member benefit? Fastcase built Bad Law Bot just for that purpose.

Using the power and consistency of an algorithm, he scrubs the entire Fastcase database looking for where your case has been mentioned with a negative citation signal. When negative treatment is found, a red flag is planted next to the case name. You can then click on the Authority Check Report to read more.

"Use Fastcase to Predict Legal Future!"

OK, so not exactly ... but Fastcase IS a legal research platform that manipulates Big Data in unique ways that can help you in the future.

Quickly pull up a large list of results and sort them by relevance, date, name, or the number of times they have been cited, then turn on Fastcase’s "Forecite" feature, which alerts you to cases that do not satisfy your search terms, but are frequently cited by the cases that do.

Learn more here:

"Get Organized in Fastcase"

Did you know you can use your free Fastcase member benefit to organize legal research materials?

Fastcase allows you to save documents into folders for safekeeping. You can visit your favorites later by selecting “My Library” from the toolbar. Documents you save in the Fastcase desktop application will also be visible on a synced mobile account. Here's more information on Fastcase's organizing tool:

"Combine & Conquer"

We often hear that our customers want a better option to print a lot of cases or statutes at once. Some of you love our traditional method of compiling all your cases and statutes into a single file while others wanted an option to save everything separately. Now, we're helping you do both.

Sometimes it is not convenient or desirable to read through cases on a screen. The free legal research application provided by Fastcase and The Florida Bar allows you to print all of the materials you want to read at once. Mix statutes and case law from across the Fastcase database by adding documents to your Print Queue.

When you are ready to start reading, print everything at once as either a combined document or individual files. Read more:

"Get Your Outline On"

If you are researching an issue involving the interpretation of a statute you should know about Fastcase’s annotations feature that allow you view them in an outline form.

Whenever you look up a statute on Fastcase, the computer generates a list of the cases that have cited that section on the same page as the statute text. This list of cases can be sorted so that the most cited rise to the top, allowing you to quickly ascertain how a statute has been interpreted by the courts.

All of this is available for free as a benefit of your membership with The Florida Bar.

"Crack the Fastcase Code"

The Florida Bar partners with Fastcase to offer great legal research software as a member benefit. One of the most common questions members have is how to find a particular statute in Fastcase.

So here’s a helpful hint!

There’s no need to search haphazardly for particular statutes in the wrong places. Fastcase has an outline of the code! Click “Search Statutes”, then click “Browse”. Find the exact law you want – quickly!

For more details, check out

"Never stop learning about Fastcase"

Did you know ... Fastcase offers free webinars every month to train users on the basics of Fastcase and to provide helpful search tips? You can check out the schedule and sign up for any of these webinars by visiting

"Connect To Clio"

Did you know that Fastcase and Clio can be linked together?

While you’re conducting legal research in Fastcase, you can save documents and record time in Clio. To get started, log into Fastcase and from the menu at the top, select Options > Connect to Clio. Log in to Clio with your Clio username and password. Voila! Your Fastcase and Clio accounts are in sync.

Whenever you’re in Fastcase, simply select your matter (they’re automatically populated and updated from Clio) and start your timer. For more information, check out

"Utilizing Fastcase's Interactive Timeline"

The Interactive Timeline in Fastcase displays case results in an intuitive graphical form. This unique feature makes it surprisingly easy to pick out the best cases from a large collection of search results.

To check it out, first login to Fastcase here:

Do a caselaw search in Fastcase using any search terms and then click on the “Interactive Timeline” tab at the top. The chart that appears is personalized for your specific search and tells you three things about each case in your results: the date of the opinion (on the x-axis), the relevance of opinion (on the y-axis), and how many times each opinion has been subsequently cited (size of circle).

Just rest your mouse over a circle for more information about that particular case and click on the circle to access the full case text.

"Check How Current Statutes Are In Your Jurisdiction"

With our Fastcase member benefit, searching by jurisdiction is simple! Search any combination of federal and state jurisdictions at one time. Select all jurisdictions at once with one click. To customize a search, click “Individual Jurisdictions,” and check the box next to any and all jurisdictions to be included in search results.

"Send A Case To Anyone, Anytime"

When Fastcase was created in 1999, the founders thought that access to the law was both a practical and a philosophical question: should not attorneys, and indeed the general public, have effective and affordable access to the laws under which we live? 

Fastcase has made every effort over the years not only to digitize the law, but to democratize it a well. You will see above the case text an important step in that process, the "PUBLIC LINK." 

Most commercial databases have an e-mail function, though it is somewhat problematic whether the case will open properly or not if the recipient does not have a subscription to that particular database -- and therefore a recognized e-mail address. There is no such difficulty with the Fastcase Public Link. Click on the Public Link to open a full text version of the decision with no copyrighted or proprietary matter, block and copy that url in your browser bar and e-mail it to colleagues or clients. 

That url will open up anywhere there is internet access, whether the recipient has a database subscription or not.

"Now that you have found your Fastcase case, what can you do with it?"

Here's four choices: e-mail the case, add it to your library, add it to your print queue or deal with it (i.e. print or save) right away. The links for these four tasks will be on your screen, above the case.
  • E-MAIL: Click here to e-mail the case to other Fastcase subscribers, starting with yourself! Use commas to separate e-mail addresses, if you need to send it to more than one colleague.
  • ADD TO MY FAVORITES: This will put a case into your personal document library. Once you get it there, you can leave it in the general document cache, add it to an existing folder or put it into a folder you can create and name on the spot.
  • ADD TO MY PRINT QUEUE: The print queue is a batch printing facility under the PRINT button on your command bar. We'll say more about it in our discussion (a couple articles down the road) on statute searching. For now, we can say that the print queue gives users the ability to print or save as a grouping several cases or statute sections. You will be able to print or save them as individual documents in a zip file or as a single continuous document, with each new case or statute section beginning on a new page.
  • PRINT/SAVE: You also have the ability to deal with a case at once by printing or saving it immediately, as either a Microsoft Word document or a .pdf document. You will have here a chance to make choices, e.g. to highlight or not highlight search terms or to present the case in a single-column format or a double-column format.

"How to use 'Quick CaseLaw Search'"

The Quick CaseLaw Search screen is a great place to find a case and all related material. Simply type the case name into the Quick Caselaw Search box, i.e. Gideon v. Wainwright, Miranda v. Arizona, Younger v. Harris.

Click SEARCH and your result list will give you Gideon and all the cases that cite to it, though the case itself will always come up first. They are live links, so simply click on the case name to open the case, where you will find the standard presentation: citation, parties, attorneys, judges, text, and footnotes.

If you need to incorporate a sentence or paragraph into a brief or letter, simply block and copy the desired text and tell the dialogue box if you want to past the text or paste the text with the Bluebook citation.

Master the Basic Features of Fastcase

New to Fastcase? Or just need a refresher on basic features? Download one of our training guides. There’s a one-pager for quick reference, as well as a more comprehensive multi-page version.

Download the guides here:

Or, you can find both in the Help & Training section at

Search For Statutes Across Multiple Jurisdictions

Fastcase offers a variety of searchable databases to help you find cases and statutes quickly and easily. One of Fastcase’s features is the ability to search statutes across multiple jurisdictions, allowing you to survey a topic across our statutory collection.

Example: If you are looking for statutes on the equitable distribution of property, you could follow these steps:

1. Select Search Statutes from the Search menu on the homepage.
2. In the search bar, enter the following: “equitable distribution” & property.
3. Click the Select All button under the list of current statutes.
4. Select Search.
5. You will then see a list of all the statutes that reference the phrase “equitable distribution” and property. The results will be listed by relevance (the sections containing the most detailed discussion of your keywords will be listed first).
6. You may now click on the title of a section to view it individually.
You may then print your desired results, add them to your print queue, save them to your library, or email them to your to you colleagues.

Connect Fastcase from Desktop to Mobile

Connect your Fastcase iPhone, iPad, or Android accounts with your member benefit desktop account, bringing together your favorites and usage history. Plus, when you save cases on the go, you can access them through your desktop where it’s easy to print, find expanded search information, and access support from Fastcase reference attorneys and technical professionals.

Instructions are available at

Have Fastcase At Your Fingertips -- Everywhere

Take smarter legal research on the go with the Fastcase app for iPhone, iPad, and Android! Search caselaw and statutes using our smart search technology.

You’ll also be able to use many features you’re familiar with from our Web-based legal research application, such as seeing the most relevant results at the top of the list, customizing and re-sorting search results, and the integrated citation analysis tools.

Fastcase: Utilize the Asterisk!

You may already know that the asterisk (*) acts as a multi-letter wildcard operator in Fastcase, meaning it will look for multiple substitute letters. You can use it to expand a root “word” such as “testa.” If you search for testa*, your results may include words like testamentary, testator, testable.

If you need just need to substitute one letter, use the question mark (?) as a single-letter wildcard operator.

Not sure whether the game Pokémon is spelled with an O or an A? Try Pokem?n. You may be surprised at the variations that come up!

Fastcase: Print Groups of Statutes With Less Hassle

You asked for an easier way to print a group of statutes and Fastcase heard you! To print several statutes at once (“batch print”), follow the steps below:

** From the Outline View, click on the main group of statutes you want to print. You can get to the outline view one of two ways, either by browsing through the statutes or by going to a statute and then selecting the “Outline View” tab in the left frame.
** Click on the title that you want to print (not the plus sign that expands the title) to bring up any smaller divisions of a specific title or chapter on the right hand side.
** On the right-hand part of the screen you’ll see the smaller divisions as blue hyperlinks, and to the immediate left of the hyperlinks is a printer with a plus sign icon.
** To add any of the sections to your print queue, just click the printer with a plus sign icon. When the section has been added, the plus sign on the icon will turn into a minus sign.
** To print the statutes, go back to the black menu bar and select Print, then View Print Queue. All of the individual statutes from the section you added will be in your queue.
** After you’ve made your formatting selections, click the Print/Save button. The statutes listed in your print queue will begin downloading as a single document on your computer. Open the file using the appropriate program (e.g., MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect) and then print all of the statutes with one click of a button by selecting Print from the File menu.
You can see an example of this process with step-by-step illustrations at:

Fastcase: Case annotations

So you’ve found a useful statute on Fastcase…now what? How do you find a case that interprets that statute?
Easy – case annotations!
Take a peek below the statute text the next time you’re pulling up a statute. You’ll be able to spot Fastcase Annotations because Fastcase listed cases that mention your statute, along with links to the cases, a batch printing option, and of course, citation analysis information that tells you how many cases have cited to that particular statute.

Fastcase Tip: Copy with Citation
Need to copy and paste a portion of a case into a word processing document? Use the Copy Document Text feature!
While in the full case view, select the text you want to copy with your mouse . (Hint: Place your mouse at the beginning of the text you want to copy, then click and hold the mouse button. Drag your mouse to the end of the selection and then release the button. The selected text will be highlighted in blue.) A pop-up box will give you the choice of copying the text or copying the text with the case citation.
Open the brief or pleading that you are working on in the appropriate word processing program (e.g., MS Word or Word Perfect). Then use your program's paste function to paste the text into your document . (Hint: If you are using MS Word, you can paste using the shortcut CTRL+V .) If you selected Copy With Citation, it will paste the text with the citation at the end.

Fastcase Tip: Case relationships
Use the Explore Case Relationships feature in the Interactive Timeline graph to quickly view the cases your case has cited as well as the cases that cite back to your case. The unique features of the Interactive Timeline allow you to see not only how many cases your case cited to, but also how frequently those cases were cited. Additionally ,you can see how many cases cite back to your case as well as how often those cases have been cited. Review a case relationship status.

Fastcase Tip: The new Interactive Timeline and Forecite
We've merged two of our unique features and made it even easier for you to spot important cases. Before, the Interactive Timeline plotted your results on a graph so that the most cited cases were immediately apparent. Forecite could be used to identify important cases that were not included in your search results and alert you to them .
Now we've combined those features so you can see the Forecite results in your Interactive Timeline. We've also added a "Click and drag to zoom" feature so you can focus on a particular group of cases in finer detail.
For more details, visit

Fastcase Tip: Get even more precise results by using the “Search Within" feature
You already know that you can modify your search by going to Search, then Modify Search, but now you can use the "Search Within" feature to search just within your current set of results. Use the "Search Within" button to quickly refine your search results. Once you've run a Keyword (Boolean) search query and come up with results, simply click the "Search Within" button to add additional terms to look for within your list of results. You'll be able to narrow your original list down to a much more precise set of results with just one click.

Fastcase Tip: Spot negative citation history with 11Bad Law Bot"
Fastcase has enhanced its Authority Check feature to show you where courts have noted that a case has been treated negatively (i.e., reversed or overruled on any grounds). The new feature, "Bad Law Bot ," uses algorithms to find negative citation history . Bad Law Bot then flags those cases that have negative citation history and provides you with the links to those cases. Keep in mind that Bad Law Bot is not intended to be a complete replacement for a full editorial citation or for reading all later-citing cases. A red flag means that there's likely negative treatment, since a court has said as much by their use of a negative citation, but no red flag does not necessarily mean that a case is still good law. If a case has been overturned but no court opinion has cited to it yet , Bad Law Bot won't be able to find any citation signal information.
Bad Law Bot is a part of Fastcase's Authority Check, which means it's free to you as a member of the Florida Bar. For more information, visit

Have you tried Fastcase, the Bar-approved free legal research service for Florida Bar Members?
Thanks to our relationship with Fastcase, Florida Bar Members get free access to most state and federal resources including Florida Supreme Court decisions since 1950, and all district court of appeal opinions since the inception of the DCAs. Also included are all U.S. Supreme Court decisions, opinions from the Fifth and 11th U.S. circuit courts of appeal, the Florida Administrative Code, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Constitution. For an additional $195 annually, Bar members can buy access to Fastcase’s complete national law database, covering all 50 states and all federal courts. That service typically sells for $995 annually. Login to your Florida Bar Member profile to access Fastcase. Our November Tech Tips will feature Fastcase Tips.
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Converting PDFs to Word documents in Microsoft Word 2013

Did you know Microsoft Word 2013 (the latest version) will auto-convert PDF files into Word?

Here’s how:
Click File, then Open and select PDF file. Word will open the content in a new file. You are able to copy the content you want — including images and diagrams.

If you have an older version of Microsoft Word, you will need to use a program like Adobe Acrobat or Nuance PDF Converter to convert the PDF to Word.

Pesky Page Proportions Pervert Polite Presentation in Word
We’ve all gotten them -- from clients and from co-workers: Documents that seem to be intended for microfilm or assume that we are reading them from 40,000 feet. The solution may surprise you. You probably know about the slider on the lower-right hand corner of Microsoft Word, otherwise known as ZOOM. And though the solution of clicking “+” or "–" might seem simple enough, the results may not be what you want. Suppose you slip-slide yourself to a really comfortable 219% on your big-as-picture window monitor that is the envy of all the partners? Great. But now email that document to one of those partners who happen to be on his/her tablet. What does he/she get? The word ...
as large as life. That’s because 219% is relative to the screen on which the document is opened and is remembered as a percentage by the document. The solution? A magical setting called “Page Width,” which secretly encodes the document with a “just right” setting that translates from screen to screen. This Page Width button is available in several places:

1. Click the Percentage Number next to the slider

The zoom screen will appear. Click the Page Width Radio Button and then “OK”.

2. On the View Ribbon, click the Page Width Button.

Indeed, it would be wise to right-click on this button and add it to your Quick Access Toolbar now.

The result is a page proportion pleasing to all – or at least most – and travels well with the document.

How to Change the Direction of Text in Word 2013:

There may come a time when you want to change the direction of the text in Word. Perhaps you are creating a table and want your column headings to be written vertically. This can easily be done in just a few steps:

  • In your table, select the cell(s) for which you want to change the text direction.
  • Under table Tools, click the LAYOUT tab.
  • Click TEXT DIRECTION in the Alignment section of the Layout tab.
  • Each time you click TEXT DIRECTION, a different direction is applied. Keep clicking until you like what you see.
  • You can also RIGHT CLICK on the selected text in the table cells and select TEXT DIRECTION from the popup menu to change the text direction on your table.

Tech Tip: Wondering Where the Open and Print Buttons Are on the Newer Versions (2007-2013) of Word?
Word comes off the shelf with minimum shortcuts displayed. A new toolbar feature called the “Quick Access Toolbar” (QAT) allows you to add the shortcuts (aka buttons or commands) you use the most to this handy toolbar located
Word Ribbonat the top of the Word window. There are two ways to add buttons to the QAT. Begin by identifying the QAT, it is located above the ribbon and by default looks like the image below. It has the Save, Undo and Redo button on it by default.
You’ll notice a small drop down arrow at the end of the QAT. Click on it to show a list of commonly added commands. Click each one you would like to add. You can also add a button from any other Ribbon in Word. For example, let’s say you insert a lot of footnotes and are regularly clicking the Reference tab and then the Footnotes button to insert that footnote. On your next visit to that button, RIGHT CLICK ON IT – you will be presented with a menu of options, one of which will be “Add to Quick Access Toolbar”.

Keyboard shortcuts to the ¶ and § symbols in Word and WordPerfect
For legal professionals the paragraph and section symbol can be very handy! You can always find the Insert > Symbol > Special Characters but learn these quick keys as an alternative. (Note – you MUST use the number keypad and have NUM LOCK on for these tips to work).  
Microsoft Word - To input the ¶ Paragraph Symbol, hold Alt, and on the NUMERIC keyboard type its code – 0182. For the § Section Symbol hold Alt, and on the NUMERIC keyboard type its code – 0167.
WordPerfect – To input the ¶ Paragraph Symbol, hold Alt, and on the NUMERIC keyboard type its code – 1. For the § Section Symbol hold Alt, and on the NUMERIC keyboard tap 2.

Microsoft Word Text Selection Tips
Learn these mouse tricks to quickly select text in Word (and many other programs – just try them!).
  • Double-click a word to select only that one word
  • Triple-click in a paragraph to select only that one paragraph
  • Hold the CTRL key on your keyboard plus one single mouse click to select one sentence
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Set it, and forget it in Outlook

Outlook users, do you have hundreds of deleted messages sitting in your Deleted Items folder? Click on the File menu, then Options, then Advanced, and find the Outlook Start and Exit section.

Add a checkbox next to Empty Deleted Items folder when exiting Outlook, and every time you close Outlook, your Deleted Items folder will automatically be emptied.

To Open or Not to Open?

Do you receive a lot of spam and junk email? Are you worried about safely opening an unknown email? Most spam is pretty obvious, but many times we receive questionable email. You can actually utilize Outlook Express to see what's in an email without opening it.

  • From your Inbox, right click on the message and choose Properties.
  • Click on the Details tab.
  • Click the Message Source button on the bottom.
  • Maximize the Message Source window.

You can now see the contents of the message and the type of attachment, if any, without the risk of launching any offending attachments and viruses.

5 Pro Outlook E-mail Tips:

  • CHOOSE WHICH E-MAIL ACCOUNT TO USE: You can quickly choose which one to use when sending messages by clicking ACCOUNTS, and then click the account you want from the list.
  • DELETE NAMES FROM THE AUTO-COMPLETE LIST: Select the unwanted name by using the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW key and then press DELETE.
  • CLEAR YOUR ADDRESS HISTORY: To start fresh and clear your Auto-Complete cache, open the C:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder, and then delete the profile_name.nk2 file. Outlook will recreate this file as you type new addresses.
  • NEED MORE TIME TO READ A DESKTOP E-MAIL ALERT?: Keep an alert from fading away too quickly by moving your insertion point over the alert while it is still visible.

Learn to Customize and Use Email Signature Blocks

Most email service providers and smartphones allow you to customize email signatures -- having more than one or two available to pick from. We’ll use Outlook as an example (if you don’t use Outlook, or use it plus something else, do a Google search to find a "How-to" on your particular service or phone and set up your signature blocks using the following best practices).

A new email you are sending should contain your full contact information. At a minimum it should state your name, title, organization, email and phone number (optionally, physical address and fax number if still relevant in your day-to-day practice and email disclaimer, if applicable).

Outlook allows you to create an email signature for a NEW message and a second one for “Replies/Forwards.” That means, it will automatically add your custom signature block to a New outgoing message and add a different one to emails that you reply to or forward. It also allows you to create even more blocks should you need or want them. For example, you may serve on a charity board or as a leader of a group and need a signature block for those roles. To create your signatures in Outlook, open a blank new email message and go to Insert > Signature > Signatures to open the editor for signatures.

How to Add Holidays to Your Calendar in Outlook 2013:
Adding a particular country’s or religion’s holidays to your calendar is easy. Follow these steps:

  • Click the FILE tab.
  • Click OPTIONS from the menu list on the left.
  • On the Outlook Options dialog box, click CALENDAR from the menu list on the left.
  • From calendar options, click ADD HOLIDAYS.
  • When the dialog box opens, check the countries and/or religions whose holidays you want to add. Click OK.
  • A progress dialog box appears. If you checked many boxes this could take a short while.
  • When the confirmation dialog box appears, click OK.
  • You are brought back to the Outlook Options dialog box. Click OK.
  • Get ready to celebrate the holidays!

Outlook Tip – Add a New Person To Your Contacts
You can quickly create a new contact in your Contacts folder from an e-mail message you have received. With the message open, right-click directly on the senders name or e-mail. On the shortcut menu, click Add to Outlook Contacts.
outlook contacts

Outlook User: Quickly Copy an E-mail onto Your Calendar
Many e-mails would be more useful on your calendar than in your Inbox – payment reminders, conference call in-details, docketing-related e-mails. Outlook allows you to drag and drop e-mails from your Inbox onto the Calendar folder to convert that message into an appointment.
1. From your Inbox view click and hold the e-mail you would like to convert into an appointment.
2. Drag onto the Calendar icon on the left-side navigation pane and release.
3. Outlook will present you with an appointment window that will have use Subject line of the e-mail as the Subject line of the appointment. You can easily change the Subject as well as fill in the Location, Date and Time and other details.
4. Save and close to return to your Inbox, delete the original message.

Outlook Calendar
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iPad/iPhone/Apple Watch:


If you’re running out of local or iCloud storage space on your iPhone (or iPad), it may be time to check how much space the Messages app is taking up. By default, your iPhone or iPad is set to save any messages you send and receive forever. This can result in iPhone “out of storage” messages, slow performance, and slow-loading performance when scrolling through threads.

Unless you really need to save every single message, there’s a quick way to potentially save gigs of space in just a few taps. Here’s how!

Check how much space is taking up

The first thing you’ll want to do is check how much space the Messages app is actually taking up on your iPhone or iPad. You can easily do this in the Settings app by following these steps:
1. Launch the Settings app and tap on General.
2. Choose Storage & iCloud Usage.
3. Tap on Manage Storage in the top section.
4. Look and see how much space Messages it taking up. For example, on my iPhone, it is taking up over 3GB of space.

How to check how much storage messages are taking up.
Ally Kazmucha/The App Factor

Photo: Ally Kazmucha/The App Factor

This means that not only is that taking up 3GB of local storage, it’s also taking up that amount of space in iCloud. For those on a free, tiered iCloud plan, that can be the difference between being able to create a backup and getting an out-of-storage message.

Instead of manually clearing out all your texts and iMessages, there’s a setting you can check to automatically keep messages in check…

How to limit how many texts and iMessages are saved

If you aren’t precious about any specific messages on your iPhone or iPad, following the steps below will automatically remove older messages so things don’t get out of hand.
1. Launch the Settings app and choose Messages.
2. Scroll down and tap on Keep Messages.
3. Choose either 30 days or 1 year instead of Forever.
4. You’ll see a popup message asking you to confirm deletion of older messages.

How to limit how many messages are stored on your iPhone or iPad.
Ally Kazmucha/The App Factor

Now hop back into the storage section of the Settings app outlined above and see how much storage was saved. In my case, my storage usage dropped from over 3GB to 450MB. As you can see, that’s a pretty big savings.

Just keep in mind that if you have particular messages you want to save that are older, this trick may not work for you. However, if you have a Mac or other device that also syncs your messages, saving messages forever on only one device instead of all of them can result in huge gains in iCloud and local storage.

For example, since I have 1TB of storage space on my iMac and that’s backed up locally via Time Machine, I have years of messages stored on it. This way I can free up space in both iCloud and locally on my iPhone and iPad without actually losing anything.

If you’re running out of storage or iCloud space on your iPhone or iPad, give this a try and let me know in the comments how much storage space you were able to save!

"Multi-task Using iPad Pro's Split-Screen View"

The new iPad Pro allows for greater multi-tasking capabilities with the new split screen view. You can quickly check a second app without having to move away from the app you were originally using by sliding into a split screen view.

To enter this mode, press your finger on the right edge of the iPad Pro screen and then swipe left. This brings up the slide over sidebar. Choose which app is shown in the sidebar by swiping down to scroll through a list of apps. Tap the icon of the app you want to use. A preview of the app you've chosen will appear in the sidebar.

To close the sidebar, place your finger on it and swipe right. You can also tap anywhere on the screen outside of the sidebar to close it!

"A Trio of Apple Watch Tips"

** Do you need to conserve battery power?
Use the Power Reserve mode, which just displays the time. Press and hold the side button, then slide the Power Reserve slider.

** Not ready to buy a pair of reading glasses but tired of squinting at the tiny text?
MAKE IT BIGGER! Go to Settings > Brightness & Text Size, and adjust to your preference.

** When you reply to a message with your voice, your Apple Watch offers one of two choices:
1. Sending it as dictated text, or sending your dictation as an audio clip.
2. If you prefer that your messages always send as audio clips or always as dictation, go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then My Watch > Messages > Audio Messages.

"A FINAL Trio Of iPhone 6s Tips: Two quick email options and Facedown Detection"

** Read an email or messages without opening it or marking it as read: Press on a message in your inbox to peek at the message contents, then slide up on the window to view a list of available actions. Release your finger to return back to the inbox or press harder to open the message. This also works in the Messages app.

** Respond quickly to an email message: Use 3D Touch to interact with the contact details in an email. Press firmly on the contact icon in the top right. This opens a menu that allows you to send them another email, open a Facetime call, or add their details to your address book.

** Facedown Detection: When you place your iPhone face down, it will use the ambient light to recognize when to turn off the screen in order to save battery life. If your phone is face down and not receiving light, the screen will remain off even when you receive Messages or Notifications.

"A New Trio Of iPhone 6s Tips: Battery life, Wi-Fi Assist and Quick-Response Texts"

** Save battery life -- To take advantage of "Low Power Mode" in iOS 9, go to Settings > Battery and toggle it on to extend your battery life. However, if you do this, you will be unable to use background syncing, animations, and the “Hey Siri” function.

** Wi-Fi Assist -- With Wi-Fi Assist, your iPhone 6S will use cellular data to boost a weak Wi-Fi signal. If your Wi-Fi is patchy, it borrows from the cellular data connection to boost the speed. Unfortunately, this will potentially use your data plan. Wi-Fi Assist set to be on by default. If you have a limited data plan, you will want to turn it off. Go to Settings > Mobile Data and scroll down to the bottom where you’ll see the Wi-Fi Assist toggle.

** Send a quick response to a text message -- Force press on a text messaging thread in the Messages app to preview the conversation. Drag the preview window upwards to expose a list of quick responses that include things like, “Ok,” “Thanks,” and “Yes.”

A Trio of iPhone 6s Tips!

** Quickly switch to another app:

The multitasking menu can be accesses by pressing the Home button twice. With 3D Touch, press down on the left side of the screen and swipe to the right, you’ll see your last app and you can switch to it quickly. Press harder, and you’ll launch the full multitasking menu with all your open apps.

** Use Siri hands-free:

Now you are able to say “Hey Siri” when the screen is off and the iPhone 6S is locked and the phone will launch Siri. Settings > General > Siri

Siri only responds to your voice. To get started you’ll be prompted to say, “Hey Siri,” three times and then ask a couple of questions. Siri occasionally gets it wrong and may respond to others. and you’ll be prompted to go back through the process.

** Customize Spotlight search:

Swipe left to right on the home screen to get Spotlight search with Siri Suggestions. To make adjustments to what gets searched, go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search and toggle off what you don’t want included. Siri Suggestions can also be turned off here.

Trio of tips on utilizing the hidden features on the iPhone 6s and IOS 9

Quick communications: Press firmly on a contact’s picture and you’ll open up a Quick Actions menu that lets you quickly and easily call, message or email the contact.

The hidden trackpad: Press and firmly hold the keyboard in an app to turn it into a trackpad. Slide your finger to control the cursor. Press even harder and you’ll begin highlighting words. This feature only works with Apple’s keyboard.

Peek and Pop: Press down on an email or a web link and you’ll get a “Peek” at the contents. Swipe your finger up to reveal a menu of options, such as Open Link, Add to Reading List, or Copy with a website link. When you let go, you’ll drop back to where you were. If you want visit that website or open the full message, press down harder to “Pop” in.

"All About the iPad Apps"

** To show the apps bar, swipe up with four fingers. To hide the apps bar, swipe down with four fingers.

** Set the iPad to erase all data after 10 failed passcode entry attempts by choosing: Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Erase Data

** To kill running apps (you should do this every couple of days anyway!), reveal the multitasking bar and hold an icon till it shakes, tap the minus sign on all running apps. Hit the Home key when done.

"Caps lock, apostrophes and home screens -- oh my!"

** Caps lock by just double-tapping the Shift button. Tap it again to release. (You may need to first “Enable Caps Lock” in Settings > General > Keyboard)
** Don’t bother with apostrophes when writing contractions -- the iPad will automatically insert them for you!
** Want to return to the Home screen from an open app quickly? Spread all five fingers out on the screen and slide them to the center.

"Trio of iPad tips"

  • Need a full stop? Double-tap the spacebar to get a period followed by a space.
  • Enable Safari's AutoFill feature for filling out forms on websites. Settings > Safari > AutoFill
  • Change your e-mail signature. Always include your email and phone number. Settings > Mail > Contacts > Calendars > Signature

"More iPad Tips!"

This go 'round, learn how to ...

** How to take a screenshot
** How to tap-select a single word or entire paragraph
** View a list of suspended apps

SCREENSHOT: Take a screenshot by pushing the Power and Home buttons at once for half a second. You’ll find the image in your photo library.

TAP-SELECT CONTENT: Double tap a word to select it. Four fast taps on the same word to select a whole paragraph.

VIEW APPS: Press the Home button twice to bring up a list of currently running or suspended apps (this is the “apps bar”). Swipe the apps bar all the way to the left to access playback controls, the iTunes app, volume controls and to activate an Apple TV connection

"Change Your Default Signature On Your iPhone/iPad"

The annoying default email signature on an Apple device says ― "Sent from my iPad/iPhone."

But what if you don't WANT people to know where you sent an email from -- or what if you think the tag is completely useless to include to begin with?

To remove the default signature and add your own, go into Settings and tap on Mail --> Contacts ---> Calendars. Find Signature in the fourth section down, then enter your own customized signature.

Using "Reachability" for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

As you may have noticed, the new iPhones are massive. It’s difficult to reach the top of the iPhone 6 Plus display with one hand. When you need to tap something near the top of the display, double-touch the home button. This will shift the entire screen downward allowing you to reach whatever you need.On the iPhone, a double tap on the home button will open the app switcher interface. To use Reachability, you want to double-touch the home button without actually depressing it.

"Summon Siri"

Summoning Siri can be done with your voice when your phone is charging by turning on the “Hey, Siri” function.

To enable this feature, look in Siri’s settings. Voice activated Siri is a large drain on the battery which is why it will only work when the phone is charging. This is a great way to remain hands-free while driving!

"Message like a Madman (or woman) on your iPhone 6"

Here's several tips for when you're using the SMS or MMS messaging functions on your iPhone 6.

** Select “Details” at the top of a SMS or MMS to access the contact info for the person you’re texting with and the photos/videos you’ve sent each other.

** “Messages” also archives ALL the images you’ve shared. If location sharing is enabled, you can see where chats are sent from.

** You have the ability to mute a conversation. The mute switch is particularly useful when you’re in a group chat.

** You also can remove yourself from any chat. On the Details screen, select “Leave this conversation”.

"Saving. That. Battery." (Tips for Apple iPhone 6)

iPhone 6:
Want to see which apps are draining your battery? Go into Settings > General > Usage. Your apps will be ranked in descending order. The default view shows the worst offenders over the last 24 hours and gives you an opportunity to close them. And also move the slider at the top to see your usage over the last week.

Use Magic Fingers to Switch Between Apps

Apple lets you utilize your iPad's larger screen by allowing you to switch between apps quickly using four or five fingers and dragging them sideways. You can also close out apps this way by pinching all of your fingers together.

To enable the feature, go to Settings, turn on Multitasking Gestures.

The Quicker the Better
Need to charge your iPhone or iPad quickly? Simply go to "settings" and select "Airplane Mode" to charge your device twice as fast.

"Extending" your iPhone's capabilities
iPhone users ... need to call someone with an extension? Just dial the phone number, tap and hold the star (*) key. A comma will appear, tap it and then enter the extension number. This forces the phone to dial the main number and wait until the call is answered, and then dial the extension automatically!

Feeling "shaky" about your iPhone message?
Did you change your mind and need to quickly delete while typing a message on your iPhone? Instead of pressing delete to remove each individual character on the keyboard, shake your device once and choose Undo Typing. Everything will be deleted with one click.

2-for-1 Special on iPhones

  • Want to quickly hide a banner notification? Simply swipe right to left to hide the notification.

  • Need to charge quickly? Put your device in Airplane Mode to charge twice as fast.

How to Reset the Home Screen Layout on Your iPhone or iPad:
If you have too many apps cluttering up your screen, and organizing them seems daunting, reset to the default screen so you can start over. This process will NOT delete your apps, it will simply move the icons around.

  • Go to SETTINGS, choose GENERAL, then scroll to the bottom and choose RESET.
  • In that screen choose RESET HOME SCREEN LAYOUT. Do not use the other options!
  • Now you can go to your home screen to see your default icons and all of your other apps will appear on the remaining screens. Have fun organizing them all over again!

iPhone Settings ScreenTech Tip: Customize Your E-mail Signature on iPhone & iPad
It’s easy to replace the default “Sent from my iPhone” signature to one of your own. Simply go to
Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > scroll down to Signature. With the newest versions of the iOS operating system you can create a different signature for each e-mail account on your device.

iPad Keyboard Shortcuts for Lawyers
There are useful hidden characters on the iPad keyboard. To reveal them press and hold the displayed key:

  • Use the comma key for an apostrophe
  • The period key reveals a single quote mark
  • On the numeric keyboard the quote mark hides smart quotes and other symbols
  • Need the section symbol? Look for it under the ampersand on the numeric keyboard
  • How about a bullet? Hold the hyphen on numeric keypad
  • Curly quotes can be found under the quotes key on the main keyboard
  • An ellipses is hidden under the period on the main keyboard
More special characters are hidden under the “123” key on the numeric keypad. To see them, switch to the numeric keypad and hold for a moment on the “123” key shown.
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Power through

Do you know about your Mac’s Preview's power features? Have you ever used Image Capture? Don’t clog up your system with apps and drivers for digital cameras and scanners. Try Image Capture - it's in the Utilities folder. With this you can control most modern scanners (or the scanners in multifunction printers) both wired and wirelessly, and import from digital cameras, including iOS devices.

Pull up the panel at the bottom-left for extra options. You can set preferences to tell your Mac which app should launch when you connect each of your devices.

Take a screenshot on a Mac

For Macintosh users, capturing a screen shot is easy.

To capture a shot of your entire screen, press Command (⌘)-Shift-3.

Or to capture just some of your screen, press Command (⌘)-Shift-4, and then drag the crosshair pointer to select the area. (Hold Shift, Option, or the Space bar while you drag to resize the selection area. To cancel, press Escape (esc) before you release the mouse button).

The screenshots are saved as PNG files on your desktop. They're automatically named "Screen shot (date and time).png".

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"Everything You Need To Know About Periscope -- Part 4"

So over the last three weeks, we've shown you how to:

1. Start your Periscope account and ink it to your Twitter feed
2. Watch a live stream and
3. Set up your own live stream

And today we complete the process by showing you how to stream your video and all the functions that come with it.

So let's begin!

** Before you begin broadcasting, you can type an introduction about what you’re going to air. A text field appears at the top of the “Broadcast Now” screen. Right beneath are the four options to control your video sharing.

** Tap on the location icon to enable Location Sharing. People watching your video will know where you are. Do not tap on the location icon if you do not want to share your location. 

** Tap on the padlock icon if you want to do a Private Broadcast. Private Broadcasts do not appear in the Global List and only the people you invite can join. Enter the names of the people you want to invite to your Private Broadcast on the next screen.

** Tap on the chat icon if you only want to allow users that follow you to chat on the video. This restricts non-followers from leaving messages on your video. If you would like everyone to comment freely, leave the chat icon alone.

** Tap on the Twitter icon if you want your video to be posted as a tweet. Once you start broadcasting, it will also be posted on Twitter, which means everyone following you there can also see it. Leave this if you don’t want to post a tweet about your video. 

** Tap on the red “Start Broadcast” button right below the four options. You are now live! Point your camera to yourself or to the areas you want captured on video.

** When you have finished broadcasting, swipe down anywhere on the screen. A red “Stop Broadcast” button will appear. Tap on it. Your live streaming has just ended. A summary screen will appear. 

** Immediately after your live event, your video will be uploaded. Once done, a play button will appear. Tap on this button to replay your video. Your video can be saved locally to your iPhone’s Camera Roll. Tap on the “Save to Camera Roll” button on the bottom part of the screen.

That's it! You're now a Periscope master. Enjoy!

"Everything You Need To Know About Periscope - Part 3"

Periscope is so new and cool and exciting, it's getting a four-part series in our Tech Tip section.

Last week, we showed you how to to "Watch/Interact With A Live Periscope Feed." And this week, we *finally* get around to teaching you how to set up your very own live stream!

Just follow these steps:

1. Tap on the camera lens icon on the bottom menu. (NOTE: Before you can begin doing a live stream, you have to go into your settings and set your iPhone or Android to support video broadcasting).

2. A step‐by‐step guide will help you get set-up. Tap on the “Enable Camera” button on the menu. The app will request access to your iPhone’s camera. Tap on the OK button to allow. 

3. Tap “Enable Microphone” button on the menu. The app will request access to your iPhone’s microphone. Tap on the OK button to allow. 

4. You can opt to share your current location, which will show during your live stream. Tap on the “Enable Location” button on the menu. The app will request access to your iPhone’s location services. Tap on the Allow button to allow. 

And, viola: You're ready to live stream!

That's it for Part 3! Next week, we close out the series by showing you can stream a live video on Periscope and some settings to optimize your broadcast!

"Everything You Need To Know About Periscope - Part 2"

Periscope is so new and cool and exciting, it's getting a four-part series in our Tech Tip section. Last week, we showed you how to set up your Periscope account and connect it to your Twitter feed.

So this week, in Part 2, we teach you how to "Watch/Interact With A Live Periscope Feed."

** From the list of "Live Broadcasts", tap on the name of the person you want to watch. A “LIVE” flag appears on the person’s box that’s currently streaming.
** View Global List: If you don’t have any that’s currently live, you can tap on the “View Global List” instead. You can also tap on the world icon on the bottom menu. You will be brought to the Global List showing all the people currently broadcasting live. Swipe up and down to view your options. Tap on the one you’d like to watch now.
** Viewers watching the same live video can post messages that can be seen by everyone -- To send your own message to the group, tap on the text field on the bottom and a keypad will appear. Type your message, and then tap the Send button. Your message will appear on the messages stream over the video.
** All the people currently watching the same live video can post messages that can be seen by everyone. These messages appear from the bottom left of the screen going up. Join the conversation by tapping on the text field on the bottom and a keypad will appear. Type your message, and then tap the Send button. Your message will appear on the messages stream over the video.
** Like what you are watching? Send a heart by tapping anywhere on the screen. Hearts you send will be green, while the hearts other people send will be red.

That's it for Part 2! Next week, we go next-level and teach you to set up your very own Periscope live stream!

Everything You Need To Know About Periscope - Part 1"

Periscope is so new and cool and exciting, it's getting a four-part series in our Tech Tip section. So here goes Part 1 ...

Live streaming from mobile devices is the latest trend in social media. Attorneys are using apps like Periscope as a way to connect with their clients and potential clients. Lawyers can answer general questions and communicate live with their viewers in real-time. Replays of the live event are available for 24 hours. This is a great way to attract new clients and use video to grow your law firm by providing information content that is timely, relevant and positions the attorney as an expert in their area of practice. Broadcasting options can be private, shared with followers only, or shared publicly.

Setting up your Periscope Account:

** Download the Periscope app from the App Store or Google Play
** Launch the App
** Sign in with your Twitter account (a MUST since this is a Twitter creation). Tap the OK button on the authorization message to allow Periscope access to your Twitter account.
** Tap “Create Account” to start using Periscope. Periscope will link with your Twitter account.
** Follow People. A list of featured people and people you follow on Twitter will be shown. Select the ones you want to follow on Periscope. A check icon will appear beside their names. Tap on the Done button on the upper right corner.
** You’re now set to use Periscope! Your main dashboard screen will list the people you are following that are live and that have recently broadcasted.

Next week in Part 2, we'll show you how to watch a live video -- that is, if you're not a Periscope expert by this time next week! Enjoy!

"Surf Privately On Any Mobile Device Or Tablet"

If you don’t want your internet browser to save a record of what sites you visit and download, you can browse the web in incognito/private mode.

Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet without saving the sites you visit. You can open many tabs in incognito mode and navigate back and forth between the pages you visit. When you close the tabs, your internet browser won’t save the sites you’ve visited.

Google Chrome users (Android devices):

** Open the Google Chrome browser.
** Tap the Menu icon or option (looks like three dots on some devices, other devices may have different icon).
** Tap the New Incognito tab option in the Menu.
Tip: To leave Incognito mode, simply close the incognito tab.

Safari users (iPad and iPhone):

** Open the Safari browser.
** Tap the New tab icon Safari New Tab to open a new tab in the browser.
** Tap the Private option.

(For iOS 7 or earlier, follow the steps below instead)

** Open the Safari browser.
** Tap the New tab icon Safari New Tab to open a new tab in the browser.
** Tap the Private option.

Tip: To leave Private Browsing, simply repeat steps 2-3 listed above.

Dictate Using Your Device"

Typing on a touchscreen is a lot harder than using a keyboard, so dictate your texts and emails instead. To dictate on an Apple device or any Android, go to the keyboard and look for the microphone icon that's usually on the bottom-left corner. Click it, and start speaking. You might have to go in afterwards and clean up some things--adding capitals to words and cleaning punctuation.
To make it easier, speak clearly, and announce your punctuation.

"Hello John, COMMA, thanks for sending the reports PERIOD, NEW PARAGRAPH. Have a great day, John."

Samsung Galaxy S5: "One-Hand Mode" & "Hands-Free Answering"

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a large smartphone boasting a 5.1-inch 1080P HD display. Thankfully Samsung created "One-Hand Mode" to make the screen smaller for easier use when you only have one hand free. Go to Settings -> One-handed operation -> On. You can move the usable part of the screen around to make it smaller for easier use.

For "Hands-Free Answering," the Galaxy S5 sensors know when you pick the phone up and place it next to your ear. It can automatically answer a call if your hands are full or you are busy. Go to Settings -> Motions and gestures -> Direct call -> On.

"What Do All These S5 Buttons Do?"

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is loaded with features that you may not even realize are there. Here are just a few tips on how to better navigate the S5:

** Home Button Once – Home
** Home Button Hold – Google Now
** Home Button Double Tap – S Voice
** Back Button Once – Go back
** Back Button Hold – Turn on Multi-Window Mode
** Multitasking Button Once – Open multitasking menu
** Multitasking Button Hold – Acts as a settings button.

"Have an 'Air' About Yourself"

The Samsung Galaxy S5 uses a small sensor to detect when your finger is hovering over the screen.

When a feature called "Air Gesture" is turned on, you can see more details about a calendar entry, see a bigger preview of a photo or even a contact while dialing all by holding your finger over the application.

To enable it, go to Settings -> Air View -> On. This will turn the feature on and show you where you can use it.

"Saving. That. Battery." (Tips for Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5)

Samsung Galaxy S5:
The Ultra Power Saving mode on the Galaxy S5 will turn the screen black and white and limit app access while still letting you make calls, send texts, use the internet and other features. This is designed to help you make even a 5% of the battery last all night when you can’t get to a charger. With 30% battery life the phone can last almost 5 days in standby. Go to Settings -> Ultra Power Saving -> On and the system will switch over in a few seconds.

iPhone 6:
Want to see which apps are draining your battery? Go into Settings > General > Usage. Your apps will be ranked in descending order. The default view shows the worst offenders over the last 24 hours and gives you an opportunity to close them. And also move the slider at the top to see your usage over the last week.

Ask Your Smartphone to Calculate a Date
iPhone users can ask Siri “What is 45 days from January 1". Siri will tell you that it’s “Saturday February 15th, 2014” and she might even mention it’s a holiday. Ask her “What is 5 days before February 19th” and she’ll tell you “It’s Friday February 14, 2014 (Valentines Day”. Don’t have an iPhone? Try it with any voice-enabled smart phone and see what happens!

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Don't visit untrusted websites and don't believe everything you read. Criminals might create fake websites and pop-ups with enticing messages intended to draw you in and download malware. If something sounds too good to be true, most likely it's fraudulent or harmful. For more tips on how to keep malware off your computer, visit The Florida Bar's Practice Resource Institute page at

The Bar's Practice Resource Institute provides tips on how to keep malware off your computer. Today's tip: Be diligent about using spam (junk mail) filters . . .  These services help block mass emails that might contain malware from reaching your email inbox. Visit the Bar's Practice Resource Institute page.


Good anti-virus software will periodically run to search for and remove malware from your computer. Make sure to set the software to update automatically and scan for the latest malware. For more tips on how to keep malware off your computer, visit the Bar's Practice Resource Institute page.


Malware includes viruses, spyware, and other unwanted software that gets installed on your computer or mobile device without your consent. The Bar's Practice Resource Institute provides tips on how to keep malware off your computer. Today's tip: Don’t immediately open email attachments or click on links in unsolicited or suspicious-looking emails. For more information on this tip and others, visit the Practice Resource Institute page.

"How to Find Out What's Slowing Your Wi-Fi Down!"

And, as it turns out, there's a fairly simple way to finding out.

The easiest way to tell if someone is using your Wi-Fi network is to use a free program like Wireless Network Watcher. This program lists gadgets currently connected to your network, so you can spot anything that looks out of the ordinary. If your suspicions were created because you’ve noticed your network slowing, there may be other things causing it. This could be your router or typical slowing caused by high traffic peak times. Before blaming your neighbor, try these tips for testing your Wi-Fi network:

But this series of Tech Tips from USA Today doesn't stop there.

There's also:
* How to turn off auto-correct on your mobile devices
* How to get rid of hardware viruses
* Troubleshooting your smartphone
* Avoiding Craigslist scams


"How To Ditch the Password For a Passphrase"

Do you still use passwords to protect your accounts?

Let's end that not-so-secure practice today.

A password is typically made up of not more than 10 letters or symbols, or a combination of both. It could be a string of random symbols like “Ka15#D!e” or a really terrible password like “abc123”.

A passphrase is longer than a password and contains spaces in between words such as this: “Every dog has its day!”. A passphrase can also contain symbols, and does not have to be a proper sentence or grammatically correct.

Passphrases are easier to remember than random symbols and letters combined together. Wouldn’t it be easier to remember a quote from your favorite movie or a line from your favorite song?

All major operating systems -- including Windows, Linux and Mac -- allow passphrases of up to 127 characters long.

NOTE: Longer passphrases = maximum security!!!

Passwords are relatively easy to crack. Hackers have state of the art tools that are designed to crack even the most complicated password.

So join the #PassphraseRevolution today!

How To Use FileVault 2 to encrypt the startup disk on your Mac

FileVault 2 full-disk encryption helps prevent unauthorized access to the information on your startup disk.

FileVault 2 encrypts the entire Mac system drive using a form of encryption, called XTS-AES 128. Before enabling FileVault 2, it’s important to make a full backup of your data. FileVault 2 is available in OS X Lion or later.

Then follow these steps:
** Turn on and set up FileVault
** When FileVault is turned on, your Mac always requires that you log in with your OS X account password. 
** Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.
** Click the FileVault tab.
** Click the Lock Locked button, then enter an administrator name and password.
** Click Turn On FileVault.

If you want to turn off FileVault and no longer want to encrypt your startup disk, follow these steps:
** Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.
** Click the FileVault tab.
** Click the Lock Locked button, then enter an administrator name and password.
** Click Turn Off FileVault.
** Restart your Mac

"5 Simple Ways How To Spot Fraudulent Emails"

Fraudulent emails (phish) and websites can be very sophisticated, and may look identical to the legitimate emails and websites from your bank and other trusted sources. In fact, fraudsters can tamper with the sender information in an email to make their phish look even more legitimate.

Although fraudsters use various tactics in their phish, there are common elements you should familiarize yourself with before clicking on any links or giving any secure information.
A law firm in Florida received this phishing email below from Wells Fargo. Thankfully they recognized the signs that it was fraudulent.

Here's the signs:

1. Awkward greeting
A phish may address the customer with a nonsensical greeting or may not refer to the customer by name.

2. Typos and Incorrect grammar
This isn’t because fraudsters don’t know how to spell – it’s so the phish won’t be blocked by email filters.
** Examples in this phish: “acessed” “Our SSL security severs has…” “fradulent”
** Examples in this phish: “Our SSL security severs has…”

3. Strange or unfamiliar links
This link looks official, but notice what happens when the mouse curser rolls over it. The link’s source code points to a completely different website.
** Remember that you can always type a URL into your web browser instead of clicking a link.

4. Compelling or urgent language
This email would convey an urgent need to communicate with you for your own security, or a request to update your information immediately.
Examples in this phish:
** “We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your online account, which has been acessed unusually.”
** “Our security department has requested information from you to verify your identity for your online banking.”

5. Mis-spelled company name.
Another tactic used to bypass email filters. 
** Example in the phish: “WellsFargo (s)”
This is not a comprehensive list of phish email characteristics, but these examples will help you learn to recognize fraudulent emails.

"How To Beef Up Those Facebook Security Settings"

We all read about the Minnesota judge who was reprimanded for writing on his personal Facebook page about cases he was presiding over. (ICYMI:

Well, the judge's reasoning was this: "The judge thought his Facebook posts were available only to some 80 friends, family and church members, but in fact they were public. Of course, as the judge now realizes, he should not even have shared the posts within that limited group."

And that should make everyone pause and check into your *own* Facebook security settings. Here's how you can ensure everything you post is seen -- and ONLY seen -- by your friends and not the general public.
1. Log into you Facebook account and select "Settings"

2. Then select "Privacy" . You will then find a series of three questions/categories: 
** Who can see my stuff? 
** Who can contact me? and 
** Who can look me up?

For the maximum privacy settings and to ensure JUST your friends see your posts, here's how you set each one.

3. Let's start with the "Who can see my stuff?" category. The first question is the most important: "Who can see your future posts?"
Choose "Friends."
Now, every post you make can be seen only by your friends -- and not someone who randomly logs onto your account and begins perusing your posts. Skipping ahead a bit, the third question -- "Limit your audience on past posts?" -- should also be set to "Limit Past Posts" to ensure even your older posts now adhere to your new settings.
The second question, meanwhile -- "Review all your posts and things you're tagged in?" -- allows you to first be notified by Facebook before a photo or post you're tagged in by someone appears on your timeline. Did someone take a terrible picture of you at a party and post it? Or did your mom post an embarrassing baby photo with spaghetti in your hair? Changing this setting allows you to first review all those posts before they go out to anyone, including friends.

4. Next up is the "Who can contact me?" setting. This setting is simply to filter out who may send you friend requests and private messages, and you have two choices: "Everyone" or "Friends." This one's pretty self-explanatory and simply a matter of personal preference.

5. And lastly, we come to "Who Can Look Me Up?" If you want only friends to be only to look you up, choose "Friends" for each selection.

How can I safely share files with a client over the internet? 

Chad Burton, CEO of CuroLegal and founder of Burton Law provides tips on how to safely and securely share files with clients over the internet in this three minute YouTube video. External Link
For more information on safely sharing files with clients be sure to check out 
Navigating Technology in 2015 and Beyond: What Every Practitioner Must Know About Technology's Impact on the Legal Profession External Link a CLE presented by the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section External Link of The Florida Bar and The Practice Resource Institute (PRI)

"Surf Privately On Any Mobile Device Or Tablet"

If you don’t want your internet browser to save a record of what sites you visit and download, you can browse the web in incognito/private mode.

Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet without saving the sites you visit. You can open many tabs in incognito mode and navigate back and forth between the pages you visit. When you close the tabs, your internet browser won’t save the sites you’ve visited.

Google Chrome users (Android devices):

** Open the Google Chrome browser.
** Tap the Menu icon or option (looks like three dots on some devices, other devices may have different icon).
** Tap the New Incognito tab option in the Menu.
Tip: To leave Incognito mode, simply close the incognito tab.

Safari users (iPad and iPhone):

** Open the Safari browser.
** Tap the New tab icon Safari New Tab to open a new tab in the browser.
** Tap the Private option.

(For iOS 7 or earlier, follow the steps below instead)

** Open the Safari browser.
** Tap the New tab icon Safari New Tab to open a new tab in the browser.
** Tap the Private option.

Tip: To leave Private Browsing, simply repeat steps 2-3 listed above.

"Go On A Sneaky Safari"

If you don’t want your internet browser to save a record of what sites you visit and download, you can browse the web in incognito/private mode.

Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet without saving the sites you visit. You can open many tabs in incognito mode and navigate back and forth between the pages you visit. When you close the tabs, your internet browser won’t save the sites you’ve visited.

This week, we look at how to surf privately in Safari:

Open the Safari browser.

Click the Gear Safari Gear located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.

Select Private Browsing... from the dropdown menu.

Click OK.

Tip: To leave Private Browsing, simply repeat steps 2-4 listed above.

"Outsmart The (Fire)Fox"

If you don’t want your internet browser to save a record of what sites you visit and download, you can browse the web in incognito/private mode.

Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet without saving the sites you visit. You can open many tabs in incognito mode and navigate back and forth between the pages you visit. When you close the tabs, your internet browser won’t save the sites you’ve visited.

Here's how you go "stealth" in Firefox:

** Open the Firefox browser.
** Click Menu Firefox Menu in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
** Select New Private Window.
Tip: To leave Private Mode, simply close the private window or re-open your Firefox browser.

Or ...

** Open the Firefox browser.
** Press the Ctrl + Shift + P keys at the same time.

"Free roam in Google Chrome"

If you don’t want your internet browser to save a record of what sites you visit and download, you can browse the web in incognito/private mode.

Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet without saving the sites you visit. You can open many tabs in incognito mode and navigate back and forth between the pages you visit. When you close the tabs, your internet browser won’t save the sites you’ve visited.

Here's how you go "stealth" in Chrome:

** Open the Google Chrome browser.
** Click on the Wrench Chrome wrench icon or Menu Chrome Menu button icon in the top right corner.
** Click New incognito window.
Tip: To leave Incognito Mode, simply close the incognito window or re-open your Google Chrome browser.


** Open the Google Chrome browser.
** Press the Ctrl + Shift + N keys at the same time.

"Going Incognito in Internet Explorer"

If you don’t want your internet browser to save a record of what sites you visit and download, you can browse the web in incognito/private mode.

Incognito mode opens a new window where you can browse the Internet without saving the sites you visit. You can open many tabs in incognito mode and navigate back and forth between the pages you visit. When you close the tabs, your internet browser won’t save the sites you’ve visited.

Here's how you go "stealth" in IE:

** Open the Internet Explorer browser.
** Press the Ctrl + Shift + P keys at the same time.

Or ...

** Open the Internet Explorer browser.
** On the upper right-hand portion of the browser window, click Tools IE Tools Icon .
** Move the mouse cursor over the Safety drop down menu.
Click InPrivate Browsing.
** Tip: To leave InPrivate Mode, simply close the private window or re-open your Internet Explorer browser.

Make sure you know how to create good passwords and that you have a password policy for your professional AND personal devices. Make sure that all your staff/colleagues/family members take password
security seriously.
One of the best articles on creating good passwords, “Keeping Your Passwords Strong and Secure” is from LawPro, from the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company in Ontario, CA.
Some tips include:

  • Never tell anyone your password
  • Never write your passwords and leave on your monitor
  • Do not save passwords on your hard drive (OOPS)
  • Use a password manager
  • Do not use the same passwords for everything
  • Change your passwords often
  • Change compromised passwords IMMEDIATELY
  • Do not use the “Remember Me” Feature
Tip provided by the Maryland State Bar Association
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Internet/Social Media:

"How to Create An Event On Facebook"

You're popular. You're social. You're the straw that stirs the drink at the party. You're basically a Facebook legend.

We feel you!

So when the time comes to host or create your OWN "Facebook Event," you need to know the right way.

Here's how:

To create a Facebook event:
1. Click Events in the left menu of your News Feed.
2. Click Create in the top right.
3. (IMPORTANT:) Click Create Private Event in the top-left to choose a privacy setting. You are not able to change the event's privacy setting once the event has been created.
4. Enter the event name, details, location and time. You must include an event name and time.
5. Send invites -- send to one friend, a group of friends or share on your own page for everyone to see.

We've got TWO events currently created for The Florida Bar --
** 2016 Annual Convention --
** 2016 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference --

Check them out if you need examples -- and while you're there, REGISTER! ;)

"How to Connect Twitter and Facebook to Create Automatic Posts:

If you typically post the same updates on Facebook as you do on Twitter, you can save time by setting up your Twitter account so it posts your tweets as updates on Facebook automatically.

Here's the process

1. Sign in to Twitter and then click profile photo in the top right corner of the menu to access your "Profile and settings."

2. Click "Settings" from the dropdown menu.

3. In the left sidebar, click "Apps."

4. Click on the "Connect to Facebook" button.

5. Log in to your Facebook account by clicking "Okay" in the Facebook tab that pops up.

6. Next, you'll see a message that says, "Twitter would like to post to Facebook for you."

Use the dropdown menu below that message to select how you want your tweets to be displayed when they're automatically posted on Facebook (to be seen by the public, your friends, only you, or a custom option). Click "Okay."

7. It can take a little while for your Twitter RSS feed to be updated and pulled by Facebook but you’re good to go! Your tweets will now appear on Facebook.

"How To Get Your Hashtag On"

Maybe you’re new to Twitter, maybe you’re not - but we need to talk about hashtags.

Hashtags allow Twitter users to tap into a Twitter-wide conversation by making words searchable. To create a hashtag, place the "#" symbol before a word. This is a great tool to discover what is trending. This also help you connect with users who have similar interests.

Also, there's some "hashtag etiquette" we'd like to clue you in on.

Use a maximum of three hashtags per tweet. Hashtags are a useful way to get your tweet out to people who are interested in its main subject, but too many hashtags in a post can be annoying.
So, please -- if you're a serial hashtag offender -- 
‪#‎stop‬ ‪#‎using‬ so ‪#‎many‬‪#‎hashtags‬ in your ‪#‎posts‬.

‪#‎annoying‬ ‪#‎overwhelming‬ ;)

"How to Use Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts"

Did you know that Twitter has created keyboard shortcuts for you?

For example, if you press the ‘N’ on your keyboard while on, you’ll be able to immediately start writing a new tweet.

Hit F to mark a tweet as a favorite, R to reply and T to retweet.

Check out this handy infographic for more keyboard shortcuts!

"How To Use The '@' Correctly In Your Tweets"

One of the things that makes Twitter so amazing is its powerful connectivity thanks to the "@" symbol in front of each users' unique accounts that allows you to tweet "at" (get it?) anyone in the WORLD who's on Twitter.

But if you want your tweet to be seen by more than just the person you're sending it too -- and, let's be honest, most Twitter users tweet so they can have their tweets seen by followers -- you can't begin your tweet with the "@" symbol.

If you do, only the person you "@'d" and those of your followers who ALSO follow that person will see it. To avoid that and have your tweet populate on your timeline for everyone to see, the most common technique to get around one of Twitter's many quirks is to place a "." in front of the tweet.

Let's say we wanted to reach out to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi -- but we also wanted to make sure ALL of our followers saw it.

Here's the wrong way and right way to do it:


@AGPamBondi Morning, Ms. Bondi! Thanks for the recent $500K gift to @FlaATCJ and your continued support of Florida's Commission on Access to Civil Justice!


.@AGPamBondi Morning, Ms. Bondi! Thanks for the recent $500K gift to @FlaATCJ and your continued support of Florida's Commission on Access to Civil Justice!

Just use the "." before the account (we've also seen some users use a "/") and your tweet will be seen by all!

"How to Tag a Place or Business in a Facebook Post"

Tagging someone in a tweet on Twitter is easy, right? Just "@" them .. and viola, you pop into their mentions!

But what about Facebook? How do you ensure your favorite social spots, restaurants, businesses and organizations know you're talking about them on social media?

Well, the process is actually pretty similar: Use the "@" on Facebook, too!

Let's say the Tallahassee Bar Association was having a get-together at Madison Social -- one of Tallahassee's most happening spots -- and they wanted to write a post alerting members. All they would need to do when mentioning Madison Social in the post is type the "@" symbol first, followed by -- and this is *key* -- NO space between the @ and the first word in the title. Then just finish typing the name. The place your tagging should then populate in a drop-down list below the text for you to easily click and tag!

For example:

"Hey there, Tallahassee Bar Association members -- have plans this Thursday? Well if not, make sure to join at Madison Social for drinks, apps and networking with your Tallahassee colleagues!"

Now, unlike Twitter, the "@" symbol disappears after the business, organization or location is tagged -- making it just appear as it does above: a link that takes you directly to THEIR Facebook page.

Want us to see a post you're making about a Florida Bar event, just type "@The Florida Bar" and tag away!

"Stop Leaving Long, Awful-Looking Links In Your Facebook Posts"

There are certain annoying posts where you *wish* Facebook had a dislike button, are we right?

Posts with gigantic, sloppy-looking links sitting there like a digital hangnail is one of them.

What some users don't realize is that Facebook's platform is programmed to pick up "screen garbs" of whatever image is associated with your link when you paste it into the post (or "Status") area, allowing a media element to accompany the story and thus serve as the actual "link." That way, when someone views your post and decides to click on it to read more, all they simply have to do is click the large image associated with the story -- and not the clunky link some posters leave behind.

Here's an example:

The first image is a screenshot of a post we made today about Tallahassee Judge Charles A. Francis receiving the Tallahassee Bar Association's Lifetime Professionalism Award.

We copied and pasted the link from our Florida Bar News story, the image of Judge Francis popped in, then we told you where to click to read more, added a message of congratulations at the top and pressed "Publish".

Errrrr .... wrong.

That post would've been just fine -- clear and concise with a solid image to accompany it -- except for the last portion where we told you A) "Click here to read more" and B) Left the long link to do so.

Those last two elements are just not needed -- and it clutters your posts.

The second screenshot -- where A & B are omitted -- shows you how the post achieves the same good look, but with far less clutter.

(NOTE: Even if there is no image associated with your story link, Facebook is programmed to - at the very least - pull in a clickable headline and allow you to add your own image, meaning there still is no reason to ever leave the link in the post).

"How To Start A Facebook 'Group' "

Nowadays most of us are using Facebook personally and professionally. You might even have a Facebook page for your firm. Pages allow a business to post news and information but don’t give much room for followers to communicate. Are you looking to have more interaction with your followers? Try Facebook Groups. Groups offer the ability for followers to communicate with you and other like-minded people. You have the ability to have private conversations with group followers and limit who can join.

To set up a Facebook Group:

** Sign in to your Facebook Home page.
** Click the "Create Group" link in the left column of the Home page.
** Type a title for your group in the "Group Name" box. Click the down arrow beside the box to choose an appropriate icon.
** Click in the "Members" box. Begin typing the name of the friend you wish to add. Facebook will automatically drop down a list of matching people. Click the name to add the person.
** Click the drop-down "Privacy" menu to choose who can see your group and the group's information. Your options are "Secret," in which only members have access to group information; "Closed," in which group membership is publicly available but the posts remain private; and "Open," in which the group's membership roster and posts are viewable to everyone.
** Click "Create" to set up your Facebook group

"Learn How To Set Up Your Own Twitter Poll!"

For this week's Florida Bar Tech Tip, we're taking things up a notch with some advanced social media tips and tricks, beginning with ...

"How To Set Up Your Own Twitter Poll"

Creating a poll on Twitter -- one of the social media platform's latest and greatest features -- is simple!

Follow these 6 simple steps:
** Open the Twitter app
** Select Compose New Tweet
** Select Poll (it looks like a small "pie chart" symbol next to the camera button)
** Type out your question
** Add your poll options (you can have up to 4!)
** Send Tweet

The poll will stay up for exactly 24 hours. So sit back and watch the replies from your followers roll in!

"Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!"

Are you new to the world of Twitter? Here are a few things you need to know:
** Tweet = 140 character update
** Retweet (RT) = sharing another’s tweet
** Hashtag (#) = makes a word easily searchable
** Mention (@) = notifies user you were talking about them
** Direct message (DM) = allows you to privately communicate with other users
** Keep tweets short (limited to one at a time)
** Use DMs (direct messages) sparingly
** Twitter has a built-in URL shortener so you don’t need to use an outside service to shorten URLS
** Avoid going over tweet and follow limits: tweet limits are 100 tweets per hour or 1000 tweets per day, while follow limits depend on the size of your account

And most importantly, once you're signed up, don’t forget to follow The Florida Bar: @theflabar or

How to "fly under the radar" in Google Chrome

"Incognito" mode on your Google+ browser is for private browsing. Chrome will not record your browsing history, cookies, or download history. Everything is deleted when you close the browser.

You can go incognito one of three ways:
** Pressing Ctrl + Shift + N
** Choose "Settings" --> "New incognito Window"
** Right mouse-click on a link from a regular Chrome session, and select “open link in incognito window”

"Learn to Rule the Internet"

The Internet can be both frustrating and your best friend all at once, right? Did you know that there are numerous shortcut keys that can be used with any of Internet browser that will help you speed through your surfing like never before?

  • Press Ctrl + B to open your internet bookmarks.
  • Press Ctrl + F to open the find box to search for text within the page you are reading.
  • Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.
  • Press Alt + D to move the cursor into the address bar.
  • Hold the Ctrl key and press the + or - to increase and decrease the size of text. Ctrl + 0 will reset the text.
  • Press F11 to make the browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return to the normal view.
  • Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.

Reliable Internet Access Options
Whether you simply need to access e-mail or your firm has embraced the cloud for practice management, reliable Web access is a must-have for most lawyers. Those who travel know that the promise of ubiquitous free Wi-Fi is not a reality. In fact, some hotels charge for each device connected to their Wi-Fi network. Unsecured public Wi-Fi can also be a security risk if you inadvertently select an evil twin network or your data is intercepted via a man-in-the-middle attack. Accessing the Web via a tethered iPhone/iPad or Android works, with some limitations. Tethering will often reduce the battery life of the device much faster than normal, so have a charger and outlet handy. Most carriers charge more for allowing you to tether, and you will watch your data limits (if you have them) much sooner. If you are tethering, make sure to build in a password so that your cloud cannot be intercepted.

Another option?

Purchase a mobile hotspot, otherwise known as Mi-Fi. Mobile hotspots are usually smaller than a pack of playing cards and can support anywhere from five to 10 devices via a 4G LTE, 4G or 3G network, depending on location. There are many choices for devices and service through your existing mobile data carrier, another mobile data provider or prepaid options. Plans vary on data limits and cost anywhere from $25 to $45 per month. International plans are also readily available. These devices offer three to four hours of continuous use, and some devices now come with extra batteries. A mobile hotspot can be shared in a small law office if someone is traveling, or used for backup if the Internet is down. Source: Catherine Sanders Reach, Chicago Bar Association -ABA Law Practice Vol. 39, No. 2.

Use Google to Define Words and Perform Calculations
Can’t believe “pignut” just lost you a Words with Friends game? Use Google to quickly look up definitions. Simply type in the word “define” followed by your term – “define pignut”. You can also type calculations directly into the search box – “5*9+(sqrt 10)^3=”. The answer is 76.6227766017 and a pignut is a hickory tree that bears nuts with thin husks.

Are you an Internet Explorer User? You should know about Compatibility Mode.
Occasionally you will encounter a perfectly good website that just isn’t 100% compatible with the version of IE on your computer (many court websites!). Images might not show up, menus might be out of place, and text boxes could be jumbled together. Find and click the “Compatibility” button in the address bar to resolve many issues. Sometimes a website you're visiting doesn't look like you expect it to. Images might not show up, menus might be out of place, and text boxes could be jumbled together. This can be caused by a compatibility problem between Internet Explorer and the site you're on. When a site is incompatible with Internet Explorer, you'll see the Compatibility View button in the Address bar. You can only turn on Compatibility View in Internet Explorer for the desktop.
To turn on Compatibility View
1. See if the Compatibility View button Compatibility View buttonappears in the Address bar. (If you don't see the button, there's no need to turn on Compatibility View.)
2. Tap or click the Compatibility View button Compatibility View buttonto display the site in Compatibility View.
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Working with .PDFs in Adobe can often be challenging, confusing and time-consuming -- but this thorough list of tips should help alleviate all three of those issues. Check out these .PDF keyboard shortcuts and scan the list until you find the one -- or multiple tips -- which could help you work faster every time you open a .PDF.

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[Revised: 06-29-2016]