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Keep seeing the same videos on Facebook?

By BY GEORGE GORDON/Computer Guru - | Jun 18, 2021

If you’re watching all the same junk on Facebook — like airline stewards punching out passengers on flights to Cuba — then open up a Facebook page, press on the three dots on the top right and select a setting so you won’t get the same.

Another cool feature is when scrolling through videos on YouTube or Safari, you can select the three dots on the right side of the video and choose “not interested.” It also works on the News Apps, so you don’t have to keep watching when the next stimulus checks are going to arrive.

If you want to download a YouTube video, open up a video clip, click Share on the bottom, then choose your e-mail address. Now you can watch it on your airplane trip back from Cuba.

Here is a really good one using Google Lens. You can calculate your restaurant bill plus the tip, and you can also split the bill for all the parties at the table. It has a built-in calculator. To use Google Lens, just open up Google, and at the middle of the page is a camera icon. Press on it, and your camera comes on. Place it over the bill and click on the white circle. While you’re still using Google, tap on the microphone icon and say, “Hey Google, get me a ride back to Happy Valley.” You can choose from many different rides there.

Okay, I have a couple more good ones for you, so get ready.

The MacBook Pro has a nice track pad, and you can do some really cool things with it using one, two, three and four fingers on it. My favorite is the single tap. Instead of clicking twice to open up an app, I just choose an app and tap my finger once on the track pad. Do this and you totally love it.

Go to System Preferences, Track Pad, click on “Tap to Click,” then also click on “Secondary Click.” Secondary click is tapping two fingers, which is the same as the old right-click to bring up a secondary menu.

But here is a cream of the crop. To move a window around the screen, you have to press down on the track pad and move your finger around to move the screen. Well, now you can do it by placing three fingers on the track pad; swipe right or left, and the screen moves right or left.

To do this, keep System Preferences open and go to Accessibility, Pointer Control, Track Pad Options, Enable dragging. Now click on the up and down arrows to the right and choose Three Finger Drag.

Okay… let’s give it a try. Open up an app and click on it. Place your three fingers on the track pad and move it around. But if you don’t have a track pad and use the mouse, can you do the same gestures only using two fingers?

This works perfect on the iMac. Open up System Preferences, Mouse, More Gestures and click on Swipe Between Pages. Also click on Swipe Between Full-screen App, and with three fingers, you can swipe between two or more screens that are opened.

Last, but this the best: with Safari opened, you can choose a wallpaper by clicking on the three lines on the bottom right and choosing a bunch of colored wallpapers.

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