Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Cool New Widget For Your Blog - LinkWithin



There is a really cool widget out there from LinkWithin.com for your blog that allows you to show related stories to your current blog post under each of your posts.

The widget captures a thumbnail picture from the related post and title and places it at the bottom of your current post. It says "You might also like.... "and then shows 3, 4, or 5 pictures of other posts from your blog.

If you look at the screenshot above from my Linda's Blog you can see 4 pictures and titles from other Linda's Blog posts of mine under "You might also like...."

Here's what the LinkWithin website had to say about their widget:

Show Related Stories Under Each Post! - LinkWithin is a blog widget that appears under each post, linking to related stories from your blog archive. Don't Let Your Past Stories Go to Waste! We retrieve and index all stories from your blog archive, not just recent stories, making them accessible to new or casual readers of your blog who would not otherwise encounter them.

Increase Pageviews, Keep Readers Engaged - The widget links to stories that are relevant and interesting to readers of a particular post, keeping them engaged with your blog, and increasing your traffic.

Elegant, Unobtrusive Design - Our widget is minimally styled and blends in with your site design.

Free and Easy to Install - The widget is free and ad-free. It takes a minute to get the widget up and running on your blog,
no signup required!

The widget supports Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, and Other types of blogs. And, it allows for you to display 3, 4, or 5 pictures depending upon the width of your post area.

All you have to do is enter your email address, your blog URL, the blog platform (i.e. Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, or Other), and the width (i.e. 3 stories, 4 stories, or 5 stories)and hit "Get Widget." Then just follow the prompts for your blogs platform. If your blog platform is "Other" then it will generate HTML code that you can copy/paste before the tag of your blogs template.

I added it to each of my Blogger.com blogs and it was easy to do. Just select Blogger as the platform and follow the prompts. For most of my blogs it added a module to my layout at the top of the sidebar just under the "Add A Gadget." I then had to move the LinkWithin module from my sidebar to just below my Blog Posts module as shown in the picture below:



If you want to keep your blog readers engaged and provide them with older posts they might also like then the LinkWithin widget is great for doing that. I especially like it on my "The Best Free Craft Articles" blog as it shows my blog readers other free articles they might also like.

It's a cool new widget. Try it and see for yourself.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Linda's How-Do-I Series? Shortcut Keys To Save Time!

Shortcut keys can be very useful when trying to quickly and easily maneuver around your keyboard or to copy/paste html code. They can be utilized using a combination of two or three different keys. You might use CTRL and a number or letter, CTRL and/or Shift, or CTRL and the arrow keys, backspace key, ALT key, or delete key. You might use the ALT key and a letter or number or function key.

For example, you might use CTRL S to save a file. In this instance you would hold down the CTRL key and then while holding down the CTRL key you would hit the S key.

You might even use CTRL ALT and DEL together to bring up the Windows Task Manager.



In addition to standard shortcut keys, you can usually determine the shortcut keys for most computer software programs by looking for the underlined letters in the drop down menus. For example, in the picture above the N, O, C, S, A, and L are all underlined. By holding down the CTRL key and then hitting the N key you would open the new file window. By holding down the CTRL key and then hitting S you would open the save file menu.
The following are standard shortcut keys that can be used on most computers:

CTRL + A - Select All
CTRL + B - Bold
CTRL + C - Copy
CTRL + D - Change Font
CTRL + E - Center Alignment
CTRL + F - Find a word in a file.
CTRL + G - Go to part of a file.
CTRL + H - Replace
CTRL + I - Italic
CTRL + J - Justified Alignment
CTRL + K - Insert Hyperlink
CTRL + L - Left Alignment
CTRL + M - Full Indent
CTRL + N - New File
CTRL + O - Open a file.
CTRL + P - Print
CTRL + R - Right Alignment
CTRL + S - Save
CTRL + T - Hanging Indent
CTRL + U - Underline
CTRL + V - Paste
CTRL + W - Close File
CTRL + X - Cut
CTRL + Y - Re-do Last Action
CTRL + Z - Undo
CTRL + Arrow Keys - Move from word to word.
CTRL + Backspace - Delete whole word to the left.
CTRL + Delete Key - Delete whole word to the right.
CTRL + ] - Font Size Bigger
CTRL + [ - Font Size Smaller
CTRL + F10 - Maximise
CTRL + 1 - Single Line Spacing
CTRL + 2 - Double Line Spacing
CTRL + 5 - One and a half line spacing.
CTRL + Enter Key - New Page
CTRL + Home Key - Go to start of file.
CTRL + End Key - Go to end of file.
CTRL + Page Down Key - Go to next page.
CTRL + Page Up Key - Go to previous page.
CTRL ALT DEL - Windows Task Manager
CTRL + SHIFT With Any Of The Arrow Keys - Highlights a block of text.
CTRL + ESC - Display The Start Menu
ALT – F - File Menu
ALT – E - Edit Menu
ALT – V - View Menu
ALT – I - Insert menu
ALT – O - Format Menu
ALT – T - Tools Menu
ALT – A - Table Menu
ALT – W - Window Menu
ALT – H - Help menu
ALT – F4 - Exit/Cancel/Close
ALT + TAB - Switch between the open items.
F3 Key - Search for a file or folder.
Windows Key + D - Minimise
Page Down Key - Scroll Down
Page Up Key - Scroll Up
Arrow Keys - Move Around Screen
TAB Key - Move from one box to the next.
Home Key - Go To Top Of Page
End Key - Go To End Of Page
SHIFT + Arrow Keys - Highlight
SHIFT + Delete - Delete selected item permanently without placing it in the Recycle Bin.
Print Scrn – Copies what is currently on the screen and saves it on the clipboard. You can then paste this into any art or picture program.
CTRL + TAB - Move forward through the tabs.
CTRL + SHIFT + TAB - Move backward through the tabs.

Microsoft Windows Shortcuts:

Windows Logo - Display or hide the start menu.
Windows Logo + BREAK - Display the system properties dialog box.
Windows Logo + D - Display the desktop.
Windows Logo + M - Minimize all the windows.
Windows Logo + SHIFT + M - Restore the minimized windows.
Windows Logo + E - Open My Computer
Windows Logo + F - Search for a file or folder.
CTRL + Windows Logo + F - Search for computers.
Windows Logo + F1 - Display Windows Help
Windows Logo + L - Lock the keyboard.
Windows Logo + R - Open the RUN dialog box.
Windows Logo + U - Open the utilities manager.