Just today a friend texted me with a question, “How do I insert a YouTube video into presentation slides?” “@#$&%*” I thought to myself, Do I remember how to do this process? With a little cogitating I came up with two work-arounds that I used in the past, but I kept thinking to myself, These are not the most efficient solutions. DAH!–Finally the light bulb flashed in my head–Google it. Lo and behold, I immediately found “How-to’s” for embedding YouTube videos into Keynote, PowerPoint, and Google slides.
Even though BoomerTECH Adventures has explained on our Facebook page and Instagram account that how-to directions for almost anything can be found by searching the internet, I thought another reminder via our blog was a worthy endeavor. Plus, my fall adult ed classes are just around the corner. Every one of them focuses on some aspect of using an Apple digital device; without fail, someone will ask me a question that I cannot answer. That’s when the most important lesson of the session is forth coming–either use the Help tab in the main menu or “Google it.”
Pages (Apple word processing app) Help Tab
Sometimes the Help tabs just don’t get the job done for you, and that’s when you need to do your internet search. Our Apple devices are pretty intuitive, however, occasionally the process to do something just isn’t clear. Google what you want to do using keywords. This morning I used “embed YouTube video in Keynote slides.” Below is an image of the top hits.
You have to read the fine print–notice some of these videos are 5-11 years old. They probably are not going to be as accurate as the post that is one year old.
How to use the calendar on an iPhone is a popular question. Let’s search “use calendar on iPhone 8.” You want to be accurate as possible so adding the device’s specific name will get better results.
You will find both videos and written directions—choose the way you like to learn best. Again, don’t forget to read the fine print and access the the most recent posts.
Reminder–keys to a successful internet search to find how to do something on your digital device:
- Use key words: edit, compose, delete, add, and so on
- Be as specific as possible
- Use device name: Mac Air, iPhone X, iPadPro
- Use correct app name: Pages, Excel, Launchpad, FaceTime
- Read the fine print and access most recent posts.
Last, but not least!
BoomerTECH Adventures is here to help you with questions about your Apple devices. Go to our Facebook page and ask a question. We also have a private Facebook group just for users of iPhones and iPads.
We are building a YouTube channel with how-to videos.
Here is an example from our YouTube channel: How to change the background on your iPhone/iPad.
Our website has a variety of resources including many blog posts. It is searchable.
You too can master the intricacies of the apps on your digital devices! It does take a little time and sometimes a bit of frustration, but that’s how we learn. Let’s keep our Boomer and Senior brains healthy by learning new stuff!
“But researchers are starting to weigh in here, making the distinction between activities like brain teasers and crossword puzzles, which can boost short-term brain function, and the comparative value of actually learning a whole new skill. When it comes to providing the maximum cognitive benefit, says University of Texas scientist Denise Park “it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially; when you are inside your comfort zone, you may be outside of the enhancement zone.”
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1rS22ccn11gtOXY2yp1yRw
Free Book: Building-confidence-using-your-iphone.pdf