Bookmark Moving Day!

Getting a new computer, or restoring a broken one, can be an exciting, terrible, fun time. With all of the ups and downs that come with setting up a new system, there are some tasks that can be a bear. 

My least favorite task is transferring all, 50 plus, bookmarks to my new device, one by one. In situations where you are able to use Google Sync, that transfers your bookmarks by logging in to the browser, there is nothing to worry about. A click of a button, a few typed words, and life is good again.

Unfortunately, life rarely gives us the "Easy  Button". The good news is that the steps necessary to transfer your bookmarks from one computer to another are relatively simple. I will include the steps for how to save your bookmarks(export) and transfer them back in to the browser(import) for both Chrome and Firefox.

How to Export Bookmarks in Chrome.

  1. To start off, open Google Chrome.

       2. In the upper right hand corner of the Window, Click on the menu.

       3. From there Hover over Bookmarks, and then select Bookmark Manager.  This wil bring you to a page that lists all of your bookmarks.

       4. In the right hand corner click on the Three Dots and select Export Bookmarks.

               -From here all you need to do is pick a name and location to save your HTML file. 

How to Import Bookmarks in Chrome

  1. This is the exact same as the previous steps, however instead of Exporting your  Bookmarks you select the Import option.

How to Export Bookmarks in Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. In the upper right hand of the Window there will be an Icon that looks like books on a shelf, Click on it.
  3. Click on Bookmarks
  4. Click on Show All Bookmarks. This will open up a smaller pop up window.
  5. At the top of the window click on the Import and Backup button.
  6. Select Export  Bookmarks to HTML
  7. Choose your file name and save location

How to Import Bookmarks in Firefox

As you may expect it is the exact same process as exporting, but you select the Import Bookmarks from HTML instead.


It is generally a good idea to save your bookmarks file on a thumb drive, or as part of a backup, in case of any hard drive failures or other technical issues.

Here come the robots!

Last November, I learned that robotic food delivery had already arrived at UW-Madison. Neat idea -- how does it work? Here's an article and also a short video that explains:

2:13 video

I had heard about companies looking into drones and self-driving cars for delivery, but I hadn't realized that these little sidewalk delivery robots existed.  This got me to wondering... could libraries use this technology?

A little bit of searching led me to a couple of pilot projects where libraries are using these small delivery robots to deliver books,

one where a robot isn't delivering books to people but is instead is delivering the people to the books,  

...and a library that is planning a robotic/automated book retrieval system:

It will be a while, I think, before these sorts of technologies become widely used. Pros for the small sidewalk delivery robots include less pollution and less congestion on the roadways, and cons include potential pedestrian safety issues and sidewalk congestion. Food delivery robots in a college town or big city are not welcomed everywhere or without certain restrictions right now. The Madison Transportation Policy and Planning Board has recommended a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of delivery robots everywhere in the city except for UW-Madison’s campus in an effort "to prevent other companies from bringing new robots to Madison and clogging up city sidewalks." San Francisco established an Office of Emerging Technology to oversee new technologies that operate in public spaces like sidewalks and had already put strict guidelines in place to cover things like insurance, headlights, warning noises, and more.

What do you think about delivery robots? Looking forward to the day where your books/food/groceries can be delivered to you by robot, drone, or self-driving car --- or do you worry about safety, congestion, or other issues?

The Big Sweep

Gothic CraigMy favorite job in high school was working at a fast-food restaurant one town over from where I lived. During my first week on the job, the manager handed me a broom and told me to sweep the lobby, which he considered to be everything in front of the counter. I really didn’t want to sweep up the whole restaurant so I handed the broom back to my manager and explained that I hadn’t been trained to sweep yet, which is not at all true, but it worked, I got out of sweeping the floor…once.

I noticed Office 365 now has a sweep feature and I wondered what it might be used for, here's what I found out. The sweep feature is part of a suite of tools Outlook implemented to help organize your inbox, which I could really use some help with so I tried it and thought this is the kind of sweeping I could get behind.

Sweeping your inbox is really easy too. Highlight a message in your inbox and click the sweep tab above in the toolbar. A window will appear giving you several options of what to do with the message. I’ve been mostly using the first option of “Move all messages from the Inbox folder”, this moves all the messages only from that particular sender, then choose where you want that message and all previous messages from that sender put. You can also choose to have all future messages from that sender put in a folder automatically.


Update: These days I enjoy sweeping my floors. As a matter of fact, I have a different broom for almost every room in my house and two just for the garage.

Windows 10 Emojis

I have a serious, hard hitting topic to discuss for my turn at the TechBits.  I accidentally brought up a window full of different emojis today on my PC.  After some research, I discovered I must have pressed the Windows Key + period or semicolon at the same time.  Both of these key combinations will bring up the Emoji picker if you are using a Windows 10 PC with at least feature Emoji Picker
update 1903 installed.  The bottom of the window will have several categories of Emojis for you to select from including animals, food and transportation.  One of them looks similar to SCLS Delivery trucks.


You can see if you have Windows 10 version 1903 or higher by right-clicking the start button > Click Run > Enter winver.  The second line will tell you your windows 10 version.


Conditional Formatting Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets can be used for so many things, and one of my favorite features is conditional formatting. Basically, you can tell the sheet to do something if something else is happening in the sheet. If you like to use spreadsheets but want to take your spreadsheet experience to the next level, try looking into conditional formatting. A search can bring back a lot of helpful results and ways to use it.

Some ways I've used conditional formatting in the past:

  • Cross out an entire row once I've put "yes", "x", "y", etc. in a cell (my favorite!!! great for keeping track of tasks!!)
  • Highlight entire rows with certain words or values
  • Highlight individual cells with certain words or values

Check it out!

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference - Tech Track

Wild Wisc Face Cover (1)Since 2012, January means the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference. I have the honor of being a part of the team that brings this conference to life. It also means two full days hosting or co-hosting webinars on lots of topics. This year's conference, held on January 22 and 23, featured topics in four tracks: Adult Services, Tech Trends, Library Management, and Small & Mighty. 

For this post, I want to tell you about the Tech Trends webinars. First up was Leah Gentry from the Menomonee Falls Public Library talking about how to Help Your Patrons Cut the Cable Cord. This is the third time I've seen Leah present this topic and I learn something new every time. If you're at all interested in learning more about Rokus, Netflix, Hulu, SlingTV, and more, check out this webinar. (Slides, Recording)

Next up was Laura Solomon from the Ohio Public Library Information Network presenting an "Introduction to Website Accessibility." If Laura's name sounds familiar, you're right. Laura has presented for Wild Wisconsin in past years and also at Tech Days a couple of years ago. She really knows her material and is an enthusiastic presenter. I learned a lot about why accessibility is important in the online world - something I hadn't thought much about before. (Slides, Recording)

And, the final session in the Tech Trends track was Kimberly Crowder teaching us how to "Level Up on Your Social Media Trends 2020." While I learned a lot in this session, I don't think I'll be signing up for Tiktok anytime soon! I believe there will be some future TechBits posts from ideas in this session, too. (Slides, Recording)

Have topics you'd like to see at Wild Wisconsin 2021? Let me know - we're always looking for new topics and ideas.



Web Browser Terminology

If you've used web browsers for any length of time you've heard the terms cache and cookies. Just what exactly are these and are they the same thing? Well, I'm here to explain these terms for you.

No, I'm not talking about Chinese fortune cookies or chocolate chip cookies. I'm talking about the small files that your browser saves on your computer that contain information that the website you're visiting uses to enhance your experience. Every time you visit a website your browser looks for the cookie associated with that website and sends it to the website's server telling it what you did the last time you were there. Cookies will sometimes track information like how frequently you visit, what times of the day you visit, what you've clicked on, and other information that is used to customize your visit. So essentially, cookies are used to store different information about you, the user. Cookies also have an expiration date so they will expire after some time period.

This is pronounced just like the word for legal tender. When you visit a website your browser saves on your computer a copy of the HTML pages and images that you view. This is done for your benefit to reduce bandwidth usage, server load, and to make the website load quicker the next time you visit. So essentially, cache is used to store information about the website. Cache does not expire and is only removed if you manually remove it. To remove your cache you can follow these steps:

  1. Open any browser
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+Del
  3. Select cache
  4. Click the appropriate button at the bottom of the window to delete or clear

Offload apps to quickly free up storage on your Apple device

Apple_logoIf you’re like me, automatic updates to your Apple device are appreciated.  It’s one less thing for me to have to remember or worry about.  However, it has become more of a chore for me because my device storage is always too full.  I then have to choose individual files to delete to make room for the latest upgrade, which is often very time-consuming.  There are more long term solutions such as deleting unused apps and uploading files that take up a large amount of space to a cloud storage service (i.e. photos, videos).  

Offloading your files is an option that I find extremely useful and saves me a lot of time.  It allows you to temporarily disable an app without deleting the settings.  They will remain on your device’s home screen, but you will need to tap to re-download in order to use it.  You can do this by going to your device’s storage list, tap the app you wish you offload, and select Offload App.



You can also set up the automatic removal of apps you don't use often. Simply go to Settings > General > Device Storage > Offload Unused Apps and tap Enable.


Libby 6.0

LibbyNotificationsIn May, the Libby App from OverDrive will be three years old and is already on Version 6.0. I was looking back at my TechBits post from May 2017 when the announcement came out. While it took about a year, I finally became an avid user of Libby for audiobooks and my husband reads ebooks (on his phone!) constantly.

In anticipation of her third birthday, Libby had a big update in December that includes push notifications. Libby users can opt to be notified when:

  • a hold becomes available
  • a loan is about to expire
  • a loan has expired

The notifications are device specific so if, like me, you and your partner or family share the same Libby account*, the notifications can be customized to each device. For example, I have mine set to mostly notify me by Menu Badges and a push notification when a hold is ready while my husband didn't want any notifications.

Libby's notifications will be helpful in the next big update - Hold Redelivery - which is coming sometime in early 2020. Hold Redelivery will help those patrons who place lots of holds that all come in at once by allowing them to suspend the hold even after it's made available to them. I'm looking forward to that change and I will let you know when it is available.

Happy Reading!

*Yes, my husband uses my library card in Libby :-)

Windows 10 Task View

For those of you using Windows 10 you may have noticed a new icon on the task bar.

Task view

This is the Task View icon. The Task View is a neat feature that, when pressed, shows the user every window they have open. Not only does it show you everything you have running currently but it also shows you files and programs that you have used in the recent past. Those of you familiar with the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to quickly change between windows may find some utility in this feature.

The keyboard shortcut for this is Windows Key + Tab