Now, first off, I'm only going to give the advice to Firefox users because it's the browser I use and I prefer it to all others. (Sorry, chrome or IE users...)
Why is this a useful thing to have?
I love Elizabeth's from Mystery Writing is Murder's Twitterific. Where else can you find so many wonderful articles on one page? Well, I hate having to right-click (and if you don't know what right-click means, you might want to just walk away now...) and to open the links on another tab (again, if you think 'tab' is only a key on your keyboard or guitar sheet music, walk away). My fingers hurt! What can I do?
Here's what: (This is only one way...there are many others. Keep in mind, I'm going to explain this like you guys are in preschool. I'm sorry. No insult intended.)
1) At the top of your Firefox browser, go and click on the 'Tools' button. (picture below - click to enlarge)
2) A pop-up window will open and when it does, click 'Browse All Add-ons'.
3) A new tab will appear. First (1), in the search box, type 'Multi Links' and then (2) click the green arrow. The results will appear and most likely the first result will be the correct link (see picture to make sure). Then (4) click the '+ to Firefox' green box.
4) Another pop-up box will appear. (1) Make sure your anti-virus is up-to-date. I don't believe what you're about to download is malicious but you should always be careful. (3) You should see the install button countdown and turn dark. When it does, press it and it will install.
5) When installed, another tab will open like the picture below. It says Thank You! You can press the instructions button where I marked (2)... or you can listen to my brief instructions below. (I'd probably read the instructions.)
6) To open multiple links at once, you need to be a bit of an finger acrobat. I'm serious. You may on occasion use the right-mouse button for clicking but now you're going to use the RIGHT-DRAG finger acrobat move - HOLD-DOWN the right mouse button and DRAG until you cover the links you want to open. Note: don't open too many links at one time or you will really slow down Firefox or your computer... try ten at most. The links will open in new tabs as soon as you let off the right-mouse button.
7) You can also download the links, open the links in a new window, or copy the links to a clipboard. How? a) HOLD-DOWN the right-mouse button and DRAG until you cover the links but DO NOT LET GO OF THE RIGHT-MOUSE BUTTON. b) Instead, while holding down the right-mouse button, click the left-mouse button. You will see options pop up. (click picture to enlarge)
To cancel, change options, or uninstall- click here for instructions
On a side note, I've decided to make some changes to my blogging schedule. Here's what my weekly blogs will be like.
Mondays: "Book Review" or "Author Interview" day. This will be my book review or author interview day - isn't that fairly obvious? If I don't have a review or interview...it will be a writing blog.
Tuesday: "Mystery Writer's Guide to Forensic Science" - Oh, this one will be fun. I have loads of book on forensic science. I'm one of those people the FBI, when they storm my house, will assume I'm a psychopath or a serial killer because of all my odd books on how to kill people.
Wednesday: "Writing How-To" - This will be a day when I write tips that have helped me along my journey.
Thursday: "Writer's Guide to Reading People" - This is the day I discuss character traits and psychology to help make us better writers. I love the art of knowing what people are thinking.
Friday: "Writing Journal" - my writing week and/or rant... we'll see.
Saturday: "Grammar Guide" - because this is the slowest blogging day, I'll discuss boring grammar.
Sunday: "Blogging Tips" - this is where I will post tips and tricks that I have found helpful in my blogging journey.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
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