Tuesday Tip: Connect USB Correctly Every Time & Add Handwritten Signature to Docs

connecting USB cordWe do things every day that we did not learn from looking at an owner’s manual. More often, we learn cool tips and hacks from asking, “How’d you do that?” or reading posts like this. I have two cool hacks to share with you today.

Connect a USB correctly the first time:  Properly plugging in a USB cable should be a no-brainer. So, why do we frequently get it wrong on the first try? Here’s the deal: Take whatever USB cord you have lying around look for the emblem on its side. It turns out this is more than branding. If you plug it in horizontally, the USB symbol will face up; if you plug in vertically, the USB symbol will face you. Now you know.

Add a signature to electronic documents: A handwritten signature, even in the digital era, adds a personal touch.  Create one by using a black ink pen to sign a white piece of paper. Scan it and save the file with a maximum width of 300 pixels in your preferred picture editor. Maintain a 1:3 ratio where the height of your signature is approximately one-third its width. Also, be mindful of the file size. Ideally, any signature graphic should be small (under 50 KB) so it loads quickly for recipients, doesn’t slow down email transmission, and doesn’t take up space on mail servers. For a Mac you can use the Preview app.

  • In Preview, hit Tools.
  • Choose Annotate.
  • Select Signature.
  • Select Manage signatures.
  • Upload your handwritten, scanned signature.

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