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How to Never Miss An Important Email Again

How to Never Miss An Important Email Again

Ten minutes passed. I was still waiting, but nothing arrived in my Gmail inbox. My day got busy, and I forgot all about that urgent email. At 4:00 pm it dawned on me. I still didn’t have it. Fed up, I decided to check my spam folder. Sure enough! I received it at 9:04 am, two minutes […]

Why You Should Upgrade To Multi-Monitors – Right Now

Let’s face it; one of the most difficult things to do in today’s “Digital Age” is focus. Unregulated distractions, email, news, text messages, social media…the list goes on, are constantly nagging at your time and your trading day.

A good friend of mine still uses a flip phone. Of course, friends and family scoff at him and nag him to finally upgrade to a smartphone. They call him old fashioned and to “get with the times.” His answer is always the same to these types of comments, ”It has to offer me a clear advantage that doesn’t complicate and distract my life.”

The answer was simple and to the point. It inhibits his ability to focus. Despite the ridicule he receives, he chooses not to invite that distraction into his work. In fact, I thought immediately to my own technology gadget purchases that didn’t exactly make life easier.

Every once and a while, I get this same type of trepidation from my clients when it comes to switching from a single monitor to a multiple monitor setup. The question always seems to be the same…is it a distraction or a focus booster?

From my experience, multi-monitors add a tremendous amount of ability and focus to my trading. It’s worth your investment to upgrade to multiple monitors.

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How to Rename Files On Your Trading Computer

Imagine this scenario: You spent hours creating the ultimate profit/loss spreadsheet for trading last August. You’re super proud of it. There’s great promise of saving time analyzing your trades each quarter. Nearly a year later you go to look for it, but you can’t find it. After about an hour of searching your cluttered Documents folder, you locate it. Whew! Disaster averted. Flash forward. The third quarter rolls around. Once again you find yourself on a scavenger hunt for that same silly file.

How do you avoid this dilemma? There are three simple tricks to finding files fast.

1. Knowing how to search for files on your computer. We covered how to search for files on your trading computer in a past video.

2. Learning to rename files. Rename files that have hard-to-remember names, or make it difficult to use the Windows Start Menu search function.

3. Naming your files in a consistent way. You should leave yourself “clues” in the way you name your files.

Knowing how to rename files on your computer can save you a lot of time. Besides just knowing how rename your files, you should also have a method (otherwise known as a “convention”) for naming files. If you stay consistent in naming your files, you can easily find them using the Windows Start Menu search function later on.

You’ll never have to go on a scavenger hunt again, or search for more than a few seconds for a file. The trick to a stress-free computer is staying organized.

In today’s Quick Tip Video Series I’ll show you an easy, step-by-step way to rename your files and tips for how to keep your trading computer organized. (Note: Today’s video was recorded on Windows 7. However, the steps are similar on all operating system versions, such as Windows 8, 8.1, and 10).

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3 Emerging Technologies That We Love

Technology traders may use someday

There isn’t a day that goes by I don’t get asked about the latest technology. Makes sense, I’m a computer geek after all. The main reason traders ask me about technology is to figure out whether they should jump on the band wagon. Should you buy the latest technology? New gadgets come out every day. […]

How to Search for Files on Your Windows 7 Trading Computer

Have you ever been late for an appointment only to discover you can’t find your car keys? Panic sets in. Soon you’re frantically running around the house. You ask your spouse, “Have you seen my keys?” Patiently and slowly they raise their hand up with your keys. They were in the most obvious place possible.

That happens with computer files too. Sometimes we lose track of a file we suddenly need. Not to worry though. You should know exactly how to find forgotten files with a little help from your friend–your computer.

This is our Quick Tip Video Series. In each of these videos we’ll show you step-by-step how to perform configurations and customizations to save you time. You can focus on your trading instead of your trading computer.

In this video we’ll show you how to search for files on your computer.  

Today’s video was recorded on Windows 7. We recommend Windows 7 for traders (in a future video we’ll cover searching for files on Windows 8). Windows 7 is our preferred platform for trading computers.

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