Category Archives: Stark County District Library

Gmail’s New Features

Gmail now has some new features in their inbox that are available from a computer or laptop. This new Gmail has a new look that adds some quick features that were hidden under Google’s Apps Menu.  This new feature isn’t automatically added, however.  The user has to change the settings themselves.


After signing into Gmail, look for the gear box in the upper right hand corner, and click on the arrow. Next, click on the words: Try the new Gmail.

Google will ask to choose a view: Default, Comfortable or Compact. Once configured, a right sidebar will appear that shows:

  1. Calendar
  2. Keep (Notes)
  3. Tasks
  4. + (Add Add-ons). Add-ons are tools that can be used to add more features to Gmail and Google Drive.  Items like SignRequest or QuickBooks for Gmail are 2 examples.



Create Keyboard Shortcut List in Word

Stop searching the Internet for a list of keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft.  You can follow these simple instructions and Word to create your own list to keep or share.

Create a list of shortcut commands in Microsoft Office Word

Creating Shortcut list in word1. Select the View tab

2. Select Macros from the Macros group

3. Select View Macros

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4.  Type Listcommands in the Macro name field (note: do not add a space in the title line)

5. Select Run

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6. Select Current keyboard settings 

7. Select OK

Your list of shortcut commands will appear in a table in your Word document.  Now you may save or print the list for future referencing.Creating Shortcut list in word4

Give it a try!


SCDL Mobile App: My Bookshelf

my-bookshelfThe My Bookshelf of the SCDL Mobile app is a quick and easy way to keep track of the items of all formats that you have borrowed from the library.  It can also be used to renew physical items and return any the digital items borrowed.

To access My Bookshelf, tap on the My Bookshelf icon found on the opening screen of the SCDL Mobile app.

NOTE: You may need to drag the blue bar found at the top of the page to refresh the list of items.


  1. Tap the Renew button to renew a single item borrowed from the library.
  2. Tap the Renew all item to renew all physical items borrowed from the library.
  3. Tap the Read now button to read your digital item in the SCDL Mobile app. Note: WiFi is required to use this feature.
  4. Tap the Return button to return the digital item to the library.



Coming Soon: Look for more “at a glance” information and instructions for the SCDL Mobile App.


Holiday Pictures Hanging Around?

Hi Everyone,

If you are like me your holiday pictures tend to hang around on the mobile device you happen to be taking pictures with that day.  There are a number of ways to gather all of those photos in one spot.  There are also many online sites to store your photos but I tend to use my computer as my central location.

Getting Started:  First you will need to have photos in a digital format.  If you do not have a digital camera, you can have your photos put on a disk in digital format when you take your camera file for development.  Your camera or mobile device probably came with a USB cable or a memory card (sometimes you will receive both).  Photos may also be saved on a flash drive (thumb drive, USB drive) or disc.

Transfer Photos Step-by-Step:

Connect the camera to your computer.

  • This means plugging the USB cord into your camera and then into the USB drive on your computer; Or putting the memory card in the correct slot on your computer; Or inserting the flash drive into the USB drive on the computer; Or inserting the CD into the correct slot on your computer

Your computer should automatically open the Removable Disk dialog box. There are a number of options within this box.

If you would like to pick and choose which photos to transfer, then select Open device to view files.

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  • Double click on the folder DCIM

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  • All of your photos should be viewable as thumbnails – little previews of the actual photos.
  • Click and drag on any photo and move it to a storage location on your computer (Pictures, Desktop, etc.). Repeat this process for each photo you would like to transfer.

Look for our next blog on Organizing your Photos.




Best of the Best Free Email

Email has become an essential part of life in the twenty-first century. Everywhere you turn, you’re being asked for your email address. If you don’t have one, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to complete certain everyday activities.

The following is an overview of the three most prominent free email services. Whether you’re looking to create your first account or simply sign up for a secondary one, any of these are good choices.


Gmail delivers a clean, uncluttered interface that provides a number of useful features. Google’s email service features handy organizational tools, including labels and tabs. It also integrates nicely with other Google web apps, such as Drive and Calendar. Gmail comes as part of a Google account, which also gives you access to Google’s many other online services.

For an overview of everything you can do with Gmail and to sign up for an account, click here.

Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! Mail provides all the basic features you’d want in an email service, including threaded conversations, search options, and custom folders. These are all features that are available on other platforms, but if you’re looking for a simple, free email service, Yahoo! Mail is a fine choice. Yahoo! also advertises that they offer 1 TB of free storage space for your messages, which is an impressive amount, although you’re unlikely to ever use that much.

You can check out the rest of the features that are available on Yahoo! Mail and sign up for an account here.

Not to be confused with Microsoft Outlook, which is a desktop application that’s part of the Microsoft Office suite, is an online email service provided by Microsoft. Outlook’s simple and minimalist interface is reminiscent of Gmail, and since it comes as part of a Microsoft account, it gives you access to other online products such as OneDrive and Office Online.

Microsoft provides a complete overview of’s features and an opportunity to sign up for an account on their website.