Ellp’s Top 10 Tech Quotes

Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


October 19 - (10 Min Read)

Here, at Ellp, we are a bunch of tech enthusiasts who share the same passions: we enjoy inspiring landscapes, delicious food and spending quality time with people we care about. In today’s world, these simple things that matter to us the most, are often the ones we don’t seem to have time for. From your child’s first few steps to the most delicious meal your grandma cooked to sharing a  romantic sunset with your partner – we all tend to miss out on these on a daily basis. We find ourselves constantly busy, always doing something with the majority of time spent in front of a screen. This is exactly why we developed Ellp, to change just that!

As I was looking for inspiration for the next blog post, it came to my attention that our Top 10 Productivity Quotes (https://blog.ellp.com/top-10-productivity-best-practices/) was something that you really enjoyed. This prompted me to create this blog. Top 10 Tech Quotes to:

  • share with you my perspective on technology with you
  • motivate you to bring back the life-technology balance
  • make technology assist you (and not the other way around).

I put some Ellp spin on it every now and again to show you how Ellp’s mission translates into solutions that we offer you in the form of Ellp cards. Enjoy!


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Read this carefully and run a quick mental thought. On what part of the equation are you? If you wake up and check your emails or social media first thing in the morning, have most of your conversations on various devices and fall asleep in the evening with your laptop on you, I hate to break it out to you, but you’re doing wrong!

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Ellp is a great example of technology working its wonders like that. Always active and protective of you in the background, it only alerts you when your action is needed, while fulfilling all time-consuming duties for you (and instead of you!) This way, you can focus on what really matters most.

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What truly matters? This one is tricky, as it varies from one person to another. Having some quiet time away from your devices can help you get it right. Just some pointers. For sure, it’s not the number of likes that your pictures get or that email thread that keeps you up at night.

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Another reminder that technology is there for us to express ourselves beyond previous technical limits. To be creative, and productive. To learn something new that was previously limited to a few. At times, it can get tricky, when we get sucked into the daily routines of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, working hard and… missing out on important dates and events. Use Ellp to help you limit (or at least monitor) your Facebook time, remind you to take a break (in order to relax and freshen your mind, get some perspective) and updated of any important events!

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While I’m not thrilled about that, it’s a fact. We all tend to maximize our efficiency endlessly. And yet, when it comes to taking care of our PCs, we let them slack off. A long startup, duplicate files, desktops full of folders, pictures, and icons that simply make efficiency impossible, why do we accept that? Ellp is there to help. Just outsource all these tedious tasks to Ellp and once set up, enjoy the power of automation in action. Noticeable efficiency boost guaranteed!

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At times, we get feedback that our users simply can’t grasp what Ellp does for them in terms of background processes. Isn’t that what magic is as well? You may not be sure how the magic happens but you can certainly see the results enjoy being wowed. Think of checking if your email was breached. It happens every few minutes yet Ellp is not communicating it to you and it does that not to overwhelm you! A lot of Ellp functionalities work in a similar manner, silently and in the background, doing their job.

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Have you ever noticed how often the programs that you use on the regular basis change? If you are with Ellp for a long time, you have witnessed several updates that we introduced: from multiplying the number of cards by four, to added functionalities like multi-configuration of cards. Let me assure you, there is even more to come your way! Why? In order to thrive in the software industry, companies need to be extremely responsive to users feedback. And here, at Ellp, we pride ourselves in doing so! For reference, check Kri’s article on how to build a community of passionate people and the one about what we do with all your feedback.

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I put this quote as this is exactly how I used to feel every time my laptop would allow me around 5 minutes to drop all I was doing and run, RUN, to plug it in as the battery was dying on me. This is why all laptop battery-related cards are my favorite! Whether I want to know whether it’s fully charged or when it’s dropping below a certain level, Ellp is there to let me know about it. No more running around like lunatic again for me! In case you are like me, here is the link with detailed instructions on how to manage your laptop’s battery with Ellp

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This quote is amazing as it gives just the right perspective of technology. Simple, mundane tasks, that require no brain power nor creativity, no wit nor brilliant observation skill, can be simply automated and done by the machines. No one opposes to the machines taking over tasks in the factories that put human life at risk or robots filling in for humans in the most dangerous of operations (think drones). Yet, day-to-day PC automation is still a new solution for so many PC users. The risks of using Ellp are virtually zero! Why not take full advantage of it now?

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Technology is unlocking time and resources. Yet, the compassion, as Bill Gates calls it, is the most important part. From possibilities to save and share memories to spending more time together when separated miles apart, to changing the world either by information, donation on innovation, technology can, in fact, make this world a better place. Yet no one will make your world better for you. So, once again, I suggest: spend more time unplugged, enjoy real-life relationships, look at the clouds in the sky, and dream more…

 

P.S. If you’re a fan of getting things done faster, then Ellp is just the right solution for you. This new PC assistant can take care of a variety of tasks for you; from maintaining your PC at the optimal level of performance, to helping you stay focused and productive, to monitoring your online safety and even elevating your entertainment. And what’s best – Ellp is free to download and yours to keep!

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When my desktop gets crowded, organize it

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


October 17 - (3 Min Read)

My partner has literally no icons on his desktop. Not even one!  Everything is perfectly organized where folders are neatly kept in sidebars. He also has beautiful artwork displayed on his screen which is there to inspire him. Me on the other hand: no wallpaper, desktop full of folders, icons, pictures, you name it. Chaos!

While there are not many people like Dave, many – me among them – inspire to have their desktops cleaned and organized. Once a week at least, I do perform a desktop cleanup. It’s a draining task, takes a lot of time and patience.

When our Product Team first introduced the card called ‘When my desktop gets crowded, organize it’ I admit I wasn’t too excited initially. I imagined it would simply grab ALL I have on my desktop and pack it into one folder that I will never locate. Gosh, was I wrong!desktop-gets-crowded

The card does pack my desktop items into a folder yet there is a cool logic behind it!

First of all, I get to choose when the action is triggered. I can choose a number of items on my desktop (it could be 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50). When that threshold is reached this would trigger Ellp to clean up my desktop. Every minute, Ellp performs a check. The moment my desktop items reach the chosen number, Ellp is there to organize them for me into a folder called ‘Desktop Items [ELLP]’ that is now located on my desktop and easy to find as there are (almost) no items there.

 

Second of all, there are some items still left on my desktop and this is brilliant! Why? As Ellp never packs existing folders so you can always find them in their place. You can also easily move your files from the ‘Desktop Items [ELLP]’ to folders that should have been stored to in the first place. The rest, you simply delete.

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Third of all, any items visible in the Public Desktop are not handled by this card. Which means that if your PC is part of a work network, some files will not be moved to the folder created by Ellp. They will remain visible on your desktop for you to access them easily.

How do you take files out of the ‘Desktop Items [ELLP]’ folder?

The same way you’d move them among other folders. You either drag them to where you want them to be, or you copy and paste them in the desired location.

‘When my desktop gets crowded, organize it’ card essentially means no more random files scattered all over your desktop and very minimal effort on your end. Ever since this card was introduced, we have noticed the constant interest in it and thousands of users have it activated. Funnily enough, there was also a visible spike in the use of the Ellp card called ‘When my favorite card posts a picture, set as desktop background’. Coincidence?

If you’re a fan of getting things done faster, then Ellp is just the right solution for you. This new PC assistant can take care of a variety of tasks for you from maintaining your PC at the optimal level of performance, to helping you stay focused and productive, to monitoring your online safety, and even elevating your entertainment. And what’s best – Ellp is free to download and yours to keep!

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A year later, thanks to Hotjar, Doorbell and Viral Loops…

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Written by Gilbert
CEO at Ellp


October 12 - (7 Min Read)

Since launching Ellp in September 2016 and 100,000 downloads later, we learned a great deal about what it takes to launch a startup. One thing is certain, there are some cool tools out there willing to make your life a lot easier!

If you are a startup owner, you may be on the lookout for the best services out there to help you getting the right audience and communicating with your users, receiving their feedback and measuring their behaviors. Let me share with you what tools we chose for Ellp, what they can do for you and what was our experience with them.

Viral Loops

(A revolutionary template-based viral & referral marketing solution for modern marketers)

Our first public appearance featured a sign-up campaign for early adopters of Ellp’s Beta version. The campaign lasted for a month and recorded over 1,200 sign-ups. The last thing you want to do before launching is reinventing the wheel. That is why we turned to Viral Loops and used one of their referral programs. We had designed a simple, yet effective, leaderboard campaign whereby the Top 10 referrers would get VIP status and receive Amazon vouchers. The cool thing with Viral Loops is that they offer pre-made templates for all sorts of gamified launches.

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Doorbell

(A tool to gather in-app feedback)

On launch day, I remember waking up much earlier than usual to start seeing the feedback coming in. We were all excited to see whether the concept was being accepted and that the design and user experience was appealing as we thought it was. But what we were interested to hear the most was blunt feedback that would enable us to up our game. To encourage users to share their thoughts, we introduced an in-product poll asking users to submit their sentiment and to share anything they feel was worth sharing with us. As the Doorbell.io feedback tool supported the concept of user sentiment out-of-the-box, it was an ideal match for Ellp. Doorbell’s Feedback Capture API allowed us to implement Doorbell integration on the Ellp server rather than in the Ellp application, as this would allow greater flexibility. To date, we have collected over 3,600 direct user feedbacks, of which a staggering 88% was positive! Even though we’re blushed to see all of this support coming in, we give extreme importance to those users who either provide recommendations or require additional support or simply dislike our product. Doorbell’s simple interface allows us to segment this feedback and get back to users as quickly as possible. Their service is impeccable and Phil, the brains behind it all, is always super responsive to any query we might have or suggestion we might make. Eventually, in addition to our in-app feedback, it was a no-brainer to integrate our website feedback and email feedback with Doorbell too, and now we handle all users’ feedback through a single interface.

 

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Hotjar

(A new and easy way to truly understand your web and mobile site visitors)

While a lot of our energies are focused on the product, we are also very active in our online presence. Our website, www.ellp.com, does not only need to convey our message and brand values, but it is also the place to be for those wanting to download Ellp. Over the past year, we constantly kept optimizing the website’s user-experience, improved on our content and tried to make it easier for users to download and install Ellp. We did, in fact, roll out a number of iterations on Ellp.com as you can see below.

What you see above, is the evolution of Ellp website in the last year
What you see above, is the evolution of Ellp website in the last year

 

Changes, however, are not just esthetical. In fact, we have been using Hotjar to make sure we really understand our users’ challenges in browsing our site, understanding our value proposition and giving Ellp a try.

Through their cool heat map functionality, we could easily figure out what are the content, visuals and CTAs (calls to action) capturing users attention. It might not always be what you want to think! In this particular version, we realized that the 30-second animation was clearly grabbing our users’ attention but failed to take the message across. This is when we decided to have an animated hero banner that was more descriptive. This brought about around 26% improvement in Ellp’s download rate. A huge success for us (for now!).

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Hotjar also helped us a lot in collecting user feedback online through their easy-to-set-up polls. Recently, we did in fact set up an online poll (in literally 2 mins!) asking the users what cards they would want us to develop next. Tons of cool ideas started flowing in and some of them are already at development stage!

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While there is still a lot ahead of us in terms of developing Ellp and taking it where our vision leads, the progress we made in a year is tremendous. Could Ellp have done it without these tools? For sure, not. We’re living the era of startups and there are thousands of tools out there willing to make our lives easier. You just have to look for them. Good luck!

P.S. If you’re a fan of getting things done faster, then Ellp is just the right solution for you. This new PC assistant can take care of a variety of tasks for you from maintaining your PC at the optimal level of performance, to helping you stay focused and be productive, to monitoring your online safety and even to elevating your entertainment. And what’s best – Ellp is free to download and yours to keep!

 

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When my email is involved in a data breach…

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


October 10 - (3 Min Read)

In today’s information age, technology is absolutely everywhere! It’s at home, at the office, in the palm of our hands, it’s signaling traffic messages, at your local eatery, it’s in outer space – it’s practically all around us! As technology progresses and becomes so readily available to us, this means that we end up using it more and more each day to get things done.

We’ve gotten so used to signing in to various applications and platforms with our email address and/or our social media accounts that we don’t even seem to notice it anymore. Though just because something is common practice doesn’t make it safe. With significantly more time spent online, we’re bound to be exposed to the dark side of the internet and all the dangers that lie within its grasp. Whatever information we use online, is at risk of being lifted by hackers, identity thieves, and unscrupulous marketers. So just as you wouldn’t like your neighbor snooping around your backyard, online personal information is no exception.

The bad news

Even though we all take precautions to safeguard such data, it seems like not a day goes by without someone having to go through the ordeal of having one of their online accounts being breached or compromised. An email breach can be very distressing since emails can reveal plenty of sensitive data such as passport, or credit card details. The daunting part of being involved in an account breach is actually recognizing that your account has been breached. Unlike regular real-life thieves, cyber-hackers don’t leave any visible signs behind them. No cracking doors, no half-opened windows. In the news, they’ve discussed hacked accounts in the millions. The individual people behind those breached accounts are left there, hopeless and helpless. Even if your account gets hacked, no one alerts you directly to let you know. If you are (un)lucky, you eventually somehow find out, and by then it’s probably too late.

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The good news

To remedy this, Ellp has teamed up with HaveIBeenPwned.com in order to create an automated solution for you, so that you no longer have to worry. With the ‘When my email is involved in a data breach, alert me’ card activated, each time your email is involved in a data breach, Ellp will alert you. This Ellp card will safely check all the accounts which are linked to your email address for possible breaches.It is advised that once notified of a possible breach you should immediately change your password to safeguard yourself.  

The even better news

Ellp’s recently (September 2017) introduced the multi-configuration feature for several cards, including ‘When my email is involved in a data breach, alert me’ card. It’s now possible to safeguard more than one email account with Ellp! Once you add the first email address, you simply click on ‘Add another’ and continue until all your accounts are listed. You may even set up Ellp to safeguard the accounts of your loved ones too.

 

I bet you’re feeling a lot more relaxed now, knowing that Ellp can help you take care of your online accounts. Before you get too comfy, make sure this Ellp card is switched on. If you haven’t tried Ellp yet, what are you waiting for? Download Ellp and stay on top of your online security.

 

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Advantages of Using Ellp

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


October 5 - (7 Min Read)

Tired of boring PC tasks? Many people spend unnecessary time doing monotonous and time-consuming assignments that could easily be automated. This is where Ellp enters the picture. It’s a powerful automation software with the purpose of being your own personal assistant.

Advantages of Using Ellp

Ever dreamed of having your own PC assistant that can organize, give you important updates, clean away old stuff and much more? This can become a reality by using the convenient automation software called Ellp. Once you have downloaded and installed the software you simply choose among over 35 Ellp cards. Those cards are grouped into four categories and can automate tasks relating to performance, security, storage, audio, scheduling, social media and online activities. Every card can be personalized using the interface and when your preferences are ready you can just activate Ellp and lean back in your chair.

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Now you will reap the following benefits:

Saves time and boosts productivity

If you have a busy schedule, then Ellp works as a true lifesaver. Us humans can only keep a limited amount of information in our short-term memory. To be honest, most people could use a friendly reminder every now and then to not forget something important. For example, there could be a critical business meeting coming up or some other deadline – like doctor’s appointment. By using Ellp cards you can get alerts and reminders according to your own preferences.adventages-of-using-ellpYou can even get pinged when you have been spending too much time on social media like Facebook. This prevents situations when time flies away and you get stuck having to do some serious overtime. Poor planning and stress are major factors behind feeling unhappy and unsatisfied at your workplace. Ellp can instead give you peace of mind and help you be more efficient with your time.

Improves performance and security

Have you noticed that over time your device seem to almost magically fill up with downloaded files and other data? Sometimes it can be so bad that you are running out of storage space.

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Ellp has many features helping you to keep tabs on your hard drive, battery, recycle bin, downloads folder and even things like the CPU temperature. It can alert you when it requires your personal attention or even automate and do some fixing itself, depending on what you prefer. Regardless of your preferences, Ellp enables your device to be in top shape.adventages-of-using-ellpIt also has a few very useful security Ellp cards that can do privacy cleanups or alert you if your email has been involved in a data breach. When it comes to security in particular, time is of the essence. It lets you know quickly and gives you the opportunity to take appropriate action, for instance changing your email password.

adventages-of-using-ellpMultiple great entertainment features

Ellp has cards that mute your sound when you unplug your headphones or opens Youtube or Spotify when you plug them in. Other cards let you organize downloaded music or downloaded movies into the exact folders you want them in. As you can see, the idea with the automation software is to make it as convenient and simplistic as possible for the user.

adventages-of-using-ellpThere is also great uses for automation software when it comes to social media. Do you want to download a copy of every Facebook photo you are tagged in? No problem, Ellp can handle it.

Summary

Ellp is powerful automation software that will make your life easier. So many things you might not have even thought of can be automated and by going through the big selection of popular Ellp cards on the official Ellp website you are guaranteed to find many useful suggestions. Once you have downloaded the software it has an easy-to-use interface where you can edit your settings according to your own personal preferences. Then all you need to do is to activate it. As a result, you will:

  • save time,
  • become more efficient
  • and improve the performance and security of your device.

You will also find multiple nice ways Ellp can assist you with entertainment and social media. This versatile automation software is a jack-of-all-trades, just like having your own hardworking PC assistant.

 

Why not download Ellp for free and set it up straight away? And did I mention that’s it’s completely FREE?

This is not a trial. It’s yours to keep!

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Once you download, you can find all the instructions here in case you get stuck at any point.

 

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When I unplug my headphones…

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


October 2 - (3 Min Read)

Usually, when I work on creative content I listen to Skrillex. And in case you’re not sure what type of music that is – it’s really noisy electronic dance music. Also known as – not office-friendly. Another thing that I do a lot when creating content is moving around my desk with my headphones on. If you put two and two together, you’ll know where I’m taking this. Every now and then, the Ellp office gets blasted with the unexpected and overwhelming sound of my music… as my headphones get unplugged by accident. Oops!

But now that’s history!To the joy and relief of my colleagues, several weeks ago I activated the new Ellp card called ‘When I unplug my headphones, mute the sound’. So now my creative endeavors no longer disturb my super-focused colleagues! It even feels like everyone is a bit more relaxed around me now 😉

Apparently, I was not the only one in a need of this Ellp card. Throughout the months we’ve been receiving a lot of similar requests like this from you. This was a no-brainer for the product team to create this card. Just look at this beauty:

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How does it work?

Normally your PC can detect when your headphones are plugged in, but it can’t detect when they’re unplugged. But with Ellp can help it can! By simply activating this card, Ellp will mute the sound the moment you unplug your headphones, so you can keep the peace.

You don’t have to be a creative Skrillex fan that works at a busy office to take full advantage of this amazing card. There are other scenarios where it comes in really handy:

  • You’re planning a surprise for a loved one. To get ideas you might use YouTube videos a while they’re in the other room and your headsets get unplugged by your pet.
  • You’re watching a horror movie with your screen facing the wall while your kids play in front of you and the headset gets unplugged.
  • When you play a game in the middle of the night and someone walks into the room scaring you to the point that you jump and unplug the headset (no way it only happens in our family!)

There are plenty other scenarios you could use this card for. Just make sure to activate this card, so you’ll never again have to see the surprise/ horror/ disbelief on people’s faces when they unexpectedly get to hear what you’re listening to.

As a bonus, remember that you can combine this card with some other sound-related Ellp cards that open an assigned application for you when you plugged in your headset.

Technical limitation: These cards work only with devices connected via USB.

 

If you’re a fan of getting things done faster, then Ellp is just the right solution for you. This new PC assistant can take care of a variety of tasks for you from maintaining your PC at the optimal level of performance, to helping you stay focused and productive, to monitoring your online safety, and even elevating your entertainment. And what’s best – Ellp is free to download and yours to keep!

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Want to get your tagged Facebook photos organized?

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


September 25 - (3 Min Read)

Gone are the days of utilizing traditional photo albums – we’ve now gone completely digital! Why so? Well, besides the costs associated with tangible photo albums, the digital option is so much easier – not to mention more cost-effective. The only cost is your time and your internet subscription. We’ve swiftly moved from paper to pixels, with cloud-based online albums that can be accessed from absolutely everywhere – provided that you remember your login credentials.  

A great example is Facebook! This social platform has one of the biggest online photo libraries out there, allowing for millions of photos to be uploaded and stored daily. Even with such a huge photo library and full control over our tagged photos, we still tend to feel the need to save everything into folders on our PC as a keepsake to ensure all our photos are backed up.

Or, we just want to make sure that we will never again miss a photo that we are tagged in. Why? For several practical reasons (choose at least one):

  • To always view new pictures of your cute grandchild/ nephew/ niece/ own child when you are on a business trip or away from home;
  • To hide from your timeline any unexpected shots from a party/ family gathering/ day out that could shake your reputation among your coworkers;
  • To have one-click access to all amazing pictures that commemorate important moments of your life.

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Life without Ellp

So the normal way of saving tagged photos on Facebook is to search for your photo, save it on your PC, and then place it into a folder of your choice. If you’re quite social, this means you’d need to go through the process of saving and sorting your tagged photos on a pretty regular basis. I know what you’re thinking, this way of saving photos sounds daunting and certainly time-consuming, to say the least!

 

Life with Ellp

No worries, Ellp has got you sorted! Organizing and keeping track of your tagged photos couldn’t get any easier. Stop wasting time locating, saving, and storing your tagged Facebook photos and let Ellp take care of that for you. Activate the Ellp card called ‘When I am tagged in a Facebook photo, download a copy’. Then, simply select where you’d like your tagged photos to be saved and switch the activation toggle on in just one click. So the next time you’re tagged in a Facebook photo, Ellp will alert you and save your tagged photos to a designated folder on your PC. This way you’ll never leave another precious photo moment behind!

 

If you’re a fan of getting things done faster, then Ellp is just the right solution for you. This new PC assistant can take care of a variety of tasks for you from maintaining your PC at the optimal level of performance, to helping you stay focused and be productive, to monitoring your online safety and even to elevating your entertainment. And what’s best – Ellp is free to download and yours to keep!

 

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10 Most Useful Windows Shortcuts for Non-Tech Users

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


September 21 - (5 Min Read)

From speeding up efficiency to increasing productivity, and desperately trying to minimize monotonous and annoying tasks, those of us who want to be ahead are searching for ‘one-click’ solutions. Wouldn’t it be so much simpler to just take the shortcut, and go high speed into productivity mode? Think of what kind of edge useful Windows shortcuts give you above all these multi-clickers!

This is the same logic that made us create Ellp. Yet as much as we’re doing our best, Ellp can’t just yet solve all your computer tasks. So to further help you save time and move forward to what matters most, we decided to compile a shortlist of most useful Windows shortcuts to speed up your PC activities.

10 most useful Windows shortcuts for non-tech users

1. How to enable Ctrl key shortcuts?

In order to do that you need Command prompt. It’s a command line interpreter used to carry out entered commands. In some cases, such shortcuts need to be activated. To do this you’d need to open Command Prompt. Simply go to the Windows Start menu and in the search box type in ‘Command Prompt’ and run it, right-click and select ‘Properties’ from the drop-down menu. Once inside the Properties box, select the ‘Options’ tab and from the selection, and tick ‘Enable new Ctrl key shortcuts’. This makes your PC responsive to any Ctrl + keyboard shortcuts. Like what?

Here’s a bunch of the most popular and extensively used keyboard shortcuts that will help you with copying and pasting.

  • Ctrl + C – copies the selected text
  • Ctrl + V – pastes text at the cursor
  • Ctrl + A – selects all text and images on the clipboard
  • Ctrl + X – removes or ‘cuts’ the text so that you can paste it elsewhere
  • Ctrl + Z – undoes your last action

2. Taking a Screenshot

Instead of stuffing your PC with tons of files and documents, why not take a screenshot? This is a lot less time-consuming, it’s also perfect if you’re trying to save disk space.

To take a screenshot, simply press: Windows key + Prt Scr

All screenshots will be automatically saved on your PC. These can be found here:

File Explorer\This PC\Documents\Pictures\Screenshots

3. Open Settings Swiftly

Want quick access to your settings? Simply press: Windows key + I on your keyboard. This will give you easy access to settings and tools for managing your PC.

4. Cycle through items in the Taskbar

Press: Windows key + T or Windows key + Shift + T

This keyboard shortcut allows you to move visual focus from the taskbar. By pressing ‘T’ again while still holding down the Windows key, you’ll be able to cycle through items in the taskbar. Enjoy pedaling away!

5. Optimize Window Management with Task View

Task view is a new feature for Windows, which opens and expands all your open windows so that you can view them all simultaneously.

Use these keys:

  • Windows key + Tab – Once you press and release both keys they will open the new task view interface, which will stay open even after keys are released.
  • Alt + Tab – This is not a new shortcut for Windows, what it does is it gives you the possibility to cycle through open windows. By clicking on the Tab key, you can keep on flipping through windows.

6. Open and Close the new Virtual Desktop

Like the Task view, the Virtual Desktop feature is also new to Windows and both go hand in hand as they are integrated with one another. This feature allows you to create multiple desktops, which are able to hold their own set of application windows.

 Use these keys:

  • Windows key + Ctrl + D – to create a new virtual desktop and switch to it
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4 – to close current virtual desktop

7. Switch from one Virtual Desktop to the next

To do this, simply press and hold: Windows key + Ctrl + Left/ Right Arrows, to switch from one virtual desktop to another.

8. Snap Assist

This feature was first introduced back in Windows 7 and has now been further enhanced and improved with the Windows 10 version. This window snapping feature helps you to speed up processes rapidly. Allowing you to snap windows from left to right, or from top to bottom by just pushing two buttons.

Press:

  • Windows key + Left Arrow – to snap window to the left
  • Windows key + Right Arrow – to snap window to the right
  • Windows key + Up Arrow – to snap window to the top of the screen
  • Windows key + Bottom Arrow –  to snap window to the bottom of the screen

9. Restore a Closed Browser Window

How many times have you accidentally closed a browser tab? I do it all the time :/ But fret not! By pressing Ctrl + Shift + T, you’ll be able to reverse your action and reopen your last closed browser tab. Good save, right?

10. Bookmark a Webpage

Do you like what you’re reading, would like to save this webpage for future reference? Simply hit, Ctrl + D, in your preferred search engine, be it Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, and a dialog box will pop up, which will prompt you to bookmark the page, edit the name of the bookmark, and even select the folder where you want to save it.

 

This is the full list of the top 10 most useful Windows shortcuts for non-tech users. These shortcuts are quite basic and at times you may not be sure what to use them for. Yet with time, they come in handy more and more often! Feel free to add yours in the comments!

If you’re a fan of getting things done faster, then Ellp is just the right solution for you. This new PC assistant can take care of a variety of tasks for you from maintaining your PC at the optimal level of performance, to helping you stay focused and be productive, to monitoring your online safety and even to elevating your entertainment. And what’s best – Ellp is free to download and yours to keep!

 

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Ellp: A PC automation tool for everyone

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Written by Janice
Writer


August 17 - (5 Min Read)

Remember The Jetsons?! Ok, so we’re still not flying around with our personal jetpacks and we still don’t have Rosie the Robot Maid, running around the house doing all the chores and preparing our meals for us. But, we’ve come a long way! Automation is very well out there and it is something that as of late many are relying on.

Basically, most of the devices we use day in day out, are now connected to the Internet. It’s not just our smartphones and computers, but also our speakers, home appliances, cameras, you name it. It doesn’t just stop there though, these devices now can also communicate with you, sending you information and even take in your commands. This is all thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), which basically connects any device with an ‘on’ and ‘off’ button to the Internet and other devices, and makes them responsive to your needs.

IoT is a key component of automation, from mechanical automation, to home automation, to PC automation, and much more. But what interests us the most is PC automation, because even though we live our lives on our smartphones, we are PC users as well. The thing is, most apps and services now focus more on mobile devices, and PCs are left behind – Ellp is here to restore the balance.

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But how?

There are multiple tasks that we keep on doing on a daily basis or need to be doing but never get around to do, some of which, are very time-consuming and tedious. Now wouldn’t it be great if you could automate these tasks on your Windows PC? As it happens, Ellp can help out with just one click.

With all life’s complexities, Ellp eliminates the burden of day-to-day activities by allowing you to easily automate your tasks around your specific needs. Imagine being able to set your device to automatically let you know when your email is involved in a data breach, and offering the right solutions for it. Better yet, how about being notified when your hard disk is getting full, giving you options, and guiding you on how you can regain precious space. Or even the capacity to snap you back to work when you’ve spent a lot of time mindlessly scrolling on Facebook. Wouldn’t that be swell?! Well…With Ellp, all of this and more is made available to you!

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What can Ellp really do for you?

Boosts productivity

Ellp is designed to make your daily routine easier. Need to download some materials or save a document sent over to you by a colleague or a family member? Want to make sure you don’t have unnecessary duplicate files in your Downloads folder and that you can easily track what you downloaded into specific folders? Ellp takes care of this and much more. This not only increases your productivity but also lets you focus on the task at hand, with fewer worries and less stress.

Puts you in the driver’s seat

One of the main benefits of Ellp is that it provides you with more control over your PC, allowing for a better device experience. Everything is within your grasp, granting you the possibility to customize as you go along with just a flip of a switch. It allows you to set your personal preferences and personalize notifications around your specific needs. For example, if you’d like to check whether your Internet speed keeps fluctuating you can set your ideal internet speed and the time when Ellp is to check it for you.

Helps protect your online security

With significantly more time spent online, we’re bound to be exposed to the dark side of the internet and all the dangers that lie within its grasp. Thankfully, Ellp helps with that as it safely checks all your accounts linked to one email address for possible breaches. Not only that but it also safeguards your personal data (credit card numbers, medical records, even your full name and birthday) by performing a privacy cleanup every single day so that you can safely make the most of the online world with no risks at stake.

Gives you more transparency

With its very own personalization system, Ellp gives you options and the flexibility to customize the cards around your preferences. Notifications also add to the transparency element, giving you insight and keeping you up to date with what’s happening on your PC.

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So what are you waiting for? Take charge over your device experience, and simplify your life with Ellp. Get more out of your device and take comfort in knowing that once your preferences are set, Ellp will take care of the rest.

This is not a trial. It’s yours to keep!

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How to build a community of passionate people

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Written by Kristina
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August 9 - (5 Min Read)

No matter what the topic, it always begins and ends with people. For any business to thrive, this has to be your number one focus. It’s all about understanding your customer’s needs, wants and fulfilling their expectations. Once you get this, the magic really starts to happen!

But how?

There’s no better way to get to know your audience than by directly interacting with them. We already do this through our multiple support channels, which allow us to get super detailed insight from our users – stuff that we can really work with! But because we don’t want it to end here, we’re taking it a step further… We’ve created a place where our users can not only interact with us but, also communicate with other passionate people who share similar goals about Ellp. This way we can build cards that matter most to you!

From the moment go, we’ve always been super supported by our users. We’ve received tons of great ideas and feedback – insight that has been truly instrumental to us. There’s so much commitment from our users, to the extent that we see them as part of the team. They are our inspiration, our motivation – you keep us going!

Here’s some examples of cards that were inspired by Ellp users:

  • When my battery is fully charged, let me know. (Psst! Spilling the beans… This card will be available as from tomorrow. Enjoy!)
  • When my PC is overheating, alert me.
  • When I open an application, open another one.
  • When it’s time, remind me to do something.

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So you see we really do listen to your feedback and suggestions. The more we receive, the more we just want to make these ideas happen for you! Feel free to check out my previous article ‘What do we do with all your feedback?’

As more time passes, the Ellp community just keeps growing. This is why we thought it would be great to have an online community out there, where everyone can submit their own ideas and bond over common ones.

We’re pretty excited about this project. While researching about ‘Tribes’ and ‘Communities’  we were inspired by Starbucks – The Coffee Company. They believe that their customers are the best people to tell them what they want from Starbucks. And obviously, we couldn’t agree more!

So how does it work exactly? And where do I sign up?

Ok, so if you’ve read this far, you’re definitely a passionate Ellp supporter or maybe you’re looking for Customer Success insights. Either way, it’s good to have you on board!

You can use the Ellp community to share your ideas. If you can’t think of any – that’s ok! – you can always vote on others. You can up-vote, down-vote, share and comment why you like or dislike an idea.

The ideas with the most hits will be moved to our product line, so follow the news feed on our community page to find out if your card made it!  P.S The more you share your idea, the bigger the chance you have 🙂

Click here to join the community. Participating is easy!

  1. Go to our community by clicking here or the button below and sign in using your email address or Facebook account.
  2. Click on the category that interests you the most and either add your own idea or vote for others.
  3. Share, share, share!

Submit your idea now!

Don’t be shy to share your ideas with the rest of the community. All ideas are welcome! We look forward to going through all your great Ellp ideas, and potentially building them too 🙂 The power is in your hands! Share with friends, family, and colleagues… get as many up-votes as you can – and we’ll make it happen!

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