Five More Things You Have Learned on the Job

closePlease note: This post was published over a year ago, so please be aware that its content may not be quite so accurate anymore. Also, the format of the site has changed since it was published, so please excuse any formatting issues.

Some of you will remember my previous Five Things You Have Learned on the Job That Other People Might Find Useful post, wherein I posted 5 things I learned on the job, then challenged my readers to do the same.

Well, here we are with round two! I’ve been meaning to post this list for months, but never got around to it until now. Just as last time, here’s the deal: Think of five things you have learned while on the job. They can be pretty much whatever you want, but they should be things that you have found useful and from which you think other people might be able to benefit. They can be task-specific (for example, how to do something more efficiently) or just general observations (for example, bosses tend to respond better to your mediocre work when you first show examples of crappy work done by your competitors).

If you decide to participate, I would also appreciate a link back to my blog (it doesn’t have to be this post specifically, just my blog in general). Feel free to post a link to your own blog post with this meme in the comments of this post.

So, without further ado, here is my list of Five More Things I Have Learned on the Job That Other People Might Find Useful:

  1. Most clip art in Word is vector-based. This means you can copy and paste them from Word to Illustrator and preserve their vector properties. You’ll have to ungroup them, but you can add, remove, and edit the clip art to serve your needs. You can also copy and paste vector art from Illustrator to Photoshop. To maintain the vector properties, select “Smart Object” from the menu that pops up.
  2. Another great way to preserve vector properties in Photoshop is to “place” vector images into your compositions. You can find “place” under the “file” menu. I have a note here that says “in most cases,” so your mileage may vary with this one.
  3. Here’s one more great Photoshop tip: If you want to change the brush size quickly, you can do it using only the keyboard. Simply press “[” or “]” (the open and close square brackets). This works on any brush, including the pencil, clone stamp, and even the eraser.
  4. Did you accidentally close a tab in Firefox and wish you could open again quickly and easily? There’s a keyboard shortcut for that! On a PC, press Ctrl+Shift+T. On a Mac, press Command+Shift+T.
  5. This last tip is only for people who have multiple monitors and are running Windows. Did you move Firefox (or some other application) to the other screen and now it keeps opening up there? Want it back on the original screen? Most programs remember their last position, so open a new window and make sure that it is not maximized. Move it to the screen you want the program to open in. Now close all of the windows, ending with the one you just created and moved. The next time you launch the program, a window should open on the correct side.
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