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LeaseyBite 10, LeaseyCuts

This page contains an approximate transcript of the audio content for the LeaseyBite. For further step by step examples of how to use the Leasey features discussed, please consult the Leasey documentation.

Thank you for your interest in Leasey!

If you want to access a file, web page or folder frequently, one way of accomplishing that is to create a Windows Shortcut pointing to it. There are quite a number of steps involved in that process. But as you would expect by now, Leasey streamlines the process considerably in the form of LeaseyCuts.

You can create a LeaseyCut to any of the items I've mentioned. What's more, if you create a LeaseyCut pointing to a folder, Leasey helps you to save a file directly into it, even if it is on an external drive, such as a network source at your place of work. It saves navigating the Save As Dialog box in a Windows application to find where you want to save it.

The process for creating a LeaseyCut is straightforward enough. In the case of a web page, your web browser needs to be pointing to the page itself. So go ahead and browse to one of your favourite web pages.
If you want to store a folder or file as a LeaseyCut, you'll need to navigate to it within Windows Explorer. But please do not open up the folder (or launch the file) by pressing Enter. Just ensure you have selected it, perhaps with the Arrow keys.

We will now create the LeaseyCut by pressing the Leasey Key followed by Control+S. I'm now in Windows Explorer, having launched it by pressing the Windows Key+E, and I am located on a folder called "Various", and I'll go through this process with you.

You are first asked for the name of the LeaseyCut. As with LeaseyTexts, the end result of this is that all your LeaseyCuts are going to be displayed in a list. So as before, do make the name memorable but short. If we examine the Edit Field which is now in focus, you will hear that the folder name is already displayed there. While theoretically you could just press Enter to accept this, you can change it if you wish. The name of the LeaseyCut does not need to match the title of the folder. This could be helpful if you are creating a LeaseyCut pointing to a coleague's work folder, and he or she has given it a long name which is not particularly meaningful to you.

Having got the title the way we want, press Enter. That's all.

The items to which the LeaseyCuts point can be accessed from any application. Press the Leasey Key then Control+L.

The LeaseyCuts are arranged in alphabetical order, and of course you can use first letter navigation if you wish. After each LeaseyCut, you will hear, or see in Braille, either the term , file, folder or web page. This is clever of Leasey because she took a note of the computing environment in which you were focused prior to creating the LeaseyCut. It gives you an indication as to what is likely to happen when you press Enter on one of these items. Go ahead and locate your stored LeaseyCut now, and press Enter to launch it.

LeaseyCuts can be overwritten, simply by storing a new one with the same name. This could be useful if the folder path or page URL has changed. They can also be deleted by pressing the Leasey Key followed by Delete from within the list of LeaseyCuts.

There is one more thing to show you and that is how to save a file in a specific folder if, for example, you have created a document.

I am in Microsoft Word and I am about to save this file. Having pressed Control+S to launch the "Save" Dialog box, I will type my file name.

Prior to pressing Enter to save the file, I need to press the Leasey Key followed by Control+P for Path. Things bring into view only the LeaseyCuts attached to folders. Locate the folder name, (in my case that is "Various"), and press Enter twice. The file should be in the "Various" folder.

You might be asking yourself, "I've created all these LeaseyNotes, LeaseyCuts etc, what happens if I want to place them on another computer? What if I need to reinstall my software?" Please don't worry. We have you covered. I'll talk about the backing up process in a future LeaseyBite.

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