Best wishes to FGC member, Erika Mercer-Epps, who got her M-R-S last weekend and now has a new name. Since many contemporary women — whether married or single — reject the title Mrs. in preference to the neutral alternative Ms., I’ll move on from my corny reference to titles and simply say … Congratulations to the newlywed couple. Erica has promised to share some wedding day photos with us. Perhaps in the next blog post. And on a different subject — some words about Listservs. Subscribers to various Listservs know that electronic mailing lists are an excellent and diverse source of information, especially concerning activities in the neighborhood. However, the downside to being a Listserv subscriber (especially to more than one) is that emails fill up your inbox faster than hot kernels turn to popcorn. Neighborhood Listservs contain information and discussions about nearly everything. They somewhat resemble a scaled down and modified version of Craigslist. Here are some of the topics that subscribers discuss: reports about crime; inefficient city services, like trash trucks not showing up on schedule; local politics and politicians; yard sales; search for babysitters, nannies, roommates, and housing to rent or being rented; raccoon sightings, pets lost or uncollared dogs running loose; deaths of neighbors, and other miscellaneous subjects.
Thanks to my not so bright idea to subscribe to several Listservs, my primary email box stays busier than Georgia Avenue during rush hour. Over the years, I’ve gone from accumulating an average of 60 emails a week to over 100 emails daily. Add to the Listserv — correspondence from friends and associates, businesses, and junk email like newspaper coupons, and anyone can accumulate enough data to start a virtual library. For all of you Listserv junkies and avid consumers of information who also suffer from inbox overflow, I am going to share this tip: How to quickly clean out your Inbox without reading every single email.
- After opening your Inbox, press and hold the Ctrl (control) button
- Beginning at the top of the page, scan the addresses in the From column and in the corresponding Subject column.
- As you move your eyes down the rows, if you see an unfamiliar email address, or if the subject line does not peak your interest, select (click) that line and continue moving down the list while holding the Ctrl key. If you come across an email that you want to keep to read later just skip it, do not select it. Move on to the next email. The purpose in continuing to hold down the Ctrl key is that it will allow you to skip lines; unlike holding the Shift key while doing this procedure. You do not want to hold the Shift key while selecting, doing so selects every line.
- As you proceed down the list, don’t stop to open any emails that you have not selected. When you have reached the end of the list, while still holding the Ctrl key, select Delete. All of your undesired emails will then be deleted simultaneously and those that you did not select will be left in place for you to read. If you accidentally deleted some emails that you did not intend to Delete, locate them in your “Delete” file and restore them to the inbox.
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