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Sign Out or Reboot Quickly

April 15, 2014

In windows 8 click once on the taskbar and press 'Alt' + 'F4' simultaneously to easily sign out or reboot the computer.
 

Enlarge The Text On A Webpage!

April 8, 2014

You can enlarge the text on a webpage by clicking the “Windows Key” + “Ctrl” + “+”. You can even shrink it too by pressing the “-” key instead of the “+” key.

Activate GodMode in Windows 8

April 1, 2014

Create a new folder on your desktop and title it “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”. Once in GodMode you will be able to see that you can access all computer settings in one convenient folder.

Snap Photos On Your iPhone Super Quick!

March 25, 2014

Once you're in the camera app, just click either one of the volume buttons to snap a photo.

Cut To The Chase

March 18, 2014

Too lazy to type in the ‘www.’ or ‘.com’ in a website? Just type in the website name and press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘Enter’ and it will take you to your website.

Stop Music With A Timer

March 11, 2014

You can make your iPhone stop playing music at the end of a timer by pressing ‘Clock’ > ‘Timer’ > ‘When Timer Ends’ > and then scroll to the bottom and press ‘Stop Playing’. Now you can fall asleep to music without it being on all night!

Make Your Text Clickable In Gmail

March 4, 2014

Highlight text in Gmail and click ‘Ctrl’+’k’ simultaneously to make that text a hyperlink.

See Maps and Directions With No Data Connection

February 25, 2014

See All Open Windows

February 18, 2014

 You can quickly see and change what window you’re seeing by pressing ‘Alt’ and ‘Tab’ simultaneously. Just keep pressing tab to see the next window open and let go of both buttons to stay on the selected window.

Windows Shortcut to Settings

February 11, 2014

On A Windows PC? Try pressing the Window’s button and “I” simultaneously to access the computer settings quickly.

Can’t Open An MP4?

February 4, 2014

You can open mp4 and PDF files with Chrome. Press ‘Ctrl’ + ‘o’ to browse for your file and press open. Your video or PDF should be playing on a chrome tab.

Close Your Programs Quickly

January 28, 2014

Close the current program you’re using by pressing ‘Alt’ + ‘F4’ simultaneously. Make sure that there isn’t anything you want to save or else it could be lost!

Delete Whole Words

January 21, 2014

If you want to delete more just letters at a time you can press Ctrl+Backspace to delete whole words at a time.

Accidentally Close a Tab?

January 14, 2014

In Chrome and Firefox you can undo closing a tab by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘Shift’ + ‘t’ simultaneously.

Need To Move Windows Between Monitors?

December 24, 2013

Want to quickly move windows from one monitor to another? Press the windows key and an arrow key to quickly snap it to a different position.

Reboot You Computer Quickly

December 18, 2013

In windows 8 click once on the taskbar and press alt-F4 simultaneously to easily sign out or reboot the computer.

Font Just A Little Too Small?

December 10, 2013

Right click on blank space in your desktop, click ‘Screen Resolution’ and ‘Make text and other items larger or smaller’.

Time To Get Organized

December 3, 2013

Press Ctrl-Shift-v simultaneously to easily organize mail into folders in Microsoft Outlook.

Track Every Move

November 19, 2013

On Window’s 7 or higher you can track every move by pressing the start button and typing “psr” and then the enter key. You can then record every move you make on your computer and send it to someone who might know where you’re messing up.

See All of Your Starred Emails in Gmail!

November 12, 2013

First, make sure you have enabled shortcuts by going to settings and clicking the box “Keyboard shortcuts on”. To see all of your starred emails press “G” and “S” simultaneously. 

Did You Make a Mistake?

November 5, 2013

If you want to undo what you just did in Microsoft Word you can press ‘ctrl’ (or the apple sign on a Mac) and ‘z’ simultaneously to undo your action.

Change Siri's Voice

October 22, 2013

To change Siri's voice on your iPhone with iOS7 software: click the Settings app, then go to General Settings. From there, tap Siri, then tap Voice Gender to change Siri's voice.

Go Incognito!

September 16th, 2013

When using Google Chrome as a web browser, pressing the "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "N" keys at the same time will open an incognito window which allows you to browse the internet privately without leaving behind history or passwords. The perfect setting for buying a loved one that secret present!

Redo What You Undid!

September 9th, 2013

When using Windows programs, pressing the "Ctrl" and "Y" keys simultaneously will allow you to redo an action you previously used the undo command on ("Ctrl + U").

Open The Address Book In Outlook

August 26th, 2013

When using Outlook, pressing the "Ctrl", "Shift" and "B" keys simultaneously will allow you to open the address book and find a contact.

Permanent Deletion

August 20th, 2013

When using Windows, pressing the "Shift" and "Delete" keys simultaneously will allow you to permanently delete an item without sending it to the recycle bin.

Search Apps In Windows 8

August 12, 2013

When using Windows 8, pressing the windows key and "Q" simultaneously will allow you to search the computer's apps quickly from any screen.

Inbox to Outbox Just Like That!

August 5th, 2013

In Microsoft Outlook, pressing the "Ctrl" "Shift" and "I" keys simultaneously allows the user to switch from the Outbox to the Inbox, while pressing "Ctrl" "Shift" and "O" allows the mto switch from the Outbox back to the Inbox.

Creating Outlook Calendar Appointments

July 29, 2013

In Microsoft Outlook's calendar, pressing the "Ctrl" and "N" keys simultaneously allows the user to create a new appointment quickly and easily.

Mark Your Spam"!"

July 22, 2013

After enabling "Keyboard Shortcuts" in Gmail's settings, pressing the "!" key in Google's Gmail when an email is open will allow the user to quickly mark an email as spam and remove it from their conversation list.

"E" is for Archive

July 15, 2013

After enabling "Keyboard Shortcuts" in Gmail's settings, pressing the "E" key in Google's Gmail when an email is open will allow the user to quickly archive the email.

Forwarding in Gmail

July 8th, 2013

After enabling "Keyboard Shortcuts" in Gmail's settings, pressing the "Shift" and "F" keys simultaneously in Google's Gmail will allow the user to quickly forward an email.

Opening Drafts in Gmail

July 1, 2013

After enabling "Keyboard Shortcuts" in GMail's settings, pressing the "G" and "D" keys simultaneously in Google's GMail will allow the user to quickly open their email drafts.

Creating a Contact in Outlook

June 24, 2013

Pressing the "CTRL," "SHIFT," and "C" keys simultaneously in Microsoft Outlook will allow the user to quickly create a contact.

Sending a Message in Gmail

June 18, 2013

After making sure Gmail shortcuts are enabled in the settings menu, pressing the "TAB" and "ENTER" keys simultaneously in Google's Gmail when composing will automatically send a message.

Opening Contacts in Gmail

June 11, 2013

After making sure Gmail shortcuts are enabled in the settings menu, pressing the "G" and "C" keys simultaneously in Google's Gmail will allow the user to open their contacts easily.

New Chrome Window

June 3, 2013

Pressing the "Ctrl" and "N" keys simultaneously in Google Chrome will allow the user to open a new window instantaneously.

The Quick Fix

May 28, 2013

Pressing the "Ctrl" and "Z" keys simultaneously in Microsoft Word will allow the user to undo a previous action with ease.

"R"un Dialogue

May 22, 2013

Press the Windows key and “R” simultaneously to open the Run dialog box. Enter the name of a program to run it without searching!

One Window, Many Shortcuts!

May 7, 2013

Press CTRL ALT and DELETE at the same time to open the Windows Security Table quickly. From there you can access shortcuts to functions like Task Manager, Log Off and Shut Down.

Traveling Back

April 30, 2013

While in most Internet browsers, you can press the Backspace key on your keyboard to go back to your last page.

Search in Windows 8

April 23, 2013

To search for something on your PC while in Windows 8, press the Windows key and simultaneously start typing the name of what you are looking for.

New Browser Window

April 16, 2013

To open a link in a new browser Window: hold down the Shift key on the keyboard and click on the link. 

Selecting "R"ead in Gmail

April 9, 2013

Press * and “R” simultaneously to select only read conversations in Gmail. Also, press * and “U” at the same time to select only unread conversations in Gmail. 

Text Sizing

April 2, 2013

Press Ctrl and the + or – keys to increase or decrease the size of text on an Internet browser.

Windows 8 Apps

March 26, 2013

While in Windows 8, press the Alt button and the Tab button to easily cycle through open apps.

Chrome History

March 12, 2013

While in Google Chrome, press Ctrl + H at any time to have a new tab appear with your browser History.

Clear Formatting

March 5, 2013

While in Microsoft Word, remove the formatting of any text (perhaps copied and pasted from another location) by highlighting it and pressing 'Ctrl' and the spacebar.

Locate Your Edit

February 26, 2013

While in Microsoft Word, press Shift and F5 at the same time to locate the position of your last edit.

iPhone Email Feature

February 19, 2013

To easily insert a video or photo while writing an email on your iPhone, press any blank space in the message body until a small box appears. Then press the arrow to the right and select 'Insert Photo or Video.'

Shortcut to Shutdown

February 12, 2013

Install a one-click shutdown technique in Windows XP by: Right clicking on your desktop and chosing 'New.' Then, click 'Shortcut' and when prompted, type in "shutdown -s -t 00." Click 'Finish' and then you have installed a shortcut icon to shutdown your computer.

Pinning to Taskbar

February 5, 2013

Any program can be pinned to the Taskbar for easier access.To pin a program to the Taskbar, right-click on the program or shortcut icon and choose the 'Pin to Taskbar' option. Alternatively, you can also drag the icon to the Taskbar.

Zooming With Your Mouse

January 29, 2013

To zoom in and out on a web page, word document, excel spreadsheet, etc. hold down the Ctrl key while scrolling your mouse wheel up (to zoom in) and down (to zoom out).

Internet Keyboard Navigation

January 22, 2013

When browsing the Internet, press the space bar to move the page down one page at a time. To move back up the page(s), press Shift and the Space bar at the same time.

Close Out Of Apps Completely

January 15, 2013

To close out a running app on your iPhone, double click the home button to reveal a tray of running apps at the bottom of the screen. Hold down on an app until it begins to 'shake,' then press the small "X" to close out of the app completely. 

Working Quickly While In Excel

January 8, 2013

While in Microsoft Excel, press Ctrl + PgUp and Ctrl + PgDown to quickly move from one worksheet to another using the keyboard. You use Ctrl + PgUp to move toward the first worksheet in the workbook, and Ctrl + PgDown to move toward the last.

Make An Appointment Quicker

December 18, 2012

While in Microsoft Office, press CTRL, SHIFT and the letter 'A' as a shortcut to making an appointment.

Add A Watermark To A Word Doc.

December 11, 2012

While in Microsoft Word 2007/2010, select the "Page Layout" Tab from the top menu. In the "Page Background" group, select "Watermark." Now you can now select a pre-defined watermark, or customize your own by selecting "Custom Watermark" at the bottom.

Print Screen

December 4, 2012

To have a picture of your current screen while on a desk top, press the Print Screen button on your keyboard to save the image to your Clipboard.  

"S"tarring Messages in Gmail

November 27, 2012

In Gmail, press “S” to star a specific conversation. Press * and “S” simultaneously to select only starred conversations or press * and “T” at the same time to select only unstarred conversations. 

Have Siri Get To Know You

November 19, 2012

If you have the iPhone 4S or 5: Tell Siri about who is who in your life, such as “Erin is my wife” or “Rick is my dad.” Then you can say “Text my wife” or “Call dad” and Siri knows who you mean. Also, be sure to enter your home and work addresses in Contacts. That way, Siri can remind you to do things when you leave or arrive at either place.

Moving Windows From Monitor to Monitor

November 13, 2012

If working with multiple monitors in Windows 7, press the Windows button along with the Shift button and either the Left or Right arrow key to move your selected Window to the other monitor. The Window will remain in the same relative location, but on the other monitor!

Editing Your Droid's Dictionary

November 6, 2012

Edit Android's custom dictionary to include your name and other proper nouns. That way, they'll pop up in the auto-complete list as you type. Look under Language and keyboard settings in System Settings to get started.

Uses for 'Home'

October 30, 2012

While in a document, press 'Home' to go to the beginning of the current line. Press Ctrl and 'Home' at the same time to go to the beginning of the document.

A Trick for Dual Viewing

October 23, 2012

While in Windows 7, snap an active window to the side of the desktop using the keyboard by pressing either ‌Windows logo key +Left Arrow or‌ Windows logo key +Right Arrow. Apply the same process with another active Window for dual viewing.

Passcode Lock

October 16, 2012

For the latest iPhones and iPads, there is a trick to further secure your information. You can enable a feature that'll erase all the data on the device if someone inputs the incorrect passcode 10 times. Navigate to Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Erase Data.

Selecting All

October 2, 2012

While in Gmail, press * and “A” simultaneously to select all conversations. Then, press * and “N” at the same time to deselect all conversations in Gmail.While in Gmail, press * and “A” simultaneously to select all conversations. Then, press * and “N” at the same time to deselect all conversations in Gmail.

Droid One-Touch Dialing

September 25, 2012

To set-up one-touch dialing on your Droid: Hold your finger on an open space and select Shortcuts. Then, touch Direct dial and pick the person from your contact list. If one-touch texting is what you prefer, use the Direct message option instead.

Losing Battery?

September 18, 2012

If you experience bad battery performance, try turning off selected Location Services for specific apps on your smartphone. You don’t need to disable the apps all together, but having Location Services on will drain your battery faster.

Screenshot on iPhones

September 11, 2012

To take a picture of your screen on an iPhone, press and hold the Home button (circular button on the face of the phone) and press the Sleep/Wake button (at the top of the phone) at the same time. Your screen will flash and then the picture will appear in your Camera Roll.

Shortcut to Sub-folders View

September 4, 2012

Under My Documents (when in Folders View), press Num Lock and the Asterisk key on the numeric keypad (*) simultaneously to see all subfolders under the selected folder.

Shortcut to System Properties

August 27, 2012`

While in Windows, press the Windows key and Break at the same time to see the System Properties dialog box.

All Mail In Gmail

August 20, 2012

Press “G” and “A” at the same time to open All Mail while in Gmail.

Seeing the Properties

August 13, 2012

While within a folder, press Alt and Enter simultaneously to see the properties of the selected file.

Highlighting Data In Excel

August 6, 2012

While in Microsoft Excel, press Ctrl and Shift along with the relevant arrow key to highlight multiple cells quickly.  

"L"abeling Your Email

July 30, 2012

Press “L” after you open an email in Gmail, to open the Labels dropdown list so you can apply a label to the conversation.          

Quicker Editing While In Word

July 23, 2012

While in Microsoft Word, tap the left or right arrow keys while pressing the Ctrl key to jump to the beginning of the previous word (left arrow) or next word (right arrow) when editing text. 

Clearing Browser History

July 16, 2012

While in Chrome or Internet Explorer, pressing CTRL SHIFT DEL simultaneously brings up a quick Delete History Window for quick clearing of Browser History and Data. 

Contacts in Gmail

July 9, 2012

Press “G” and “C” simultaneously to open Contacts while in Gmail.

2 Scroll Bars In 1 Word Doc

July 2, 2012

Click on the small tab directly above the up scroll arrow in the top right corner of Microsoft Word to split your screen in half, with each section having its own scroll bar.  

Trash That Email In Gmail

June 25, 2012

Press “#” to move the selected conversation to the Trash in Gmail.  

To Maximize or To Minimize

June 18, 2012

Press F11 to maximize or minimize your web browser.

Top To Bottom In A Window

June 11, 2012

Press Home to get to the top of the active window.  Press End to get to the bottom of the active window.

Searching For Something

June 4, 2012

Press Ctrl, the Windows key, and “F” all together to search for computers.

New Email In Gmail

May 29, 2012

After having turned on the keyboard shortcuts in Gmail (under general settings), press “C” to open a new message in Gmail.

Help In Windows

May 21, 2012

Press the Windows key and F1 simultaneously for help with Windows.

Refreshing Your Window in a Web Browser

May 14, 2012

Press F5 to refresh the current window.

Navigating in Microsoft Word

May 8, 2012

Press Ctrl and up arrow or down arrow simultaneously to get to the beginning or end of a paragraph in Microsoft Word.   

"S"ave Your Work

April 30, 2012

Press Ctrl and “S” at the same time to save your work in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.   

"C" A New Message in Gmail

April 23, 2012

Press “Shift” and “C” simultaneously to open a new Gmail message in a new window.   

My Computer "E"asy Access

April 16, 2012

Press the Windows key and “E” at the same time to open My Computer.

Text Selection From Middle to Beginning

December 5, 2011

When your cursor is in the middle of text, press Shift and Home simultaneously to select text from the cursor to the beginning of the line in Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  

Quick Scroll

November 28, 2011

Tap the Space bar to scroll down a web page one screen-length. 

Application Key for Shortcuts

November 16, 2011

Press the Application key (key with picture of a cursor over a file) for shortcut menu options for the selected item. 

F10 = Menu Bar

November 14, 2011

Press F10 to activate the Menu bar and select the option you want in whatever program you are currently in.
 

A Fast Start

November 9, 2011

Press Ctrl and Esc at the same time to open the Start menu.

One Step Screen Shot

November 7, 2011

If you want to capture exactly what is on your current screen, press the Print Screen key (top right corner on most keyboards). You can then paste this image by pressing Ctrl and “V” simultaneously or right-click "Paste" wherever you want.

Shortcut Options

November 2, 2011

Press Shift and F10 simultaneously for shortcut menu options for the selected item.

Fast Navigation Through Open Tabs

October 31, 2011

Press Alt and Esc at the same time to go through items in the order they were opened.

F4 = Address List

October 26, 2011

Press F4 in My Computer or Internet Explorer to display the address bar list.

Retrieve & Rename

October 24, 2011

Press F3 to search for a file or folder.  Press F2 to rename the selected item.  

Save Time Searching

October 19, 2011

When using search engines, put quotes around phrases that must be searched together to keep the engines from wasting your time with results based on individual words.

Easy Exit

October 17, 2011

Press Ctrl and “W” at the same time to close your active tab.

One Step Font Adjustment

October 11, 2011

Press Ctrl and the Plus or Minus key to increase or decrease font size on any web page (Command key + plus or minus key on Macs).

"T" for Tab

October 3, 2011

Press Ctrl and “T” at the same time to open a new online browsing tab in Internet Explorer.      

Text Selection Made Easy

September 29, 2011

Press Shift and End simultaneously to select text from the cursor to the end of the line in Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Help is One Key Away

September 26, 2011

Press F1 if you need help in the program you are in.

"F"ind a File Fast

September 22, 2011

Press the Windows key and “F” at the same time to search for a file, regardless of the program you are currently in.

"B" is for Bookmark

September 19, 2011

Press Ctrl and “B” at the same time in Internet Explorer and Firefox Web browsers to access and organize your bookmarks and favorites.    

One Step Repeat

September 15, 2011

Press Ctrl and “Y” at the same time to repeat the last action in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  

A Faster "Alt"ernative

September 12, 2011

Press Alt and Tab simultaneously to switch from one open program to another.  Press Alt and F4 simultaneously to close any program you are in.

A Faster "Alt"ernative

Search Faster!

September 8, 2011

Press Alt and “D” at the same time to highlight the web address bar and search a new site, instead of wasting time using your mouse.

Irene take down your Internet & Phones?

August 29, 2011

We have an option! Remote Call Forward (RCF) your main number to a cell phone by calling your Provider or CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier). Place a trouble ticket for the RCF request and tell them it is causing business interruption. If you can’t wait for Internet Services to be up, try to purchase a Clear.Com wireless router from a local Cell Phone Store and call TCG to walk your through the install. Other options exist if you have the right equipment on hand. Any questions or assistance, call TCG's Help Desk for outstanding support.

Improve your browsing techniques

August 18, 2011

Press Ctrl and “K” at the same time in Google Chrome to navigate your cursor to the Google search bar, so you can type in searches without taking your hands off the keyboard. Hitting the same sequence of keys in Internet Explorer will open another tab of the exact same website you are currently on. If you have numerous tabs open, the most recent site is the one that will be duplicated.

The Perfect Capitalization Combination

August 10, 2011

Press F3 and Shift simultaneously to capitalize the first letter of a lowercase word in Microsoft Word. The same combination capitalizes every letter of a word whose first letter is already capitalized. If the word is completely capitalized when F3 and Shift are pressed, then all letters change to lowercase. 

One Step Window Restore

August 8, 2011

Press the Windows key, Shift, and “M” all together to restore minimized windows.

Add a Favorite Fast

August 5, 2011

Press Ctrl and “D” at the same time to “add a favorite” or “bookmark” in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari Web browsers.  

"M" is for Minimize

August 3, 2011

Press the Windows key and “M” simultaneously to minimize all windows.

Highlighting in Bulk

August 1, 2011

Press Ctrl and “A” at the same time to highlight an entire document or web page instead of using the mouse cursor to do so manually. 

A Faster Way to Surf the Web

July 29, 2011

Press Ctrl and Enter simultaneously after typing a web address to add the “www.” and “.com.” Press Shift and Enter for “.net” and Ctrl, Shift, Enter for “.org.”

Google Search Made Easy

July 27, 2011

If you highlight a word or a phrase on a site in Firefox or Safari Web browsers and then right-click, you can search the selected text on Google without having to open a new window to type in the search.

One Click Faster

July 22, 2011

Sick of clicking twice to open files? Click Start then My Computer. Under the Tools menu, select Folder Options. Make sure you are under the General tab. You can then select the option to “single click to open an item (point to select).” After confirming the change by pressing OK you will be one click faster. 

Your Desktop is Closer Than You Think

July 20, 2011

Hide all open windows, returning to the desktop, with one keystroke: hit the Windows key and “D” simultaneously in Windows or press F11 on Macs.

Web Navigation Made Easy

July 18, 2011

Press Alt and the left arrow at the same time to get back to a previous website when surfing the Web in Internet Explorer or Firefox. If you do this and then decide you want to return to your current site, press Alt and the right arrow simultaneously.

"L" is for Lock

July 15, 2011

Press the Windows key and “L” at the same time to lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.

Google > 411

July 12, 2011

Instead of paying for 411 listing information, text questions to Google at 466453. Google will text back with helpful answers. For example, if you text “pizza 01760” Google will text back a list of phone numbers and addresses for pizza restaurants in the Natick, Massachusetts area. This service can also be used to check stock quotes, sports scores, flight times, and business listings.

System Restore

February 22, 2011

Did you know the built in system restore feature can save you time and money?  If you suddenly experience problems with your machine such as poor performance or an infection you should try to restore to a previous date before anything else.  The process only takes about 15-30 minutes and might be able to get your PC back up and running properly without the time and expense of a full cleaning.

Contact TCG Today to find out how this works and what you can do to protect yourself and save money doing it...

Chris Ellis
Help Desk

Over 1.2 million websites found to be infected by malware

January 14, 2011

Malicious websites that spread malware are growing in number, according to a new study by security research firm Dasient.

Dasient
, a company specializing in combating malware on websites, has released a new report claiming that over 1.2 million websites were found to be infected by malware in the third quarter of 2009, more than double the number during same period last year.

These infected websites are especially dangerous since, unlike other forms of malware vectors, they don’t require the user to click on a link or open an attachment. They infect users through “drive-by-downloads” or by just visiting the infected website. Hackers take advantage of the dynamic and interactive features of today’s modern websites and social networking sites to deliver their payload.

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URGENT: Anti-Virus Software Update

December 2, 2010

It’s just been reported that some computers are unable to reboot after the most recent AVG 2011 update, version 3292. We recommend NOT REBOOTING/ SHUTTING DOWN machines that have this anti-virus software installed on them as you might experience the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

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Why Should I Have a Disaster Recovery Plan?

December 1, 2010

IT disaster recovery isn’t one of the sexiest topics to talk about. But, if your hard drive has ever crashed you are painfully aware of the consequence of not having an up-to-date backup and disaster recovery system. Beyond these dramatic examples are numerousother factors to consider when assessing the safety of your most important corporate asset. Here are 3 lesser known reasons why you should establish an effective disaster recovery plan:

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