aNewDomain.net—Are those owner’s manuals piling up to the height of a redwood grove and taking away precious closet space? You may need them for future reference, but owner’s manuals aren’t really needed in paper form. How do you share them? The good news is you can now save and archive your owner’s manuals digitally to save space and minimize eyesore.
Find them online
The first step is to find an online copy of your owner’s manual. A simple Google search of the product name followed by “owner’s manual” should bring up a PDF or Microsoft Word version of the manual. Save it on your hard drive. If you can’t find the manual online, scan the original as a PDF document.
Archive the Manuals
Once you have all the digital manuals you need, transfer them to the cloud, a tablet, or leave them on your computer. Both Google Docs and Dropbox are easy cloud storage resources.
You can have the manuals just sit in Dropbox, or you can use an app that will keep all of them in a logical place and save time. For example such as when you’re looking for the default password for the router after it’s been reset.
The logical choice is a cloud-based app devoted only to your manuals. Cloud-based storage options are becoming a popular choice for users looking to compile one resource for many users. Ideally your solution is a single silo. If you are in a situation where you use Dropbox as your prime repository, but a colleague shares something in Box, and a client shares something else in Evernote, suddenly you have three platforms to juggle and coordinate.
Devote a cloud-based service like SugarSync to host those manuals and share it across all your platforms. You’ll get to your data quickly and there is no mistaking where it is.
Chandler Harris is a freelance business and technology writer located in Silicon Valley. He has written for numerous publications including Entrepreneur, InformationWeek, San Jose Magazine, Government Technology, Public CIO, AllBusiness.com, U.S. Banker, Digital Communities Magazine, Converge Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Adventure Sports Magazine, ClearanceJobs.com, and the San Jose Business Journal.Tags: Cloud Computing,Productivity,Technology