I recently received an email from T4L reader Judy who was frustrated by trying to skip back and forward through Amazon Videos playing through her Roku 3 streaming media player. This tip will help with that situation and may also help with videos from other providers and with other Roku models.
Unfortunately, Roku has a history of creating confusing remotes that is second only to its history of creating confusing model names. Each model’s remote has different combinations of buttons and capabilities, made even more confusing by the fact there is nothing on the remote itself to identify which models it works with.
Because of this change, you would now only have the option to use the Rewind button (double arrow) to skip back, but it doesn’t work the same. For one thing, the Skip back button wouldn’t keep going back further unless you pressed it again, whereas the Rewind button continues to go back until you stop it. Also, if you hold down the Rewind button, which is common with other remotes, it moves very quickly so is difficult to stop at the right place.
NOTE: The Fast Forward button works the same as the Rewind button, just in the other direction.
However, you can slow down the navigation by simply pressing and releasing the button quickly. When you do that with an Amazon video, the video moves back or forward in 8-second increments. At the same time, a small box comes up at the bottom left of the screen that shows you the time of the video so you can see exactly where you’ll stop when you hit the Play/Pause button, giving you a lot better navigation control.
Tip: If you don’t want to listen to the Edelweiss song every time you watch The Man in the High Castle, the opening credits end at around the 1:20 mark. 🙂
A friend of mine recently posted a question on Facebook. She had created a document in Microsoft Word for Mac with links in it but when she saved it as a PDF, the links no longer worked. I don’t have a Mac and the links are preserved in Word for Windows, so I didn’t have an answer for her. Someone else suggested she move the document (or, in future, create it) in Pages, the default Word Processing program for Macs, which keeps the links live when you export to PDF. My friend tried it and it worked for her as well, so there you go Mac fans!
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