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Last week, I wrote about the Goodwill Community Foundation’s webpage offering free tutorials on everything from job skills to using a smartphone (www.GCFLearnFree.org). Hundreds of subjects are covered. And here is a typical example of how those topics are covered in detail.

All smartphones have cameras. But cameras aren’t just for taking pictures of people and places. They can be put to many different uses. The LearnFree site offers 10 uses for them. I have added four more. The individual titles for the first 10 are from the LearnFree site; I have summarized the details following the titles.

3. Product dimensions: When shopping for furniture or appliances, take a picture of the item’s dimensions on its box. If dimensions aren’t available, use a measuring tape — and take a picture of the tape’s readings. You can measure when you get home.

4. Parking lots: Take a picture of the signs designating level and row in a parking garage. In a parking lot, take a picture of something you can see when you get out of the car, so you can reference that object when returning to the car to direct you to the location. (There are also "Locate My Car"-type apps for the phone that can use GPS to route a return trip to the vehicle.)

5. Car accidents: Fairly self explanatory. Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and others it tangled with. (Also take an overview picture showing the location of the cars at the time of the accident, if they haven’t already been moved.)

6. Scanning documents: You don’t need a fax machine to send documents. When documents need to be faxed, ask the person requesting them if sending an photograph to an email address would be acceptable. Use pictures to create copies of bills, receipts and other documents. Make sure the lighting is good and no shadows are cast on the documents. Create a special folder in the camera or photo app to keep track of them.

7. Rental cars: If the gas gauge isn’t on "Full," take a picture of the gas gauge that includes the odometer reading before you drive off the lot. You’ll know exactly how much to refill the car before it is returned in case the rental document showing the gauge’s position is misplaced. (It would also be a good idea to photograph the overall condition of doors and bumpers, particularly if there are noticeable dings and scratches.)

9. Making repairs: Getting things apart is the simple half of the equation. Pictures of the disassembly process can make reassembly go much quicker. The GCF website notes: "Do not take apart any electrical appliance or device unless you know how to do it safely. Electric shocks can cause injury or death."

11. Get hard-to-read model and serial numbers: They are sometimes located in places that are too dark to see, or can’t be seen directly. A smartphone can be used to take a picture. Moreover, the picture can go into a file; makes and models of appliances and electronic devices can come in handy later.

12. Take the shopping list with you: While its accumulating, take a picture of it from time to time. You might leave the list behind, but you don’t leave your smartphone behind, do you? (Better yet: Use a reminder app or list-keeping app for the shopping list and bypass the picture-taking process.)

13. Grab a recipe: I saw this use first employed by a woman who was in a doctor’s waiting room. While reading a magazine, she came across a recipe she wanted. Back in the old days, I suppose pages got ripped out. These days, the smartphone takes pictures.

14. Where does that cord plug in? More than once, a picture taken with a smartphone has saved me pulling an amplifier or desktop computer out of its cabinet when I’m trying to find the right port for the plug. Once the ports are identified in the picture, it usually becomes a simple task to find it by feel.