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Archive for the ‘Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks’ Category



Windows 7 Sticky Keys

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Learn about how to turn on the Sticky Keys feature in Windows 7, and about all of the options that go along with it! Continue reading

Alt+Tab

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Say you have about four different programs running on your PC at the same time. With all of that going on, have you ever wondered if there was a quick way to view all of those programs and then pull up the one you want right then and there? Continue reading

Windows Media Player Volume Shortcut

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Next time you need to adjust the volume of your music or videos in Windows Media Player 11, don’t reach for the mouse, but instead let your hand travel up to the function keys. Continue reading

This article will help you add or remove programs to the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7. Continue reading

Mozilla Thunderbird Shortcuts Pt.4

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Here’s the final entry in our list of Mozilla Thunderbird Keyboard Shortcuts – check ‘em out! Continue reading

Mozilla Thunderbird Shortcuts Pt. 3

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Here’s part four of our list of Mozilla Thunderbird Shortcuts! Use these to increase your efficiency and productivity in Mozilla’s E-mail client! Continue reading

Mozilla Thunderbird Shortcuts Pt. 2

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Here’s part 2 of out Mozilla Thunderbird keyboard shortcuts! If you’re using Thunderbird as your e-mail client, you won’t want to miss this! Continue reading

Mozilla Thunderbird Shortcuts Pt. 1

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird as your e-mail client? Then you’ll want to check out part 1 of a list of handy keyboard shortcuts! Continue reading

Windows 7 Taskbar Icons Shortcuts

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Did you know that you can select programs on your Windows 7 taskbar by using a simple two keystroke command? Check it out! Continue reading

Here’s the fourth and final entry in our Internet Explorer 9 Keyboard Shortcuts series! This one focuses on the “F” keys! Continue reading

Here’s part four of our Internet Explorer 9 keyboard shortcuts series! This article has to do with the Ctrl key, so check it out! Continue reading

Here’s part two of our Internet Explorer 9 keyboard shortcuts special! This article details what you can do when you hold down the Alt key! Continue reading

Keyboard shortcuts make everybody happy, so here’s part one of a list for Internet Explorer 9. Check it out! Continue reading

Annie from Texas asks:

Is there a way to send a shortcut to the desktop for the On-screen keyboard?

Thanks for the question Annie and, yes there is. For those not familiar with the Windows onscreen keyboard it’s, as the name states, a keyboard that appears on the computer screen. Typing is

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Nick from Westerville, OH asks:

Is there a list anywhere of all the keyboard shortcuts for Gmail?

Nick, thanks for the question. And, guess what? You asked this question just at the right time. Google just recently came out with the newest list of Gmail shortcuts

Chuck from TN asks:

When I’m in a folder in Windows XP, I see a button called Back and one called Up. What’s the difference?

One of these (the Up button) was a feature Windows discontinued in Vista and Windows 7, but if you’re navigating through folders and sub folders in XP and decide

Malcolm asks:

I have just migrated from Win 2k to Win 7 and really miss being able to use the keyboard shortcut (Win+U) to do a shutdown of my system. However, I don’t see any way to do this in Win 7. I know I can click Start and then click Shut Down

Kaleen writes:

I really try to take care of my computer and use defragment a lot. I don’t know if it’s possible, but can I add it to the right-click menu? I use Vista.

First let me say that I think it’s awesome that you defragment your computer a lot. One of

Sheryll asks:

Windows Explorer now opens to My Documents instead of Libraries. Please tell me how to put it back to open to the Libraries again.

Sheryll, if you’re clicking on the folder icon on the taskbar to open My Documents, you should right click on the icon and select Unpin this program from

Resize Windows 7 Columns Shortcut

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Plagued by differently sized columns in Windows 7? Well, here’s a quick shortcut to remedy that! Continue reading

Create a Custom Gmail Desktop Shortcut

Monday, January 24th, 2011

John from Provo, Utah, writes:

How do you make a custom e-mail desktop shortcut for Gmail?

The first thing that you want to do is make a shortcut to gMail on your desktop. Open your gMail inbox using whatever browser you like to use. Now right-click on the contents of the address bar and left-click on Copy. Continue reading

Minimize Open Windows in Windows 7

Friday, January 21st, 2011

When working on a PC, it’s easy to wind up with lots of open windows. They clutter up your PC and affect your work flow. Sometimes it’s better to minimize the windows you’re not using and work on one at a time. Windows 7 provides many shortcuts to accomplish that goal.

To explain these techniques, I divided them in two categories. The first is to minimize all the windows except… Continue reading

Creating an Email Desktop Shortcut

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Roger writes:
I have someone I e-mail a lot, and I get tired of opening and closing Outlook. Is there any way to e-mail someone without having to do that?
Hi, Roger!
If you want to e-mail a certain person quickly without opening and closing your e-mail client (such as Gmail or Outlook), there is one way you can do it, and that is by creating an e-mail shortcut for the person on your desktop. It’s easy; here’s how: Continue reading

Tiling Windows in XP

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We recently ran a tip about how to show multiple windows side by side in Vista and Windows 7 (click here for a look at that tip). However, many of our readers wanted to be able to accomplish this on their XP computers.

This is called tiling, and it can be done either vertically or horizontally. For this demonstration, vertical tiling was used. Depending on whether you… Continue reading

Clearing Out the Clipboard

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Elaine from San Diego, Calif. asks:

I am currently in a job where I have to do a lot of copying and pasting images and text. My clipboard gets really full and I would like a way to clear it quickly. Do you know of any way to do this?

Yes, I do, Elaine, and you will be one happy camper when you get… Continue reading

Ten Mini Tips

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I was looking through my files the other day and came across a variety of “mini” tips and I thought I’d share some of them with you. They include tips on operating systems, word processors, e-mail, browsers, and Windows Explorer. I hope you can get some use out of some (if not all!) of them.

Note: Even if a tip says it’s for “WinXP”, try it in… Continue reading

Inserting an Entire File in OpenOffice Writer

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

How many times have you found yourself copying/pasting most of one document into another?

I can’t speak for anyone but myself when I say that I feel like I’ve done that exact thing way too many times for my liking.

To help with that exact situation (and I’m sure a few others that you’ve come across) I present to you Writer’s ability to insert… Continue reading

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