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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Bob from Iowa asks:
I Have Windows 7 and would like to be able to bring up the option “Open with” at any time. Right-clicking doesn’t always work. I would like to be able to choose what program I use to open something up.
Windows operating systems generally ask you with which program you would like to open a particular file, unless the file is… Continue reading
Hannah from California writes:
I have Vista and heard something about hotkeys that are already built in to my quick launch toolbar. Since I am an avid taskbar user, I am interested in this.
Hi, Hannah! Thanks for writing. I had Vista for a long time before I found out about built-in hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts) for “quick launching”. It’s a great feature, especially… Continue reading
Lamar, from Los Angeles asks:
When using the Windows Search Programs and Files tool (under the Start button) is there a way to return to the answer display without having to start the search all over again?
This is a good question Lamar, and one that’s confounded me in both Vista and Windows
Today I’d like to discuss one of my favorite features in Outlook 2010 – the Quick Steps feature found on the Home tab of the Ribbon.
This handy little gem can be tailored to allow you to move messages around, categorize them, flags, create appointments from them… all with a single click.
Yes, you read that correctly… Continue reading
I have a few basic commands that will open up Windows applications and I know there are more. I really would like more; do you have any kind of a list?
Hi Dean! Thanks for writing.
Do I have a list? Yes, sir, I do. And since you took the time to write to us, I sat down and… Continue reading
One of the serious drawbacks regarding Windows file management tools is that there is no option to copy a file or folder directly from the right click context menu. Neither is there an option to move a file or folder from the right click context menu.
You have to copy / cut a file or folder, open the target directory and then paste it. This can be… Continue reading
Screenshots (or screen captures), are images copied straight from your computer screen. Many of the tips here at Worldstart include screenshots to offer a visual counterpart to the text. For example, if a tip is explaining how to adjust text size in a Word 2010 document, it might include a screenshot like the one below. The accompanying text would then explain that clicking on the arrow to the… Continue reading
I know, I know; I’ve been writing a lot of Google Chrome tips recently, and up until a few weeks ago, I was against even installing it on my computer.
But now that I have, I see that it’s quite the browser. It’s fast, it’s simple…
…and importing all of my personal settings from either Firefox or Internet Explorer is a snap!… Continue reading