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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

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

Vista Hotkeys

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

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

Quick Steps in MS Outlook

Friday, November 26th, 2010

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

Mega List of Run Line Commands

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Dean says:

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

Adding Options to the Right Click Menu

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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

How to Take Screenshots

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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

Import Settings to Google Chrome

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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

Keyboard Shortcuts for Applications

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Darla from Boston, Massachusetts asks:

I have a couple of programs that I use a lot. I also like using keyboard shortcuts. Is there any way that I can make my own shortcuts for the ones I use the most?

Hi, Darla.

Yes, there most certainly is a way to make keyboard shortcuts for any application that you would like to… Continue reading

Cut and Paste

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Claire from Ottawa, Canada writes:

I am almost ashamed to admit it, but I don’t know how to cut and paste or even what it means. I do know how to copy and paste, though, if that helps.

A long time ago, I got to talking to a representative from my local phone company about computers and copy and paste came up. I had… Continue reading

Inserting a Hyperlink in OpenOffice

Monday, October 18th, 2010

There are a couple easy ways to insert a hyperlink in an OpenOffice document. For both, start by highlighting the word or image to which you’d like to attach the hyperlink. Next, click on the Insert menu, and select Hyperlink.

The hyperlink dialog box opens and offers several choices; Internet, Mail &News, Document, and New Document. For this demonstration, we’ll link a word… Continue reading

Remove Items from Your Start Menu List

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I like to have complete control over how my Start menu looks, but in the past the process for removing stuff was always a bit too involved for my liking.

That is, until Windows 7’s handy “Remove from this list” feature came along.

All you need to do is click your Start button, then right-click the Start menu program you don’t want displayed anymore… Continue reading

A Shortcut to a Shortcut

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Keyboard shortcuts can be an almost indispensable tool, if they’re simple, and if the process they bypass is done often enough to justify remembering them. Also, to be worthwhile, they must be quick and effective. But some of them combine such a tangled combination of keystrokes, and are so awkward, that I sometimes feel like I’m playing a keyboard version of Twister.

Tweaking Windows Start Search Menu

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Windows 7 comes with a very cool search indexing feature. If you type any text inside the start menu search box, it gives you results instantly. This is because the files you’re searching have already been indexed by Windows, so it only takes seconds to find and show the results.

The Windows search feature includes all the common files on your computer, such… Continue reading

A Quick Way to Find Information in MS Office

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

When you’re going into the program options for the newest MS Office programs you might feel a bit overwhelmed.

There’s lots and lots going on in those dialog boxes… categories such as proofing, advanced, save, etc… and then within each of those there are sections of options such as editing, display, print… and if that were not enough there are options in there program specific.… Continue reading

Zoom Using the Scroll Wheel

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Are you tired of trying to read that fine print on your computer screen? I know I am. At least I used to be.

In the past, if you wanted to adjust the view (zoom in or out) in a document or a web browser, you would have to navigate through several menus and submenus. Today, Microsoft and OpenOffice have simplified this

Edit Tips for OpenOffice Writer

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Ever try to edit a really long document and find yourself scrolling back and forth through all those pages?

Annoying isn’t it?

I mean sometimes you just need to know what’s on page 8 while you’re trying to edit page 25. Scroll to page 8 then to page 25 then back again…

You get the idea.

Well, for… Continue reading

Did you know that there’s a key you can press that will auto complete a path or file name in the Windows 7 Command Prompt? Yeah, me either – that is, until I was messing around the other day and stumbled across an article on Microsoft’s site detailing how to do it.

Here’s how!

Open a Command Prompt by clicking Start, then typing cmd

Launch Windows 7 Programs with Initials

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

One of the things I love the most about Windows 7 is the ability to just type in a program’s name in the search box rather than click through all that other stuff to launch it. So, if I want to launch Firefox, I just type “firefox” in the search box and click the icon that appears in the list above.

Well, did you know that in… Continue reading

Find the Insert Key on Your Keyboard

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Josephine from California asks:

Where is the “insert key” on my keyboard?

Thanks for the question, Josephine. The Insert key more often than not is located in the right half of the keyboard and is usually next to the Delete key. The Insert key is labeled “Ins”. The exact position of the Insert various from one keyboard model to another. In this tip, we’ll take… Continue reading

Run As Administrator Keyboard Shortcut

Friday, September 10th, 2010

It’s a fact that sometimes a program in Windows needs “Administrator Rights” to open up. Thankfully Windows 7 and Vista added a feature that when you right-click on certain programs, you’ll automatically have the option to “Run as Administrator”.

Well, did you know that you can also just hold Ctrl+Shift while left clicking on a program to achieve the same effect?… Continue reading

MS Excel: Coding Headers and Footers

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Often in Excel we’re looking to create headers and footers with data information in them. Things like page numbers, file names, dates, times, etc…

Anyway, while we’re creating our headers and footers there’s always some place where we can choose to insert this stuff, but wouldn’t it be faster if we just knew a couple of characters to do the same job?

Yeah -… Continue reading

Using Arrow Keys For Aero Snap

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Windows 7 has quite a few neat tricks up its sleeve! Today’s tip is not only useful, but fun to mess around with, too!

So, open up a program (just about any one will do), and hold your Windows key ( the Windows key is the one located between your Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard and has the Windows logo emblazoned on it).… Continue reading

Here is a short tutorial on how you can eject or close your CD ROM using desktop shortcuts. Opening or closing the CD tray using these shortcuts can help you out if you have a faulty eject button on your CD ROM drive. You will never need to open windows explorer and right-click the CD ROM drive and then press eject. These two shortcuts will make your tasks

Mark H. asks:

I have Windows Media Player 11. There used to be a place at the top where I could click Play. I can’t find it anywhere. Where is it?

A. Hi, Mark! You would think it would be right there all the time, wouldn’t you? After all, everybody has to use it.

It’s all about options. If you play a lot of music on your player, you might… Continue reading

Windows 7 Character Map

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Have you ever needed a special character? No, I’m not talking about phoning up Charlie Brown and asking him to referee your kid’s soccer game -I’m talking about a special text character! Sure, there’s a bunch of Alt codes you can use to get results, but if you’re like me, you need a more visual approach.

So, in Windows 7 or Vista hit Start and… Continue reading

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