Plagued by differently sized columns in Windows 7? Well, here’s a quick shortcut to remedy that! Continue reading
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
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?
Yes, there most certainly is a way to make keyboard shortcuts for any application that you would like to… Continue reading
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Open a Command Prompt by clicking Start, then typing cmd
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