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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

OpenOffice: It’s All About The Keys

Many people much prefer using key combinations over the mouse when completing their work.

Some just find that it takes way too much time to keep removing their hand from the keyboard to accomplish something with the mouse. Mostly I agree, it seems that 9 times out of 10

Mouse Keys

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Here’s a fun trick That will allow you to use your keyboard to control your mouse pointer; it’s called Mouse Keys.

Simply press Left Shift +Alt+Num Lock (The Num Lock Key is located in the top row of your number pad.)When you press this key combination, you should see this window pop up.

Now simply press Yes and… Continue reading

Internet Explorer Shortcuts

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Bryan L. Asks:

I see keyboard and shortcut keys for Windows all of the time, but I don’t see any for Internet Explorer. Do any Internet Explorer shortcut keys exist?

Yes, Bryan, they certainly do. Here you go:

F1 – Help.
F3 – Toggle on/off search panel.
F4 – Pull down address bar.
F5 – Refresh… Continue reading

Instantly Win at Windows XP Solitaire

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Solitaire is the type of game where you can get stuck really fast. Next time you’re up against a wall of cards try this:

Press Alt+Shift+2

Voila! You win!!

At least it’s a lot more satisfying that starting a new game!

Note: This trick only works in the Windows XP version of solitaire.… Continue reading

Expanded “Send to” Locations

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

We’re all familiar with the “Send to” option when we right-click a file. It allows us to specify a location for the file in question quickly and easily, but why are there so few options?

Look at this:

Windows 7 users have some expanded options, however. Try holding Shift when you right-click a file and see what you… Continue reading

Lock Windows Fast

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Here’s a super-quick quicktip for everyone out there using Windows XP through Windows 7. If you want to lock your computer the super-duper quick way just press your Windows Key + L.

Voila! Your computer is locked!

Quick and easy!

~Andrew… Continue reading

Hey all you Windows Media Player users out there – looking for some keyboard shortcuts? Well, load up WMP 11, open a video and follow along, because here’s a bevvy of them to try out!

Switch to full mode – CTRL+1
Switch to skin mode – CTRL+2
Switch to the first view in a media category – CTRL+7
Switch to the second… Continue reading

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Help

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

We all know that accessing the Windows Help viewer is as easy as clicking on a blank area of the desktop and hitting F1, right? Well, if you didn’t, then now you do! Here are some helpful keyboard shortcuts to make you help experience a lot smoother! Give ’em a try!

F10 – Shows the Options menu


Windows XP Run Commands

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Skip the navigating and just type in what you’re looking for! Windows Vista and 7 users can do this already, but if you’re still using Windows XP, these commands might come in handy!

Just click Start>Run, type one of these commands in the box and hit OK.

Calc – Calculator
Charmap – Character Map (for special characters)… Continue reading

Temp Directory Shortcut

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Here’s a quick and easy tip for Windows Vista and 7 users who want to get to their TEMP directory to do a little manual cleaning.

Press Start, and in the Search Box type %temp%.

Now hit Enter.

Poof! There’s your TEMP directory! Now just highlight and delete as needed!

~Andrew… Continue reading

Open a Second Program Instance

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

If you want to open a second instance of a program in Windows 7, but you don’t want to go through the hassle of the Start menu, simply hold the Shift key and click on the program’s icon in the task bar.

Depending on the program, a second instance should open up!

~Andrew… Continue reading

Navigating an Already Selected Range

Have a large range selected in MS Excel?

Need to move the selected cell, within the highlight, to another location to check data or functions?

I know you’re not considering the idea of simply clicking somewhere else, taking a look at your data and then reselecting the range all over again, are you?

Let’s hope there’s a better way!

Here’s a list

An Easier Way To Move Around In MS Excel

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Moving Backwards

Ever find yourself about to hit the Enter key in MS Excel and realize you need to move up a cell to fix something?

What did you do?

Most people go ahead and use the Enter key and then use the arrow keys (or mouse) to move back to the cell above.

This works, but doesn’t it seem like there should be a more efficient

More Or Less

Find yourself either inserting or deleting a lot of rows and/or columns in MS Excel?

Tired of looking for the correct button on the Ribbon or command from the Insert menu?

Yeah, me too.

So here’s an alternative that you just might find as helpful as I do.

To begin, highlight the number of rows or columns you are looking to insert. (Be sure to highlight the… Continue reading

Windows 7 Taskbar Hotkeys

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I love hotkeys! In fact, I’m pretty sure that If I could assign one for every Windows 7 action, I definitely would! With that said, here are some quick hotkey combinations I stumbled across for the Windows 7 Taskbar.

Ctrl + Click on a grouped taskbar item
Cycles through the various windows of the group.

Ctrl + Shift Click on a

Create your own shortcut keys

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Here at Worldstart we love to tell you about keyboard shortcuts, but today we’re going to switch it up and just tell you how create your own key combinations to open programs. Sounds cool, no?

So do this:

Right-Click on a program that you want to create a shortcut key combination for and select “Properties”.

Make sure you’re under… Continue reading

New Folder Shortcut for Windows 7

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

If you’re the kind of super-organized Windows 7 user that creates a lot of new folders, then today’s tip is specifically for you! Sure, you can just right-click and select “New Folder” to get the job done, but shortcuts combinations are always quicker! Besides, you’ll look cool doing it, too!

Check this out!

Simply go to the location… Continue reading

Show Desktop in Windows 7

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I’ve seen all sorts of little tips and tricks on how to get your show desktop icon back in Windows 7, but the truth is that most of them are too complicated to explain here.

And honestly, why do we need a show desktop icon proper when there’s already one in the lower right-hand corner of your screen?

See it?… Continue reading

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