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Archive for the ‘Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks’ Category

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

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

Windows Key Shortcuts for Win 7 Part 2

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Here I am with more wonderful Windows 7 win key shortcuts! If you missed the first part, click here and check ‘em out. If you’re just hungry for more, then here they are!

Win + Pause – Displays the System Control Panel applet.

Win + E – Opens Windows Explorer with Computer selected.… Continue reading

Two Monitor Shortcut

Friday, December 11th, 2009

I don’t know about you, but I love having two monitors! Windows 7 comes with some neat accommodations for double-screened users, too! The next time you’re looking to move a window from one monitor to the next consider this handy keyboard shortcut!

Just hold Shift and the Windows Key and press the left or right arrow keys! That will zap the active window from one screen to… Continue reading

Aero Shake in Windows 7

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

No matter which version of Windows you have, it always seems we become victims of “desktop clutter” as one point or another. Well, Windows 7 has a fun and useful trick you can pull next time you want to focus on just one window. You have to shake it!

Yes, just grab the top of a window with your cursor and shake rapidly… Continue reading

Windows Key Shortcuts for Win 7

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Just getting started with Windows 7? Well, here are 11 Windows key (pictured below) shortcuts that will start you off on the right foot with Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Let’s take a look!

Win + Up Arrow – Maximize

Win +

Arrow Text Selection

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Are you having trouble when you try to highlight text? You know, when you put your cursor at the point where you want to start highlighting (selecting) the text and drag it across?

Try this, then: put your cursor where you want to start selecting, hold down your SHIFT key and use your up / down arrow keys on your keyboard. You’ll find when you hold down… Continue reading

Alt+Enter Properties

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Instead of right-clicking and going to “properties” to get the skinny on a file or folder, try this:

Hit Alt + Enter on a highlighted object to see its Properties, like file size, date created or last modified, and what program is associated with the file. You can also just hold the Alt key down and double-click the item.

Just… Continue reading

Mouse Browse

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel on it, here’s a cool trick. Try Holding the Shift Key on your keyboard and then spin the mouse wheel. In both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox you’ll go forward or back a page depending on which way you spun the wheel! How cool is that?

Give it a try. Open up… Continue reading

Run Box File Path

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

It’s another one of those tips that I’m surprised I didn’t know about! I love these!

Have you ever needed to find the path of a file on your hard drive? Click Start / Run then drag and drop any file to it and the path of that file will appear.

Just drop it over for an instant location! Cool!

~Andrew… Continue reading

Folder Jump Around

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through a huge folder? You, know…one that looks like…


Your scroll-wheel finger must be screaming in pain!

Well, if you need to get to the beginning or the end quickly, just press Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End. That will jump you back and forth between the first and last file in the folder.… Continue reading

Taskbar Tips

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Need to shut down two or three open programs quickly, but leave the rest running? Hold down the CTRL key as you click their buttons on the taskbar. Then, right-click (still holding down the CTRL key) one of those depressed buttons and select “Close” from the resulting menu. Poof! They’re all gone!

Note: There are other functions you can do, too! You can… Continue reading

Check the Properties

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Need to see the specifics about a file on your computer? Want to know the size, date created or what program the file is associated with? We all know that right-clicking and selecting “Properties” is the usual method, but did you know there were alternatives, too?

Alt + Enter a highlighted object to see its Properties. You can also just hold the


Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Kim from OH asks:
I was typing along in MS Word and all of a sudden I’m typing over stuff. What gives?

Have you ever gone back to change a thing or two while typing and instead of moving the text to the right to accommodate the space, the text was overwritten? You probably ended up having to re-type an entire paragraph because of it.… Continue reading

Windows Mail Shortcuts

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

It appears as though a healthy portion of Worldstart readers out there are using Windows Mail as their primary E-mail client. This is great, but I realized that I haven’t offered up a single tip on WM since I’ve been writing here!

Please accept my most sincere apologies in the form of some helpful keyboard shortcuts! ;)

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Force Video With Text Mode

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Here’s a scenario. You’re studiously working on your laptop or desktop, when all of a sudden your screen goes blank. You can swear that the computer is still on, though! What do you do?

It might be a serious video error, or perhaps your display driver decided to go on a coffee break for a bit, but no matter what you

Ctrl+Y to Redo

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Now, I can’t believe that out of the thousands of computer tips Worldstart has in their database, that this one has been overlooked for so long! Say you’re tooling along, writing, doing graphics or whatever and you make a mistake. What do you do? That’s right, hit Ctrl-Z! That’s the “undo” command; the (almost) universal solution for mess-ups and mistakes!

So, what about when you… Continue reading

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