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Home Key Goes Home

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Some websites are cavernous trenches that seem to scroll on for miles. If you’ve ever been party to a site like this, do you find it a royal pain in the you-know-what scrolling all the way back up to the top again? Your mouse wheel can only take so much punishment! So, instead of wasting your time digging yourself out of a site, why not just use a quick… Continue reading

Side by Side Windows

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Often times I find myself with more than my fair share of windows minimized in my taskbar. Sure, it’s disorganized, but it becomes even more frustrating when I need to look at two of them at once! Minimize, maximize, adjust the size, etc!

It gets really repetitive!

Some people have two monitors for this, streamlining the process

High Contrast Mode

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Every once in awhile I come across a tip that turns out to be far cooler than I thought it was going to be. Today’s tip is a great example of that. If your eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be, then here’s a trick I’d like you to try. It’s called “High Contrast” mode.

How do we do this, then?

Press: Left Shift+Left Alt+Print Screen

Shift+End to Delete a Line of Text

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Here’s a quick shortcut for anyone who’s found themselves acting like a telegraph operator on their backspace key. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve just finished a line of text, it doesn’t look right, so you want to delete the whole line. “Ratta-tatta-ratta-ratta”, and your finger falls off…

There’s a better way! Simply put your cursor at the beginning of the line you want to… Continue reading

Change What Your Power Button Does

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

It’s time to think outside the box on this tip. The power button on the front of your PC; what does it do? It tends to put my computer at home to sleep when I press it, but what if you’ve got other stuff you’d rather it be doing?

What about just shutting the system down? Perhaps you’d like it to make your PC… Continue reading

Open Task Manager Now

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I’m impatient sometimes, and being the technologically-minded individual I am, I find my patience tried and tired-out everyday working on and around computers. This means that anytime I find even the simplest tip, trick or solution to make computer life easier, I just have to share it with all of you!

So, say you want to open the task manager, but you don’t even want the hassle of… Continue reading

Quick Folder Options

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

If you’re constantly switching between hiding your files and not, then taking a step out of the process should be welcome. Learn how to get to your folder options in Windows Vista, fast! Continue reading

IE Favorites Center Shortcuts

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Q:
Do you have any keyboard shortcuts for the Internet Explorer Favorites Center?

A:
But of course! Just consider us your one-stop shortcut shop!

Let’s talk a little bit about favorites, shall we? Internet Explorer has something called the Favorites Center, where all of your most loved and cherished websites can be stored and accessed. Perhaps you knew about that… Continue reading

Tab Switching in Firefox

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Multi-tab browsing in Firefox makes managing multiple web pages a breeze! Remember how Ctrl + T opens a new tab? Well, what about Ctrl+ Page Up and Ctrl+Page Down to switch between those tabs? Want to navigate between tabs even faster? Check these out:

Ctrl+1: Switch to the first tab
Ctrl+2: Switch to the second tab
Ctrl+3: Switch to the third tab
Ctrl+4: Switch… Continue reading

Our romp through form and function is nearing it’s end, and we have but four remaining F-Keys to discuss. The ALT, CTRL and Shift combinations haven’t really added a whole lot of usefulness as far as I can tell, but we’d better finish this off with F9 through F12, just to be thorough! Remember: The F-keys are not a curse word, but a row of keys at the top… Continue reading

Welcome back to another exciting edition of “What the F-key?” Today our special guest stars are F5 through F8. Let’s give them a warm round of applause! Just to recap, the function keys are the line of “F” keys going across the top of your keyboard going from F1 to F12. As before, we’ll be covering the ALT, CTRL and Shift functions of these keys to see what they… Continue reading

As promised I’m back with more function keys! This time we’ll be talking about extended combinations like ALT, CTRL and Shift, and how they alter each F-key’s function. Just to recap, the function keys are the line of “F” keys going across the top of your keyboard going from F1 to F12.
Today we’ll be covering F1 through F4.

Note: Do not expect all of… Continue reading

What the F-key? F9 through F12

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Our final exploration into function keys might surprise some of you out there. There’s really not a whole lot of “functionality” at the end of the row, but let’s look anyways.

Just to refresh:

Function keys are pretty versatile, but some only have purpose specific to the program that’s running at the time. They’re mainly used as shortcuts or in conjunction with the CTRL, ALT, and Shift… Continue reading

What the F-key? F5 through F8

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

In part 2 of “What the F-key?” we’ll be covering Function Keys F5 through F8. Some useful ideas here for function keys, folks! Just to recap let’s discuss what F-keys are used for:

Function keys have many, many uses, some of which are specific to the program that’s running at the time. They’re mainly used as shortcuts or in conjunction with the CTRL, ALT, and Shift keys, which I’ll cover… Continue reading

What the F-key? F1 through F4

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

This tips is part one of a series focusing on function keys F1 through F4. Ever wonder what they do? Well, read this and you will! Continue reading

32 bit or 64 bit Operating System?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Ever need to know what kind of operating system you have on your computer? Sure, we know the flavors of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, Etc.), but what if you need to know if they’re 32 bit or 64 bit? Check this out! Continue reading

Keyboard + Mouse in Vista

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Keyboard + Mouse in Vista

One of the accessibility features in Windows Vista is called Mouse Keys and it allows you to control your mouse movement with the number pad on your keyboard. By doing so, you can move the mouse pointer a single pixel at a time if you want. I mean, it doesn’t get any more precise than that. Let’s check it out!

To work with Mouse Keys… Continue reading

Scroll Lock Key

Friday, February 1st, 2008

It’s time to play “What’s that key?” again here at Worldstart! We’ve covered such gems as Print Screen and SysRq in the past, but now it’s time to discover the mysteries of….(drum-roll, please…)

The Scroll Lock key!

The Scroll Lock key can usually be found directly above the group of keys that contains Insert Home… Continue reading

Let’s Refresh

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Let’s Refresh

Today’s quick tip may seem a little basic for some of you, but I think a lot of you out there will appreciate this. I get e-mails and even phone calls all the time about such procedures like copy, paste and cut. Since I receive so many requests about those things, I thought it would be a good idea to take a step back and go… Continue reading

StrokeIt

Friday, August 17th, 2007

StrokeIt

We all have heard a lot about keyboard shortcuts, but have you ever thought about mouse shortcuts? They really can be very useful! You don’t even have to look down at your mouse. You just draw whatever you need to with your mouse. It’s so cool! Not only does this make you look very professional, but it can save you loads of time too. Now, you might be thinking… Continue reading

A Quicker Scroll

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Want another way to scroll up and down on a web page?Just click your scroll wheel in your favorite web browser and drag your mouse up and down. Continue reading

Vista Key Alarms

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Vista Key Alarms

Ever since we ran the Caps Lock Alarm tip for Windows XP last week, I’ve had several people ask me how to do it in the new Windows Vista operating system. Those of you who have already upgraded may be left in the dark on a few simple procedures, but on a positive note, I’m here to help. I’m so excited to tell you how to… Continue reading

Other Key Alarms

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Other Key Alarms

Ever since we ran the Caps Lock Alarm article at the beginning of the week, everyone has been asking me if there’s an alarm option for other keys on the keyboard. You know, certain other keys that you accidentally hit all the time, such as the Num Lock and Scroll Lock keys. Well, it just so happens there is! The instructions are exactly the same for… Continue reading

FilterKeys

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Are you just starting to learn how to type? Or, how about this: Do you ever run into any difficulty when you’re typing? For instance, do you ever accidentally hold a key down for too long and suddenly, end up with a line of the same letter? (You know, something like mmmmmmm, etc). This kind of thing happens all the time, but luckily, there is a

Keyboard Bumps

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Q:
What are those bumps on the F and J keys on my keyboard for?

A:
Depending on the color of your keyboard, it may be a little hard to see, but those two letters happen to have a little “bump” on them. It’s just a little line that goes across the key that sticks up a little like a ridge.

Tab the Space

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Tab the Space

Here’s a fun little quick tip for you! Do you often sign up for certain things online? You know, anything that requires you to choose a username and password or even fill in some of your personal information (name, address, phone number, etc.?) Well, when you’re filling out those forms, do you have to use your mouse to go through most of it? Don’t you get tired… Continue reading

Faster Cursor

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Moving Quickly Through a Document with Your Keyboard

A lot of us, including myself, enjoy using our keyboards to move the mouse cursor from sentence to sentence in an e-mail or from paragraph to paragraph in a different document. Either way, that darn cursor just moves way too slow sometimes, doesn’t it? Well, here’s a fun tip for you on how you can speed things up a… Continue reading

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