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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 rightclicking 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

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

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

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

What the F-key? F5 through F8 (Extended)

Monday, April 13th, 2009

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

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