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Archive for the ‘Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks’ Category

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


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

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

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

Paste Won’t Work

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Paste Won’t Work

We all use the copy and paste method quite often, don’t we? I know I use it all the time here in the office. When I’m working on the newsletters and answering e-mails, I would be so lost without the copy and paste function. It would take me twice as long to do any of my work and I can tell you now, that would be the… Continue reading

Save Your Keyboard

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my keyboard, but a few of my keys have stopped working. Is there any way I can still salvage this one so I don’t have to buy a brand new one? Please help!

As a matter of fact, there is! Don’t go replacing your keyboard just yet. Listen to my suggestions and you can bring your old and worn… Continue reading

End Key

Friday, July 21st, 2006

What does the “End” Key do?

The End key can actually do different things, depending on the program you’re using it with. Its main use though, is to help you get from the top of a page to the bottom quickly. For example, let’s say you’re browsing the Internet for some FAQs on a specific topic

Keyboard Speed

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Did you know that you can customize some of your keyboard settings?

In Windows XP, go to Start>Control Panel> Printers and Other Hardware, then Keyboard.
If you’re using Vista, go to Start, Control Panel and look for the Keyboard icon and double-click it.

This will put you in the Keyboard Properties screen. Under the Character Repeat section, you can choose how… Continue reading

Firefox Wheel Tricks

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Firefox Wheel Tricks

If you use Firefox and you have a scroll wheel mouse, you can do some pretty neat things in your Web browser. If you have used Firefox for awhile, you probably know that you can use tabbed browsing, which means you can create a new tab and then have several Web sites open and ready to view without having so many open links filling up the bottom… Continue reading

Select It All

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Have you ever wanted to highlight a complete document or page all at once instead of dragging your mouse all the way from the bottom to the top of the page just so you can copy and paste it somewhere else? If it is two pages or more, it can get redundant to use your mouse for all of the text. Even then, sometimes your finger slips off the mouse… Continue reading

Toggle What?

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Toggle What?

Do you toggle? I mean, do you use togglekeys? Are you not sure what that means or what those are? Well, togglekeys are any keys on your keyboard that has one or more function.

Some examples are the Caps Lock key, the Num Lock key and the Scroll Lock key. The Caps Lock key is a togglekey, because you can either enable it or disable it, depending on… Continue reading

On Screen Keyboard

Friday, March 24th, 2006

I’m not sure how many of you would like to use this, but I thought it would be a neat little idea to share with you all. Did you know that you can put a keyboard on your computer screen and actually type with it?

If that sounds interesting to you, then follow these directions. Go to Start, Run and type in “osk” (without the quotes). Click OK

F4: So Many Uses

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Using F4

There are multiple uses for the F4 function located on the top row of your keyboard. First of all, you can use it to close any open applications. Just make sure the program you want to close is selected, press Alt+F4 and that window will automatically close. Now, if you’re using one single application that has many different documents within it, press Ctrl+F4 and just that one window… Continue reading

Jump To It

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Jump To It!

Picture this: you’re working on a big document and you’re making some adjustments just on page 17, but you forgot something you needed on page one. So, what do you do? You end up scrolling all the way back up to the first page. Once you find what you needed, you have to go all the way back down to page 17. Aye, make it stop!

Here’s… Continue reading

Win + M Minimize all open windows

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Want to minimize all your windows in a hurry? Win + M will do the trick!

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Open the Recycle Bin

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Not sure what you threw away? Right-click the Recycle bin icon and choose Open to see the contents before you really delete it all!

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Need to find a phrase on a website, in a document, or even in a file name on your PC? Ctrl + F will bring up a Find window in Windows XP and most programs.

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Ctrl + Z to Undo

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Need to undo a wrongly typed keystroke? Drag-and-Dropped a program to the wrong place? In most programs, Control + Z is the Undo command.

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

View any Item’s Properties – Fast!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Alt + Enter 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.

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Search function in windows

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Don’t remember where you’ve saved a folder, document, or picture file? XP users can go to the Start menu and choose the Search function. You can look for the document by name, file type, or the date the file was last modified.

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Troubleshooting Technical Difficulties

It seems like the majority of technical difficulties occur after business hours or on weekends. Sometimes you’ll be lucky, and we’ll have a tip in our searchable tip archive that already addresses your problem. If we don’t, here is another route to solving email problems. Most Microsoft programs have a similar help file under F1 that may link to the official MS help pages online. Just… Continue reading

Mouse-based Copy/Paste

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Yet another, faster way to Copy / Paste items around your computer! (Am I the only one who seems to be doing this constantly?) Hold down the control key while you drag that icon using the mouse. You’ll move a copy to the new location rather than the original. Grab! Dump! Done!

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Task Manager by Mouse

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Learn the absolute quickest way to access your Windows Task Manager with this helpful tip! Continue reading

F2 to rename desktop items

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Want to rename an item on your desktop? Highlight it and tap F2. The text box will then allow you to change the name. Function keys not working? Here‘s a fix.

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

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