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Archive for the ‘Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks’ Category



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

Q:
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!

A:
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

Shift to Disable Autorun

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Q:
Whenever I put a CD into my computer it automatically opens Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc. and starts playing. How do I stop this from happening!?

A:
So you want to start the music on your terms, eh? Well, that’s easy enough. Just hold down the Shift key when you insert a CD and you’ll bypass Autorun, allowing you to manually choose when your… Continue reading

Control click-drag to copy / paste

Monday, October 24th, 2005

This is fun. We tell you to copy and paste things in many of our tips. Sure, you could use CTRL + C to copy it and CTRL + V to paste it in the new location. You can also just hold the CTRL key and click-drag the item to copy it to a new location. Pretty sweet, huh?

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Sick of the two-step process of deleting objects and then having to empty the Recycling bin? Highlight the item you want to get rid of and Shift + Delete. One step! Just be careful, because it’s really gone!

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

A lot of the time here at Worldstart our tips send you directly to the Start Menu, right? (i.e – Start>Control Panel, etc.)

Well, if you want a quick keystroke to make the Start menu open try Ctrl+Esc next time. This will pop open the menu and you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to selects the program and hit Enter to launch!… Continue reading

Win E to open My Documents

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Hold down Win (the key with the windows logo on it) and tap E to reach the My Documents window directly from the desktop.… Continue reading

Shortcut to My Documents

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Q:
I use Windows Explorer many times every day. It is very annoying that it always opens in My Docs, which I never use. Is there any way to force it to open in My Computer?

A:
Windows Explorer, also known as the My Documents window, is pretty handy. No wonder you want to make it more accessible. You can go one better than the My Computer window… Continue reading

Double-click the Title bar

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

In most Microsoft programs, double-clicking on the Title Bar (the one with the name of the program in it) will cause the window to go between taking up the full screen and part of the screen.… Continue reading

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