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Archive for the ‘Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks’ Category

Shift to Disable Autorun

Monday, October 24th, 2005

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!?

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

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?

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

Control N (CTRL N) in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Want to keep one webpage open and go to a bookmarked/ favorite page at the same time? In Internet Explorer, hold down Control and tap N. A new web browsing window will open. You can refer to the current website in one window and proceed to your bookmarked or favorite page in the other one.
~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Alt Key Menu Letters

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

In just about every program you use, you may have noticed that the toolbar at the top (the one with File, Edit, View, etc.) has underlined letters. The “F” in File has a little underline the “V” in View and so on…

Like this:

Well, if you press your Alt key and a corresponding letter…… Continue reading

F7 Spell check word documents and email

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Finished writing a word document? Hit F7 to spell check before saving it! It works in composing email in Outlook Express, too. It’s fast, it’s simple, and it can make your communications look more professional.

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Win-D or Windows D

Monday, September 26th, 2005

So, say you’re like me and have a billion and a half windows open all at once. Now, say you would like to access your desktop to open yet another program, but don’t want to bother minimizing each and every window one at a time. You could click the “Show Desktop” icon, sure, but that would require moving your mouse, wouldn’t it? I say forget that! Let keyboard shortcuts… Continue reading

Save a draft in Outlook Express

Monday, September 26th, 2005

How can I “hold” an unfinished email to send later? I use Outlook Express.

Whether it’s a telemarketer or a “Clunk!” and suspicious giggling from the next room, life’s interruptions don’t mean you have to start writing your message again from scratch. From the composing email window, select File, then Save. A window will appear to

Control F or Ctrl-F

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Looking for a word or phrase on a webpage? Hold down the Ctrl and hit F at the same time. Type in the word or phrase, and let the “Find” feature do the looking for you!… Continue reading

Home key

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Need to get back to the top of a long webpage? Just hit the Home button on your keyboard, in the cluster of keys above the arrow keys. This works in many other programs also!… Continue reading

Control + Click

Friday, September 16th, 2005

In tip 1841, we learned how to delete a continuous list of emails from your Inbox. What if there are some emails you don’t want to delete in the middle of the list? To deselect them, hold down the control key and click on them. They will be un-highlighted, and you can delete the rest of the list! ~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Shift + Click

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Do you want to delete a continuous list of messages in your email inbox? Highlight the first message, press the shift key, and highlight the last message. Now they should all be highlighted. Just press delete, and the whole list disappears! ~Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Check Box Headache

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

What should you do if you are following a tip to solve a problem and the box you should check is already checked?

Shake your head in disbelief that a WorldStart tip didn’t work?

Send off an email to our Q&A? Log on to the forum?

While all these are possibilities, here’s something you should try:

Uncheck the box, Apply, exit. Then reopen, check the box, Apply and exit.

Sounds… Continue reading

Restore Defaults

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Have you made changes to a program or to your system that you don’t like?

Or do you want to go back to the way your computer used to be?

Look for a “restore defaults” button in that particular control panel or settings screen.

For instance, in Internet Explorer’s

Search by File Type

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Searching for files on your computer isn’t that complicated. Go to Start and you’ll see either “Find” or “Search” waiting to locate lost files. You can get as basic or specific as you want—just keep in mind that you have a better chance with more general searches.

A neat feature in Windows XP is searching by type. Rather than look through all files you can search for just pictures, music… Continue reading

Sure it’s easy to access the Control Panel from the Start menu, but what if you spend a lot of time in “My Computer”? Wouldn’t it make life easier to have access to it there as well?

Earlier versions of windows had the Control panel there, but XP doesn’t, so if you have XP and want it there then keep reading.

Double left-click “My Computer” to open.

Go to Tools/Folder

Signatures for every occasion

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

I have information that I need to include in letters I send out for work—my name, address, etc. Is there a way to make this info come up all the time?

These are called “signatures”. In Outlook Express you can set up signatures that you access with a few mouse clicks—see our website for details…

But what about other programs? Well, here’s… Continue reading

Start/Run Fun

Saturday, March 19th, 2005

In Windows XP, go to Start/Run and you’ll see a box. It’s an often overlooked place that can save you a lot of time. If a program is in the Window’s folder or System32, you can launch it by typing in the name.

Want a quick way to Notepad? Type in “notepad”. How about Explorer? That’s right, you type in “explorer”. How about Paint? That’s a little trickier: type in… Continue reading


Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Holding down Shift+F10 does the same thing as a right mouse click. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the item you want to try it on… Continue reading

Web page Shortcut Keys

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Web Page Shortcut Keys

Wouldn’t it be cool to have hot-keys for your favorite web pages on your desktop? For instance, if you type Ctrl+Shift+G it would bring up Google while Ctrl+Shift+W would bring up Worldstart. Well, by combining a few simple techniques in Windows XP you can.

First, go to the web page that you want a shortcut for and put it on your desktop by right-clicking a blank… Continue reading

Wild Cards

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

When doing a search you can use an asterisk (*) in place of letters or numbers. This is called a “wild card” and it really comes in handy.

Let’s say you’re looking for a file that starts with “ran” but aren’t sure what the rest of the name is. Just type in…


All files of any type that begin with “ran” will be found such as “randy.doc” or “rand-mcnally.exe”.… Continue reading

End Task

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

What can I do if my computer hangs up?

So, your computer hangs up and doesn’t seem to respond. Before getting all frustrated and hitting the on/off switch, try this.

Press Ctrl, Alt, Delete all at the same time. Wait for a window to pop up saying “Close Program” with a list of all programs that are presently running. Look for one or more that say… Continue reading

Desktop Toolbars

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Have you ever had several windows open and needed to get to a shortcut on the desktop? I know I have. You have to minimize all three windows just to start the other program. But there is an easy way to fix this problem. Create a toolbar with your shortcuts in it!

Here’s how. First, right click on the windows toolbar on the bottom of your screen… Continue reading

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