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Skip The Recycle Bin

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Every now and then you need to really delete a file. Right now.

Well, most people delete the thing, then go to the recycle bin and remove it from there. It works, but there’s a better way.

Next time you’re 100% sure, without a doubt, for certain, that you want to delete a file, hold your Shift key down while you delete. The file will be deleted—skipping the Recycle Bin… Continue reading

Peek-A-Boo Windows

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Ever have a window that has wandered partially off-screen? Not a big problem, unless you can’t get to the title bar to move it. For example, what do you do if you have a window that gets its title bar hidden above the TOP of the screen? (It happens, sometimes due to a system error, sometimes due a change in screen resolution.) The problem is


Thursday, November 18th, 2004

If you are a good typist, you probably find it annoying to hop constantly between the keyboard and your mouse. I find it irritating and I’m not even that great of a typist! So, here are a couple of ways to help keep your fingers safely at the keyboard.

Here’s a trick for generating a “right-click” from your keyboard. Make sure your

Quicker File Access

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

When most of us go to open a file, we click the File menu, Open (OK, some of us use the little toolbar button), then we scroll along hunting for the file so we can double-click it.

Well, if you have a ton of documents in a folder, this can get time consuming. If you know the exact name of the file, you can simply type it in the little… Continue reading

XP and Vista Clock Trick

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

If you are running Windows XP or Vista, you’ll never have to worry about manually setting your computer’s clock again! Of course, you have to be online for this little trick to work, so keep that in mind.

For Windows XP: Just double-click the little clock in the System Tray and it will bring up the Time and Date Properties screen. Click the Internet Time tab and you’ll see a… Continue reading

A Quick Way to the C:

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

OK, I know there are several ways to view the contents of your hard drive (normally drive C), but here’s another one that I thought was kinda cool.

First, hit your Windows Key and the letter R (Win+R). (The Windows key is located between the Alt & Ctrl keys).

You should now have the Run dialog box sitting

XP Disaster Recovery

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

XP Disaster Recovery

Microsoft says “XP” stands for eXPerience. I recently discovered it stands for eXPlode.

Here’s what happened: I installed some new software on my XP machine. It told me to re-boot the computer, so, like I good little geek I yelled “Affirmative!” and promptly re-booted.

At which point, XP would try to boot, get to some kind of blue screen chock full of error messages, and re-boot again… Continue reading

Insert Key

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

The other day, I was typing and went back and change a thing or two. I needed to put a space between a couple words and instead of moving the text to the right to accommodate the space, the text was overwritten! It did this no matter what letter I typed. I ended up having to re-type an entire paragraph because of it. After I rebooted, the problem

Text Highlighting Tips

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

I’m having a hard time with my word processor. When I go to highlight a large section of text with my mouse (more than what’s currently shown on the screen), I zip right past the point where I want to stop. So, I keep my mouse button down and go back up – only to zip by my stopping point again. This can go

Dealing with Drop Down Menus

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Don’t you get tired of scrolling through long drop down box lists? I know that I do. I’m gonna show you an easy way to get through them today. I’ll illustrate how to do it with an example.

Let’s say you’re filling out an online registration form that asks for your country. If you live in Australia, you’re all set since your country is towards the top… Continue reading

Instant Properties

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Here’s a quickie way to view the properties of a file or program.

If you need to get the properties for something (like an icon, for instance), just hold down your ALT key and double-click it .

Instant properties!

Try it with “My Computer” or one of your regular desktop icons.

And… Continue reading

Which Icon belongs to Which Program?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

I always have too many programs open at the same time and I can’t remember which icon belongs to which program on my toolbar. Is there an easy way to tell which button is which?

By hovering over an item, a balloon should come up telling you what the program is.

One easy

Frozen Computer Options

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Sometimes Windows will get itself all tied into a bunch and there is no choice but to cut the power to your computer and restart. Well, maybe not. Here are some other things to try… Continue reading

Mistakes Are A Drag!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Have you ever made a mistake while filling out a form on a web page or in a software program? If you’re like me, you occasionally find that you’ve put information in the wrong box.

Most people would just sigh, delete out the error, then re-type it in the appropriate box.

And we wonder why carpal tunnel syndrome cases are on the rise.… Continue reading

Get Sticky

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

I love using keyboard shortcuts. They’re quick and make me look like I’m a pro… or something. However, I realize that many of you like to keep one hand on the mouse, so those three key combos are out. How about a way to type one key at a time rather than all at once?

This feature is called “Sticky Keys” and gives you a delay between key strokes when… Continue reading

Launching Multiple Programs

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Launching Multiple Programs

Have you ever needed to launch multiple programs? Normally, you hit the Start button, Programs , then select the program you want to run. Once that one starts, you go back through and repeat the process for the next program. Well, here’s a better way.

Next time you need to launch more than one program from your Programs menu, hold down your SHIFT key while you click… Continue reading

Rename Shortcuts

Monday, November 15th, 2004

I have a shortcut on my desktop I’d like to rename. How do I do it?

Just right-click the shortcut and select Rename from the resulting menu. The shortcut’s name will now be highlighted. Just type in the new name and you’re all set.

If you want to get fancier and show off, you can single-click on the icon and hit the F2 button. This will… Continue reading

Undo Tricks

Monday, November 15th, 2004

If you use computers a lot, you probably find yourself out in the real world wishing you had an Undo command (you know, like just before you’re about to smash your new car). Well, the “universal” undo shortcut is: Ctrl+Z.

Ctrl+Z is normally used in word processing documents, but it also works just about anywhere

Pull the Arrows Out of Your Shortcuts

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Pull the Arrows Out of Your Shortcuts

Many of you keep asking me how to remove those little arrows you see on your desktop shortcuts. They sure can take away from the visual aesthetics of the icons.

OK, there are actually two easy ways to get rid of the little arrows that attach themselves to shortcuts. The easiest of the two is to select a size of 30 for your… Continue reading

Make Your Own Document Shortcuts

Monday, November 15th, 2004

They often call me the “Hotkey Master” around here because I like to use keyboard shortcuts. Well, I found out something cool in Windows Vista and XP—I can create my own document short cuts! I have a few files that I’m always using and having hotkeys for my shortcuts is a real time saver.

First thing to do is create a shortcut on your desktop. Bring the… Continue reading

Adding Shortcuts to the Taskbar

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Adding Shortcuts to the Taskbar

I know, this is kind of a basic tip for you long time Windows users, but we’ve been getting a lot of questions on this lately. So, if you want to add icons to your taskbar – or make the ones you already have on it bigger, read on!

OK, first we’ll talk about getting the icons there in the first place. By… Continue reading

Selection Savvy

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Ever need to make more than one choice in a list box? (A list box is basically an item by item list. You’ve probably seen them on web pages or in computer programs you’ve used. A lot of E-mail programs use a list box to display its list of messages.)

Here’s how:

1. Click the first item on the list you would like to… Continue reading

Doc Scraps

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Doc Scraps

Here’s a cool one. With this tip, you can stick a “scrap” of information on your Desktop. You can then take this “document scrap” and paste it into another application – without opening it up (although it doesn’t work on everything).

First, you’ll need to use a program that supports OLE2 drag and drop. Programs like Word, MS Paint, Wordpad, Corel WordPerfect, and most other popular programs will… Continue reading

It’s All About Shortcuts…

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Have you ever needed to create a desktop shortcut to a program? Maybe you had one and it disappeared (somehow) or perhaps the install program simply didn’t put an icon on the desktop. Who knows, maybe the one you have on your desktop has been clicked so many times it’s just worn out and needs to be replaced with a spiffy new model (just kidding)

Do You Know the Menu Key?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

I made a new friend today. It was there all along and I never noticed it on the right side of my keyboard to the right of the Spacebar. I don’t even know it’s true name, so I’ll call it the “Menu Key”. Why? Because when you press it, it opens up a drop-down menu for many (but not all) programs. The menu includes all the

NumLock Key

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Every time I turn on my computer I have to re-activate the NumLock key so I can use the keypad. Isn’t there a way to make it be on automatically.

Well, *most* computers have a setting that allows you to have it turn on automatically. Since this tip requires you to play around with your computer’s system settings (NOT Windows settings), I need to tell you… Continue reading

Find Stuff

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Say you’re looking for something on a long web page with Internet Explorer or Firefox. You think it’s there, but you’re faced with seemingly insurmountable number of paragraphs, sentences, and words to hunt though.

Well, next time this happens to you, hit the Edit menu, Find (or CTRL-F for you shortcut lovers). You’ll get a handy little “find” box that lets you type in a… Continue reading

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