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Archive for the ‘Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks’ Category

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

Dragging to Minimized Windows

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Do you know what I hate? Trying to drag something to a folder when the stupid thing is minimized. There you are, looking like an idiot with your finger down on the left mouse button with nowhere to drop. What can you do?

Easy—yell at your computer and curse at Microsoft.

After that, try this:

1. Grab the item and drag… Continue reading

The BIG Keyboard Shortcut List

Friday, November 12th, 2004

What is the allure of keyboard shortcuts? Do they really save time? Why bother since my mouse is permanently attached to my hand?

I like to use keyboard shortcuts, especially if someone is watching me, because they make me look like a pro. With just a few key strokes I can leave a mouser spinning his wheel! Whatever your motivation, here’s a big list of keyboard shortcuts… Continue reading

Put that File in Several Places at Once

Friday, November 12th, 2004

It never fails, when I want to find a particular file, I look in the logical place, but it’s actually in a different folder. Or what if I want a document on my desktop AND in a folder? I’m sure this happens to you. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it in two places at once? Well, yeah, I know, you can always copy and

Underlined Letters in Toolbars

Friday, November 12th, 2004

In many programs, I notice that certain letters in the toolbar words are underlined. Why is that?

These are keyboard shortcuts using the Alt key. For Instance, if the word File in the toolbar had a line under the letter F, then I could hold down Alt+F to open the File menu.

What Does that Program Do?

Friday, November 12th, 2004

You probably know that if you hover over a program in your Toolbar or on your Desktop, it gives you the program name. Some programs like Google Chrome and Word also give you a description.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have this for all your Programs? Great news… if you have Windows XP, Vista

Desktop Web Shortcuts

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Do you have a web site you visit often? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a shortcut on your desktop for it? Here’s a quick way to do it:

First, head to the web page with either Explorer or Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

You’ll see next to the site’s URL (address) a small icon with a blue “e” on it. Drag that… Continue reading

Copy and Paste

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Michael from California Asks:

How do I “Copy and Paste”?

First off, you’ll be glad to learn copying and pasting is easy. You can copy and paste just about anything your little heart desires: text, web pages, files, pictures, you name it. The idea behind the process is to take information from one place and deposit it into another.

For… Continue reading

Print Screen Button and Screen Shots

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

How do I take a screen shot like the ones in your newsletter?

I get email everyday asking that very question. So, here ya go!

You just tap the PrtScn (print screen) button. The real function of this key is to make a “snapshot” of your screen. If you have some imaging software like Adobe Photoshop (or a good word… Continue reading

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