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Quick Tip

Search Functionality in the Command Prompt

You read that right – you can actually search for stuff in your Command Prompt, which surprised the heck out of me, too.

Here’s what you do:

Open a Command Prompt by going to Start and then typing in cmd in your search bar. You should see something like this at the top:

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Press Enter and a Command Prompt should open up.

Now say you’re looking for a specific file somewhere in your file tree. Just Right-Click anywhere on the Command Prompt screen and select “Find…”. Type in what you’re looking for and the query should become highlighted!

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Somebody at Microsoft must still have love for the Command Prompt!

~Andrew

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Announcements

You Gotta See It to Believe It!

And You'll Have NO Trouble Seein' It

Saves Your Eyes From a Lifetime of Pain

Glowkey

Incredible Glowkey Largeprint Keyboard

Easy to Read and It GLOWS IN THE DARK!

Send Typing Troubles Back to the Dark Ages!

Hunting for keys on your keyboard is a huge pain. We've all been there. Whether the keys are too small or it's way too dark, you strain and strain just because nobody has come up with a better design.

Straining

That better design is FINALLY HERE!

The Total Solution: With largeprint keys, you'll never have to strain to find the key you need. Even better... it glows in the dark.

You read that right. It glows in the dark!

Day or night, the keys will ALWAYS be visible.

Your eyes will thank you!Comparison

So Simple - Just plug in the USB connector and you're done. Easy.

PC or Mac? Doesn't matter! This amazing keyboard works with either.

Oh yeah, and it has an amazing spill-resistant design just in case you accidentally share some water with it.

So let's recap:

CheckEZ-Read Large Print

CheckGLOWS IN THE DARK!

CheckPlug-And-Play Simplicity

CheckPC and Mac compatibility

CheckSpill-Resistant

Calling something the total package has never been more appropriate.

And even though this keyboard has EVERYTHING, it'll barely cost you ANYTHING. At only $21.97 with FREE US SHIPPING the only thing you won't see is a dent in your wallet.

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  PS - You won't see this amazing price forever, as it goes up to $29.97 on Wednesday




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Computers 101

Word 2013 Preview

Microsoft recently released the consumer preview of Microsoft Office 2013, which is available free of charge at:

http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en.

This is part one of a series of articles describing some of the changes and new features in Office 2013.

Microsoft Word 2013 includes the traditional ribbon style interface of the 2007/2010 versions of Word, with some exciting improvements – especially when it comes to how you save and share documents. Office 2013 setup now prompts you to sign in to a Microsoft account (or Windows Live, Hotmail, MSN) and will sign in automatically when you launch any Office 2013 application.

Once you’ve signed in, Microsoft’s SkyDrive will be enabled, which will let you save and share documents in the cloud. Skydrive is a free service by Microsoft and syncs information automatically with your SkyDrive account, allowing you to share documents and files with other users.

When you first open Word 2013 you will be greeted with the new document template selection screen which shows your recent documents, along with templates available to create new ones. These templates are stored both on the local computer and Microsoft’s online database of templates. When you select one, it will automatically download to your computer and open.

The biggest change to Word is in the Save menu where saving now defaults to Microsoft’s SkyDrive service. You still have the option of saving to your local computer or to shared network locations. For those of you worried about if your internet connection fails, there is a red warning which comes up if the save was not successful. Thankfully, Microsoft has a long track record of reliable servers, so we expect this feature to be well managed. For enterprise users there will be a SharePoint option which lets you save to your companies SharePoint server by default instead of the SkyDrive.

The redesigned file menu has a new Share function which lets you collaborate on documents with other users of Office 2013 (you’ll be able to see who is editing a document and the document will update to reflect any changes). You can also choose if the person can edit or just view the document and invite people by name if they are in your contacts. Adding by e-mail address is also available.

You can also get a link to the document for both editing or viewing, which will open up in any web browser. This will be very helpful, for example, if you send out an e-mail asking people to RSVP. You can include a RSVP Word document with the e-mail they can edit with how many people will be attending.

Give it a test drive:

Click Here to View My Test Document

Along with direct posting to social networks and e-mailing the document, you can also publish as a blog post, which will convert the document to a format compatible with popular blog software such as WordPress, TypePad or Microsoft’s SharePoint blog.

There will also be Import/Export functions built into Word to support Adobe’s PDF format. You will be able to edit and print Adobe PDF documents and save documents as PDF. This will be especially helpful for people filling out forms online or creating forms for people to fill out.

The final major improvement to Word 2013 is the reading view. Reading view is designed for easier reading of documents and will definitely improve the experience of reading a document on a touch screen enabled PC. This mode also includes some handy zoom features and adds right/left arrow buttons to flip between pages, much like reading a book. This mode is going to be ideal for reading documents, and may be the best improvement to Word for those who have to spend a lot of time reading rather then creating documents.

Overall, the experience so far with Word 2013 is a positive one. While the PDF editing feature did present some alignment problems, it’s to be expected from a preview edition. The SkyDrive integration and document collaboration efforts present a fantastic leap forward for Word.

Keep an eye out on www.worldstart.com for other reports coming soon on Office 2013 Consumer Preview.

~Tim

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On The Move

Creating Customized iPhone Ringtones

The iPhone is easily the most popular smartphone on the market, but the built in ringtones are a little trite. Luckily, creating custom ringtones for the iPhone isn’t only easy, but quick.

Start by going into iTunes and picking out a song. When choosing, keep a couple guidelines in mind. It’s very important to choose a song that’s loud enough to be heard. It’s also very important to use a song that is DRM (Digital Rights Management) free. DRM free songs are ones that you imported from a CD, or downloaded from a music service such as Amazon Mp3. Songs from iTunes are not DRM free, and will not work.

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From The Archives

George from AZ asks:

How do I get fractions to appear in their small size instead of 1/2 or 3/4 when I type in Microsoft Word or Windows Live Mail?

Hi, George.  I’m glad you asked.  Your question actually gave me the opportunity to look up autocorrect options on Word 2010, to which I am still fairly new.

What you’re talking about here is called replacing fractions with a fraction character.  In Word 2010, click on the “File” tab and then “Options”, like so:

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Today's Feature

Low Light Photos Without a Flash

Flash photography can be a great tool in the absence of insufficient natural light. Then again, there are situations like live concerts, theatrical performances or even film shoots where you are required to capture everything without using a flash. Flashes might light up your subject, but it can also flatten the image and make it appear one-dimensional. This makes your image look lifeless, with no depth or play of light and shadow (except for the harsh shadow behind the subject). This is particularly true of pop-up flashes that come with your camera. Without a diffuser that normally accompanies external flashes, these built-in flashes lead to over-exposed images and cast a bright spot on the subject, marring the beauty of your image irreparably.

Here is where the following tips to beat low light situations might come in handy.

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Amanda's Coolsite


Today, I’m bringing you a site with an amazing collection of historical maps.

To start your journey, click the Flickr link under the featured section. This will whisk you away to the complete gallery of maps. What I love about this gallery is that you can also browse it by year and geographic location. In order to browse by year, click the year link under the featured section. To browse by location, click the geographic location under the featured section. 

Looking for someplace specific? Well then you can use the search engine at the top right of the page. For example, I typed in Scotland, clicked the Search button and it brought up an entire list of historical maps from Scotland. Then you just click the link of the one you want to view and you’ll be whisked to its location on Flickr. 

I just love maps so much! And historical maps like this make me so happy! If you like maps as much as I do, you should be warned that you will lose several hours at this site! Enjoy!

http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/

~Amanda

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Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

One More Big Deal

STOP! Your Fingers Are Your Phone's Worst Enemy!

All Those Scratches and Smudges Add Up!!

There's a Better Way to Use Your Touchscreens!

PreciseTouch Capacitive Universal Touchscreen Stylus Pens

Cell Phones, iPads, iPod Touches, iPhones and Tablets

Works With ANY Capacitive Touchscreen Device

Everyone has touchscreens on everything nowadays. And while it may only take two seconds to cover a screen in smudges, it takes a lifetime to clean them off. Not to mention those scratches that NEVER go away!

Why not just save yourself the hassle?

If prevention is the best medicine, these stylus pens are the ultimate vaccine for dirty screens.

The precision tips ensure that you can quickly and easily use your touchscreens without the risk of turning your screen into a blurry mess.

Lightweight and comfortable, you'll forget you're even holding it!

It's like writing with a feather.

Tired of tiny buttons making it impossible to use? The PreciseTouch stylus pens make good on their name. No more missed buttons!

Each pack comes with three stylus pens of varying colors, and they'll fit wherever you want to keep them!

You'll always have one nearby!

As if this stylus pen wasn't great already, you get THREE for just $8.97 with FREE US SHIPPING!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/7985

PS - Make sure you get this ASAP, before the price goes up to $14.97 on Wednesday!




 

Monthly Wallpaper


August Wallpaper!

OK, trying something different this month. Due to a crazy schedule, I'm going to do a "best of" wallpaper series this month. These images are our most popular for wallpaper, so enjoy!

As always, all the desktop wallpaper below is 100% free.

Mesa Arch Sunrise

Late August, Canyonlands National Park, 4:30 AM at the Mesa Arch parking lot. It’s empty! If you’ve never been to Mesa Arch, you might be thinking... (more)

Dead Horse Point Lightning Strike

We had just been out scouting around for new location in nearby Arches National Park and had decided to come back to camp for a break when these thunderstorms really began to pop (late afternoon). By the time we arrived at the Dead Horse Point, I couldn’t get to the overlook fast enough. We scrambled down the sandstone to a spot that I had scouted out the day before and... (more)

Split Rock Moonrise

The day this was created was the day after the full moon, with moonrise coinciding with sunset pretty closely. I knew from checking my compass that the moon would be in a good location, but you can imagine my disappointment when... (more)

It can all be found here:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

Enjoy!

~Steve

 

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