WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-08-15
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Zoom Using the Scroll Wheel
Are you tired of trying to read that fine print on your computer screen? I know I am. At least I used to be.
In the past, if you wanted to adjust the view (zoom in or out) in a document or a web browser, you would have to navigate through several menus and submenus. Today, Microsoft and OpenOffice have simplified this process with sliders found in the lower right corner of documents, but if you’re looking for an even simpler way, I can help you out.
We previously published an article about using the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in Power Point, but this trick can also be used in other Microsoft Office applications and OpenOffice documents. Furthermore, it works on most browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. It probably also works in lots of other places I haven’t tried.
In Vista and Windows 7, you can zoom by holding the Ctrl key and rolling the scroll wheel on your mouse.
When the Ctrl key is held and the scroll wheel is rolled forward (away from you), the view size, including text and images is increased. With the Ctrl key pressed, roll the wheel backward (towards you) and the view size is decreased.
In the first image below, using the web browser, Chrome, the scroll wheel was rolled backward (zoom out), in the second image, the wheel was rolled forward (zoom in).
Whether you’re reading this in your email (it also works in many email clients), in a document, or on the web, give it a try.
Note: If this is being used in a browser window, and you’d like to return the window to normal size, hold the Ctrl key and tap the 0 (that’s zero) key (Ctrl+0).
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After installation, the first thing you'll notice when you launch it is that it will IMMEDIATELY upgrade to the latest version. Yep! No hunting for upgrades, and no outdated features. You get the latest and the greatest.
The second thing you'll probably notice is this:
Don't be surprised! This is a lot more common than you might think. Even EXPERTS can't prevent computers from degrading without software like System Mechanic. For everything you might know about your computer, there's at least a hundred more potential problems lurking around the corner.
But, now that you have System Mechanic, it only takes one click to get ALL those problems out of your life forever.
That "Repair All" button?
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If you want System Mechanic to give your PC the works, that's all you have to do.
But maybe you're a little more tech-savvy than most of us. Want to get under the hood with it? NO PROBLEM! Every single tool and utility with System Mechanic can be used manually to allow you total control over what it fixes and what it leaves alone.
It's the perfect program for ALL levels of technical experience.
Either way, when you let System Mechanic do it's work, you're going to get to see this ray of sunshine:
It doesn't matter how good your computer was before. Now it's better and faster. You WILL be BLOWN AWAY. Stability, speed, and peace of mind.
Remember, it's never what you know that hurts your PC. It's the million little things you could have NEVER expected.
But nothing surprises System Mechanic. It sees every nook and cranny and makes them sparkle.
Want a sneak peek at how this incredible software gives your PC the power-wash you always dreamed of? If I tried to talk about EVERY feature of System Mechanic, we'd be here until the Sun burnt out. Get ready for some major highlights that'll have your jaw dropping.
Booting up your PC is always a pain. No matter what you do, you could cook a Thanksgiving dinner before your computer is done starting. It doesn't have to be like that.
By eliminating unnecessary or even HAZARDOUS programs from your startup, there'll be no more watching the clock, wondering when you can actually begin to use your computer. And without all these wasted resources going to unneeded programs, your computer will stay fast after booting.
Do you LIKE some of your startup programs? No worries. If you don't want System Mechanic to take control, you can go in and see each and every program it wants to disable. Regardless of which path you take, it's easy and fast to get your PC booting properly.
Oh, and do you ever get those annoying error messages when you boot up? Chances are after this, you'll never see them again! YES!
In addition to startup programs, there's ALWAYS just TONS of files and applications that end up on your PC. Sometimes they came installed with the computer, other times they sneak in through vulnerabilities or hidden in other software.
No matter how they go there, they are taking up GIGs of space!!
Don't worry, CRUDD Remover is on the job.
All this CRUDD (Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilizers) adds up into one giant, super slow, gunk of a mess.
Even if you knew what programs were the trouble makers, it would take AGES to manually hunt through and clean up all those files. System Mechanic removes the work and eliminates all that unwanted mess - in minutes!
Fully Controllable - You can make sure that System Mechanic doesn't remove anything you need to keep.
This thing is crazy. Not only are you going to get even MORE speed by removing all that useless junk from your PC, but talk about clearing space! Your hard drive has its limits, so taking this giant burden off its back is going to give you a lot more wiggle room for stuff you DO want.
Ever browse the net? Sure you do. Your computer has an "amazing" ability to hold onto a lot of useless stuff that you never even knew it saved. PC Cleanup has your back.
With the push of a button you can clean out tons of wasted space and temporary files that you didn't even know were there to begin with! WOW!
This is the ultimate solution to loaded hard drives.
You can get back hundreds of megabytes in storage space... heck, you might even get a couple GIGABYTES of space back. Maybe you won't need that $200 external hard drive you were thinking about.
Now you're saving space AND money.
Computers always manage to have a ton of errors without any indication of how to solve them. How can anyone expect you to fix a problem when all you get is a string of numbers and a giant OK button. Let System Mechanic take care of it for you!
From unintelligible error messages to mysterious lockups and even full-on system crashes, System Mechanic will find the solution.
The All-In-One Repair Tool came straight out of your dreams and now it's a reality. This program will AUTOMATICALLY fix pretty much any problem your computer throws at it. No error is too obscure for System Mechanic.
This is the total tune-up, repair, supercharge, computer fixing miracle.
EVEN IF YOUR COMPUTER WON'T BOOT PROPERLY! SERIOUSLY! You can use the System Mechanic CD to boot and recover your computer. It's a life-saver.
If just cleaning up junk didn't make your computer as fast as you wanted it, System Mechanic is only warming up. It's got a toolbox FULL of utilities to make your computer so fast it won't be street legal.
Designated Drivers - Out of date drivers can make your computer run sub-optimally, or sometimes make devices not work at all. Let this utility take the wheel for you and get all your drivers safely up to date.
Memory Mechanic - The more you use your computer, the more memory that will be taken up. Sometimes memory fragments or doesn't release properly and you run into problems that can even cause your computer to shut down. No more! Memory Mechanic will make sure your system memory is operating at full throttle!
Registry Tuner - Errors in system registry can range from causing lockups to total system failure. Registry Tuner will hunt through and clean up as many errors as it can find to get your PC running faster.
Registry Compactor - System Mechanic never leaves a job half-done. After cleaning out the registry, the compactor makes sure that the gaps left from removed bloat are closed so your computer doesn't waste time dialing through empty registry entries.
Just running ONE of these things is going to give you astonishing speed. But when you get them all going? Oh man, you're going to think someone slipped a supercomputer under your desk.
But that's not all, honestly it's barely even HALF of the performance tools alone.
Speed is great, but how about some raw, mind-blowing power? If you use some serious software, or even just want to get the most out of your PC as possible, System Mechanic has the adrenaline shot your computer needs!
EnergyBooster! Take your PC to the next level with this incredible tool. By automatically turning off unnecessary background programs, your computer's limited resources are going to be free to turn their attention to the tasks YOU need them on!
Don't let worthless background processes hog your memory or processor, use them how you want them.
If you do high-quality video, audio, web design, ANYTHING, you'll immediately notice how ridiculously fast EnergyBooster makes your PC.
Interested in something BRAND NEW? System Mechanic is always expanding its armory of tools and this version is no different.
With new AcceleWrite, you'll almost never have to worry about disk fragmentation again. By automatically ensuring optimal storage of files, the creeping slowdown that your computer experiences over time from disk defragmentation is a thing of the past!
It does the work for you, which means more time for yourself and a healthier life for your PC.
Slow Internet? That's when NetBooster takes the stage. Each Internet connection is unique and your computer can't be pre-configured from the factory for an optimal setup for YOUR system. NetBooster examines your current connection and makes those specific changes so you get MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE.
You'll see double, even TRIPLE speeds.
And remember, if you don't want to go through these individually, System Mechanic can do pretty much everything on its own. It's impossible NOT to get huge gains from running this software, and it's as simple as a few mouse clicks. What more could you ask for?
Especially nowadays, computer security has become a really big issue. You may think you're secure, but new vulnerabilities pop up ALL THE TIME! Even the tiniest of security holes can spell disaster for your privacy or your computer's ability to function. With so much on your computer, there's no excuse for taking risks.
With just one button, System Mechanic will comb your computer for security flaws and fix every single one it finds. Blocking off hackers from entry, you get peace of mind that your files and confidential information are safely protected.
You can NEVER be too secure.
After your vulnerabilities are patched up, what about other kinds of intrusions? Unwanted programs, viruses, or malware trying to hijack your system. System Guard will be the shield that keeps your PC defended and in tip-top shape.
System Guard does SO MUCH at once. If new programs try to add themselves to your startup, it will let you know. Dangerous programs trying to run? System Guard stops them IMMEDIATELY.
Browsing can be hazardous, but with System Guard, your computer and browser are protected from even the wiliest of hacking attempts. If you've ever had your homepage suspiciously changed or a new toolbar appear out of nowhere, you'll know how important System Guard is!
Privacy is just as important as vulnerabilities when it comes to security. With System Mechanic, you can make sure nothing you do gets to the wrong hands. With the Privacy Cleaner, anything you do can be erased, from browsing or search history to cookies and chat transcripts that websites or programs often automatically save.
Or maybe you need something deleted? I mean... REALLY deleted. The Incinerator will make sure any of your private files, from old taxes to company memos can't be easily recovered by ANYONE.
System Mechanic takes security seriously, and you can rest easy knowing you have the best programs protecting your PC and files.
System Mechanic is loaded with SO MUCH and if you want to, it can be COMPLETELY AUTOMATIC. But if you want to know exactly what it's doing, you can examine every tool to see what it intends to fix or change.
You'd be INSANE not to take advantage of all these amazing tools, but if you want to, you can pick and choose what you use and how you use it.
But that's not all. It comes with a tool to completely customize your PC's operations. From hiding unwanted icons to making your start menu react faster, there's almost nothing out of your control - AMAZING!
Seriously, there's STILL MORE! With your purchase of System Mechanic, you also get TWO additional programs that'll knock your socks off!
DriveScrubber - Had a virus, maybe some malware? Selling your computer or hard drive? Even if you think you deleted it, it may STILL BE ON THE HARD DRIVE. All it takes is rudimentary knowledge of computers to find ways to dig up those files you thought were gone forever.
DriveScrubber has MILITARY-COMPLIANT levels of erasing. Identity thieves are left out in the cold.
Search and Recover - Accidentally delete something? If you thought you lost a file on your computer, flash drive, or other devices like digital cameras, hold on! With Search and Recover, you may be able to retrieve the files you thought disappeared forever.
Unless you deleted them with DriveScrubber, of course.
These two free bonus programs usually sell for $30 and $40 respectively. And they ARE easily worth that much.
But you get them FREE with your purchase of System Mechanic! Yeah - $70 of programs - FREE!
System Mechanic looks too good to be true, right? Especially with all the extra free stuff, how can so much power be packed together into one amazing product? Well, you don't have to take our word for it! With over 36 million users and countless awards tell you all you need to know.
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With all this greatness in one package you're probably expecting it to be really expensive. Well, you're right and you're wrong. If you go out to the stores to buy this, you might right into something like what you see below.
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Again, you're getting System Mechanic ($50), Drive Scrubber ($30) and Search & Recover ($40) - all told $120 worth of software!!
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Prevent Wallpaper and Screensaver Changes in Windows 7
If you share your computer with other family members, office colleagues or friends- you might want to restrict them from changing Windows wallpapers and screensavers. This is because you may want to keep a permanent wallpaper and screensaver on your desktop and prevent other users from installing their own wallpapers, which might be distracting at times.
In this article, we will learn a Windows registry trick which prevents other users of the same computer to change Windows wallpapers and screensavers.
Note: You will be editing the Windows registry in this tip. if you are unsure of how to proceed, please consult a professional. You have been warned!!
1. Type regedit in Windows search box and hit the Enter key.
2. This will open the Windows Registry Editor. Click the File menu and choose Export
This will open a file dialog box where you can enter a name and save the current settings of Windows registry to a .reg file. You will need this registry backup, in case you want to revert to the earlier settings at a later point of time.
3. Switch back to the Registry Editor window and find the entry HKEY_CURRENT_USER in the left pane.
Click the small arrow to expand the entry and then navigate to the Software subkey.
4. Click the small arrow placed to the left of the Software subkey and navigate to the Microsoft subkey. Your goal is to find the following key down the left pane of the registry editor window:
5. When you have reached the end of the above path, the registry editor window will look like the following:
6. Now right click on the right pane of the Registry Editor window and select New > String Value.
7. Enter the name of the value as wallpaper. Double click the new string and edit the value data field, thus entering the location of the custom wallpaper you want to display.
Remember: You have to enter the correct path of the wallpaper stored somewhere on your hard drive. Do not ignore the extension of the image.
8. All done – you have just defined a permanent wallpaper on your system. Now other users won’t be able to change wallpapers because this registry setting will override their display preferences.
Now it’s time to define a permanent screensaver on your system which can’t be changed by other users.
9. Switch back to the registry editor window, right click and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
10. Set the value name as NoDispScrSavPage and set the value of the data as 1.
11. You are all done, now close the registry editor window and restart the computer for the changes to take effect. The next time any other user reboots Windows, they will be greeted with your defined image as the desktop background. If other users try to change the wallpaper by right clicking on desktop and choosing Personalize > Change Desktop background, the action will be denied.
Should you want to revert the changes, simply double click the registry file backed up in step 2. This is a neat way to make sure that your desktop always has the same background image and no one else can change it with their own wallpapers.
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Setting Alarms in Android
To long-time smartphone users, using basic functions like alarms is second nature, as is the use of the nearly unlimited array of available features and apps. For the rest of us though, some of these basics are still new and uncharted terrain. The following article on setting an Android alarm is for them (us). Fortunately, the alarm setup hasn’t changed significantly, so these instructions for Android 4.0 should work similarly on most recent versions.
The first step in setting an alarm is to tap the home screen clock. Or, if no clock is displayed on the home screen, choose it from the apps section and tap Set alarm. Another option (in some versions) is to use the Voice Actionfeature to set an alarm by speaking into the device.
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White Space in Print Layout View
If you’re like me, you like to work in MS Word using the Print Layout view.
I simply like to be able to see my whole page, margins and all. I also like to keep an eye on the layout of the document without always jumping to Print Preview.
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Why do you get emails that aren’t addressed to you? You’ll be glad to know it isn’t because of anything you’ve done! The answer lies in the Bcc field. This tip describes some the role of the Bcc field and its uses.
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One of my favorite activities as a kid was going to the beach. We had two that we visited regularly in my hometown. We did most of our swimming at Lakeview Park, because the zebra mussels took over Century Park and it was no longer conducive to swimming because of having to walk on the shells. At Lakeview Park there were less shells and a lovely sandbar you could swim out to.
While the focus is on beaches around America (like Find Your Beach), there is also a lot of practical beach going information that can be used anywhere in the world, like human health, pollution, do’s and don’ts, and sun safety to name a few. Navigation is pretty standard – the main page has a Highlights menu that features Basic Information, Plan a Trip, and Beach information just to name a few things. Near the bottom of the page you’ll find a large navigational menu divided up into three categories. They are: Learn About Beaches, Plan a Trip, and How We Protect Beaches.
If you’re trying to find your closest beach, click Find Your Beach, and then type in your City, State, or Zip Code into the search box. This will show you a Google Maps style map of your area with the beaches marked. You can then zoom in and see if there is an advisory, whether the beach is historical, or even if the beach is closed! Use the legend in the lower left corner of the map to decipher the different meanings. This map feature is really cool!
One of the highlights I wanted to share with you is Beach Kids. It has games, activities, and information about pollution and beach safety. It is a neat way to teach your kids all about beaches.
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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!
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