January 22, 2016 |

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Some oldies but goodies for any version of Windows are:

CTRL& Shift& Esc keys will open your Task Manager

Windows key & E opens the File Explorer

Windows key and M minimises all open windows.

Ctrl key and L locks Windows.

The windows key looks like this:windows key

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August 23, 2015 |

Quick overview of Microsoft Windows 10

What is Windows 10?

Windows 10 is an entirely new version of the Windows Operating as we have experienced it to date, working on more of a tablet-type interface using tiles, as shown below. With this release Microsoft intends to ultimately replace all previous Windows versions currently used worldwide. windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for the first year of release (until July 29, 2016) for those of us who have a legal version of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or a Windows Phone 8.1 device. After that you will presumably still be able to upgrade, but you will need to purchase it.

Even though the free upgrade version of Windows 10 is only available for a year, Microsoft stressed that those updating during the promotional period will be able to use Windows 10 at no cost in the future (or as Microsoft says, for the “supported lifetime of the device”).

If you have Windows 7, you’ll need to make sure you meet the system requirements recommended below:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

If you have a device with Windows XP or Windows Vista on it, you’ll need to do a clean install as well as meeting the system requirements above.

If you’re on a version of Windows that can be upgraded (7 or a version of 8) you might have seen an icon appear on your desktop via Windows Update (assuming your PC is up-to-date). Clicking this icon launches a window that enables you to reserve your place in the queue to download the free upgrade and you’ll be notified when it’s ready to install.

There is a load of information online regarding this upgrade, so make sure you do your own due diligence and read up on it thoroughly before going ahead – perhaps starting with the Wikipedia rundown:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10.

 

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March 19, 2012 |

Show Menus in Windows 7

Windows 7 no longer shows a menu across the top of Windows Explorer, however if you prefer to have it on just follow these easy steps :

1.         Open Windows Explorer.

2.         Click on Organize.

3.         Click and Folder and search Options.

4.         Click the View tab.

5.         Select ‘always show menus’ and then click OK.

November 18, 2011 |

Arrow Keys and Windows 7

 

You can easily use cursor arrows to manipulate open windows in Windows 7 with these simple steps:Hold your Windows key ( the Windows key is the one located between your Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard and has the Windows logo on it).

  • Windows Key + Left Arrow – Snaps the current window towards the left side of the screen.
  • Windows Key + Right Arrow – Snaps the current window towards the right side of the screen.
  • Windows Key + Up – Maximizes the current Window.
  • Windows Key + Down – Minimises the current Window. Once the window is minimized, you need to click on it again if you want to access it.

September 20, 2011 |

Remove Programs from Start List

Do you like to have complete control over how your Start menu looks in Windows 7 and find there are programs on it that you prefer not see?

All you need to do is click your Start button, then right-click the Start menu program you no longer want displayed and then select Remove from this list from the pop out choices.

If you want a program back on the Start List, remember it is as easy as browsing through your programs, right-clicking on the required one and selecting  Pin to Start Menu to put it back on your list

August 24, 2011 |

Alt&Tab: The Fast Way to Scroll Through Open Windows

While this is an oldie but a goodie, not everyone is aware of the delights of using they keys Alt & Tab.Say you have many different programs running on your PC at the same time. You might have email (plus a number of open messages) running, a Web browser window open (even two different types at once, say Internet Explorer as well as Firefox), a Word document or two and perhaps ITunes playing your favorite song for good measure.

With all of that going action the easy way to move between all those open windows is to hold down the Alt  key and start pressing the Tab key.

Each  press of the Tab key moves you across to the next open window.  When you land on the one you want simply let go of the Alt key.

When you want to swap programs/open window again, just repeat the process. It’s a simple  you to keep track of everything you have running and easily juggle different tasks.

August 12, 2011 |

Windows 7 Jump List

A  ‘jump list’ refers to a way of quickly jumping (moving to and opening) a document or file that has been recently used.  The only caveat is that the program under which the file lives is showing on the Taskbar.  For example, you wish to jump to a Word document, so you could do it easily provided you have the Word Program icon showing on the Taskbar. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the program’s taskbar icon once, hold that click and slowly drag up.
  2. And there’s your jumplist for that program.  For example if was the Word program icon you did the click and slow drag upwards on, you would see recent Word documents.
  3. Simply click on the file you wish to open and the job is done!

July 27, 2011 |

Recycle Bin Properties

As a default Windows 7 insists on asking users if  they are ‘Sure’ they want to move this file to the Recycle Bin. I think it is a good safeguard, however some people just find it annoying, as in ‘I know I do! Do it already!‘To take off the delete confirmation and simply send files to thee Recycle Bin without having to confirm the action, do the following:

  1. Right-click on your Recycle Bin
  2. Select Properties.
  3. At the bottom of the window, un-check Display delete confirmation dialog.
  4. Close the window and that is the end of the message.
  5. Of course if you want it back again, repeat these steps, checking instead of unchecking.

July 4, 2011 |

Using Two (Dual) Monitors

I was writing notes last week on using Presenter View in PowerPoint (so that the presenter can view his or her speaker’s notes, while the audience sees the actual presentation).  In order to test my notes  I needed to install a second monitor.  Can’t believe how easy Microsoft have made it-basically plug and play if you are using Windows 7, Vista or XP.

 

However if you would like a nicely written article to guide you through, this one from Microsoft themselves will do the trick: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/organization/twomonitors.aspx.

 

With two monitors up, you can easily drag windows/applications from one to another; so for example you can be working in Excel on one monitor and easily mouse click across to the other Window which might have Twitter, Facebook, Word or anything else you desire, open and ready to go. Have to say I’m loving it and will keep them both.

June 21, 2011 |

Pin Website Links to your Taskbar

If you have Internet Explorer 9 you can now easily pop web links you visit frequently straight onto your Taskbar!

  1. Call up the website address and then simply drag the icon from the address bar down to the Windows Taskbar.
  2. When you let go of the mouse it attaches to the Taskbar.

  1. To remove it, simply right-click on the pinned link and select Unpin this program from taskbar.