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Apple/Mac – Type Exotic Characters
1.As well as letters and symbols you see on your keyboard, you can type a bewildering array of special characters. You may already be familiar with typing accents such as for café (in that case you either type Option+E then E again or, on OS X 10.7 or later, hold down the E until you get extra options) but you'll find there are many more. 2. Go to the Edit menu of most apps and you'll see Special Characters at the bottom. This panel gives you access to a huge range of symbols you can drag into your documents. Not all apps or operating systems support them, but these are mostly part of the cross-platform Unicode standard. 3. There are probably more than you see at first, too; click the cog to reveal more. Emoji (those fun, colourful characters available in OS X 10.7 or later) are a notable exception to this cross-platform world. They're not Apple-only, but your recipient might not be able to see them.
Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Customize Home Screen Tiles
Besides resizing icons, you can also customize your home screen tiles on Windows 8.1. To move and group tiles, just go to your Start Screen and right-click on any of the tiles. After grouping your tiles, you can also name them by filling in the Name Group field.

Microsoft Windows 8.1: Configure Automatic App Updates
Unlike Windows 8, app updates in Windows 8.1 will be automatically installed by default without the user’s consent. To stop this from happening, open Windows Store and access the Settings Charm menu – the charm must only be activated once in the Windows Store or else it will not display the required menus. In the Settings Charm menu, select Settings and navigate to App Updates. Enable or disable the option to automatically update apps.

Apple/Mac: Discard Windows from Resuming on Application Quit
Don’t want OS X’s Window Restore feature to resume the applications current windows on next launch? Use Command+Option+Q when you quit the app to discard the current windows, preventing them from being restored the next time you launch that application.

IPad  IPhones, Android Tablets & Smart Phones: Free eBooks
There are a number of Websites where you can download free ebooks. Most free books are books that the copyright has expired on i.e. most of the old classics. You need to know what format your device uses to read eBooks or you might have to download many different apps to read any of the books you download.
The websites are:
http://www.free.ebooks.net/             http://www.gutenberg.org/          http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/free/
http://www.bookyards.com/              http://www.freebookspot.es/

Microsoft Windows 8.1: Configure Automatic App Updates
Unlike Windows 8, app updates in Windows 8.1 will be automatically installed by default without the user’s consent. To stop this from happening, open Windows Store and access the Settings Charm menu – the charm must only be activated once in the Windows Store or else it will not display the required menus. In the Settings Charm menu, select Settings and navigate to App Updates. Enable or disable the option to automatically update apps.  
Apple/Mac: Quick Type, which was recently implemented in Apple’s mobile platforms, is also present in Yosemite. For the uninitiated, Quick Type suggests words or phrases that you’re probably going to type next, based on your past conversations and writing style. Any time you’re typing in an app created by Apple, such as Pages, you can press the Escape key halfway through the word or phrase and a list of options will appear, allowing you to select the correct one. This may or may not increase your typing speed, it probably requires a bit of getting used to at first before it truly becomes particularly helpful, but it’s nice to see some iOS 8 features making their way to the desktop.
IPad& IPhones: What tune is that.
If you hear music and want to know the name and artist you can get an app called Shazam that when open and run will give you this information. Alternately if you have Siri installed you can ask Siri the name and artist.
Android Tablets & phones: What tune is that.
 Shazam is also available for Android tablets and phones. There is also a speech app that will also answer your question.

Microsoft Windows 8.1: Prevent Apps From Running in The Background
Previously on Windows 8, when you drag a Start Screen app down to the bottom of the screen, it will close the app. However, on Windows 8.1, this action will only make the app disappear – it is still running in the background. This is not a big issue but if you want to close the app, drag the app down to the bottom of the screen but instead of letting it go, hold on to it. Wait until the app card flips over, and only now the app is closed.
Apple/Mac: Discard Windows from Resuming on Application Quit
Don’t want OS X’s Window Restore feature to resume the applications current windows on next launch? Use command+Option+Q when you quit the app to discard the current windows, preventing them from being restored the next time you launch that application.
IPad: Split Keyboard.
Typing with two hands while holding the IPad can be awkward as the centre keys are too far to reach easily. Instead you can use the split keyboard. To  use this place your thumbs in the centre of the keyboard and swipe them away to the edge of the screen. This splits the keyboard and makes it easier to type. To rejoin the keyboard tap and hold the hide keyboard icon and then tap Dock and merge. The keyboard is back to normal.
Android Tablets: Keyboard - change.
There are a number of great keyboards Apps out there, each with its own features, flaws, and followings. There are utterly simplistic keyboards and bleeding-edge keyboards with a long list of features.

Microsoft Windows 8.1:   Log In Straight to Desktop
When you start your computer, by default it will take you to the Start Screen. There is a way to start your computer and go straight to the Desktop instead. Right-click on the desktop toolbar, select Properties and go to the Navigation tab. Under the Start Screen options, enable the box "When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start".
Apple/Mac: Starting up in “safe mode” may help you diagnose problems you’re having with your Mac.
Shut down your Mac and wait 10 seconds.  Press the power button. Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold down the Shift key.  You should press the Shift key as soon as possible after you hear the startup tone, but not before.Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple logo and progress indicator (spinning gear).To leave safe mode, restart the computer normally without holding down any keys during startup.
IPad: To take a Screen Shot on your IPad press Shut Down and Home Key at the Same time. It will be saved  straight to Photos
Android Tablets: To take a screenshot on your device, press the Volume Down and Power keys at the same time. The screen will flash, you’ll hear a sound, and you’ll see a framed image appear and fade into the notification bar. The “Saving screenshot” notification will appear.
Apple/Mac:  Type exotic Characters
As well as letters and symbols you see on your keyboard, you can type a bewildering array of special characters. You may already be familiar with typing accents such as for café (in that case you either type Option+E then E again or, on OS X 10.7 or later, hold down the E until you get extra options) but you'll find there are many more. Go to the Edit menu of most apps and you'll see Special Characters at the bottom. This panel gives you access to a huge range of symbols you can drag into your documents. Not all apps or operating systems support them, but these are mostly part of the cross-platform Unicode standard. There are probably more than you see at first, too; click the cog to reveal more. Emoji (those fun, colourful characters available in OS X 10.7 or later) are a notable exception to this cross-platform world. They're not Apple-only, but your recipient might not be able to see them
Microsoft: Windows 8.1: Log In Straight to Desktop
When you start your computer, by default it will take you to the Start Screen. There is a way to start your computer and go straight to the Desktop instead. Right-click on the desktop toolbar, select Properties and go to the Navigation tab. Under the Start Screen options, enable the box "When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start".
Apps for IPad and Android Tablets.
iTunes U enables educational institutions to provide course notes and materials for students, including lecture recordings (whether that be audio or video). From major Universities around the world. Even if you're not at university, you can use its free course to get learning about new topics!
ABC iview , SBS on demand, Fango HD (channel 7), 9jumpin (channel 9), Tenplay(channel 10). For TV programs that you might have missed.
Apple/Mac: Instant Image Slideshow Anywhere in OS X Finder
The next time you’re flipping through a series of pictures in the OS X Finder, select them all and then hit Command+Option+Y to create and instant full screen slideshow of the selected images.
Microsoft: Windows 8.1: Use Internet Explorer 11 Reading View
When you load any webpage using Internet Explorer 11, a Reading View icon can be seen on the address bar. If you click on it, Internet Explorer will automatically reload the page and display a clean version – free of ads. This makes it very easy to read as there are no distractions. However, this feature is not available for the desktop version of Internet Explorer 11.
Apps for IPad and Android Tablets.
Coles Feed your Family – free – Great recipes and pictures of food for the family. Recommends Coles products.
Yeates Problem Solver – free – Information about fixes for your garden. Of Course recommends Yeates Products.
Games- Emoji – matching pictures with words.     Also Logos Quiz.
Apple/Mac: Cut & Paste Files in Finder
Use Command+C as usual, and then hit Command+Option+V to “move” the item, effectively cutting and pasting the document into the new location. Longtime Windows users will find this to be useful, but it’s also just a great keyboard shortcut to move files about. This is limited to OS X Lion and later.
Microsoft: Windows 8.1: Privacy Options
Windows 8.1 offers you options to set what devices and data are used by apps found in the Windows Store. You can allow or block apps from accessing your personal information. You are also able to turn off your advertising ID so that advertisers do not use your personal data to display personalised ads. To customize these settings, go to Change PC settings and navigate to Privacy. Check that all the options are set to full on.
Apps for IPad and Android Tablets.
Public Toilets is an app that lets you find a loo near where you are.
FlightAware is an app that lets you track flight so that you know if they are on time.
Astronomy Picture of the Day brings the latest pictures from NASA
Citymapper will give you a map of most cities in the world.
Apple/Mac: Instant Image Slideshow Anywhere in OS X Finder 
The next time you’re flipping through a series of pictures in the OS X Finder, select them all and then hit Command+Option+Y to create an instant fullscreen slideshow of the selected images.
Microsoft: Windows 8.1
If you don’t use the charms bar you can disable it. Right click on the Task Bar and select Properties. Select the Navigation Tab and Disable   “ When I point to the top right corner, show the Charm Bar”. Click Apply and Okay. The Changes will take effect. You can reverse this action if you later find that you wish to use the charms.
Apps for IPad and Android Tablets.
For users of Microsoft Office you can now get an app for both IPad and Android Tablets called Kingsoft Office that saves files as Office Files. There are apps for Microsoft Office but you must have a Copy of Office 2013 to have these work. When Kingsoft Office Apps are installed they appear as WPS Office and there is Writer(Word equivalent), Spreadsheets(Excel) and Presentation(PowerPoint).
Microsoft: After installing the update for Windows 8.1  and you are using a device with a mouse and don’t see the taskbar coming up when you move your mouse to the bottom of a Windows Store app or see the Minimize button at the top right, make sure under “Taskbar and Navigation properties” that “Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar” is checked. You can also find this setting under PC settings then “PC and devices” and “Corners and edges”.
Apple: Take Screen Shot and Store It In Clipboard. Hit Command+Control+Shift+3 to take a capture of the entire screen and store in the clipboard. If this sounds familiar to Windows users it’s because this is basically the Mac equivalent of the Print Screen button which doesn’t exist on the simplified Apple keyboards. Longtime Mac users will most likely prefer the classic Command+Shift+3 option though, which dumps the screen shot directly onto the desktop.
Android. To Create a folder on your home screen, press, hold and drag an app on top of any other app on your home screen; repeat the process to add additional apps into the folder. Tap again to name the folder.
Apple/Mac – Type Exotic Characters
1.As well as letters and symbols you see on your keyboard, you can type a bewildering array of special characters. You may already be familiar with typing accents such as for café (in that case you either type Option+E then E again or, on OS X 10.7 or later, hold down the E until you get extra options) but you'll find there are many more. 2. Go to the Edit menu of most apps and you'll see Special Characters at the bottom. This panel gives you access to a huge range of symbols you can drag into your documents. Not all apps or operating systems support them, but these are mostly part of the cross-platform Unicode standard. 3. There are probably more than you see at first, too; click the cog to reveal more. Emoji (those fun, colourful characters available in OS X 10.7 or later) are a notable exception to this cross-platform world. They're not Apple-only, but your recipient might not be able to see them.
Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Customize Home Screen Tiles
Besides resizing icons, you can also customize your home screen tiles on Windows 8.1. To move and group tiles, just go to your Start Screen and right-click on any of the tiles. After grouping your tiles, you can also name them by filling in the Name Group field.
Android: Search by voice. Touch the microphone icon in the Google search bar at the top of your home screen and speak your search term.
Windows: To convert a PDF to a Word file. Open a blank Word document and open the PDF document. Click Edit → Select All→Copy. Close or minimise the PDF. Go to the Word document and paste the copy into the document. Close the PDF. Save the Word document. You now have a PDF and a Word copy of the Document.
Apple/Mac: Instant Image Slideshow Anywhere in OS X Finder. The next time you’re flipping through a series of pictures in the OS X Finder, select them all and then hit Command+Option+Y to create and instant full screen slideshow of the selected images.
Android: To same battery power, you can use an app to give your home screen no background.
Microsoft:  To backup your computer in Windows 7 there is a backup in the control panel that does all the work for you. You can save the backup to an external drive, a flash drive or to the cloud. You need to tell the program what you want to back up and it does it. It needs to be done on about a monthly basis. Email are not part of the backup system. If you want to save emails save them as a file into my documents and then they will be backed up.
Apple: Instant Image Slideshow Anywhere in OS X Finder. The next time you’re flipping through a series of pictures in the OS X Finder, select them all and then hit Command+Option+Y to create and instant full screen slideshow of the selected images.
Android: Go back one step. Tap the Back button at the bottom of the screen.
Microsoft: - When your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome) offers to save your password for a site that you are accessing say no. Never accept this – saved passwords can be accessed by hackers or viruses if your computer is compromised. You can turn off these notifications as well. In IE you have to turn off Auto Complete and this is not helpful. In Firefox click “Tools” and then “Options” ->Security and untick “Remember password for sites” then click OK and restart Firefox for changes to take effect. For Google Chrome Click the Chrome menu (three lines in the top right corner) and open Settings. Click “Show advanced settings” at the bottom of the browser, and under ”Passwords and forms” untick Offer to save Passwords I enter on the web”. Restart Google Chrome.
Apple:  Hold down “Shift” when launching Safari to stop tabs from previous sessions opening.
Android - hold down power button and volume down button for a second or two to get a "print screen" image saved to your Gallery

Microsoft Windows In Windows 8.1 – Press X + Q to quickly open the Search Box.
Apple  Hold X when you click on an application in the dock to show its location in the Finder Window.
Android To remove an app from the multitasking list, after tapping the Recent apps button, swipe your finger left or right on the app's thumbnail.
Windows 8.
To launch Apps from the Desktop Right Click on desktop space and select New →Shortcut. A window will automatically appear. Under Type the location of the item enter Explorer Shell:AppsFolder, then click next. Give your shortcut a name, eg. Apps Menu. Then click Finish.
Apple/Mac
Take Screen Shot and Store It In Clipboard. Hit Command+Control+Shift+3 to take a capture of the entire screen and store in the clipboard. If this sounds familiar to Windows users it’s because this is basically the Mac equivalent of the Print Screen button which doesn’t exist on the simplified Apple keyboards. Longtime Mac users will most likely prefer the classic Command+Shift+3 option though, which dumps the screen shot directly onto the desktop.

Microsoft. If your DVD drive will not open, go to My Computer and right click on DVD drive. This will give you a menu. In the menu will be eject, left click this and the DVD should open. Sometimes you might have to click eject more than once.
Apple/Mac. Make ~/Library Visible Again
OS X Lion and later defaults to hiding the user library directory, it’s still accessible through a variety of ways, but you can make it always visible in the home directory again with the following terminal command: chflags nohidden ~/Library/
If you are having a problem in Windows 7, there is a built in program that allows you to record the problem and save it and you can email it to a friend for help or show someone who can assist you to fix the problem. Start the program from the search bar above the Start button, type ” psr”  into the search bar. Open the program and click Start record, then go through the steps you have done to produce the problem, recording the whole problem. Finally choose stop record and it will prompt you to “Save as”, give it a name and save. You can now email this as a file or reopen the file when you are with someone who can help you fix the problem
To update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 first make sure that all the Windows updates have been installed. Then go to the Store and when that page opens the update to windows 8.1 should be there. Click update and follow the prompts and answer the questions. You either have to have a second computer to receive an email or a smart phone that gets messages as Microsoft sends you a code that you have to enter during the set up. If you haven’t got all the latest updates you will not be able to get the Windows 8.1 update. Windows 8.1 non touch screen users.
If you right click on the Windows Icon in the bottom left hand corner of the Desktop, you will get a menu with Shut Down as one of the items.
Apple/Mac
Go to Folder
Hitting Command+Shift+G in the Finder brings up a Go To Folder dialog, this is without a doubt the fastest way to navigate deep into the OS X filesystem. The next best part? Tab completion works, so you don’t even have to type out the full paths. It also works in Open & Save dialogs too and is arguably one of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for the Finder.
On PC when your desktop gets messy with all the icons and you can’t find anything right click anywhere on the desktop and select view ->Auto arrange or in Windows 7 press and hold down F5. Windows automatically sorts your icons into alphabetical order.

On Apple/Mac Click on the View menu in Finder and select Clean up to make all icons align properly. If you want your desktop icons to be   auto-arranged, you can do so by clicking on the View menu and then hold on the ALT key on the keyboard until you see the "Keep Arranged By" option show up on the View menu. Click on the "Keep Arranged By" option and then select the criteria you want to arrange your icons by, such as by Name, Date created, Size, Kind or Label.
Free eBooks. Are you are looking for access to tens-of-thousands of free ebooks? These five websites offer access to more free ebooks than you could read in a lifetime. You can browse through the books or search by category, title or author. Great places to start your search for free literature. http://www.free-ebooks.net/ ,  http://www.gutenberg.org/ , http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/free/ ,  http://www.bookyards.com/ , http://www.freebookspot.es/ Windows 8. To access the shut down quickly on the desktop press Alt + F4 and the Shutdown dialogue box opens.  Apple Mountain Lion. To organise your widgets into folders just drag one widget onto another to create the folder
Backup all you files etc. on your hard drive; this means that if something goes wrong with your computer you will still have all you files, photos and music etc.  Windows comes with a built in program located in Control panel called backup and restore, but you need to save the back up to an external drive, a flash drive or burn it to a disk preferably a RW disk. You can schedule the back up to run automatically but you must have your computer turned on, the external drive turned on, flash drive plugged in or disk in the DVD drive. Once a month is probably often enough for most people to back up unless you are doing a lot of work. Even if you have scheduled a back up once a month, you can do a manual backup if you have worked on some valuable files or photos. If you use a flash drive, keep a dedicated one for the backup and don’t leave it plugged in all the time.
If you get an email that has details of what might be a hoax there is a website that you can use to check out this so called hoax before you pass it on.  http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/invitation.asp
There are too many of these things out there. If this website tell you it is a hoax, just delete the email and don’t pass it on.
For Apple/Mac Users.
You often want to check the contents of a file before you delete it. Quick Look is a way to take a quick look inside the file. It is available in Mail, Time Machine and Finder, Click on the file and press the spacebar and a new window opens to show the contents of the file. Press the spacebar again to close the window.

For Microsoft Users
If you have accidentally created copies of files while trying to select them. Simply reverse the action with Ctrl + Z and there is no need to delete them one at a time.
Windows 7 Preview Pane. If you have a giant folder of pictures you need to go through, but you can’t be bothered to click through each and every one? Try using the preview pane, It’s a little button you’ll notice at the top of your Windows Explorer window just to the left of the Help ?:
 Click on it, and you’ll be able to single-click on an image and see a larger preview size on the right. It makes skimming through a folder of pictures way easier than double-clicking each picture and having it open up in Windows Photo Viewer.
As a laptop gets older, it starts to slow down a little. You may notice that pages load slower, videos take longer to start playing, and general slowness of the machine. Unfortunately, thousands of people a year replace their laptop batteries without performing any monthly recalibration on it at all. If you want to get the best performance out of your laptop, here are a few steps to follow.
-    Charge your laptop’s battery all the way to 100%.
-    Once the laptop is fully charged, unplug it and let the battery drain. Feel free to use the laptop during this period, as it will help it drain more quickly. Once you see that the battery is almost empty, save your work and close any open pages. Then let the laptop shut itself off.
-    Let the dead battery sit for about 5 or 6 hours, or overnight. This will help eliminate any leftover charge the battery may have, and lets the battery start over from zero.
-    After you’ve let your laptop sit, plug it back in and let it charge all the way to 100% before using it again.
Battery maintenance is an important process that many people neglect. Recalibration should be done monthly if possible to ensure best results. If done on a regular basis, you should notice greatly extended battery life on your computer, and hopefully postpone the purchase of any replacement parts.
If using Windows 7 and you would like the DAY to display with the date. For example, Thursday 23/14/11. To do this left click on the time in the bottom right-hand corner>left click “change date and time settings…”>left click “change date and time…”>left click “change calendar settings” then in the Short Date box change the text to: dddd M/d/yyyy then click ok. You can now close all of the other windows that were open. Note: You can also switch the dddd which will give you the long day name (IE: Monday) to ddd which will give you the short day name (IE: Mon)
This can be used in all Microsoft Office and Open Office programs. 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. To return the window to normal size, hold the Ctrl key and tap the 0 (that’s zero) key (Ctrl+0)
Windows 7 has a feature to adjust the volume of applications individually depending on how and when they are being used. To find the setting, right click on the Speaker Icon  near the clock at the bottom right of the window and click on  “Open Volume Mixer” and the window will show each program that is playing audio. Just use the slider to adjust the volume levels.
Some shortcuts to use with Internet Explorer
F1. Help.  F3. Toggle on/off search panel.  F4. Pull down address bar.  F5. Refresh current page.
F6. Move focus to address bar.  F11. Toggle on/off full screen mode.
Alt + (Left Arrow). Go back on history (same as Backspace).  Alt + (Right Arrow).  Go forward on history.
Ctrl + A. Select All.  Ctrl + C. Copy Selected.  Ctrl + E. Search panel.
Ctrl + F. Find(on page).  Ctrl + H. Toggle History panel. Ctrl + I. Toggle Favorites panel.

The difference between  Forward Slash and Backslash;  which way is which?
 Forward slash is /, and backslash is \. Remember that the name tells me in which direction the top of the slash points.  Forward slashes tell your computer you’re looking for something external to your system, like web pages.  Backslashes tell your computer you’re looking for something inside your system, like a drive or a file.
What the F-key? F1 through F12 these are called Function Keys
Function keys have many, many uses, some of which are specific to the program that’s running at the time. They’re mainly used as shortcuts or in conjunction with the CTRL, ALT, and Shift keys. This only deals with the first 4 keys.F1- Typically pressing this brings up the help file for the program you’re currently in.   F2 – This F-key is used to rename stuff.    F3 – Used to bring up the search function in Windows, but varies for other programs     F4 – In Internet Explorer the F4 key opens the address bar. Even though I said I wouldn’t be mentioning any extra key commands until later, I must mention that pressing ALT + F4 will close any active program. Careful with this one!
If you want to print just a portion of a webpage, highlight the part you want to print and then right click on that you will see a “print selected passage” on the menu. Click this and it will just print the highlighted part. You can’t print separated passages this way but would have to copy and paste those into a word document before printing. To change Display in windows 7 taskbar, Go to Control Panel/Personalization/Select Windows Basic or Windows Classic.
Internet Security. Don’t use Bittorrent or Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Sharing Software to illegally download music, movies, software,etc. To begin with, using Bittorrent, or P2P Sharing software to download something which is pirated or illegal is…well illegal. But it has become so popular that you can’t resist right? Hackers noticed this as well, which is why these “systems” tend to not only be clogged with your favorite tunes, but also full of viruses, trojans and malware
To save a picture from a web page to your computer, just right-click the image and select “Save Image As…” from the menu that pops up. If you really like the picture, you can even set it as your wallpaper from that same menu by choosing “Set as background”. Just make sure the image is big enough. If it’s too small, it won’t work very well.
To find out what version of a program you have, open the program and then click on Help. In the drop down menu you get will be an entry for About - the program – Click this and you will get a new window and among the information supplied will be the Version Number. This is always important when you are offered a new version to download. You should always have the most up to date version if it comes as a free download
If you are shopping on the internet and you want up to date information about the product before you buy it. Go to www.Get.com and You ask a question, people answer and the answers are displayed based on the number of votes they get. The main focus is on product/shopping reviews and the site even goes as far as finding the best prices on the internet for a certain product. But remember this  is an American site and prices and sites will mainly be American. You will need to sign up for an account but it is free.
If your icons on your desktop are to small in Windows 7 and you want to make them bigger so that you can identify them, click into an empty space on your desktop, then holding your Ctrl key down use your scroll wheel in the centre of your mouse until the icons are the size you want. Release your Ctrl key and your icons are the size you can see.
To stop all nuisance calls you should register your home phone and now also your mobile phone number on www.donotcall.gov.au registration lasts for 5 years. You do not stop charities or religious originations’ from ringing you and any association that you are registered with, but you only have to ask a caller from outside these groups if they know that you are registered and THEY hang up. Details of how to register by telephone are also on the website.
If you only want to print part of a document, email or website highlight the part you want, right click on the highlighted section and select dopy from the menu. This saves the section you highlighted to the clipboard. Open a blank Word document and click paste. You can now print this and/or save this to the hard drive. If after you have printed what you want you can discard the word document by saying do not save when you close the document.

Did you know that you can stream your favourite Radio Program over the Internet. You need to go to the Station homepage and get the correct broadcast. The program will either use Windows Media Player or Flash Player(can be downloaded if you don’t have it). You often get better reception on the computer. Save the correct page to Favourites  and you can click it on anytime you want it.

There is a separate Volume Control for Programs in Windows 7.
Windows 7 is nice enough to have individual volume controls for each application that's open, so not only can you change how loud your system sounds are, but you can also separately adjust the volume of your games, too!
Just click the little speaker icon located on the far right side of your taskbar and select Mixer. You should get a listing of all the sound-making programs currently open. Now simply adjust to your liking and hit the “X” in the upper right-hand corner.
And don't worry, these settings are saved for each game/application, even after you restart!
If you're not sure if you can trust a certain site or not? What do you do then?
This type of problem is pretty common and in the past, it has left you wondering what to do.
The answer is a service by Google called Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic. With this tool, you can type a Web address into your browser's address bar and get a report from Google, telling you whether the site is safe or not. Here's how you do it:  First, you will need this address: http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=www.worldstart.com
If you copy the exact address from above and paste it into your Web browser, you will get a report about www.worldstart.com then decide if you want to go there or not.
You should never defrag a flash drive. Flash drives do not have a read/write head, so if you were to defrag one, you wouldn't get any extra performance benefits from it whatsoever. Basically, without a read/write head, flash drives don't have to work any harder to find your files. Your files can be laid out in any order and your flash drive will still be just as fast when finding them for you. Still not convinced? Then keep reading!

Another reason why you should never defrag a flash drive is because flash memory wears out over time. Basically, the more you write (saving files, etc.) to your flash drive, the shorter its lifespan will be. And since defragging is a huge write process, every time you do it, you're adding thousands of extra writes to your device that just aren't necessary. So, if you've been continuously defragging your flash drives, you should stop. If you want your flash drive to last you a long while, simply stop the defrags. You won't get any benefit from it and you'll just end up with a broken down flash drive for no reason at all. Go and defrag your hard drive instead.!
A Safe Way To Close Suspicious Popup Windows.
If you're surfing the Internet and you encounter a popup Window with no apparent way to close it - what should you do? Tap the "Alt" + "F4" key and you'll close the window in focus. This is also a good way to close Popup windows that may be trying to goad you into installing spyware. Some types of pop-ups will install spyware regardless of where you click on it, including the X in the top right corner. So, if you encounter a situation with a popup and you're not sure what to do, you're always safe closing that window with the "Alt" + "F4" key combination.
A quick way to create a new folder. Simply go to the location where you'd like to create a new folder and press Ctrl+Shift+N. A new folder will appear and all you have to do is type a name for it! Quick and easy!
Oh, and this shortcut even works to create a new folder on your desktop, too!
Here's a quick tip for everyone out there using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. If you want to lock your computer the quick way
 Just press your Windows Key + L

If you find when trying to change something that instead of moving the text to the right to accommodate the addition, the text was overwritten? Use the Insert key, and you'll overwrite instead of insert.
One of the most important things on your computer is your email address book. If your computer crashes unless you have backed it up and saved it elsewhere you will have lost all your email addresses and we don’t have them written down. To back up your address book in Outlook Express open The Address book from the file menu click Export click as WAB and then call the file by your name Save to My Docs and then send a copy to your flash drive, In Windows Mail open your contacts list click Export on the menu bar save as CSV file, click export. Back up to flash drive. In Moxilla Thunderbird you will find the export function in the Tools Menu. You can update your backed up version at any time. If you loose your address book reinstall it from the back up using the import option from your flash drive. EMAIL PROBLEMS WITH GMAIL - When you open new messages, some images may not appear immediately. Gmail disables images to protect you from unknown senders, like spammers, who use images and links to verify that your email address is real. Here's how to view those images: Sign in to Gmail. Open the message. Click Display images below in the green box above your message. Or, if you'd like to always view images from a particular sender, click Always display images from sender@domain.com instead. If you choose to always display images from a particular sender, you can disable this functionality at any time by following these steps:Sign in to Gmail. Open the message. Click show details at the top of the message pane. Click Don't display from now on. .At the moment, you can't set Gmail to display all images from any sender; you must do this on a per-contact basis.

There has been a lot of publicity about Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. Remember to install all updates for these programs. Everyone should have updated their Internet Explorer to Version 8 by now. If you are unsure which version you are using open the browser and go to help and click on about Internet Explorer. This will tell you what version you are running. If it is not version 8 download it and install it now then make sure you get the updates for it. There has been a patch put out for the problem so if you are up to date there shouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise swap to either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. These are not Microsoft products and therefore are not targeted by viruses etc as often.

To make your printer’s ink or toner cartridges last longer in your word processing program, click File, Print, Properties. This opens the printer properties for your printer. Locate the entry that lets you configure the print quality and if there is an option to do so choose Draft instead of Normal. If this isn’t an option choose Greyscale. This prints all documents in only black if you want colour follow the above directions and choose colour. When you have printed the document again turn on Draft or Greyscale. If you want to email files or even photos that you think might be too big for the recipients mail box then you need to zip them up to make them smaller. Some people use extra programs to do this but all versions of Windows since 98 have a zip built in. Go to your Documents file and find the file you want to send,  Right Click, Click Send to, Click Compressed (zipped) folder. This will zip you folder and place it beside the normal folder. You can tell the zipped folder by the icon. Go ahead now and attach to your email in the normal way. But look at the 2 folders and you can see the difference in size.

If you want to save your password on some sites that you visit regularly and they never save then go to Tools in your Browser (Internet Explorer) the Internet options, click on Privacy Tab, click Advanced. Select "Override automatic cookie handling" box and click "Always allow session cookies." Then try to save your password.

If you use gmail you can import it into Outlook Express and use it from there and manage your account in this program. Log onto your gmail account choose Help and then click POP Access, configure your email client: select Outlook Express and you will get the instructions to configure your software.
You can run Windows 7 if you have 1gig of ram or more and your CPU runs at 1GHz or better, you can download and run the upgrade advisor from Microsoft from Microsoft Downloads, run it and it will tell you if you can run Windows 7. For a Home Computer you only need Windows 7 Home Premium. Other versions are for business. Software that runs in Vista will usually run in Windows 7 or you can get an upgrade online. Not all software that works in XP will work in Windows 7 and there are not always upgrades although Windows 7 can sometimes make the program think it is running in XP – this is one of the new features of Windows 7. When you install Internet Explorer 8 (offered as part of Windows Update) you will find some new thing present. One of the best thing is now you can turn on InPrivate Browsing anytime you want to do some banking or are using a password. This ensures that there is no record on your computer. Unfortunately you have to turn it on every time you want to use it. Open Internet Explorer and go to Safety and click on InPrivate  Browsing, then open your webpage over the top. In Private will stay in your address bar until you close your browser.

You may have accidentally disabled the view of a toolbar.To put it back:

   Open the View menu./Select Toolbars/Select the Toolbar you want to appear.

   Once you do this, the toolbar will reappear automatically.

The website www.makeuseof.com is excellent for lists of links to websites that feature free software, utilities, tech tips and much more. Also has a blog and RSS feed, its usually updated daily.

FORWARD AND BACKWARD SLASHES - Forward slash is /, and backslash is \. The name tells you in which direction the top of the slash points. A forward slash tells your computer you're looking for something external to your system, like web pages. Back slashes tells your computer you're looking for something inside your system, like a drive or a file..

If you are having some problems with your computer and you want to check that your hard drive doesn"t have  problem, in XP & Vista double click My Computer, highlight your hard drive and right click click on Properties, and Click Tools, Error Checking. Make sure that you ' Automatically fix file system errors & Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. You will be told that this will happen at the next start up. Click Okay and this will happen it takes a while particularly if this finds a problem and your computer will not be able to be used until it has finished.

To forward emails you have received ,fill in "To" space ,and remove the old headers, and email addresses in body of email  before sending. No changes  to email can be made until you have clicked the "Forward button"

If you click the reply button when using Outlook Express or windows Mail and you get the original message in your display, follow these directions to remove it. Open Outlook Express/Windows Mail, go to Tools 'Options. Click on the Tab Send and remove the ' from the box beside ' Include Message in Reply'.  Click Apply and OK. This gives you a blank email message area when you click reply.


Email Scams. There are lots of emails about at the moment asking for personal details and log in passwords. Do not respond to any of these emails before first checking with the purported sender to find out if it is a scam. Remember Banks do not send emails. ISP's (Internet Service Providers i.e. Bigpond) do not ask you to Log on and put in your password. If you are unsure always ring the help line. There are also new varieties of the Nigerian Scan about don't respond to these just delete them and run you antispyware program to ensure that your computer is clean.


Some useful websites if you are planning to travel

Flights        www.webjet.com         www.jetabroad.com.au
Car Hire    www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au     www.carhire.com.au     www.diycarhire.com.au    www.fetchcarhire.com.au
Hotels        www.hotelscombined.com.au 

For Free Tips and Software try www.makeuseof.com . This site is good for lists of links to websites that feature free software, utilities, tech tips and much more. It also has a blog and RSS feed. It is usually updated daily.

If you're unsure if an email is spam, Right-click the message, choose Properties'Details Tab and click Message Source. Scroll down to read the message contents. Click Close and cancel. If the message is Spam you can then delete it without opening it.


To make your printer's ink/toner cartridges last longer Click' File' Print' Properties, dialogue for your particular Printer. Locate the entry that lets you configure the print quality and if there is an option to do so choose Draft instead of Normal. Draft quality is usually good enough for most document printing but can be changed for particular documents or photos if necessary. It will save a lot of ink/toner.

If you are tired of the message from Microsoft asking you to send and error message it can be turned off in XP operating systems. Go to System in the Control Panel and under the Advanced Tab click the button marked error reporting. Select 'disable error reporting' and the message will disappear when you have a problem.

If you have the address of a website that you want to visit, put it into the address bar of your browser not into a search engine eg Google. The address bar will take you straight to the page, where as the browser may have pages of unrelated results before you find the page you want.


If you encounter an error message when using a program, you can help with it by typing the error message you receive into a search engine such as Google. Pages will come up in the search results with information provided by others who have had the same problem and may explain what to do to fix the issue. This can make fixing the problem much quicker than trying to work it out for yourself, or paying for someone to do it for you.

Drag-n-Drop file attachments

Outlook Express lets you easily attach a file from your desktop (or any other folder) by dragging the file into the message area of your e-mail. It will be automatically inserted as a file attachment. Equally you can drag the file attachments from received mail to your desktop or any other folder.

To update your computer for the changes to daylight saving go to www.microsoft.com.au On this page there is a box to click to update your computer. Click 'Click here'. You will be taken through a series of screens. Read the screens and follow the directions and click on the appropriate answers and click 'next' until you have completed the install of this update. Your computer will now be set up for the changes to daylight saving. You have to be on line to do this.

THREE WAYS TO RENAME A FILE

  1. You could click the file name once to highlight, click a second time to make it available to change, then type in the new file name. 
  2. Right click the file and choose "Rename". This will highlight the file name allowing you to type in a new one.
  3. Hold down the Alt key and double click the file to open the Properties box. Type the new name in the name box.

Don't forget once the title is highlighted you can start typing immediately

If you are having trouble seeing the icons on your toolbars and want to increase their size. Open word. Click on "Tools" menu and choose "Customize". Click on "Options" and place a tick in the "large icons" option. You will get a preview of what it will look like if you keep the new settings. If you are happy with this click "close". If you are not happy take the tick out of "large icons" and it will remain the same as before. To move the cursor along a line of text one word at a time in an email or Word document, hold the Control key down as you press the left or right arrow keys. This is a quick way to move a word at a time without using the mouse.
If you have a file or folder (text or photos) that is too big to send via email, you don't need to burn it to disk and post it by snail mail.  You sign on to www.yousendit.com which provides a secure online storage area where you can upload files through your web browser. You then send the other person an email containing the web address for this digital drop-box and they download the file or folder through their browser.

If you receive Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents from friends that you cannot open even though you have Office or one or all of the Viewer programs then you need to download a file called File Format Converters from Microsoft.  This allows any version of Office after 2000 to read any file done in any version of Office.

You need to download this file from Microsoft Downloads and then install it on your computer. The file size is 27.5MG. If you have a problem with not enough download left for the month if you have a flash drive you can get a copy of the file from the club as both trainers computers have it saved in downloads.

If you have upgraded your Internet Explorer to 7 you will have problems accessing the Members Page on the club Website. To fix this problem do the following:

Open control Panel click on Internet Options.      Go to tab marked security and click.        Click on Sites.  Click on green tick labelled trusted sites.  Click on Sites.  A new window will open with space for you to 'Add this webpage to Zone'.  Type in  http://www.scccc.org.au/members.html make sure that you type this correctly.   Click Add.  Make sure that there is No tick in the box 'Requires server verification (https:)  sites in this zone. Click on Close then OK . Close the control Panel. Check out the members page now.

Use Large Icons

You can enlarge the icons on your screen to make them easier to see or to access by choosing the Large icons option. This procedure tells you how to select this option through Display Properties in Control Panel.

On the Start menu - Select Control Panel

1.    In Control Panel: (Be sure you are in Classic View, i.e. all Control Panel icons are showing, if not, under Control Panel in the left pane, select Switch to Classic View.) - Select Display.

2.    In the Display Properties dialog box - Select the Appearance tab AND Select the Effects button.

3.    In the Effects dialog box - Select Use large icons AND Select OK twice.

4.    To close Control Panel - Select the Close button.

For those people who do not have Office but get documents in Word, Excel or PowerPoint and are unable to open these documents there are downloads that can be obtained from Microsoft that will allow you to view and save these documents and even send them on. Go to www.microsoft.com.au and click on the Download Centre. The three documents are PowerPoint Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, or Word Viewer 2003. Do not get the 2007 versions. You need to download these and install then 1 at a time. If you only want one only download and install one. The 2003 versions will let you open any version of these programs.

Thinking of upgrading to Vista. The first thing to do, before you even think of buying vista, is to download Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. It will test your system for compatibility within your hardware/programs, and will provide you with a general idea of whether this is something you want to tackle with your current system. You can print the results of this and then you know what has to be done before you even think of buying Vista. There are 4 different versions of Vista. The home user should buy the Home Premium Version. Remember we are also eligible to buy the Academic version.

To organise your Favorites Menu into Alphabetical order ' an option that is not listed in Organise. Open your Favorites Menu in the Tool Bar Menu and Right click anywhere on the list. A new menu appears choose 'Sort by Name' and double click.

Microsoft is preparing to release their new Operating System called Vista in the New Year. Just to remind people your old system will still be able to do everything you do not have to rush out and buy the new system. It is often better if you really want to update, to wait until all the bugs are worked out of the new system before indulging yourself. From the time the new system is launched ' supposedly February ' most new machines will come with the new Operating System installed.

For those people who must have the new system and want to know if their present system can be upgraded the following is a list of requirements in your current system to install Vista on that system.


 Vista requirements

Have you ever secretly thought that you're a little sharper than your computer illiterate friends'  According to the latest research, you're probably right.  Using your computer - whether you're e-mailing searching the Internet or playing computer games, will keep you on the ball for longer.   These activities provide good mental stimulation, that can help prevent the onset of dementia, says Jillian Krill, a professor at the University of Sydney.  However playing video games should not be confused with watching a lot of television, which is more damaging than beneficial, professor Krill warns.

Aware of these benefits for your mind, Nintendo has designed a game specifically for senior citizens.  The new Nintendo 'brain training' game has been launched in Japan and the United States and is to come to Australia later this year. 'Brain Age' is designed to 'train your brain' in a few minutes each day.  Designed for the Nintendo DS console, this touch screen game challenges users to complete a range of tasks, such as puzzle solving, drawing lines and connecting numbers in order and other brain stimulating activities.  Users are told their 'brain age' according to the speed and accuracy of with which they can complete the game.

This is part of the backlash against young people playing too many mindless computer games, sitting inside for hours on end, at the expense of their fitness and even their skills of interaction with others.  Nintendo's new program is part of a growing trend among computer game producers towards getting their users' brains' into shape', using our love of computer games for our own good.

Reproduced from the Sydney St George Branch of A.I.R. Newsletter

To increase or decrease the font size for text in a Microsoft Word Document, select the text and press Control] to increase or Control[to decrease the font size. When you select text with multiple font sizes, all sizes are altered by the same amount.

This is for everyone over 45 whose eyesight isn't what it used to be. It's very useful when trying to read small e-mail print (especially in the early hours).If you hold down the Ctrl key on your key board and turn the small wheel in the middle of your mouse, the print size will change - it will either get larger or smaller - depending on which way you turn the wheel.

Do you use your keyboard to help navigate whilst working' Try the below: Press the key and then the letter. Don't use the + sign as well!

Display or hide the Start menu.    Windows key
Show the desktop.    Windows key +D
Minimize all windows.    Windows key +M
Restores minimized windows.    Windows key +Shift +M
Open My Computer.    Windows key +E
Search for a file or folder.    Windows key +F
Display Windows Help.    Windows key +F1
Open the Run dialog box.    Windows key +R

Use the Menu key (next to the right side Control key) to display a shortcut menu of possible actions for the selected item.
                                                    (Edited from Windows Help Files)

A wildcard character is a keyboard character such as an asterisk (*) or a question mark (') that is used to represent one or more characters when you are searching for files, folders, printers, computers, or people. Wildcard characters are often used in place of one or more characters when you do not know what the real character is or you do not want to type the entire name.
 

Asterisk* Use the asterisk as a substitute for zero or more characters. If you are looking for a file that you know starts with "gloss" but you cannot remember the rest of the file name, type the following: gloss* This locates all files of any file type that begin with "gloss" including Glossary.txt, Glossary.doc, and glossy.doc. To narrow the search to a specific type of file, type: gloss*.doc This locates all files that begin with "gloss" but have the file name extension .doc, such as Glossary.doc and Glossy.doc

Question Mark' Use the question mark as a substitute for a single character in a name.

Example: if you type gloss'.doc you will locate the file Glossy.doc or Gloss1.doc but not Glossary.doc.
(Reprinted from a Windows Help article)

Add a toolbar to the Taskbar for quick and easy access to a frequently used folder. Right click on the Taskbar, make sure that Lock Taskbar has a tick next to it or click to add one.

Next, from the Toolbars drop down menu click on "New Toolbar."

Navigate through the the  Dialogue box to select the folder, or sub folder that you wish to add.

The new toolbar can now be seen on the right-hand side of the taskbar next to the Notification area.

Click on the arrows next to it at any time to open a file from it.

Organize your Favourites in Internet Explorer. With the program open select Organize Favourites from the Favourites drop down menu ... in the dialogue box that now opens you may create a new folder, give it a suitable name and then drag relevant favourite sites into that folder.

You may also delete no longer needed Favourites and or folders, rename them and also drag folders in the list to appear alphabetically.

Right click on a name to choose to create a Desktop shortcut.

Do you use the AutoShapes' If you do and want to repeat a shape several times or use a selection of shapes, then there is a faster way than copying and pasting one and then returning to the toolbar to choose another similar shape. E.g. perhaps you would like a variety of stars in your document.

Solution: - Choose a shape type from AutoShape menu by pointing and accessing the sub menu.

When this submenu is displayed, move mouse pointer to the top of it and drag to create a floating toolbar.

Double click any shape to make it available for multiple uses, click the shape again to turn function off.

Floating toolbars can also be created from the Draw menu options.

OVERLOAD  

Many of the extra programs you can add to your computer will place heavy demands on your graphics card. Make sure you are running the latest video card drivers, especially if you're still using the default drivers that came with Windows. It's always a good idea to use the latest display drivers available for your graphics card.

Vendors are constantly releasing new drivers to add features, improve performance and fix bugs.

You can usually download new drivers from your manufacturer's Web site. As I use my PC more and more it is becoming difficult to keep track of my files. What can I do'

You must keep reviewing your filing system e.g. a Finance folder may become littered with files, accounts, budget planners, credit cards etc. Create a folder for each of these topics. You can then keep, or nest all these folders inside the Finance folder. Opening the Finance folder reveals the sub-folders. In future, save to the relevant sub-folder.

Format Painter copies the formatting of fonts; their size, colour and even a paragraph border etc. from a selected object or text and applies it to the next object or text you click.

When using the Format Painter:

  • Select the text or object that has the formatting you want to copy.
  • On the Standard toolbar, click Format Painter.  
  • Select the text or object you wish to format, and the formatting appears automatically.
  • If you double-click Format Painter, you can copy the selected formatting to several locations.
  • Click the Format Painter button again or press ESC. to turn off Format Painter.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PC CRASHES

You might be working happily on your computer when suddenly the screen freezes or the mouse no longer seems to function a so-called crash occurs. Don't despair, there are a series of steps you can follow to resolve the problem.

Wait a while.

The first thing to do is wait! Pressing more keys will just add to the computer's problems, perhaps even create a crash. Your computer could be taking its time doing something.

Pressing the CTRL + ALT + DELETE key combination (all at the same time) presents you with an on-screen window, which you can use as a starting point for escaping a crash.

Click on (highlight) the program you want to close, and then click End Task. Repeat to close other programs. Close the window to see if your computer is working again; if it is, first save all your work before continuing.

If your computer still doesn't respond, press CTRL + ALT + DELETE again then try clicking   SHUT DOWN in the dialogue box. If the previous step doesn't work press the Reset button (the smaller button below the Power switch on the systems box). Turn off the power switch as a last resort.

On your Web browser, you can use the View Menu/Source to see the HTML code that is used in this and other Web sites. It may look complicated, but there are only a few simple rules.

It is easy to make graphics of  sections of your programs and documents by using the "Print Screen" function of your computer and pasting into a graphics program such as Paint (already on your computer).

As I use my PC more and more it is becoming difficult to keep track of my files. What can I do'

You must keep reviewing your filing system e.g. a Finance folder may become littered with files, accounts, budget planners, credit cards etc. Create a folder for each of these topics. You can then keep, or nest all these folders inside the Finance folder. Opening the Finance folder reveals the sub-folders. In future, save to the relevant sub-folder.

Useful Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
* Alt + Home     Go to your home page
* Backspace      Go to the previous page
* Up arrow         Scroll upwards
* Down arrow    Scroll downwards
* Page up           Scroll up in larger increments
* Page down      Scroll down in larger increments
* Home             Go to the top of the page
* End                 Go to the bottom of the page

* Ctrl +F     Find on this page
* Ctrl + B    Open the Organize Favorites dialogue
* Ctrl + N   Open a new browser window
* Ctrl + W   Close the current browser window
* Ctrl + D    Add the current page to your Favourites.           
* Ctrl + E    Open Search in Explorer Bar
* Ctrl + H    Open History in Explorer Bar
* Ctrl + Enter   Add www to the beginning and "com" to the end of text typed in the address bar.

* F5      Refresh the current Web page
* F11    Toggle between full screen and the regular view of the browser window.
Some Keyboard Shortcuts
* F1:  Help
* CTRL + ESC   Open start menu
* ALT + TAB: Switch between programs
* SHIFT + DELETE   Delete permanently
* ALT + F4 Quit program

Windows Programs Key combinations.
CTRL + C     Copy
CTRL + X;     Cut
CTRL + V     Paste
CTRL + Z;   Undo
CTRL + Y     Redo
CTRL + B;     Bold
CTRL + U     Underline  
CTRL + I     Italic

General Keyboard Only commands
* F1: Starts Windows Help
* F12: Activates Save As dialogue box
* SHIFT + F10: 0pens a shortcut menu for the selected item, this is the same as right clicking an object with the mouse.

When was the last time you used the "right" button on your mouse to find out what it can do'

EXPERT  TIP
Make sure you only have one anti-virus program installed on your computer at any one time. If you already have anti-virus software but still want to try another, remember to uninstall your original software first.

DELETING TABLES. If you select a table and press Delete, the contents of the table are deleted and not the table. To delete the entire table either select it (by clicking on the crossed arrows in a square at the top left outer corner) or have the cursor inside the table, click the Table menu, point to Delete and choose Table.

A GOOD IDEA. Never connect or disconnect your keyboard, monitor or mouse when your PC is on. Shut down first.

ANOTHER GOOD IDEA. If you take up a trial offer, make a note of the information you will need if you decide to cancel

PLUS ONE MORE. When using the Undo Button click on the arrow next to the button and you will see a list of previous actions.         Click on an item in the list to undo to that point..

SAVE       SAVE      SAVE.

Blackouts, computer lock-ups, accidental key-strokes, exiting a program wrongly, etc. etc. (you probably know them all too well) can be so frustrating when you lose even 10 minutes work, and most of this can be prevented.

It is good practice to save your files in the usual fashion at frequent intervals by using Save or Save As. An excellent tip that will stand you in good stead is to use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + S) at every interval when you stop typing for a while. This will ensure that your file is up to date, should your machine crash or you accidentally close down or delete your file.

Q - My screen quickly becomes full of open windows. Can I keep it tidy'

A - Yes. Double click on My Computer and then the Tools menu Folder Options. In the Browse folders panel under the General tab click on the radio button for Open each folder in the same window. Finally, click on Apply, and then OK                            

Photography.

In Photoshop Elements: Enhance Brightness / Contrast Levels

Use the eyedroppers. The best way of using the levels is via the eyedroppers. Use the left one to set the dark areas, the middle one to set the midtones, and the right one to set the brightest areas. Start by clicking the left eyedropper and then clicking on a black area of the image. Use the right eyedropper and click on a light area. INSTANT LIFT!

Make your Adjustments.  Use the Input and Output levels for more precise adjustments.

Experiment by dragging both sets of sliders.

BCC = Blind Carbon Copy. If you email several people, use the BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) field to build your address list.

You won't use up the "To" field, and you won't compromise people's privacy because BCC means recipients will only see their own email address.

Some Spam filters block emails with a blank "To" field, so put your address there.

To display the BCC field: select View all "headers" in Outlook Express.

Windows XP does not list your most recently used documents in a folder accessible from the Start menu. 

If you would like to have it do so: right click the Start button and then from the menu displayed click on Properties, under the Start Menu tab click the Customize button and next under the Advanced tab click to insert a tick in the small square to List my most recently used documents. Click on OK and then Apply in the final Dialogue box shown.

You will now see My Recent Documents entered under the My Documents folder on the right-hand side of the Start menu. This list will display the most recent 15 documents that you have opened. Just click on a name to open that document; although this will not be possible if it has been sent to the Recycle Bin, or if it has been saved to a floppy disk you will need to have the same floppy in the computer ready for the file to be retrieved and able to be used.



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