- "Tricks and Other Neat Stuff" -


"Print Size" - When you find the print size on a web page or e-mail message the wrong size for your liking, hold down the CTRL Key and tap the Plus ( + ) key to make the print larger and hold down the CTRL key and tap the Minus ( - ) key to make it smaller.
Note: Outlook Express does not have this feature in e-mail. Thunderbird, Seamonkey, and Mozilla e-mail do.


"Note Pad" - To print, copy, or save only a portion of what is in an e-mail message, take advantage of the program "Note Pad"

Simply highlight what you want to print, copy, or save from a Web Page or an E-Mail message and then I copy (Paste) it into "Note Pad"

"Note Pad" is a very simple little Word Processor without all the Whistles and Bells and it is a very simple matter to copy (Paste) information into it and then if needed to do a little straightening up and editing and then either print it out or save it to the Hard Drive for future use.

"Note Pad" is a vary handy little program to have around and it is suggested you make an Icon for your Desk Top to make "Note Pad" readily available for use.

"Note Pad" is limited in what it can handle and when it will not load a file because of size, I use Note Pad's big brother "Word Pad" and I also have a Short Cut Icon on my DeskTop for "Word Pad".


"The "Windows" Key" - On most modern keyboards, there is a key identified by this symbol,.  This is called the "Windows Key" and most User's will probably have already discovered it's purpose is to Display and Hide the START Menu.

You might not know, The Windows Key is also part of a Hot Key setup that will load the program "Windows Explorer" - You do this by holding down the Windows Key and Press the "E" Key.

"Windows Explorer" is a must learn File Management Program used for Renaming, Moving, Copying, Deleting, Organizing and otherwise handling all the files associated with your computer.


"Help for the Caps Lock Key" - Accidentally hitting the Caps Lock key and typing everything in upper case is irritating. It's especially aggravating if you don't immediately realize you're typing in upper case.

You can avoid this situation by adding a sound to the Caps Lock key.

Go into Control Panel and double click Accessibility Options. Select the Keyboard tab. Check Use ToggleKeys. Click OK.

This will also set sounds for Num Lock and Scroll Lock.


"Switching Upper and Lower Case Letters in MS-Word" - Did you know that in Microsoft Word, Pressing the F3 Key while holding down the Shift Key will toggle the highlighted text to Lower Case or Initial Caps or All Upper Case.
"Short Cut or Hot Keys" - Some computer function can be performed by using certain key combinations. CTRL-ALT-DELETE is one of the most common and is used to reboot the computer when all else fails. (AND sometimes even that won't work)

A few other key combinations are as follows:...

Holding Down the CTRL Key and pressing the associate key achieves:...
CTRL     X = Cut
CTRL     C = Copy
CTRL     V = Paste
CTRL     Z = Delete
CTRL     A = Select All
CTRL    ESC = Pops up START Menu
ALT      F4 = Terminates a Program
ALT      F4 = Also Closes Windows - After ALL Programs Close


"Memory Aide" - Once your computers has been in use for awhile it usually has Folders all over the place.

A few months after making a new Folder and putting files in it, The Head Dunce will often times have trouble remembering just what the Folder and Files are for.

This happens most often when I download programs or files from the internet and then forget the WHO-WHAT-WHEN-WHY of what I was doing at the time.

To help me with this senility problem I developed the habit of making myself little "Z-README.TXT" files in lots of the Folders on my computer.

I create these files with "Note Pad" and then use "Note Pad" to keep these little TEXT Files updated to tell me what the files are for in this particular Folder.

I do that now with most every download because I know sooner or later I won't recall where the files came from or what they're for.

So, lots and lots of my folders have a file with the same name of Z-README.TXT and when I see it I know it is my own information file about that particular Folder.

I add the "Z" to the file name to place the file on the bottom of the file listing in alphabetical order and this way I know where it is located among all the files.


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