|Computing Tips and Advice|
Look below for a variety of computing tips!
Use the right mouse button for clicking on things, this way you can display a comprehensive menu of tools and options. All the main properties and things you can do with a particular icon, word, tool, button are then displayed.
As a general rule when inside your computer - make sure you make a note where everything has come from, or else you end up with extra bits.
When playing older games, instead of using the MS-DOS Prompt in Windows, always Shut Down and then Restart in MS-DOS Mode as this is better.
When creating a folder, give it a name that best describes its contents, for example: Household Bills.
If you venture into the innards of your computer and realize it is dusty, the best solution is to buy a air duster, normally sold in an aerosol can. This product comes in very handy when you want to clean a keyboard. Never try to clean the innards of your computer with a vacuum cleaner for example, as this could damage various components, due to the static electricity produced.
If you plan on upgrading your computer, for example installing more memory, always remember installing it is the easy part. The hard part is knowing what to do if or when something goes wrong.
You'll only know how important it is to backup if you've ever lost data, remember to always backup and then make a second backup and keep saving your work regularly. Look out for a computing special on the site soon - 'Backing up your data'.
Remember, no plugs, sockets or connectors on a PC should ever require more than light finger pressure, if you have to force it then it’s the wrong socket or the wrong way around.
Optional cleaning job when inside your computer case – unplug and reseat cables going from the motherboard to the disc drives and remove and replace expansion cards and memory modules. This prevents a condition known as “contact creep”, where cycling temperatures inside the case causes components and connectors to expand and contract, which in extreme cases can unseat plugs and even cause microchips to rise up out of their sockets.
To select more
than one folder or file that aren’t together, hold down the Ctrl key and
click on each file or folder you want selected.
To copy the
window or screen contents / copy an image of the window that is currently
active press Alt + Print Screen or to copy an image of the entire screen,
press Print Screen.
If you find that your Start Menu is full up because you've got so much installed on your system. Then consider categorizing your list of programs. All you need to do is create folders to group your programs into categories of type, for example: Digital Imaging, Printing, Scanning etc. By doing this, it enables you to work more productively and you can apply the same procedure for email messages and favourites lists, by creating folders for the various categories required for your needs.
If you are ever on a website or web page and you notice that the address in the address bar begins with https:// instead of http://, this means that the connection is secure.
Create a separate email account for shopping and website registrations and remember to be creative with the address, due to spammers targeting addresses with common names.
don't open emails if you don't recognize the person who it's from,
especially if it contains an attachment, as it may be a virus.
To be able to spell check in English UK language in Word, go to edit, then select all. Then go to tools, language, set language, English UK, Default, Yes, OK.
To share documents with a user who may have different software installed, use the universal file format / type, called Rich Text Format (.rtf), which will retain the majority of the formatting, colours and fonts.
So, what's a tear-off palette? Well, a palette is a box of options - the cell fill colours in Excel that you get when you click on the downward arrow after the Fill Colour button, for example. If the palette has a darkish grey stripe at the top of it, it's a tear-off palette, meaning that it can be dragged away from the toolbar and made to float, giving you instant access to the choices within the palette. When you've finished using the palette it can be closed by clicking on the X in the usual way. There are loads of palettes throughout the Office products and it's certainly worth looking to see if you can tear them off if you need to use one a lot for a particular task.
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