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  February 4, 2013
Don't click the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of unsolicited emails

From SANS Institute:  Spam filters are catching most unwanted e-mail, but some might still reach you. Most spam is designed to get you to respond with your own email or to click a link to "unsubscribe." When you respond or click the "unsubscribe" link, the sender takes your email address and adds it to a SPAM database of active email addresses. You might then start to receive a large amount of SPAM in your inbox. Do not respond or click the "unsubscribe" links.

  February 11, 2013

From Barbara Feldman:  “My favorite go-to site for tips and breaking news about online security is Naked Security from Sophos. If you LIKE their Facebook page, you’ll get important and timely updates right in your Facebook news feed, which I find extremely valuable.”

February 18, 2013
Save your work frequently in the Academic Computer Labs and Libraries

You never know when there will be an electrical spike in the building or a lightning strike close by but either can turn off your computer.  Save yourself having to retype an essay or recreating a large spreadsheet simply by saving your work every 5 minutes.

  February 25, 2013

To get help when working in Microsoft Office use the shortcut vs. moving your cursor to the question mark.   Just hit the F1 key.

 March 4, 2013

If you only want to print on one side of a page and you are printing to an MFD you can do this if your computer has Windows 7 installed.  After you select “print” you can change the option from duplexing to single side before printing your document.

    March 11, 2013

To close all open programs, shut down windows, and turn off your computer from the keyboard just hit Alt and F4 at the same time.

    March 18, 2013

Have you ever wondered how fast your ISP really is compared to others? Check
out Netflix's ISP Speed Index to find out.

     March 25, 2013

INCREASE VIEWING AREA IN INTERNET EXPLORER

To increase the viewing area in Internet Explorer press function key F11. To restore the screen to normal press F11 again.

      April 1, 2013

TO START A NEW PAGE IN WORD

Press the Ctrl key followed by the Enter key.

May 6, 2013

SELECTING MORE THAN ONE CELL IN AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET

To select more than one cell click the left-hand mouse pointing at each cell in turn to be selected while holding down the Ctrl key.

   May 13, 2013

SELECTING ALL THE CELLS IN AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET.

To select all the cells click the left-hand mouse button while pointing at the blank rectangle about the 1 and to the left of the A (left-hand corner of the sheet).

 

June 17, 2013

TO START A NEW PAGE IN WORD

Press the Ctrl key followed by the Enter key.

 June 24, 2013

GO TO THE END OF A WORD DOCUMENT

Hold down the Ctrl key and press the End key.

July 1, 2013

GO TO THE BEGINNING OF A WORD DOCUMENT

Hold down the Ctrl key and press the Home key.

July 8, 2013

SELECTING A BLOCK OF TEXT IN WORD ETC.

Click the left-hand mouse button at the start of the text to be selected. Move the I-beam to the end of the text to be selected hold down the Ctrl key and press the left-hand mouse button.

July 15, 2013

SENDING A WEB PAGE TO A FRIEND

Internet Explorer users
Send a friend the web page you are viewing by clicking File, Send, and "Page by E-mail".

 August 5, 2013

TO PLAN A ROUTE DOOR TO DOOR USE GOOGLE MAPS

To try go to http://maps.google.co.uk/

 August 26, 2013

INDENTING IN TABLES IN WORD

To indent in a table press the Ctrl key and the Indent keys at the same time. If you press the Indent key only you move to the next cell not indent the text.

 September 30, 2013

ENLARGE TEXT IN WORD ETC.

Quickly enlarge text in Microsoft Word and most other PC text programs by first highlighting the text and pressing CTRL + Shift + > or press and hold CTRL + Shift + < to decrease the size of text.

October 7, 2013

CREATE A SHORT CUT TO A FAVORITE WEBPAGE

Create a PC shortcut key to a favorite web page by creating a shortcut to the web page or URL. Users using Internet Explorer can quickly do this by right clicking on an empty spot of a web page and click 'Create Shortcut'.

Once the shortcut has been created locate the shortcut and right click or view the properties of that shortcut.

In the shortcut properties assign a new shortcut key and click OK. Now when the shortcut key is pressed the web page will be automatically loaded.

 October 14, 2013

OPEN A LINK IN A NEW WINDOW

Open a link in a new Internet Explorer browser window by holding down the shift key on the keyboard and clicking on the link.

October 21, 2013

CLOSE ALL OPEN WINDOWS IN "ONE CLICK"

To close all open application in one click hold down the Ctrl key and individually click each of the open programs on the task bar once all buttons are selected click on one of the selected buttons with the right mouse button and click close.

October 28, 2013

FIND TEXT ON A WEB PAGE

Quickly find anything on the current page or frame by pressing CTRL + F.

November 4, 2013

MOUSE SHORTCUTS

Click, hold, and drag

Selects text from where you click and hold to the point you drag and let go.

Double-click

If double-click a word selects the complete word.

Double- click

Double-clicking on the left, center, or right of a blank line will make the alignment of the text left, center, or right aligned.

Double-click

Double-clicking anywhere after text on a line will set a tab stop.

Triple-click

Selects the line or paragraph of the text the mouse triple-clicked.

Ctrl + Mouse wheel

Zooms in and out of document.

November 11, 2013

MICROSOFT OFFICE - REPEAT ACTION KEY

Using the F4 key in Microsoft Office 2000 and above allows the user to repeat the last used action. For example if you have changed the font of a selected text and wish to change another portion of text to the same font, pressing F4 will do this for you automatically.


November 18, 2013

SAVE AN INTERNET PICTURE AS YOUR DESKTOP PICTURE

Quickly save a picture as your wallpaper by right clicking on an image and choosing set as wallpaper.

November 25, 2013

QUICKLY UNDO MISTAKES

Quickly undo mistakes in the majority of most PC Windows programs by pressing CTRL + Z.

December  2, 2013

QUICK SCROLL I NG USING THE SPACE BAR IN INTERNET EXPLORER

Quickly scroll one page at a time in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox by pressing the spacebar. Move back up a page at a time by pressing shift + spacebar.

December 9, 2013

CLOSE ALL OPEN WINDOWS

Hold down your shift key and click the X at the top right corner.

December  16, 2013

ENABLE THE WINDOWS SINGLE-CLICK OPTION

Users who have a hard time double-clicking or may be used to single-clicking an item to open it may wish the eliminate the double-click option in Windows. Open My Computer, Click Tools, Click Folder Options, in the General tab select the single-click to open an item option.


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