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Tips & Tricks

Post by thedon57 » Sat Oct 22, 2005 6:51 pm

This below is taken from a Computer Manual called Windows Advisor.
I have recently purchased it to try and help both old and new members who want to know more about what their computer can do for them.
I hope you find it helpful.

Part 1 of 3
Tip and Tricks

Use Keyboard Shortcuts.

The Windows interface is designed to be used with a mouse. It is often referred to as a 'point and click' interface as this precisely how you control most of the functions that Windows offers. However, if you spend the vast majority of your time typing at your keyboard, then taking your hands away to use your mouse can be inconvenient and not an efficient use of your time. Thankfully, Microsoft has built into Windows a set of keyboard shortcuts that you should try and commit to memory. After just a short time you will notice that your efficiency will improve as you can control the most common Windows features with a simple set of keyboard commands. Below you will see the most common keyboard commands for each of the currently available operating systems.

Windows system key combinations:

(a) F1: Help
(b) Ctrl + Esc: Open Start menu
(c) Alt + Tab: Switch between open programs
(d) Alt + F4: Quit programs
(e) Shift + Delete: Delete an item permanently

Windows program key combinations:

(a) Ctrl + C: Copy
(b) Ctrl + A: Select all
(c) Ctrl + X: Cut
(d) Ctrl + V: Paste
(e) Ctrl + Z: Undo
(f) Ctrl + B: Bold
(g) Ctrl + U: Underline
(h) Ctrl + I: Italic

General keyboard commands:

(a) Shift +F10: Open the context menu of the selected item (this is just as if you had right-clicked on the item).
(b) Shift: Press and hold down the shift key as you insert a CD-ROM to bypass its auto run features.
(c) Alt + Space: Displays the system menu of any open and active window (allowing you to restore, move, resize, minimise or maximise the windows).

If you have a keyboard with the Windows Flag on it, you have a set of extra keyboard shortcuts that you can use:

(a) Flag: Start Menu
(b) Flag + R: Run dialogue box
(c) Flag + M: Minimise all
(d) Shift + Flag + M: Undo minimize all
(e) Flag + F1: Help
(f) Flag + E: Windows Explorer
(g) Flag + F: Find files or folders
(h) Flag + D: Minimises all open windows and displays the desktop
(i) Ctrl + Flag + F: Find computer



One little-used feature of Windows is called StickyKeys. Designed to help Wndows users with disabilities who find it hard to press two or more keys simultaneously to execute a keyboard shortcut. These can also be used if you find it more efficient to press one key at a time of a keyboard combination to perform the task you want. StickyKeys can be used with any keyboard combination that uses the Alt, Shift or Ctrl keys. To activate and then set-up StickyKeys, follow these steps:

1 To activate StickyKeys press the Shift key five times, or click Start >Settings > Control Panel > Double-click Accessibility Options.
2 Place a tick in the first checkbox to switch StickyKeys on.
3 Click Apply. You will see the StickyKeys icon appear in your system tray.
4 Click the Settings button.
5 Put a tick in the first checkbox so that you can switch StickyKeys on and off by pressing the Shift key five times.
6 Click OK.
7 Click Apply.
8 Click OK to close the dialogue box.

If you now want to copy and paste some text for instance, instead of having to press the Ctrl + C keys together, you just need to press the Ctrl key first and then the C key. Your text will be copied to the Windows clipboard. If you now use the paste keyboard shortcut of Ctrl + V your text will be pasted to the location of your choice.

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Part 2 of Tips & Tricks

Post by thedon57 » Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:29 pm

Part 2 of Tips and Tricks taken from The Window Advisor Manual.

Add Control Panel to your Start Menu

If you access the Control Panel a great deal on your computer, you can move this so it is more easily accessible via the Start button on your desktop. With this simple change you will then be able to move directly to the icon within Control Panel as easily as you choose a program from your Start Menu list. Follow these steps to add a Control Panel folder to your Start Menu:

1. Right-click Start > Explorer
2. Navigate to the Start Menu folder. You will find this within the Windows folder
3. Click File > New > Folder
4. Enter the following name for the folder. Pay special attention to where the hyphens appear:
Control Panel. {21EC2020-3AEA-1060-A2DD-08002B30309D}
5. Press Enter on your keyboard. A new folder will now be created in the Start Menu folder. If you now Click the Start button again, you will see that this new folder is now visible. If you use your mouse to move to the folder, it will open allowing you to choose just the feature you would like to use.


Identifying File Types More Easily

Usually by default you cannot see the extension of the files that you have on your computer. This can be a great inconvenience as you cannot tell from just the file name what kind of file it is. You can make a simple change to your Windows setup so that all your file extensions are visible by following these steps:

1. Double-click My Computer.
2. Click View (Tools under Windows XP) > Folder Options.
3. Click on the View tab.
4. Make sure that the settings for Hide file extensions for known types is unchecked.


Open any File in Notepad

If you are browsing the files on your computer and come across one that you don't recognise you can usually just double-click it and it will open in the program that created it. However if this program is not installed on your computer, then you won't be able to easily open the file as you would then have to systematically go through each of your installed programs until you found one that would open the file. It would be much better to be able to select a default program to open these files with.
One of the best is Notepad. With the registry change below you will see Open in Notepad appear whenever you right-click on any file. If the file isn't text of course, Notepad will not be able to open it as it only handles text based documents, but if the file is a graphic or photograph for example , you'll then know that you need to open that particular file with a graphics program.

1. Open the Registry Editor and find the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\* (it will be right at the top of the root key).

2. Open the key named shell if it exists, or right-click on the * key and create a new key named shell.

3. Open or create a new key within shell called open.

4. With the open key selected, double-click the (Default) item in the right panel and type open in notepad. This is the text that will appear on the menu when you right-click a file.

5. Open or create a new key within the open key, named command.

6. With the command key selected, double-click the (Default) item in the right panel and type:
notepad.exe "%1". Remember to include a double-quote, and to leave a space before the first double-quote.


Viewing your Desktop

After you have been using your computer for a while, your desktop can become cluttered with windows that you have left open. If you then need to use an icon that is on your desktop, you have to laboriously close or minimise all the windows that are open on your desktop with this command:

Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and choose Minimize All Windows (this is called Show the Desktop under Windows XP).


How to Stop a Drag and Drop Action

If you are moving files and folders around on your computer by using the drag and drop method, you may sometimes inadvertently pick up the wrong file, or change your mind about the action. Y ou can cancel the drag and drop easily before you let go of the left mouse button by pressing the Esc.


Hide the Picture Toolbar in Internet Explorer

When you hover the mouse over large images in Internet Explorer 5.5 or 6, a small toolbar pops open containing buttons that let you save or print the picture, email it to someone, or open the My Pictures folder. If this toolbar annoys you, you can use the registry to prevent it from appearing.

1. Click Start > Run and type regedit.exe, press Enter.

2. Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\ Microsoft

3. Open the key named Internet Explorer, if it exists, or right-click on the Microsoft key and create a new key named Internet Explorer.

4. Inside the Internet Explorer key open the key named PhotoSupport if it exists or right-click the Internet Explorer key and create a new key named PhotoSupport.

5. In the right-hand panel of the PhotoSupport Key, create a new value named MyPics_Hoverbar ( if it doesn't already exist) by right-clicking a blank space and choosing New > DWORD Value.

6. Double-click the MyPics_Hoverbar item and give it the value of 1. (To revert to showing the picture toolbar in future, return to this key and change the value of MyPics_Hoverbar to 0).


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Part 3 of 3 of Tips & Tricks

Post by thedon57 » Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:56 pm

Part 3 of 3 of Tips and Tricks

Create your own icons

AWicons ( allows you to take full control over the look of your Windows desktop. If you don't want to use the collection of icons that Windows has built into it, then why not design your own.


Customise your Cursor

ArtCursors ( is an advanced utility that allows you to take complete control over every aspect of your computers cursor. You can edit and create new cursors including adding animation to your cursor design.


Use your own Virtual Agent

Wouldn't it be great if you could have your own digital assistant that would search the web for just the information you are looking for, or go and find the best price on that CD you have been meaning to buy? Well you can do just that with an intelligent agent. Take a look at AgentLand ( and BotSpot (http://www, Both sites offer a whole host of agents that can be used for a wide variety of tasks.


How to be in Two On-line Places at the Same Time

Usually, your Internet browser allows you to visit just one website at a time. With NetCaptor ( you can customise your browser so that it has a tabbed interface that allows you to load multiple websites into your browser. You can then move between them by simply clicking on the appropriate tab.


Collect, Save and Organise On-line Content

If you use the Internet a great deal for research, you'll know how frustrating it can be to save pieces of text, or images and graphics that you see on the web sites that you visit. With Net Snippets ( this becomes child's play as you can effortlessly save any kind of on-line content to a database that you can then customise to your exact needs.


Use Multiple Search Engines Simultaneously

Visiting the multitude of search engines that are currently available on-line is a time consuming task. With UltraBar ( you can quickly and conveniently access your favourite search engines and directories.


Internet Explorer Tip

(Win 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP)

Individually Customising the Titlebar

When opening an Internet browser window, the name of the current web page can be found at the top in the titlebar. It is possible to show your own name or company name behind this title. Follow these steps to add your own text to this area of the Internet Explorer titlebar.

1. Click Start > Run and then type regedit then press Enter

2. Locate the following HKEY:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ Main

3. Right-click in the right-hand panel and select New > String Value.
Enter window title if this isn't already listed. Press Enter to create the new String Value.

4. Right-click on the newly created String Value and, in the space provided, enter the text that you would like to appear in the Internet Explorer titlebar. Click OK. when you are finished.

5. Close regedit. You'll need to close and then re-open any open Internet Explorer windows for the change to take effect.



Re: Tips & Tricks

Post by Jaju » Wed May 31, 2006 4:20 am

Thanks Man!!
Good Post :clapper:

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Re: Tips & Tricks

Post by paranoia » Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:54 pm

Great Info!!  Thanks.
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