Ten PC Computer Tips
I don’t know about you, but I like shortcuts. Since I spend a lot of time on my computer, I find that sometimes knowing a few keystroke combinations can actually add up to a lot of time saved overall. Below is a list of computer shortcuts you may find helpful. Even if most of this information is not new to you, I hope you find something useful.
Single Space in Web Based Applications
For some web based applications, BlackBoard for example, hitting the return or the “Enter” key will insert a double space. If you want to insert a single space, hold down the shift key and then press “Enter.”
Scroll a Page
An easy way to scroll down a page is to hit the space bar. This will work in most applications as long as you are not currently typing text.
Increase and Decrease Font Size
Have you ever projected something from your computer, and the font and graphics are too small? The quickest way to increase the font size in most applications is to hold down the “Ctrl” key and use the mouse wheel. You can also use keys on the keyboard. “Ctrl” and “+” (plus) key will make text bigger and “Ctrl” and “-” (minus) will make text smaller.
You can double-click a word, in any application, and it will be highlighted, or selected. A Triple-click will highlight, or select, the whole paragraph.
Instead of clicking in the upper right hand corner, if you click twice on the title bar of any window, it will automatically maximize the window to fill the entire screen. If you double-click again, it will restore the window to its previous size.
Multi-Select Adjacent Items with Shift
Have you every wanted to select a large number of items in a list—to copy, delete, or whatever? Click the first item, hold down the “shift” key, and click the last item. All items between the first and last item will be selected.
Multi-Select Non-adjacent Items with Ctrl
It is also possible to select many items that are not adjacent to one another. Click the first item, hold the “Ctrl” key and click the next item. Repeat for all other items you want to select.
Lock your computer
Whenever you are away from your desk for a significant amount of time, you might want to lock your computer. Simultaneously press “Ctrl,” “Alt,” and “Delete,” then press “Enter.” To unlock your computer, enter your user password.
Pushing the “Prnt Scrn” or "PRTSC" button on your keyboard is like taking a picture of your computer screen; a snapshot of the current screen image is sent to the computer clipboard. Just like “copy,” once something is on your clipboard, you can “paste” it into a document. If you press and hold the “Alt” key while you press “Prnt Scrn,” it will take a screen shot of the currently active window instead of the whole screen.
There are several keyboard shortcuts that will make your life easier—especially if a right mouse click is not available. You might already be familiar with these three: CTRL+C (Copy), CTRL+X (Cut), CTRL+V (Paste), but, here are two more that are also very useful: CTRL+Z (Undo), CTRL+A (Select all).
These are only a few of many computer shortcuts available. Do you have a computer tip you would like to share? Send me an email, I am always looking for something new.
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