Archive | November, 2013

Tame your computer – jump to it!

24 Nov

Some websites require you to scroll down a long page, and you probably use your mouse wheel or  perhaps you still drag the scroll bar. But did you know you can scroll faster and more precisely without ever having to take your hands off the keyboard?

Here’s how:

  1. Scroll down: press the spacebar.
  2. Scroll up: hold down the SHIFT key and press the spacebar.

Each time you press the spacebar, you will move one full screen at a time, making it easy to spot where you left off.

Obviously this cannot be used in any software package where pressing the spacebar would add a space – such as in Word – but if you find yourself reading a very long PDF file you might like this screen-sized jumping trick.

Tame your computer – make your point!

1 Nov

If you are using PowerPoint 2010 or beyond you can turn your mouse into a laser pointer to draw attention to something on a slide.  OK, you might be using one of those slick wireless presenters, but if – like me – you often forget to bring it along, this new feature is a godsend.

Here’s how:

  1. Start the Slide Show as normal. (F5, anyone?)
  2. Press and hold the CTRL key, click the left mouse button and move your mouse.

If you don’t like the red pointer, you can make it green or blue:

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Set Up Slide Show.
  2. Select your preferred colour from the Laser pointer color list.
  3. Click OK.