Archive | April, 2014

Tame your computer – flip through your open windows

22 Apr

Anybody who ever attended one of my courses (or is an astute reader of this tip series) knows I absolutely love keyboard shortcuts.

One of my favourites is ALT + TAB (the ‘boss key’ ) to quickly switch between open windows. (See Tip 21  if you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about.)

During  a recent course, one of the participants (thanks, Miguel!) shared a different method, that might actually become my new pet way to flip through open windows. (That is, once I’ve changed my habit, as – at the moment – I’m still pressing ALT + TAB.)

Here’s how:

  1. Press WIN + TAB to display a stack of all your open windows.
  2. Keep your finger on the WIN key and continue to press the TAB key, until you reach your desired window. (In case you overshoot your desired window, press SHIFT + WIN + TAB to cycle the other way. )
  3. Release the WIN key.

This feature is called AeroFlip 3D (don’t ask) and might not work if you have customised your desktop theme. For example, I had my favourite picture on my desktop, and it didn’t work. So if you like the sound of this tip, stick to one of Microsoft’s Windows 7 themes.

Tame your computer – use your Print Options

5 Apr

In Outlook, you can send files by attaching them to an email. You probably know how to open and save an attachment, but did you know you can print attachments without opening them?

Here’s how:

  1. Select or open the message that has attachments you want to print.
  2. Press CTRL + P.
  3. If necessary, (i.e. in Outlook 2010) click the Print Options button to open the Print dialogue box.
  4. Under Print Options, tick the Print attached files check box.

Once this setting is turned on, it remains on until you turn it off, so if in future you only want to print the message, not the attachment(s), you need to keep an eye on whether or not the “Print attached files” check box is selected.

By the way, if you don’t want to print all attachments you can right-click the relevant attachment from the open message and select Print (Outlook 2007) or Quick Print (Outlook 2010).