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Tame your computer – shrewd shortcut

2 Jan

CleverclogsTipTime2Happy new year to you and happy birthday to us! As we come of age today, we’d like to thank our clients for the opportunity to work on some amazing projects, our associates for bringing their talent to our business and our all-important course participants who selected us to help make the most of their software packages. We wouldn’t be having our 18th birthday if it wasn’t for you.

But back to work …

If, like me, you prefer to use your keyboard rather than your mouse, you know that you can use shortcuts and KeyTips to quickly execute commands. “Right-mouse clickers” might like the keyboard shortcut that opens the right-click drop-down menu.

Here’s how:

  1. Position the mouse pointer in the location you want to display a drop-down menu for.
  2. Press SHIFT + F10.
  3. Use the down arrow key or type the underscored letter to select the menu option.
  4. If the option has a submenu you can use your right arrow key to select it.

If you prefer, you can use the special (Context) key on your keyboard, between the right ALT and right CTRL keys. Or simply stick to right-clicking!

Related tips
Display the right-click drop-down menu using a key on your keyboard
Select commands without using your mouse

That’s it for this week. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2019!

Tame your computer – check it out!

7 May

Anybody who ever attended one of my courses or is an astute reader of my tip of the week knows I absolutely love keyboard shortcuts and that I am always on the lookout for new ones, especially if they are intuitive. Well, this week is for those people who prefer to use their mouse. It will help you to select multiple files, without having to hold down the CTRL key while clicking.

Here’s how:

  1. Press the WIN key (or click on the Start button if you must).
  2. Type folder options.
  3. Press ENTER.
  4. Press CTRL + TAB to open the View tab. (I know, I know, this is a tip about how not to use your keyboard, but I cannot help myself!)
  5. Scroll down the alphabetical list and tick the Use check boxes to select items box.
  6.  Click OK.

In future, in Windows Explorer (WIN + E, anyone?) you will see check boxes next to your items, making it easy to select multiple files or folders. And if you want, you can still hold down CTRL to select multiple items, without using the check boxes.

Tame your computer – project yourself!

7 Jul

Many many moons ago (before Windows 7) it was rather tedious to connect your laptop to a projector and show a presentation on a large screen. Every laptop seemed to have a different keyboard shortcut combination, which obviously added to the stress of giving your talk.

Windows 7 provides a quick and easy way to show a presentation on a projector.

Here’s how:

  1. Plug the projector cable into the relevant port of your laptop.
  2. Press WIN + P.
  3. Select Duplicate (assuming you want to see your what’s on your laptop on both your computer screen and the projector).

By the way, speaking of presentations … did you know that the Number One Fear among adults is public speaking? Number two is death. That’s right – death is number two.

So for a lot of us the fear of standing in front of a crowd comes above the fear of death. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld says that this must mean that at a funeral most people would rather be the one in the casket, than the one giving the eulogy. Just realise that there are various tricks that you can use to help reduce your anxiety. Although you’ll probably never fully rid yourself of all the “butterflies” in your stomach, you can get them to fly in formation.