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Old 05-01-02, 02:08 PM
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Do you know any cool computer tricks?

Maybe this is old news to everyone, but a few months ago I found out you could hold down "Shift" when you clicked a link and it would open in a separate window. I know, I know, EVERYONE knows that. But I bet there are things out there that some of us take for granted.

So post your shortcuts and tricks!

I am so "self-taught" on computers. My wife uses Word and Excel a lot more than I do, and I'm always seeing her do things or click on things that I've never seen before.
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Old 05-01-02, 02:15 PM
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One thing my wife found interesting was holding down ctrl and double clicking a folder on the hard drive to open it in a new window.

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holding down the windows key and pressing the M key, minimizes all windows. press shift-windows Key - M maximizes everything.

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Old 05-01-02, 02:37 PM
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Originally posted by Lampei
One thing my wife found interesting was holding down ctrl and double clicking a folder on the hard drive to open it in a new window.

and

holding down the windows key and pressing the M key, minimizes all windows. press shift-windows Key - M maximizes everything.
Neat. I knew about the first one but not the second...
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Originally posted by Lampei

holding down the windows key and pressing the M key, minimizes all windows. press shift-windows Key - M maximizes everything.

It's much easier if you just hold the windows key and press d. Doing that minimizes all windows and doing that again maximizes them.
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there was a thread a while back about shortcut keys...i listed a good website which had a ton of them. Do a search, if so inclined
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Old 05-01-02, 05:05 PM
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If you hold the ALT key in Word you can highlight things vertically without highlighting an entire line.
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Old 05-01-02, 05:16 PM
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I like this one:

Hold down the ALT key and hit 248 on the number pad

50
60
70

Other numbers do other things


Φ ⌡ ≈ ∙ τ ☻ ≡ ♪ ∞ δ Ω ε φ

and so on
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Old 05-01-02, 06:48 PM
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when typing in the URL in the Address bar in IE, just type the middle portion of the web site and hit Ctrl-Enter. Ctrl-Enter will add the "http://www." in the front and ".com" in the end. So to access yahoo's website, type:

"yahoo" then Ctrl-Enter

This only works in IE, and it's only good for .com extensions.
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Originally posted by namja
when typing in the URL in the Address bar in IE, just type the middle portion of the web site and hit Ctrl-Enter. Ctrl-Enter will add the "http://www." in the front and ".com" in the end. So to access yahoo's website, type:

"yahoo" then Ctrl-Enter

This only works in IE, and it's only good for .com extensions.
Maybe I have a differant version of IE. But you don't need to press ctrl+enter to get that trick to work. I just trype in "yahoo.com" and it'll add in the "http://www." by itself
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Originally posted by Goat3001
Maybe I have a differant version of IE. But you don't need to press ctrl+enter to get that trick to work. I just trype in "yahoo.com" and it'll add in the "http://www." by itself
That's true. But my "trick" was that you only have to type in "yahoo" (without the ".com") and hit ctrl+enter. Saves you three key strokes (versus "yahoo.com" and enter).
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Originally posted by namja
when typing in the URL in the Address bar in IE, just type the middle portion of the web site and hit Ctrl-Enter. Ctrl-Enter will add the "http://www." in the front and ".com" in the end. So to access yahoo's website, type:

"yahoo" then Ctrl-Enter

This only works in IE, and it's only good for .com extensions.
Sweet, now that is neat.
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Originally posted by namja

That's true. But my "trick" was that you only have to type in "yahoo" (without the ".com") and hit ctrl+enter. Saves you three key strokes (versus "yahoo.com" and enter).
i just type "yahoo" and enter, and the yahoo homepage comes up. same goes for google and amazon.

Edit: I'm using IE 6
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Old 05-02-02, 12:55 AM
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couple o' IE stuff:

oldie but a goodie: ctrl + scrollwheel down to increase text size, ctrl + scrollwheel up to decrease text size.

for uberfullscreen: make sure your taskbar is set to auto hide, then press F11 . then right click on the top menu bar and select auto hide there too. nice fulll screen for "researching" those high res pics

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Originally posted by Lampei
holding down the windows key and pressing the M key, minimizes all windows. press shift-windows Key - M maximizes everything.
Yeah.. a few others...

Windows Key and E opens Windows Explorer

Windows Key and F opens a Search Box (Find)

Windows Key and R opens the Run Box

Windows Key and L Locks your workstation (in WinXP only.)

Just a few shortcuts that I know...
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Some of my friends still asking me how I switch windows with my keyboard....
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Some of my friends still asking me how I switch windows with my keyboard....
Tell 'em ALT - F4
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When I learned about ALT-Tab years ago, I thought that was the coolest darn thing.

I probably use Windows+R the most aside from ALT-Tab.
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reboot... fixes all your computer problems
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Originally posted by zuffy
reboot... fixes all your computer problems
And for those with a lot of time ...

Reformat HD and reinstall OS. Fixes the bigger problems.
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you may already know this one.
This works for almost anything that requires typing.

Press CTRL + Shift and use arrow key to highlight where the insertion point is.

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Originally posted by Ben732
Tell 'em ALT - F4
A classic ...

"Hit ALT-F4 for ops!!!!"

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Originally posted by grr1
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This works for almost anything that requires typing.

Press CTRL + Shift and use arrow key to highlight where the insertion point is.

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When would you use this?
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Old 05-03-02, 11:36 AM
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I use CTRL+SHIFT+(holding arrow key) all the time when I am typing anything from e-mails to papers.

It is an easy way to select the words or sentences you want to change it.

For example as you're halfway thru typing a reply. You think the last sentenc doesn't make any sense or is unneeded, You can press ctrl+shift+holding the left arrow key for a few seconds. And the last sentence should be highlighted or selected and then press BACKSPACE.

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Great thread.
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Old 05-04-02, 08:23 PM
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CLOSING AN OPEN WINDOW:
In windows, you can close a window by double-clicking on the icon at the upper left of the window. This is particularly useful if you open a lot of windows and drag a lot of them to the side which can obscure the "X" box.

RESIZING OPEN WINDOWS:
In windows, you can maximize a window by double-clicking on the coloured top bar of the window. Double-clicking on it again will return it to the previous size.

Other cool tricks involve automation, which is a bit involved for this type of short post.
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