Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the undo.
Ctrl + F
Open the Find in any program. This includes your Internet browser to find text on the current page.
Alt + Tab or Alt + Esc
Quickly switch between open programs moving forward.
Tip: Press Ctrl + Tab to switch between tabs in a program.
Tip: Adding the Shift key to Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab will move backwards. For example, if you are pressing Alt + Tab and pass the program you want to switch to, press Alt + Shift + Tab to move backwards to that program.
Tip: Windows Vista and 7 users can also press the Windows Key + Tab to switch through open programs in a full screenshot of the Window.
Tip: Windows Key + D minimises open windows and takes you to the Desktop. Windows Key +D again and the minimised windows will reopen at the same place they were before minimising.
Tip: Windows Key + E opens the Windows Explorer program showing all the drives on your computer.
More keyboard shortcuts everyone
Ctrl + Back
space and Ctrl + Left or Right arrow
Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will
delete a full word at a time instead of a single
Holding down the Ctrl key
while pressing the left or right arrow will move the
cursor one word at a time instead of one character
at a time. If you wanted to highlight one word at a
time you can hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press
the left or right arrow key to move one word at a
time in that direction while highlighting each word.
Ctrl + S
While working on a document or
other file in almost every program pressing Ctrl + S
will save that file. This shortcut key should be
used frequently anytime you're working on anything
Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End
Move the cursor to the
beginning or end of a document.
Ctrl + P
Print the page being viewed.
For example, the document in Microsoft Word or the
web page in your Internet browser.
Page Up, Space bar, and Page Down
Pressing either the page up or
page down key will move that page one page at a time
in that direction. When browsing the Internet
pressing the space bar will also move the page down
one page at a time. If you press Shift and the Space
bar the page will go up a page at a time.
Tip: If you are using the space
bar to go down one page at a time press the Shift key
and space bar to go up one page at a time.
Face MoviCtrle analyzes the faces in your selected photos to find the smoothest transitions across facial expressions and poses. Unlike a movie presentation, Face Movie overlays the most similar facial expressions in each photo on top of each other to create the smoothest transitions. To create a Face Movie in Picasa, follow these steps:
Select multiple photos or an entire People album.
Click Create/Video/From Faces in selection.
You can select different transitions from the 'Transition Style' drop-down menu, choose the slide duration, or even the amount of overlap across photos.
Click Create Movie.
Your drafts and finished masterpieces will be saved in your 'My Pictures' folder
Right-click in the bottom left corner of the screen
Hold down the Windows key and press X
You will get a text-based menu that provides easy access to lots of useful applets and features including: Device Manager, Control Panel, Explorer, the Search dialog, Command prompt, Task Manager and more.
To shut Windows 8 down, jjust hold
down the Windows key and press I
You'll see a power button. Click this and choose 'Shut
Down' or 'Restart'.
Some of the tricks available in
previous versions of Windows still apply. Press
Ctrl+Alt+Del, for instance, click the power button in
the bottom right-hand corner and you'll be presented
with the same 'Shut Down' and 'Restart' options.
Often it is beneficial to copy paragraph formatting from one place in your document to another. Word provides a quick way you can do this by using the mouse:
Select the paragraph whose formatting you want to copy.
Click on the Format Painter tool on the toolbar (it looks like a paintbrush).
Using the mouse, select the paragraph you want formatted.
You can also copy the same format repeatedly by double clicking the Format Painter tool in step 2. You will then be able to apply the same formatting until you turn off format painting by clicking on the tool one more time or by pressing Esc.
By default, when running Microsoft
Publisher 2007 a "Getting Started with Microsoft Office
Publisher 2007" screen appears. From this wizard you can
select from a gallery of publication types including
award certificates, greeting cards, and resumes; create
blank pages in various sizes; open recent publications;
and access your templates.
Maybe you would rather start with
a blank slate and design your own publication type.
Thus, this screen can be disabled or enabled as desired.
With Publisher 2007 open:
1. Select "Tools" - "Options".
2. When the "Options" multi-tabbed
dialog box appears, make sure the "General" tab is
3. Check or uncheck "Show
Publication Types when starting Publisher" as desired.
4. Click "OK" to close the dialog
In Publisher 2010 click the File
menu and choose Options
Remove the tick from Start the
New Template Gallery when starting Publisher
Word allows you to add headers and footers to your document.
Headers are nothing more than repeating text that appears at the top of every page of your printed document, whereas footers appear at the bottom of each page.
The beauty of headers and footers is that they only have to be defined once, and then Word places them on your printed pages automatically.
The easiest way to create a header or footer in Word is to simply double-click at the top or bottom of a page, where the header or footer will appear.
You can also, if you prefer, follow these steps: Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
Click the Header tool in the Header & Footer group, and then click Edit Header.
The header is displayed and the insertion point is within it. If desired, enter the information for the header, formatting it as you would format normal text in your document.
Click on the Go To Footer tool on the Design tab of the ribbon.
If desired, enter the information for the footer, formatting it as you would format normal text in your document.
Click on Close Header and Footer (on the Design tab of the ribbon) when your header and footer are defined the way you want them.
Nudging Objects in Publisher 2007
designing layouts in Microsoft Publisher 2007, you may often need to
slightly move objects to the left, right, up, or down with greater
precision than what can be had by clicking and dragging with the mouse.
Normally you can click an object and then press the arrow keys to
slightly "nudge" it, and you can even adjust the distance of object
nudging in Publisher 2007 so nudged objects move small or large
Nudging is the process of moving objects a little bit at a time in order to line up more accurately.
if you are editing a text box and decide it needs to be nudged?
Clicking on the box border and then the cursor keys to nudge it isone
way but it is not so accurate as it moves in bigger increments.
hold down the Alt key while pressing cursor keys and any selected
object will be nudged, even a text box that you are currently editing.
You can even hold down the Ctrl key and select multiple objects, then
press Alt and the cursor keys to nudge multiple boxes.
you can nudge all objects simultaneously. Click outside all objects to
make sure none are selected. Press Ctrl + A to select all objects, and
then nudge them all at once.
Click and hold the mouse button down on a page number near the bottom
of the Publisher window, then release the page before or after the page
where you wish to move the current content.
2. Click the "Edit" dropdown menu and choose "Move Page"
A "Move Page" dialog box appears.
a radio button to determine whether to move the current page before or
after a desired page, and then select the page where you wish to move
the current page before or after. Click "OK" on the dialog box to
finalize the move.
of adjusting and readjusting text, Publisher has a feature that can
automatically resize text to fit inside its box. You can force text to
fit inside the current text box size or mark a text box so that
whenever it is resized, the text size automatically adjusts for a best
Text box in Publisher that contains overflow text and the same text after autofitting
In Publisher 2007:
1. Click inside a text box that contains overflow text.
2. Select "Format" - "AutoFit Text".
3. Select one of the three options:
* (default) Do Not Autofit - Do not automatically adjust the text size.
* Best Fit - When you resize the text box, this automatically adjusts the font size so the text fits inside the box.
* Shrink Text on Overflow - Shrinks the text inside the box if there is any overflow text.
It's even simpler in Publisher 2010:
Right click inside a text box that contains overflow text and select Best Fit.
Method 1: use
Ctrl/F1 (hold the Ctrl key and tap the F1 (near the Esc
Using Ctrl/F1 again restores the ribbon
Method 2: double click the name of
the active tab. Double-click a tab again to restore the
To use the Ribbon while it is
minimized, click the tab you want to use, and then click
the option or command you want to use.
For example, with the Ribbon
minimized, you can select text in your Microsoft Office
Word document, click the Home tab, and then in the Font
group, click the size of the text you want. After you
click the text size you want, the Ribbon goes back to
1. Always give your e-mails subject
lines so that recipients can decide whether or not they
need the message. You may want to consider starting
subject lines with the word JOKE: or similar to let busy
individuals know the e-mails aren't urgent.
2. DO NOT WRITE YOUR JOKES IN ALL
CAPS! Many people consider such e-mails as "shouting".
Again, send too many of these e-mails and you'll start
3. When sending e-mails to a group
of people, use your e-mail website or software's BCC
(blind carbon copy) feature instead of using the CC
(carbon copy) feature. This hides the recipient
addresses from each other. BCC increases privacy as some
people on your homegrown list would rather not have
their addresses sent out to possible strangers.
Note that e-mail can be permanent - just because you
delete a message doesn't mean it is gone forever. You
don't want to be remembered 10 years later for sending a
tasteless e-mail message!
5. Never send e-mail attachments
without first notifying the recipients that files are
coming. This is because the "from" address in e-mail
messages can be easily spoofed. Plus, e-mail accounts
can be hacked, allowing nefarious individuals to send
e-mail, complete with malware-laced attachments, from
other peoples' accounts without their knowledge.
6. If a joke has been forwarded
multiple times, please remove all of the annoying
forwarding brackets ">", else the message may become too
confusing for people to read. Also, if there are any
email addresses of other recipients in the email, they
should be removed.
7. If a joke or fact sounds
too-good-to-be-true, it just might be. Check first to
see if your e-mail is an urban legend by visiting the
Snopes website at http://snopes.com.
Have you ever gotten email that contained web
addresses that you wanted to visit? Depending on the email and
the software that you use to read your email, you may have just
been able to simply click on a link and get taken to the website
mentioned in the mail. If this does not work for you, don't
fret. You do not have to retype the web address mentioned in the
email into your web browser.
In your email, select the desired web
address with your mouse by clicking on the first character of
the web address, keeping your mouse button held down, then
dragging to the end of the web address. The web address will
become highlighted showing you that it is selected
Now hold down the Ctrl key and tap the C
key (this copies the address to the clipboard).
Open up your favorite web browser, click
in the "Address box" any text there will become selected. Again
hold down the Ctrl key and this time tap the V key (this pastes
the clipboard contents to the address bar.
Finally, press ENTER and the website will
appear! Practice this a few times and you will find this far
easier than typing the web address into your browser.
If you receive forwarded emails
you will see all the prior recipients of the email.
To clean your forwarded email up
before sending it just highlight (the same as you do
when copying and pasting) the old recipients - then
click your Right mouse button and select Delete from the
menu that pops up.
Sometimes in Publisher you may need to
slightly move objects to the left, right, up, or down with
greater precision than what can be had by clicking and dragging
with the mouse. Let's nudge an object pixel by pixel.
First click on the object (say a picture
or text box) to select it, now hold down the Alt key and tap any
of the cursor keys (up, down, left or right) and the selected
object will be moved a little bit (nudged).
This works even on a text box that you are
currently editing. You can even hold down the Ctrl key and
select multiple objects, then press Alt and the cursor keys to
nudge multiple boxes.
Or, you can nudge all objects
simultaneously. Click outside all objects to make sure none are
selected. Press Ctrl + A to select all objects, and then nudge
them all at once.
When you have finished working on
your laptop it is possible to have it close windows and
turn off simply by closing the lid. Here’s how:
Click the Start button and
immediately type power options
A list of items appears
above; click the one that offers ‘Change what
the power buttons do’
In the ‘When I close the lid’
area change the ‘On battery’ and/or ‘Plugged in’
options to ‘Shut down’
Click ‘Save changes’
Now you can simply close the lid when
you are finished, Windows will close any open programs
down and then it will close Windows and shut itself down
When you do this the usual shutdown sounds will be heard
as the laptop closes down.
Typically, when you insert a
picture into a Microsoft Word 2010 document, the image
is inserted before or after text. If you add or remove
text and the text around the image gets moved up or
pushed down, then the image will also move. Sometimes,
however, you may want the image to stay where you put
it, or in an exact location within the document.
To make the image stay in an
absolute position, select the image and go to the Format
tab on the ribbon at the top of the screen. Click the
“Wrap Text” button and choose “More Layout Options” and
then choose any option besides “In Line with Text”.
Next, click the “Positioning” tab and choose “Absolute
Positioning”. From there you can select the options that
best suit your needs, either based on the page, columns,
margins or characters, and click ok.
The image should now stay put and
the text should reflow as it is added or removed.
Looking for a way to “get away”
but don’t have the time or money to go right now? Try
taking a virtual vacation and seeing faraway lands by
visiting the Google Maps Street View Collections at:
Once you are at the site click the
link to go to the gallery and then choose your
destination from the list of collections. You can view
street level images from places like, the Amazon, Swiss
Alps, Italy, Hawaii, Thailand and Poland. You can also
view collections that include images from university
campuses, world landmarks, U.S. highlights, art
galleries and much more! Once you have selected your
destination you can move through the different
locations, take 360 degree tours and even zoom in and
out on specific areas. In some of the collections, you
can even travel from room to room exploring art work and
Overall, a very interesting site
to take a look at when you need a little escape from the
Wrapping text around the shape of images
inserted into Microsoft Word 2010 is easy if you follow these
After you have inserted your image, make
sure that the image is still selected. Then, go to the ribbon at
the top of the screen and click the Format tab under Picture
Tools. In the Arrange section you should see the Wrap Text
button. Click the button and choose the desired option from the
available text wrap styles, such as: In Line with Text, Square,
Top and Bottom, Behind Text and more.
If you would like a more customized text
wrap for your image, try clicking the option for Edit Wrap
Points, which will be available after you have applied one of
the general text wrap styles. Edit Wrap Points allows you to
manipulate the frame that the program uses to determine the
shape and boundary of the text wrap. Change the shape and
dimensions of the wrapped area by clicking and dragging the
points of the frame.
The Windows 7
Start Menu includes links to your Pictures and Music folders,
but not to your Videos folder. If you watch a lot of videos and
want a link to them on your Start Menu, here's what you can do:
1. Right-click the Start button and select
2. On the screen that appears, go to the
Start Menu tab and click Customize.
3. In the dialog box that appears, scroll
to the bottom, look for the Videos section, select "Display as a
link," and click OK and then OK again.
When Windows 7 is installed it has many
background scenery and themes from other English-speaking
countries including Australia, Canada, Great Britain South
Africa and more.
Normally, you can't
access those backgrounds or themes, but there is a simple way
you can install and use them:
the search box in the Start menu, type C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT
and press Enter.
2. Windows Explorer
will launch and show you a list of subfolders MCT-AU, MCT-CA,
MCT-GB, MCT-US, and MCT-ZA. Each subfolder has wallpapers for a
specific country: AU for Australia, CA for Canada, GB for Great
Britain, US for the United States, and ZA for South Africa. For
any of the countries whose wallpaper and themes you want to use,
go into its Theme folder, for example, C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-ZA\Theme.
Double-click the theme you see there (for example ZA)
3. That will install a shortcut to the
theme and wallpapers in the Personalization section of Control
Panel. You can now use them as you would any other theme or
background, by right-clicking the desktop, choosing Personalize,
and choosing a background or theme. They will be listed in their
to select multiple files for an operation such as copying,
moving or deleting in Windows Explorer, you generally use the
keyboard and the mouse, Ctrl-clicking every file you want to
select. But if you're mouse-centric, there's a way to select
multiple files in Windows 7 using only your mouse, via check
boxes. To do it:
1. In Windows Explorer, click Organize,
and then select "Folder and search options."
2. Click the View tab.
3. In Advanced Settings, scroll down and
check the box next to "Use check boxes to select items." Click
4. From now on, when you hover your mouse
over a file in Windows Explorer, a check box will appear next to
it; click it to select the file. Once a file is selected, the
checked box remains next to it; if you uncheck it, the box will
disappear when you move your mouse away.
When you need a really big window for viewing
photos and videos, don't just maximize it: go full screen! This
tip works great for viewing photos and videos at maximum size in
Windows Explorer or Windows Media Player, utilizing screen space
usually occupied by the header at the top of the screen and the
taskbar at the bottom. Here’s how:
Open any photo in Windows Explorer, or
open a photo or video clip in Windows Media Player. Do one of
In Windows 7 and Windows XP, click the F11
key at the top of your keyboard.
The photo or video image enlarges to its
maximum size and the title bar and taskbar are hidden.
To undo full-screen mode and restore the
window to its normal view, press the Esc (Escape) key at the top
of your keyboard .
Use the below Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts
to make the most of your Windows 7 experience.
Windows key and the arrow keys
Pressing the Windows key and Left or Right
arrow keys will dock the window your viewing to the left or
right-hand side of the screen. Pressing the Windows key and the
Up arrow will maximize a window and pressing the Windows key and
the Down arrow will resize and then minimize the window.
Use Shift: To stretch a window vertically,
press the Windows key + Shift + the Up arrow. If you have
multiple monitors use the Windows key + Shift + the Left or
Right arrow keys to move the window to another monitor.
Windows key and plus and minus keys
If you ever need to zoom in or out of what
is being displayed on your screen press the Windows key and the
+ (plus) or - (minus) keys. Pressing the plus zooms in and once
zoomed in the minus will zoom out.
Clear all background programs
If you are not viewing a window in full
screen and have other windows open in the background clear all
background open windows by pressing the Windows key + the Home
Find and run anything in Windows by using
the Windows 7 search box. Click the Start orb or press then
Windows key and type the name of the program you wish to run or
file you wish to edit. Windows 7 will usually do a good job at
finding an exact match and simply pressing enter will execute
that program or open that file. If more than one match is found,
use the up and down arrow keys to select the file you wish to
open and then press Enter.
Windows 7 search box
Running as administrator: Some programs
may require administrator mode in order to function properly.
You can run any program as administrator from the search box by
typing the name of the program you want to run and then instead
of pressing Enter to run the program press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to
run as administrator. If you want to click and run a program as
administrator hold down the Ctrl+Shift and then click the icon.
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