Browser Shortcut Keys

Do you find it frustrating that browser layouts keep changing? Do you struggle to find your favorites, for instance? Over the last year or two there has been a tendency for browsers to become less “cluttered”. The designers have deliberately removed a lot of the buttons and options from the screen. This is meant to …
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Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you have to hunt down your programs before you can open them? Maybe you scour the “all programs” option of the Start Menu. Maybe you minimise the window that you are working on and then work through the confusion of shortcuts on your desktop. You might even hunt through the hard drive using Windows …
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Switching Between Windows

How do you move the focus between open windows? There are several ways to do this, but I’ve noticed during one-to-one computer training sessions that most people are only aware of the method they already use. It could be, of course, that you are already using the method that suits you best, but let’s look …
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More Key Explanations

The numlock key (meaning “number lock”) is used for switching the function of keys that can be either numbers or something else. When the keys are acting as number keys the result is the same as pressing the number keys at the top of the keyboard. So why have both? Well, the second set of …
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What Are The Function Keys For?

Which keys are the function keys? The function keys are the keys marked F1 to F10 (or F1 to F12, depending on the keyboard) on the top row of the keyboard. Typically, each of these keys will perform two different functions: they will perform the task assigned to the number of the key (eg F2 …
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Basic Keyboard Shortcuts

When I train clients who are new to computers, I like to mention keyboard shortcuts. The basic facts I like to get across at this stage are: keyboard shortcuts are a matter of choice – they are an alternative way of achieving something that can be done with the mouse there are far too many …
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