Pinning Documents to Windows 10 Start Menu

Although it’s not obvious how to do it, there is a way to pin documents to the Windows 10 Start Menu If you have documents that you need to access often – such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint files, or pdf files – you may want to access them directly from a “tile” on the Start …
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Gmail Shortcuts

Do you use Gmail in your browser? I’ve said previously that I don’t think it’s worth learning loads of shortcut keys. This is for two reasons: Unless you use them all the time it’s very easy to forget them Different shortcut key combinations do different things in different programs, so it’s very easy to get …
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Messy Desktop – time for a spring clean

I live in a small flat and I know that the ONLY way of managing this is to keep it fairly tidy I’m not obsessive or over-fastidious: it’s just that I know that life is more manageable, and easier in the long run, if I try and keep everything more or less in its place. …
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Is it worth learning keyboard shortcuts?

I’m not a great believer in trying to remember a lot of “quick key” keyboard shortcuts There are several reasons for this: A certain amount of effort has to be put into learning a shortcut and this effort will quite probably interrupt the flow of whatever it is that you were doing. A shortcut key …
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Why mourn the lost Start button – 2

“How on earth do you switch Windows 8 off?” Last week’s blog looked at how the new “Start Screen” in Windows 8 replaces the old “Start Menu”. The old Start Menu was one of the main ways of launching programs and searches. It was also the way to access the button to close the computer. …
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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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Send A File

Do you regularly want to copy a file to a specific folder? I’ve often noticed during 1:1 computer training sessions that people have their own way of filing that could benefit from a simple tweak to Windows Explorer. Here are a couple of examples from my own working habits: I often want to make a …
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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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Uninstalling Windows Software

It is sometimes a good idea to uninstall software that you don’t use. Why? It may be using valuable resources on your computer that can affect performance. On the other hand, it may be annoying you because you don’t like it, or it ate your doctoral thesis, or was installed without permission by a 13 …
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Load Programs at Startup

In Windows, there are several ways in which a program can be set to start automatically when the system is started. These include: An entry in the Startup folder An entry in the msconfig file An entry in the registry Today, we are only interested in adding or removing items from the Startup folder. We …
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