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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Turn It Off Or Leave It On?

Should I turn off my computer at the end of the day or leave it on? 1) A computer that is switched on is a fire hazard I have never heard of a computer catching fire, so I did some Googling. There were suprisingly few results (about 30,000) to the phrase “computer caught fire” and …
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Is It safe To Download a File?

When I’m asked whether it is safe to download files from the internet I can only give the very irritating response of “it depends….”. There is no absolute way of knowing if a download is safe, but there are some rules of thumb that I tend to apply: Have I downloaded safely from this site …
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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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Zen Internet – The Best ISP

Monthly broadband costs can now be reduced to well under £10 per month. If you are paying substantially more than this – because, for instance, you’ve had your current contract for a couple of years or more – then it may well be worth either shopping around or contacting your current provider to see if …
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Microsoft Update Ends for Old Versions

Microsoft will soon end support for some versions of Windows. When support ends, security updates will no longer be provided. This means that computers running these unsupported versions will become more vulnerable to malicious attack. The versions and cut-off dates are: Windows Vista without any Service Packs – 13th April 2010 Windows XP Service Pack …
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Which program opens a file?

If you double-click on a data file in Windows Explorer (eg a picture file or document), then Windows will open the program that it thinks “controls” that type of file, and then open the data file (document) in the newly opened program. Sometimes, you may prefer a different program to open a particular type of …
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