HINTS, TIPS and TRICKS


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This section contains helpful hints, tips, and tricks for the operation of a Microsoft's Windows PC.


  1. Use the Micro Members help listing available from the MICRO newsletter or in the Resource Archives on this site.

  2. Try the web site for Windows annoyances... 


  3. In Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 and above, to get more viewing area press F11. This will auto-hide the bar at the top. Then if you see a thumb tack click it.

  4. The web site or page you requested did NOT come up! Try clicking the Refresh icon REFRESH or RELOAD button/icon on your browser's toolbar.

  5. See a graphic on your screen that you want, but you don't have any software to grab it. You have Windows don't you? Try this little trick. While the item is on the screen press and hold down ALT then tap PRINT SCREEN on your keyboard, now release the Alt key. This places the current window in the copy buffer. Now open Paint and click EDIT then PASTE. The current window is now in Paint. Click on the pencil pencil tool then click on the select select tool. This de-select's the whole item and gets ready to select what you want. Move the mouse pointer to the upper left of the item you want. Click and hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse to the lower right until the item is surrounded, then release the mouse button. Click EDIT then COPY. Now Click FILE then NEW and answer NO to the save question. Click EDIT then PASTE. Last, click FILE then SAVE AS, type the name you want to save the graphic as and click SAVE. You're done. You just copied, cut, and pasted your target item. NOTE: This method does not copy animation.

  6. Q. Why is 1k, kilobyte (meaning Thousand), equal 1,024 bytes instead of 1,000?
    A. It has to do with the way computers store and refer to data in binary terms, as off or on, zero or 1. Starting with 1 and doubling the number to obtain the next. For example, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, then 1024 and so forth.

  7. Do you get eye strain trying to find the flashing cursor in or on a page of text? We have an easy fix for you. Open CONTROL PANEL and click on ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS. When the dialog box opens click the DISPLAY tab. Towards the bottom, click on the cursor width slider and move it to the right just a little. Notice the flashing sample just above and to the left. Once you have the width that you think will work for you click OK. Now open WORD and see if the little flashy bar is big enough to find. Notice that you can also change the flash speed.

    Command Shorthand: START/CONTROL PANEL/ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS/DISPLAY (tab)/CURSOR OPTIONS/move width slider to the right/OK
  8. Are you using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 or above? If so don't forget to hold down the "Ctrl" key when you click on a link. This will cause a new tab to open instead of loading over the current display.


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