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starforce
28.06.09, 14:14
Quick Tips

If you receive a lot of email chances are half of it is unwanted. Here's an easy way in Outlook/Express and Thunderbird to scan through mail quickly and delete the garbage: hold down the Shift key and use the down arrow key to zip through each message. This will highlight each one. When you get to a message you want to keep, arrow up one and hit "Delete". Bad email all gone. Arrow down to the next email and start the process all over.
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If you go to a site that should have updated content but it seems like it didn't change, that could be due to a cached version coming up. To make sure that you are getting the most recent version of a page, hold down the Ctrl key and click the Refresh button in your browser.
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Are you left handed and find it difficult to get into XP Task Manager using Ctrl+Alt+Del? Or maybe Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't work on your computer. Then try Ctrl+Shift+Esc and see if Task Manager comes up.
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If you don't have a pop-up stopper, or if a pop-up sneaks by, there are still a few ways to stop them with one or two key strokes.
You can try the Escape Key which stops the page from loading. Another option is Alt+F4 which closes the current window. And finally, Ctrl+W closes down the current window as well.
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Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD to keep it from "autorunning". This comes in handy when you want to explore the contents of the disk.
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Are you having trouble when you try to highlight text? Put your cursor at the point where you want to start highlighting (selecting) the text. Next hold down your SHIFT key and use your up / down arrows. You'll find when you hold down an arrow that the text scrolls (and highlights) by at a much more manageable rate.
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Have you ever tried to shut your computer down, only to have it hang on the shut down screen? Or maybe it's locked up beyond any CTRL-ALT-DEL help. You may find that hitting the power button doesn't seem to do anything. If you really need to force a shutdown via the power switch, press it in and hold for 6 seconds. That should turn the computer off.
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Need to get to your system properties? Well, you *could* click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel, then open the System icon.
Want a faster way?
Hold down the ALT key and double click the My Computer icon on your desktop.
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Here's a cool trick for the scroll wheel mouse users out there... if you are in a web browser (Explorer, Firefox, Netscape) or reading an email in Outlook Express, hold down your Ctrl key and spin the wheel. It makes the text larger or smaller depending on which way you spin. For users of the Opera browser, it magnifies both the images and the text.
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Do you ever need to make your Favorites side bar disappear or appear? With Internet Explorer and FireFox just type Ctrl+B. With Netscape Ctrl+B opens the Bookmark Manager.
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To get a new browser window in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Netscape just type Ctrl+N.
For a new tab in FireFox or Netscape type Ctrl+T.
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When you print digital photos do the colors look different than what you saw on the monitor? Not way off, but just a little (and you have enough ink)? If you print a lot of pictures then what you can do is print out a picture, let the ink dry over night, then adjust your screen to match. By synchronizing your settings you should get what you see on the screen.
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Every time you visit a web site, your browser stores the site address (and all the pages visited on that site) in a history file. This comes in real handy when you're trying to remember the cool site you were visiting the other day, or if you wanna check up on what sites were visited by your kids.
In both Netscape and Internet Explorer you can hit CTRL+H to view history.
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If you go to a site that should have updated content but it seems like it didn't change, that could be due to a cached version coming up. To make sure that you are getting the most recent version of a page, hold down the Ctrl key and click the Refresh button in your browser.
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Ever go to a site for information that you need, but the animations and stupid music are so annoying. Wait till the page loads, then hit the "Stop" button on your browser. All the insanity on the page should cease, making your visit more bearable.
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Want to stop your computer from connecting to the internet without your permission?
With Internet Explorer go to Tools / Internet Options, then under the "Connections" tab select "Never Dial a Connection". Now when trying to dial out you will be prompted before it happens.
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It's a good idea to periodically change your passwords. I know, it's hard enough to remember the one you have. Even if you just add a number—so one month it's banana1 and the next month it's banana8, etc.—you can prevent your sensitive info from being accessed.
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Wouldn't it be cool to have a desktop shortcut for web pages you visit often? Well, you can.
With Internet Explorer you'll see a small icon with a blue "e" next to the site address. Make your browser window smaller so you can see some desktop, then drag the blue "e" to your desktop. Instant shortcut!
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Are you having trouble when you try to highlight text? Put your cursor at the point where you want to start highlighting (selecting) the text.
Then hold down your SHIFT key and use your up / down arrows. You'll find when you hold down an arrow that the text scrolls (and highlights) by at a much more manageable rate. Oh, if the section is really big, tap your Page Up and Page Down keys till you get close to where you need to stop.
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If a CD won't autorun you can go to "My Computer" and click on the disk drive or go to Start/Run then click the "Browse" button and select your disk drive. In most cases the file you need will be called "autorun.exe" or "setup.exe". If you don't see either, look for any file with a .exe file extension.
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When replying to or following up to an email from tech support or a business it is a big help to include the original email in the text. We get email all the time with follow up questions and have no clue what the original question was—especially since we respond to hundreds of emails every day. I'm sure we aren't the only ones with this problem.
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A runtime error is caused by an error within a program's code. This is a problem at the programmers end, not yours.
What usually happens is that you (or the software) do something unexpected and the program doesn't know how to handle it. When someone creates a piece of software, they try to anticipate every possible scenario. Unfortunately, that's next to impossible and sometimes you end up with bugs, including runtime errors.
So, what do you do if you get one of these runtime errors? Check the program's website for any updates or patches. You could also contact the program vendor and let them know.
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If the last browser window you close out is a pop-up/pop-under than the next time you bring up a browser the window will be small. When this happens, just grab the bottom right-hand corner of the window and drag to make it larger. As long as the large window is the last one closed out it will be the size used the next time you open a window.
regards
starforce

anon
28.06.09, 19:21
Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD to keep it from "autorunning". This comes in handy when you want to explore the contents of the disk.

Or want to avoid an autorun virus :biggrin:

Also, the Shift+Refresh trick is listed twice, and runtime errors could also be caused by the lack of library files.