Posts Tagged Microsoft Windows

How Screen Shot Tools Help You Communicate

A picture is worth a thousand words, and pictures of your device’s screen are no exception. Those screen shot images can help people troubleshoot problems with your device — and help you better communicate how-to instructions as well. Sometimes you will see people taking pictures of their

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Screen shots/capture made quick and easy

We all have issues with our computers from time to time. Sometimes those issues show themselves via odd behaviour on your computer’s screen. Odd behaviour like this is a great reason to take a “snapshot” of the screen. Screenshots let you show other people everything that happens on your computer screen,

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Creating a guest account on your computer

Do you let other people use your computer? It’s a reasonable thing to do. Guests at your office might need directions to their next destination. House guests might want to check their email. That said, you might be letting them check your own email, or contact information, or calendars, or

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Force-quitting applications

You’re using your computer, everything seems to be running smoothly, and suddenly your computer slows to a crawl. What do you do?

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Custom keyboard shortcuts

I frequently add comments to both Word documents and PDFs. In Word, there’s an “Insert Comment” menu command and in Preview (the software I use to view PDFs) there’s a “Thought Bubble” menu command. Another thing I frequently do is save my documents as I work on

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Sharing a computer

You probably couldn’t imagine sleeping in the bed somebody else slept in just minutes before, or eating off the same plate somebody else just finished with. Yet all sorts of people share computers using the same account. They see other people’s messes on the desktop. They can

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The visible mouse pointer

I max out the resolution on my screen so I can squeeze the most detail possible into said screen. While I can read most everything on the screen, and quickly increase font size when I can’t, I sometimes lose track of the unfailingly black mouse pointer on

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Avoid the email rabbit hole

Several years ago, Andy Sherwood made this pronouncement: “Bill Gates is a crack dealer.”

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Avoid your mouse

Moving your hand off the keyboard wastes time, a little bit each time you do it. Get into the habit of learning and using keyboard shortcuts for things you frequently do on your computer.

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