Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Quick Computer Tips: Morning Show Highlights

Quickly Remove CAPS: 
This morning Jim shared a Windows Shortcut that has already saved me so much time.  This shortcut will remove ALL CAPS from text typed in Microsoft Windows Products.  Have you ever written an email to someone and when you look up at the screen you realize you accidentally tapped the Caps Lock key? Maybe you've received a report, press release, or email in all caps. Instead of manually deleted everything you wrote in uppercase and wrote it all over again in lowercase. Simply highlight the text, hold down the Shift button on the keyboard and tap F3. Doing so will immediately change the case from lower to upper (or vice-versa). Tap a third time to change the highlighted text to Title case, Where The First Letter Of Every Word Is Capitalized. This little-known SHIFT + F3 shortcut will save you time — and frustration — and works beautifully in Outlook, Word and other Microsoft programs.

Switch between Programs: Another Shortcut that I like is: ALT+TAB, which will switch between open programs.  Perfect for multitasking.

Batch rename: Photo takers will like the "batch rename" feature in Windows Explorer. Instead of all your images having arbitrary names like IMG_0339.jpg or DSC01121.jpg, you can highlight all your photos in a folder, right mouse-click and select Rename; now type in something relevant to the photos, like Spring Break 2012. And hit Enter. Now, all of those files will be renamed with a number at the end, such as Spring Break 2012 (1).jpg, plus you can quickly see what's inside the photo file by changing from "list" view to "large icons." This batch rename tip can also be used for documents and other media.

Select Everything: CTRL+A will select all the items in the current window.  This is great for printing articles, etc.

Minimize All: The Windows Logo+M will Minimize all of the programs you have open.  Need to open them all again, click SHIFT+Windows Logo+M to Undo minimize all.  Windows Logo+D will also minimize all open windows and display the desktop.

Find Files or Folders:  To quickly find a file or folder click the Windows Logo+F.

Tab Backwards:  Have you ever been using the Tab button to move through different fields or information boxes in a program and you tabbed too far?  Using SHIFT+TAB will reverse the direction of Tab and move to the previous control in the dialog box.

Common Shortcuts: Here are a few common shortcuts that I use almost daily.  You are probably familiar with most if not all of these, but here they are just in case.

CTRL+C: Copy
CTRL+V: Paste
CTRL+Z: Undo
CTRL+B: Bold
CTRL+U: Underline
CTRL+I: Italic

More Windows Shortcuts can be found [Here]

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