In the ITServices Fall 2010 Newsletter, readers were presented with several Time Saving Tips and Tricks. We've pulled together a few more that we hope you will find useful. If you have a great time saving tip, send it to us at PR@queensu.ca and we'll publish it in a future issue. All of the short cut tips below work as stated for XP, Vista and Windows7 unless otherwise stated.
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Short Cuts - the Ctrl Key
Depending upon what you are doing, Ctrl key short cuts can save you time. They can also save some finger strain if you are using your mouse a lot. To use a Ctrl key short cut, you press down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and while holding it down, you press a letter to perform the short cut, such as "Ctrl + p" to print. A list of other short cuts are below.
Speed up Your Menu Display
By default on XP, menus fade into view and this means that menus can take a little longer to appear. On a slow running computer, it can be quite noticeable. To speed up menu displays, you can change the fade option to display menus instantly by following these steps:
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Finding Programs Quickly
If you have had your computer for a while, chances are fairly high that when you click on Start, followed by All Programs, you are presented with columns and columns of program names. Just try finding an application you haven't used in a while! By default, on XP, when you install a new program, it is added to the end of the All Programs menu window. One way to quickly find your programs is to sort them alphabetically by name. To sort your program names, perform the following three steps:
All of your programs will be instantly sorted alphabetically. Keep in mind that as you add new programs to your computer, they will be listed at the end of the All Programs menu window. After adding new programs, you will want to sort them by name again.
Note: Vista and Windows7 sort All Programs alphabetically by default.
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