If you use computers a lot, you probably find yourself out in the real world wishing you had an Undo command (you know, like just before you're about to smash your new car). Well, the "universal" undo shortcut is: Ctrl+Z.
Ctrl+Z is normally used in word processing documents, but it also works just about anywhere in windows. Let's say you accidentally drag an icon to your desktop and really wish you had it to do over. Well, hit Ctrl+Z and the icon vacates your desktop and jumps back to wherever it was before.
Works with Windows Explorer too. Let's say you accidentally delete a file. Instead of going to the recycle bin to recover it, hit Ctrl+Z .
Note that this only works if you are sending the file to the recycle bin. If you hold down the Shift key while you delete, thus bypassing the recycle bin, the file is gone for good. All the Ctrl+Z ing in the world won't help.
In most programs, Ctrl+Z will undo whatever it was that you just did. Bad thing is that many programs only give you one or two of these "undos." Then you're stuck—or are you?
One clever way to make sure you can always go back is to save your file frequently (a simple Ctrl+S will do it)—especially if you're about to make some big changes. Then if you really mess up good, just close the file and DON'T SAVE IT.
When you open it back up, you'll be back to the way it was when you last saved. This is really handy if you're playing around with image manipulation and are "testing" different effects.
If you want to take this to the next level, you may want to save your file under a different name each time. After all, when it comes to computers, you just can't be too paranoid.
I know, this all may seem incredibly obvious, but I can't tell you the number of times I've seen people waste half an hour trying to get a document back to the way it was originally when they could have just used this tip.
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There's plenty more where that came from, folks! Cast a glance downwards for the latest deals at Worldstart.com, plus solutions to scary noises, zooming in Outlook with April and dragging and dropping to an image editing program.This is all in addition to our Monday video tip and Amanda's Cool Site of the Day! You'll never wonder what movie to rent ever again! Not too bad for a Monday, if I do say so myself! :)
Special Note From Steve - Back By Popular Demand! This is one of those titles that everyone seems to be grabbing! If you're using Vista - or if you're going to be - you've just gotta grab a copy of the title below! Seriously, this is the absolute best way I've ever seen for anyone to learn Vista! We've sold thousands so far and they just won't stop flyin' out the door. Give it a try - for the money, you just can't go wrong. Check it out - you'll see why everyone is so excited about this one!
YES! YOU Can Be A Windows Vista Pro!
Try It For A Few Hours -You'll Be Stunned!
Brilliant Audio & Video Presentations Teach You Everything!
Interactive Simulations Let You Virtually "Try" Techniques Safely!
Hey - Are you a Widows Vista user? Are you going to be? Maybe just thinking about an upgrade? If so, you've just got to try the program that took me from newbie to pro in no time! It's called Professor Teaches Windows Vista and it makes learning Windows Vista a snap!
If you're tired and frustrated with Vista, you're not alone! It's really a great system, but it's juuusssst different enough from previous versions of Windows to make you pull-your-hair-out-crazy trying to make it work the way you want! Come on - Why not say goodbye to all the headaches and take control? Professor Teaches Windows Vista is just the ticket out of frustrationville!
First off, this software uses over 150 absolutely fantastic multimedia presentations to show you how all the new features work - in every version of Vista! You'll really love how easy these terrific presentations are to follow and watch! See, you're not just reading a page of text; this uses engaging audio and video to explain exactly how you do something! PLUS I really love that they cover it all for each topic - there's not a single mouse click left out of the presentation! This won't leave you guessing - it'll leave you knowing EXACTLY what to do! It's like having Bill Gates sitting next to you, going over Vista step by step (only this is a little cheaper :-)!
Oh, and then it takes your learning to the next level! OK, you know how most people seem to learn better by "trying it out" on their own? Well, this has an amazing Vista Simulator built in! So, get this - you watch a lesson, then you can actually "try" it - just like you were using Windows, only you're not going to be able to mess anything up! How cool is that? If that's not the smartest way ever to teach Windows, I don't know what is! It's really like having a private computer tutor! Heck, you can even take a quiz at the end of the chapters to test your knowledge!
Plus, you'll really love the way the presentations progress too- they won't leave you behind scratching your head! You'll start off with the basics, then move on to more advanced topics as you learn. Of course, you can always skip back and review, but let me tell ya, as good as this software is, you probably won't need to! Plus, if you need a quick fix to a problem, you can skip to any topic at any time!
What's covered? HA - What isn't? This thoroughly covers everything you'll ever want to know about Vista! Want a small taste of what you're gonna get on this jam-packed CD? We're talking: setting up internet and e-mail, firewalls, online security, updates, networking, customizing your desktop, troubleshooting problems, disk maintenance, backups, getting remote help, printing, adding / removing programs from startup, intros to everything (desktop, explorer, folders, ect), customizing your start menu, getting the best performance, working with files and folders, using the taskbar, a bunch of great desktop tricks, and more! You're REALLY gonna love it!
Oh, and that's not all - you gotta see this! If you already know how to use XP, this has a special section just for you! It's a "transition" section that takes what you already know about XP and shows you how its now done in Vista! You'll find this is a HUGE time saver and a great way to get your Vista experience on the fast track!
Here's the main categories:
Whew, it covers a TON and we've only touched the surface here! Seriously, if you're running Windows Vista or are going to be, this is an absolute MUST-HAVE! This makes the transition soooo much easier, it's crazy to fight and struggle along! Give this a try, by the time you're done you'll not only love Vista, you'll be using it like a pro!
Your price? For a limited time we're doing this at just $10.97 for our newsletter readers! That's FREE US Shipping of course, plus if you don't love it, just send it back within 60 days for a refund! Trust me, this is the best way to learn Vista - I've never seen a faster - or easier - way to learn! You'll love it too!
PS - This is a limited quantity deal and the price is only good for a limited time (it'll be $16.97 soon). If you are ever going to be face to face with a Vista computer, this is going to make that experience soooo much better! Crazy not to grab it - I know I'm impressed!
This was HUGE on Friday! Did you get your $12.97 4GB Flash drive? If not, you better RUN to the site this morning! We're not sure how much longer our supplier is going to hold this price, so the sooner you get to the site, the better your chances at getting the $12.97 price (more info below) The special isn't going to last - check it out!
4GB Flash Drive Promotion!
WARNING!! - Dirt Cheap Price Can Change At ANY Time!!
Run To The Site For Our Lowest Price Ever On A 4GB Flash Drive
All I can say is WOW! Did we score a deal for you! One of our suppliers gave us an absolutely mind-blowing deal on some 4GB PQI Flash Drives! We've had some fantastic deals on flash drives in the past, but this has got to be the best ever! We're talking a whoppin' 4 GB worth of storage for just $12.97!! These have a retail of $40 - and most big chain stores sell them for that kind of money all day long!
But as we said Friday, there is a serious catch -
The promotion is only for a limited time - and we don't know when it will end! Could be this morning, could be tomorrow, could be next week. Once our cost goes up, your cost will go up! It's something new they're trying, so we decided to play along! My advice? If you want an amazing, $40 4GB flash drive for $12.97, I'd high-tail it on over to the site as soon as you read this!! Get your orders in at $12.97 while you can!!
We all know flash drives are probably the best invention since the internet, but when you think about you can store on these 4GB drives, it's really somethin'! Think about this - these can hold the same amount of data as not 1, not 3, but 6 - count 'em 6 - CD-ROMS! Heck, we're talking enough storage for 600 12MP images from your digital camera, 1000 MP3s, or 80,000 typical office documents! That's a lot of data!!
PLUS it's small and easy to take along - this thing isn't even as long as your index finger! Oh, and get this - if you buy several (and at this price you probably should), you can actually stack & snap them together! The little hole is also ideal for hooking onto a keychain - a great way to keep your important data with you all the time!
I don't know about you, but I can't live without my flash drives! I've used them for the typical "taking documents to the office" routine, but there's a TON of other uses too! Stick MP3s on 'em and listen to your favorite songs at work. Oh, and have you seen some of the newer car radios? They have USB plugs on 'em so you can take a flash drives loaded with MP3s and play it right in your car! Oh, and this is a really great way to take photos over to show off to family and friends! Just drag & drop your photos to it and plug it into any computer! Seems like I come up with new uses for these things all the time - you gotta grab 'em when the price is low like this - you know you're gonna need one soon!
OH, almost forgot - these are USB 2.0 drives so yeah, they're wicked fast! No sitting around staring at progress bars while you copy!
Again, these are just $12.97 and US Shipping is FREE! For that kind of money, better grab a couple! Please note - this was a special promotion from one of our suppliers and the price on these will increase the second they decide to end the promo! Grab yours ASAP - before the price goes back up!
Oh, and you even get to choose the color!
PS - $12.97 is our best price ever on 4GB flash drives of any kind - and these are some of the best quality available! Don't miss out, as soon as our supplier raises our price, we're rasing the price (and that could even be sometime today)!
Special Notice From Steve - Only a few of these available, but WOW - you've gotta try this! I have one of these hooked up to my two computers at home. I turn both computers on, and with a quick push of a button, I instantly zip from one to the other - using the same keyboard, mouse, and monitor! If you've never used one, you'll find yourself unable to resist pushing that button at first - it's really cool! If you have an extra computer sitting around (or even a laptop), give this a try!
"OH WOW! These Are SOOO Cool!"
Have An Extra Computer Laying Around?
Get Some More Life From It!
Awesome KVM Switch Makes It Easy!
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OK, you know how it goes. You get a new computer and your old computer gets shuffled to your closet (poor little guy). You hate to toss it to the corner, but at the same time, there's no space to have two complete computer systems sitting around the house. Well, what if I told you that you're just a cool gadget away from putting that old computer back to use? Get ready to get excited!
We have a few of these fantastic USB KVM Switches available today at a knockout price. What's a KVM switch? Glad you asked!
KVM stands for Keyboard, Video, and Mouse - but here's what ya do with 'em and why you'll really want one. You start by plugging your monitor, USB keyboard, and mouse into the KVM switch - easy enough. Now, simply plug the KVM switch into your two computers with the included cables (USB and Monitor). So, when it's all done, you can run TWO computers with the same keyboard, mouse, and monitor! Just press a button to switch back and forth! Just wait till you try it!
Setup is really fast, so in a few minutes you'll have use of your old computer using your existing monitor, mouse and keyboard! I have this exact switch plugged into my system and now I'm using my old computer all the time! I've decided the old computer is for business stuff and the new, more powerful computer is now dedicated to my photos and graphics work! I just push the button to jump between them!
Oh, if you have a laptop and desktop computer this is just killer! Hook your laptop up to it and switch back and forth with the push of a button!
Why let that old computer collect dust in your closet? Put it back to work with one of these handy switches! Just $22.97 and US shipping is FREE! For that kind of money, it's crazy to let your old computer collect dust bunnies! Hurry, quantities are limited!
Your computer probably has two internal fans - one that sits on top of the CPU and one inside your power supply. Most of the time the sound you're describing comes from the fan in the power supply. They can make that annoying noise for a long time before they finally belly up and die.
However, if it's your CPU fan, you may have a serious issue. If that puppy dies, your CPU can turn to toast in a hurry (and trust me, they're not very good with butter and jelly).
So, the best advice is to wait till your computer is completely cooled off and remove the case cover. Turn the computer on and see if you can determine where the sound is coming from. If it's the CPU fan, that'll need replaced.
If it's the power supply fan, you'll need to replace the entire power supply to get rid of the noise. If you think you're going to open the power supply and fix the fan don't. They're not user serviceable. Besides, if you touch one of its capacitors on accident you'll take a nice little flight across the room.
You may want to listen to your hard drive too (it's the square, slim, box-looking thingy). The sound described in the question above probably isn't hard drive related, but it's always a good idea to give it a quick listen.
Remember, most of the time these power supply fans still work for years after they start rattling, so usually there's no rush - just keep a close eye on it. If that fan dies, your computer can overheat in a hurry.
Oh, after you're done playing with your machines innards, be sure to put the cover back on. Believe it or not, your computer can overheat with the cover off. The computer is designed to pull air through the case in a certain pattern. If there's no cover, the airflow is all wrong and things don't cool as they should.
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Zoom Inbox, Zoom Outbox
Do you work in MS Outlook and find that you seem to flip between the Inbox and the Outbox quite frequently?
Tired of needing the mouse to jump back and forth between the two?
Yeah, me too.
So, here's just the key combinations you need to zoom from one to the other.
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Special Note - We featured these on Friday and had blown through our initial 100 of them before lunch! Needless to say, we told our supplier they HAD to find more of these for us! Well, they came through with a limited quantity - so here's one last chace at it! People were buying 3 and 4 at a time on Friday - get 'em while the gettin' is good!
SanDisk SD Card Blowout!
Don't Pay $40 Somewhere Else!
Grab A 1GB SD Card - Just $6.97!!!
It's Never Been Cheaper To Grab An SD Card!
Work Great In Digital Cameras, MP3 Players, Anything That Uses An SD Card!
ALERT!! - These Are Going FAST!!
Can you believe this? A 1GB SD Card for $6.97 - and it's from SanDisk no less! No, the staff hasn't taken away my meds, these fantastic quality cards (that will probably outlast your camera) really are just $6.97! I can't take my wife out for lunch at McDonalds for that kind of money!
Now, you gotta grab a few - cuz you know if you don't you'll be out at some family event or once-in-a-lifetime vacation later this summer and WISH you had another card! You'll be saying, "Oh WHY didn't I listen to Steve when he said to grab a couple of those SD cards for $6.97!!"
I mean, think about it. take a stroll down the aisle of your local rip-off chain store and you'll find they like to sell them for $40 or so - well, unless they put them on, ahhem, "sale" for $20 or something. Yeah RIGHT!! You know where to get 'em cheap!
Oh, and they hold just outrageous amounts of stuff too - we're talking around 250 photos from your typical 8MP digital camera! Using it in an MP3 player? You'll probably be able to store around 225-250 songs! That's over 12 HOURS worth of music! WOW!
Plus, they work in everything that can use SD cards - Digital cameras, MP3 players, Digital Camcorders, handheld PCs, heck - even some phones and PDAs!!!
These are FAST too! These are the "Ultra II" cards, so they are quicker than the typical SD card you get from the big box store. Why do you care? The faster the card, the less time you spend looking at the back of the camera while it flashes "Writing card, please wait"! Less write time mean more time taking - not missing - photos!
Again, your cost is a jaw-droppin' $6.97 for these! We don't have a lot of 'em and I know people are going to be ordering these by the handful! Drop on by the site and check it out:
PS - Again, less than 100 of these available! Don't mess around or everyone else is going to beat ya to 'em!
It's Not REALLY High Def Unless You're Using An HDMI Cable!
Discover How Incredible Your HDTV Can Really Look!
Other Cables Can't Deliver True High Definition - You MUST Use An HDMI Cable!
And We Have A Gold-Plated Deal For You Today!
Wanna here a sad little story that repeats itself all the time? People go out and buy an amazing new HD TV (Plasma, LCD, DLP ect) and when they plug it in and hook it up, they discover that, much to their dismay, the picture, well, sort of sucks. Why? It's all the in cables!
Unless you are connecting your DVD, Cable Box, Satellite Dish, Bluray, ect to your TV via an HDMI cable, you're just not getting the quality you paid for. Period. Other cables simply can't provide the bandwidth you need to get HD video to your TV at full resoultion. It's a shame to spend hundreds - or thousands - on a top notch TV, only to plug it in with crappy cables.
I can tell you from experience you'll be blown away at what a difference the right cable can make in your picture! I've used 'em all - from the basic yellow/red/white AV cables, to "S" video, then Component Video then to HDMI - and it gets better each time (with HDMI being kind of the hill)! Only problem is, HDMI cables can be crazy expensive at the big box stores - $50, $100, even $200!!
Want an affordable HDMI cable? We have 'em for you! These fantastic HDMI cables are going to upgrade your HD TV's picture instantly! We're talking 24K gold plated connectors, copper braided outer shield, and a design that's going to get you an amazingly clean, crisp picture!
Bottom line: If you've got an HD TV and you're not using an HDMI cable, you're not watching HiDef TV - you're really not.
Want to grab a cable? Well, this 6 foot HDMI cable is just $14.97 and US shipping is FREE! Anyone with an HDTV who's not using a cable is like a guy who won't drive his Ferrari past 25MPH! Grab one today!
PS - Obviously, make sure your TV has HDMI inputs (any current HDTV will) and make sure whatever components you're plugging in do as well (again, any newer equipment will).
Vista Sound and Volume Controls
As you probably already know, Microsoft has added a number of new features and enhancements to its Windows Vista operating system, with one of those being the new sound controls. They really are a welcome addition in terms of features and ease of use. New to the Vista sound controls is the ability to individually control the volume of software applications that use sound, including the background Windows sounds. From now on, users will no longer have to listen to the clicks, bells and other somewhat annoying sounds if they don't want to. This new feature is especially helpful when you have music or another type of media playing on your computer. Head on over to the Worldstart site for the details!
The Ripoff Report
I firmly believe that if you have a credit card, you're looking to get one or if you've been sent a credit card offer in the mail, you have to check out this Web site! Now, it's not limited to credit card use, but I've personally experienced some very underhanded dealings from credit card companies and if I had known about this site, I could have avoided some messy situations. Stop by the site and protect yourself from the dirty deeds!
PLUS - We Want To Know!
This week's homepage poll asks the most pressing question of our time - "How much time do you spend each day on the internet?" Head on over to the homepage and cast your vote - completely anonymous and no signup required. When you land on the homepage, just look to your right - you'll see the poll. Make your selection, vote, and we've even added a link so you can see the current stats (after you vote). Just wait till you see who's winning :-)
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Drag & Drop Opens
Here's a quick little one for ya.
Did you know that most programs allow you to open files by dragging & dropping them into their window? Well, they do. Really.
For example, let's say you have a picture file sitting on your desktop and your imaging software is already running. Just drag & drop the file into the program and it should open (again, this doesn't work with every program out there, but ya don't know till ya try).
This is really handy if you tend to have a lot of programs open at once.
Guess what? Just when you thought this couldn't get any better, it does! You can use this trick to open multiple files at once. Select the files you want, then just drag and drop the group to your program. (Note - if you need help in the multiple selection dept, head to http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/993)
Here's a shot of me opening 4 pictures at once. Let me tell ya, it was pretty exciting. My mouse is still quivering.
What if the program you want to drag to is minimized on your toolbar? Not a problemjust drag your file to its little button and hold (don't let go of that left mouse button). After a couple seconds the program window will open and you'll be able to drop the file into it.
Imagine how cool you'll look at the next computer expo with this little gem...
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The Computer Cowboy
Those little boxes that you make on your desktop when you hold your left mouse button and drag diagonally are technically called “lassos”. You know, like a cowboy! But what are they used for in reference to computers? I'll start by saying that it has a lot to do with selecting stuff, and let our Monday Video Tip explain the rest! Check it out here! http://imgsrv.worldstart.com/videotips/index.htm
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I love to watch a good movie to relax. There is something about sitting in front of the television with some freshly popped popcorn and putting in a movie that just lets me unwind for a little bit.
No matter how you get your movies to watch: online, the video store, the grocery store, etc; you’ll love getting these recommendations to help you find more movies like the ones you like. I do a little bit of all three of those to watch videos and now that I can get recommendations to find more movies similar to the ones I like that means more options for my relaxation time.
One of my favorite movies of all time is Much Ado About Nothing with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh, so I started my search with that movie. After searching the database it came up with ten picks from the clerks. The main one was A Midsummer’s Dream with Kevin Kline, and Michelle Pheiffer. I thought that was definitely a good match.
But what about the other nine you ask? This is what I really love about this site! The other nine were listed with explanation of how they were different. For example: The Taming of the Shrew was listed as Similarly Witty. Kiss Me Kate (another favorite of mine) as listed as More Music. This way if you want a similar movie but say you’re feeling like a drama, you could pick the More Drama option.
Another really neat attribute of this site is Compare Movies feature. Here you can type in the names of two movies and compare them side by side! Or you could try the Mash It feature, where you put in the name of a movie you like, and change the sliders to match your mood to get a movie recommendation.
To register click the Sign Up button and fill out the form with the following information: an e-mail address, create a username and password, type in the word verification, provide your first and last name, gender, and birth date. You’ll also get to list your five favorite genres, and your five favorite movies of all time. The really nice thing is if you decide you’re not going to use the account here, you can deactivate it.
Are you ready to go find movies to watch? I know I am! Check it out today!
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