Where's That Button?
Back by popular demand! I hope you don't mind, but we're going back to the basics today. It seems like I've been asked this question over and over again for the past couple of weeks, so I figured it would be a good idea to take a step back and explain it to all of you at the same time. We've done a couple tips on this in the past, but today's is going to be a little less complicated. Like I said, we're going back to the basics! So, what's all this about, you ask? Well, the Print Screen button, of course. Keep reading for all the details!
This is the question I've been getting time and time again: "Where is the Print Screen button on my keyboard?" I've had several people tell me they don't even have that button on their keyboard, but I'm willing to bet that's not true. As far as I know, the Print Screen button is pretty universal to all keyboards. You just have to know where to look to find it! The Print Screen button is generally located toward the top of the keyboard on the right hand side. It's usually in the same column as the arrow keys and it's above the section of keys that say Home, End and Del. It's located just to the left of the Scroll Lock key and it will say Prt Scn or something similar. The words Print and Screen are hardly ever printed out completely on a keyboard, so always look for the Prt Scn abbreviation.
Did you find it? It's not as hard when you know where to look, is it?! Now, just in case you missed some of our other tips, you might be wondering what the Print Screen button is for. Well, it's mainly used to make screenshots of images on your computer. You can hit the Print Screen button and it will take an exact snapshot of your monitor screen. It's really pretty cool. You can read this tip for more on making your own screenshots, but all in all, you at least now know where to look for that all inclusive Prt Scn button. Oh yeah!
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Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn a few new computer acronyms you may not have known before, find out how you can shape up in various MS Office 2007 programs and learn how you can start organizing your Internet Explorer 7 Favorites today. Also, find out how you can do selective printing from now on with today's video tip and as always, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!
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Oh, and look at these - instead of laying down on their side like some kind of lazy hub, they stand up! Why didn't I think of that? What a brilliant idea! Just wait till you try it! The ingenious design makes surprisingly easy to plug in (and yank out) your USB cords! I tried one out at home and was pleasantly surprised at how much more organized all the cords stay - no more rat's nest!
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ATA - Advanced Technology Attachment
ATM - Asynchronous Transfer Mode
BIOS - Basic Input/Output System
BMP - Bitmap
CD - Compact Disc
CGI - Common Gateway Interface
CPU - Central Processing Unit
DBMS - Database Management System
DLL - Dynamic Link Library
DNS - Domain Name System
DSL - Digital Subscriber Line
DVD - Digital Versatile Disc
FTP - File Transfer Protocol
JPEG - Joint Photographic Experts Group
LAN - Local Area Network
MPEG - Moving Picture Experts Group
P2P - Peer To Peer
POP3 - Post Office Protocol
RGB - Red Green Blue
TCP/IP - Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
USB - Universal Serial Bus
WiFi - Wireless Fidelity
WWW - World Wide Web
Did you learn something? I sure hope so!
Now, those are obviously just the acronyms and if you're not sure of the operation of each term, you can always do a quick search on our Web site at http://www.worldstart.com/tips/index.php. We've done several articles on some of the terms in the past. Don't you feel smarter already?!
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Using MS Office Suite 2007?
If so, do you insert a lot of pictures or clipart?
Ever find yourself looking at a picture, thinking just how perfect it is, only if it were a different shape?
Maybe you've found a great piece of clipart, but it's rectangular shaped, like this:
Instead, you were looking for a corner accent shape, like this:
You really like the picture, but not the shape. So, now what?
What if none of the pictures you find are actually shaped to fit in a corner? Do you settle for something that's not quite right?
In the end, you would make some sort of choice, but it may not be your first preference.
If you're using Office 2007, maybe you don't have to "settle" for something else after all!
When you insert the picture, you'll automatically have the Picture Tools, Format tab added to the ribbon. And that's where you'll find the solution to your dilemma.
On the right hand side of the Picture Styles section, you'll find a button labeled Picture Shape.
When you click on that button, your AutoShapes choices will appear, but not for drawing purposes.
Instead, if you choose a shape from the palette, you'll find that your picture is changed into the shape you selected.
Office doesn't distort the shape, it simply hides the parts you no longer need.
From there, you can rotate, recolor, brighten, etc. Just like you could with the original.
Given the versatility this gives to your graphics, you can be quite creative, so give it a try. You just might find it becomes one of your favorite tricks for creating truly customized documents and presentations!
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Wow! We just got in these super bright Flexible LED Desk Lamps, and this baby is never leaving my desk again!
It's really, really great! Not only is it amazingly light weight, it has this super-flexible neck that allows you to twist it and bend it to where ever you need the most light!
Speaking of light- man- oh- man you'll be amazed how much light this little guy throws! After I plugged in the 3 AAA batteries, this lamp automatically turned on, and it nearly blinded me! Those little LED's were nice and bright!
Another awesome thing about this handy desk lamp is that it runs on batteries, which means no need to fuss with messy electrical cords. And because you are using LED lights, not only is saving battery power, but the little LEDs will never burn out! I am tellin' ya- this lamp will run strong for way over 50,000 hours! WOW!
Wouldn't this be just fantastic for traveling? I was in a hotel last weekend on one of my photo trips and it just didn't have enough light. Well, when I saw this light this week, I decided that this is going to be added to my laptop bag! If you travel with your laptop, this is a real no-brainer!
I have mine set up on my desk, angled at my keyboard! And It works great! But this light is also perfect if you are into little craft projects where you need a little extra light! Better yet- it works great as a book light too! You gotta check out this handy desk light- just click the little on/ off button and you will never be caught in the dark!
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Lost Little Speaker
How often do you use the little speaker icon that sits down in your system tray? You know, the one that allows you to adjust your volume, among other things. Well, if you use it a lot, what would you do if you ever happened to lose it? Would you go crazy without it or would you just try to get it back? I hope you would try to get it back and that's why we've come up with a little tip to help you. It's featured on our homepage today, so be sure to check it out when you have a minute or two!
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Organizing Your IE 7 Favorites
Another reader asks: Ever since I downloaded Internet Explorer 7, I can't seem to get my favorites organized like I had them before. Can you please help me?
As a matter of fact, I can! I hope that makes you feel a little better already. You know, like someone is giving you a ray of hope when it comes to your Favorites. Okay, so that may be taking things a little too far, but in all actuality, the Favorites feature is very important when it comes to browsing the Web. If you've never added Favorites to your Web browser before, you might want to start now and with Internet Explorer 7's way of doing things, you'll never want to stop!
First of all, let me go over how you can add a Favorite to your list in IE 7. It's pretty similar to IE 6, so I'm sure most of you already know how to do it, but I want to discuss it just in case. When you're visiting a Web site you want to add to your Favorites list, go up to the top of the page and on the left hand side of the screen, you'll see a large yellow plus sign (+). Click on that and choose Add to Favorites. You can then rename the Favorite if you'd like and you can choose where you want it to be stored. There's also the option of making the site available offline. When you have everything set the way you want it, click Add and the site will be added to your list.
IE 7 made the process a little less complicated. Everything is pretty straight forward. It gives you a lot of options when it comes to adding your Favorites as well. Now, let's move on to how you can get those puppies organized!
If you browse the Web quite often, you probably have several items in your Favorites list already. I know I do! Every time I see a site I might want to look at or refer back to at another time, I click the Add button right away. But, after awhile, my list turns into an awful mess and I can never find anything. It all just becomes one long list to scroll through and that just defeats the whole purpose of the Favorites feature in the first place. So, when it comes to your Favorites, organization is key!
To begin, click on the Favorites Center star, which is located right next to the plus sign you clicked on earlier.
A new window will then appear and you'll have three tabs to choose from: Favorites, Feeds and History. Click on the Favorites tab to see a list of the Favorites you already have compiled.
Now, you can do a few things here. The best thing though is probably to create different folders for the different categories of Favorites you have. To do that, click on Create New Folder. You can then drag and drop your Favorites into their rightful folders. For example, if you have several Web sites that deal with sports, make a new folder and title it "Sports." If you like to travel and you have several sites devoted to that, make one and call it "Travel." The options are endless, but once you have all of your sites set in place, you'll be able to find what you're looking for so much faster.
That's my suggestion for you, but there are several other things you can do with the IE 7 Favorites Center. If you need help, ask the Help file in IE 7. That will get you where you want to go. Also, the Favorites Center is very useful and you may want to leave it up on your browser at all times. That way, you can easily access it and you'll save yourself a lot of time. But, of course, that's all up to you!
I hope you can now go and get your Favorites organized and set the way you want them to be. I did it and let me tell you, I couldn't be happier! My Web browsing is just so much more simple now. Go give it a try for yourself. Who knows, you might like it too!
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Selective Printing - Video Tip
When you're printing something (whether it's part of a Web page or even part of WorldStart's newsletter), do you ever just want to print part of it instead of the whole thing? I know I like to do that sometimes, because it saves me paper and printer ink. And besides that, why print the whole document when you only need bits and pieces of it? Well, if you'd like to learn how you can do that, through selective printing, simply click on the link! http://imgsrv.worldstart.com/videotips/index.htm
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Would you like to share your photos online in high quality? Well, now you can with Troovi!
This Web site is so easy to use! Just click on the Choose Photos button to get started. That will open your computer's Open menu, so go ahead and select the photo you’d like upload. Free users can upload 15 images at a time, so don’t be shy!
Once you’ve selected all the photos you want to upload, click on the Upload button. Once they're uploaded to the site, a window will come up. The window contains the link you need to see the photos you’ve uploaded. It's very important for you to copy and paste that somewhere to save it. I like to paste the URL into Notepad. The window that popped up also gives you the option to send out your photo collection via e-mail.
When you’re finished filling out the e-mail form to share your photos with all your friends and family, just click on the Finished button. E-mailing it to yourself is another great way of saving your unique link. (Make sure you check your spam folder as well, because that’s where my e-mail ended up).
After you’ve uploaded the initial batch, you can add more photos by clicking on the Add More Photos button. It works the same way as it did the first time you did it. I hope you have fun with Troovi!
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Sunday, March 8, 2009
Computer Tips [ Mystery Button Magic + Computer Acronym 101 + Finally - Your Favorites Organized ] 03/09/2009
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