I do not watch very much television, and what I do watch is almost never at the original broadcast time. In fact, I am starting to think about canceling my cable TV service, and relying entirely on programming content that I can download to my television from the Internet. The device that others have used to make that jump is a streaming player, such as one made by Roku. Continue reading
When using the Microsoft Standard English (“United States 101”) Keyboard, you can type International and Special Characters using the <Alt> key and the right-side numeric keypad. Note that the <Num Lock> key must be on.
Not all characters are available in all font faces or in all browsers. The following table is based on the Times-New Roman or Arial font face and Internet Explorer. Consult the Microsoft Character Map to see what special characters are available for different fonts on your system. These special characters also work with the Microsoft English US-International keyboard. Continue reading
You have a lot of choices when it comes to browsers these days. Although each program has some special features, the most popular browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Opera) share some common keyboard commands. Here are just a few keyboard shortcuts that can help expedite your Web browsing on the popular browsers. Continue reading
Every version of Windows lets you customize how your icons appear on the Desktop. In Windows XP, you can change the size of your Desktop icons in one of two ways. First, right-click the Desktop and choose Properties. Under the Appearance tab, click the Effects button. Placing a check mark next to Use Large Icons will make your Desktop’s icons larger, while removing the check mark will make them smaller. If you want to further customize your icons, click the Advanced button under the Appearance tab and then choose Icon from the drop-down list under Item. Continue reading
When you download a file from the Internet, your Internet browser automatically saves the file to a particular folder, typically one called “Downloads.” Mozilla Firefox lets you choose where you want to save the files you download from the Internet, and makes it easy to do so. Continue reading
There are two ways to capture screen shots using the PRINT SCREEN key. If you want to capture everything on the screen, press the CTRL+PRINT SCREEN keys. However, if you need to capture only a single window, select that application window with your mouse and simultaneously press the ALT+PRINT SCREEN keys. You won’t need to crop out anything, or as much, so you can quickly utilize or pass along the screen shot.
If you’re looking for a specific type of file, Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and Vista offers a handy organization feature. When you open Windows Explorer, the window typically features headings for Name, Date Modified, Type, and Folder. If you hover the mouse pointer over one of the fields, such as “Type,” you can click a down arrow to arrange and filter what files appear. Continue reading
Have you ever received a PowerPoint slideshow file (with a .PPS or .PPSX extension) from a friend that includes some great pictures that you want to keep or set as your wallpaper? To save the images, you’ll just need to changes the “S” in the file extension to a “T,” such as from .PPS to .PPT. Then, double-click the PowerPoint file to open the presentation. Right-click the image you want to save, select Save As Picture, name the file and select the folder in which to save it, and click Save. Just make sure you’re not violating any copyrights for the image.
Here is an idea for a backup system that allows you to easily have three copies of your data on-hand. In the first month, back up everything that you want to save onto a re-writeable DVD (DVD-RW), which you have titled “Disc 1.” The second month, copy everything onto a second re-writeable DVD-RW titled “Disc 2,” and repeat the procedure with “Disc 3” on which you copy everything the third month. After that, start the process over by erasing Disc 1 and transferring all your data onto it. This way, even if you delete something, you’ll have a copy of it from two months ago. The redundant system also gives you another backup if the most recent copy becomes damaged.
You can change your computer’s screen saver to present a slideshow of personal pictures with just a few clicks. Continue reading