Showing posts with label Windows. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows. Show all posts

Jan 2, 2015

Windows Number Tip

Those little icons along the bottom of your screen that you use for everyday program shortcuts are handy. Normally you use the mouse to click on the icon to open the program. There is an easier way to open them without using a mouse. Each program to the right of the Start button is assigned its own numerical shortcut, with the first program being "1," the second being "2," and so on up to the 10th shortcut, which is "0."

Press the Windows key, plus the number of the program you want to open and it will launch. For example, if the first icon is for email, hold down the windows key (on the lower left of most keyboards) and press the number 1. Your email will open.

You can rearrange the icons and move the most used to the left position to make it easier to remember. I have more than ten, so I moved the least used to the right and kept the top ten as the first ten.

Apr 30, 2013

Air Traffic Control Tower Windows

Air traffic control towers always have windows that slope toward the tower at the base. Many people assume that they are designed that way to prevent the sun's reflection or glare from blinding incoming pilots.

The benefit is not for those outside the tower, but those inside it. Ordinarily, we see reflections in glass all the time, as from computer screens, TVs, or car windows. Air traffic controllers must not have any distracting reflections as they monitor flights. By tilting the glass away, any errant light from inside the tower, such as video screens, lights, etc. are reflected up onto the ceiling, which is painted black.

Aug 2, 2011

Print Your Screen

How to print what you see on your screen.
First, find the Print Screen key on your keyboard, which might be labeled PrtScn.

To capture the entire screen (everything you see on the screen, including all open windows), press the PrtScn button. This screenshot will be placed in your clipboard.
Alternatively, to capture just the active or foremost window, press Alt+PrtScn. Now you can paste the image into an email or document, or open an image editing program like Microsoft Paint and either go to the Edit menu then select Paste,  or press Ctrl+V to paste the image into the program. Now you can manipulate the image.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 come with another screen capturing tool, the Snipping Tool. With the Snipping Tool, you can define areas of the screen to capture (an irregular shape, rectangle that you draw, selected window, or the entire screen), annotate the screen capture. Since you can save the image directly from the program, the Snipping Tool also saves you the step of having to open Paint or a different program and pasting the image from the clipboard.

To use the Snipping Tool: Full size - Click Start, then All Programs, then Accessories, and then Snipping Tool. Click the down arrow next to the New button to select your snipping type. Then use your mouse to select the area of your screen or window you want to capture. Click and go.

Sep 10, 2010

Windows Top Tip

This works with almost any program you are working in. When you think you have made a mistake, or deleted a file, or forget what you last did, or screwed something up, just hold down the 'Ctrl' (control) key and hit the letter Z. The ctrl keys are on the bottom left and bottom right of most keyboards. It will undo the last action you took. It is the universal undo command for Windows computers.