Tips, Tricks and Links
Internet Explorer Full Screen Mode
the F11 key to make your screen go full screen mode. Press F11 again to
return to normal mode.
Locate who owns a phone number
you know you can enter a telephone number in the address bar to find out who
that number belongs to?
Searching from the Address Bar
search from the Address bar, type go, find or ? followed by
a word or phrase.
Shortcut to Website
you know you can drag the icon at the beginning of the address bar to your
desktop to create a shortcut to that location?
Google Map Searching
Need directions to or from a location? Try
http://maps.google.com for a new way to
search for locations.
customize the Start Menu, right click on the Task Bar and select Properties.
Lock the Task Bar
can prevent changes to the Taskbar such as moving or resizing it by right
clicking on the taskbar and selecting "Lock the Taskbar."
Use the Quick Launch Toolbar
can put shortcuts to frequently used program on the Quick Launch Toolbar.
To start a program simply click once on the application to launch it.
Change the Date and Time
change the Date or Time, double click the clock in the lower right hand corner
of the taskbar.
Automatically Sync Your Clock
can sync your clock automatically by double clicking on the clock in the lower
right hand corner of the taskbar. Next, select the Internet Time tab and
select the Internet time server check box.
Single Click Icon to Activate
you hate to double click on an item to open it, open My Computer, then select
Tools from the menu, then select Folder Options. Locate the the General
tab and then select "Single-click to open an item." Next select the
"Underline icon titles only when I point at them."
you have trouble seeing or locating the mouse pointer? You can change the
size and color of the mouse point by going into the Control Panel, selecting
Mouse, and then Pointers. Select from a list of sizes and colors.
Mouse Click Speed
you have trouble trying to double click the mouse? You can change how fast
it takes to open a folder or a program by opening the Control Panel, select
Mouse and then select the Buttons tab, and then moving the slider bar to
increase or decrease how sensitive an double click action function works.
Left Handed Mouse Operation
you are a left handed person and want to set up the mouse so you can use your
left hand, open the Control Panel, select Mouse, and then select the Buttons
tab. Next click on the box next to "Switch primary and secondary buttons."
Secunia Personal Software Inspector
PSI (Personal Software Inspector) is a free security
tool that's designed with the sole purpose of helping you
secure your computer from software vulnerabilities. Software
vulnerabilities affect all applications installed on your
computer, from the Operating System down to your email
client, office application, instant messaging, and so
on. Use Secunia PSI to assess the security patch state of
software installed on your system. It constantly monitors
your system for insecure software installations, notifies
you when an insecure application is installed, and even
provides you with detailed instructions for updating the
application when available.
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
If you are
thinking about upgrading your computer to run Windows 7
then you want to check out this free tool from Microsoft.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a small software tool
that is designed to scan your computer and will create an
easy to understand report of all known system, device and
program compatibility issues. In addition, information
on how to resolve any issues is also included.
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Windows Shortcut Keys
Looking for an
easy way to perform functions in Windows and other
applications? Have you ever heard of a shortcut key?
A shortcut key is a keystroke combination that lets you
perform a specific function without having to use the mouse.
Click on the link below to see a list of dozens of shortcut
keys that you can use in Windows as well as other
Windows Shortcut Keys
Learn More with Microsoft at Home
Microsoft At Home
Want to learn more about using your computer? If you are looking for ways
to have more fun, get more done or ways to stay in touch then this page has
something for you. Whether you are a Newbie or an old salt there is plenty
of cool things for everyone!
Download Microsoft Photo Story 3 - Its Free!
Microsoft Photo Story helps you to create exciting video stories by adding
panning and zooming effects to your pictures. You can use Photo Story to
record narration for your pictures, add titles and background music to your
story. You can even share your story in a variety of ways with this
professional quality program.
Microsoft Digital Photography Home Page
Looking for ways to do more with your digital camera or your photos?
Microsoft has really outdone themselves with this site. You can download
their Photo Story software as well as get great ideas and tips on ways to:
Take Great Pictures
Manage and Backup Your Photos
Enhance and Fix Your Photos
Share Your Photos with Family and Friends
Print and Scan Your Photos
Microsoft Windows Movie Maker
this is one of my favorites. I enjoy making mini movies from old pictures
and even pictures I recently have taken. This is a really cool site that
has lots of information on making movies from photos as well as from your
digital camcorder. Make sure to download the updated version of Movie
Maker - it's free!
Microsoft Gaming Site
you like computer games then you need to check out the Windows Gaming site.
Whether you are an Xbox 360 user or just like to play Solitaire this site has
something for you. Try the featured game download or check out one of the many
Music and Video with Windows Media Player
you enjoy taking your music when you are on the go? Do you have the latest
version of Microsoft Media Player? Have you wanted to learn more about the
world of digital music? Did you know you can watch video with Media Player
10? Take a spin over to Microsoft's Digital Music and Video How-To Center
and learn about what you can do with Windows Media Player 10.
Microsoft Media Center
you using Windows Media Center? This operating system is on steroids! Windows Media Center is a powerful operating system that allows you to work with
all sorts of media including:
Watch, Pause and Rewind TV on Your Computer
Burn TV to a CD or DVD
Watch Home Movies
Download, edit and Look at Pictures and Videos to Your
Play Music and Listen to Radio Stations
Transfer Music and Video to Your Portable Player
And much, much more!
you like to communicate instantly with others on the Internet? Have you
tried Microsoft's Instant Messenger? This site has so much for those that
like to Instant Message. Download the latest version of Microsoft Instant
Messenger, learn keyboard shortcuts for emoticons such as smiley faces, frowns,
hearts, cameras and so many more.
Windows XP Security and Privacy
Everyone needs to understand how they can be more secure and private when
surfing the web or sending e-mail. This site helps you to learn to keep
your computer and personal data more secure using Windows XP.
Home and Small Office Networking
you have two or more computers in your home or office? Do you want to know
more about networking them together to share data and devices such as printers
or your Internet connection? Use the Home Networking How-To Center to
learn how to build a home network from the ground up, how to use firewalls and
what hardware and software you will need to accomplish this task.
Dragnifier Screen Magnifier
Do you find
yourself squinting when reading the computer screen? If so, try this nifty screen magnifier from Ed Halley.
This magnifier is great for limited eyesight users or for
those that need to see fine detail in their work.
Check your Browser for Address Bar Spoofing Vulnerability
Are you vulnerable to the
address bar spoofing and phishing attacks? Check out
this link to test your system to see if your system is open
for this issue and learn what you can do to help protect
Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products
Think your Spyware removal
program is legit? You might want to check this link to
see if it is. Rogue or suspect programs can be
classified as software that may have questionable value or
ability to provide protection against spyware.
If you get an offer to load a
program that is supposed to protect you from spyware you
might want to check this list BEFORE you install. This
list might be the difference between spyware protection and
Local Shared Object Settings Manager
Objects are used by Flash content and
applications to store information they may want
to preserve between sessions. Flash content
appears on the web in a variety of forms ranging
from animations, product demonstrations or
visualizations, applications, advertisements,
and video clips.
specifically provide personal information to
Flash content, local shared objects won’t
contain anything you want kept private. No data
about you is made available to Flash content by
Flash Player, and information that content
places in local shared objects is only
accessible to the content which originally
stored it. Users are always advised to be
cautious about providing personal information
over the web.
A website can
use local shared objects, for example, to
recognize that you’ve visited the site before,
and present a tailored welcome message.
Advertisers can also use this information to
determine that you’ve seen an ad before. There
is nothing personally-identifiable in this
data—they know nothing about you, other than
that you have visited previously, unless you
specifically tell them.
Click below to
access the Macromedia Local Objects Settings
Check your PC for viruses
using one of these free online virus scanners. Using the
Trend scanner, you can even clean a virus from your system. Give one or
all of them a try to see if your PC is
infected with one of pesky little critters.
** You will need to run
these scanners using Internet Explorer. **
** These scanners do not
work using the Firefox browser. **
Free Anti-Virus Programs
Internet Explorer Tools
Use this utility to add a list
of sites to the restricted zone in Internet Explorer.
Restricted Zone Utility:
Spyware Utilities and
Webroot Spy Audit Online
Use this utility to scan for
spyware on your system.
Spybot Search and Destroy:
Ad-Aware Personal Edition:
Host File Manager
Microsoft Baseline Security
Free Image Management and
Picasa is software that makes
it easy and fun to view, organize, edit and share the
digital photos on your PC. Picasa won't delete your pictures
or put them online without your permission.
Learn how to bring pictures to
life using Microsoft Photo Story 3 and best of all, it's
free. Learn to capture memories, bring photo's to life
and even share your stories with others. Did I
mention... it's free!
Microsoft Power Toys
for Windows XP
additional programs that developers work on after a product
has been released to manufacturing. They add fun and
functionality to the Windows experience. These PowerToys are
for Windows XP only.
Microsoft XP PowerToys
Learn about Digital IDs
Get a digital ID to protect
your e-mail or documents. Here are a few good sites to
chose from to get your digital ID today.
Verisign Digital ID Center
VeriSign provides digital IDs for
secure e-mail. Use your VeriSign digital ID to digitally
sign e-mail messages, assuring recipients that your e-mail
messages really came from you and not an impostor. You can
also use your digital ID to encrypt the contents of your
messages (including attachments), letting recipients know
that your e-mail message was not altered in any way during
Personal Digital ID Center
My Credential™ from GeoTrust, Inc. is a
personal digital certificate for doc signing and secure
e-mail. Digitally sign and apply the U.S. Postal Service’s
Electronic Postmark® to Microsoft Office Word documents,
verifying that docs have been signed by you and time-stamped
by the USPS. Also digitally sign Microsoft Office Outlook®
e-mail messages to verify that they have come from you
unaltered. The certificates are scalable and can be
distributed to the enterprise or other community of users.
USPS EPM (Electronic Post Mark) for Microsoft Office
USPS EPM Extension
for Microsoft Office allows users to sign Word documents
digitally and then seal them with the USPS Electronic
Postmark (EPM). After installing the EPM Extension, just
click the blue eagle icon in your Microsoft Word toolbar,
apply a USPS EPM to your document (contract, letter, or
agreement), and electronically sign. This gives your
document tamper protection against fraud, and it gives the
recipient the ability to verify document authenticity
online. Transaction records about postmarked Word documents
are stored in the USPS EPM repository for seven years,
providing third-party evidence to support non-repudiation of
your photos in a whole new way
Photo Story, which comes with Plus! Digital
Media Edition, is the software that lets you
turn your photographs into memories that will
last forever, with music and professional
transitions. Now you can try it yourself,
Get photos from camera to computer
Find out how to attach your camera directly to
your computer, use a memory card reader, and
Turn your photos into a coffee table book
You choose the pictures, design the layout,
and more, to create a book of 10 to 50 pages
that you can set out with pride.
Color manage your monitor
It's true. A color-accurate computer monitor
is as important for image quality as any lens
in your arsenal.