Keyboard Shortcuts

Windowskeyshortcuts

Need a quick way to do something , try keyboard shortcuts.

We may know the basics , CTRL + C ( Copy ) & CTRL + V ( Paste ) but what are some of the rest.

  • CTRL+X (Cut)
  • CTRL+Z (Undo)
  • DELETE (Delete)
  • SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
  • CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
  • CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
  • F2 key (Rename the selected item)
  • CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
  • CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
  • CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
  • CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
  • CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
  • SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
  • CTRL+A (Select all)
  • F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
  • ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
  • ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
  • ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
  • ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
  • CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
  • ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
  • ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
  • F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
  • F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  • SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
  • ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
  • CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
  • ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)
  • Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
  • F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
  • RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
  • LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
  • F5 key (Update the active window)
  • BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  • ESC (Cancel the current task)
  • SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically

For a comprehensive list of shortcuts and links to other sites on shortcuts checkout this post on The Download Squad

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Online OCR Software

Online ocr

OCR or optical character recognition is the capture ( usually by a scanner ) of text ( from a printed copy or handwriting ) into a document / file that you can edit.

When you scan a document into a computer with your scanner it will produce an image file then software is needed to convert the scanned image into text.

The conversion is OCR or optical character recognition.

There is now an online service at ONLINE OCR where you can upload the following image formats.


  • PDF (All types of PDF files including
    multi-page PDFs)

  • TIF/TIFF (Multipage TIFFs supported)
  • JPEG/JPG
  • BMP
  • PCX
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • ZIP
    files containing
    the above types of files can also be uploaded.

And have the option of receiving the converted files in the following formats:

  • Adobe PDF
  • MS Word 2003/XP
  • MS Excel 2003/XP
  • Html 4.0
  • RTF
  • Text Plain

Checkout the website at Online OCR for more details

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PDF Alternatives , Do You Really Need Adobe ?

When it comes to opening PDF's Adobe has cornered the market but here are some great alternatives to use without using Adobe.

Fox It Reader is a great lightweight tool for reading PDFs and it's free

Cute PDF is great for creating PDFs and reading and it's free

Finally remember if you have a Google Account you will be able to open PDFs in G Mail.

Adobe has had a few security issues lately so it always pays to check for an updated version and do not turn off the automatic update checker.

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Delete E Mail in Gmail on the iPhone4 or iPad with iOS4.3

With the iPhone4 and the iPad now that iOS4.2 has arrived you may have noticed a change to your email options in GMail.

There is an archive button not a delete option as there was before.

Well if you are like me you dont want to archive some mail messages so the question is , How Do You Get Delete Back?

Open up the settings tab on your iPhone or iPad and select Mail , Contacts , Calendar , then go  to your gmail account.

IPad gmail settings

You will see Archive messages at the bottom of the settings.

Simply turn that to OFF , click Done and your delete option will be back.

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Share Your Music & Video’s Between Computers & iPad,iPhone ( Part 2)

The next part in sharing your music & videos between your computer and your iOS devices (iPad, iPhone) is to be able to see the shared library from your computer on your device. Remember to do this you need the latest versions of iTunes and the latest update for your iOS device First open up the Settings icon on your iOS device. Then go to the iPod tab Here you will see the Home Sharing section  Enter in your Apple ID and password Now click on the iPod icon on your device Go to the More tab on the bottom right and click on it Now you will see a Shared icon  Click on the Shared icon and you will see the Shared Libraries tab and the name of your library from the main shared computer

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Share Your Music & Video’s Between Computers & iPad , iPhone ( Part 1)

With iTunes it is now easier than ever to share your music & videos between your computers , iPad ,iPhone. If you are have a wireless network it means you can stream – listen to , your music collection from the computer with your main iTunes account on your other computers and devices (iPhone,iPad ) on the network. This means you can turn on the one computer , start iTunes then listen to your music etc from your iPad anywhere your network stretches to. So how do you do this? First on the computer with your main iTunes account go to Advanced then click on Turn On Home Sharing  You then enter your Apple ID and password You will then see that Home Sharing is now on On the menu side you will now see the following You can now see that your library ( in your case it wont… Read More

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How To Share Files With A Windows PC From A Mac

If you want to share files with a Windows 7 pc from a mac there are a few steps to take. First on the Mac open System Preferences then open the Network tab. Then open the Advanced tab , then look for and open the WINS tab You will then need to enter your Windows ” workgroup ” name in the workgroup tab. You can find your workgroup name from your windows system in your windows system’s Control Panel When you have done this press OK Now still on your Mac and in system preferences open the Sharing tab Put a tick in File Sharing and click on File Sharing , this will change the right hand side of the screen where you can select the folders you wish to share. Next you can change the permissions (rights) given to the shared folders eg:read only , read & write etc… Read More

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Playing Computer Games , Try Game Booster

If you are looking for a software solution to assist when playing PC Games try Game Booster which as the website describes "Designed to help optimize your PC for smoother, more responsive game
play in the latest PC games with the touch of a button, Game Booster
helps achieve the performance edge previously only available to highly
technical enthusiasts. It works by temporarily shutting down background
processes, cleaning RAM, and intensifying processor performance. That
means you can keep all the features of Microsoft® Windows Vista® and
XP® ready for when you need them, but turn them off when you are ready
to get down to serious business – gaming. Game Booster makes it simpler
to enjoy the latest games and take your experience to a new level. "
Best of all it's FREE

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