Open second Explorer window

When you have Windows Explorer open and you wish to open a second window using the folder icon in the taskbar,  hold down the shift key while clicking on the icon.

Adding Gmail contact

To add an email address to your your list of contacts in gmail,  hover the mouse over the email in the inbox, choose More/Add to to contacts

Browsing the interenet

  • If you know the address of the site you want to go to  type it in the address address bar at the top of the page otherwise use a search box for any word or words that may lead to to it. In IE9 the address bar doubles as a search box. 
  •  To go back to a previous page use the arrow pointing to the left at the top of the screen.
  • Make the text bigger or smaller by holding down the CTRL key and roll the mouse wheel or press the + or – key
  • Open a link in a new tab by holding down CTRL as you click.  This makes it very easy to move between sites.
  • Scroll up and down a page with the mouse wheel, the scroll bar at the right hand edge or click the mouse wheel and move the mouse slightly up or down.
  • Make any page your home page by finding Internet Options on the menu (in IE9 click the cog wheel at the top right) an choose Current page.

Inserting pictures into Word 2007/2010 documents

Select the place in your document where the picture is to be inserted. On the Insert tab choose Picture.  Select the picture to insert and it will appear in the document. Resize it by dragging the little squares in the corners. Move the picture by dragging when the cursor changes to a four pointed arrow. Wrap text around the picture by choosing Text wrap from the Picture tools tab (if it is not visible click on the picture).  There is a tutorial on this written by Graham Adam at  Click on the Word icon

Favourite web sites

An easy way to access your favourite sites is to put them on the favourites bar across the top of most browsers. To get them there go to the site you want to save and then drag the icon from the address bar to the faourites bar. Once there you can rename it with a right click.

Screen font sizes 

To change the size of the font on your screen click Start/Control panel/Screen resolution.  Select a resolution from the list, the higher the numbers, the smaller the font but you will see more on the screen.

View windows side by side 

In Windows 7 you can place a window on the side of the screen by dragging from the title bar to the left or right. In all versions you can arrange windows side by side by right clicking on the task bar and then choose “side by side“.  Note the words may be different in some versions of windows.

32 and 64 bit computers

What does 64-bit mean and how do I find out if my computer has it?
64 –bit is a term used to describe how a computer’s processor (CPU) handles information. The 64-bit processor will handle larger amounts of data than older versions and should therefore respond faster. To find out whether your computer is 64-bit click on the Start button; then in the right panel of the popup menu, right click on Computer.

Left click on Properties and look for System type in the Systems section.

CD’s and DVD’s

Both types of disks can be R (write once) or RW(overwrite existing files).As disks are very cheap and RW one may not be readable on all computers it makes sense use the R format. The minus /plus sign refers to older and newer technology.  The minus disks can be used in all computers but are not as reliable as the plus ones that can only be used in computers newer than five years or so.

Write files to disks by right clicking on them and choose Send to/DVD.

Viewing two windows at once

 In Windows 7 drag a window to the side using the top title bar, as the cursor reaches the side of the screen the windo will snap to that side.  In all versions of Windows, right click the task bar at the bottom and choose side by side or other options.

Putting text on photos

 This can be accomplished with the text tool in Paint, but a better job can be done with Picasa or Faststone programs.  Picasa will rortate the text to any angle and Fastone enables bubbles and callouts.











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