Sometimes, using your computer can be a pain. I’ve put together some tips and tricks you can use as a “cheat sheet” to help you use your computer or devices a little easier. If there is something you’d like to know or learn that isn’t listed here feel free to shoot me an email! I’ll do my best to find you a solution or something to help and have it listed here. Also, because you are awesome, I thought it appropriate to give you something extra that is also awesome. So, check out some awesome desktop backgrounds you can download for free here – Awesome Desktop Backgrounds

Select all text by clicking in the text, then holding the Ctrl key and tapping the A key once


Copy a selection of text by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the C key once


Cut a selection of text by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the X key once


Paste a selection of text by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the V key once


Move cursor to the beginning of the previous word by holding Ctrl and tapping the Left Arrow once


Move cursor to the beginning of the next word by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the Right Arrow once


Delete previous word by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the Backspace key once


Delete next word by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the Delete key once


Move cursor to the beginning of a paragraph by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the Up Arrow once


Ctrl+Down Arrow – Move cursor to the end of a paragraph by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the Down Arrow once

Open the Windows Run Box by holding the Windows key and tapping the R key once


Switch between open windows by holding the Alt key and tapping the Tab key


In Windows 8 switch between apps by holding the Windows key and tapping the Tab key


Close the current program by holding the Alt key and tapping the F4 key once


Hide all windows by holding the Windows key and tapping the D key once

Please note these tips were not dsigned for Internet Explorer. They should work in Internet Explor, but might not. If you use Internet Explorer and they do not work for you, please email me and let me know. I’ll try to find you an equivilant solution :)

You can open a new browser tab by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the T key once


Go back to a previous form field by Holding the Shift key and tapping the Tab key once


You can scroll a drop-down menu by typing the first letter of the option you are looking for


Zoom in and out with ease. Hold the Ctrl key and tap the + for zoom in and – for zoom out


Reset your browser zoom by Holding the Ctrl key and tapping the 0 key once


If you’re not in a form field, hitting the backspace key will go back one page


Reload a web-page by hitting the F5 key (Function 5 key) once


View a website full-screen by hitting the F11 key (Function 11 key) once; same to exit


Search a web-page for text by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the F key once


If your mouse has a middle button or wheel, click it over a tab to close it


If your mouse has a middle button or wheel, click it over a link to open it in a new tab


Open a link in a new window by holding the Ctrl key and clicking on the link


Close the tab your on by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the W key once


Open the last closed tab by holding the Ctrl key and the Shift key and tapping the T key once


Search for something by highlighting the text and dragging it to the address bar

Please note these tips were not dsigned for Internet Explorer. They should work in Internet Explor, but might not. If you use Internet Explorer and they do not work for you, please email me and let me know. I’ll try to find you an equivilant solution :)

You can open a new browser tab by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the T key once


Go back to a previous form field by Holding the Shift key and tapping the Tab key once


You can scroll a drop-down menu by typing the first letter of the option you are looking for


Zoom in and out with ease. Hold the Ctrl key and tap the + for zoom in and – for zoom out


Reset your browser zoom by Holding the Ctrl key and tapping the 0 key once


If you’re not in a form field, hitting the backspace key will go back one page


Reload a web-page by hitting the F5 key (Function 5 key) once


View a website full-screen by hitting the F11 key (Function 11 key) once; same to exit


Search a web-page for text by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the F key once


If your mouse has a middle button or wheel, click it over a tab to close it


If your mouse has a middle button or wheel, click it over a link to open it in a new tab


Open a link in a new window by holding the Ctrl key and clicking on the link


Close the tab your on by holding the Ctrl key and tapping the W key once


Open the last closed tab by holding the Ctrl key and the Shift key and tapping the T key once


Search for something by highlighting the text and dragging it to the address bar

Windows God Mode Folder

There is a hidden control panel in most versions of windows that will give you access to every. single. setting…. ever..

Do not do this in Windows Vista 64-bit. It could cause an error that is not easy to recover from.

To enable this all you need to do is create a new folder on your desktop and name it: God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. When you do this the folder will rename itself to God Mode and will give itself a control panel icon. When you open it, you will have access to every possible setting that the Windows OS has to offer.

The Problem Recorder

This tool is called the Steps Recorder. When activated it will record all mouse actions and also take screen shots the entire time. After you are done it will package all the files up into a zip folder so that you can send to your IT person or Technical Support rep.

To use this, simply open the Windows Run Box (Windows Key + R) and then type in psr and hit enter. This will open the tool, and you can simply click the record button. Once you are done, click the stop button to finish.

MS Config

This tool will let you disable programs from starting with your computer. This will save you a good amount of start up time, and can also give you insight to possible Mal ware or Virus infections. Use the following steps to open this tool

The steps are different for Windows 8, and will be listed at the bottom of this tool section

Open the Windows Run Box (Windows Key + R) and then type in msconfig and hit enter. You’ll see a dialog box open with 4 tabs going across the top. The tab we are interested in for this tool is the startup tab. Once you’ve clicked on the tab you’ll see a list of items that are enabled to start as soon as the computer is booted. All of these items are safe to disable, but some of them you might want to keep enabled as a personal preference. To disable, all you need to do is uncheck the item. Once complete click apply and OK. You will get a warning saying that the options won’t take effect until your computer is restarted. Go ahead and restart.

For Windows 8, to get to this dial box you must open the task manager by hold the three keys Ctrl + Alt + Del. Once the task manage is open, you’ll see a tab that says startup
If you see items listed that have weird names, or no names at all, this is a good indication that there has been a Mal-ware or Virus infection. Now would be a good time to give it a scan or two
Please note: it’s always best to test your code across every modern browser to ensure cross compatibility

The Mobile Meta Tag

When you’re making a website or application that you are going to fit to display on a mobile device, you want to make sure it always fits inside the container (the device screen width). One problem with this is that under regular conditions a person still has all the standard zooming capabilities that are built into their browser. If they double tab it will hard zoom, or if they pinch it will zoom in as much as they want.

This will break your layout and cause things to look pretty crappy. Good thing you can force their hand! There is one simple line of code that will keep the user from being able to do this:

<meta content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no" name="viewport" />

This code is simply telling the browser that the starting scale (or zoom) of the webpage or application is default and that it’s to stay that way at the width of the device. Pretty simple!

Please note: it’s always best to test your code across every modern browser to ensure cross compatibility

The @media clause

@media is a wonderful CSS clause that will allow you to specify CSS styles for different senarios. The main two being screen and print

This allows to to set different CSS rules for what is displayed on the screen and for what is displayed in a print preview and subsequently sent to the printer. There are tons of reasons why this is awesome, but here is a basic example why.

Let’s take this website for example. The text you are ready now has a gray background on it (#f5f5f5). If we were to send that to the printer, it’s going to waste ink because it’s not needed at all in a printing senario. If you were to print this out, you’d be doing it for the information here, not the background colors to the information. So, what we can do is set different styles for when this page is printed so that it doesn’t have the background color on it and sets it to white. Here’s how you’d do that in your CSS file

@media screen {
	blockquote { background-color:#f5f5f5; }
}
@media print {
	blockquote { background-color:#ffffff; }
}

With this code, when a blockquote is viewed on the screen it has a gray background. Then, when it’s printed, it has a white background. It’s as simple as that! To see it working in action, open the print dialog and see the print preview for this page :)

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