12-16 Newsletter

by Computer Repair on April 12, 2017

Shake Your Desktop Free of Clutter
If you frequently run multiple programs simultaneously, your desktop can get extremely cluttered. This can get annoying if you’re working on one program and want to minimize all the other windows — in previous versions of Windows you had to minimize them individually.

With Windows 7’s “shake” feature, though, you can minimize every window except the one in which you’re currently working — in a single step. Click and hold the title bar of the window you want to keep on the desktop; while still holding the title bar, shake it quickly back and forth until all of the other windows minimize to the taskbar. Then let go. To make them return, shake the title bar again.

PRO TIP:
When you start a program such as Chrome, that program is run in what we techs call a window. In the article above, the term “title bar” is how we refer to the top frame of the window the program is running in. By clicking on this part of the window, you can do things with it such as moving up or down or dragging it across the screen. This is called moving a window.

Silence the annoying Office ads in Windows 10
One of the more annoying parts of Windows 10 is the way it semi-frequently pops ads and promotional offers for Office, even if you have Office installed. Ugh. Fortunately, it’s easy to stop Windows 10’s annoying Microsoft Office ads.

The messages flow forth from Windows 10’s Get Office app, which is installed by default. The easiest way to kill the notifications is to simply right-click on the app in the Start menu and select Uninstall to send it to oblivion. Alternatively, if you want to keep the app around for some reason, you can dive into Settings > System > Notifications & actions and disable notifications from Get Office.

PRO TIP:
CTRL-S to save your document. CTRL-S to save your spreadsheet. CTRL-S to save your database. Yes this simple two stroke combo can save your time and hard work, so use it often!

Erase the past Undo the last action

When you’re shuffling files around willy-nilly, you’re bound to accidentally drop one in the wrong folder—or almost more irritating, mistakenly make copies of a slew of files rather than simply dragging them to a new location.
Rather than trying to track that missing file down or manually delete the legion of copies, whip out the universal Get Out of Jail Free card that, somewhat surprisingly, also works within Windows proper: CTRL-Z. The keyboard shortcut undoes your last action, restoring order when chaos suddenly appears. CTRL-Z also works in your other programs such as Word, Excel and the like.

MAC PERFECTLY PLEASE
4. Automatically hide and show the menu bar
The menu bar has been a fixture on the Mac since it launched in 1984, but since OS X El Capitan, you can hide the menu bar. Open “System Preferences”, go to “General”, then click “Automatically hide and show the menu bar.” When you tick this box off, the menu bar will reappear as you glide your mouse arrow towards the top of the screen, allowing you to get at all your menus.

6. Sign PDFs right in Mail
It might be the 21st century, but we’re still using squiggles on a piece of paper to agree to all manner of things. If you are emailed a PDF to sign, though, you don’t have to muck about printing it, signing it, then scanning it back in: you can actually sign it right in Mail.
Drag a PDF into the email you’re sending, hover over it then at the top right you’ll see a little button appear; click it, and you get a range of Markup options, including one for signing documents. Best of all, you can either add your signature by holding a signed piece of paper up to the webcam on your Mac – and it does a great job of cutting it out of the background – or by drawing on your trackpad.

Got an iPad stylus? Try using that instead of your finger

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