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Computer Tips

To Create a Folder on Your Desktop
Right click the mouse button on an empty part of the desktop.  Left click on New and then click on Folder.  It will open a new folder on your desktop which you can rename. 
To Save to the Folder on your Desktop
When you have a document (eg. Word file) you want to save to the desktop folder, in Word go to File, Save As, and at the top of that box it will say My Documents.  Click on the small arrow to the right of "My Documents" and click on Desktop.  You will see all the shortcuts and folders on your desktop.  You can then click on and open the folder you want the file to go into and click on Save.

To put a website on your desktop as a shortcut

Open the website

Go to File (top left) and go to Send and then "Shortcut to desktop."

If you want to get rid of it later just drag it to the recycle bin or right click and delete it.


Clicking on a Website Address in Word Document

When the Word document is open, you can hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and, using the mouse at the same time, click on the blue address line.  It should take you directly to the website. 


Full Screen Picture in a Website

In the website, you can press on the F11 key (on your keyboard) and you will see an enlarged screen picture. To go back to a smaller version click on the F11 key again.

To Print a Small Portion of an Article from the Internet
Highlight the sentences you want to print and then go to File and Print and before you click on the print button click on "Selection."  That will print only the selection you have highlighted.

To Print a Picture or Diagram from the Internet
Click the right button on the mouse on the picture or diagram.  It will give several choices - one is usually to save it and another is to print it.
If you can't find SpellCheck in a program the F7 key will usually give you SpellCheck.

To Get Necessary Toolbars in Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher

Go to View on top toolbar

Go to Toolbars

Check the ones you want to use.  Standard and Formatting should always be checked.  You also often need to use Drawing and Picture.

Links for Basic Information

Basic Computer Terminology – A little dated but simplifies a lot of terms – Johnnie McCoy

Common Computer Problems and Fixes – Johnnie McCoy

Useful Windows XP Shortcuts - Tweakhound

Computer Hope – large variety of tips

Computer, Telephony & Electronics Industry Glossary - computer and electronic technical terms (CSG network)

 Google Search Helps


Microsoft Office Tips

Office Tutorials from Microsoft – video tutorials in the different versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.

Education – How-To’s From Microsoft

Office Tutorials – Microsoft and Lynchburg College

Office 2007 Tutorials –Florida Gulf Coast University

Internet 4 ClassroomsTechnology tutorials for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, troubleshooting your PC, etc.  They vary from basic helps to more specific.