David Pogue’s Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User

By at 3 October, 2008, 8:04 am

We all try to be as productive as possible with our technology. We spend hours learning how to use our software, take classes, read "how to" materials and also learn from doing. However, it never hurts to take a step back and review what may be considered "basic" tips. David Pogue, technology writer for the New York Times has posted Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User . You may already know about all of the things David mentions, but maybe not or you may have forgotten one or two of them. 

Here are a few that you may have forgotten:

* You can hide all windows, revealing only what’s on the computer desktop, with one keystroke: hit the Windows key and “D” simultaneously in Windows, or press F11 on Macs (on recent Mac laptops, Command+F3; Command is the key with the cloverleaf logo). That’s great when you want examine or delete something you’ve just downloaded to the desktop, for example. Press the keystroke again to return to what you were doing.

 * You can enlarge the text on any Web page. In Windows, press Ctrl and the plus or minus keys (for bigger or smaller fonts); on the Mac, it’s the Command key and plus or minus.

and one of my favorites:

* Nobody, but nobody, is going to give you half of $80 million to help them liberate the funds of a deceased millionaire…from Nigeria or anywhere else.

Even if you don't need this refresher, chances qare that you know someone who could.  

Categories : Hmmm! | Tips and Tricks

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