Article 14: Quick Tips
As I work on my computer, I find myself using a lot of shortcuts to make my work more efficient and to solve problems. Try these out for yourself:
1. Switching between English and Hebrew – the easy way
When working in an application (Word, PowerPoint, etc.), hold down the Alt key (probably to the left of the spacebar on your keyboard). and press Shift at the same time. Assuming your computer is set up for both languages, you will switch from English to Hebrew, or vice versa.
2. What version am I working on?
Ever been asked what browser you're working with or what version of Word you use? Here's where to find information.
1. Whatever application is open, you'll probably find a menu bar at the top (File, Edit, etc.). At the right end of the menu bar, click Help.
2. Click About to display the author and the version of the program you are using.
3. Can't find your desktop?
When you open your computer, the first screen you see is your desktop with shortcuts to programs and files.
1. Hold down the Windows key, and press D.
2. Press Windows + D again to reverse the action.
4. Moving between applications
When you're working on your computer, you may have several applications or documents open at once. Here is an easy way to move between them, while keeping them all open:
5. Making selections quickly
When you want to apply an action to text (such as copying, formatting, etc.), first you have to select it. Here are some tips for making those selections more accurately:
6. Paste Special
Sometimes you may want to save information that you find on a web page. But you don't want to save all the formatting or the pictures that are included on the page. Do the following:
7. Alphabetizing the Start Menu
Usually, when you install a new program on your computer, a shortcut to the new program is placed on your Start Menu. Start Menu items are automatically added to the end of the list. After a while, this list appears quite disorganized and it may be hard to find a specific program.
Alphabetize the items to organize the list.
8. Changing the sound volume on your computer
Is the volume of your computer sounds too loud or soft? Or has your computer lost its sounds completely? Here's where you can solve the problem.
At the bottom right of your screen, you have a taskbar with tiny icons that represent programs that run in the background of your computer. One of these is the sound volume icon which looks like a little speaker.
Click the Mute box to silence all sounds on your computer.