Friday, November 7, 2008

Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User

Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User-from New york Times. many people assumed every computer user knew some tech basics, but turn out that common knowledge is not the same as universal knowledge. Here are some:
* You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document, e-mail or Web page.
* You can tap the Space bar to scroll down on a Web page one screenful. Add the Shift key to scroll back up.
* You can use Google to do math for you. Just type the equation, like 23*7+15/3=, and hit Enter.
* Google is also a units-of-measurement and currency converter. Type “teaspoons in 1.3 gallons,” for example, or “euros in 17 dollars.” Click Search to see the answer.
* You can open the Start menu by tapping the key with the Windows logo on it. You can switch from one open program to the next by pressing Alt+Tab (Windows) or Command-Tab (Mac).
* You don’t have to type “http://www” into your Web browser. Just type the remainder: “nytimes.com” or “dilbert.com,” for example. (In the Safari browser, you can even leave off the “.com” part.)
* Whatever technology you buy today will be obsolete soon, but you can avoid heartache by learning the cycles. New iPods come out every September. New digital cameras come out in February and October. Information from LibrarianInBlack.

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