When it comes to computers, what’s common knowledge isn’t the same as universal knowledge. Clip, save and pass along to… you know to whom
1. Nip them in the box: When someone sends you a dubious email (get rich schemes, cash giveaways), don’t forward it until you have confirmed its authenticity at snopes.com, the Internet’s authority on emailed myths.
2. You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document or mail.
3. To lock your PC, hit the Windows key and “L” simultaneously in Windows, or Command “L” on Mac.
4. Tap the space bar to scroll down one full screen on a Web page. To scroll back up, add the Shift key.
5. You can use Google to do math for you. Just type the equation, for example, 23*7+15/3=, and hit Enter.
6. You can switch from one open program to the next by pressing Alt+Tab.
7. You don’t have to type “http://www” into your Web browser. Just type the remainder: for example, dilbert.com. (In Safari, you can even leave off the “.com” part).
8. When you’re searching for something on the Web using, say, Google, put quotes around phrases that must be searched together.
For example, if you put quotes around “electric curtains”, Google won’t waste your time finding one set of Web pages containing the word “electric” and another set containing the word “curtains”.
9. Hide your paneYou can hide all windows by just hitting the Windows key and “D” simultaneously.
10. Size on demand: 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.
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