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timeforcake: Keyboard shortcuts & five cool links

ERIN PHEIL special to the dailySummit County

Keyboard shortcuts allow you to do your computer work quickly and more efficiently. Think about all the poor people who don’t realize they can copy text with Ctrl + C and paste that text with Ctrl + V. Every time they want to copy and paste they select text with their cursor, move their cursors up to the Edit menu option at the top of their screen, click on that Edit menu option, move their cursors down, and select Copy. They then repeat an almost identical process to paste their text. Slow, inefficient and tedious work. But of course you already know about Copy and Paste, yes? Let’s look at some other useful keyboard shortcuts you can put to work for you.Ctrl + A: Selects everything! In Word this will select every single letter, word, image, etc. that’s sitting in your document. If you’re in a Windows folder, this will select every single file within the folder.Ctrl + B: This will bold text in many programs (Word, Excel, etc.).Ctrl + D: This allows you to quickly mark a web page as a favorite when you’re using Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer.Ctrl + I: This will italicize text in many programs (Word, Excel, etc.).Ctrl + Q: This quits most programs. All done with your Excel spreadsheet? Finished up your Photoshop comp? This will close the program down for you, pronto. (If you’ve not saved your work yet, you’ll be prompted to do so before the program closes – don’t worry.)Ctrl + U: This will underline text in many programs (Word, Excel, etc.).Ctrl + Z: Undo! Undo! Make an error? Typo? Enter the wrong information? This will save you. I use it many, many times a day. Sadly though, it can’t help you take back e-mails you shouldn’t have sent.Ctrl + Esc: In PCs, this will pop open your Start menu (no need to click the Start button at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen).

http://tinyurl.com/28ecn8 – (For Mac users only) No more painfully slow load times or massive onslaughts of advertisements from weather sites like Accuweather and Weather.com. You have an alternative, and it’s called Seasonality. Developed by Gaucho software, Seasonality is a little software program created specifically for “visual, information hungry weather buffs” that includes features such as graphs, satellite images and astronomical data. Take it for a 30-day test drive for free. If you like what you see and choose to purchase Seasonality, it will set you back a total of $24.95.http://tinyurl.com/6l5or7 – Fifteen super easy, super quick, neat things you can do with Excel. What can one possibly do in Excel that’s neat? How about adding smooth, rounded borders to your charts? Filling those tabs at the bottom of your spreadsheet with color? Fetching live stock quotes or company research with a single click? Eh? http://www.backtype.com – Find out what people are saying about you, your company, or topics that interest you. In real-time. This conversation search engine indexes and connects millions of conversations from blogs, social networks, and other social media.http://tinyurl.com/yu77p6 – Attention all Outlook-using business owners and employees! Learn how to set up better (and multiple) out-of-office responders. Please? I’m asking you nicely. Please learn how to do this. It is truly annoying when you leave for vacation and I send you an email and receive no response. I think you’re ignoring me and I try to follow up with you despite the fact that you’re actually going to be sitting on a beach in Hawaii drinking Coronas for another week and a half. I had no idea; you never told me. Setting up a simple autoresponder would have saved me (and all the other people who e-mailed you) quite a few headaches.http://tinyurl.com/28j9e8 – Still wondering how I make these “tiny URLs” for most of the links in the Grab Bag section? Wish you could shrink long website addresses down so they were shorter and easier to share with others? Here are three tools that put the power of URL-shrinking into your hands! (A note for those thinking “Yeah, I already know how to use TinyUrl – so thanks but no thanks”: read this post to learn about two alternatives to TinyUrl that offer an additional, useful benefit…)eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.


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