If you're like me you open a lot of windows throughout the day. Then when you want to get back to the desktop you have to minimize a lot of windows. There is an easier and quicker way to get back to the desktop.
In Windows XP there is a Show Desktop button in the Quick Launch toolbar just to the right of the Start button.
In Windows 7 the Show Desktop button is now on the opposite side of the tool bar from the Start button.
The Windows 7 Show Desktop button also has a neat feature that is called Aero Peek. What this does is if you hover your mouse over the Show Desktop button it instantly minimizes all of your open windows. Then when you move the mouse away all of your windows return. If instead of hovering over it you click on it all open windows instantly minimize.
In both Windows 7 and Windows XP there are two other ways to get back to your desktop:
Yesterday a Microsoft Word window got caught at the top of my monitor. The top edge of the window went offscreen, and I couldn't move it back because I couldn't get to the title bar at the top of the window to drag it back into position. If you experience this problem too (or lose a whole window after detaching a laptop from a projector), here's how to get your window back without having to completely close the program:
See this tip and more in 7 Windows Frustrations You Can Quickly Fix.
Do you take a lot of screen shots? (Or maybe you would if you knew how?) If so, the Snipping Tool that comes with Windows 7 might be just what you need. When you see something on screen that you want to take a snapshot of, try these steps:
This tip comes from Adam Brisk's presentation "Graphics, Flyers and Design for the Library-Minded," sponsored by Nicolet Federated Library System.
Recently, I learned that some libraries send small print jobs from Notepad to their receipt printers. It’s a great idea, but the process can waste some receipt paper if Notepad isn’t set up properly. Even if there are only a few lines of text, the printout will advance to 11” long. Follow these steps to fix this.
Thanks to the Oregon Public Library for bringing this to my attention.
It's easy to forget about logging on to Windows!
Here's a quick how to video:
I'm sure a lot of you have a PC at home and that you use it in part to send and receive email and to surf the Internet. This means that your PC can be exposed to any number of viruses, trojans, malware or root kits. Hopefully you have some antivirus software installed on your PC to catch these "baddies" before they get installed. If you're unlucky enough to have been infected you know what problems and hassles they can cause. If you're one of these people then let me offer some advice that may solve your problem.
If you're infected, your antivirus software may be turned off or disabled and you need some other way to disinfect your home PC. Here are some products that will assist you in disinfecting your home PC:
Hopefully these tools will be enough to combat any "baddie" that finds their way onto your home PC.
For your LINK staff PC we run a product called Sophos Endpoint Security and Control. This product is updated many times a day for LINK staff PCs and during the overnight processing for your LINK patron PCs. Even with this software I still receive a few calls about an infected PC. I've seen this a happen some when staff are surfing the web and they get a popup that says that they are infected. They click on it and then get infected. To read more about these fake virus alerts check out this article. If you see one of these fake virus alerts or you think your PC is infected please give me a call at the Help Desk.
I have a love/hate relationship with the Windows Start menu. It's great that it tends to be self-organizing and all-inclusive, but the fact that it shapes itself automatically is a downer because that means Windows is deciding for me how it will be. And sometimes it just feels slow. What I want is full control of my main applications launcher menu, and maximum efficiency.
One can certainly wrangle and edit parts of the Start menu, but not completely. And then a new program or upgrade will go and change it on you anyway. One can try to avoid using Start entirely, and lots of folks do that by throwing umpteen shortcuts onto the Desktop. But did you know that too many Desktop shortcuts can slow down Windows?
Here's how to clean up your Desktop and avoid the Start menu. This should work for all current versions of Windows.
1. Create a new folder on your PC.
This folder can live anywhere that's convenient, but if you want to share the magic with other user accounts on the same computer then it should be outside of your user profile. For this example, let's call it C:\Toolbox. Keep the name short (you'll see why later).
2. Create application shortcuts in this folder.
There's lots of ways to go about doing this. One way is to left-click your way into the Start menu until you see the icon you want, then right-click that icon and drag it over to your new folder, choosing "Create shortcut here" from the menu that appears.
3. Right click the Taskbar and choose Toolbars => New Toolbar...
A dialog will open, asking you to choose a Folder. Navigate in this dialog to the location of your shortcuts folder. If you remember the path (like C:\Toolbox) you can just type that right in.
4. Click Select Folder.
Now look on the Taskbar near the clock and you should the name of your folder, followed by a little arrow symbol (>>). Click on the arrow and a menu will pop up from taskbar containing all your chosen application shortcuts. Ta-da! Easy access all the time, and Windows and program updates won't go around changing it on you. Basically, it Should Just Work (tm).
As an alternative to this technique, you can make an existing trove of Desktop icons into a Toolbar by simply right-clicking the Taskbar and choosing Toolbars => Desktop. However, that cheat won't keep your Desktop clean and efficient.
To remove or hide any Toolbar that you've activated, just select it on the Toolbars menu to clear the checkbox next to its name. This procedure also works with documents and web browser bookmarks, but I usually find that other methods are better for managing those things.
Let's say your PC is running Windows XP...and you open a folder...and you don't like how the contents of the folder are displayed. Maybe you're thinking, "I want the DETAILS, but ALL I SEE ARE LARGE THUMBNAILS!!" (maybe you missed your morning coffee and it's been one of those days already...)
How can you change the way the contents of a folder are displayed?