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        18 Feb 2015, 3:11 pm

        Tricks and Treats (Issue 56) by Tiamari

        There comes a time when you’re finally able to type an email without the help of the resident teenager… a time to learn a few more handy tricks. Here are some of my favourite tips:

        Repeat the last action in Microsoft Word and Excel

        Using the F4 key in Microsoft Office 2000 and above allows the user to repeat the last action. For example, if you have changed the font of selected text and want to change another portion of text to the same font, highlighting the text and pressing F4 does this for you automatically.

        Undo closed Internet browser tab

        Accidentally closed a tab you didn't mean to close? Press CTRL + Shift + T to undo a ‘close tab’ action. Pressing this more than once will undo multiple closed tabs. This feature works in all major browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Opera.

        Google definitions

        Pull up the definition of the word by typing define followed by the word you want to define. For example, typing: define virtuoso would display the definition of that word.

        Pages linked to you

        See what other web pages are linking to your website or blog by typing link: followed by your URL. For example, typing link:http://www.wuec.co.za displays all pages linking to the WUEC website.

        Open the task manager directly

        If you want to bypass CTRL + ALT + DEL and jump straight to the task manager, type CTRL + Shift + ESC to launch it directly.

        Minimize all windows

        Sometimes you have a bunch of stuff running, and you want it all to go away so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows + D will minimize everything you have open, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window. Pressing the same shortcut again will restore the windows. (Windows + M works the same, but without the option of restoring the windows again)

        Rename files sequentially in Windows

        No need to download any programs to perform a batch file rename in Windows. Instead, you can select all the files you want to change, right-click the first one in the list, select rename (or use F2), and type in the name. This will automatically change all the other files with the same root name with a suffix: (1), (2), and so on.

        I hope you enjoyed the “lesson”! Drop me a mail anytime at tiamari.com@gmail.com

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