Month: May 2013

Running with Windows using the Run box…

Posted on 2013-05-13

If you have been using a computer for any amount of time, you know that taking your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse on something can be a time waster. So can hunting for the icon for that program you need. We compensate by putting shortcuts on the toolbar and on the desktop, […]

Bonus: Keeping Your Computer Secure, Part II

Posted on 2013-05-10

We managed to skip a Tech Tip or two this week, so here’s a Bonus one. I’ll warn you that this one has a healthy dose of opinion in it. 😉 Everyone has some concern about keeping their computer free from threats such as viruses, malware, and hackers… And that concern is well founded if […]

Keeping Your Computer Secure

Posted on 2013-05-10

One of the biggest mistakes we see in the business IT world has to do with information getting into the wrong hands. If you have a business computer and you don’t have a password set on it, you could be asking for trouble, especially if that computer is a laptop and you take it out […]

Digging your way back down to the Desktop

Posted on 2013-05-08

Sometimes when I’ve got 5-6 applications open, I discover that I need to find the desktop again. Usually because I saved a file there that I shouldn’t have. So I spend 10 seconds or so clicking the minimize icon on everything I have open until I get to the desktop again. There’s an easier way, […]

Selecting more, with less effort

Posted on 2013-05-07

Ever hold the shift key down and then use the arrow keys to select something so you can delete it, or cut or copy it? If you’re selecting a lot of text, this can take awhile. That’s where today’s tips come in… Ctrl-Left/Right arrow will move the cursor back or forward one word instead of one […]

Protecting Your Workstation From Prying Eyes

Posted on 2013-05-03

If you work in a management role or you have access to confidential information, this tip is for you. There’s a good chance that your network account (for instance, the first-initial-last-name and password that you sign in with in the morning) is likely more powerful than you realize. It has access to confidential documents and […]

Switching Between Programs

Posted on 2013-05-02

In business, multitasking isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. Most of us have at least 3 programs open on our computers at once, and we bounce around between them throughout the day. Your email is open along with a web browser and a document or spreadsheet. The latest attachment from your partners in Europe or […]

Search Engines are (often) your friend.

Posted on 2013-05-01

It’s no secret that search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing can be your friend. There are a ton of websites out there that can be found with a simple search. But what happens if you get too many results? Today’s tip: using search engines intelligently. Control the words you search with. Did you know that […]