Tech Tips - Did you Know? [Series - Part 1]

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Often during the course of the day, I'll do something on the computer where I'll think "that's really cool, there's probably a lot of people that don't know you can do that!" I have a Facebook Page called Craig's Classroom where I often post these tips and you can follow if you are interested. Meanwhile, my favorite tips are often too small in themselves to create a whole article on. I decided to start this blog series where I compile 5 tips at a time. Here is the first of this series.

1

Click a file then momentary pause, click it again - goes into RENAME mode

2

Ctrl+MouseWheelRoll works
as ZOOM command
(Internet Browser, MS-Word, MS-Excel)
tip: Ctrl+0 (that's a zero) resets to 100%
 in browser when you need it

3

Double Click the title bar
of a window to Maximize it
(double-click again to restore back after)

4

Alt+PrintScreen
captures your ACTIVE window
(i.e. screenshot) as graphic on your clipboard -
You can then paste it somewhere
(in MS-Word for example)
have you ever wanted to print out a list of files
in a folder, this is one way to do it

5

WindowsKey+M - shortuct to Minimize All - (Windows key commands are often overlooked)

if you learned something new, leave me a comment!
tell me which numbers above you didn't already know and plan to use!

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Rainer
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Kathleen Emhof
Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park and Western New York - Buffalo, NY
Home Staging and Redesign, Experts in Transition

I bet a lot of kids know #5!  (Esp. around their parents or teachers!)

September 02, 2010 01:02 PM #1
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Kathleen - LOL some employees too! "boss coming" quick!!

September 02, 2010 01:05 PM #2
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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We can always use more tech tips, even if we THINK we know things!

September 02, 2010 01:07 PM #3
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Amanda Nicodemus
Spring Texas Keller Williams Professionals - Cypresswood - Spring, TX
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Hi Craig,

I didn't even know I had a 'windows' key!  I just tried it and it works!  Terrific! Thanks for the great tips! Can't wait for the next set of useful tips.

September 02, 2010 01:18 PM #4
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Jeff Craig
Allen Tate Realtors/Smith Marketing Inc. - Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Realtor/Broker/CSP/CNRS

Craig, didn't know about number four.  Very useful.

September 02, 2010 02:06 PM #5
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Kristen Wheatley
The Maine Real Estate Network - Auburn, ME
Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent

Cool!  I didn't know most of those.  Thanks Craig.  Heading off to your facebook page now.  We have a facebook group for tech stuff at my agency and I'll be pointing the group members there too.  We have a lot of catching up to do here in Maine.

September 02, 2010 07:05 PM #6
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Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Select R.E. - Auburn, WA

Craig, I'm so glad you're posting these. Waaay a long time ago (think 1983-1995), I used to teach computer classes. Folks were always so surprised to learn some of these keyboard tricks and they sure increase efficiency and proficiency!!

September 03, 2010 12:54 AM #7
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Lisa Hicks
The Maine Real Estate Network - Monmouth, ME
Kennebec County Real Estate Agent, Central Maine R

Craig - Just joined Craig's Classroom on Facebook.  And I didn't know about #2.  That's cool!  I had to try it a couple of times!  Thanks.

September 03, 2010 11:12 AM #8
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Alan Bruzee
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD

I did know number 5, but that was about it...thanks for the tips.

September 03, 2010 12:46 PM #9
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Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Craig - I knew about all of them but number 5.  I look forward to the next installment!

September 04, 2010 12:51 AM #10
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Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

 Good tips. #5 could also be "Windows" key + D as in win + D blows everything away. That is how I remember this for so many years.

September 04, 2010 10:40 PM #11
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Jana Holmstrup
Jana Holmstrup - VP Ops - Kings Mortgage Services, Inc. - Visalia, CA
Craig, Love the Windows+M! Personally I have a Desktop shortcut on my computer, but I work on so many other computers in the office - and am always frustrated closing all their windows. Frustrated no more!! Thank-You! Jana
September 11, 2010 03:32 PM #12
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Ron Wood
HTR/Wood Realty Group, Inc - Benson, NC
Johnston, Harnett, Sampson & Wake

Window + M...I had no idea.

September 24, 2010 11:33 AM #13
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Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

It looks like I'll be using #5 alot. Thanks again Craig.

October 23, 2010 12:02 AM #14
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - Fleming Island, FL
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.

Craig, on a Mac you do the Apple key+alt+4 and you can draw how much of the screen you want to capture. Then it posts to your desktop. I will use this for making a copy of my Bookmarks and files in folders. Great tip for PC and Macs also :)

December 29, 2010 10:49 PM #15
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Eva Aliaga
Keller Williams Realty Boca Raton IdealFloridaLiving.com - Delray Beach, FL
South Florida Real Estate - Boca Raton Real Estate

I use 2 all the time, I think I got this from PhotoShop use, On my laptop I do not use a mouse, so to zoom in/out I use "ctrl + -" or crtl + =" then "ctrl + 0" to return to normal.

5 cool, did not know that

December 30, 2010 01:32 AM #16
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Brenda Whitman
CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center, Inc., Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Associate Broker, Laramie, Wyoming

I can't wait to try ALT + print scrn.  I'm always wanting to save something on screen.  I also make frequent use of Enter / Shift now that I learned that tip from your other post.  Thanks!

February 09, 2011 10:54 AM #17
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Joe Kenny
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Craig, I didn't know about number two or five.  Five would have come in handy a few times.

February 12, 2011 09:11 PM #18
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Jeremy Joslin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales

1,2, and 5 I didn't know and I think I will use 1 and 2 regularly. Thanks always love shortcuts.

September 06, 2011 09:23 PM #19
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Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
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Double clicking the title bar is new to me.   Thanks for this cute series of posts, they were helpful.

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