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October 23, 2010

How to Restore Underlined Shortcuts in Menus

In a post titled New Folder Shortcut in Windows, I explained how accelerator keys could speed up the process of creating new folders. The key combination that needs to be pressed depends on which letters are underlined in the Windows menu; however, starting with Vista, Microsoft decided to hide these hints, by default. You can still use the key combinations if you know them, but if you don't, here's how to make to the underlined letters always visible in Windows 7: Click Start, and launch the Control Panel. Click Ease of Access. Click Change how your keyboard works. Locate the Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts section. Enable the Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys checkbox. Click OK. That's it. After that change, menus…
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August 20, 2010

New Folder Shortcut in Windows

I'm constantly on the lookout for quicker ways to perform everyday tasks in Windows. That said, when I needed to create multiple empty folders at different folder depths, I questioned how I would do so with keyboard shortcuts. Windows 7 already facilitates the process of creating new folders, but most of the visible options are mouse-powered:   Despite these mouse-powered shortcuts, I've always felt that keyboard shortcuts were faster. With that in mind, I took my search to Google, and eventually and found what I was looking for: CTRL + SHIFT + N Great shortcut... after you press it, you can immediately start typing the folder name. No need to use the mouse in between creating the folder, and typing the name. There's just one unfortunate catch…
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January 17, 2009

Screen Capture Tools and the Evasive Mouse Cursor

So, here's the thing:  I was taking screenshots for another article, and then I noticed that the cursor was not present in them - and I needed it to be. I've used Print Screen for a long time now, and I never really needed the cursor to appear. Whenever I did need to have it the screenshot, it was for work - and there, we have SnagIt, which has an option to show the cursor. While SnagIt is a great application, I wasn't ready to buy a license for home use just yet. I wanted to look for free tools first... so I began my search. I found out a couple interesting applications along the way. Snipping Tool (Windows Vista only) I was surprised to discover…
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January 10, 2009

Another Way to Close Windows

A couple of years ago, I discovered a new way to close windows in Microsoft Windows. To be fair, I didn't discover it on my own - I saw a colleague of mine using the alternate approach, and I asked her about it. I was surprised that although I had used various Microsoft operating systems (95, XP, 2000, 2003), that particular trick eluded me. Here's how it works. You know how you can normally close a window by clicking on the top right corner? The "X" button? Well, you can also double-click on the top left corner, and this will usually also close the window. The reason I say "usually" is because some newer applications, like Google Chrome, for example - are not using the…
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