ici Computers specializes in building custom machines which run Windows XP and Windows 7. Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts you can use to make computing tasks a little more efficient.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are some shortcuts that can be found right on your keyboard:

Hit the Windows Logo key on your keyboard simultaneously with the:

  • <M> key to minimize all open windows.
  • <Shift><M> keys to restore all minimized windows.  (This key combination restores minimized windows following the use of the Windows logo key and <M> key combination.)
  • <R> key to open the Run Dialog box.
  • <F> key to open the Search Results dialog box.
  • <Ctrl><F> keys to Open the Search Results-Computer dialog box in the computer is connected to a network.
  • <Pause> key to open the System Properties dialog box.
  • <E> key to open My Computer
  • <D> key to minimize and show your Desktop.

Microsoft Word Tips

  • If the final page of your paper or publication has few words on it, it is not only a waste of paper, but it may look unprofessional.  If you notice that your last page is not full, click on the Shrink to Fit (Word 2003) button or Shrink One Page (Word 2007) button in the tool bar of Print Preview.  Word will fix the fonts in the document to make it smaller.  If you don’t like the results click Ctrl-Z to undo.
  • If you need to compare two documents but don’t have the time to print them out and go through each one methodically – Word can find the differences for you.  In Word 2003 open the old document, choose Compare and Merge Documents from the Tools menu, and select the new document.  In Word 2007 choose Compare | Compare from the Review ribbon and select both the old and the new document.
  • Mail merge can be used not only for letters and envelopes, but also for email as well.  In Word 2007, complete your letter, click Finish & Merge in the ribbon and choose Send E-mail Messages from the menu.  In Word 2003 select “E-mail messages” at the very first step of the Mail Merge wizard.  Either way you’ll be prompted for a subject (the same for every message) and for a data field that holds e-mail addresses of the recipients.

Blended Threats (Avoiding all kinds of dangers to your computer.)

As technology evolves, so do the threats to our computers and personal information.  Viruses used to spread slowly from PC to PC and anti-virus was enough to feel secure – but now, there are so many different kinds of viruses that attacks come in a combination of technologies – hence being referred to as a “blended” threat. 

Typically attacks usually have social and technological components.  As an example, a victim may be lured into clicking on a link in an email that looks personal or takes him/her to a site where the actual virus lives.  Often times, a legitimate site may have been compromised. 

So, what can be done to protect yourself?  Here are some tips:

  • Use your head!  Don’t click on suspicious links.  Don’t divulge personal information on sites you aren’t sure of.  Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know.  This may sound very elementary, but it is the easiest way to avoid a potential threat.
  • Add an extra layer of protection with a broadband router.  The extra layer of firewall protection will provide additional security.  Even if you only have one computer, building a small network makes sense.
  • Run an endpoint security solution, such as Avast!, McAffee, Trend Micro or AVG. 
  • Enable the active components in your security suite – they may slow your computer down somewhat, but registry watching, real time scanning, etc is a worthwhile trade-off.
  • Run complete scans periodically.  Configure your security suite to periodically run these scans – preferably in the middle of the night when it won’t impact your PC use.


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