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  • Windows Application Tip

    Are you getting complaints from family and friends about the size of the photos you are emailing?

    In your My Pictures folder locate a photo(s) you want to email, right mouse click on the selected photo(s) and select Send to -->> Mail recipient. Windows will prompt you to reduce the size of the photo(s) and than attach them to a new email message.

    This also works for other types of files such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF documents, etc (no size reduction allowed for these file types).

    Alternatively, try Image Resizer for Windows: https://imageresizer.codeplex.com/

     

    Select some photos in your My Pictures folder:

    Selected photos in Microsoft Windows Explorer.

    Note the size of the selected files in the status bar (above). The three selected photos are 9.56MB in size.

     

    Now send the selected photos to your email client program (Windows Live Mail, Outlook, etc):

    Microsoft Windows Explorer, send selected photos to email client.

    Choose the size of the photos to be attached to you email message:

    Microsoft Windows Send To email recipient, select an image size

    In this example the three selected photos will be reduced in size to "Medium 1024x768".


    Photos are now attached and ready to send:

    Photos attached in email message. 

     Look at the size difference between the original photos and the newly attached photos:

    Original size: 9.56MB        (9,560,000 Bytes)
    Attached size: 414KB        (414,000 Bytes)


    Your email recipient will not notice a big difference viewing the attached photos from the originals. If the recipientneeds to print the photos in their original size it is better to deliver them on DVD disc, usb flash drive or use a cloud service such as Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud.

     

     

  • Windows Navigation Tip

    Need to see text hidden behind a column list?

    Hover your mouse cursor over the column header's right edge.
    The mouse cursor will change shape to a move/directional cursor (move/directional cursor).
    Normally one would left mouse click-hold and drag (expand) the column to the right.
    Instead, try a double left mouse click.
    The column will automatically expand to the end of the longest line of text.

     

    Expand a column in Windows Explorer Details view (before):

    Expand a columns in Windows Explorer Details view

     

    After:

    Expanded column in Windows Explorer Details view

     

     

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  • Windows Navigation Tip

    Try using the right mouse button on any object or background in Windows.

    You will find useful menu options relating to a specific selected object.
    This technique will go a long way to help you understand how to use a Windows, Windows program or specific program features.


    Right mouse click on selected objects in Windows Explorer:

    Microsoft Windows Explorer, right mouse click on selected objects, files or folders.


     
    Right mouse click on selected text in a Word documents:

     Microsoft Word, right mouse click on selected text in a document.

     

     

  • Windows Operation Tip

    The objects you see on your desktop or say in your Documents folder are called icons.  Icons represent files or folders.

    What is the difference between a file and a folder?
    Answer: A folder contains files. A folder can also contain more folders within, known as nested folders.

    You can think of it as a filing cabinet. A filling cabinet contains folders that hold sheets of paper.

    Your PC contains folders that hold files. Files can be things like word processor documents, text documents, photos, videos, music tracks or a program.


    An icon can also represent a shortcut. A shortcut is an iconthat points to a file or folder.


    Icons can be selected in various ways. Windows Explorer is a program that is found in all versions of Windows and is used to navigate to and organize your files and folders.

    Here are three examples of how to select files and folders using Windows Explorer.
    Each example is shown in "Details" view and "Medium Icons" view:


    Select a single icon: Left mouse click on a single icon, this icon is now selected and highlighted (wow!).

     

    Details View:

    Microsoft Windows Explorer: Photo. Select a single file in details view of various files.

     

     Medium Icons View:

    Microsoft Windows Explorer. Single select in Medium Icons view of various files.


    Sequential select:
    As in the example above click on a single icon. Now hold down the shift key and select another icon from above, below, or to the left or right of the selected icon. All icons between and including the first and last icons are now highlighted and selected.

    Details View:

     Microsoft Windows Explorer: sequential select in details view of various files.

    Medium Icons View:

    Microsoft Windows Explorer: sequential select in Medium Ions view of various files.

    Random select: Press and hold down the control key (Ctrl) and click on a single icon. Continue to hold down the Ctrl key and select more icons. This highlights only the icons you select.

    Details View:

     Microsoft Windows Explorer: random select in details view of various files.
    Medium Icons View:

    Microsoft Windows Explorer: randon object select in Medium Icons view of various files. 


    Now with the selected icons, right mouse click anywhere within the highlighted areas and a context menu will appear. This menu will allow you to perform various options like Copy, Cut, Delete, Send to, etc.


    Right mouse click on selected objects:
    Microsoft Windows Explorer: right mouse click on selected highlighed files.

     

  • Windows System Cleaning Tip

    A quick way to get to your Windows User temp folder in Windows 2000/XP:
    Start -->> Run -->> %temp% <enter>

    Windows Vista/7:
    Start -->> Search programs and files -->> %temp% <enter>

     

    Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10:
    Start keyboard button-R -->> %temp% <enter>


    In Windows Vista/7 you can select the Start button and select the "Search programs and files" field:

    Microsoft Windows Search Programs and Files for Users Temp folder (%temp%).

    This will also work in Windows 8/8.1/10 if you have Classic Shell installed.

     
    To open the Run Window Press and hold down the "Windows Logo" key (lower left hand corner of the keyboard) and press the "R" key:

    Microsoft Windows Run window to open Users temp folder (%temp%).


    Microsoft Windows Explorer Users temp folder (%temp%).

    You can safely delete all files and folders in this area, however, some items maybe active and can not be deleted.

     

     

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    Windows Mantra




    Ommmm...

    Right mouse click for options
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    Left mouse click for actions
    Ommmm...

     

    Use your left mouse button to select files or objects (double left mouse click to open or start)
    Use your right mouse button to display options relating to a selected file or object.
    This works with all things Windows.
    Give it a try.


    Read on for more Windows tips.

  • This Windows tip will allow you to create a shortcut on a removable device such as a USB flash drive. The shortcut will not be drive letter dependent and so will work on any Windows PC you plug the removable device into.



    Explorer.exe in Shortcut Target

    You can create a relative shortcut by using C:\%windir%\explorer.exe in your shortcut Target field.

    Just create a shortcut on your removable device as normal.
    1. Open the shortcut properties.
    2. At the beginning of Target field add C:\Windows\explorer.exe followed by the existing path in “”.
    3. Remove the drive letter from the path so it looks like this:
              C:\Windows\explorer.exe “\path-to-target”

    Microsoft Windows folder Shortcut properties on removable drive.