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Not the spacebar!

Become familiar with Microsoft Word’s ruler, tabs, tables and basic spacing techniques and you’ll find it easy to produce any type of document, from a résumé to a report.

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Password tests

How do you create a password that’s both secure and memorable? Here’s a foolproof method (or two)…

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Auto-fill context menu

What makes a good spreadsheet? Two things: good design and good data.

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The formatted budget

Creating a budget is of one the simplest and most useful tasks you can do using a spreadsheet. Here’s a step-by-step guide to simple budget creation in Excel.

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One hundred million people have a Dropbox account. Discover why you should join them.

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iPhone special characters

Some people love the iPhone’s ‘soft’ keyboard, others loathe it. Whichever camp you belong to, you can make your keyboarding life far more efficient by taking advantage of all the hidden tricks lurking beneath the keyboard’s apparently simple exterior.

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No need to click the Save icon – use the Ctrl-S keyboard shortcut instead

I was sitting around a fire with a bunch of friends on the weekend and one of them was doing some work on her notebook. All of a sudden she cried out – her battery had died and she hadn’t saved her work.

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Notezilla

Sticky notes for your computer are a wonderful idea. These digital alternatives to Post-It Notes save paper, won’t come unstuck, prompt you with audible and visual reminders, and are a lifesaver for anyone whose memory is not one hundred percent. (Include me in!)

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Common browser features

For years, Microsoft has been including a web browser known as Internet Explorer with Windows. Windows 7 shipped with version 8 of Internet Explorer, better known as IE 8. Many people settle for using Internet Explorer simply because it’s supplied with Windows, but it is by no means the best web browser available. You’ll find […]

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Emailing photos

Published on 05/17/2010 by in Basic Computing, Internet, Tips

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The real joy in taking photos is in sharing. Whether it’s a cute snap of your daughter playing with her first set of Lego blocks or a dazzling shot of Saturn’s rings taken through a telescope-mounted camera, your photos cry out to be handed around. With your computer, you can give your prize snaps a […]

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With Windows 7, Microsoft has made substantial changes to the way you view and manage files within folders, building upon the dramatic improvements introduced in Vista. Compared to Windows XP, Windows 7’s file management is more powerful, more flexible and far more visually appealing. Find out how to take advantage of these new features.

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While word processing programs are the most commonly used office application and browsers are probably the most commonly used application of all, much of the success of personal computers is due to spreadsheets. In 1979, two blokes – Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston – developed the first spreadsheet. Their creation was called VisiCalc and it […]

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Basic mousing technique

Published on 03/30/2010 by in Basic Computing

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Most of your interaction with your computer will be via the mouse, keyboard and screen. If you’re a poor typist, do yourself a very big favour and buy a typing tutor program for your computer. You can pick up a good one for under 20 bucks, either from a computer store or through online retailers […]

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Can’t tell your hardware from your software? This plain English computer glossary introduces all the terms you need to get started with computers and the Internet. A access To gain entry to or connect to. Access (Capital “A”). Microsoft’s database management program, available as a standalone product or as a component in some editions of […]

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Computer manufacturers love to load up new systems with “helpful” utilities and features. Of course, what they regard as helpful, you may regard as rubbish. Whenever I set up a new computer for myself or someone else, I go through a routine to eliminate vendor-generated clutter and bias. This checklist is something you might find […]

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