Article, March 2012
Compiled by Ron Broadhurst,
Member, Space Coast PC Users Group, Inc., FL
November 2011 issue, The Space Coast PC Journal
March 2011 issue, The Program
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These ideas are compiled from years of accumulations from various magazines, books, online sites, and my own personal experience. I claim neither originality nor ownership to any of its contents. My only intent is to share the various “tips, “tricks,” & “hints” in hopes of helping & maybe enhancing your computing experiences. They are all intended for anyone who uses a PC. It is for beginners as well as advanced users. Enjoy and use as you will.
In the past my Broadsides articles have dealt with Windows XP and a few others. However, since the emergence of Windows 7, I have decided to add that OS in future articles along with XP. Any suggestions to these Broadside articles is appreciated.
How to customize the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen in Windows 7 Pro and above
When you press the key combination CTRL+ALT+DEL in Windows 7 (and Vista), you get a screen that shows you a number of options, including locking the computer, changing your password, logging off, and starting Task Manager. You can customize this screen to show only those options you want to see, using Group Policy - if you’re running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate edition. Here’s how:
1. Click Start
2. In the Search box, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER to open the Group Policy Editor
3. In the left pane, navigate to and click on User Con?guration | Administrative Templates
4. In the right pane, double click the folder name “Ctrl+Alt+Del Options”
5. In the right pane, you’ll see the items that you can remove (for example, “Remove Lock Computer”). To remove one, double click it and click Enabled to enable the policy and remove the item from the screen menu.
6. When you’re ?nished, click Apply and then OK
To see the change, press CTRL+ALT+DEL
How to display shortcuts and files in the Computer folder
In Windows 7, the Computer folder (formerly known as My Computer) by default contains all the drives and removable storage devices attached to your system. You can also display your favorite shortcuts to applications or documents here so you can get to them quickly. Here’s how:
1. Open Windows Explorer
2. Click Organize | Folder and Search Options | View tab.
3. Check the box to show hidden ?les, folders and drives, and click OK.
4. Now navigate to this folder: Users \ \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Network Shortcuts
5. Create the shortcuts in this folder that you want to display in the Computer folder.
6. Open the Computer folder and you should be able to see your shortcuts. To group them together underneath the Network Location, set Explorer to sort by Type.
Shortcut To Create New Folders In Windows 7
The usual way of creating a new folder in previous Windows operating systems was to right-click on a blank space in the window or computer desktop and select the new folder option. There was no keyboard shortcut available that could be quickly pressed to create that new folder. This has apparently changed in Windows 7 as it is now possible to create new folders with the keyboard shortcut [CTRL Shift N]. All you need to do is press this keyboard shortcut whenever you want to create a new folder. The only thing left to do is to type in the name of the folder if you want to change it and hit enter to save the changes.
Insert blank page
Question: How do I insert a blank page between pages 5 and 6 in a Word 2007 document that contains 65 pages?
Answer: With your document open at the place where you wish to insert a blank page:
• Click on the Insert tab
• Click on the Pages group
• Click the Blank Page option.
This will insert a blank page.
Inserting the date and time
Undoubtedly, the time will arise when you need to insert the current date or time in your document. This may be in the introduction of a letter or in a header or footer. Word allows you to quickly insert the date or time in several different formats. This information is inserted as a ?eld which can be updated manually or is updated automatically when you print the document.
To insert the date or time into your document, follow these steps:Click here to return to top
1. Position the insertion point where you want the date or time inserted.
2. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
3. Click Date & Time in the Text group. Word displays the Date and Time dialog box.
4. Select a format for the date or time.
5. Select the check box at the bottom of the dialog box if you want the selected date or time to always re?ect whatever is current. If you choose this, it means that Word inserts the date or time as a ?eld so that it always represents the current date or time.
6. Click on OK. The date or time, as speci?ed, is inserted in your document.