NWA-PCUG Newsletter Article, February 2011
Tips & Tricks
By Constance Brown, President,
Canton Massillon Alliance User Group, Ohio September issue, The Memory Map
constanceb (at) camug.org (click to email author)

It seems there is no limit to discovering capabilities hidden in the software we use daily. Did you ever need a way to navigate your computer but had no way to use a mouse? A few months ago I wanted to copy some picture files onto a computer that had only one USB port and the mouse was plugged into it!

Well, I navigated fairly well, but it would have been much easier had I known about turning on Mouse Keys so I could use the keypad as a mouse. Here are the directions.

Press Left Shift +Alt+Num Lock (top row of your number pad.). A window will pop up asking whether you wish to turn on Mouse Keys. Press Yes. Now you can use the number pad to navigate.

- To move up, tap or hold down the 8 key on your numeric keypad
- To move down, tap or hold down the 2 key on your numeric keypad
- To move right, tap or hold down the 6 key on your numeric keypad
- To move left, tap or hold down the 4 key on your numeric keypad
- To Click on something, Hit the 5 key on your numeric keypad
- To double-click, press the plus sign (+) on your numeric keypad
- To right-click, press the minus sign (-) on your numeric keypad
- To drag something, move the cursor over the item you want to drag then press the Insert key. Then to release the item hit the Delete key.

Occasionally I will close down Internet Explorer and then wish I had left it open and could reference the tabs I was using during my last browsing session. I learned today that I could have saved myself a great deal of frustration had I known to click on Tools and selected Restore last browsing session.

Word Users! Sometimes you have to add a word to the standard dictionary that is part of Microsoft Word. Just imagine writing a family documentary for the Schnable family and having the red scriggly lines all through your document. You would never know if you transposed the l and the e unless you add the name to the dictionary by right-clicking on it and left clicking on Add to Dictionary. What if you accidentally added a misspelling? How would you get rid of it? Left click on Tools followed by Options (Word 2003). Look for the tab that says Spelling and Grammar and click on it. Halfway down the open window you will see Custom Dictionaries. Left click on it. A window will pop up that lists all the words you have added. Highlight the misspelled word, delete it, and then re-enter it at the top of the window. Click Add. Voila!

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