Monday, October 21, 2013

Windows 8: Sticky Notes and Keyboard Shortcuts

In Windows 7 a new feature was added called Sticky Notes that for allows the creation of little virtual notes on the monitor. To activate this feature, open the Start screen, and type: Sticky Notes then click on the icon to activate it.

You can move the Sticky Notes around by moving them with their title bar at the top of each note.  You can delete them by pressing the "X" button, or create a new note by pressing the "+" button in the title bar.

One cool feature of the Sticky Notes is the rich text formatting shortcuts that are available. All you have to do is select the text, and use the keyboard shortcuts below:
  • Ctrl + L: Left aligns the text
  • Ctrl + E: Center aligns the text
  • Ctrl + R: Right aligns the text
  • Ctrl + B: Bold the text
  • Ctrl + I: Italicizes the text
  • Ctrl + U: Underlines the text
  • Ctrl + T: Strike Through the text
  • Ctrl + Shift + A: Capitalizes all characters
  • Ctrl + Shift + L: Turns text into list (press multiple times to change the bullet style)
  • Ctrl + Shift + < (less then sign): Decreases the font size
  • Ctrl + Shift + > (greater then sign): Increases the font size
  • Ctrl + = (equal sign): Subscripts the text
  • Ctrl + Shift + = (equal sign): Superscript the text
  • Ctrl + 1: Sets single line spacing
  • Ctrl + 2: Sets double line spacing
  • Ctrl + 5: Sets line spacing to 1.5
  • Ctrl + N: Creates a new sticky note
  • Ctrl + D: Deletes a sticky note

Additional Tips/Notes:  
  • To change the color of the Sticky Note, right-click the note and select a new color from the pop-up menu.
  • All Sticky Note are able to re-sized to be smaller or larger.
  • All Sticky Notes are stored in a file called %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Video: How to Buy High Speed RAM

This video has some great advice on how to buy RAM.  It gets a little technical, but I think its also very understandable.

Video Description: "High speed memory has been a staple for enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their systems for YEARS, but in this investigation we take a look at how much of a difference it actually makes to performance."

Monday, October 14, 2013

Windows 8: Using and Creating Desktop Toolbars

Windows 8 desktop mode still provides Toolbar support in the Taskbar. This feature allows adding additional functionality to the taskbar by adding any of the four built-in toolbars or allowing for the creation of a custom one.

To enable or disable the toolbar functionality, use the context menu in the taskbar.

  • Right-click the taskbar, and select Toolbars in the pop-up menu.  From here you can select one of the built-in toolbars, or create a custom one based on links in a folder.
  • Below is a list of the built-in toolbars: 
    • Address: Use this toolbar to open up URLs, or run commands (such as CMD.EXE) from the taskbar.  Works similar to the Run... command (WinKey + R).
    • Links: Provides quick access to the Internet Explorer Favorites (e.g. bookmarks).
    • Touch keyboard: Provides access to the Windows on-screen keyboard.
    • Desktop: Provides quick access to shortcuts, folders and files on the desktop.

To create a custom toolbar:
  • Right-click the taskbar, and select Toolbars > New toolbar... in the pop-up menu.  
  • When the file dialog appears, select a folder that contains shortcuts, documents, applications, or even other folders that you want to access via this feature.
  • Press the Select Folder button.
The new toolbar will be available in the right-hand part of the taskbar.  To disable a built-in toolbar, or to delete a custom one, all you have to do is uncheck it in the Toolbars pop-up menu.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Video: Digital Security Life Hacks

Video Description: "Have you ever had an account compromised or your information stolen? It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month and as a public service to you, here are some tips to help protect yourself online and offline. "

Monday, October 07, 2013

Software:7-Zip (Archive/Compression Utility)

7-Zip is a free open source file archive and compression utility for the Windows. It can be operated from the command line program or via its graphical user interface.

Below is a brief list of some of its features:
  • Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM.Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.
  • Supports AES-256 encryption in the 7z and ZIP formats.
  • The 7z format supports a self-extracting capability.
  • and more
To download the program or get more information, visit the 7-Zip web site.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Game: Party like 1995 with the Browser Version of Hover...

Microsoft has released a browser version of a 1995 game it created called Hover.  Its not GTA, but it will remind you of driving a bumper car through a maze trying to collect flags before your opponent.  The real purpose of this game is to showcase the power of Internet Explorer 11 (it also runs in other browsers).

To play the game, go to: