CTRL+ indicates holding down the Ctrl key while hitting another key shown after the "+". "START" indicates pressing the Windows Start key (also CTRL+ESC).
Windows Searching Made Easy
You may haved used The “Search programs and files” box that appears at the bottom of the Start menu. Windows Search can also be used in the file explorer (an input box with "SEARCH.." in it). The results of search for a word results in a list of all file names containing the word plus files that contain text that matches (drummond will also match Drummond). You can search for more than one word, or put quotes around the word to search for an exact phrase. To narrow your search, you can use a prefix like these:
** In date searches you may use these:
Creating "Tags" in Files
If you tag all photos of "Jim" with his name, later searches for "Jim" will find files with "Jim" in the name or with the tag "Jim"! To tag a photo (file) you first select it (highlight it). To select a number of files, select one, then hold down the CTRL key to select another, and so on until you're done. To select a sequential group of files, select the first photo, then hold down the SHIFT key and click the last photo.
Once the photos are selected, carefully right-click on one of the selected files and click on Properties in the popup menu. The Properties window opens - click on the Details tab and you will see on the left. Type "Jim" to the right of Tags, then click OK. All the selected files will now have a new tag. You can add multiple tags to files. (If you add the same tag to a file a second time, it's ignored.)
To see all the possible search terms, open Windows Explorer and right-click any column heading in "Details" view. From the popup menu, choose "More". There are over a hundred listed!
Display & Text SettingsStart > Control Panel (classic view) > Display
Select Medium 125% will enlarge text and other items on your screen. It would seem odd that the default size is "small" since high resolution screens that new computers use already make text smaller. You may find a few poorly written programs that do not recognize this setting.
If you use standard Windows Aero display, you must choose a Windows Theme to change sizes of text and other items. Select "Personalization" in the Control Panel and you will see many choices. However if you use the classic Windows theme, you may change the size of window items individually. Select "Personalization" in the Control Panel. Then select "Windows Color". An Item drop-down box contains many items you can enlarge, such as title bars, window border width, menu text, scrollbar width, tooltips, icon size and text, icon spacing. When you exit this window, you will see an "Unsaved Theme" in the "My Themes" list - right-click on this and save it with a meaningful name such as "2011-Jan" or "Pat_11Jan".
Mouse Pointers that are Easier to SeeStart > Control Panel (classic view) > Mouse > Pointers tab
Changing the scheme and selecting a large pointer will increase its visibility. Within the "Pointer Options" tab you can set more options for visibility and speed. You can also change movement speed for your mouse and scrolling speed for its wheel.
Double-Clicking Mouse Problems
For people who have trouble double clicking, you can select an item with a single click then press the ENTER key to execute an option.
In the Mouse control (above), you will also find many useful settings. In the Activities tab, you can change (and test) how fast you must double-click to start an icon. If you cannot click quickly enough, set it to Slow. If you often double click by accident, set it to Fast.
Keyboard - Preventing Accidental LocksStart > Control Panel (classic view) > Accessibility Options > Keyboard tab
Check "Use ToggleKeys" to be notified of hitting the [CAPS LOCK], [NUM LOCK], and [SCROLL LOCK] keys with a sound - one for toggle on, another for toggle off. You'll never again accidentally hit one of those keys without knowing. The Settings button provide even more options.
Enlarging Web Browser Text
In the FireFox browser CTRL++ (hold Ctrl key while pressing the =/+ key) increases both text and graphics magnification. CTRL+- decreases both text and graphics magnification. CTRL+0 (zero) will return to default size. It may be easier to hold the CTRL key while rolling your mouse wheel up or down to enlarge or reduce the size. You will notice that this enlarges everything on the browser window. If you want to enlarge ONLY the text size but not the images, go to the VIEW menu and select ZOOM, then click on "Zoom Text Only" to toggle it on. This may result in odd effects, but may allow the web page to continue to fit in your window.
Blocking Windows 7/8 upgrading to Windows 10
GWX Stopper can be downloaded and run to permanently remove the Windows 10 icon from your Windows 7/8 system. When this is gone from your system, you can now run Windows Update without being forced to upgrade your operating system.
During a normal security update, I chose to block the Windows 10 upgrade - I had concerns about not being able to run my printer/scanner. This choice apparently blocked all future security updates. For 3 months I received no further notifications from Windows Update - what was Microsoft thinking! With a choice between upgrading and security updates I had to find a solution fast! GRX STOPPER removes Windows 10 from your system so you don't need to make the changes manually (which I had to do).
Blocking Windows 10 Updates
A very useful program called "StopUpdates10" allows you to stop all updates and upgrades to Windows or pause updates - even on Windows 10 Home prior to version 1903. Windows 10 Pro allows pausing updates using built-in tools. Read about and download StopUpdates10 from greatis.com.
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