Create a shortcut key for Internet web pages–courtesy CCOKC    

Create a PC shortcut key to a favorite web page by following the below steps. Once a shortcut has been created, you can have the shortcuts to your favorite web pages on your Desktop or anywhere else on the computer.

Click and drag the webpage

If your browser window is maximized make it a window. Once done, click and drag the icon next to the URL in the address bar and drag it to your Desktop or other location you wish to create the shortcut. For example, in the below address bar of Computer Hope you would drag the CH icon to your Desktop or other location.


Once the shortcut has been created locate the shortcut and right-click it and click Properties. In the shortcut properties window assign a new shortcut key and click OK. Now when the shortcut key is pressed the web page will be automatically loaded.

Create a new shortcut and point to the web address

  1. Create a new shortcut on your Desktop or anyplace you      want the shortcut to appear.
  2. For the location of the item,      enter the full web address. For example, Computer Hope would be:
  3. Enter the name of the Shortcut and      click Ok. The new shortcut is now created and can be assigned a shortcut by right-clicking the shortcut and clicking Properties. In the shortcut properties window, assign a new shortcut key and click OK. Now when the shortcut key is pressed the web page will be automatically loaded.

Internet Explorer users

Users using Internet Explorer can quickly do this by right-clicking on an empty spot of a web page and click Create Shortcut. For example, right-click an empty spot on this page to see the available option.

Send a web page to a friend

When visiting a web page you may come across something you like, for those pages that don’t have an e-mail option following the below simple steps can allow you to send a link to a friend.

Internet Explorer users

Send a friend the web page you are viewing by clicking File, Send, and “Page by E-mail”. If you do not see the File menu press the Alt key.

Firefox users

Right-click on the page you wish to send to your friend and in the menu click Send link.

Opera users

Right-click on the page you wish to send to your friend and in the menu click Send link by Mail.

Netscape users

Send a friend the web page you are viewing by clicking File, and “Send Page”.

Quickly bookmark a web page

Quickly bookmark any web page in all major browsers by pressing CTRL + D on your keyboard. Pressing these two keys together will open the bookmarks or favorites for your browser and allow you to quickly place a bookmark for the page you’re currently at. For example, pressing the two keys now would bookmark this page.

Make the browser window full screen

Make your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox the full screen without all the toolbars by pressing the F11 key. To restore the window back to how it was press F11 again.

 Move forward and backward using the mouse wheel

Quickly move forwards and backwards between web pages by holding down the shift key and scrolling up or down on your mouse wheel.

Print only sections of a page

Save on your printer ink by selectively printing in Windows programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer (and other browser), WordPad, Outlook, etc. To do this highlight portions of text you wish to print and click the Print icon or option in the File menu. In the printer dialog window (like the one shown below) under Page Range choose the option Selection.


Selectively Print Sections of a Document

Save on your printer ink by selectively printing in Windows programs such as Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, WordPad, Outlook, etc. To do this highlight portions of text you wish to print and click print. In the printer dialog window under Page Range choose the option Selection. It is important to realize that not all programs or printer drivers support this feature.

Increase and decrease web page font size

Quickly increase and decrease the size of the text or fonts on a web page by holding down the CTRL key on the keyboard and scrolling up or down with the wheel on a wheel mouse.

Quickly find icon or file

Quickly find an icon in a group of icons or a specific item in an alphabetic list of items by highlighting one of the icons or list items and pressing the beginning letter of the item you’re looking for. Below are some examples of how this could be used.

Windows desktop icons – If you have a lot of icons on your desktop or in another folder highlight one of the icons and press the first letter. For example if you were looking for an icon named “test” highlight any icon and then press the “t” key. Note: you can also press the “t” key multiple times to individually highlight each icon that starts with “t”.

Internet drop down list – Instead of scrolling through a list of options in an Internet drop down list press the first letter of the option you’re looking for. For example, if you were looking through a list of states and you wanted “Utah” press U to automatically scroll down to it.

Quickly See All File Associations

View computer file associations by using the MS-DOS assoc command.

Open a Command Prompt

Type CMD in the search box.

Type assoc at the command prompt

Windows will then display all types of computer association file extentions.

Top 10 computer mouse tips everyone should know

Most computer users don’t take full advantage of the computer Mouse. Below are computer mouse tips and secrets that help you get the full potential of your computer mouse and increase your overall productivity while on the computer.

Shift key and mouse click

Many text editors and programs allow you to highlight all or portions of text using the Shift key and the mouse. For example, place the cursor at the beginning of a paragraph in a text editor, hold down the Shift key and click at the end of the paragraph to highlight the full paragraph.

Bonus tip: Holding down the Alt key while dragging and highlighting text in a text editor will allow you to selectively highlight text. This can be useful if your paragraph or other text is in a column.

Take full advantage of the scroll wheel

Today, everyone is familiar with a mouse wheels ability to scroll up and down on a page. However, this wheel can also do so much more, below are just a few examples.

  • The mouse wheel is not just a      wheel, it can also be used as a button. Pressing down on the wheel will      act like a third mouse button. This can be used to open a web page in a      tab by clicking the wheel on any link and can also be used to close a tab      by clicking the wheel on any open tab.
  • Holding down the shift key while      scrolling up or down in a Internet browser will quickly go back and      forward between web pages.
  • Zoom in and Out on a web page,      word document, excel spreadsheet, etc. by holding down the Ctrl key and scrolling up to zoom in and      down to zoom out.
  • Move forward and backwards while      browsing the Internet by holding down the Shift key and scrolling up and      down. Scrolling down goes back and scrolling up goes forward.
  • Some mouse wheels can be pushed      left or right to also move back and forward on a web page.

Select with double and triple click

Any word can be selected by double-clicking the word. If you want to highlight the whole paragraph, click the mouse button three times on any text in the paragraph.

Tip: If you double-click you can also double-click and then drag your mouse to select one word at a time.

Use the right-click

Take full advantage of the right-click any time you highlight text or wish to view the properties of an object. For example, if you highlight a file or text, you can right-click that highlighted item copy it and then right-click anywhere else to paste it.

Tip: If you right-click on any file or text and drag it while continuing to hold the right button, when you let go you will be given the option to move or copy that file or text. This saves you the extra step of having to right-click where you want to paste the item.

Tip: While in a browser pressing and holding Ctrl while clicking on any link will open that link in a new tab.

Ctrl key and mouse click or highlight

While holding down the Ctrl key you can left-click to select multiple objects or highlight multiple sections of text. For example, in Microsoft Windows you could hold down the Ctrl key and click to select multiple files at once. If you wanted to highlight different parts of a paragraph or web page, you could also hold down the Ctrl key and select each section you wanted to copy.

Tip: Mozilla Firefox users can also hold down the Ctrl key and individually click on each cell in a table they wish to copy or drag their mouse down a row to select just that row or text without selecting any of the other text in that table.

Use the mouse side buttons

Many new computer mice have buttons on the side of the mouse. These buttons can be programmed to do anything, however, by default the left-thumb button can be used to go back on a web page. This makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable since you do not need to move the mouse cursor to the browser back arrow button in order to go back a page.

Use the Windows Snap To feature

Take full advantage of the Windows mouse Snap To feature, which will automatically move your mouse to buttons that appear in a dialog box. For example, if you delete a file or close a window you may get a prompt asking you if you are sure you want to perform the task. With the Snap To feature enabled, the mouse cursor automatically moves to the Ok button, so all you will have to do is click the mouse button if you agree. This saves you the time of having to move the mouse cursor over to the Ok button and then click Ok. To enable this feature open the Mouse properties under the Windows Control Panel and check the Snap To check box under the Pointer Options tab.

Tip: While changing this feature we also suggest looking at other available options in the Mouse settings. For example, increasing the Motion speed can also help increase your productivity while using the mouse.

Manage the open window with the mouse

Double-click the top title bar of any window to maximize a window or if it is already maximized resize it to a window. You can also double-click the icon for the window in the top-left corner of the window to close that window.

Move the mouse with your keyboard

Instead of using the mouse that came with your computer you can also enable Windows to use the number pad as a mouse.

Customize your mouse

Finally, if you have a mouse with more than two buttons, installing the included mouse software will allow you to customize the mouse even more. For example, if you don’t use the side buttons to move back and forth in a web page change it to something you do more often, such as switching between open windows or opening the calculator.

Tips to follow before calling support

Today, it is possible to contact companies in numerous different ways. However, when planning to call or e-mail a computer company, keep the below recommendations in mind.

  1. If you are calling for support on a      particular product make sure you have all applicable numbers written down.      For example, the Serial Number and Model number of the particular device      or computer.
  2. If you are calling for support for      a computer product, make sure you’re next to the product in case you need      to follow directions.
  3. Have a piece of paper and pencil      prepared in case instructions are given or additional contact information      is given.
  4. If you have Internet access try      finding the answer to your question online before calling or e-mailing      support. Many questions can be found online by using a search engine such      as Google.
  5. Make sure you have at least 30      minutes of available time, not only for the wait but the time likely      required to troubleshoot the issue.
  6. If you believe the product in question      is bad or needs to be replaced, have all purchase information available.
  7. If you are planning on purchasing      or the support call is fee-based, have more than one credit card ready to      be given over the phone.

Finally, once you’ve connected with support make sure to write down the support representatives name in case you need to get back in touch with him or her.

Getting a human when calling support

When calling technical support or customer service it’s often frustrating having to go through each of the voice prompts just to reach a human who can assist you, which is why this months tip is a link to gethuman. This site is a database of 500 of the top companies, their phone numbers and how to get directly to a human.

For example, when calling Dell Technical Support you would press 3; say “agent” at each additional prompt, ignoring messages to get directly to someone who can assist you with your problem.