Browser Zoom

May 26, 2009

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my eyes really need a relief on web pages with tiny text.  There is a way to zoom in and make everything more readable.  On Internet Explorer 8 click on  Page  (upper right) and scroll down to  Zoom.  You can choose the zoom you want.  Also notice the keyboard shortcuts.

Windows tip:
CTRL+  =  zoom in
CTRL-  =  zoom out
CTRL0  =  Return to normal  (that’s a zero)

There’s even an easier way with most mice.  Hold  CTRL  and scroll the center roller wheel in or out.  Cool huh?


Blog at WordPress

May 24, 2009

New to blogging?  Don’t know where to start?  I’ve found that is the most valuable place to start a blog.  It’s free and you will have a blog on the Internet within minutes.  Using WordPress to create your blog could not be easier.  Go to the site, read about it, try it.  It really is free.


May 23, 2009

If you are having trouble connecting to your local network or the Internet, use the Windows command  ipconfig  to check the details.  Even if your network is working fine, it’s an interesting place to visit. 

See my previous post on command prompts  to use the  ipconfig  command.  You can find your network name / DNS, your IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway.  You can find even more interesting details by typing  ipconfig /all

Remember to type exit  <Enter> to close the command prompt window.

Chrome Update

May 22, 2009

If you are using the Google Chrome  browser, you may want to check if you are using the latest version.  To update manually or to see if it’s already updated, open Chrome then click on the Tool button (upper right) and click About Google Chrome.  (post updated 11-09-09)

Start Menu

May 20, 2009

Logo KeyHave you ever opened a program that covers the entire screen?  You can no longer see your Start Menu?  There is a keyboard button that will bring up the Start Menu.  It’s located at the bottom left of your keyboard,  often called the Windows Logo button.  Press it and you’ll have your Start Menu.  Another way is CTRL+ESC.

Keyboard Shortcuts

May 20, 2009

While I usually use my mouse for most everything, there are a few occasions to use the keyboard shortcuts instead.  This is especially helpful on a laptop when my external mouse is not connected.  Here  is a list from Microsoft on keyboard shortcuts.

How Many Windows?

May 18, 2009

If you are like me, almost all of my computers have come with Microsoft Windows.  Do you know how many Windows there have been?  Years ago I converted from Microsoft MS-DOS to Windows/286.  Windows/286 was a far cry from what we have today, but it was a start at desktop computing without having to type complicated or repetitive text commands.

Windows 7 is the new upcoming version, rumored to be released this Fall.  I now use Windows XP, Windows Vista, and keep another old computer with Windows 98 SE  for old programs and defragging floppy disks.  Look here for a history of Windows.

(Update:  Windows 7 was released in Nov ’09)