Good to Know
by Cate Eales
Appeared May 14, 2012 on castanet.net
I’m pretty good at fixing computers, setting up
computers, and teaching people how to get the most out of their
computers. (But don’t ask me to change my own oil.) Here are three
things that might help you get along with your computer.
Take a Mulligan in Windows
My favourite keyboard shortcut is CTRL+Z. If you make a mistake in Word,
Excel, email, or really almost anywhere in Windows, and you realize it
right away, you can usually get a second chance. Pressing the CTRL and Z
keys at the same time will undo the last thing you did. I wish we had
that function in real life. Why CTRL+Z for Undo? I guess because
CTRL+U was already taken.
Bonus tip: If you change your mind after pressing CTRL+Z, you can press
CTRL+Y to undo your undo!
Keep “annoyanceware” at bay by choosing “Custom
Last week I recommended a
Freemake Video Converter. I also recommended declining the toolbars
and search engine it tries to force you to install. Nonetheless, I heard
from several people who were confused to find their default search
engine changed and a new toolbar in their browser. What happened? And
more importantly, how can we make that not happen again?
We all have a habit of clicking OK, OK, OK, OK ALREADY! during software
installs. Do that one time too many, and you'll have unwanted tool bars
in your browser, and popups all over the place warning you about
Sadly, a "Typical" install often means "Sure, go ahead and install that
MyWebSearch toolbar, and the weather bug, too." If you have a choice
called "Custom," or “Advanced” go for that instead of typical, and just
say no to the unwanted extras. And when you do find a program that
doesn't try to sneak this stuff past you, consider rewarding the author
with a donation.
Although I like Freemake Video Converter, I recommended against the
typical install because if you just accept the defaults, your browser
gets a new start page, search engine, and toolbar. Simply choosing the
Advanced installation option lets you decline all the “annoyanceware”
and still use the program.
"Quick installation" installs the program...and the junk
Selecting "Parameters settings" takes you to the
Clearing all the other check boxes keeps the junk out.
Make the spacing in Word 2007 and Word 2010
look like older versions of Word
The default settings for Word 2007 and Word 2010 are for 1.5 lines
instead of 1 line every time you hit the Enter key and every time Word
wraps a line for you. If you want things to return to the way they were
in the last century, it’s really easy to set your defaults back to Word
On the Home tab, click Change Styles, then on Style set. Click next to
the style called Word 2003! If you always want Word 2007/2010 to behave
that way, go back to Change Styles and click on Set as Default. Styles
are just a collection of fonts and formats.
You can have that done for you automatically in Word 2007 by going to
this page. I couldn’t find a corresponding page for Word 2010, but
plenty of help here, and a
short video here.
Now your document will use the more traditional Word 2003 fonts and
formats, including single spacing where you are used to it!
I welcome your comments and
questions. I can also visit your home or office to help you and your
computer get along. Call me at 250-764-7043, email
email@example.com or visit
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Freemake Video Converter
Default line spacing and default paragraph spacing in Word 2007 differ
from the default spacing in earlier versions of Word
Adjust the line spacing between text or paragraphs
Video: Adjust the spacing between paragraphs in Word 2010
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