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Keyboard Shortcuts

The mouse has made using a computer easier for many.

The question you should ask is, "Is using my mouse to do stuff the most efficient way to get around a computer keyboard?"

The answer is mixed: Yes, sometimes. But No is also the case.

Understanding and using keyboard shortcuts is a much more effective, efficient and fast way to make use of your time, especially if your time is limited.

The video is around three minutes long; it explains, for novices, what they are, and it demonstrates them well.

Go watch!



Do you use Microsoft Outlook? (Thanks to Nigel T. for this tip!)

Microsoft Outlook have introduced a very annoying feature to the Outlook Mail Inbox, with headings 'Focused' and 'Other'. This is very confusing and annoying, giving unwanted sorting of emails. You can rid yourself of the problem by following this process:

Go to the 'Settings' gear button, top right of the 'Outlook Email' page.

  • Click 'Options' from the drop down list.
  • Next screen click on 'Layout'.
  • Click on 'Focused Inbox'.
  • Click on 'Don't Sort'.
  • Click on 'Save' at the top of the screen.
  • Go back to the original layout.



The Gear Icon

This little image of a 'gear' is very useful to get to know. Microsoft Windows OS and the Mac OS, and lots of websites too, use this symbol to let you know where to change your SETTINGS.

It is in your settings that you can make any program fit to your needs. Inside the settings you can set your own preferences and ensure it does what you want it to do.

The symbol shown here is an example but they come in slightly different shapes, colours and sizes depending on the software/website you're looking at.

It's worth getting to know more about your settings everywhere you go!