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Twelve months of Hints and Tips (shortcuts)


Hold down the windows key (bottom left on the keyboard) and quickly touch D. (Opens your desktop)


Ctrl C copies what you have highlighted. Ctrl V pastes what’s you have copied (Ctrl C). Crtl X cuts/deletes what you have highlighted.


Hold down the windows key (bottom left on the keyboard) and quickly touch E. (Opens windows explorer to view your files)
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Hold down the windows key (bottom left on the keyboard) and quickly touch F1. (Opens help)


Quick access to to address bar Hold Alt + touch D

Five (Google Search Hints)

1. Search for an exact word or phrase Putting your search terms in double quotation marks will only bring up searches for those words or phrases. It’s a great option to search quotes or song lyrics. For example “Imagine all the people” 2. Exclude certain words from a search Add a dash or minus sign (-) before the words you want to exclude. For example, if you want to find a recipe without nuts because of an allergy search “Chocolate cake recipe -nuts” 3. Search within a website You can use Google to search within a specific website by typing in your search term followed by “site:” and then the URL of the website – a handy option if you remember reading an article from a website but can’t find it. For example, if you found a hint on socialsoftware.com.au but can’t find it anymore search hints site:socialsoftware.com.au and all hints on Social Software will come up. 4. Do two Google searches at once Add OR (must be capitalised) between words. Without the OR, results would only show pages that match both terms. For example, “world cup location 2014 OR 2018” 5. Fill the blank If you’ve blanked on some phrases, quotes or lyrics and it’s bothering you, never fear Google will work it out for you. Fill in the blanks of any searches with asterisks (*). For example “a * saved is a * earned” and Google will tell you it’s “a penny saved is a penny earned”. 6. Define a word If you’re after a quick definition type “define:” followed by the word. It will also show you synonyms and origins of the word. For example “define: preposterous” 7. Search for a number range Separate your number range by two periods without any spaces (..) to return results within your specific number range. You can do it with dates, prices or measurements. For example, if you want to search for digital cameras within a price range you would search “camera $50..$150”. If you are looking for news about eclipses you would search “eclipse 2008..2014” 8. Set a timer If you’re watching a movie on your laptop or tablet but need to remember to pick someone up, you can always set a timer on Google. Type in “set timer for” and the Google timer will appear. Enter times you want and Google will beep at you when the time runs out. 9. Do maths Type your equations in Google and it will do the work for you. For example “33% of 2000” 10. Similar words Google can search for words and all of its synonyms by adding a ~ before the word. For example, if you type “~mobile phone”, you will also get results that include “cellular” and “wireless” and so .


Print a page Hold Ctrl + Shift touch P


Open Utilites Manager Hold windows key + touch U


Favorites/Bookmark a Page Hold CTRL key + touch D
Reopen Previous Tab in Browser Ctrl + Shift  + T