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Wading through Windows 10 menus and settings can be time consuming. Here is a list of a few helpful keyboard combinations that will get you where you’re going much faster.
Ctrl+C Copy. You can select (highlight) any text on your screen and then hold down the Ctrl key and press the letter C. This will copy the selected text into the computers memory so you can paste it elsewhere.
Ctrl+V Paste. By going to where you want to paste the text you just copied and holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the P, the text will be pasted to the new location.
Ctrl+X Cut. Unlike Ctrl+C which copies the text, Ctrl+X will cut the text from its current location. You can still use Ctrl+V to paste it elsewhere.
Ctrl+Z Undo.This key combination will undo what you did last. For instance, if you deleted a bunch of text then realized you didn’t want to, this will undo the deletion, possibly one character at a time. Performing this key combination repeatedly will continue to undo. If we only had this option in real life!
Ctrl+Y Undo the Undo. If you decide you really didn’t want to undo your last action, this will restore what you undid. Trying it may be less confusing than trying to explain it!
Windows+M Minimize all open windows. The Windows key is the one that has the image of four squares – the symbol for Microsoft Windows. This combination will minimize everything that you have open on your desktop.
Windows+Shift+M Restore minimized windows. This three-key combination will restore all the minimized windows to open.
There are many more of these key combinations available. These are the ones that I use the most. If you’re interested in learning more, there are lists of shortcuts online that you can look through.
Have a great week!
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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