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Have you ever clicked on a link, and Internet Explorer opens up full screen, or small and in a weird spot on your desktop?

It happens to me sometimes. The reason it happens is that you closed the window and left it at that particular size. Windows remembers that and the next time you open IE, it opens to the last saved size.

Here is a problem. If you open a saved link or favorite, it will open to the weird size, and you cannot change that permanently through that link.

The way you have to change this is to open IE to your home page, for example, click on the blue e just to open Internet Explorer. Once you do, size and place the window where you want it to be. Once you are done, click on the X, and it will save the size and position.

Now next time when you open a link or your home page, the window will be in the same place, same size that you last left it.

If you try to re-size, and close when you opened a link, and not just IE with your home page, it will not work. It will keep going back to that last saved size until you change it by opening IE from the Icon (like above). Then you can size, position and close, and your results will be saved.

I hope this helps those like me who like Windows they way they want Windows to look and act!

I work too fast sometimes for my own good. Sometimes I just click on things without paying attention, and that can get me into trouble!

One of the cool things about Windows way back from the old days, you can undo stuff you did, that you didn’t really want to do!

Undo is in almost every program running on Windows today. Usually it is in the menu EDIT and you click on UNDO. Pretty Simple.

Some programs have a left handed arrow, which means Undo or Go Back (just like your web browser, it takes you BACK a page).

Some programs even have a redo, an arrow pointing to the right. Just like in Photoshop pictured here.


That means you can undo something, then change your mind and say, O.K. forget the UNDO, and REDO that back.

Another cool thing is that Windows itself uses the UNDO Command. Let’s say you move a file from a folder, and like me accidently let go too soon and dropped it in the wrong folder. O no, how are you going to find it?

Go to the top menu under Edit>UNDO or you can use the handy keyboard shortcut Control+Z keys. That will put the file back where you moved it from and you can start over.

Another thing that can be annoying is if you are selecting multiple files with Control+Click. If you are not careful, if you move them slightly and let up on the mouse, you have now made a copy of everything selected. I hate this, and it happens.


Just hold Control+Z and viola! You have undone that little mess you just made. The trick is not to do anything else. One good thing is, if you went ahead and did one other thing, you can do UNDO and UNDO again, and it will step back one action at a time.

There are some rare cases where UNDO will not work, like deleting files from a USB Flash drive, because that drive is not on the computer, it will not restore those files.

But if you goof up, it is worth a try. UNDO is like your little computer angel.

I have been using Custom Guide’s Reference Guides for a couple terms now in my Photoshop Elements class at school when teaching, and they are really helpful.

This company has online training and other services for companies. They have a whole page of free cheat sheets (That is what I call them) with commonly used commands and tips and tricks.

Very nice visually, and very colorful. If you open it in Adobe as a .pdf, and print it in color, you can put it in a nice sheet protector, or even laminate it, and keep it at your desk when working on the particular program.

I especially like the Photoshop Elements one, because it is hard to remember the short cuts and other commands.

There are more than 75 different quick ref guides to help you. From Windows 98 to Win 7, Microsoft Office programs to Adobe Photoshop, Elements, Internet Explorer, Firefox and much more is available.

The Windows 7 guide is great if you are just upgrading or getting a new computer with Windows 7 installed, it can really help to get started using 7.

What is cool about these, is you may use the program every day, but not realize some of the shortcuts and quick things you can do with the program.

The best thing is, they are free and you can share them with others.

Check it out at Custom Guide


There is a new virus running around, and when you are using Internet Explorer, a window can pop up telling the user to press F1 to view a file. Once you press F1, it will load the virus.
This virus will affect Windows 2000 and XP, it is not supposed to affect Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.
The good thing is that F1 is mainly used for help, and not many programs use that any longer. This happens specifically when on a website with Internet Explorer.
DO NOT PRESS F1 if prompted, while using Internet Explorer in Windows XP or Windows 2000.
Close your browser if you get a message like this. If it will not close and the “press F1 Window” still shows up, you can try the following:
Hit Control + Alt + Del, and bring up the task manager. Highlight the Internet Explorer program that is running, and click the END TASK button. This will force the window to be closed.
For more technical details,
(Thanks to my deputy Geek Harry, for bringing this to my attention!)
Windows 7 Tips and Tricks – Desktop, Taskbar, Windows
Sunday, February 28th, 2010 | Author:

The new task bar and desktop in Windows are a bit different and there are some neat and powerful features.

Aero “Peek-a-boo!” – seeing what programs/document Windows are open

When you are running a program, you can use the Aero Peek feature, but just putting your mouse on the icon of the program, and it “peeks” in on the application and shows you a little version of it, even if it is video, it shows you the video while it is running.

Focus on your Window – Quickly move to the Window you want to work with

If you put your mouse over Internet Explorer, and you have several tabs open, it will show all the tabs. You can move your mouse on the window you want, and it pops to the top, or as it is called, the focus window.

Also, if you have several instances or copies of a program or document type open, the little icon will show what looks like a few pages next to it, letting you know there is more than one.

Clear all Windows from the Desktop

On the bottom right of the taskbar, just to the right of the clock and date is the desktop button. If you click on that, all documents are cleared off the desk, and put in minimize mode. If you want them back you can just click on that button again, and your open windows will be back on the desktop.

Open another instance of a program that is already running

Many times I want to open another window of a program that is already running. Something like Internet Explorer or Microsoft Word.

All you have to do is put your mouse over the Icon on the taskbar, and hold down SHIFT and click your left mouse button. Poof, a new blank document or Internet Explorer Window opens, and your other windows all stay intact. ( For a geeky version of this, you can click your middle roller button, and then you do not have to hold shift!)

Focus on one window with a bunch of them open

Here is a cool and quick way to focus on one window minimize all the rest. Just hit the Win+HOME and all but the main focus window (one in front you are working on) disappear onto the task bar, and you have a clutter free desktop now.

Want them all back, just hit WIN+HOME keys and viola, they are all back.

Rearrange Taskbar Icons

You can drag the icons on the taskbar in any order you like. Just click and drag to the desired position.

If you want to add a program to the Taskbar so it is always there and easy to get to, just Right Click on the program and Click on Pin to Task Bar. Again, you can drag that into any order you like.

Fill up the Desktop / Screen with a single Window

All you have to do is click your mouse cursor on the top bar of a window, and drag it to the top of the screen, and let go of your mouse button. It explodes into full screen mode! If you want to go back, just double click on the top bar and it restores the Window back down.

Compare or look at Windows Side by Side

This feature is also very handy. Just drag the top bar of a window to the left side of the screen, then let go. Do the same with another Window, but this one gets dragged to the right side of the screen. Both lock in and take up half the screen. Double click the top bars to restore them back.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips, and they help you discover some of the coolness of Windows 7. Next time I will cover more cool tips and tricks for Windows 7.

I have been using Windows 7 for about 4 days now, and I can honestly say, this upgrade from Vista was awesome. The install went easy, all my devices installed easily, and everything set up easy. Note the common denominator – EASY.

I have been working with computers for years and nothing has ever been easy. I worked with Tech support in the 90′s when “Plug and Play” was invented, and was immediately dubbed “Plug and Pray!”

Plug and play always has had issues, and that has been helped a lot by USB, and development of newer technologies. Finally Version 7 of Microsoft Windows has really helped things along (the same people who have been partially at fault for not helping in this area…)

I have been installing Windows 7 in all the new computers in the past few months, and I am not getting any complaints, other than the usual, “It is different” and “It is hard to get used to.” When you use XP and jump to Windows 7, it is quite a bit different on the interface, but so was it when we went from DOS to Windows 3.1, that was like changing someones pillow or favorite chair.

There are a lot of cool new features in Windows 7, and so many, it is hard to know them all. I am going to highlight helpful and cool tips and tricks in the next couple of weeks that Windows 7 has. If you have 7 it will help you out, and if you are thinking about upgrading to 7, you might peek in to see some of the nice features.

First of all, if you are interested in upgrading to Windows 7, If you have XP, your machine (if it is more than a few years old) is probably not powerful enough and may need some upgrades or it may just not be powerful enough. If you have Vista, it might be worth the upgrade.

If you want to check to see if you can upgrade to Windows 7, here is a cool program that will evaluate your system and see if your system has the horsepower to run Windows 7, and it provides a good report for you.

Just download the program and run it, and see if you can run Windows 7.

Next time, I will start with some really great Tips and Tricks in Windows 7