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Help From Elder Teckies




Featured Computer Quick Tips

Some quick tips to help you become a better computer user and internet surfer:

should know this handy tip:


While holding down the Ctrl button on your keyboard -- rotate the scroll wheel in the middle of your mouse.

Go ahead and give it a try, right now.

On most computers this will magnify / shrink the size of websites.

Rolling the mouse wheel up will make everything bigger, while rolling the mouse wheel down will have the opposite effect.

So, next time you are having trouble reading small text on a website, simply hold down control and use the scroll wheel. Very handy -- pass this on to your friends.

It's the best thing since... Ctrl+c.

Alternative method: hold down CTRL and tap on the + and - buttons on the keyboard for the same effect.

Search text within any Web page

Ever end up on a site from a search engine, but can't find the exact words you are looking for? The answer is:

Ctrl + f

Go ahead and hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press "f" -- you should see a search box pop-up somewhere on your screen. (Usually near the bottom of the window). Now you can type any word into that search box and your internet browser with find and highlight each instance of that word as it appears on the page. You can also click the "next" button to allow the page to auto-scroll to the next instance of the word.

Neat, eh? I use this feature all the time.

Dealing With Error Messages


If you receive an error message you don't understand:

Type the error message into Google Search. You'll find other's who have had the same issue, and hopefully someone who has found the solution, as well. Don't just read one discussion or solution -- take the time to read a few different websites opinions before jumping to a conclusion.

This is an important lesson -- you can type any question into Google in plain english. It's so easy, but I am always amazed at how many people have problems "searching". Just search for what other people would search for... you are bound to stumble upon at least one person who has had the same problem as you and asked it to one of the many online discussion forums or Q&A sites like Yahoo Answers.

Also see: No Bootable Devices Error - for a quick fix to try before replacing or formating your HDD.

-- I'll be updating this section regularly with new computer tips, bookmark and check back often.

Help For Beginner Computer Users:



internetHow to Keep Seniors Safe from the Internet - Common online scams and how to avoid them -- anyone over 30 should read this. Also includes information on ebay shopping, creating strong passwords and other tips to keep new computer users out of trouble.

virus removal guideHow to Remove Computer Viruses (Windows) - Step by step guide to removing viruses, adware, and other unwanted nasties from your computer.

winxp optimizationHow to Speed-up Windows XP - Yes, I still use WinXP. Check out this guide to help you speed up Windows XP computers ... easy.

windows vistaTips for Optimizing Windows Vista - Our top tips to help you speed up and secure your PC running Windows Vista.

internetShopping Online for Beginners - Tips for people who are new to the world of online shopping. Includes recommended online stores and safety tips.


smiley dictionarySmiley Dictionary
Huge list of keyboard text smilies.

text messagingText Messaging Acronyms

Also see:

Android Resource Page - Top tips and tricks including security, optimization and rooting info.

How to Download Music with Torrents - Step-by-step guide with tons of illustrations on how to download music from the internet.

How to use Torrents for Downloading - Quick overview with required software and recommended torrent sites.

How to Make Free Ringtones - You don't have to buy ringtones -- learn to convert your own mp3 music files into ringtones for your iphone or other mobile phone.

Making Websites / Beginner Webmaster Info:

How to Choose and Register a Domain Name - For my friends/relatives and other's that need non-technical advice.

How to Choose a Web Hosting Company - Non-technical guide on getting web hosting.


Recommended Links for Computer Help & Tips

Articles for beginners but on different websites. All links will open in a new browser tab or window.

3 Beginner Computer Tips - Practical advice for new computer users. Worth reading.

How to Fix Your Relatives' Terrible Computer - Common problems found on computers, and how to fix them.

Windows 7 Guide - Lifehackers' guide to everything Windows 7.


Free Software Reviews



Windows 7 Little Tweaker Utility





Opening .rar compressed files





Keep drivers updated





Super Improved Panda Cloud Antivirus






Free Defrag for home use





All programs have been tested and are virus free. Don not download any of these programs

If you do not know what the programs purpose is. Use common sense!



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Online criminals are getting smarter, but we're always ahead of them.
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