Monthly Archives: March 2015

Keyboard Shortcuts: Ctrl + C, X, and V

So many of us are used to point and click to accomplish basic tasks on a computer, or increasingly, tap on a touch screen. But sometimes it’s easier or faster to do what you want by using keyboard shortcuts. The shortcuts I use most often are for Copy, Cut, and Paste. To Copy, use the Ctrl key and C at the same time. Cut is Ctrl and X. To Paste either a Copy or a Cut, use Ctrl and V. These shortcuts work in most programs, including Microsoft Word and on the internet.

Why would you want to use any of these? One instance I run into often is transferring text from the internet to a Word document. Internet browsers, whether it be Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome, often don’t have menu bars showing by default so that you can click on Edit and then Copy if you want text (or media, such as a picture) copied somewhere else. This means it helps to know other ways to copy something. It can usually be done by using the menu that pops up when you right click the mouse, but the keyboard shortcuts are another option that nearly always work. So, say I’m on a website, and I want to copy something. I highlight it by clicking the mouse cursor at the beginning of what I want, holding down, and dragging to the end of the selection. Once it’s highlighted, I type Ctrl and C at the same time.

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With the description of the Workforce database highlighted and copied, I can now come to my Word document and type Ctrl and V at the same time, and the text is pasted into the document.

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Sometimes what I want to do is remove something from one point in a document and put it elsewhere. To do this, I first highlight what is to be cut, and then type Ctrl and X at the same time. Then it is simply a matter of placing the cursor where I want the text and typing Ctrl and V to paste it in the new position.

Top: Ctrl+X  Bottom: Ctrl+V
Top: Ctrl+X
Bottom: Ctrl+V

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Are You Pinning?

Last week I asked one of my coworkers if she received the pin I sent her. Immediately after telling me she wasn’t an active pinner I rolled over to her side in my office chair for a quick rundown of the all-embracing world of creative possibility that is Pinterest. Not an hour later she was following her colleagues, pinning fun ideas on new boards to help with her library programs, and downloading the mobile app on her smartphone. A pinning addict was born!

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More than a tool to help with work-related projects, the list of possibilities Pinterest has the capacity of inspiring is literally as large as the World Wide Web itself. More commonly used to inspire ideas for recipes, crafting, or home décor, the means of its use is determined by the pinners. Searches can range from something as common as baby shower games to more specific topics like fun ways to cut toast or home remedies for eliminating the mites in your cat’s ear!

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In its most basic essence, Pinterest is a website that allows you to organize and share interesting things you find online in a pinboard style format. Here are some key terms to help get you started:

A Pin (noun) is a picture found on the Internet that, when clicked, will (generally) lead you to a website about that pin. For example, clicking on a pin that represents itself with a picture of black bean salsa will take you to its recipe.

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A Board is a collection of pins that have to do with the same theme. Users make and name their own boards to organize pins. A board named Frugal Living could include pins about budgeting, couponing, stretching meals, or repurposing.

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To Pin (verb) is to create a pin and add it to a relevant board. To repin is to pin something another user has created to one of your own boards.

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Signing up on www.pinterest.com is easy as entering an e-mail and password, or by using your Facebook account.

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Type one of your interests in the search bar, and away you go!

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See the colorful links galore of so many awesome ideas you’ll be wishing there were more hours in the day because the possibilities are simply endless!

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You’ll get the hang of it in no time and (disclaimer) become downright addicted like every other pinner I’ve ever known.

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This is just a basic intro to Pinterest. If you’re interested in learning more, keep an eye out for upcoming Stark County District Library programs such as the Pinterest class I taught here at the Perry Branch in January, or feel free to give me (or one of the other trainers) a call to schedule a sit down and be on your way to getting seriously pinspired!

An introduction to the Windows Control Panel

On computers running Windows, the Control Panel is a central location where various utilities can be accessed that help you manage or customize your computer.

By familiarizing yourself with the Control Panel, you can learn easy solutions for common problems, change settings for various aspects of your PC, and perform important administrative tasks. Basically, the Control Panel is a critical tool that can improve your experience as a user and allow you to get more out of your computer.

Where is the Control Panel?

On Windows Vista and 7, the Control Panel is accessible as a link in the Start Menu.

On Windows 8/8.1, it can be accessed by searching for it from the Start Screen. Alternately, you can right-click on the Start button and select it from the resulting context menu.

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Found in the Start Menu/Start Screen on a Windows PC, the Control Panel provides many options for customizing settings.

Changing the view

The Control Panel can be displayed differently depending on personal preference. By default, you will see it in Category view. It can also be viewed in Icon view (with a choice for either large or small icons) by changing the “View by” setting in the top right corner of the window.

It is generally easier to find specific Control Panel utilities using Icon view, which is what we’ll be using here. An example of what the Control Panel looks like while in Icon view can be seen below.

It’s easier to find utilities by name using Icon view.
It’s easier to find utilities by name using Icon view.

Different application developers and PC manufacturers include custom utilities here, so your Control Panel might look different than this example.

What can you do with the Control Panel?

The following are the most commonly used utilities found in the Control Panel. They are most easily located using Icon view (see above for more information).

  • Backup and Restore: This utility allows you to schedule automatic backups for your PC. If you have an external hard drive or a large USB flash drive, this is an easy way to keep your files backed up.
  • Display: Ever wanted to make things appear larger on your screen? You can do that and more with this utility. Screen resolution, scaling, and multiple monitors can all be configured here.
  • Keyboard and Mouse: These separate utilities let you customize your input devices. Some of the more helpful settings are double-click speed, mouse pointer speed, and button configuration for left-handed users.
  • Power options: Important settings relating to power and battery can be found here. You can configure how quickly (if ever) your computer or monitor powers off due to inactivity.
  • Programs and Features: This utility lets you see what software is installed on your machine. It also lets you uninstall programs.
  • User Accounts: Want to add another user that will have its own documents, settings, and profile?  You can do that here, as well as change passwords and configure other user-related settings.
  • Windows Update: If you have Automatic Updates configured, you normally won’t need to use this utility. However, if you ever want to manually check for and install updates, this is the place to do it.