Miscellaneous Computer Helps and Hints

         Useful Keyboard Shortcuts:

Windows Navigation

Program Navigation

Open/Close Start Menu


Open New Document

<Ctrl> O

Minimize/Restore open windows

<Windows> D

Save Current Document

<Ctrl> S

Open Windows Explorer

<Windows> E

Copy Selection

<Ctrl> C

Windows Search

<Windows> F


<Ctrl> V


<Windows> R

Move selection

 <Ctrl> X

Task Manager


Italics On/Off

<Ctrl> I

Shut Down, Log Off


Bold On/Off


Search in Document


Underlining On/Off

<Ctrl> U

Go to Beginning


Undo last thing

<Ctrl> Z or <Alt><Backspace>

Go to End


Undo last Undo

<Ctrl> Y

Properties Dialog box


Select Entire Document

<Ctrl> A

Switch between programs


Open Print Dialog Box

<Ctrl> P

Close open window


Scroll up/down a line

Arrow in scroll bar

Explorer - move up folder level


Scroll up/down screen

Click within scroll bar

Right-Click Menu


Select Word

Double <Left-Click>



Select Paragraph

Triple <Left-Click>

Internet Explorer Navigation






Search Bar Show/Hide

<F3> or <Ctrl> E

Find Contact


Address List


Outlook Search


Refresh Web Page

<F5> or <Ctrl> R

Send your new email

<Alt> S

Address Bar

<F6> or <Ctrl> D



File Menu




Full Screen On/Off




Put "www." & ".com" around




Stop Downloading





<Ctrl> F



History Bar Show/Hide

<Ctrl> H



Favorites Show/Hide

<Ctrl> I



Open Duplicate Window

<Ctrl> N




         To get rid of names that fill in automatically on your emails instead of the real name you want: In a new open email type in the first 1-3 letters of the name you want. Arrow down to the name you want to delete from the autofill function (this has nothing to do with it being or not being in your address book). Right click on the name (which makes it active). Hit the delete key and it is gone. Repeat for as many names on this list as you want and do it for any others as they occur. This also works for many other autofill items where you may have an item that is close but wrong because of a previous typo.

         Clean out your temporary internet from time to time. The files just mount up. You can delete them and have it start building a new sett again. From IE go to tools>internet options>delete files.

         Adding a new laptop or card to a secure wireless network. The network is typically secure through controls accessed on the router. Setting the router to allow a new computer to connect is a simple two step process. It involves giving the router the MAC address of the wireless card.

    1. Get the MAC address of the wireless card  Our cards have the number listed on the back. You can also get them when the computer has an integrated wirelessr by going to >Start>Run>cmd>ipconfig /all. Then copy down the letters & numbers for the item called "Physical Address.".
    2. Browse to the router at whatever its address is and enter the user name and password. You might have a cryptic link to it or have it securely stored with your password protected list of passwords, etc.

         To add a site.pwilson.com or site.anydomain.com

    1. These instructions are out of date as of May '05. They are for using IManager. We have now switched to ControlPanel. But they might be a starting point. Don't use IManager.
    2. Create a CName in the backroom, this is basically an alias for your new site at site.pwilson.com this adds a pointer in DNS so it knows the site exists. Go to ViaVerio.com and login. Click on the root domain you want to create a sub one for. On the Domain Interface Page click "Add Resource Record". Field one is the new "site"; Field two is the default CName; Field three is the main domain you have used.
    3. Create a virtual host in imanager that points to the new CName create a new user for the site and then direct it to a specific vhost directory in conjunction with the user. Look at editing one of the old ones to copy the format.
    4. In IManager go to file manager and go to the file /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf to edit the file. Steps #1 & #2 above will have created 2 new entries for the site - one at port 80 and one at port 443. Those entries need to be modified to become consistent with all the entries above them. (Copy the last 4 entries to notepad [the 2 new ones and the 2 previous ones]; modify the 2 previous ones by replacing site specific information in them from the 2 new ones; take the modified 2 and insert them in the httpd.conf; save the httpd.conf doc.) With these changes made, the site can now receive the frontpage extensions. (All this is explained at http://www.viaverio.com/index.cfm?page_id=555)
    5. Install the FrontPage extensions on the new vhost  - this is done by SSH telnetting to the site and running vinstall frontpage. Start>Run>Telnet. Login and password. (O domain.com. vinstall frontpage.)
    6. Login into the new site with the FP acct specified in 3 and create any additional users or sites.
    7. If you are adding a new domain, do it at www.networksolutions.com, change the Server to the www.viaverio.com site, then go to www.viaverio.com backroom and use the "add domain to account" function to make it a part of the site, then go to steps 1-5 above.

         SOS Courses  .Login normally then change the address to ..../Shoppers/Menu.asp.

         Browsing to different computer (not yet mapped)

    1. Do a search from Start>Search or simply in an Explorer window or even from within the open box of any program and enter the computer info as in #2 or #3. You can also put the information in Start>Run.
    2. To open the computer you need to enter \\<ComputerName>\drive$. For a computer named John where you want to go to the C drive it would be \\John\C$. You can learn the computer name by going to MyComputer>RightClick>ComputerName.
    3. You can also use its IP address in the format of ||xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx\C$. You can get the IP address by going Start>cmd>ipconfig.

         Setting up Forms Submission in FrontPage