Beyond the Basics: Simple but Unexpected Computer Tips

We would like to share two computing tips that took us by surprise.

Blow Me Up, Scotty

Does your screen image make you squint at times? Perhaps you hit a web page whose font is a little too small or you are in a program where you would like your document to appear larger temporarily? This is a visual change; it does not affect printing.

On a Mac, hold the Control key (on the keyboard) as you scroll, drag, or roll in the center of your mouse. The entire Mac screen can grow larger and then smaller. If you move the mouse pointer toward the side, you can scroll to see parts that zoomed beyond the screen edges.

On a PC, have your mouse pointer inside a program’s window. Zoom-aware programs include Firefox, Internet Explorer, and various Microsoft Office modules like Word. Hold the Control key (aka Ctrl) on your keyboard as you roll the scroll wheel in the middle of your mouse. The contents of some program windows can grow larger and smaller, depending upon the direction you roll the wheel.

Spring Cleaning – Hide the Clutter

It’s easy to be distracted in today’s world. Even your computer screen can be so cluttered as to be distracting. What if you could wave a magic wand and have the Mac Dock or Windows Task Bar and all the Word menus and ribbons disappear so you could concentrate on your typing?

The following works in Word 2011 for Mac and Word 2007 and 2010 for Windows.

On a Mac, click the Full Screen View button at the bottom of Word 2011’s window:


On a PC, click the Full Screen Reading button at the bottom of Word 2007 or 2010:



Restoring the screen: The Escape key (aka Esc) returns you to the normal view.

Brien G. Muller - Help Desk Manager


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