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Windows: Do everything with shortcuts!

When working on your chosen OS, we tend to do repetitive work using our mouse. The time to move the mouse to the direction of the icon you wanna click is more effort than pressing 2 to 3 keystroke on the keyboard. So what do someone like us lazy people do to make this effortless and hopefully avoid injury to our hands in the future? Shortcuts! Here I will list my most used chores on windows that I often find doing.

Changing Explorer View
CTRL + SHIFT + 1 Extra Large
CTRL + SHIFT + 2 Large Icons
CTRL + SHIFT + 3 Medium Icons
CTRL + SHIFT + 4 Small Icons
CTRL + SHIFT + 5 List
CTRL + SHIFT + 6 Details
CTRL + SHIFT + 7 Tiles
CTRL + SHIFT + 8 Content

Using RUN command with WIN + R key:
cmd  To open cmd line.
Press win key , type cmd press ctrl + shift + enter Run as administrator.
services.msc  Open services window
control  Open control panel
ncpa.cpl  Open network connections
regedit Registry Editor
shift + F10 To display right click on any object selected
appwiz.cpl Very handy to open Add/Remove program

Open CMD on any window explorer open:
alt + d and type cmd This will open command line in that folder

Editing Text
shift + up or down – To select whole line or below line.
shift + home or end – to select from cursor left and right, very useful

Navigating Windows Explorer
F6 Very handy to navigate to different elements of the window like the left panel to get the drive you want
alt + DMove focus to the address bar and select current path.
ctrl + N Open new window on the same folder
Alt + Right Arrow Go forward.
Alt + Left Arrow Go back.

Windows Install change hardware configuration

Ever wondered how licensing works now comes Windows 10? Back in previous Windows OS, as soon as your pc glitches the last resort for salvation is through fresh install of the system.

I can just boot from my DVD drive using the OS CD and input back your serial number and away you go.

This is still applicable in the latest Windows 10. You can also create a boot USB disk if you are trying to install to a different drive. But somewhat came as a bit confusing as many devices now came pre-installed with the OS.

If you are building your own system, you will need to buy your own license or if you have a Windows 8 or 7. You can go to the upgrading route. When your build PC you have to know that, new motherboard = new license.

Here is a link that will help you understand a little bit the process how installation of new OS works.

How does Windows 10 licensing status change with changes in hardware configuration

In other words, when you buy a new PC loaded with operating system, you need to ask how they installed the OS. And make sure you get the serial key off them by hook or by crook if its not already on the physical box on the sticker.


Identifying your weakness and strength

Howdy! We all have our strengths and weaknesses as a person and in our profession. You know yourself better than anyone else or maybe someone knows your better than yourself but most likely its yourself your biggest critic.

Its hard to admit that we have them. Its even harder when it shows and everybody notices it. For example Im not scared to admit one of my weaknesses is …. wait for it.

Im slow to pick up cues. I dont usually understand things that are new. I dont usually pick up jokes straight away, I cant even give a quick remarks back to someone being a smart ass. In all Im slow.

I identify it and proven, that is indeed a weakness or perhaps just part of how you as a person . Its just one of those weaknesses that its just there and can never be improved or fixed or maybe it can . So what do you do?

There is something you can do! Focus on your strength! I know Im slow, but I know that I am a also a critical thinker as well, what this makes you? It means you just dont go opening your mouth without thinking of the consequences, it means you never decide things on impulse, it means you analyze the situation as hard as you can to make  better decisions because you consider every options possible.

In this sense when one of your weakness shows up, there is one of your strength to help you out. Never forget the value that you have, identify your short comings if you can improve on them then yes improve on them, but never forget your strength its there to put you back up your feet.

This post is to just to remind us about learning to identify our own weaknesses, learn to accept them, know why you have them and finally how to do get pass them by identifying your strength!

Tips and Tricks working at your desk

Do you spent hours and hours of time working infront of your computer and wonder why it takes so long to do various task? Well Im gonna help you out or mmmm this is my blog… Well Im just gonna list various tips Ive learned working on your PC to minimize working time and can do more stuff in a day. Feel free to comment if you got more suggestion not in this post.

1. Looking for a term in Google faster. English is not my second language so if theres a term I dont understand I go to and type: “define: [your term]” and you will see list of meanings straight up. If your on a mobile phone eg iphones, all you do is highlight the word and choose look up. Similar for the desktop highlight the word, right click and look for word in google.

2. Use CTRL + F to find information quickly. This is very useful when you are browsing a site that goes all the way down this is often when you do a search on google.

3.Type “calc” for calculator. Quick access. This is when you want a quick access to a calculator. Go to Start and use the Run command. This is easily accessible in Windows 7 and windows 10 of course easier if you pin the Icon to the task bar unless your PC is not yours then this is just one of the thing you can do.

4. Easy access your programs. Well this is given all your most used program you must put in your task bar below. And all the not so used in the desktop.

5. Always on top window. Do you often get annoyed switching windows from front to back? Sometimes when you’re trying to read something and watching a movie or tv at the same time on your computer the other window gets in the way. Or you just want a particular window to always be on top when your working. Here is the software for it. Always On Top .

6. Not to get bored working! This is usually the case when your working on a project or on your own. This will make you really bored real quick and most likely turn away from your computer and do something else(Unless of course you really love that office job!). To combat this, if you have a TV tuner card, watch tv while your working. You might think that this would make you wanna work less. But I assure you combining this together or to be exact combining pleasure with work is a great way to keep you doing what you need to do. You can also watch a movie while you work, put an earphone so you hear the dialog from the movie even you dont have your eyes on the window. Just use your peripheral vision.

7. Make sure you fill that thirst. Always have a bottle of drinks handy on your desk(May I suggest ice cold water). Working on your computer for a long time can make you really thirsty fast. So to save you from travelling back and forth to the kitchen why not take the drink with you.

8. Minimize Eyestrain. We all know this when working straight hours with your computer, our eyes just screaming for a time out and will results with some serious headache. So in order to minimize this tell yourself to take a break every hour. And look at something other than your monitor for at least 10 seconds. Also try to blink as much as you can. Even better go outside for a little while, look up in the sky, go chat a bit with your colleague, anything to change the pace and environment and hopefully when you get back, you feel refreshed and ready for some action.

9. Conversion in Google Thats right folks if you wanna know how to convert millimeter to meter, cm to inches, 1 byte to bit, inches to feet, km to miles etc etc. You can do it all in google! How? All you got to do is use “in” word between any of course desired calculation eg. Type “20 cm in inches”, “5km in miles”, “200mm in meter” etc etc. And you will get your answer in seconds! You can even do currency conversion as well. Isnt it handy folks?

10. Learn when to COPY + PASTE When typing long text or coding if you are a developer its best if you know when do you need to just copy and paste existing text and just editing some part of it. Especially when you have an html code that nees to be repeated for a number of times. You dont need to be a computer wiz to know when to do it. Even you just browsing the internet for information most basic users know how to copy and paste just keep in mind the article you are copying , it might be a copyright materials.

I know these are very lame list because heck we all know how to do this already, but to me hey I struggle lol.

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