Tech Tips - Did you Know? [Series - Part 1]

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Often during the course of the day, I'll do something on the computer where I'll think "that's really cool, there's probably a lot of people that don't know you can do that!" I have a Facebook Page called Craig's Classroom where I often post these tips and you can follow if you are interested. Meanwhile, my favorite tips are often too small in themselves to create a whole article on. I decided to start this blog series where I compile 5 tips at a time. Here is the first of this series.


Click a file then momentary pause, click it again - goes into RENAME mode


Ctrl+MouseWheelRoll works
as ZOOM command
(Internet Browser, MS-Word, MS-Excel)
tip: Ctrl+0 (that's a zero) resets to 100%
 in browser when you need it


Double Click the title bar
of a window to Maximize it
(double-click again to restore back after)


captures your ACTIVE window
(i.e. screenshot) as graphic on your clipboard -
You can then paste it somewhere
(in MS-Word for example)
have you ever wanted to print out a list of files
in a folder, this is one way to do it


WindowsKey+M - shortuct to Minimize All - (Windows key commands are often overlooked)

if you learned something new, leave me a comment!
tell me which numbers above you didn't already know and plan to use!

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Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Kathleen - LOL some employees too! "boss coming" quick!!

Sep 02, 2010 06:05 AM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We can always use more tech tips, even if we THINK we know things!

Sep 02, 2010 06:07 AM #3
Amanda Nicodemus
Spring Texas Keller Williams Professionals - Cypresswood - Spring, TX
Spring Texas Real Estate

Hi Craig,

I didn't even know I had a 'windows' key!  I just tried it and it works!  Terrific! Thanks for the great tips! Can't wait for the next set of useful tips.

Sep 02, 2010 06:18 AM #4
Jeff Craig
Hang Me Up Photos - Jamestown, NC
Greensboro Area Real Estate Photography

Craig, didn't know about number four.  Very useful.

Sep 02, 2010 07:06 AM #5
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

Cool!  I didn't know most of those.  Thanks Craig.  Heading off to your facebook page now.  We have a facebook group for tech stuff at my agency and I'll be pointing the group members there too.  We have a lot of catching up to do here in Maine.

Sep 02, 2010 12:05 PM #6
Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Realty South - Tumwater, WA
206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate

Craig, I'm so glad you're posting these. Waaay a long time ago (think 1983-1995), I used to teach computer classes. Folks were always so surprised to learn some of these keyboard tricks and they sure increase efficiency and proficiency!!

Sep 02, 2010 05:54 PM #7
Lisa Hicks
Hoang Realty - Augusta, ME
Serving Central and Southern Maine

Craig - Just joined Craig's Classroom on Facebook.  And I didn't know about #2.  That's cool!  I had to try it a couple of times!  Thanks.

Sep 03, 2010 04:12 AM #8
Alan Bruzee
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD

I did know number 5, but that was about it...thanks for the tips.

Sep 03, 2010 05:46 AM #9
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Craig - I knew about all of them but number 5.  I look forward to the next installment!

Sep 03, 2010 05:51 PM #10
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

 Good tips. #5 could also be "Windows" key + D as in win + D blows everything away. That is how I remember this for so many years.

Sep 04, 2010 03:40 PM #11
Jana Holmstrup
Jana Holmstrup - CCO - Kings Mortgage Services, Inc. - Visalia, CA
Craig, Love the Windows+M! Personally I have a Desktop shortcut on my computer, but I work on so many other computers in the office - and am always frustrated closing all their windows. Frustrated no more!! Thank-You! Jana
Sep 11, 2010 08:32 AM #12
Ron Wood
HTR/Wood Realty Group, Inc - Benson, NC
Johnston, Harnett, Sampson & Wake

Window + M...I had no idea.

Sep 24, 2010 04:33 AM #13
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

It looks like I'll be using #5 alot. Thanks again Craig.

Oct 22, 2010 05:02 PM #14
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Craig, on a Mac you do the Apple key+alt+4 and you can draw how much of the screen you want to capture. Then it posts to your desktop. I will use this for making a copy of my Bookmarks and files in folders. Great tip for PC and Macs also :)

Dec 29, 2010 02:49 PM #15
Eva Aliaga
Partnership Realty Inc - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate

I use 2 all the time, I think I got this from PhotoShop use, On my laptop I do not use a mouse, so to zoom in/out I use "ctrl + -" or crtl + =" then "ctrl + 0" to return to normal.

5 cool, did not know that

Dec 29, 2010 05:32 PM #16
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

I can't wait to try ALT + print scrn.  I'm always wanting to save something on screen.  I also make frequent use of Enter / Shift now that I learned that tip from your other post.  Thanks!

Feb 09, 2011 02:54 AM #17
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Craig, I didn't know about number two or five.  Five would have come in handy a few times.

Feb 12, 2011 01:11 PM #18
Jeremy Joslin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales

1,2, and 5 I didn't know and I think I will use 1 and 2 regularly. Thanks always love shortcuts.

Sep 06, 2011 02:23 PM #19
Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

Double clicking the title bar is new to me.   Thanks for this cute series of posts, they were helpful.

Sep 17, 2013 12:19 AM #20

Enjoyed reading the article above , really explains everything in detail,the article is very interesting and effective.Thank you and good luck for the upcoming articles

Feb 20, 2019 04:09 AM #21
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