Great tip Craig. Its always great to learn "little tricks" like this especially useful when you want to enlarge small photos. Best wishes, Dane Human Vancouver, British Columbia
Sometimes there are some really cool things you can do on your computer, but unless you stumble upon them by accident or somebody shows you (or you read the guide, but who does that??) ... these things you would not know! Today's short class is about the wheel on your mouse. Now quite obviously, the wheel allows you to scroll up and down on a page. You know that! Lesson is not over quite yet! :)
The mouse wheel can be used to zoom the magnification when viewing a document in MS Word or Excel for example. Hold down the Ctrl key while you roll the wheel and it will zoom in and zoom out!
My other favorite use of holding down Ctrl and rolling is in a folder view. When you are looking at photos for instance you can use this technique to very dynamically size the icons to be bigger thumbnails and easier to see by using Ctrl when you roll the wheel.
By the way, this thumbnail wheel feature is available only in Windows Vista and Win 7 (and beyond). XP users have one thumbnail size and that's it. I really like the interface updates in the newer versions of windows and the small things like this are very important to me (for you windows XP holdouts, someday I'll make a longer list and blog about other really cool new features)
Besides rolling the wheel, did you know that you can also click on the wheel? Jump to my post "I like having THREE buttons" to learn more about it!
(If you are a Mac user with no wheel, nor right button for that matter. Feel free to chime in and educate us PCs how YOU do it. Is it a Command or Control key or some such thing??)
About theCraig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, by means of regular webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.