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Four windows on two screens?

How do you display two program windows side by side on the one computer screen when you have two screens?

In October last year we learnt how to resize a program window to fit half your screen. This feature enables you to display two windows side by side on one screen so that you can compare their contents, or drag text, objects and files from one window to the other (which is a very easy way to move or copy things from one place to another).
Microsoft call this feature Aero Snap.

But what if you have two monitors? Two computer screens?
Suddenly this feature doesn’t work quite how you thought it would!
The solution is to use a keyboard shortcut rather than your mouse:

Windows key + left or right arrow key

  1. Drag onto the same screen the two program windows that you wish to display side-by-side.
  2. Click one of the two program windows.
  3. Hold the Windows key (it’s between the Ctrl and Alt keys)
    and press the right arrow key.
    – The window “snaps” to the right side of the screen.
  4. Click the other program window.
  5. Hold the Windows key and press the left arrow key.
    – The window “snaps” to the left side of the same screen (this is why you have to use the keyboard shortcut).

And you now have two windows side by side on one of your two screens. You can repeat the process on the other screen to display FOUR windows side by side if you wish.

 

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10 everyday uses for your phone’s camera

Do you have a camera built-in to your mobile phone or tablet? And are you thinking of it just like you would think of a small camera – mainly for taking snaps of family and friends? 

Think again – there are many other uses for that
camera in your daily life. 

My favourites are scanning documents and photographing online receipts and confirmations.
Have a look at these 10 everyday uses for your phone’s camera.

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Another Mobile Device Battery Saving Tip

We’ve looked at a few ways to make the
batteries in our mobile phones or tablets drain more slowly, but this one is easily overlooked. 

If your mobile phone or tablet is often active, especially if you receive a lot of notifications or messages (which
activate the screen every time), the battery is drained a
little more every time that screen lights up. This will
happen 24 hours a day, draining your battery a little more every time.

The solution to this is to change the Auto-Lock time to a shorter time frame. It simply means that whenever something causes the screen to light up – like a message, notification or you using the
device – the screen will automatically switch back off sooner.

This applies to all mobile phones and tablets, but on an iPhone or iPad you can change the Auto-Lock timing here:

1) Go to your device’s Settings

2) Select >General >Auto-Lock

3) Choose the minimum time available, eg, 30 seconds, or 1 minute

Now your device’s screen will automatically switch off as soon as possible after any activity.

Other Mobile device battery saving tips:
3 Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer
2 more Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

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Quick Switch: Caps to Lower Case

Occasionally you want to switch from capitals to lower case, or vice versa. Do you re-type it ?

There’s a shortcut for this:

  1. Select the text
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+A

The text switches case, or toggles between the different case options.

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Make light of emailing from a list of names

Do you ever have to send an email to a long list of people, and perhaps laboriously type in all the names, or copy them in one-by-one?

Let me save you a lot of typing. And time.

Picture a situation where you have a list of names – usually it is a list in an Excel spreadsheet, or a Word document – and you need to send an email to everyone on the list.

Did you know that you can select the whole list, copy it and paste it into the To: field in the email? Yep. Simple as that.

  1. Select all the names in the list
  2. Copy (Ctrl+C)
  3. Click in the To: field in the email message
  4. Paste (Ctrl+V)
  5. Press Ctrl+K (hold down the Ctrl key and press K). This forces Outlook to check the names, and “complete” them.

Done.

NOTE, an important consideration when emailing to a list of recipients: It is almost always better to use the BCC: field when emailing to a list of recipients. This reduces the size of the email header when viewed by the recipient and prevents all of the recipients from seeing the contact details of all of the other recipients.

If you find this useful, it will save you a lot of time.

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