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TOP TIP FAVOURITES – PART I

Some of our favourite Top Tips for 2015:

Resize a program window to fit half your monitor

Resize a program window to stretch across both your monitors

Make your computer type “University of Canterbury” (and other repetitive long phrases) for you.

Use Jump Lists to quickly locate your regularly-used files

Gain quick access to the Folders you use most

Email an open file from Microsoft Office programs

Top Tips will be returning in January 2016.
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Resize a window to extend across both your monitors

Last week we looked at resizing a window to fit half your computer monitor. This week we’ll go big.
Many of us have two computer monitors on our desk these days. So, what if you’d like to view one programme window across both monitors? For example, you might be viewing a really wide Excel spreadsheet and appreciate making it two screens wide. 
So today we’ll resize a programme window to stretch across both your computer monitors. This is worth mentioning because not everyone realises you can do this, and at the right time it’s a life saver!

1. Drag the programme window onto the left monitor, and carefully position it so that the top left corner of the programme window sits in the top left corner of your left monitor.

2. Position your mouse over the edge of the bottom right corner of the programme window. (Your mouse will become a double ended arrow when it is in the correct position.)

3. Click and drag the edge of the bottom right corner of the programme window to the right, stretching all the way across both monitors, into the bottom right corner of the right monitor.

4. Release the mouse in the bottom right corner of the right monitor.

The programme window now extends across both your monitors!

Reverse the process to return the programme window to its previous size.

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Resize a program window to fit half your screen

This is a fantastic Windows 7 feature that quickly resizes a window to fit half your computer screen.
Display two windows side by side in this way to compare their contents or to drag text, objects and files from one window to the other.

1. Click the top bar of a window and attempt to drag it off one side of your screen. Keep dragging until your mouse pointer hits the edge of the screen (drag it as if you’re trying to drag it off the screen).
Then release your mouse.
– The window “snaps” to the side of the screen.

2. Click the top bar of another window and attempt to drag it off the other side of the screen. Again, keep dragging until your mouse pointer hits the edge of the screen.
– The window “snaps” to the side of the screen.

A few helpful tips here:
– Drag a window away from the screen edge to return it to its previous size.
– You can have 4 windows side by side if you have two screens (but you have to use the keyboard shortcut for this setup – see below).
– The keyboard shortcut for this is Windows/Start key + left or right arrow key.

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Email an open file from Microsoft Office programs

This is a repeat, but I still encounter staff who are overjoyed to discover that you can email a file directly from Word, Excel, PowerPoint… in fact, any Microsoft Office program.

This is very useful when you have finished working on a  file and wish to email it – a much quicker (and simpler) option that opening a new Outlook message and attaching the file to it.

  1. Ensure you have the file open  (as you will if you are working on it).
  2. Click the Email button on the  Quick Access Toolbar.

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A new email displays, with the file attached to it.

  1. Complete and send the Email message.

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Use Jump Lists to quickly locate your regularly-used files

This tip is brilliant for quick access to files you are working on regularly.

  1. Right-click a program icon in the Taskbar or Start Menu.
    – A list of recently opened files displays.
  2. Click the file you wish to open.
  3. Click the grey pin icon next to a recently opened file to “pin” the file into the list regardless of how many other files are opened.

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  • NOTE: Pinning Folders in the Windows Explorer jump list is a useful way to create shortcuts to Search topics and Folders you access often.

I demonstrate using Jump Lists in this brief Video Tip.

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