Tech Bytes

   

Tips and Tricks

By Noah

 

Hi! Welcome to the Computer Tips Page! In this article, I will tell you about some tips and tricks on computers. This week, I will be focusing on word processing applications and what some of the command keys are. Enjoy!

 How to Switch Applications (Programs, i.e. Safari, Apple Works, etc.)  Quickly: Press and hold the Apple key and press Tab once. Keep holding The Apple key; a window will appear. You will see the pictures that represent each application. Hit tab to select the program you want to get to.

 How to save a Word or Apple Works document: Press and hold the Apple key. Then press the “S” key. A window will drop down asking what you want to save your document as. You can choose where you want to save the document from a drop down menu. You should probably save it on the desktop. Then you can either press the “ENTER” key or press the save button in the window.

How to print a Word or Apple Works document: First you want to press and hold the Apple key. Then press the “P” button. Then a window should drop down asking you to select a printer and confirm everything. The right printer should be selected. Then, once everything is good, you can press the “ENTER” key or press the Print button in the window. Your document will begin to print.

   

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Computer Safety – At Home and Online

By Ms. Paine

 

Is your pc computer running slowly?  Keeping your computer clean and safe is one of the most important things you can do in order to protect all of your valuable information.  If you use downloading programs like Limewire or BearShare – which you shouldn’t! they are horrible for your computer! – or download games online – Diner Dash, anyone? – then you probably have plenty of files hiding in your computer that shouldn’t be there – malware.  Malware, according to webopedia.com, is “short for malicious software, software designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus or Trojan horse.”

Now, how can you clean your computer?  First, update your windows updates!  If you have a yellow shield with an exclamation point in it, click on it and update your computer!  Never ignore those updates! If you have an antivirus program, such as McAfee or Norton, update that program as well, and run it.  If yours is out of date or you do not have an antivirus program at all, AVG is a great free software program.  Go to http://free.avg.com to download it.  To further protect against malware, one of today’s best programs for defense is Malwarebytes (www.malwarebytes.org).  This provides thorough protection against malware. 

However, in order for any of these programs to be effective, you must update and run them frequently, at least once every two weeks.  And please, if you are still an Internet Explorer user, download Mozilla Firefox.  It attracts less malicious files and is much faster.

Until next time, stay safe online…

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