Email addresses: Don’t use your regular email address when filling in forms on websites. Set up a webmail email address such as gmail.com This is a Google account.
Most webmail accounts are free, if you don’t mind a bit of advertising sometimes.
yahoo.com This is, as the name says, a yahoo account, it also can have an au extension.
Yahoo also have a webmail called rocketmail.com
outlook.com This is a Microsoft account. Microsoft also have Live.com webmail accounts. These email accounts are usually accessed by internet browsers, eg: Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox and Chrome.
Use this account for online businesses, websites or anyone you would not want to sell off your personal email address to spammers.
Keep your personal email address for personal contacts and the webmail address for any other. You can have multiple webmail accounts. This is best done by having your accounts with a different webmail provider. Having multiple accounts with the one webmail provider gets confusing as your browser will not know which one to default to.
I use different browser for the second gmail account in my case.
This will help to reduce the amount of “Spam” or junk mail you get into your inbox. The advantage of doing this is that if you find you’re being sent heaps of junk mail, you can cancel the webmail address and create a new one, whereas your regular email address stays with you unless you change your Internet provider.
The other advantage of this is that your webmail address is for life, and is not dependant on you internet service provider. So this carries on after you change internet companies.
Print Screen Button on your keyboard: This button is usually located towards the top right-hand side of your keyboard. If you have an image on your screen that you can’t save, or even if it’s an error message or pop-up window you want to keep a record of, hit the Print Screen button.
This won’t come out on your printer! What this button does, is makes an image of your entire computer screen. To get the image, open up a graphic editing application (you can use Microsoft Paint, which comes with Windows and should be located under Accessories in your Start Programs menu), then click on Edit, then Paste (or just hit Ctrl+V) sometimes the right click and paste will not work, if so, try the Ctrl+V. This will put the image into your graphics editor and you can then either just save the image or manipulate it. You can even paste an image straight into a Word document.
Alt+Print Screen: By holding down the Alt key at the same time as hitting Print Screen, the image copied will be the active window only. Follow the same steps as for Print Screen only to get the image.
Shortcuts: Try to limit the number of shortcuts to files, programs and applications you have on your desktop and especially in your Quicklaunch bar (bottom right-hand of the screen) as these can slow down your computer during boot-up.
Shortcut keys: There are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts available in Windows. A few really handy ones are:
Ctrl+C (copy) Ctrl+V (paste) Ctrl+B (bold) Ctrl+I (italics) Ctrl+U (underline)
Alt+Tab (swap screens; eg. if you have 3 applications open, you can swap between them)
Hidden files: These are usually files which are used by the operating system (WindowsXP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10) and are usually not accessed by the user directly. Some are protected system files and changing them could cause problems with your computer so should generally be left alone. If you do want to make them visible, go to My Computer, click on Tools->Folder Options->View and change the 'Hidden files and folders' setting.
Hidden files: These are usually files which are used by the operating system (WindowsXP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10) and are usually not accessed by the user directly and should not be deleted or changed.
Some are protected system files and changing them could cause problems with your computer so should generally be left alone. If you do want to make them visible, go to My Computer, click on Tools->Folder Options->View and change the ‘Hidden files and folders’ setting.
File extensions: Almost all files that you have in your computer have file extensions.
These usually consist of three characters, following the dot at the end of the file name.
These letters tell you what type of file it is; eg: .doc or docx is a Microsoft Word document.
Txt is a Text file which can be opened or edited in just about all text editors, eg: Notepad.
Pdf is a document supported by Adobe PDF Reader.
Bmp is a ‘bitmap’ (graphic) file.
Jpeg is usually a file format generally used by cameras for pictures, and is one of the most common.
Sometimes when you try to rename a file, you will get a warning that if you change the filename extension, the file may be unusable.
If you get this message, all you need to do is make sure you re-type the same extension after the new name; eg: letter.doc, rename to myletter.doc and the file will still work, but if you renamed it to myletter.bmp the file won’t work.
If you have renamed a file and it’s unusable, simply rename the file again, making sure you retype the same file extension it had in the first place and the file should work again.
The file extension is the three letters after the full stop eg: notebook.txt
But can be more than three letters.
Common examples of this are Word or Excel files :eg word.docx and excel.xlsx
Cookies: These are files which are stored on your computer by websites you visit for a variety of reasons. The usual explanation is that it’s to make your browsing experience faster and easier.
Unfortunately, 99.9% of websites now try to save cookies on your machine, therefore it actually slows down the browsing process by clogging up your memory with useless files.
It is a good idea to Clear Cookies from time to time. In internet Explorer, go to Tools, then Internet Options, in Browsing History select Delete. Internet Explorer also has settings to control the download of cookies.
A good one to change is the Check for newer versions. options. To do this, Open up Internet Explorer (you don’t have to be online
Go to Tools->Internet Options->General->Temporary Internet Files Settings. Change the setting from Automatically to Every Visit to the Page, then click on Okay until you get out of the options window.
What this will do is make sure that your computer doesn’t run and check to see if there’s a new version of every page which has a cookie on your computer, every time you go online.
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