DADDY BOB'S COMPUTER Q & A
Computer Tips & Tricks
1. How to turn off a
computer with no on/off switch.
Most newer computers,
actually those with the the ATX style
motherboards, shut themselves down when
Windows exits. But what happens when Windows
hangs? How do you shut the computer down
then? These computers only have a
"Push-to-start" button. Although
undocumented anywhere that I have been able
to find, to shut these computers down just
hold the Start button in for 5 or 6 seconds,
and the PC will shut down completely. This
works on laptops too. No need to remove the
battery to shut it down.
2. Check Broadband Speeds
two sites that allow checking the broadband
uploading and downloading connection speeds. One of
Ookie, and the other one is
(You can click on their names to check them
out). Both of these sites are very user
friendly and as near as I can tell,
accurate. When you test your connection, be
sure that there are no other programs like
email that may be accessing the Internet at
the same time or your results may not be
correct. Also, assure that there are no
other computers on your network accessing
the Internet for the same reasons.
3. Energy saving tip (CRT
If you like to leave your
computer on all night but still want to be
as energy efficient as possible, just turn
the monitor off and leaving the computer on.
A tube type (CRT) monitor uses many times
more power than everything else in the
computer combined. Everything so far as the
computer will continue to work as normal,
you just won't be able to see it.
4. Sorting in Explorer,
Outlook Express, etc.
In almost all Windows
displays, the listed items can be sorted by
clicking on the header name of the column.
i.e.: Open My Computer, click on your C
drive. Click View, and select Details.
In the display the headers are "Name, Size,
Type, and Date Modified" across the top. If
you click on "Name" all items displayed will
be listed alphabetically A-Z. Click on
"Name" again and they will be alphabetically
Z-A. Click on "Type" and the listing will
show the items listed by Type A-Z. Click
"Type" again, and the list will be Z-A. This
same thing works for Size and Date Modified.
This also works in the Control Panel,
Outlook and Outlook Express, and others.
Once sorted, changing back to a different
View, like Tiles, Icons, or List, maintains
Multiple Files (Vista Only)
If you are
trying to rename more than one file, you can
use the Tab key to rename one after the
other. Right click on the first file to
rename, rename it, then press the Tab key
and it will move to the next file. If you
want to skip the next file just press the
Tab without changing it and it will go to
the next file. You can rename as many as you
like and when done, just press the Enter