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September 16th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Windows Tips and Tricks

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Most Commonly Used Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows-

Most people use the right click button on their mouse to perform various functions, but did you know there are keyboard shortcuts for Windows that you can use instead?  This can often cut the time it takes to do something in half.  Below is list of the most commonly used shortcuts that we suggest everyone get to know and use:

(To use any of these combination’s you have to remember to hold the Ctrl, Alt, or Shift key down and strike the letter key)

Ctrl + C Copies the Selection to the clipboard Ctrl + V Paste – Inserts the content of the clipboard
Ctrl + X Cut – Removes the selection from the active document and places it on the clipboard Ctrl + N Opens a new Word document
Ctrl + S or F12 Saves the active document Ctrl + F Find – to search for specific text in an active document
Ctrl + P Prints the active document Ctrl + O To open a previously saved document
Ctrl + A Selects all text and graphics in the active window Ctrl + W Closes the active window but does not exit word
Ctrl + B Bold – formats the selected text to bold or to remove bold Ctrl + Z Undo the last action, can be repeated several times
Ctrl + I Italic – formats the selected text to italic or to remove italic Ctrl + U Underline – formats the selected text to underline or to remove underline
Ctrl + Y Redo – after an action has been undone it can be reinstated to the document Alt + F4 Exit – closes Microsoft Word
Alt + Tab Quickly switch between open programs F1 Opens Word Help
Ctrl + left arrow/right arrow Moves the cursor one word at a time Ctrl + Home/End Moves the cursor to the beginning or the end of a document

For Highlighting Text:

Shift + left arrow/right arrow Highlights one character to the left or right Ctrl + Shift + left arrow/right arrow Highlights an entire work from the beginning or the end

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September 15th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Printer Tips

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Choosing the Right Printer-

Choosing the right printer to buy can be a daunting task.  The choices are vast and the cost can vary considerably.  Finding the right printer mainly depends on the individuals’ primary usage.  The main thing to consider is whether you are buying for personal use or for a home/small business and also what your main use for the printer will be.  Do you need it mainly to print documents or will you be printing photos?

For someone such as a student or the average printer user, a basic Inkjet printer will probably suffice.  They can range anywhere from approximately $50 to $150 for decent quality.  The one thing to look out for though is the lower the initial cost of the printer; the more it might cost you to run it, i.e. the cost of ink.  The most important thing to look at before you buy your printer is to look at the cost of the ink.

For someone running a home or small business a LaserJet printer would be ideal but they tend to be a bit pricier than the basic Inkjet.

Another thing to consider is looking at non-traditional brands.  Most of us are familiar with brands such as Epson, Dell and HP but Samsung, Kodak and Brother have come out with a lot of good printers in recent years.  I actually recommend Brother because we’ve been using the same Brother 9700 for approximately 7 years now and it’s still in great shape.

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September 10th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help

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Tips to help increase the lifespan of your computer:

Keep your computer clean – Most computers today come preloaded with a number programs and software that you won’t use, take the time to go through and uninstall them.  De-fragment your hard drive at least once a month to keep your files organized. Back-up and archive any documents you don’t plan on using to CD or DVD, delete them off of your hard drive and store them in a safe place.

Keep your computer up-to-date – Keep your antivirus up-to-date and set it to perform regular scans.  Check for system and software updates on a regular basis.
Increase your RAM (Memory) - RAM or Random Access Memory is probably the quickest and most cost effective way to give your computer that new PC feeling. Insufficient RAM is one of the leading causes of a slow PC.

Upgrade your Hard Drive – You can significantly improve your system’s performance by adding more storage.
Don’t be the first one to upgrade your OS – When new Operating Systems come out they aren’t without bugs.  Wait to upgrade your system when all of the kinks have been worked out.
Expect 4 years – A good computer should last about three to four years and with regular maintenance and upkeep you can stretch that an extra year or two.

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September 10th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help, Free Computer Repair Services

To Repair or Replace-

Ask yourself these three questions:

How old is my computer?

What do I use it for?

What is it worth?

Computers are ones of the most frequently used devices in our homes and offices today.  There isn’t a day that goes by where most of us don’t use one.  So what happens when your computer breaks down or crashes?  The first thing that crosses our minds is how much is this going to cost me to fix…and if I can’t fix it how much is a new one going to cost?  Or, is it going to be more expensive to fix than to just simply replace it?  Due to all of the competition amongst brands these days, computers are fairly inexpensive, but then we have to think about all of the data that is on our computers.  Transferring data from one computer to another is not only timely but can be costly as well.

So the first thing we need to know before we start to make this decision, what’s wrong with my computer?  Why did it break down or crash?  As stated in my previous blog, the most common reasons for a computer crash are, “Bad Drivers”, “Bad Power Supply”, “Corrupt Files (viruses)” and “Overheating”.

Every case of “should I replace it or repair it?” is very different and there really isn’t a straight-forward, simple answer.  If the cost of repair is going to be more than what a new one would cost then it’s better to replace it, but always keep in the back of  your mind, what I said earlier, the data that we keep in our computers can sometimes be irreplaceable.  The best thing that you can do is always keep a backup of your files.  Should you need to transfer your data from an old computer to a new one, Geek ABC will be there to help.  And, here at Geek ABC it’s our job to help you make the best informed decision of whether to repair or replace your computer.  Our technicians will always be upfront and honest with you about the cost of repair and if we don’t think that it’s worth the time and money to repair we will do our best to help you decide what new machine will work best for your specific needs in the future.

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