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August 30, 2007

Computer Tips & Tricks: Working With Function Keys

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Every now and then, someone will ask me about Function Keys. I know every one of us has seen these 12 function keys on the keyboard. But how many of us use these keys? I bet some of us never even touch these keys. Actually, using Function keys will help get our work done easily. They perform different functions in different applications and programs. They can also be used in combination with other keys such as the CTRL, ALT, and Shift keys.
Here is the brief rundown of the function keys and what they can do for you.

F1
This will bring up a help menu. If you press F1 while in a program, the help menu for that program will usually appear.
F2
You can use this to rename an item when working in Windows. To do this, highlight any folder or file, and press F2. You can then type a new name for the object. This works just like when you right-click on a file or folder and selecting Rename.
F3
When you are working in Windows, this key will open the Find Files window.
F4
Press this to open the Address bar when working in Internet Explorer. It will allow you to type the address of a Web page for quick access. You can also press ALT and this key at the same time to close the open Window that you are currently working on.
F5
This key means refresh. When viewing a Web page, you press F5 to refresh the screen. When you are in MS Word, you will have the Find and Replace window if you press this key.
F6
F6 is often used to move the cursor around the structure of the program. For example, if you're in MS Word, press this key and you will go to the next pane or frame.
F7
Users have no use of this key in Windows. But in other programs such as MS Word if you press this key, you will get the spelling command.
F8
This can be used to access the Safe Mode if pressed while booting the computer.
F9
Users have no use of this key in Windows. But in individual programs such as MS Word, pressing this key will update the selected fields.
F10
This key is used to activate the menu bar in many programs. Pressing the Shift key and F10 will bring up the shortcut menu. This is similar to right-clicking on an object.
F11
Pressing this key will open your window in full screen mode or what we call the KIOSK mode. All the toolbars will disappear and can be useful to see more information on the screen. Press F11 to toggle you back to normal view.
F12
Users have no use of this key in Windows. In other programs like MS Word, this will give you the Save as command.

Reference: www.aarp.org

Keep checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

August 20, 2007

Computer Tips and Tricks: Administrator Account: I Forgot My Password!

Have you ever tried to figure out your password to your Administrator account? Let's say you're trying to log on to your computer but you don't remember your password at all. This is quite a problem especially if you have the Administrator account because you won't be able to modify anything in your computer or even change settings. This usually happens because you don't usually use that account, and you end up forgetting the password. Well, if this happens to be you, here's what you can do.
  1. Reboot your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, restart your computer, but once Windows starts to boot up, hit the F8 key on your keyboard. You will see a list of boot options and just select Safe Mode and hit Enter.

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  3. Once your computer is in Safe Mode, go to Start, Run and type in "control userpasswords2." A new window will then come up with all of your user names listed.

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  5. Click the Administrator account and hit the Reset Password button.

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  7. Type in a new password in both the New Password and Confirm New Password boxes.
  8. Click OK and your passwords will be changed.
  9. Restart your computer normally and you are all set!


  10. Keep checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
    For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

August 14, 2007

Self-Checkout Coming to Southwest

Self-checkout is coming to the Southwest Library!

The photos below indicate currently things are a bit topsy-turvy and messy as the conversion to self-checkout is underway. But the excitement builds as it all comes together and this new service becomes available to Southwest customers. All customers will need a PIN number. So be sure to get one soon, if you do not have one. Just ask a library staff person.
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August 9, 2007

Dare to Have a Beauty Escape Program August 11

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Come join Rashmi of Rashmi's Beauty & Boutique on Saturday, August 11 at 12 noon to learn great beauty tips. Experience and receive free eyebrow threading. Relax and enjoy!

Please RSVP by calling 407.835.7481.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 prior to the event. 407.835.7641 (TDD)

August 7, 2007

Southwest Book Club Meets August 14

The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Birth House by Ami McKay.

McKay's debut novel is set in early 20th century Nova Scotia. The first daughter in five generations of her family, Dora Rare becomes an apprentice to a gifted midwife and storyteller before their home is threatened by the arrival of a brash medical doctor who promises sterile and painless births.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

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