Right-Click Your Way To Happiness

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I had to grin when I learned that a cool keyboard shortcut was literally right under my nose.

Clicking on the right mouse button brings up context menus everywhere in Windows. The right-click menus have been enhanced in the Windows 7 taskbar to display previously-used documents and shortcuts and more.

Look at your keyboard – the lower right, to the right of the spacebar, in between the right Alt and Ctrl keys. […] continued

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Information Literacy

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Technology has left everyone feeling a bit adrift. Everyone fears that they don’t have basic skills that other people seem to have mastered – whether it’s finding files on a computer or locating information online, running programs or using handheld devices. Some people are ahead of the curve, some are behind, but almost no one feels confident. […] continued

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SEARCHING FOR GODMODE IN WINDOWS 7

godmode2 There have been countless blog posts about the GodMode Windows 7 trick. If you create a new folder – on your desktop, say – named GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}, you will get access to a hidden list of hundreds of Windows settings, many of which are not listed in Control Panel. Whoa Nellie! […] continued

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ENABLING WINDOWS SEARCH ON SERVER 2008

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Windows Search 4 is one of the most valuable services on your computer. It’s highly recommended for everyone using a Windows PC, as well as for servers in small businesses, but it is remarkably difficult to find out if it’s installed and working. I’ll give you some background, then show network administrators a trick for Windows Server 2008. […] continued

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GOOGLE TESTS SEARCH OPTIONS

Google built its reputation on its streamlined, minimalist home page and search results, but it may change that design to add more information soon. A small number of people will randomly begin to see “Google Search Options” displayed on the left of the search results as Google runs tests to expose useful features and make results more predictable. […] continued

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MORE ABOUT WINDOWS 7 SEARCH

Windows 7 brings two subtle improvements to searches.

As always, search results in Windows Explorer can be displayed as thumbnail images (useful for photos), as a list with or without file details, or as icons.

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The new part is the default presentation of search results in a new view called “Content” – panes that are rich with detail, including a preview of a few lines from each document, with search terms highlighted. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 SEARCH

windows7searchMany of you will buy Windows 7 computers to replace aging Windows XP systems. There will be many things to get used to, big and small, but the best change is easy to miss – Windows Search can be used everywhere to speed through almost everything you do on the computer. […] continued

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GOOGLE’S ABANDONED LIBRARY

googlebooksearch The Google Book initiative is a huge undertaking. Google is digitizing tens of millions of books and promising to make them available to the world forever. Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, wrote an impassioned editorial for the New York Times a few days ago, citing the destruction of the library at Alexandria as evidence of how important it is to preserve books for the ages, which Google promises to do. […] continued

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VIEW PDFS IN GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS

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Google has been introducing new features and services at a rapid pace for the last couple of months, presumably to stave off any defections to Microsoft’s search site Bing. There’s a new link in some Google search results that might save you some time!

If your search results include PDF files, look for a “Quick View” link that will open the PDF in a viewing pane, courtesy of Google Docs, with a full page view, thumbnails, and links for downloading and printing. […] continued

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DANGEROUS SEARCHES

mcafeedangeroussearchterms McAfee released a study a few months ago that illustrates the importance of being careful online.

Most malware is installed now when you visit a rigged web site that takes advantage of a weakness in your system. Perhaps it is able to install a virus or root kit because your computer does not have the latest updates for Windows or Flash. […] continued

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BING AND SEARCH RESULTS

Bing is Microsoft’s new service for Internet searches. As I wrote last month, its search results are more or less comparable to Google and it has some nice design touches that can make it easier to use than Google. You may want to give it a look, especially if you’re doing searches in the categories of travel, shopping, health, or local business information – Bing has particular strengths for those searches to help you narrow in on useful information. […] continued

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FOCUSED SEARCHES

It turns out that there is room to compete with Google. Two services have turned up that look like interesting alternatives for online searches.

You know what it means to search for something in Google: put in a search term, get a list of results. Frequently the top result is the site you were looking for or has the information you need. […] continued

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WINDOWS VISTA SERVICE PACK 2

The tide of updates never stops. Today Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 2, which Vista users will see delivered through the Automatic Update system in the next few weeks. When it arrives through Automatic Updates, it’s not a huge file but it will take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or more to install. […] continued

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GOOGLE SEARCH OPTIONS

Google does not change its search results pages very often. Today it added a deceptively simple new “Show options” link that gives you some very deep ways to refine your searches.

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When you click on “Show options,” you’ll get a variety of ways to generate different views of the search results. […] continued

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GOOGLE LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH

Small businesses should pay close attention to this article about a recent change in the way Google reports search results. Apparently Google recently began analyzing the IP address where a search originates and giving higher placement to local businesses, even if the search doesn’t include a particular location.

For your business, the process begins by putting information into the “Google Local Business Center.” […] continued

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