Key combinations, such as Ctrl+Alt+Del, do not work with Remote Desktop since they will apply to the client computer and not the remote. There are combinations you can use that will simulate the special key combinations on the remote computer.

  • Ctrl+Alt+End: Task Manager or Windows Security dialog box (acts like Ctrl+Alt+Del).
  • Alt+Page Up or Alt+Page Down: Task Switching (like Alt+Tab and Alt+Shift+Tab).
  • Ctrl+Alt+Plus symbol: Puts a snapshot of remote session on clipboard (like PrtScn).
  • Ctrl+Alt+Minus symbol: Puts a snapshot of active window in remote session on clipboard (like Alt+PrtScn).

In some instances it is necessary to protect a computer by disabling the local Administrator account in Windows XP. Before doing this it is very important to verify that you have another account which has admin privileges on the system.

To disable the local admin account:

  1. Log on to the system using an account that has administrator privileges.
  2. Right-click My Computer and select Manage to bring up the Computer Management applet.
  3. In the left pane, expand the Local Users and Groups node and click on Users.
  4. In the right details pane, double-click Administrator.
  5. In the Properties dialog box, go to the General tab, and select Account is Disabled.
  6. Click OK and then close the Computer Management applet.

Running the Disk Defragmenter utility on a regular basis can keep your system running efficiently. It organizes the files on the drive so that they can be accessed more quickly. Running this utility can take a long time to complete and there should be no other programs executing while this process is running. You can use the Windows Task Scheduler to run this program run automatically at a time when the computer will not be in use.

Simply do the following:

  • Go to the Control Panel and open the Scheduled Tasks applet.
  • Double-click Add Scheduled Task
  • Right-click the folder, and select New | Scheduled Task
  • Click New Task and give it an appropriate name (Defrag Disk).
  • Double-click the newly created icon, to open the Task dialog box.
  • In the Run field, type “defrag.exe c: -v”.
  • In the Start in field, type “C:\”.
  • In the Run as field, enter a user account with administrator privileges. Click the Set password button, and enter a password for the account.
  • Select the Schedule tab to select the time and date(s) to run the task.
  • Click OK

The Portable Freeware Collection is my first stop when looking for applications for my USB flash drive.  The site prides itself on cataloging software that can be run without installation.  This makes it ideal for USB drives, but it is also quite useful when moving applications from computer to computer.

Switching paragraphs around in a Word document sounds like it would be a royal pain. You could of drag text around or cut and paste. However, a better method is to click on the paragraph you’d like to move, hold down Shift+Alt, and move the paragraph up or down using the arrow keys. Each press of the arrow key causes the selected paragraph to move over one adjacent paragraph.  A great time saver when getting that document to look just right.

If your keyboard has the Windows logo key then you can use this key to perform specific actions quickly and easily. Here are the shortcuts:

  • Windows Key: Start Menu.
  • Windows Key+D: Minimizes all open windows and shows the Desktop. (press it key again to restore them to their previous positions).
  • Windows Key+E: Explorer Window.
  • Windows Key+F: File search.
  • Windows Key+L: Locks your computer (switches users if Fast User Switching is activated).
  • Windows Key+R: Run… command dialog.
  • Windows Key+Pause/Break: Systems Properties panel.
  • Windows Key+Tab: Cycles through the application in the Taskbar. (Shift+Windows Key+Tab will do this in the reverse direction).
  • Windows Key+F1: Windows Help and Support Center.

On the 10th of this month, Microsoft will no longer provide public assisted support for Widows XP Service Pack 1. That means no more security updates or support options for the service pack. If you haven’t upgraded to Service Pack 2, now’s the time to do it (besides, it’s free!).

Download: Service Pack 2 for Windows XP

Keyboard Shortcuts (Part 2)

October 2nd, 2006

Today’s focus will be on Internet Explorer.

  • F5: Refresh current page.
  • F11: Full screen mode.
  • CTRL+N: Open new window.
  • Ctrl+B: Organize bookmarks.
  • Ctrl+E: Search sidebar.
  • Ctrl+H: History sidebar.
  • Ctrl+I: Favorites sidebar.
  • Alt+Left: Go back a page.
  • Alt+Right: Go forward a page.
  • Alt+Home: Home page.
  • Ctrl+F5: Refresh page and cache.
  • Esc:  Stop downloading page.

These are for IE7:

  • Ctrl+Q: Open Quick Tab view.
  • Ctrl+T: Open new tab.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Q: View list of open tabs.
  • Ctrl+Tab: Next tab.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Tab: Previous tab.
  • Ctrl+left mouse click: Open link in background tab.
  • Ctrl+Shift+left mouse click: Open link in foreground tab.
  • Alt: Toggle Menu Bar

Keyboard Shortcuts (Part 1)

October 1st, 2006

Keyboard shortcuts can be a great timesaver when performing various tasks.  Today we will focus on those from Microsoft Office.  I am going to limit the focus to Word, Excel and Outlook since they are the most widely used from this suite.

Office Keyboard Shortcuts

General

  • Ctrl+C: Copy selection.
  • Ctrl+X: Cut selection.
  • Ctrl+V: Paste copied selection.
  • Ctrl+Shift+>: Increase font size.
  • Ctrl+Shift+<: Decrease font size.
  • Alt+F11: Open Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Alt+Shift+F10: Display Smart Tag options.

Outlook

  • Ctrl+Shift+I: Switch to inbox.
  • Ctrl+Shift+O: Switch to outbox.
  • Ctrl+Enter: Send current message.
  • Ctrl+R: Reply to a message.
  • Ctrl+Shift+R: Reply All to a message.
  • Ctrl+Shift+A: Create a new appointment.
  • Ctrl+Shift+M: Create a new message.
  • Ctrl+1: Switch to Mail.
  • Ctrl+2: Switch to Calendar.
  • Ctrl+3: Switch to Contacts.
  • Ctrl+4: Switch to Tasks.
  • Alt+F1:  Toggle navigation pane

Word

  • Shift+F3: Toggle selected text between lowercase, title case, and uppercase.
  • F4: Repeat your last action.
  • Shift+F4: Repeat the most recent Find command.
  • Shift+F5: Jump to the last change you made in the document.
  • Ctrl+F6: Toggle between open documents.
  • F7: Run the spell-checker.
  • F12: Open the Save As dialog.

Excel

  • F2: Edit  cell’s contents.
  • Ctrl+1: Open the Format Cells dialog.
  • Ctrl+Page Up: Move to next sheet in the workbook.
  • Ctrl+Page Down: Move to previous sheet in the workbook.
  • Ctrl+Shift+”: Copy value from the cell above into the current cell.
  • Ctrl+R: Fill contents of active cell into selected cells to the right.
  • Ctrl+D: Fill contents of active cell into selected cells down.
  • Ctrl+`: Toggle between showing cell values and formulas in cells.
  • Ctrl+$: Set selection to currency format with two decimal places.

Opera Mini 2.0

September 30th, 2006

Opera Mini is an impressive little web browser for your phone. It allows you to access the web via a remote server that pre-process web pages before sending them to your phone. The content is optimized for your device, providing good performance and a suprisingly great experience. I loaded it on my RAZR and have been pleasantly surprised by how well it works and how well it displays the pages. Definitely something to check out.

You can download Opera Mini using your phone’s browser and going to http://mini.opera.com/