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Why are there bumps on the F and J keyboard keys

March 2018

Why are there bumps on the F and J keyboard keys?

The small bumps or ridges found on the F and J keys
on a computer keyboard are to help users correctly position their left and right hands without having to look at the keyboard. For example, without looking at your hands, you can feel the correct position of your left index finger on the F and the right index finger on the J by feeling the small bumps on the keys. Once you're hands are on the home row key position, you should be able to locate the remainder of the keys on the keyboard.

Tip: The number 5 on keyboards with a numeric keypad also has a bump to help position your hand on the key pad.

Search for Text Within Any Web Page

February 2018

Search for Text Within Any Web Page

Ever end up on a site from a search engine, but can't find the exact words you are looking for? The answer is:
Ctrl + f
Go ahead and hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press "f" -- you should see a search box pop-up somewhere on your screen. Now you can type any word into that search box and your internet browser with find and highlight each instance of that word as it appears on the page. You can also click the "next" button to allow the page to auto-scroll to the next instance of the word.

Accidentally Closed A Tab??

January 2018

Accidentally Closed A Tab??

Accidentally closed a tab? Simply press Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen the most recently closed tab and get back to what you were doing (Cmd + Shift + T on Macs).

Making iPad Folders

December 2017

Making iPad Folders

You can create a new folder by clicking on an app, holding your finger down and then dragging it over another app. Let go and the two apps will now appear in a folder. Rather brilliantly you can put folders in the Dock for fast access to your favorite apps.

Check Your Downloaded File

November 2017

Is your downloaded file safe to open?

Have you ever downloaded a file from the Internet and wondered if it was infected with malware?
Scan the file with the antivirus software that’s installed on your PC without having to scan your entire computer.
Simply right-click on the downloaded file and then select Scan with [your installed antivirus program].

Adjust Exposure

Adjust Photo Exposure

October 2017

If your photos are coming out too dark or too bright,
you can use this trick to adjust the exposure.

Adjust exposure while taking a photo

Mouse Pointer

Set Pointer Size

September 2017
Spare Your Eyes With These

Mouse Pointer Options

May 2017


Search terms in quotation marks will search for words only in that exact order - E.g. “1965 Ford”

Learn when the sun will rise or set, search for it on Google. E.g.  Sunrise Boston

Do two Google searches at once. Add  ‘or’ between the terms   E.g. “Saint Nick” or “Santa”

Search the name of a holiday and learn what date that holiday is on. E.g. Columbus Day

Convert  currency and units.  E.g.  convert 190 lbs to  stones;  convert 20 pounds to dollars

Inserting “..” between two numbers will search within that range E.g. “Chicken News” 2013 .. 2016

Define a word by typing “define:” followed by the word. E.g. define:   pangea

Network Password


April 2017


Forgot your wifi password?
Click here for instructions to find it.


Tabbed Browsing

March 2017


Take full advantage of tabbed browsing on all Internet browsers.

While reading an article or browsing a website, you may come across a link that interests you. Any link to another page can be opened in a new tab so it does not interrupt your reading.

To perform this action, hold down the Ctrl key and left click the link. If you have a mouse with a wheel, click the link by depressing the wheel instead of rolling it. Either of the methods opens a link in a new window.

Tip: To open a new blank tab, press Ctrl + T at the same time.



February 2017


Three sites to use for reporting scams
Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors


Computer Cookies

January 2017

Do You Know All About Cookies?

Computer Cookies Explained
Don't Miss It!!



Keyboard Tips

December 2016

15 Keyboard Shortcuts You Probably Don't Know

Navigate your computer more easily with
the push of a few buttons - try these at


Just Google It

November 2016

Google Search Tips for YOU

Putting a " - " in front of a term
will deselect that category.
"Chocolate Cake Recipes - nuts"

Type "Books by" and the name of
an author, Google will display all of
their works.
E.g.. Books by Ken Follett

Search for plane information
by searching the flight number,
E.g. Delta Air 2024

Searching for a PDF or Powerpoint
on a topic? Search by file type
by using the subject followed by
"filetype (PPT or jpg or pdf or doc etc.)
E.g. "Fall of Rome" filetype:ppt

Don't remember the name of a song
you heard? Fill in the blanks of any
search with asterisks (*) and Google
will try to complete your search
for you. E.g Walking ** Patsy Kline
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