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Tips to Help Save Time When Using Your Computer

  •  In Word, make use of AutoText to automatically enter long phrases.  

  • In Excel, make use of the AutoFill feature to fill in numbers, months and days.  

  • When filling out a form, use the Tab key to move from one field to the next.  (Shift + Tab will take you back to a previous field.)  

  • If you need to select your State from a drop down box that contains the two letter abbreviations, simply type the first letter of your state.  Enter it multiple times if your state is not the first listed in the alphabetic sequence.  

  • In email, if you need to select a group of messages for moving to a folder or for deleting, click on the first message in the group, hold down the Shift key, and then click on the last message in the group.  The whole group will be selected.  (If you are selecting non-adjacent messages, hold down the CNTL key as you select each message.)  

  • If you need to replace text, once you select it, you do not have to delete it; simply type in the replacement text.  

  • If you haven’t organized the files on your computer and need to find one, take advantage of the Search feature in Windows.  

  • Pin frequently used programs to the Start Menu or Taskbar.

  •  In addition to marking web pages as “Favorites” take advantage of the “Favorites Bar” to quickly access frequently used web pages.  

  • When trying to figure out how to use a particular feature in a program, search for the answer using Google, rather than searching the program’s included Help.