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Active RetireesTM | 45 by left clicking once on the file. Hold down ‘Control’ and left click on the file. From the menu, left click ‘Make Alias’; this creates the shortcut. Once the shortcut has been created, move your mouse over and select the shortcut. Holding down the left click button, drag the shortcut to an unused area of your desktop. Delete shortcuts Occasionally, you will see that program, file, folder or website you use so regularly become completely irrelevant to your life. If it was a piece of paper on your desk, you would turf it into the recycling, so why leave the shortcut cluttering up your virtual desk? To delete a shortcut on your PC desktop, hover your cursor over the shortcut you no longer require. Press the right click button on your mouse and from the drop down menu, left click on ‘Delete’. If you are asked to confirm, do so. On a Mac, hover your cursor over the shortcut, hold down ‘Control’ and left click on the file. From the menu, left click ‘Move to Trash’. Confirm if asked. •• Drew Patchell is Webmaster at YOURlifeChoices. W: www.yourlifechoices.com.au Looking good! While cleanliness is the god of a smoothly running computer, making sure your desktop is also looking good does make using it much more fun! To change the desktop background on a PC, right mouse click on a blank area of your desktop. From the menu, depending on your version of Windows, click on ‘personalise’ or ‘properties’ . Move your mouse onto the ‘Desktop’ tab and press the left click button on your mouse. You will now be presented with a number of different options pre- loaded onto the computer. You can either select an image from the list or left click the ‘Browse’ button to find your own images stored on the computer. Select an image and click Ok. If, while surfing the net, you find an image you want to use as your desktop background on a website, right click the image and left click ‘Set As Desktop Background’ from the dropdown list. To change your Mac’s desktop background, hold down the 'Control' button and left click the desktop. From the menu, choose 'Change Desktop Background'. Either select an existing photo or drag your own image into the window from a 'Finder' window. If you are changing your desktop background to a file located on your computer, you can hold down the ‘ Control’ button and left click the file. From the menu, left click 'Set as Desktop Background'. Q&A with George Kimpton ADDrESS booKS How many times have you accidentally upset the order of the listings in your address book? Quite often the order of listings seems to reverse, with Z coming in first and A last, but recently a reader found theirs had reverted to sorting by email addresses. There are quite a few ways of sorting your contacts: by first or last name, business or home phone number, or email address, and all can be ascending or descending. To change how your contacts are sorted, open the address book and go to the ‘View’ menu. Here you will find ‘Sort By’ with the above choices. Select the one you prefer. SCrEEnSHoTS Sometimes when you ask for help from a support centre via email, the technician asks for a screenshot or screen grab of the error message. A screenshot is an image that is an exact copy of what you see on your screen, and technicians use screenshots to read the error messages and find out how to fix a fault. So, how do you create a screenshot? On a PC, press the ‘Print Screen’ key on your keyboard. This captures a picture of the complete screen, which can be sent to your clipboard and looked at in a document or, better still, in a graphics or photo package. From there, you can save it and attach it to an email. On a Mac, hold down ‘shift’, ‘command’ and ‘3’ at the same time. This will save a screenshot to your desktop. On a Mac you can also take a screenshot of just one part of your screen by pressing ‘shift’, ‘command’ and ‘ 4’ at the same time, then selecting the part you want to save with your mouse. Again, your screenshot will be saved on your desktop. Otherwise, software is available that allows you to choose parts of the screen to capture and offers flexibility. Do you have a question for george? E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 9634 5995 ! Creating shortcuts (left) and deleting them when they are no longer needed (right) helps keep your desktop uncluttered and your computer running well.
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