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Making The Most of Limited Screen Space

When you’re working on a computer with a small screen, it’s amazing how much space the toolbars can take up. But web browsers and word processors have a little-known feature called “full-screen mode” that gets rid of them. Here’s how to use it.

The shortcut that you usually need is the F11 key. Occasionally, there might be a different shortcut, so if it doesn’t work, it’s probably worth exploring the menus. It’s probably near the zoom options, likely on a View menu if there is one.

 

To get out, you either need to press Escape or F11 again. If you’re in a browser, sometimes the key won’t work because your focus is in a Flash or Java applet (like a YouTube video or a game). In this case you should just be able to click on some blank space on the page and then try the keystroke again.

 

Most programs will temporarily display the toolbar if you bounce the mouse against the top of the screen. If you forget the keystroke to exit full-screen mode or it just isn’t working, there’s often an “exit full screen” or restore button as well.

 

Soren “scorchgeek” Bjornstad
http://www.thetechnicalgeekery.com

 

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Copyright 2012 Soren Bjornstad.
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Zooming In and Out In a Zoom

Ever tried to make a picture, Word document, or web page display bigger or smaller? You probably found it was an exercise in frustration because you kept having to find the zoom options when you didn’t get the amount quite right–but that’s because you didn’t know about this tip. Here are two ways to quickly zoom in and out that work in nearly every program that supports zooming.

Method 1: Using The Mouse
Hold down the Ctrl key, then turn your mouse wheel away from you to zoom in or towards you to zoom out.

Method 2: Using The Keyboard

  • To zoom in, press Ctrl-+.
  • To zoom out, press Ctrl- – (Ctrl plus a hyphen).
  • To return to 100% zoom, press Ctrl-0.


Soren “scorchgeek” Bjornstad
http://www.thetechnicalgeekery.com

If you have found an error or notable omission in this tip, please leave a comment or email me: webmaster@thetechnicalgeekery.com.

Copyright 2011 Soren Bjornstad.
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