9/01/2009

Blogger hints 3

It used to be that you could really mess things up if you didn't know what you were doing, but NO MORE!! I promise that the world of computers is so simple that you really have to try if you want to mess things up!

If you ever get to a place where your computer won't do anything at all, there are several things that you can do.


1. Press down--all at the same time--'Ctrl' (control), 'Alt' (Alternate) and Delete. You will get a screen with a list of programs that are currently running (the 'applications' tab). Click the one that is not 'running' to highlight it, then go to the bottom and click 'End Task'. That should turn off the problem program and resume normal function.

2. Just hit the
Esc (escape) button.

3. If none of the keys change the screen, simply turn your computer off, wait about 30 seconds and turn it back on.


Be sure to use Disk Clean Up daily and Disk Defragmenter at least every other week. To find them, click:

  • start
  • all programs
  • accessories
  • system tools
You can put shortcuts on your desktop by 'right clicking' then click 'send to' and click 'Desktop (create shortcut).



There are lots of programs out there that can help you do great things with your photos. Many have asked about making collages and that's very simple!


'Page' is the program that does the collages. There are lots and lots of different combinations that you can use (all listed down the right-hand side). Select one and just drag the photos you want into it. [Just a note: there is no 'click for large picture' when you post them to your blog.]


The 'editor' is really nice and you can do a lot of different things like removing 'red eye' and adding text and speech bubbles and fun things like that.


You can 'animate' between a few photos,


Use 'combine' for several side by side row or a vertical row.  

 Just play with it and see what you can do!


Another great program is Autostitch-click here. This one will take several landscape photos and make them into one picture! It's very cool if you want to show what a view really looks like!


Other hints are here and here.

If you have specific questions, feel free to email me.

5 comments:

shraddha/april@theselfloveproject said...

ok these are essential must knows..

i can not see the tags on your post...if you do the tags right...such posts can be a hit on google i have heard and can earn you a good page rank too..

did i tell you that i love you?

shraddha

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I used to have a PC --and remember all of the trouble I had... Now I have a Mac---and wouldn't use anything else. It is SO much more user-friendly... You'd be shocked at the difference --and how easy things are on the Mac... AND--these days, the Macs can read most of the PC programs which makes it nice if you use both PC and Windows. All in all though, I wouldn't swap my Mac for ANY PC anymore. Been there --done that! ha ha


Hope you have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Rinkly Rimes said...

I must save your address for when I have problems! Ah! I already have one. How does one link ones URL to another page but have it appear as 'Here"? I just link with the address and it looks very amateur!

Candle Lover said...

I love pictures especially of NZ.

A Frugal Friend said...

Thanks great ideas! I need to run the disk defragmenter for sure!