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Ubuntu 11.04 Unity keyboard shortcuts have a distinct Windows 7 flavor

Ubuntu's new Unity interface already drew some raised eyebrows because of its looks, which are arguably similar to the Windows 7 taskbar. Now, the Ask Ubuntu site has posted a list of Unity keyboard shortcuts -- and those take a cue from Windows 7 as well. The super key, which typically refers to the Windows key on most standard keyboards, invokes the Unity Launcher -- on Windows, this...

Nokia Bubbles combines lock screen and shortcuts for Symbian phones

Nokia Bubbles is an experimental new way to unlock your Symbian phone and quickly perform common actions at the same time. When a phone with Bubbles is in sleep mode, you can hit the "apps" key to bring up a cluster of floating bubbles that serve as shortcuts for actions like opening an app or returning a recent call. When you drag a bubble to the lock icon in the center of the screen, your phone...

How to switch between your recently used apps on Android

This week's tips series is all about Android, highlighting some the operating system's built-in utilities, and better ways of getting stuff done. For other technology tips, check our Tips index. Android is inherently capable of multitasking, and has a sophisticated mechanism for deciding which applications should be kept running in the background, and which should be killed to conserve system...

How to quickly access your network connections in Windows 7 and Vista

This week we're running a series of posts that tackle common Windows networking issues, and some tips and tricks that might speed up or improve your network stability. You can find more tech tips in our Tips index. One small Windows XP feature I used to lean on frequently was "Connect To" -- it provided easy access to a computer's network connections right from the Start Menu. I also like...

How to use names instead of cell addresses in Microsoft Excel

This week's series of tips will be focusing on handy little features for Microsoft Excel and Word. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. By default, Excel uses cell references in formulas, which results in formulas that look like D5/20 (Meaning, divide the contents of cell D5 by 20). This is fine as long as your formulas are very simple. If you start pulling in data from multiple...

How to hide the Ribbon menu in Microsoft Office applications

This week's series of tips will be focusing on handy little features for Microsoft Excel and Word. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. The new Ribbon interface on Office 2007 and 2010 is quite fancy, and once you get used to it, it's a lot of fun to use. One of its few downsides is that it's tall – far taller than a "traditional" menu. If you're working on a netbook or are...

How to make only part of a cell bold in Microsoft Excel

This week's series of tips will be focusing on handy little features for Microsoft Excel and Word. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. By default, when you click a cell in Excel and hit Ctrl+B or the B button on the toolbar, the entire text of the cell becomes bold. However, sometimes you may want to make just part of the text bold, and not the whole thing. To do this, simply...

Focus the taskbar and switch windows with the arrow keys in Windows 7

This week, we're running a series of keyboard tips and tricks that help you make the most of Windows 7. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. The taskbar seems like it was meant to be used with the mouse only; it's a very visual thing, especially in Windows 7. But it turns out there's a way to "switch" to the taskbar and then work with it using the keyboard only! Hit Win+T to focus...

Activate specific windows in Windows 7 with a taskbar keyboard shortcut

This week, we're running a series of keyboard tips and tricks that help you make the most of Windows 7. To see the previous tips, check our Tips index. The Windows 7 taskbar has large, chunky icons. They're easy to hit with the mouse, but what's nicer still is that they're easy to count. You can easily see what's the third icon, for example, and so, hitting Win+3 would be like clicking that...

Undocumented Gmail keyboard shortcuts for composing CC and BCC email

As both a huge Gmail nerd and a huge keyboard shortcut nerd, I was pretty excited to learn that Gmail has a couple of shortcuts that are not documented anywhere. If you often find yourself needing to compose messages that include people on the CC or BCC fields, you can now launch a brand new message with one or both of those fields available by default. As Google Operating System reports, instead...

Key Command Generator helps you generate beautiful shortcut key codes

A while ago, we had a heated debate on our internal mailing list concerning the best way to note shortcut keys. Is it Ctrl+Enter? Maybe it should be a hyphen, so should it be Ctrl-Enter? And should there be a space? Should we capitalize, or not? This might seem fussy, but when you're authoring a large body of text (or a collaborative blog), some standards have to be established. It's not just a...

TriX is a do-it-all keyboard shortcut tool that tries a bit too hard

If only there were a way to cram a kitchen sink through a DSL line, I'm quite sure TriX's author would have been one of the first to adopt this technology. As it is, TriX must somehow make do with merely providing hotkey hooks for volume control, data export (more on that later), system power, zipping/unzipping, on-the-fly calculator, text to speech, eight different string processing functions...

Instapaper Beyond is keyboard shortcut heaven for Instapaper users

I love Instapaper, and I love keyboard shortcuts. Instapaper, if you haven't come across it, is a tool that allows you to use a special bookmarklet to mark articles online that you'd like to read later. It has a website that is optimized for reading your saved articles, as well as a very good iPhone app so you can read those articles when you're not at your computer. The website is quite good for...

MagicPrefs: don't use a Magic Mouse without it!

If you're using Apple's latest and greatest little peripheral, the Magic Mouse, you don't want to be without MagicPrefs. Our good friends over at TUAW stumbled on this free and extremely useful utility that gives you control over every aspect of your mouse experience. From adjusting your tracking speed to assigning functions to buttons and gestures, MagicPrefs has you covered. Because the Magic...

How to minimize Safari's UI to the bare essentials - Browser Tip

When it comes to paring a browser's UI down to the smallest possible size, the discussion always seems to focus on Firefox. Granted, Firefox is a very customizable browser, and with the right extensions cleverly applied, you can minimize its UI. But as John Holdun notes, often overlooked in this regard is the fact that Safari is very capable of being pared down to almost nothing, and you don't...