Archive for the 'Quick Tips' Category

Launch Windows Explorer to a Folder You Choose

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
Quick Tips

I re-discovered this tip the other day when I was setting up my new laptop.  By default, shortcuts to Windows Explorer launch the app and point it to the My Documents folder.  In fact, double clicking explorer.exe does the same thing.  I suppose that’s fine for default behavior — I actually do like to keep a shortcut poised to open My Documents — but I also like to launch into my c: drive.  Is there a quick way to do that?  You betcha.  Keep reading »

Quickly Straighten the Horizon

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
Quick Tips

This is a Photoshop tip.  Sometimes the horizon in an otherwise perfect image is a bit off kilter — by two or three degrees, maybe — just noticeable enough to be annoying.  When I encountered something like this in the past, I used to do the following:  drag a guide down to where the middle point of the horizon should be; enter Free Transform mode; zoom in, in order to see what I’m doing; then rotate by hand.  Often, I would have to drag the center point in order to facilitate this rotation.  It was always a bit hit or miss.  Well, I recently discovered a much quicker approach.  Keep reading »

Drill Down Quickly to Deeply Nested Folders

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
Quick Tips

It doesn’t matter what application you’re in; sooner or later, you’ll run into a Save As situation where your file needs to be put into a deeply nested folder.  This may be different for Mac compadres, but in Windows, it usually starts like this:  click My Documents, click Multimedia, click Clients, click ABC Company, click 2006, click … you get the idea — until you find the folder you’re after.  Then it’s off to the next file.  Select Save As, and whoa!  “Didn’t I just … why doesn’t this remember where I saved my last file?”  So you start the drill down again.  It’s pretty tedious.

The best part is, as I write this blog entry, I can’t seem to reproduce the issue.  It’s like visiting the doctor to make your cold go away — but I know this has happened to me hundreds of times.  Here’s a quick workaround.  Keep reading »

Jump to Last Position in MS Word

Monday, May 22nd, 2006
Quick Tips

I’m reviewing a dozen-page document at work for a trade journal.  I started on Friday and realized I’d have to finish this morning (Monday).  Did I note what page I was on?  Nope.  But was I able to find my place again?  Yup.  Keep reading »