Transfer Your Photos From Camera to Computer

Posted by admin on Aug 12, 2010 in Digital Pictures Tutorials

There are several way to transfer your precious pictures from your digital camera to the computer.

  1. Connecting Your Camera to The Computer

    One way to get images off your camera’s memory card is to plug the camera into the computer. Most cameras today come with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector. All you need is a cable and a USB port on your computer, and you are ready to connect.

    • Plug one end of the cable into the camera, the other into the computer. Once both the camera and computer have been turned on, the camera should appear as one of the hard drives on your computer.

      If you are using a PC, you can browse your computer drives, and one of the drives should represent your camera. Some versions of Windows automatically detect that a camera has been attached, and ask you what you’d like to do with the photographic files.

      If you are using a Mac, the camera should just appear as an icon on the desktop.

    • Once your computer recognizes the camera, all you have to do is copy the files stored on the camera card into a folder on your hard drive. You can do this process manually, or you can use a computer program to assist you. Some programs that help you organize your photos are set up to automatically copy files every time the camera is connected.
  2. Memory Card Readers

    Connecting your camera to your computer is a good way of copying and deleting files off the memory card. But there is an easier way.

    If you are willing to make a small additional investment, you can purchase a memory card reader. These card readers are permanently attached to your computer. When you want to transfer your digital photographs from card to computer, you just have to take the card out of the camera and insert it into the memory card reader.

    Copying files off of the card reader works exactly the same as if you had connected the camera directly to the computer.

    Once you’re done transferring files, just remove the card from the card reader and pop it back into your camera.

Why Use Memory Card Reader?

  • No plugging and unplugging

    Every time you attach your digital camera to your computer, you have to plug it in with a USB cable. When you want to take photos again, you have to unplug the camera. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can quickly become tedious.

    • Compatible with different computers

      When you plug your camera into your computer, sometimes you have to install special software drivers either from a CD or Internet download to get the two to communicate with each other.

      Memory card readers tend to be simpler. They don’t require special software to be recognized. A lot of them are designed to work right after they’ve been plugged in.


Word’s Formatting Toolbar

Posted by admin on Aug 12, 2010 in Microsoft Word Tutorials

Word has several toolbars, usually located at the top of your document. One of them is called Formatting Toolbar.

It has most of commands you will need to style your text (change the size, color, alignment, decorations etc).

It looks something like this:

What These Buttons Do:

Select the predefined style to apply to selected paragraph (styles can include: font, size of the letter, indentation, alignment, text decorations)

Changes the font of the selected text

Changes the size of selected text
Makes selected text bold
Makes selected text italic
Underlines selected text
Aligns text to the left

Centers the selected text
Aligns text to the right
Aligns the selected text to both the left and right margins
Makes a numbered list or reverts back to normal text
Add or remove bullets in the selected paragraphs/list

Decreases the indent of the selected text

Indents the selected paragraph
Adds or removes a border around selected text
Highlights the text
Changes the color of the selected text


Word’s Standard Toolbar

Posted by admin on Aug 12, 2010 in Microsoft Word Tutorials

Word has several toolbars, usually located at the top of your document. One of them is called Standard Toolbar.

It has most of general commands you will need to create, save and print your document.

It looks something like this:

What These Buttons Do:

Creates a new document
Saves open document
Print preview – Shows how the document will look when you print it.
Cut – Removes the selected part of the document and places it on the clipboard
Paste – Places previously cut or copied part of the document from clipboard to where the insertion point is
Undo – Undo the last command (VERY IMPORTANT BUTTON!)
Displays the Tables and Borders toolbar
Insert an Excel spreadsheet into the Word document
Displays or hides the Drawing toolbar
Opens previously saved document
Prints open document
Spelling, grammar and writing style checker
Copy – Copies the selected part of the document to the clipboard
Format painter – Copies the format (type of font, size, decorations etc) of the selected part of the document and then applies it to the part of the document you select after that
Redo – Redo the command which was undone with Undo button
Insert a table into the document, or creates a table out of selected text
Columns – Changes the number of columns in a document
Zoom – Enlarge or reduce the display of the active document (doesn’t make the text actually bigger or smaller, just change the way you see it on the screen)


Internet Games to Practice Mouse Skills

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2010 in How to Use Mouse

Practice your mouse skills with some of these internet games:

Practice simple clicking

The classic board game. Sink your enemy’s ships before they sink yours!

The classic board game. You know how to play, but do you know how to win?

Concentration The classic card game. Test your memory by matching pairs of cards.

Connect 4
Connect 4
The classic board game. Can you get 4 in a row before the computer?

The classic board game. Will you rely on strategy or luck?

Same Game
Same Game
Double-click on groups of same-colored blocks to make them disappear.
Practice faster clicking and mouse movement

Similar to Whack-a-mole. Whack the gophers when they pop out of their holes.

The classic arcade game. Sometimes less is more.

Red Bugs
Red Bugs
Keep your mouse cursor away from the red bugs as they chase you across the screen.

UFO Attack
UFO Attack
Save the earth! Guide your missles into the incoming alien ships.
Practice clicking and dragging

IQ Game
IQ Game
A game of strategy. Jump pieces around a board to leave only one remaining.

Peg Game
Peg Game
Another strategy game of jumping pegs around a board.

Rush Hour
Rush Hour
A game of strategy and planning. Move the vehicles back and forth to get the red car out of the lot.

Tower of Hanoi
Tower of Hanoi
A puzzle that involves transferring blocks from one spot to another.


How To Use The Mouse

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2010 in How to Use Mouse

First of all – relax, it’s not as hard as you think it is  :-)

how to hold mouse

Holding your mouse

Rest your wrist on the desk.

Put your hand on your mouse like you see in this picture. Put your thumb on one side and your little finger on the other.

If you are left-handed, hold your mouse like you see in the insert picture.

moving mouse

Moving your mouse

Hold your mouse.  Don’t lift it up, leave it on the desk.

Try to move it left, right, forward and back.

When you move your mouse around, you will see the pointer arrow moves on the screen of your computer.

Click and Double Click

To select the item on the computer screen, you must gently press the left (or right if you are left-handed) button on the top of your mouse.

This is called clicking.

To single click gently press down and then release the left (if you are right-handed) or right (if you are left-handed) mouse button.

To double click quickly press the button twice in a row. Try to keep your finger resting on the button, do not take the finger off while double clicking (it is easier to double click if you leave your finger on the button and just press down twice).

Drag and Drop

To drag an object on the screen,  press the mouse button down, and keep it down. Then move the mouse while continue pressing the button.

In some programs you can drag and drop items. To do that you first click on the object you want to drag, hold the mouse button down and drag the object to the desired location. When at the location you release the mouse button.

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