Keyboard short cuts to happy genealogy surfing

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Having basic computer knowledge makes research process more efficient

MILFORD Im not a computer whiz. Most of what I know came from family and friends and through trial and error.

My lack of fear of crashing a computer (after you do it once, its no big deal) keeps me exploring every option.

MILFORD Im not a computer whiz. Most of what I know came from family and friends and through trial and error. My lack of fear of crashing a computer (after you do it once, its no big deal) keeps me exploring every option. Not everyone is as adventurous. Many continue to use computers with a fear that touching the wrong button will cause the world wide web to collapse. Unfortunately, not exploring the keyboard and menus can make researching the family tree on the Internet difficult and time consuming. Below are three basic computer functions for Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer users that make research on the Internet easier. 1. Text Size: Some websites have small print. Fortunately, the size can be increased on the majority of them. This can be done in two ways. First, select View from the menu, then Text Size (Text Zoom for Netscape) and then increase (or decrease) the size. Text size can also be increased by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the +/= key. Each time you press the +/= key, the size increases. To decrease the size, hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the _/- key. To maintain the desired text size, close all browser windows except one. Set the desired text size and exit your browser. The next time you log on, the text will be the same size. 2. Scrolling: Obviously, the mouse wheel is the quick and easy method to travel up and down a web page, but sometimes it doesnt stop exactly where you want it. The scroll bar can be dragged up and down to search a page, but if the bar is short (meaning the page is long), then finding the exact spot to stop can be difficult. To move down the page one screen at a time, click below the scroll bar. When trying this method, read the words on the bottom of the screen then click to move down the page. The words you just read will now be at the top of the screen. To move up one screen at a time, click above the scroll bar. Scrolling by clicking on the arrows above and below the scroll bar moves the screen only a few lines either way. 3. Find in this Page: This is a fast way to find a word or a phrase on a web page. To use, select Edit from the menu. Then select find in this page. A small window will open where a word, surname or phrase can be entered. When searching for a surname, remember to use alternate spellings. To search once for a surname like McDonald that might be spelled MacDonald, search with the key word Donald. All letters organized in a word in that combination will be found. This feature can also be activated by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the F key. This also works in email messages. Researchers File Who were Christy McCaskills parents and siblings? Christy married widower John MacDonald of Pictou (Caribou) after 1813. They had three children (born on Pictou Island): Kate, Nancy and Archibald. Contact: Marilyn Tusher, 2557 Midvale Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064 USA; email: mltusher@att.net Diana Lynn Tibert is a freelance writer living in Milford, NS. Submit queries to: RR#1 Milford, Hants County, NS B0N 1Y0; email: tibert@ns.sympatico.ca

Organizations: Netscape, Microsoft

Geographic location: MILFORD, Midvale, Hants County

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