Tech Tips, Webinars, & Resources
Check this page for periodic computer-related tips.
Do you have a colleague, friend, or family member with whom you correspond regularly? Here’s how to make a convenient shortcut to their e-mail address.
- Press Windows key-D to move your focus to the Desktop.
- If an icon is selected, press Control-Spacebar to unselect it. If none are highlighted, you’re ready to move on.
- Press the Shortcut key or your right mouse equivalent. The shortcut key is also known as your Application Key and is located between the Right Windows and Right control keys.
- Arrow to the New option and press Enter.
- Arrow to the Shortcut option and press Enter.
- Type in the following: "mailto:email address" and press Enter. That’s mailto colon the e-mail address and press Enter, which will activate the Next button.
- Type in a name for your shortcut and press Enter. This will activate the Finish button.
- Try out your new shortcut by pressing Enter on it.
Your e-mail application opens and your cursor is in the To field. If you read your line, you should hear the e-mail address.
Complete the remaining fields; type your message and send as usual.
- Right-Click on an empty area of the Desktop.
- Left-Click on the New option.
- Left-Click on the Shortcut option.
- Type "mailto:email address" (without the quotes)
- Left-Click on the Next button.
- Type in a name for your shortcut.
- Left-Click on the Finish button.
- Double-Click on your shortcut to try it out.
Your e-mail application opens and your cursor is in the To field.
Complete the remaining fields; type your message and send as usual.
That’s it for now. Happy Computing!
We all have programs that we use every day, like e-mail and web browsers. Wouldn't it be convenient to be able to open them at any time? Here's how...
- Highlight the application, either on the desktop or in the All Programs sub-menu of the Start menu.
- Next, press the Applications key (located near the Right Control key). You can also click your Right Mouse button.
- Now, use the Arrow Keys to highlight the properties option and Enter. You may also click on this option. It's the last item in the menu. You should be in the General tab of the Properties dialog box.
- Next, Tab to the Shortcut option and type the letter you would like associated with the application. By default, the key combination will be Control-Alt-Letter. Example: Control-Alt-E opens my Outlook Express e-mail program. You may also click in this Shortcut edit field and type in a letter.
- Now, press the Enter key or click on the OK button.
- You'll want to try it out. Press the key combination you've chosen and be amazed at what happens! Hopefully, your application has opened before your very ears and eyes.
Creating a New Folder using Keystrokes
Try this in My Documents Folder: Press ALT-F, W, F; then type in a Folder name and press Enter. If your fingers flew fast enough, you will have a new folder.
Press Alt-H, U to access the bullets list.
Press the Tab key to move to the Filled Round bullets style and press Enter.
You will be returned to your document.
- Press F12.
- Tab once to the Save As Type combo box.
- Type the letter W until you hear or see Word 97/2003 and press Enter.
- Tab to the Save button and Enter. You can also press alt-S to activate the Save button.
- Highlight the first file.
- Press and hold the Control key.
- Press the Down Arrow. When you hear/see a file you would like to copy, press the Spacebar to select it. If you accidentally select a file, press the Spacebar to de-select it. Repeat the process for all files.
- Press Control-C to activate the Copy command.
- Open the folder where you would like the files copied.
- Press Control-V- to paste the files there.
- Highlight the text.
- Press Control-Shift-P.
- Type a size (example: 25 points) and press Enter.
- Highlight the column containing the numbers to be added by pressing Control-Spacebar.
- Check your status Bar. The current sum will be displayed.
- Press Tab to move between or among placeholders on individual slides.
- Press F6 to move among the Slide, notes, thumbnail/outline panes.
- Press control-Shift-Tab to change from the Thumbnail (picture) to the Outline (text) view.
Pressing Alt-Tab is wonderful for navigating among your open windows but give this a try. I think you might find it quite convenient.
- Press F10 to create a list of your open windows.
- Use the Arrow keys to navigate the list or first-letter navigation.
- When you hear the window you want, press Enter to open it.
Blind Cool Tech is a terrific resource of audio podcasts. Don’t worry. You don’t need to use iTunes. The audio will play in your default player. The audio is created by and for people who are blind and visually impaired. Topics range from programs for your Android and iPhone to useful applications and quick How-to’s.
- Press Alt-D.
- Type the website address and press Enter.
- Press Control-D.
- Check the name of the Web page. You can also change it, if you like.
- Press Enter
I use the Mobile Twitter site all the time as it is much easier to navigate with a screen reader and/or screen magnification.
For those moving to the android platform, here’s a site containing reviews of accessible applications and help for getting started: http://www.androidaccess.net
Part 1: Accessible Android Apps - Our in-house expert Gus Chalkias talks about some of the basic differences between devices with Android Operating Systems and iOS devices -- and what to look out for when buying.
Part 2: Accessible Android Apps - The Tablet Accessibility
Part 3: Accessible Android Apps - The Smartphone Accessibility
Part 4: Accessible Android Apps - Q & A
April 9, 2010 Conference on Employment and Visual Impairment video segments on labor trends and Keynote is available for viewing.
We have provided links to pages that will make it easy to get information about access technology companies, organizations that support people who are blind and visually impaired, and home pages of individuals who have located blind-friendly sites, and have important information to share.
Assistive Technology companies
Freedom Scientific , makers of JAWS screen reader, MAGic low vision software
GW Micro, makers of Window-Eyes screen reader
AI Squared, makers of Zoomtext low vision software
Click & Go Wayfinding Maps, a fully accessible narrative mapping service modeled after the "directions" feature of Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, and MapQuest.
For those using either Jaws for Windows or Window-Eyes screen reading systems, the following links will direct you to the pages that provide downloadable macros for a variety of software.
Software to help in creating accessible web pages
IBM Rational Policy Tester Accessibility Edition solution IBM Rational Policy Tester® helps organizations reduce their online risk and exposure by identifying issues impacting Web site compliance and usability.
Resources for Matriculated College Students
Organizations / Other
QuitDay - How smoking affects your vision