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Top 9 Ways To "Speed Up" Your Surfing & Computing
          -by Jim Edwards (c) Jim Edwards - All Rights reserved

        It seems like "fast" never quite rates "fast enough!"

No matter how quickly your computer moves, especially on  the Internet, it could always move faster. :-)

Email, web surfing, downloading files (legally of course), switching between applications... none of them ever go as quickly as we
want or expect.

Well, let me do my part to perpetuate this "microwave oven"
mentality (why must popcorn take 3 1/2 minutes instead of 2?)
by giving you some tips and hints for making your online
experiences and overall computing as fast as possible (even
on a dial up connection).

              ** Hit The Accelerator **

Sensing a need for faster Internet access in markets where
broadband cable or DSL can't or won't go, Internet Service
Providers (ISP's) like NetZero offer
Internet "accelerators."

Using a system of caches, compression schemes, and other
technology to double or even triple your dial-up connection speeds,
Internet accelerators can save you hours spent waiting for simple
web pages to appear in your browser.

Though they won't work for everyone in every single situation,
check out www.netzero.com, www.propel.com and
www.slipstreamdata.com for more information.

** Clean Up Your Hard Drive **

           Often a messy hard drive can contribute to slow
                                   online experiences.

Perform a "Disk Cleanup" and a "Defrag" (available by clicking
<Start>, <Accessories>, then <System Tools>) to clean out the garbage files on your hard drive that slow your system down considerably.

This will help when running offline applications too, especially
those that read and write from the hard drive frequently in the process of doing their tasks.

      ** Get More RAM **

RAM (Random Access Memory) allows your computer to process data more quickly without writing and reading from the hard drive.

Ask any nerd like me and they'll tell you straight out, "You can
NEVER have too much RAM!" RAM costs so little now that virtually anyone can afford to add more memory to their computer without
a big hit to their wallet.

       ** Avoid Time Wasters **

Speeding up your surfing doesn't just mean pulling the maximum amount of data through your phone line until it melts!

It also means avoiding things that suck your time up and leave
you sitting twiddling your thumbs instead of getting things done.

              Make the most of your time online with these
                                      time-saving tips:

~ Use Google - Search giant, Google.com, consistently returns relevant search results in minimum time.

Sure, big search engines like Dogpile.com and AskJeeves.com query multiple search engines, but the time spent waiting for and then wading through those results rarely makes it worth the occasional extra result.

~ Avoid Instant Messenger - "Heresy! I must have my instant messenger!" you cry!

Keep a log of how much time gets spent mindlessly chatting on the IM instead of doing something important. If you must IM, do it in moderation.

~ Filter Sp^am - Use a program to filter your sp^am instead of wading through it by hand.

Even if you only get 25 spam messages a day (I'd love to be you) and only spend 10 seconds on each message, at the end of a year that comes out to over 30 hours wasted on spam!

Filter your email messages before you take the time to download
them to your machine and you'll love the spare time that magically comes your way.

                   ** Slow Mouse? **

When I flick my wrist I expect that mouse to hop from one side of
the screen to the other like the house was on fire!

A slow mouse can steal seconds of precious time that add up to hours of frustration over weeks and months.

If you suffer from a "slow mouse," click <Start> then "Control Panel" then "Mouse".

Then you'll see a tab that says "Pointer Options" or "Motion" (or something similar) and you can adjust the slider left or right to increase or decrease the speed of your mouse's movement across the screen.

         ** Use Windows Keyboard Shortcuts **

       Windows has a number of nifty keyboard combinations
        that most people don't know about, but can save you
       incredible amounts of time, energy, effort and frustration.

<Ctrl>+Z - I call this the "panic button."

Hold down the "Ctrl" key and hit the letter Z and you can often undo the last action you took in Windows.

This comes in especially handy when you've deleted something (like a term paper or 500 word article) and want it back.

If you accidentally do something wrong, STOP hitting keys immediately and do <Ctrl>+Z to undo what you just did.

<Windows Key>+D - Ever wonder what the little "flag" key is on the keyboard next to "Alt?" (I sure have wondered.)

Well, it turns out that little key has some cool uses.

Hold down <Windows Key>+D and you can minimize all the open windows on your desktop. (Very handy when you keep many programs running and need to hit your desktop in a hurry.)

<Windows Key>+F - allows you to search for any file on your computer immediately.

             ** Microsoft Office Shortcuts **

                                  If you use Word or Excel
(or any of the Microsoft Office Products),  the following shortcuts will help you speed up  many common activities.

Spell Checker - Hit the <F7> key in any Office
application to launch the spell checker.

Quick Save - Hit <Ctrl>+S to save any open file (very handy to quickly save a file repeatedly during a heavy typing session without having to grab the mouse).

Quick Copy - Hit <Ctrl>+C to copy any highlighted text or cells.

Quick Paste - Hit <Ctrl>+V to paste anything on the
clipboard into a current document or spreadsheet.

Insert Date - In Word you can insert the date with
<Alt>+<Shift>+D. You can insert the date in Excel with <Ctrl>+; (semi-colon).

It will amaze you how much faster you can get things done just
by understanding how to save little bits of time here and there
using shortcuts, tools, and better ways of doing things.

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Co-authored by the dynamic journalistic duo of Jim and his father, Dallas Edwards.

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