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Dual Monitors

Windows users:
Do you have two monitors? Have you discovered or been told you need special software to display two different pictures ( a different image for each monitor or one image across both)?
If you Google this you will see lots of different approaches and opinions.
With Windows XP it is simple. Example, if your screen is 1600 x 900 you can just open paint (I use Photoshop) and make a blank image of 3200 x 900 and paste the pictures you want on each half of the image. If you want an image to span, make one 3200 wide. Note: if you have switched your monitors from left to right so the Start button is still on the right monitor, you will have to adjust the image for such. This becomes more of an issue if you are spanning across both monitors. I will show an example shortly.

When you have your image saved where you want, double click and save as your background. Cool huh?
Now, let’s say you have Windows 7 and you try the above. That doesn’t work so well. Why? Windows 7 makes a cache copy and adjusts the size to what it sees your individual monitors are. Not so good. You will get both images on each screen. Dang. But wait, there’s more ! Sorry, couldn’t resist. This is a quirk in Windows 7. Instead of double clicking the image and then making it your desktop (and have a double image problem, let alone not be able to span both monitors), do the following.

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Right click on a blank part of the desktop and select Personalize. Now Select Desktop Background and navigate to where your image is. Select it and (important) select Tile.
For some reason, even though most of the procedure is the same, it will only work if you do it this way. Try it. It works.

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The above image is an example of how to make your image span across both monitors if you keep the start button on the right monitor.

I have also included (* it is a 35mb file) the PSD file for Photoshop so you can build your own desktop images. You can have a separate image for each monitor or a spanned image to cover both monitors (one for left right monitor or right left switched monitors).

Keyboard Shortcuts

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I like using keyboard shortcuts when I use any of my Apple devices or my work computer (Windows based). People will often ask, “how did you do that?” when they are watching me.
So, here is a brief mini list and a link to Apple for a comprehensive list in case you need a refresher on the shortcuts (or never knew).
Say you want to scroll to the end of a document or to the end of page in your browser (Safari, Firefox etc.) you just hold down the the key marked fn plus the right arrow key and your page will jump to the end. Do you want to zoom in (press the key labeled command plus the + key) or zoom out (press the key labeled command plus the – key)? Copy text? Press the key labeled command plus the c key. Paste it? Same thing but command plus the v key.
Home is Fn + LeftArrow
End is Fn + RightArrow
Page Up is Fn + UpArrow
Page Down is Fn + DownArrow
Zoom in is command + Plus
Zoom out is command + Minus
Copy is command + c
Paste is command + v
Cut is command + x
And many more!
Many of these work on the iOS devices as well if you are using a Bluetooth keyboard. Give it a shot!

Excerpt from Apple’s keyboard shortcut page:

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

To use a keyboard shortcut, or key combination, you press a modifier key with a character key. For example, pressing the Command key (the key with a symbol) and the “c” key at the same time copies whatever is currently selected (text, graphics, and so forth) into the Clipboard. This is also known as the Command-C key combination (or keyboard shortcut).

A modifier key is a part of many key combinations. A modifier key alters the way other keystrokes or mouse clicks are interpreted by Mac OS X. Modifier keys include: Command, Control, Option, Shift, Caps Lock, and the fn key (if your keyboard has a fn key).

Here are the modifier key symbols you can see in Mac OS X menus:

For a complete list, click “The rest of the story” and you will jump to Apple’s page on this.
The rest of the story……

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