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Transferring Photos from your camera or phone to your PC

Monday, July 14th, 2014

cameraThese days it is rare to find anyone with a traditional film camera. Everything has gone digital and, although this offers a cheap and easy way to take and produce photographs, most people don’t want to just have their images stored on the camera or phone they were taken with.

So, how do you transfer your photos onto another device and what can you do with them?

There are generally two methods of getting your images from the device they were taken on to a PC or laptop.

  1. Remove the memory card and insert it into a compatible card reader on the PC or laptop
  2. Connect the phone or camera via a compatible cable (normally USB) or via wireless or Bluetooth

Whichever method you use, the process is similar.

When you plug in your camera or phone or insert the HD card, your PC or laptop will detect the new device and attempt to install the relevant drivers. It will usually do this itself but sometimes you may need to insert the CD that came with your device or download a file from the manufacturer’s website.

The device should then appear within Windows File Explorer like an additional hard drive. Double click on it to navigate through to the location of your photographs. You can then select the images and copy and paste or move these images by dragging and dropping.

PhotosDepending on your Operating System, when the camera or card is detected you may get a box pop up asking if you wish to transfer the images to your Pictures folder and if you want to do this every time the device is connected to your PC or laptop.

Once your Photos are on your PC or laptop you can select to have one as your desktop (right click and select Set as desktop background), select a whole folder to give rotating background images (right click on the desktop, choose Personalize >> Desktop Background and set as applicable) or play them as a slideshow (Open the folder in Windows Explorer and select Slide Show from the menu at the top).

Forget the mouse – keyboard shortcuts

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Have you ever been completing a monotonous task that involves typing a bit then moving the cursor to another area of the document? Been typing a long document and have to keep stopping to click on different toolbars and options?

Maybe something has gone wrong and the mouse has stopped working.  Do you carry on regardless or have to stop everything because of a faulty mechanical rodent?

Don’t worry, help is at hand.  Do you know it is possible to access almost every menu, option and tool on your computer with the press of a key, as well as the click of a mouse button?  Here are a few of the most used options which should help make life a little easier.

The Windows Key – this can be found on most keyboards to the left of the space bar.  It has the Microsoft Windows symbol on it. This will open the Start Menu and you can then navigate using the cursor (arrow) keys (to the right of the main keyboard).  When you have highlighted your item, press enter.  To open a sub-menu (like All programs) press the right arrow.  Don’t have a Windows key? Control + Escape does the same thing.

Selecting text – Use the Shift key.  This can be found to the bottom right and left of the keyboard with an upwards pointing arrow on it.  Hold the Shift key down and at the same time use the cursor (arrow) keys to move along the text.

To select whole words, hold Shift + Ctrl and use the cursor keys.

To select whole lines use Shift + End or Home (can be found to the top right of the main keyboard section)

Copy, Cut & Paste – once you have selected your text you may wish to copy or cut it to do this use Control + C to copy or Control + X to cut.  To paste the text back use Control + V

Menus – most menus can also be accessed via the keyboard.  Any time you see a menu item with a letter underlined, this is the shortcut key for that item when used with the Alt key (next to the spacebar).  This will vary between applications but in Microsoft Office for example,  Alt+F will open the file menu and allow you to scroll down through print, save etc. If you are using Office 2007 or 2010, just pressing the Alt key will show you all the relevant keyboard short cut keys. Ctrl+P will open the print menu and Ctrl+S the Save menu in almost all applications.

Made a mistake? Ctrl+Z will undo your last action and Ctrl+Y will redo it. How many actions this will work for depends on the application but it can be a useful ‘get out of jail’ card!

Moving between documents – pressing Alt+Tab will take you through all the documents you have open.

The right-click menu. Some modern keyboards have a special key to the right of the spacebar for this, it has a symbol like a square with horizontal lines and an arrow, but if you don’t have this key it can also be accessed using Shift+F10.

The F (function) keys are located along the top of the keyboard and all have their own uses both on their own and when used in conjunction with the Shift and Control keys. F1 will usually open Help for the application you are in, F4 will close the application, F5 will refresh the view you are looking at.

Hopefully this has given a taster of the options available!