Saturday, 22 September 2012

Keyboard shortcut of the week: Sub- and Superscript

Occasionally we have to make use of subscripts or superscripts in our documents. The most common use of these is with dates, as in 20th. There the 'th' is a superscript; that is, smaller text that is raised. Subscripts are most often used in technical language such as if we refer to water as H2O. There the subscript is the '2'; smaller text that is lowered.

To switch to subscript mode or to change the selected text to a subscript, hold down the Control key and press the = key. This same combination will also set selected subscript text back to normal and switch out of subscript mode, as with the keyboard shortcuts for bold or italic mode.

To switch to superscript mode or to change the selected text to a superscript, hold down the Control key and the Shift key, and then press the + key. As with subscripts the same combination switches back to normal text to if presses again.

This tip applies to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, but unfortunately not to Excel.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

How to show unread messages in Gmail (Again)

A while ago I posted a short article about how to list unread emails in Google Mail. I have found a way to also list unread emails which have a particular label. Simply enter label:unread label:XXXXX in the search bar - replacing XXXXX with the particular label applied to unread messages you wish to find. For example, if you have some messages labelled with Work, you can find any of those that are unread by searching for label:unread label:Work.

This could also be used to find those messages to which two or more labels are applied.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Sourceforge: The home of open source software

Sourceforge is an excellent repository of free software for Windows, Linux, MacOS and even Android. All the software is open source, meaning that the source code is also made available for other programmers to edit. This provides for a collaborative approach to software development.

Sourceforge hosts a number of well-known application, including VLC media player, Audacity sound editor, and Pidgin IM. It also provides Games, Educational, and Science & Engineering software. So go and browse the directory of software to see whether there is anything that you may like.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

How to show unread messages in Gmail

Apologies for not posting in a while. I thought that I would share this short and sweet post for those who want to list only unread messages in Gmail. Simply enter label:unread in the search bar, and press Enter or click the magnifying glass button.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

How to install Ubuntu - Nixie Pixel

This video is a short beginners guide to installing Ubuntu by Nixie Pixel, who you will see is far from the stereotypical computer geek. This is just one of a number of informative and useful videos that she has put up on YouTube. Nixie also has a YouTube channel dedicated specifically to Linux.