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How To Add Images To Your Slider
  1. View your project in edit mode by clicking the edit button.
  2. Import or drag and drop an image into your editor.
  3. Double click the image and in the popup menu change the filename to something that starts with 'slide'.
  4. Add as many images as you want and make sure to also change the filenames to something that starts with 'slide' (e.g. slide-2.jpg, slide-3.jpg).
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Windows 8

Top Internet Browsing Tips

Tabbed Browsing
When browsing a website and you spot a link that interests you, you can open this link in a new tab so as not to interrupt your reading. Hold down the Ctrl Key and left-click on the link. Alternatively, if your mouse has a wheel, click the wheel on the link. To open a new blank tab, press Ctrl + T.
http:// and www
When entering an internet address, you don’t need to type http:// or even www in the URL bar.
Move between the fields of a web page
If you are filling out an online form or other text field, press the Tab key to move to the next field and Shift + Tab to move back a field. This also applies to buttons: Press the Tab key to highlight a button, then press the space bar or Enter to “push” the button.
Know your Internet browser shortcuts (Internet Explorer & Firefox)
There are dozens of shortcut keys that can be used with Internet browsers, such as:
    Use Internet search engines to their full potential
    If you can’t find what you want, try putting the text in quotes. For example, searching for 'computer help' without quotes returns results with "computer" and "help" anywhere on the page. However, if you search for "computer help" with the quotes, it only return pages with "computer" and "help" next to each other.
    Try alternative browsers
    Most computer users use the default browser that comes included with the computer. However there are other alternative browsers that are free to download and use and may have features your current browser does not include. Our favourites are Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
    Make sure your browser is up-to-date
    Keeping your Internet browser up-to-date is important for both security and ensuring that web pages load properly. Most providers should automatically download updates and prompt you when they are ready to install.
    And now for some fun ones:

      8 is GREAT!

      Windows 8 has received a LOT of flak since its launch 2 years ago, some justified but most was unfair. So I thought I’d spend this week’s blog waxing lyrical about why it’s Microsoft’s best operating system so far.
      The first thing Microsoft got right is security. Even though Windows 8 isn’t bullet proof (but let’s face it, nothing is), it is by far and away their safest system. A good start for them was that for the first time they have included an antivirus program with Windows 8 and although it is not the best, it is on your computer from the moment Windows 8 is installed. The latest report I read confirmed that Windows 8.1 is 6 times safer than Windows 7. This is primarily down to Microsoft adding the Smart Screen phishing filter, which checks to see if the program you’ve just downloaded from the internet is safe and goes out of its way to stop you from installing it if it’s not.
      Microsoft may have come to the Application Store much later than Apple and Google but they’ve done it right and they’ve done it well. The Store is a market place for obtaining programs, which are split into categories such as games, education and entertainment. They start at free for some and rise in price. But the important thing is that they are first vetted for viruses and malware by Microsoft therefore are much safer than a downloaded program from some random website.
      Windows 8.1 is much faster than 7 at most things because Microsoft has changed the way that things run by optimising almost every component of the system. Even low-end laptops can boot up in 15 to 30 seconds - this was something only high-end gaming desktops could achieve with Windows 7. This has also made Netbooks a viable option again as under Windows 7 these little laptops weren’t much good. Now they fly with Windows 8 on them.
      One of the objections we hear quite often about Windows 8 is that people can’t find anything. This has always puzzled me as the search functionality in 8 is amazing. From within the Start Menu just start typing - it searches both your computer and the internet for programs and data (pictures or documents). So if you type ‘control’ the Control Panel will appear.
      Finally, if you already have Windows 8 installed, you really should update to 8.1 – it’s free.