TWT Newsletter, Supplemental Issue – A sneak peek at our new site
Welcome to our April 2013 TWT Newsletter. Yes, we did say that last months newsletter would be the last in this old format, but our new-look site isn’t quite ready yet, so we decided to send out this short newsletter to let you know what’s going on behind the scenes. Of course, we couldn’t very well send out a newsletter without our regular free utility and tip of the month either.
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In this months issue:-
1) a sneak peek at our new website
2) Tip of the Month – Find special characters with the character map
3) Free Utility of the Month – TouchFreeze
A sneak peek at our new website
While we told you all that we’re having some renovations done to our webiste, we realise that there’s not a lot to show for it on the website at the moment. All the development is going on using a test server, so that we can minimise any downtime. For our most loyal newsletter readers and Facebook fans we thought you might like a sneak peek at the new site layout, so check out the picture below!
( Click here if you can’t see the picture. ) We’ll also be continuing to convert all our videos into mobile-friendly formats so that you can view them on your tablets and smart-phones. Of course, we’ve got plenty of great new content lined up too, our new look website is just the beginning and big things will be happening here at Top-Windows-Tutorials this year!
Tip of the Month – Find special characters with the character map
PC’s are great for getting work done. While touch computing may have gained popularity over recent years, there’s no beating the speed of the keyboard or the precision of the mouse for all kinds of productivity work. While most of us are familiar with the keyboard, there are times when typing certain special characters can be quite confusing. If there’s a certain symbol you need in your document but you just can’t find it on your keyboard, then the character map can come to the rescue. Open the Start Menu or Start screen and search for “Character map” and then click on the icon that appears. The tool will then open and present you with a huge menu of characters. Simply click on the symbol you want, then click “Select”. You can then copy the character onto the clipboard and paste it into your document.
Free Utility of the Month – TouchFreeze
While we love our big powerful desktop PC’s, laptops remain the most popular kind of computer. If you’re used to working on a laptop, you’re probably used to using the touchpad to move your mouse pointer around the screen. On most laptops this pad is positioned below the keyboard, meaning it’s easy to catch while you tap away on the keys. It can be very annoying to catch the touchpad and have windows select a block of text while you type, especially if you accidentally go and type over that block.
To solve this problem, you can use a utility called TouchFreeze. This tool simply disables the touchpad as you type, then re-enables it again instantly when you’re done. One word of warning, you may need to disable the utility temporarily if you play a game that requires you to move the mouse and use the keyboard at the same time. You can download TouchFreeze here.
That concludes this little supplemental newsletter. Our new look TWT newsletter will be launching soon, along with our fantastic redesigned website. Until then, keep an eye on our website and sit tight, Top-windows-tutorials.com will be back and better than ever!