Func­tion key use lat­est les­son in Cedar­town Li­brary’s com­puter classes

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­hoo.com

The Cedar­town Li­brary is trans­form­ing lo­cals into com­puter masters one step at a time, and the lat­est weekly les­son was all about key­board short­cuts, hotkeys, and other use­ful tricks.

As al­ways, com­put­ers and all other nec­es­sary ma­te­ri­als were sup­plied for at­ten­dees be­fore class be­gan. Those in­ter­ested in join­ing in and learn­ing the ba­sics can sign-up for free at 245 East Ave, Cedar­town.

“The F1 through F11 keys are all func­tion keys,” class host and li­brary staff Ian Wil­liams explained. “They all have their own uses, but you can also com­bine some of them with the Alt or Ctrl keys for some ex­tra short­cuts, too.”

The func­tion keys typ­i­cally have pre­de­fined uses but they can change de­pend­ing on a de­vice’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Cer­tain pro­grams will also have spe­cific com­mands for each key, but their uses will re­turn to nor­mal once that pro­gram has been ex­ited.

“You might use F1 pretty of­ten if you’re new to com­put­ers,” Wil­liams said. “Press­ing it will open a help screen for al­most any pro­gram you’re on, so if you ever feel lost or don’t know how to use some­thing, that’s the key for you. F5 will refresh the page for you, so it’s pretty use­ful.”

Some keys typ­i­cally won’t be used at all, but there are other use­ful ones. F7 can be used to spellcheck doc­u­ments, F9 can refresh Mi­crosoft Word doc­u­ments, and F11 can be used to en­ter and exit fullscreen mode.

Wil­liams also touched ground with his pre­vi­ous les­son by talk­ing about how to avoid scams and other in­ter­net safety tips. The group al­ready learned about un­se­cured con­nec­tions, but threats such as scam artists and ma­li­cious at­tach­ments can man­i­fest on safe sights such as emails.

Wil­liams sug­gested not down­load­ing any­thing from ver­i­fied con­tacts, and mak­ing sure to cross-check email ac­counts pre­tend­ing to be busi­nesses.

A ques­tion and an­swer por­tion is held at the end of each class to make sure no one leaves con­fused, so those in­ter­ested in fu­ture cour­ses can rest easy know­ing they’re sure to learn some­thing. The cour­ses are held ev­ery Thurs­day, so those who miss one can still sign up for the next week.

sean Wil­liams

Cedar­town Li­brary’s Ian Wil­liams con­tin­ues to pro­vide lessons on com­puter use, and in re­cent days taught a class on the use of func­tion keys.

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