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How to use my favorite Windows 7 feature: Sticky Notes!

I love Sticky Notes! In Windows 7, you can write Sticky Notes and stick them right on your desk top.

To find Sticky Notes, go to Start/All Programs/Accessories/Sticky Notes.

The shortcut is actually in this location:

Sticky Notes Shortcut location

Once you find the shortcut, right click to pin it to your taskbar. This tool is so handy that you will want to use it often.

Click “New Note” and a new Sticky Note with the default color of yellow will appear. You can instantly write anything you want on the note and it will automatically be saved.

Your Sticky Note will stay on your desktop until you delete it. (you can also close your Sticky Notes program, but when you open it, your notes will still be there.)

Sticky Note

How to add and delete Sticky Notes on your desktop:

  • “+” adds a new note.
  • “x” deletes the note.

Once your Sticky Note is on your desktop, right clicking inside the note gives you the option to change the color of your Sticky Note:

Sticky Note Right Click Menu

Now, here is the secret: It does not tell you in the right click menu, but you can also format text:

Here is a list of the keyboard shortcuts for editing the text format:

Bold Ctrl+B
Italic Ctrl+I
Underlined Ctrl+U
Strikethrough Ctrl+T
Larger text Ctrl+Shift+>
Smaller text Ctrl+Shift+<
Bullet or Numbers Ctrl+Shift+L (toggle)
 

I hope you enjoy using my favorite Windows 7 feature, Sticky Notes!X

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“Windows Live Spaces Spam Central Reporting Service” is closed – See Update

Edited to add: June 10, 2010:

Spam News! Spaces Blog comments have been revised so that when you click "Delete" you have the option to immediately report that comment as spam. Since it is so easy to report spammers now, I have decided to stop collecting spammers and relaying them to Abuse personally. Each of us now have to just delete one spam comment and mark it as spam to report it. Hopefully this change will help the situation. X

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(Edited to add: Also see this post: 3/29/2010 Spam News: It is official — I am working with Windows Live Support to improve the spam situation)

Partial quote from that post: 

Quote: 

I was told:

Yes, you can say that you are speaking with support, but can’t offer any timelines on action as yet.

The most you should offer would be your reassurance that you are working with Windows Live Support to improve this situation and not offer anything specific as to where that will go.

End quote

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Calling all Windows Live Spaces comment spam victims:

I have decided to re-open “Windows Live Spaces Spam Central Reporting Service”.

Please note the new details of operation:

I request that you do not report your spammers, yourself anymore. Please go to the spammer’s profile and copy and paste the profile url as a comment to this post.

My goal is to make a list of and report every spammer in Windows Live Spaces, so please help me in this endeavor.

Thank you,

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UPDATE:

See last post of this thread, partially quoted here for your convenience. Windows Live Support says:

 We are currently developing a more efficient way of deleting the comments left up on user’s pages.

Windows Live Tags: Clubhouse, Story, Feedback, Spaces, Spam

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Edited to add: June 10, 2010:

Spam News! Spaces Blog comments have been revised so that when you click "Delete" you have the option to immediately report that comment as spam. Since it is so easy to report spammers now, I have decided to stop collecting spammers and relaying them to Abuse personally. Each of us now have to just delete one spam comment and mark it as spam to report it. Hopefully this change will help the situation. X

 

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I have a new toy – Really this is a health update, but I might as well roll with it…

For those of you who do not know, I’ve been on oxygen, sitting in my Lazy Boy chair for two years with a lung disease. It’s not fair because I have never even smoked! But, we had mold in the house, and that messed me up.

Well, I am feeling a lot better these days, and I want to get around more. The thing is, at home, I have had a 50’ umbilical cord connected to a snoring rhinoceros, I mean oxygen concentrator….

Now that I can get around better, I do not want to trip on the oxygen hose wherever I go in the house. My doctor makes me wear it 24 hours a day, but I cheat. (Shhh) I take it off if I go to the kitchen, rest room, etc. But, I got slapped around by my doctor. She said I have to ESPECIALLY wear the oxygen when I’m moving around since that is when I need it most.

I couldn’t even reach to go out to the backyard. I had to cheat and take the doohickey out of my nose to make it to the bench to watch my fish in the pond. Like I said, I’ve been feeling much better, and I resent having to have the oxygen, but my doctor says I still need it. Rats.

And that’s not all, when I am out and about places, I have to take an oxygen tank in a rolling cart. It is as big as an upright vacuum cleaner. Some times I cheat there, too. It was very difficult vacuuming every place I went.

So, we bought a wheelchair so that my hubby could push me around instead of me needing the oxygen. The oxygen tank was so heavy and the cart so bulky that my hubby would rather fold and unfold a wheelchair than push, pull, tug and tow the oxygen tank and cart in and out of the truck.

Well, my doctor does not like that EITHER. My doctor insists that I have to move around a LOT, and under my own power, and cart the oxygen with me. Well, what’s a girl to do?

So, I called the oxygen company the other day and talked them into giving me a new oxygen setup. Woohoo! Look at how small it is!

My oxygen tank next to my favorite cereal bowl for scale.

That is my favorite cereal bowl (with favorite spoon) in the picture for scale. It even comes with a fashionable shoulder bag:

My fashionable shoulder bag for my oxygen tank

It is kind of heavy, so I’ll just have to get used to it, but now I am self contained! No more 50 foot umbilical cord to trip on while I’m carrying a load of laundry, and no more vacuuming the mall when my hubby are out for a walk.

Woohoo! I’m free!

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My goldfish pond looks naked. There are no plants growing yet.

This is the very beginning of Spring. The snow and ice has melted, and things are just barely starting to grow.

The lily plants are just starting to send up shoots from the bottom of the pond. In a few months our pond will be covered with lily plants and flowers!

I’m planning on documenting the growth of the plants periodically throughout the season.

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First water lily leaf of Spring! My fishpond plants are starting to grow!

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The first lone water lily leaf has reached the surface of the pond!

First water lily leaf of Spring!

The pond still looks pretty naked so far. But, soon, my entire backyard will be green, including the pond plants floating on the surface of the water.

As soon as there are plants, my fish will start spawning and laying eggs in the midst of the foliage. The eggs are as big as the point of a pencil. Some eggs will get eaten by other fish, but some eggs will become new babies by the end of spring.

We have two little black goldfish that were born last spring. We just noticed them two weeks ago. New baby fish have to hide between rocks until they are big enough so that the other goldfish do not eat them. Then, the fist time we see them — surprise! The are an inch or an inch and a half long.

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My hubby and I have additions to our family: Two baby koi fish.

So far, we have only had goldfish in our pond in the backyard. We decided to get a couple of new baby koi fish to give the pond some variety. They are only about three inches long right now:

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Aren’t they cute?

We’ve been thinking of names for them. One has stripes, so I was thinking of Tiger. Then again, they both have "red hair", so I was thinking of Shaun White and Carrot Top, two famous redheads. I still haven’t decided…

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How to have Windows Live Writer remember your hyperlinks: Using Auto Linking

First off, if you do not yet use Windows Live Writer to write your blogs in your Windows Live Spaces, or other blog neighborhoods, you may download it by clicking on the hyperlink in this sentence. It is a wonderful blog writing software with a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) input.

The hyperlink above is an example of my topic today. Windows Live Writer has a feature called “Auto Linking” that remembers your hyperlinks if you wish. When  I typed “Windows Live Writer” in the paragraph above, the text automatically became hyperlinked because I have previously set it up that way.

To set up your hyperlinks, click on the “Tools” pull-down menu:

Tools

Select “Options” on the “Tools” pull-down menu, and click “Auto Linking”. Check the option to only show the hyperlink the first time in each post if desired. Then click “Add”:

Add Auto Linking

The “Add Auto Link” dialog box pops up:

Add Auto Link

Fill in the words that you want to be hyperlinked, and the url address you want the text linked to:

 Add Auto Link, filled in

There is an option whether to open the link in a new window. Personally, I always check that. Also, there is an “Advanced” tab with these options:

Advanced

Fill in the “Title” if you want the description of your link to fly up when somebody hovers their mouse over the link. I always use this option.

Using the other Advanced option, “Rel”, is outside the scope of post. See the article: HTML <a> rel Attribute on the w3schools.com website for more information.

Another way to add an Auto Link in Windows Live Writer is “on the fly” while you are typing your post. Select the text you want to hyperlink, right click the selection. The same dialog box will pop up:

Automatically link 

Note the additional option “Automatically link to this text”.

(Also see my post: How to set up Windows Live Writer to work with blogs outside of Windows Live and have the blog’s activity shown on your Windows Live Profile)

(I would like to thank Snipping Tool and Paint for making this post possible.)

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