If you are using a public computer to surf on the web, probably wouldn’t be glad if somebody could get your login credentials or to see what you have browsed. Just for this purpose there’s the function in the browsers called Delete History. It doesn’t matter what browser you are using in both Internet Explorer and Firefox you can easily delete all records about where you have browsed (website addresses, forms data, passwords, cookies etc.).
Internet Explorer 8
In IE8 just go to menu “Tools->Internet Options->Browsing history” and press “Delete” button.
For the maximum security uncheck the first check box and select the all others and press “Delete”.
In Windows Internet Explorer Help you can read:
“You should close Internet Explorer when you’re done to clear cookies that are still in memory from your current browsing session. This is especially important when using a public computer.”
So don’t forget to close your Internet Explorer to delete recently browsed websites’ cookies.
You can also set the IE8 to delete the browsing history automatically on exit so you check the “Delete browsing history on exit” checkbox in the “Internet Options” dialog. The deleting will implicitly follow the rules you set in “Browsing History”, so make sure what options are selected.
In Firefox an option to delete the browsing history is more accessible than it’s in Internet Explorer 8 just follow in menu “Tools->Clear Recent History…” button or press Ctrl+Shift+Del. The dialog appears where you can set what recent history you want to delete. You can set “Last Hour”, “Last Two Hours”, “Last Four Hours”, “Today” or “Everything”. And left bottom is the “Details” button where you can set the options what to delete. The most secure way is to select the all checkboxes and press “Clear Now”.
Just like the IE8 has the option to delete browsing history on exit, in Firefox you can set that history will never be remembered: “Tools->Options->History->Never remember history”. But in that case you have to clear the current history otherwise everything browsed in Firefox up to this point will stay saved in history.
That’s it! But there are also the other interesting facts about the browsers so stay tuned on this blog and we will discuss them in some of the next articles.
A lot of users use the various shortucts to control their computer applications so as Windows. But not a lot of them use the Windows Key (WinKey) what is a shame, because as the name says it’s especially convenient while you are using the Windows OS. The Windows Key is the key with the Windows logo left bottom on your keyboard between the Ctrl and Alt. If you press it you should see the Start menu shows up.
WinKey+L (as Lock)
Using this key you can easy lock-up your Windows account if you need to get out of your PC for a while. But remember you have to set the password for your Windows’ account otherwise it’s useless. And anybody can easily log-in back to your account. This tip is the same as you would press Start->Log Off->Switch User.
WinKey+E (as Explore(r))
If your favourite application to browse the computer isn’t something like TotalCommander, you are probably use just right Windows Explorer. And in that case it comes convinient for you the next tip to run the Windows Explorer using the WinKey+E. It’s the same as you would open the My Computer.
WinKey+R (as Run)
If you need to run some Windows’ application, you can use the Run dialog. Don’t have to go through Start->Run, just press WinKey+R. Fast, intuitive and easy.
WinKey+D (as Desktop)
If you need just to look up at your desktop and you have opened a lot of windows, there’s no need to minimize them all one by one. This key combination helps you to display the Desktop and when you press the WinKey+D again, all windows are back at the same place. Really useful mostly if you need to open some file located on the Desktop.
WinKey+F (as Find)
A lot of time people are something finding in their computers, so don’t bother even with finding the Find button in Windows. Just press the WinKey+F and the Find window will show up.
If you know any other useful key combinations share your tips with the other users in the comments. Once these key combinations all are working since Windows XP you can use them in all subsequent Windows verions.
Let’s think about you are working on your computer and accidentally press the hardware button to turn-off computer. Or maybe you are installing some software and it starts restarting the computer. In that case if you have any application opened which contains the unsaved work it shows up the prompt what to do? You can usually choose from one of the three choices – Yes, No and Cancel.
If you press Cancel, Windows aborts the shutdown process and you can continue in your work. But you should consider that some processes could terminate in order to shutdown computer, so it’s always better to restart your computer as soon as possible, though.
Notepad contains unsaved text.
What to do, if Windows starts to shutdown the computer?
If you would choose Cancel, Notepad should stay opened. There are the utilities on the web what you can use to stop unwanted shutdown the PC, so consider this tip just as the last chance if you haven’t installed one.