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Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830: How to Forward an SMS CodeUnit 30 SEP 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is a nice mid-range Android phone running 2.2 Froyo with Touchwiz 3.0 on top. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now, and only just learned how to forward an SMS on to another person! (Ridiculous I know, but that’s what you get thanks to the unintuitive nature of touchscreen interfaces!)

To forward a SMS on is actually quite easy. Enter any of the threaded SMS conversations that are sitting in your SMS inbox. Locate the message you want to forward to another user and touch and hold that particular message until the previously hidden contextual menu pops up. From there it is a simple matter of selecting the Forward Message option.

And now you know! :)

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830: Quickly Add an App Shortcut to the Main Screen CodeUnit 20 JUL 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is a nice mid-range Android phone running 2.2 Froyo with Touchwiz 3.0 on top. Although it isn’t quite intuitive, to quickly add a shortcut (or launcher) to that latest great app you just installed on your phone’s main screen (or desktop if you will) is pretty simple.

Simply enter the menu list of all the apps, and when you find the one you want to add, simply press and hold on the app icon. This will instantly transfer you to the desktop screen, with a nice new shortcut already in place!

And now you know!

Keyboard Shortcut: How to Zoom in and out on a Web Page CodeUnit 15 JUL 2011

The ability to zoom in and out on web pages has actually been around for a while now, and is particularly useful on small screen devices like phones and tablets. Of course, it is of limited use on a big desktop monitor, but nevertheless, the ability is actually there – particularly useful if you have poor eyesight or really want to see that girl’s thighs up close.

A quick way to zoom in and out of a web page is to make use of the pretty standard keyboard shortcut adopted by most browsers, namely Control + or Control -.

Hitting the first combination of the control and plus keys zooms in on a page, while a control and a minus zooms out.

And now you know.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830: Remove an App Shortcut from the Main Screen CodeUnit 13 JUL 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is a nice mid-range Android phone running 2.2 Froyo with Touchwiz 3.0 on top. Although it isn’t quite intuitive, to remove an app shortcut (or launcher) from your phone’s main screen (or desktop if you will) is pretty simple.

Simply locate the app shortcut icon you wish to remove from your desktop screen and then press down on and hold the icon. As you hold down, a trash can bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. Simply drag the icon down onto the trash bar and release, resulting in the deletion of the shortcut.

And now you know!

Windows Keyboard Shortcut: Quick, Launch the Task Manager! CodeUnit 11 JUL 2011

Here’s a nifty Windows keyboard shortcut which I was not aware of until recently. My version of Vista tends to freeze a lot, meaning a lot of sluggish trips through to the Open Task Manager button on the Control+Alt+Delete screen. However, with this particular keyboard shortcut, you can launch Task Manager directly, which is pretty awesome if your machine is about to keel over and you don’t want the poor thing struggling to draw new and unnecessary windows!

To launch, simply press Control+Shift+Escape, which will quick launch task manager in the blink of an eye.

Nifty!

Using CTRL+ALT+DEL on a Remote Desktop Connection CodeUnit 30 APR 2010

The “three-finger salute”, interrupt key combination extraordinaire CTRL+ALT+DEL is pretty important to most PC users out there, giving one a reliable way of bringing up the Windows Task Manager in order to hunt down and kill that annoying hanging application or process (and thus save a dying Windows), as well as, depending on the security policies in place, allowing you to easily switch between user accounts, lock the workstation down or even shut down the machine entirely.

However, hands up the number of times you have logged into a Remote Desktop connection to handle some troubleshooting on a remote machine, pressed the CTRL+ALT+DEL combination, and recoiled in horror as you placed a well-deserved slap to the forehead with the accompanying “Doh!” when the machine brings up your local Windows interrupt screen instead of the expected remote machine’s dialog.

But fear not.

There is actually a pretty simple alternative way to bring up the Task Manager screen on the remoted desktop connection instead of the usual right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting it from the menu box that pops up route.

Ctrl+ALT+END

That’s it. The simple to remember (well not quite so simple seeing as I’m writing it down here for future reference) way to bring up the task manager dialog on a remote desktop connection.

Nice. (And props to Sven for reminding me about it!)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control-Alt-Delete

Ubuntu Keyboard/Mouse Shortcut: Folder Icon Zoom CodeUnit 03 JAN 2010

Probably not an Earth-shattering Ubuntu keyboard/mouse combo shortcut for today’s CodeUnit post, but it is quite a useful one to know and it is pretty widely adopted as a kind of a standard, particularly seeing as Windows also allows for the same kind of zooming using the same keyboard/mouse combo sequence.

Anyway, what I’m talking about revolves around Ubuntu’s folder listings and more importantly the files kept inside of any particular folder. Now when bringing up a folder view you’ll notice the drop-down list on the right of the toolbar that holds the various view items which can be applied to the current folder view. To the left of that is a magnifying glass and the currently applied level of ‘zoom’ which affects how enlarged the icons below actually appear.

Now obviously you can control the zoom level by moving the mouse and clicking on the magnifying glass but there is in fact a faster way of achieving this and that is through the use of today’s keyboard/mouse combo shortcut.

Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and use the mouse wheel to scroll either up or down. You’ll notice that by scrolling up you are in fact enlarging the icon view while scrolling down is actually reducing the zoom level.

So like I said, silly, but not entirely useless to know. :P