Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are really helpful.
On top of looking like a real computer whiz you can make editing work and finding your way around your machine a lot more streamlined and quick. They generally make your life a lot easier!
There is a full list of Keyboard Shortcuts at The Apple Support Website here.
More often than not, to use a keyboard shortcut you'll need to use the Command key, it looks like this.Screen shot 2012-08-21 at 2.50.37 PM.png

Below are the ones that I use the most;
Command -
This makes any highlighted text smaller
Command +
This makes any highlighted text larger
Command z
Command shift z
Command c
Command v
Paste (Not P as this is print. To get kids to remember, use V for velcro)
Command tab
Lets you rotate through open programs to choose another
Command a
Selects all text
Command x
Cut (removes an item or text and allows it to be pasted in another location

ScreenshotsSomething else that is a very useful keyboard shortcut to use with children and teach them to use is screenshots.
To screen shot a whole page, hold down command, shift and 3 all together until you hear the camera shutter sound.To screen shot part of a page, hold down common, shift and 4 all together. This will bring up a cross which lets you select the part of the screen you wish to take a shot of.
To screen shot a window, hold down command, Shift and 4, then space, then click a window.

All of these options will save the shot as a file on the desktop.

Making quick links on Safari

To make a Quick link bookmark on your Safari toolbar, you can either safe it to your toolbar directly (if it is a new bookmark) or add to the toolbar from your existing bookmarks.

To create a new one, simply click 'bookmarks' > 'add bookmark' and then ensure your menu is set to 'Bookmarks Bar'.

To put an existing bookmark into your Bookmark Bar. Click the bookmark icon.
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Drag your chosen site to the bookmarks bar. A green + sign should come up, drop your site here.
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Rename bookmark - it's best to make it as short as possible so you can fit a few in your bookmark bar.
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Click OK.
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And then it will appear in your bar :).
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Creating a button for your blog

First, make a button using pages and take a screenshot of it.

Go to blogger dashboard and choose 'Layout' and then click 'add a gadget'.
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Choose a picture gadget...
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And this dialogue box will come up
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Now the tricky part. You need to ensure you have been using labels. In my example I have decided to link all our writing posts together so I will choose that tab to link it to:

Up load your image and click 'save'. Then the button will show up on the side of your blog.
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Rotating in 'Pages'

When working with shapes, lines or text boxes you are able to rotate.

There are two things that you need to know first - one, where your Command button is (check back at our keyboard shortcuts to see what this key looks like) and two, what a 'handle' is.
In the picture below you can see the 'handles' have come up on my text box. The arrow is pointing to the bottom right hand side one (those funny little white boxes around the edge of an object).

First, select the object so that you can see its handles.
Second, press and hold down command. When you hover your cursor over one of the handles now you will see it change to a curved arrow. Click and hold as you drag the object around on its axis. (See next photo)
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As you can see in this next photo the text box has been rotated around. Pages is quite helpful here. If you are wanting to type in a text box that has been rotated it will spring back to a horizontal view and then back to your rotated box when you're done typing.

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Pages does some other helpful things too - like show you the amount of degrees you have rotated. This is especially helpful if you're wanting to rotate something exactly 90 or 180 degrees.
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