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Find and change hidden files and folders

On Windows 8:
type Folder search and options into start page, then click on Change search options for files and folders

On Windows 7:
Go to Start, then Control Panel, then Appearance and Personalization, then click Folder Options

Windows 8 and 7:
Choose View, then Advanced settings, and choose Show hidden files, folders or drives.

Click Apply, then OK.

Press win(windows logo key)+r, and type %userprofile% and press enter.

A window with your userprofile opens.  To check the properties of the Temp folder, navigate Appdata/Local then right click on Temp and choose Properties. Choose the Securities tab, then choose Advanced.  Edit the permissions if you need to do so.


Magnifier – Windows 7

You can change the size of things on your screen by changing the screen resolution ( see Screen appearance – make things bigger/smaller for how to do this).  This doesn’t always help though when you open an application, like Skype for instance, and the list of contacts down the left is in a very small font and quite hard to read (and is not affected by the screen resolution change).

In cases like this, sometimes holding down the Ctrl key and scrolling with the center wheel of the mouse will zoom in or out, allowing you to see things better.  If this doesn’t work, you can turn on Magnifier.

Click on the Start button/logo at the bottom of the screen; type magnifier into the search box, and then choose Turn magnifier on or off.  This will open a new window – Click on Start Magnifier.  A window opens which shows you a magnified image of where your mouse cursor is, so by moving your mouse over a section of the screen, you get to see a magnified image.

If you want to pin this application to the start bar for easy access, right click with the mouse on the magnify symbol in the task bar and click on Pin this program to task bar.

To close the magnifier, click on the X in the top right of the magnifier window.

You can also get to Magnifier by going to the Control Panel, and then choose Ease of Access, and then choose Ease of Access Center.  There are other features there that may be useful.

To insert a single landscape page into a Word document

You have a Word document, which is in the normal portrait layout, and lets say you want one page in the middle of the document to be in landscape – maybe for a table, or a chart.

This is easier to do on an existing document with several pages of text.

Open the document in Word, and turn on Show/Hide formatting so that you can see all the hidden formatting marks that Word puts in.formattingmark







Choose a page of the document to change to landscape, and go to the end of the page before – so if page 3 is going to be landscape, go to the end of page 2.  Click on Page Layout, and then Breaks, then choose Next Page under Section Breaks.  You should see a Section Break appear in the document.


Now, do it again – click on Page Layout, and then Breaks, then Next Page under Section Breaks.

Now you have two Section Break delimiters.  Type (or paste) some text between them.


Click on the text you inserted, between the Section Break delimiters, go to Page Layout, click on Orientation, and choose Landscape,  You should end up with one landscape page,  The trick is, the landscape page must be bracketed by Section Breaks – it won’t work with Page Breaks.