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13 Sep 10

OH my goodness. Often my window gets off screen, particularly when I've undocked and had my gradebook on the second monitor. This trick brings it back on to my window.

1) Press Alt + Tab and click the window off screen.
2) Click Alt+Space
3) Click M
4) Click any arrow key
5) Move the mouse

Voila it pops back on the screen.

I want to remember this for myself as much as share it with you. Those of you with double monitors will appreciate this trick.

  • Just hit any one of the arrow keys (Left, Right, Down, Up), move your mouse, and the window should magically “pop” back onto the screen.

     

    Note: For keyboard savvy people, you can just alt-tab to the window, use Alt+Space, then M, then Arrow key, and then move your mouse.

     

    This should work on any version of Windows. It’s really amazing how many people are not aware of this little trick.

09 Jan 10

Took forever to find this! How to put custom screensavers on the Kindle. A great place to find just about anything is www.kindleboards.com.

***NOTE: Although many people report using this hack - I get all the way until step 8 and perhaps because my fingers are too large - I'm having trouble getting the words that say my picture has been exported as a screensaver. I'm almost there and think I will figure it out -- am sharing this anyway in the hopes that some of you out there can figure out the trick I'm missing.

Q: How do I put custom screensavers on my Kindle?

A: Follow these steps:

1. Attach the Kindle to a computer using the USB cord.

2. Using Windows Explorer (or whatever you use to see individual files/folders) , you should see a new drive called Kindle under My Computer. Go to that drive. (Or if you have an SD card in your Kindle, you can go to the SD drive.)

3. Create a new folder called “pictures” and a subfolder called “screensavers” under it. Make sure both folder names are all lowercase.

4. Copy your image files into the screensavers folder. Your pictures should be 600×800 pixels and black & white, and in either .jpg or .png format.

5. After copying is complete and it is safe, remove the Kindle from the USB connection.

6. Go to your Home menu and press alt-z. This will create a new book called “screensavers” . Open it. You’ll see each of your pictures. You can advance through them with the previous page and next page buttons. [[Note: The new book will appear at the END of your book list]]

7. While viewing your pictures, look at the bottom of the Kindle screen. If you see your battery indicator and Menu prompt, press alt-F to go into Full Screen mode.

8. On each photo, press alt-shift-0 (i.e., alt-shift-zero). After a brief delay, you’ll get a message that your picture has been exported as screensaver. Click Close on the message.

9. Navigate to each of the pictures you want to use and repeat the above step.

10. When you’ve got all your pictures loaded, test them by going into and out of

  • Q: How do I put custom screensavers on my Kindle?

    A: Follow these steps:

    1. Attach the Kindle to a computer using the USB cord.

    2. Using Windows Explorer (or whatever you use to see individual files/folders) , you should see a new drive called Kindle under My Computer. Go to that drive. (Or if you have an SD card in your Kindle, you can go to the SD drive.)

    3. Create a new folder called “pictures” and a subfolder called “screensavers” under it. Make sure both folder names are all lowercase.

    4. Copy your image files into the screensavers folder. Your pictures should be 600×800 pixels and black & white, and in either .jpg or .png format.

    5. After copying is complete and it is safe, remove the Kindle from the USB connection.

    6. Go to your Home menu and press alt-z. This will create a new book called “screensavers” . Open it. You’ll see each of your pictures. You can advance through them with the previous page and next page buttons. [[Note: The new book will appear at the END of your book list]]

    7. While viewing your pictures, look at the bottom of the Kindle screen. If you see your battery indicator and Menu prompt, press alt-F to go into Full Screen mode.

    8. On each photo, press alt-shift-0 (i.e., alt-shift-zero). After a brief delay, you’ll get a message that your picture has been exported as screensaver. Click Close on the message.

    9. Navigate to each of the pictures you want to use and repeat the above step.

    10. When you’ve got all your pictures loaded, test them by going into and out of sleep mode. Alt-aA (i.e., alt-font size button) puts it to sleep and wakes it up again. Each time it sleeps, it should use a different image. If you see the same image all the time, relook at Step 3.
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