Image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Fireworks are indispensable tools for the professional web developer or graphic designer. However, these tools are expensive, and are overkill for certain image editing tasks. There are now a number of excellent online tools to handle basic image manipulation and editing, and these tools are not only free, but they are easy to use.

The best overall online digital image manipulation tools are listed below:

Web Resizer - http://www.webresizer.com

 
Snipshot (no longer free, but it is among the easiest to use) - http://www.snipshot.com

Many of us have Windows keyboards that include the Windows Logo key. This key is rarely pressed by many of us because we don't know what it is really for. In actuality, this key is very useful when used in conjunction with other keys, and using it can save you a lot of time and repetitive mouse stress. After some online research I compiled a list of what I believe are the most useful and functional Widows Logo key shortcuts. However, to take advantage of the shortcuts you must try them out, see if they fit into your workflow, and practice using them until they become second nature.

I found that Windows Logo + D for example, is very handy for getting all open windows out of the way to view the desktop. It didn't take me long to add this, and many of the other key shortcuts to my finger memory so I can now save precious milliseconds of time as I work on the computer.

The following is a listing of various Windows Logo key shortcuts. Depending on the version of Windows you are using, some of the shortcuts may not work, but all of them appear to work with Windows 7. You may download a more printable version of the shortcuts here.

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If you get an error message while using a program I have found it really useful to copy the error message word-for-word into the clipboard, then paste the error message into Google. You might be surprised to find out how many people have had to deal with the exact error and have solved the problem.

It's amazing how many seemingly esoteric topics have been indexed by Google. There are of course other search engines that do a good job of locating information about software error messages, but Google is my personal favorite.

Below are some text editing and selection tips that can save you a lot of time as you use your computer on a day-to-day basis. Try them out and practice them until they become habit and you will help reduce your likelihood of repetitive stress injuries while improving your overall productivity.

Double-Click Words

Instead of click-dragging across the letters in a word to select a word, try double-clicking on the word. This can save a lot of repetitive hand and wrist movement that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Double-clicking a word is also much faster and more accurate than click-dragging.

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