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From the Tips Box: Shifting Letter Case in MS Word, Program Compatibility under Windows 7 64-bit, and Easy Phone-based Torrenting

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It’s time to delve into the tips box and share from the wealth of reader knowledge. Today we’re looking at an easy way to change letter case in MS Word, solving compatibility issues under Windows 7 64-bit, and controlling your torrents from your smart phone.

Quickly Shift the Letter Case in MS Word

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How-To Geek reader Tony has a great little timesaving shortcut to share:

My favorite shortcut is Shift+F3 in Microsoft Word. You can use it to change the case of the highlighted text from all caps to all lower case and then to just the first letter of the first word of each sentence in capital letters.

If you’re doing a lot of heavy formatting you’ll save quite a bit of time thanks to that simple shortcut.

Improving Backwards Compatibility in Windows 7 64-bit

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If you’re having issues with legacy applications running under Windows 7 64-bit, Kenny has a quick fix:

If you have a program from, say, Windows XP that isn’t working in Windows 7 64-bit you’ll likely be able to fix the problem with this quick tweak. Click on the Start Menu and type “Action Center” in the run box. Hit enter to load the Action Center and then click on the Program Compatibility link in the lower left corner. There Windows will ask you what isn’t working correctly and list programs that have compatibility issues. You can then pick which pervious OS you want to emulate. That should do it!

This is a great way for sweeping troubleshooting, it’s also worth noting that you can right click on individual executables and select backwards compatibility under the Properties –> Compatibility menu.

Remote Control uTorrent via Smartphone

We’ve shown you how to trigger Torrent downloads from anywhere using Dropbox, but some people like to interact more intimately with their download queue. HTG reader Gary highlights the official but  uTorrent remote application:

You’ll need to grab the most current alpha release to take full advantage of the remote software but it’s totally worth it.

Visit web.utorrent.com to set up web access then download the remote app from the Android Market or iTunes.

You’ll be able to completely control your client and, best of all, unlike the Dropbox method you can add torrent files from your Android phone.

We’d love to hear from other readers who have optimized their mobile devices to control their torrents and other file downloads.


Have a tip, trick, or clever hack to share? We want to hear about it! Drop us a line at tips@howtogeek.com and you might just see your tip on the front page of How-To Geek.

 

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/24/11

Comments (3)

  1. Paultx

    Quickly Shift the Letter Case in MS Word

    If you want to apply the case shift elsewhere in your text after applying Shfit+F3 once, just select the parts and hit F4.

  2. Antje

    F4 seems to do the same thing as Shift+F3.

  3. Paultx

    Actually, F4 redoes or repeats the last editing action, so in this very case you won’t need to use two keys, only one if you want to apply the case shift elsewhere on your document.

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