I KNOW this has happened to you, because it happens to me ALL the time. Your child has been playing on the computer, you take a look at the screen when they are finished, and you say to yourself… “what the heck did he do???” It recently happend on our Dell Inspiron 23, that is a touch screen all in one computer. Somehow Michael had zoomed the screen wayyyyyyy in so that the icons were so big I couldn’t get around to close the magnifier. Kids have a crazy way of hitting just the right buttons in order to mess things up. Save yourself some headache and check out my easy tips for making it all better…
Common things kids do:
Close Magnifier – If your kids are anything like my kids, they’ve zoomed in or out of the screen way to far. To close the magnifier just hold down the windows key on your keyboard and press the “minus” button a few times. That should the computer to regular size.
Fix Sticky Keys – This one gets turned on quite easily, but it’s the same method to turn it on and off. Just press the shift button 5 times. Leave the kid with the computer long enough and they may just turn it back off themselves. 🙂
Fix Filter Keys – Again, another easy one to get turned on when kids rest their hand on the keyboard. Same method for turning it on as turning it off… hold the shift key on the right side of the keyboard down for 8 seconds.
Fix Toggle Keys – Same as before, but this one is triggered with holding down the num lock key down for 5 seconds.
Fix TaskBar – The taskbar is the bar usually located along the bottom of the screen that shows which programs are open. Kids like to take the taskbar and move it all over the screen. Basically you can have the taskbar on any 4 walls of your screen. This fix is easy, in that you just click and hold the taskbar where there are no programs or any items and then drag your mouse to the bottom of the screen. A good way to avoid this from happening is to right click the taskbar in a blank space and select “Lock the Taskbar” so that it has a checkmark next to it. That will prevent little ones from moving things off of/on to/around on the taskbar.
Fix upsidedown screen – This one has actually happened to me as well. Looking at the computer and everything is upsidedown! Best way to fix this is to actually turn the monitor the direction it is (so if everything is sideways turn it on it’s side, etc). Then it will be easier to move the mouse. Right click anywhere on the desktop and go to “graphics options” and then “rotation”. Rotate the screen the amount of degrees it will take to get it back to the correct location.
What else have your kids done to your computers? I’d love to hear! Comment on this post or on the link to the post on Facebook! Also check out the new link I posted in my downloads section to one of my favorite internet browsers for kids. It’s called KidRocket, and development has stopped on it. Which is a shame, because it’s great. It only has set links to kid friendly websites, and has some great parental controls for keeping not just your child safe from the internet, but your computer safe from your child! Download it, and check it out!
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