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Pruning Your Fonts Folder

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

I have like 500 fonts and I don’t need them all-not to mention it takes forever to find the right one. Is there a way to get rid of the extras?

Seems like every graphics program and printer software gives you free fonts, then the next thing you know you have so many that you can’t keep track of them all! Many of them you’ll never

Saving to a New Folder

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Have you ever gone to save a file in a program like MS Word and wanted it in a different folder than the ones you have? The good news is that most programs allow you to create a folder when you save.

Next to the window where you select the folder you want to save in, find the icon that looks like a folder with a star… Continue reading

Printing Favorites

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Is there a way to print my Internet Explorer Favorites?

Yes and No. You don’t have an option where you can right click your favorites and choose Print or anything like that, but there is a procedure whereby you can create a printable HTML document.

First we need to create the HTML list. With

Cancelling Print Jobs

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Why is it when I go to cancel a print job, the printer just keeps on printing? Is there a way to clear out all of the print jobs I have going?

Ahh, the uncancelable printer job. I think we’ve all been there, desperately yanking paper out of the printer, frantically punching power switches, pounding on the computer with

Print the Whole Page

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

How can I print what appears on the screen completely? Many times it will cut off some of the right side of the material.

Many web designers are conscious of the fact that some people will want hard copies of their web pages. For these sites, you can just print in regular Portrait mode. At other sites, however, part

More Detail Columns

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

We’ve talked before about adding info to properties in documents and media files. In case you missed it, head over to the tip on our web site… Want Detailed File Info? Put it in the Properties

Well, did you know that in Windows, you make any of this info available as columns in Detail view? No? Then check this one

Date & Time On Demand

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Do you find yourself constantly entering the current date and / or time in MS Excel?

Wish you had a quick key combination to get the job done for you?


Good-because that’s what you’re going to get.

Next time you’re

What is Safe Mode?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

What is “Safe mode”?

Safe mode is a Windows maintenance mode where only the bare minimum of drivers are loaded. You don’t have access to CD ROMs, printers, or other non-essential devices.

It’s helpful to use this mode when you are having problems with your PC. For example, maybe you just installed an awesome new video card, but in all the excitement loaded the… Continue reading

Full Path

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Have you ever gotten a little lost while using My Computer? Before you get buried in another deep directory, tell Windows to show the full path in the title bar. I know, it doesn’t sound all that profound, but it really comes in helpful. Here’s how:

Open My Computer (or any folder) and click the Tools menu, Folder options .

Troubleshooting Video problems

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Does your display flicker? Are your animations not working correctly? Have you been notified that you have “display problems. This program can’t continue”? This tip will help you solve those video problems.

Hold the Windows key and press the R key (Win+R). This will bring the Run command. Type, or copy, the following devmgmt.msc into the field in Run.

Must… Have… Control!

Friday, November 19th, 2004

(Picture note: I keep my taskbar at the top of my screen, so that’s why the screen shots look like they are coming from the wrong direction.)

Do you use your control panel in Windows XP a lot? Are you the kind of person who is constantly “adjusting” things? Well, if you are, then you and I have a lot in common. Here’s a tip that will save us… Continue reading

Is your Internet Explorer drop down address bar full of old addresses that you will never use again? Mine isn’t, because I have fixed that problem by getting rid of them. Want to know how? Then keep reading.

First off, to view your history, click the little arrow at the end of the address bar. If you want to delete single entries, just highlight an address… Continue reading

Fixing Uninstall Errors

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Have you ever gone to uninstall a program, only to get some kind of nasty error message? It was probably something to the effect that the uninstall part of the program was hopelessly messed up and good luck trying to remove it from your system.

Don’t think you’re ever going to have this problem? HA!

Windows’ Built-in Zip Program

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

I heard mention that Windows has its own unzip program. Where is it and how does it work?

Actually, you do not need to open a “program”. If you have a zipped file, just double click it.

A menu will open from which you can save individual files to your computer. Just click & drag or copy the file you… Continue reading

My, What a Big Mouse You Have!

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Do you find the standard Windows mouse cursor is a bit too small? If so, you may want to select a larger cursor scheme from your Mouse Properties. Here’s how:

Hold the Windows key and press the R key (Win+R). This will bring up the Run line. In Run, type main.cpl

This will bring up Mouse Properties in XP, Vista… Continue reading

Save pictures from web pages

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Carlos from Columbus asks:

How do I save pictures from a web page?

To save a picture from a web page to your computer, just right-click the image and select “Save Image As…” from the little menu that pops

A Quick Way to the C:

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

OK, I know there are several ways to view the contents of your hard drive (normally drive C), but here’s another one that I thought was kinda cool.

First, hit your Windows Key and the letter R (Win+R). (The Windows key is located between the Alt & Ctrl keys).

You should now have the Run dialog box sitting

Text Highlighting Tips

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

I’m having a hard time with my word processor. When I go to highlight a large section of text with my mouse (more than what’s currently shown on the screen), I zip right past the point where I want to stop. So, I keep my mouse button down and go back up – only to zip by my stopping point again. This can go

Random Letters and Words in the Subject Line

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

What are those random letters and words that show up in the subject or at the bottom of many spam emails?

I get those emails too: a graphic will appear selling some product and at the top or bottom it looks like a three year-old was attacking the keyboard. Or you’ll see some random words like “goldfish tinman wart

Which Icon belongs to Which Program?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

I always have too many programs open at the same time and I can’t remember which icon belongs to which program on my toolbar. Is there an easy way to tell which button is which?

By hovering over an item, a balloon should come up telling you what the program is.

One easy

Get Sticky

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

I love using keyboard shortcuts. They’re quick and make me look like I’m a pro… or something. However, I realize that many of you like to keep one hand on the mouse, so those three key combos are out. How about a way to type one key at a time rather than all at once?

This feature is called “Sticky Keys” and gives you a delay between key strokes when… Continue reading

Undo Tricks

Monday, November 15th, 2004

If you use computers a lot, you probably find yourself out in the real world wishing you had an Undo command (you know, like just before you’re about to smash your new car). Well, the “universal” undo shortcut is: Ctrl+Z.

Ctrl+Z is normally used in word processing documents, but it also works just about anywhere

Frolicking in the Recycle Bin

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Here are a few things you can do to make your recycling experience more enjoyable:

No Confirmations:

Ever notice how every time you delete something, Windows asks you if you would really like to do it? If you find yourself shouting “YES, I wouldn’t have hit delete if I didn’t want to delete the stupid thing,” then you may want to disable the deletion confirmation.

Program Skins

Monday, November 15th, 2004

I hear about programs having “skins”-what does that mean?

Before all of our animal loving readers start typing angry email to us, animals are not harmed in the making of “skins” for programs (although you can get animal patterned ones). These “skins” are graphic files used to change the appearance of the user interface to a program. They

Do You Know the Menu Key?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

I made a new friend today. It was there all along and I never noticed it on the right side of my keyboard to the right of the Spacebar. I don’t even know it’s true name, so I’ll call it the “Menu Key”. Why? Because when you press it, it opens up a drop-down menu for many (but not all) programs. The menu includes all the

Selective Printing

Friday, November 12th, 2004

I’d like to print just a few sentences from an email, rather than the whole thing. Can you show me how to do that?

Every day I get email, like the one above, asking how to print just part of a web page or e-mail. With this much demand, I just have to show ya how it’s done!

First, you need to know… Continue reading

Resize Scrollbars

Friday, November 12th, 2004

My scrollbars are too small and I have trouble grabbing them. Is there a way to change the size?

Note: Video may contain additional information not found in the written text.

Well, you’ll be both thrilled and delighted to know you can adjust their size. Here’s how:

In Windows XP:

1. Right-click your desktop and select Properties

2. You’ll be… Continue reading

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