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Adjusting the Size of the Taskbar

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Jan from Pinellas Park, FL asks:

How do I return my taskbar at the bottom of my screen to its Normal size of about 1/2 inch? For no apparent reason, it has gone to About 1 inch wide. I have tried shutting off the lock taskbar and Moving it down with the arrows that appear when I click my mouse However it just makes it totally disappear

In the News 01-05-11

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This week in the News…

December 29, 2010.



3-feet high eggs could be South Korea’s wave of the future.

Well, not eggs, exactly. Twenty-nine egg-shaped bots (named Engkey) have started teaching English to South Korean children as part of a pilot program aimed at supporting the blossoming robot industry.

The 3.3ft high bots… Continue reading

Cat Fanciers’ Association

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Cat Fanciers’ Association – Breeds



Welcome to the Cat Fanciers’ Association page, where you can learn all about different breeds of cats. Last April, we were thinking about getting a purebred cat and did some research because a friend of ours raises Abyssinians, and as I was cleaning out my bookmarks

Self Travel Photography

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Photography figures high on our list, when we are travelling. While what we photograph comes up trumps in the photogenic department, the same cannot be applied to ourselves. After all, most photos are either taken by an uncomprehending amateur, who is either a stranger or a companion to you, or worse, you have taken your pictures at arm’s length. Not to fret anymore. With these tips, your self-travel photos will… Continue reading

The Function List in OpenOffice Calc

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

OpenOffice.org Calc: Using the Function List without Opening the Function Wizard

Sometimes you know what you want to do with your data, but you just can’t seem to remember the name of the function that does what you need.

If you open the Function Wizard (which is basically a dialog box for inserting functions) via the Insert menu, you’ll find that while it… Continue reading

Can you get rid of those balloon tips that pop up when my cursor is hovering over something in the start menu? Read on to find out! Continue reading

New YouTube Homepage

Monday, January 3rd, 2011


It looks like YouTube has started rolling out their new homepage features. These experimental changes add more real-time functionality, such as the ability to delete videos simply by putting your mouse pointer over it and clicking the “x”, and placing recent likes and favorites right on your homepage, so you can find them easily later on.

There’s more, too, but it’s much better if I just… Continue reading

The Katherine Dunham Collection

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection




Did you know that the Library of Congress had a Performing Arts Encyclopedia? I didn’t! But I discovered it when I was looking to find out more about Katherine Dunham, so I thought I’d share the collection devoted to her with you.

Katherine Dunham was an incredible dancer… Continue reading

360Desktop

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Ever feel like you are just running out of desktop space? 360Desktop is here to save you from desktop clutter. This program allows you to dramatically increase your desktop space. There are many perks to this program, such as the ability to download custom widgets, and 360 degree desktop wallpapers. In the upper right corner of the image below, you can see the panoramic view of the full desktop with… Continue reading

Adjusting AutoPlay

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Daniel from Kentucky asks:

For some reason, AutoPlay no longer works on my computer. Also, when I connect a thumb drive, the computer recognizes that it’s connected, but I can’t access it. Any idea what’s going on?

The simplest explanation for why AutoPlay no longer functions on your computer could be that this feature has been disabled. This could… Continue reading

Printing a Worksheet in OpenOffice Calc

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

A really simple thing like altering your hard copy could save you a lot of editing time and prevent quite a few headaches during the time you do spend editing the worksheet. Continue reading

Navigating the Registry

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Thomas from Santa Clara, California writes:

There is something I have to do by going into the registry and it makes me nervous. I have never done anything with the registry before and all I hear is to stay out of it. Plus, I don’t know how to “navigate to a key” and I don’t even know what a key is. Can you help me with

Google Realtime

Thursday, December 30th, 2010


Whether it’s Google making it so results are displayed as we type them in, or some other web-innovation, we all know that the way information is displayed on the web is constantly changing.

That’s what makes Google Realtime so cool.

Google Realtime is basically an automatically updating newsfeed that displays the latest results on a given topic. It gathers its results from various social media websites (like… Continue reading

Many Books

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Many Books




This Christmas, I noticed a trend among the gifts my friends and family received. A lot of them were now proud owners of a Kindle. So I got to thinking that they might need my help in finding great free e-books to put on their e-readers.

This site is the best of… Continue reading

Imagine this – you have multiple users in your family sharing the same computer and operating system. You don’t want other users of the shared computer to run each and every program that’s installed in Windows 7. Some of the programs which you have installed require knowledge, and you don’t want your kids and other shared members to tinker with the application settings or change the configurations.… Continue reading

Screen Tips Explained

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Cameron from Durango, Colorado writes:

I was reading on a website the other day and they were talking about balloon tips. Then they were talking about pop-up descriptions on my computer desktop and didn’t call them balloon tips. I was just wondering if there was a difference.

Okay, Cameron, how can I explain

MS Word 2007: Editing in Print Preview

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m a die-hard fan of Print Preview.

It gives me a sense of the overall look of the final product, which I find to be an invaluable tool.

Word 2007 has the Print Preview option under the Office Button in the Print choices.

Earlier versions of Word used to allow me to get into the… Continue reading

Spokeo: Privacy and Frustration

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I recently discovered Spokeo, an online reference that contains more personal information than most people would probably like to see gathered in one place. Spokeo describes themselves as, “Not your grandma’s phone book”. I’ll say. The information available for free includes address, phone number, street view of your home (if available), estimated income (we found this estimation to be way off), estimated value of your home (again, not very… Continue reading

Let MS Office Find Templates for You

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

MS Office 2007 & 2010: Let the Program Bring the Templates to You

At one time or another, we’ve all found ourselves searching online for just the right template to do the job we need.

Even using the Microsoft templates site, which is quite organized and easy to use, can be tedious and frustrating, as you try search after search after search.… Continue reading

Extracting Selected Pages from a PDF

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I sometimes want to send a PDF file doc by email, but with selected pages only, not the whole thing. Is it possible to do that?

Extracting Selected Pages from a PDF Document

In recent years, the PDF document file format has become the standard to use when sending any manner of documents via e-mail or preparing them for download through the

Download Your Facebook Information

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

This tip describes how to download all of your Facebook information in just a few easy-to-follow steps. Continue reading

Building Your Own PC

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Building Your Own PC

Well, here we are at the end of our computer building journey. This last and final article will explain everything else you need to know to finish creating your own computer. So, with no further ado, let’s get started. You won’t want to miss this last section, trust me!

Part 13

Today, we are going to go over the process of installing Windows XP. Windows XP… Continue reading

Building Your Own PC

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Building Your Own PC

Did you miss me?! I told you I was going to be back to finish up the last parts of building your own computer, so I hope I didn’t keep you hanging too long. If anything at all, I’ve probably given you some time to get caught up on things, so hopefully you’re now ready to move on and finish this thing up! Here comes parts… Continue reading

Building Your Own PC

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Building Your Own PC

Ready for more on building your very own computer? We’ll get started in just a second, but first, I have good news for you today! I will be back next week to bring you even more information about completing this project. For example, we’ll talk about choosing and installing a hard drive and we’ll tie up some loose ends. So, make sure you come back next… Continue reading

Building Your Own PC

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Building Your Own PC

Are you ready for some more computer knowledge? I thought you might be. I’ve been getting some good responses from these articles and it’s great to know I’ve been able to help. Okay, let’s keep going, full force forward!

Part 5

Choosing the Right CPU

There are basically two main brands of processor manufactures: AMD and Intel. Both companies make really good processors and the performance… Continue reading

Building Your Own PC

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Building Your Own PC

Are you ready for another lesson on building your very own computer? I hope you enjoyed what we went over yesterday. Today we’re going to dive into even more, so let’s get started. You’re going to love it, I promise!

Part 3

Motherboards

There are hundreds of brands and thousands of choices! How are you to ever know which one is right for you?

In… Continue reading

Building Your Own PC

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Building Your Own PC

Part 1

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to build your very own computer? Well, if you’re interested in ever doing that for yourself or if you just want to learn about it, come with me on a computer journey and find out everything you’ve always wondered about! This is just the beginning of a four part series on this topic, so buckle… Continue reading

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