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Opening Unrecognizable Documents

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Beverly from St. Lucia asks:

When I’m trying to open some of my documents, I get the message: Select the encoding that makes your document readable Text Encoding: Windows (default); MS DOS; Other Encoding Everything looks foreign to me, please help.

Beverly, I replicated the message you got, by trying to open a PDF file from Microsoft Word. Before we

How to Upload Videos to Google Docs

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

How to Upload Videos to Your Google Docs Account and Share Them with Your Friends

Google Docs is one of the best online office applications, as it lets users create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, charts, etc. from a web browser. The best part about Google Docs is that the online office suite is available for free and can

How to Use Gmail Advanced Search

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Finding older emails in your Gmail inbox can be a tedious process, to which you may have to devote a good deal of time, if you want to find an email which was sent a year ago. The good old way to find earlier messages is to click the All Mail icon which loads all the conversations (both sent and received) according to its date and

Adjusting Line Spacing in Word 2007

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Rose from Coon Rapids MN asks:

When I am typing a document in Word 2007, I get a wide space between the lines. How do you reduce that space?

Rose, thanks for the question. The search for your answer helped me find an answer to a question I was too lazy to

In the News 3-2-11

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Read about AT&T’s new ShopAlerts feature and new security settings for Facebook, In the News. Continue reading

Framing Perfect Photos

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The difference between a good photo and a great photo is often just a matter of a few small details. Follow the composition tips below and you too can have photos that you’ll be proud to hang on your walls.

The Rule of Thirds – Pick up any photography book and you will likely find a section on

I recently got a new Dell mini laptop, with Windows 7 and IE 8. I keep getting a pop up “Security Warning Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?” anytime I am on the web and trying to click through. Please tell me how to get rid of this. It is driving me crazy, and totally slowing down

More Windows Elements Defined

Friday, February 25th, 2011

More Windows Elements Defined: Commands, Menus, Sliders, etc.

You know one of the best things about Windows? How it labels things. You’ll have something pop up that looks like a box, but is a window and you are supposed to know the difference. Who cares? (No offense.) As I have said before, I call it like I see it

Fantastic Fiction

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Fantastic Fiction

Fantastic Fiction is an interesting web site that provides you with over 30,000 bibliographies and information on 350,000 books.

Navigation is based on those two options. In order to navigate bibliographies, you’ll use the alphabetical menu at the top left of the

How to Bulk Download Email Attachments

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

How to Bulk Download Email Attachments from Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail to Your Desktop

Managing email attachments across half a dozen email accounts can be a tedious job. You have to remember all the usernames and passwords and regularly check each of the email accounts for new attachments or files.

Another problem with multiple


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

We recently ran a tip on removing the annoying >>> characters from forwarded emails (Using a Word Processor to Get Rid of Forward Brackets)

Many readers wrote in to suggest different methods to accomplish the same thing. The most frequent suggestion was a program called EmailStripper, so I tried it myself. It easily removes the symbols, but I’m sorry to

Resetting Bold for Unread Email in Outlook

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Henry from Denton, MD asks:

Windows 7 Office 2007, Outlook 2007. Incoming new e-mails do not show up in bold before they are read. How can I reinstate the Bold?

Henry, by default, Outlook displays unread messages with a bold font. However, it appears that your default has changed. No problem. We’ll

In the News 2-23-11

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Artificial Intelligence triumphs over humans, making humankind the winner.

It was the biggest man-versus-machine supremacy test in history since “Deep Blue”, the IBM computer that beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. Watson is the IBM computer that researchers have been prepping to take on humans in the

Laptop Overheating

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

My laptop is overheating. Can you recommend any methods or products that would help?

Does your laptop tend to overheat? Is your laptop suddenly shutting down? That could be caused by overheating. You might not immediately notice that your laptop has an overheating problem. Actually, it may take over a year of usage

Forwarding Email Safely

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Steve asks:

I liked your comment about Bcc (see the tip Bcc Explained). I forward by using Bcc, removing all email addresses that people have sent me. I have asked my friends to remove their friends’ email addresses before they forward it on, some do and some don’t. How do I explain the

Convert for Windows

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Convert for Windows

Today I’m bringing you a download. If you’re like me, you might find that you need to convert units more frequently than you’d like. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and let me tell you, the conversions were the bane of my existence until I download

Cats in Sinks

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Cats in Sinks

I don’t know what it is that strikes a cat’s fancy about sleeping in a sink, or playing the bathtub – all four of my cats do it though! So when I ran across this site, I thought I’d share it with you.

Microstock Photography

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Microstock Photography Dos and Don’ts

Microstock photographs are low-priced and royalty-free. And you can earn a few dollars more by selling your pictures to many stock photo sites online. Many of you might not be professionals, but that shouldn’t mean you don’t have pictures that are sellable. Here are a few dos and don’ts, so you can make

Complete Guide to Windows Libraries

Friday, February 18th, 2011

With the advent of Windows 7, we got introduced to new feature called Libraries which in easy English can be termed as an improved version of Windows Explorer.

What is a Windows Library?

Library in Windows 7 is a set of folders within your computer to categorize things in a better way, with more control to

360 Eire

Friday, February 18th, 2011

360 Eire

I have plans of going to Ireland one day, but until then I’m going to have to settle for the amazing views that this site offers. This site brings you 360 degree, panoramic views of different locations in Ireland.

There are a couple

Bcc Explained

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Paul from Maplewood, MN asks

Why do I sometimes get e-mails that are not addressed to me? In the To: line in the e-mail header is a e-mail address totally different from my own for a different e-mail client.

Why do you get emails that aren’t addressed to you? You’ll be glad to know it isn’t because of

Online Games

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

There are plenty of times when we want to play games but are unable to install them, due to a lack of hard drive space, or perhaps because the computer belongs to an employer. After all,when free time is available at the office, good old solitaire can keep your interest for only so long. So today, let’s talk about a couple of sites where you can

How to Completely Uninstall Outlook Express

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Jude asks:

I use Incredimail as my e-mail program. My question is, is there a way to uninstall Outlook Express? I can’t find a uninstall program for it. I use XP home.

Outlook Express is an email program that comes preinstalled with Windows XP. Not everyone likes Outlook Express, however, and they


Wednesday, February 16th, 2011


Welcome to the Roadmap to Harmony.

There are a couple of ways to navigate this roadmap. You can click the Get Started circle, read the introduction, and then follow the other circles around the map. Just click on them to zoom in on what they’re about.

Or you can use

Lists, Boxes, and Other Windows Elements Defined

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

In some of my previous articles I have somewhat – um – whined about the differences between menus and lists and text boxes, not knowing for sure what each one was called. I call it like I see it; if it looks like a list, then that’s what I call it. If a menu drops down, then I call it a drop-down menu. Thus, many terms get kind

WorldWide Telescope

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

WorldWide Telescope is a free download from Microsoft that offers spectacular views of the celestial wonders of the night sky, provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, along with other telescopes based on Earth, and in space. Explore the interactive application on your own, or take the narrated guided tours offered by prominent astronomers and educators.


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