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Applying Options in MS Office

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

When you’re in the Options dialog box for one of these newest MS Office programs, have you ever noticed this part of a section header? (You’ll notice that not all section headers have one…)

Even if you did notice it…did you take the time to investigate?

For many people the answers are no…

Reversing the Printing Order

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Bob asks:

I have an HP printer installed on my XP computer and it prints the last page first, the next to last page next, and so on. How can I change it so the pages will print in the reverse order, beginning with the first page? Thank you in advance for your help

Budget Decorating Ideas

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Budget Decorating Ideas

I am really in the mood to re-decorate my living space so that it is more organized and spacious, but I don’t have a lot of cash to put towards it. You know what that means! I started searching for tips to make it easier and cheaper to do!

The Budget

Adding Send To to the Right Click Menu

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Hal from Chicago, Illinois, writes:

When I went to use the Send-to option on a desktop file the other day, it was gone! Can I get it back?

Hi, Hal! Yes, you can get it back. First off, let’s go through a couple of things for the folks out there who are unfamiliar with the Send To option.

When you… Continue reading

Cat Health

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Cat Health

Cats are amazing animals! But if you own one, you might be curious about their behavior, health, grooming, or even how to best travel with your kitty companion.

Navigation is easy; just use the side menu or the navigation tabs at the top of the page. If you already know what you’re… Continue reading

Playing Space Invaders in OpenOffice Calc

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 Calc: Taking
A Break for a Little Fun

Ok, so I’ll admit it right
from the start – this tip is for fun, not for productivity…

But who’s not for a little
fun once in a while?

Buried within the code of’s Calc program is a favorite game from days gone past.… Continue reading

Unclogging the Outlook Outbox

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Dale from OR asks:

I can receive email messages with no problem in Outlook, but all my outgoing email stays in my Outbox and won’t send. Can you help?

Despite possibly being the world’s most ubiquitous e-mail program, Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail client is not without its flaws. Now in its 14th iteration

Doggie Buddy

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

52 Tricks to Teach Your Dog

My dog Gypsy is making a lot of progress, learning the tricks I’m teaching her, so I went looking for some more. I’ve had a lot of success with these tricks.

You will need a dog clicker and treats to teach most of these tricks. But you can… Continue reading

Split Large Files for Easier Transmission

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

If you want to transfer a file from one place to another, but don’t have sufficient capacity in your pen drive or any other external memory device, it is better to split the file into pieces and transfer the small files one by one and merge them later. HJSplit is the best freeware tool available to Windows users for this purpose.

It supports file sizes of… Continue reading

Resetting the Default View in Excel

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

MS Excel 2007 & 2010: How Do You Like to View It?

We all have one… you
know, that preferred view of our MS Excel worksheets.

Some people like to see
everything in the Normal view.

Others prefer the Page
Layout view, where Excel shows the physical breaks between each page, as well
as the… Continue reading

Control Your Windows Media Player Updates

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Adam, from FL asks:

I have a question regarding Windows Media Player. My media player keeps updating my music files with files I don’t need. And whenever they pop up, I delete them. For example, music files that have to do with system sounds and other ridiculous music files. How can I turn this off? Thanks for your

In The News 1-19-11

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Cloning the Ice Age.

Japanese researchers are launching a project to revive the extinct woolly mammoth, using cloning technology to bring it back in an estimated 5-6 year’s time. They will do this by using the tissue obtained from a mammoth carcass that has been preserved in a Russian research laboratory, the Yomiuri Shimbun (a mass-circulation daily) reported.

All About Frogs

Monday, January 17th, 2011

All About Frogs

Frogs are fantastic! This is an awesome site that is devoted to showing you all the cool stuff about frogs. You’ll find navigation fairly simple, the sections are all laid out for you on the main page, and there is also a side menu with even more options! It was hard to pick… Continue reading

Flower Photography

Monday, January 17th, 2011

If you find the great outdoors enchanting, and flowers of particular interest, here are tips to take great macro photos of this colorful species. Without further ado, here are ways to enhance the beauty of one of nature’s greatest gifts to mankind.

1. You don’t have to go looking for a good flower to practice close up flower photography. Any flower will do… Continue reading

Customizing OpenOffice Menus

Monday, January 17th, 2011 I Can
Customize the Menus Too?


It’s as simple as customizing
your toolbars. The result can make your life a bit easier, not to mention more
efficient, when you’re working.

Worth a minute or two to

Yeah, I thought so too.

Start in the Tools menu with the… Continue reading

Help Us Help You

Monday, January 17th, 2011

In almost all aspects of life, knowledge is vital. The more that you know, the more you can learn, and the easier it will be for someone to help you.

This applies if you are trying to learn a new recipe, getting your car repaired, or asking a question at With that in mind, I would like to offer some suggestions for information that you… Continue reading

Shrink to Fit in Excel

Friday, January 14th, 2011

MS Excel: Data Too Long
for the Cell? Use Shrink to Fit & Let Excel Fix the Problem for You!

Ever have data in MS Excel that’s just a bit too long for the cell?

What happened?

Did the column widen to accommodate? Or, maybe you got the infamous

Setting the Home Page in Your Browser

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I want Internet Explorer to automatically open to a particular site, when I log on. Can you help?

The page that opens when you fire up your browser, is your home page. In addition to setting up a home page for Internet Explorer (IE), we’ll also set one up in Firefox and Chrome.

It’s easiest to begin by first going to the page you’d like to keep as… Continue reading

Cat of the Day

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Cat of the Day

I love my kitties, so when I found this site, I couldn’t help but bookmark it. At Cat of the Day, you’ll find a different cat featured everyday with pictures and a story. I find it uplifting to read these owner’s descriptions of their cats.… Continue reading

A Guide to Windows Live Essentials 2011

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Windows Live Essentials 2011 is a suite of free productivity programs that are available for download from Microsoft. They were designed to meet the basic needs of a modern PC user, because they provide a quick and easy to use way to accomplish a variety of essential tasks. Continue reading

Hibernation in Vista and Windows 7

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

How to Enable or Disable the Hibernation Option in Windows 7

You may already know that Windows has a useful “Hibernate” option along with Shutdown, Restart and the Sleep mode. The Hibernate feature is especially useful when you want to save the current state of your operating system and do not want to restart, or shut down the computer.

For example… Continue reading

Viewing Reminders in MS Outlook

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

If you use Outlook for appointments or reminders, I’m sure you’ve seen the Reminders Window on more than one occasion.

(Yes – mine is empty. Must mean that I’m all caught up, right? Yeah, right – I wish…)

Anyway, I know that I’m not the only one who has accidentally closed that thing before I meant to

Google Unit Conversion

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Unit conversion has always been a subject that has escaped me. For example, how many table spoons are in a cup? How many kilometers in a mile? How many square feet are in an acre? And since it’s a hassle to go digging out my dusty old math book every time I need to convert something for a recipe – or my own curiosity – I figured… Continue reading

Incredible Edible Egg

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Incredible Edible Egg

I’m not much of an egg fan, but I’m trying to find new ways to try eating them. I love hard boiled eggs, deviled eggs, and the occasional quiche, but there has to be a way for me to broaden my enjoyment of eggs. So I went hunting for recipes and found this site.

Not only will you find incredible recipes on… Continue reading

Red Panda Network

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Red Panda Network

One of my all-time favorite animals, and quite possibly the cutest animal on earth, is the red panda. This highlights the need for red panda conservation efforts.

I suggest you start your journey by mousing over Red Panda, and then clicking About the Red Panda. It is in the About the… Continue reading

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition is a great program for locating and quarantining spyware in your computer, and it is also really simple to use. As we all know, Spyware can become a major pain, causing many issues within your computer.

Some of the many great features of this program include a Quick Scan, Complete Scan, or even a Custom Scan, which will check for malicious files in areas that you… Continue reading

Using the Format Paintbrush in OpenOffice

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Here’s one of the most useful
items that I’ve ever found in the programs of any office suite… it’s the Format

This little gem can save
you tons of time when it comes to formatting fonts, cells, paragraphs, etc.

Here’s how it works.

Let’s say you’ve got some
text that you’ve spent a lot of… Continue reading

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