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Viewing PowerPoint Presentations

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Monica, from Wisconsin asks:

I can’t open PowerPoint presentations that come in my e-mails. I tried the PowerPoint Viewer, but it’s not working, either! What am I missing?

Having problems opening a PowerPoint slide show/presentation that’s been e-mailed to you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. If you are one of the many experiencing this problem, follow these steps to finally get that… Continue reading

Lileks

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Lileks

Welcome to a website that has a fantastic selection of things to check out! This site is so intense that originally I thought I’d write up certain categories individually, then I realized that in one visit I had managed to click into just about every section to see what was there, so I’m bringing it to you all as one… Continue reading

Date and Time Help from MS Outlook

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Let’s talk about setting start and finish dates and times in an Outlook task or appointment.

When you start a new task or appointment, Outlook defaults to the current date and time.

However, you need a different date than the one placed there by default. And while many people probably just type in the date they need, what if you’re not sure of the… Continue reading

Epson Printer Tricks

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Robert from Pittsburgh asks:

I have an Epson printer which is primarily used to print documents, so I only use the black ink. The darn thing will not work if any of the cartridges are empty. I was wondering if there was a way to trick it into printing, since I only want black and have no need for cyan, magenta, and yellow. Any ideas?

Epson… Continue reading

Windows 7 Troubleshooter

Monday, November 29th, 2010

If you’re having a computer problem, Windows 7 offers a quick route to a possible solution.

Just type the word Troubleshoot in the Start search box, and hit the Enter key, or select Troubleshooting from the list.

This will bring up the Windows 7 Troubleshooter. From there, you can choose from a list of potential problem… Continue reading

Veggie Table

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Veggie Table

I’ve been finding a lot of great recipe sites, then it dawned on me – what if not everyone is a carnivore? If you prefer veggies instead, this recipe site is for you!

The Veggie Table brings you delicious vegetarian recipes that you can use whether you abstain from meat or not. I can’t wait… Continue reading

Coastline Photography

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Coastlines are the best bet for some great water photography. Call it coastline photography, if you will. What makes it more enticing are the accompaniments that come with coastlines: sand dunes, sea grasses, rugged rocks, cliff faces and faces in the crowd. However, just like any other sphere of activity, there are rules to the game. Here are a few. You can add more to it as you… Continue reading

Most of us start a table in Writer with either the Insert Table button

… or the Table menu, Insert choice.

Both work well but, for some people, if there’s a way around the mouse they’re going to use it every time.

With that in mind, I present to you – my happy keyboard enthusiasts – this… Continue reading

Surviving a Firefox Crash

Monday, November 29th, 2010


Mike from San Francisco, California writes:

I use Firefox as my main browser. Lately it’s been crashing and says it’s because of an Adobe flash plug in. Can I fix this?

Hi, Mike! I’m glad you wrote, because I have heard that a lot of people have experiences this problem, and it’s easily fixed in one of two ways. Before we fix this… Continue reading

Decameron Web

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Decameron Web

The Decameron is a text that has well and truly influenced all sorts of literature. I’m going recommend you head right to The Project section and then click About the Project, not only will it fill you in on what happens in The Decameron, who wrote it, why it is important, it… Continue reading

Quick Steps in MS Outlook

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Today I’d like to discuss one of my favorite features in Outlook 2010 – the Quick Steps feature found on the Home tab of the Ribbon.

This handy little gem can be tailored to allow you to move messages around, categorize them, flags, create appointments from them… all with a single click.

Yes, you read that correctly… Continue reading

Quick Answers to Reader Questions

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Here are some quick answers to some of the questions that we have received.

Terry from PA asks:

I have Windows Vista 64bit and since I got it a year ago, I constantly get an update that always fails to update with Code 66A. The update involves .NET Framework 1.1SP1 Security Update for Windows Vista.

The first thing to do is to find… Continue reading

Changing YouTube Playback Quality

Friday, November 26th, 2010

If you have a YouTube account and a slow internet connection, you can make adjustments for easier viewing. Learn how here. Continue reading

Jarte

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Jarte is a lightweight freeware substitute for WordPad and NotePad, laden with useful features. These include the ability to export files as PDF or HTML, and to save as DOC, RTF or TXT. The default interface uses mouse-over navigation (called Clickless), which means when the cursor hovers over the menu icons, menus appear. Although, if the Clickless feature doesn’t appeal to you, it can easily be changed to clickable menu… Continue reading

Humanism

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Humanism

Just what is humanism? That was a question I found myself asking this semester, as we discussed the Renaissance and how it affected different parts of Europe at different times. So, you know how I am, once I’m curious I have to go find an answer. This site is what I found.

This… Continue reading

MS Office: AutoRecover Unsaved Documents

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The other day, we discussed the AutoRecover feature of the 2007 & 2010 Office Suite of programs and the advantages of a backup system for unexpected and unstoppable closures of a program.

Well, for those of you with Word, Excel or PowerPoint 2010 I’d like to extend that discussion to a feature that I consider to be a bonus of AutoRecover… … Continue reading

Setting Language Options in XP

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Stanley J. from Lewisville, TX asks:

I just returned from South Korea and I got a keyboard with the Korean characters on it and would like to use it to write my friend in Korea. I know Microsoft has a language pack for this, but I’m not sure which one and how to use it when I download it. I am using Windows XP. Thanks!

Dante Worlds

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dante Worlds

Ever since my Poetry class last spring, I’ve been fascinated with Dante’s Divine Comedy. What’s awesome is that I’m not the only one! I found another fantastic site dedicated to his work.

This site is broken up into three main parts, just like his work is: Inferno, Purgatory,

Removing Google Redirect

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dennis asks:

How do you remove Google-Redirect? What program do you recommend for a novice?

Hello Dennis, and thanks for the question. The Google Redirect Virus is a Trojan that attacks computers that have Google set as their home page, or use Google as their search engine. As you probably already know that is a lot of people, as Google is a very popular… Continue reading

How to Mount a Drive in Windows 7

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Mounting is an advanced disk management technique by which you can map an empty folder on any other hard disk partition. Let’s say you used to work on an important folder present inside the C drive, but now the drive has no space left. Now you are unable to create or copy any new file inside the folder of C drive. By using the mounting feature, you can create new… Continue reading

AutoRecover in MS Office

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The power goes out…

The program stops responding…

You entire system crashes…

Whatever the cause, you just had the program close unexpectedly and your work is gone… gone… gone…

Or maybe not.

If you’ve got the AutoRecover feature active, then you might be in for a pleasant surprise!

With the AutoRecover feature… Continue reading

Print to File Explained

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Jim from Hernando Beach FL asks:

When printing, the box pops up for you to choose printer. In that box there is a little square to check that says “print to file”. How do you print to a file?

Why Print to File

Printing to a file is useful for documents… Continue reading

Google Trends

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Are you curious to know what’s “hot” right now? Do you want to see what the web is “a-buzz” over? Yahoo! users already have a little box right on their front page that tells them what people are searching for, but once again, as always, Google had to go and one-up them!

It’s called Google Trends, and here’s how to access it:

First, browse… Continue reading

Folger Shakespeare Library

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Folger Shakespeare Library

Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library, where you can discover a ton of information about Shakespeare and his works.

I suggest starting your journey in the Discover Shakespeare section. It is divided into more categories, they are:

Shakespeare’s Life – here you will learn… Continue reading

Mojibake: Gibberish Text Explained

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Surfing the internet, you’ll find quite a bit of talk that could be considered gibberish. Internet slang such as “noob,” words written in numbers instead of letters (“H3ll0!,”) and lots of acronyms that don’t make much sense on first viewing, if ever; lolz, wtf, rofl, smh, etc. While this type of “gibberish” could be researched for definitions/translations, there is another kind

Set the Timing for OpenOffice AutoRecovery

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

We all know that the first rule of thumb when working on a computer is to save, save, save.

If a program (or heaven forbid, the entire computer system) should crash… or the power goes out… or a someone unplugs the wrong plug… whatever reason, if your file hasn’t been saved on a regular basis, then you’re going to lose all that work!

So… Continue reading

Low Memory Error

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Vivien from Port Charlotte, FL asks:

Every time I receive an attachment in e-mail that requires Windows Media Player, I get a message that my computer is low on memory. I know for a fact that I have lots of memory! What could be wrong?

If I may, Vivien, I would like to start by clarifying… Continue reading

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