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Firefox Private Browsing

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Firefox’s Private Browsing feature – the one that allows you to browse wherever you’d like without leaving a trail, sure comes in handy around the holidays, doesn’t it? It prevents curious kids and snooping grownups from seeing where you’ve been (and more importantly, what you’ve been purchasing).

Yet, I have a problem remembering to turn it on all the time. With my luck… Continue reading

Restoring Desktop Icon Positions

Friday, November 19th, 2010

There’s little more frustrating to a computer user, than finding your icons scrambled all over the desktop. In addition, if your desktop is full of icons, you can imagine how annoying it would be to arrange them manually.

This problem usually occurs when you change your computer’s resolution. Changing the resolution, either manually or when installing drivers for your video card, can sometimes change the order and… Continue reading

Viewing Multiple Features in Outlook

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Do you use more than one feature of MS Outlook on a daily basis?

Maybe you like to have the Inbox right there for quick information but at the same time you need access to your calendar almost as often.

Tired of switching from one to the other?

I know that in the past, we’ve covered using the Ctrl key to… Continue reading

Restoring Toolbars in Firefox

Friday, November 19th, 2010

John from Pacific Grove, CA. asks:

I don’t know what happened but when I sat down at my computer this morning and opened my browser (Firefox), my History button was gone, my address bar was gone…all I have left are my tabs and the top bar that runs across the top of the screen! I am right-clicking everywhere and nothing will come back up! Can you help?

Set Your Gmail Theme

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I use Gmail on a daily basis for both work and personal duties. Thing is, that looking at Gmail’s same old interface day after day is pretty boring. That’s why today we’re going to learn how to change its look.

It’s super easy!

First, go to Gmail.com and log into your account. Now click Settings in the upper right-hand corner of the… Continue reading

Active Computing

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

A recent article in the local paper discussed the benefits of standing while doing work that would normally be done sitting down. Apparently, many people have turned to standing at their desks, and this sparked debate among laymen and professionals alike about the benefits of standing at a desk. Some advocated standing over sitting, some believed the opposite. Ultimately, the only agreement that seemed to be reached was that constantly… Continue reading

Wars of the Roses

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Wars of the Roses

Drama, Intrigue, War, and Marriage: am I talking about the latest hit at the box office? Nope! I’m talking about the Wars of the Roses from 15th Century England. The nobles from the House of Lancaster and the House of York fight a nasty battle for who will claim the throne of England, embroiling the country in a series… Continue reading

Converting Text to a Table in Word

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

We’ve all done it – we’ve begun typing up a list of items and then realized too late that we should have put it into a table…

Using a table to organize and present our information is often an easy way to accomplish our task.

At any rate, back to that already typed list of information… what do we do?

Retype… Continue reading

Mega List of Run Line Commands

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Dean says:

I have a few basic commands that will open up Windows applications and I know there are more. I really would like more; do you have any kind of a list?

Hi Dean! Thanks for writing.

Do I have a list? Yes, sir, I do. And since you took the time to write to us, I sat down and… Continue reading

Everything Search Engine

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We recently ran a tip called Free Stuff, where I provided a partial list of the best free software installed in my computer, and readers were invited to suggest their own favorite freeware. You were not shy, and we received many good recommendations. Thank you. Several of the suggestions had already been covered in earlier tips, but some were new to me and worked… Continue reading

In Search of Myths and Heroes

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

In Search of Myths and Heroes

This site focuses on four myths: the Queen of Sheba, Shangri-la, King Arthur, and Jason of the Argonauts. I arrived here via the page on Jason, but you can select any of the four myths to start with.

After selecting a myth to explore, you’ll be taken to the main page for… Continue reading

Finding and Using the Run Line

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Sue from Oklahoma City, OK. asks:

Yesterday I saw an article that said another way to access Firefox is to do it by “typing the command Firefox in the Run line”. What does this mean? What is the Run line? Where do I find it?

You know, Sue (by the way, thanks for writing!), there are so many boxes and lines and commands and menus… Continue reading

Translate with Internet Explorer

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Sometimes I find myself in need of translation when I’m doing research on the Internet. This usually leads me to copying and pasting little bits of text into Google Translate or some other translation site so I can get the whole story in a language I understand.

However, I just found a nifty little feature in Internet Explorer 8 that uses Bing to translate a… Continue reading

Chromium OS

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Russ asks:

What is Chromium OS? Is it an operating system that can be used by an average computer user without knowledge of programming, just the average guy who uses Windows?

Russ, as an average (or perhaps below average) guy who uses Windows, what I can tell you is that the answer to this question has been difficult for me to understand… Continue reading

Audio Readings

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Audio Readings

This is obviously from what I’m studying in college right now. I’m taking British Literature I this semester and I’ll take British Literature II next semester. The reason I’m sharing this is because I think it’s really cool. What you’re going to find here is audio readings of literature dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century… Continue reading

Darik’s Boot and Nuke

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Serena, from North Carolina, asks:

I am looking to get rid of my computer, but I want to make sure that everything is off of my hard drive (banking info, etc.). How can I do this and be sure?

Serena, you are right to be cautious. Many people think that formatting a hard drive is the best thing to do in this situation. However, this still leaves behind… Continue reading

Finding Merged Cells in Excel

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I don’t know about you but, when I’m using MS Excel, I’m always merging cells to make everything look “just right”.

The problem is that once cells are formatted that way, there are a lot of things you may try to do with your worksheet that will not work with cells merged.

So, now what?

Well, I usually find myself separating… Continue reading

Customize Your Yahoo Sites

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

If you’ve got a Yahoo! account and you’re looking to customize, then this tip is just for you! You know those sites (Mail, Finance, News, Calendar, etc.) that appear in the left column when you first log on? Well, a lot of people don’t know this, but you can actually customize which sites appear there!

Here’s how:

First, log into your Yahoo! account… Continue reading

Dog Information

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Dog Information

This is an excellent site, filled to the brim with dog information. Whether you want to research breeds of dogs, find a responsible breeder, or get product reviews on stuff for your dogs, you’ve come to the right place. You can even get help naming your new dog here!

The main menu consists of the categories… Continue reading

Choosing Between Prime and Zoom Lenses

Monday, November 15th, 2010

DSLRs are coming down in price and more people are finding they can afford to upgrade. But should you get a Prime lens or a Zoom? It’s an important decision to get right, as lenses don’t come cheap and you don’t want to end up regretting your decision. So what’s the difference?

A prime lens has a fixed focal length- you can’t zoom… Continue reading

Using f.lux for More Comfortable Viewing

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Raise your hand if you are guilty of using your computer late at night. I know I am, but who could blame us? Our hectic lives often require us to enjoy our leisure time or complete our work into the wee hours of the night. I’ve always been annoyed by the white glow of the monitor using the computer at night – especially when the lights… Continue reading

Opening .wps Files

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Virginia from Ozark, AR asks:

I use OpenOffice and a friend has sent a file that I cannot open. It is WPS. I don’t have any problem opening any other files. Can you help?

OpenOffice is supposed to be able to read many types of files, WPS included. Try following the steps below to open up a WPS file in OpenOffice, just to make sure you… Continue reading

How Many Times Firefox?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Maybe it’s out of curiosity, perhaps it’s to prove a point – whatever the case may be, wouldn’t it be nice to see how many times you’ve visited a particular website?

Well, if you’re using Mozilla Firefox there’s an easy way to do just that!

Say I want to see how many times I’ve visited Worldstart.com since my last history clean-up….… Continue reading

Eliminating Pop-ups

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Aaron from Scottsdale, AZ. asks:

Is there any way to get rid of that little information box that pops up every time I hover over something on my desktop?

Irritating sometimes, isn’t it, Aaron? Thanks for writing!

For those of you who don’t know what Aaron’s talking about, take a look at the example below:

When your mouse pointer “hovers” over (you… Continue reading

Find the Large Emails in Your Gmail

Friday, November 12th, 2010

There are situations when you may want to find all the big emails stored in your Gmail inbox. Although Gmail provides 7 Gigabytes of free space to all its users, sometimes you may end up discovering that only a few megabytes of space are remaining. If you have been using Gmail since the service was launched, chances are that your email inbox is full of attachments or documents you don’t… Continue reading

MS Word: Mix and Match Labels

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Do you use MS Word for labels?

Ever need to print different labels on the same sheet? (I know I do it all the time at work. I never seem to need 30 of the same thing and I rarely use them for addresses).

Have you figured out how to get Word to give you a blank sheet of labels to work with or are… Continue reading

Cell Phone Generations

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Anthony, from New York City asks:

What does 3G or 4G mean? One hears these terms used in cell phone advertising all the time, but the ads never explain what these mean.

It is true that these terms are commonly used in advertisements. The “G” is often used in commercials as a way to entice the audience. The “G” actually stands for generation. Therefore… Continue reading

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