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Backing Up to an External Drive

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Duane from New Port Richey, FL asks:

I just bought an external hard drive and would like to copy my whole C-drive to it. How do I do this?

What you’re asking about here, Duane, is called a disc “image” or “mirror”. This is used to help you recover your Windows setup and all of your files in the case of catastrophic drive failure… Continue reading

Keyboard Shortcuts for Applications

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Darla from Boston, Massachusetts asks:

I have a couple of programs that I use a lot. I also like using keyboard shortcuts. Is there any way that I can make my own shortcuts for the ones I use the most?

Hi, Darla.

Yes, there most certainly is a way to make keyboard shortcuts for any application that you would like to… Continue reading

The Frugal Girls

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The Frugal Girls

It’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping if you want to get it done before the stores get crazy. I despise last minute shopping! It always makes me feel claustrophobic. It certainly takes all the good cheer and joy out of the holiday season for me.

Here you’ll find free printable coupons, and the… Continue reading

Finding the Run Command in Vista

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Anthony from Provo, Utah, asks:

When I had Windows XP, there was a Run line under the Start Menu. Now I have Vista, and there isn’t one! Why did they get rid of it? Where do I go to type commands in?

Hi, Anthony! Thanks for writing; this is an awesome question!

Here’s an awesome answer: Vista didn’t get rid of… Continue reading

Moving Through PowerPoint Presentations

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Give a lot of MS PowerPoint presentations?

If you do, then I’m sure you know to click the left mouse button to advance your presentation, right?

You probably even know that you can spin the mouse wheel down to advance the show or up to retrace your steps.

But, did you know that there are a variety of keys that will advance… Continue reading

How to Install Windows Live Mail

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Dennis from Tarpon Springs, FL asks:

Is there a way to use Outlook Express 6 with Win7, or is there an e-mail program similar to OE6 that can be used with Win7?

While certainly not the most sophisticated e-mail client, Outlook Express has achieved quite a following throughout the years, if for no other reason than its sheer ubiquity, having been bundled with every… Continue reading

Dressing for Portrait Photography

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The clothes someone wears affect how they look, how they feel, and how others perceive them. This is especially important when it comes to portrait photography – you’re creating an image and the choice of clothes is a big part of that. As a photographer, you need to carefully consider what your subjects are wearing. They may be wearing their own clothes, but you, and more… Continue reading

Making Firefox Your Default Browser

Monday, November 1st, 2010

James in Hot Springs, Arkansas asks:

When I click on a link in a web site or an e-mail, it sometimes opens in Firefox and other times it’s Internet Explorer. How do I make it so Firefox opens everything? Question: Is there a way I can instruct my computer to open the clicked site on Firefox as much as possible. If you answer this question, please cover

Shirley from Fairfield, CA asks:

I understand that the many programs listed on the control panel may be what slow my computer. The security updates listed are 4 in 2007, 31 in 2008, 49 in 2009 and 37 already in 2010. A few are listed as Hot fix. Must they stay there year after year or can they be removed without causing trouble?

Well… Continue reading

Send and Receive in MS Outlook 2010

Friday, October 29th, 2010

If you’re anything like me then, despite the fact that you’ve got Outlook set to automatically check for messages every 15 minutes or so, there are times when you want to check it

While I can’t speak for everyone, I’ve always kept a Send/Receive button on the far left side of my Standard Toolbar.

Even in Outlook… Continue reading

Saving Emails to Disk

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Wim, from California asks:

How do I save an e-mail from MSN to an external hard disk or CD?

E-mail. Can you imagine a world without it? Even for those of us who grew up in the dark ages of handwritten letters sent via regular mail, trying to remember a time without a cluttered inbox, ever increasing spam folder, and gobs of messages marked for… Continue reading

Locking the Taskbar in XP

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Stuart from Wisconsin asks:

All of a sudden my Windows XP Taskbar has a weird double line on top of it. What gives?

I’m sure there are a lot of XP users out there who have seen this oddity while traveling in the wonderful world of Microsoft. Turns out, though, that it’s nothing serious and extremely easy to fix.… Continue reading

Costume Idea Zone

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Costume Idea Zone

It’s not too late to figure out a nifty costume for Halloween! Whether you’ve gotten a last minute invitation to a costume party, need to find a costume for your kids for trick or treating, or just have put it off to the last minute like I did – this site has got costume ideas for you!… Continue reading

Restoring the Windows Boot Loader

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Tom, from Oklahoma asks:
I installed Ubuntu to try it out, but I had some problems, so I uninstalled it. However, when I boot my machine it still gives Ubuntu as an option. How do I clean this up? I am using XP SP3.

Note: Any procedure involving the MBR (Master Boot Record) is dangerous and can cause your computer to become inaccessible. While the steps

Analyzing Filtered Data in Excel

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

So, you like to use MS Excel’s AutoFilter to take a look at your data? (Click here to read about AutoFilters at WorldStart.com)

Ever find yourself thinking that it would be nice to see the filtered data as a graphic?

Did you try it?

Yes, you can create a chart of the filtered data to truly “see” what the… Continue reading

Adjusting Font Size for Printing

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Ruthanne from Florida asks:

How do you make the fonts bigger when you want to print something?

Increasing the font size on something you wish to print can be achieved in several different ways. However, the method used to make fonts larger will vary from program to program. Unfortunately, there is no one way to set… Continue reading

Read Receipts

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Judith from MA asks:

Is there any way for me to check to see if an e-mail I’ve sent had been opened / read?

Judith, each mail provider uses different protocols and procedures for everything, so I can’t be certain whether this advice will answer your question. But, we’ll give it a try.

What you’re talking about is a so-called “read… Continue reading

WinUtilities Free Edition

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I’m always looking for new products that will clean junk from my computer. As a result, after repeatedly installing new junk removing software, more junk accumulates. While I have kept, and still use, several other utilities, none seem to clean as thoroughly as WinUtilities. Most maintenance software misses or ignores certain items, including WinUtilities, but this one seems to find and correct more problems than any of the others. It… Continue reading

Halloween Howl

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Halloween Howl

Are you ready to throw a Halloween party? Do you need some help putting the party together? Well then, you’ve come to the right site. Halloween Howl is dedicated to helping you plan your Halloween party!

On the main page, you’ll find a listing of what’s new on the site, as well as a listing… Continue reading

Strip the Formatting in OpenOffice

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Ever find yourself looking over a document that you thought was finished, only to find that the formatting seems “off”?

It appears to be inconsistent, and not at all what you envisioned.

In this particular situation, I know that I find myself looking for a way to strip all the formatting from the text and then set the text formatting options to… Continue reading

Speed Up Your Sluggish Computer

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Jeremy from Washington asks:

When I close certain programs, mainly Internet Explorer and Incredimail, the program is still running in the background and eating memory. What’s causing this?

First of all, you’ll want to make sure your computer isn’t affected with some sort of virus. A computer virus is capable of causing programs to run incessantly or to completely ignore any commands you try… Continue reading

Google Patents

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Are you a tinkerer? An inventor? Maybe deep down inside there’s a mad scientist, just screaming to get out! Well, whatever the case, Google is here to make sure that an idea you’ve come up with hasn’t already been patented.

Yes, I said Google. The master of search engines doesn’t just search the web anymore. Now it also searches patents!

Here’s how… Continue reading

Advanced System Protector

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Advanced System Protector Personal Edition is a free spyware remover, available from Systweak. In addition to spyware and malware removal, it offers plenty of scanning options, including scheduling. However, the free version doesn’t provide any real time protection (referred to as shields). To download, click on the blue Download button. You will then be taken to a second page, and given the option to continue downloading the free version… Continue reading

Halloween Recipes 101

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Halloween Recipes 101

Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, or setting out treats for the kids, you’re probably looking for Halloween recipes. Well, look no further!
You’ll find recipes for popcorn treats, cookies, drinks, cakes, candies, and more here! You’ll even find recipes for whole meals with a Halloween twist!
This site is easy to navigate -… Continue reading

Remove the Duplicates in Excel

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Ever find yourself looking at a long list of data containing duplicates and it’s your job to remove the extras?

Sometimes there’s duplicate data for a darn good reason and sometimes it for not only a bad reason, but it’s unacceptable to boot!

If you’re in the latter situation and need to get rid of the duplicates, then you’ve got to be looking for… Continue reading

Comparing Computer Brands

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Rob from Knoxville, TN asks:

How do Acer / Gateway / E-Machine, stand in the rankings of Good Better and Best computers by support and durability?

Gateway Computers purchased eMachines at the start of 2004 and then was purchased by Acer in the fall of 2007. Even though these computers essentially belong to the same owner… Continue reading

Save Multiple Tabs in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Let’s say you’re doing some research on the Internet and it just so happens that you have multiple tabs on your chosen subject open at the same time in Internet Explorer.

Now quick – the kids need to be picked up from soccer practice, the dog needs to go to the vet and you’ve got a million other pressing matters to attend to, but you don’t want… Continue reading

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