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Shut Down Your Computer from Anywhere

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Have you ever left your computer logged into Windows and suddenly remembered you did so when you were far away from your computer? What’s worse, have you ever kept it logged on when you knew there were going to be many people around the computer’s vicinity and you were going to be away for a while? This scenario certainly could end badly. People could search your computer for files and… Continue reading

Old Magazine Articles

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Old Magazine Articles

Magazines provide a fascinating look back into history. When you read them, you can get a sense of what was going on at the time they were written, what the popular sentiment about certain issues was at the time, and get a glimpse into how people lived their lives.

This site provides old magazine articles… Continue reading

When you use MS Word, do you find yourself updating the exact same information in many different files?

For example, maybe you have a weekly sales figure that is put into several different Word files each week.

Do you open all the files and change the information in each and every one? Even with a copy and paste process it still can take quite… Continue reading

Import Settings to Google Chrome

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I know, I know; I’ve been writing a lot of Google Chrome tips recently, and up until a few weeks ago, I was against even installing it on my computer.

But now that I have, I see that it’s quite the browser. It’s fast, it’s simple…

…and importing all of my personal settings from either Firefox or Internet Explorer is a snap!… Continue reading

What You Own

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

What You Own

Welcome to What You Own, a site that offers free software that will help you inventory what you own. There are a lot of practical reasons to create an inventory of what you own. What if your house burned down? What if you were robbed? What if you’re moving and need a better way to know what you… Continue reading

Did you know that you can view multiple presentations at the same time in MS PowerPoint?

It’s not a bad thing to know when you’re trying to compare presentations, or moving items from one to another.

To accomplish this goal, we’re going to need to open all the presentations… obviously, the more you open, the smaller they’ll appear on the screen, so be sure… Continue reading

Finding System Information in Vista

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Dolores of Carson City, Nevada, writes:

The other day I went to install a program and it told me to make sure that I had Vista SP2, and that it wouldn’t run if it had Vista SP1. I don’t know where to look for that. In fact, I know nothing about my computer. Can you help show me where to go to find everything?

Selective Facebook Posting

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Facebook is a wonderful tool to connect with family and friends, problem is that some of the time we’d like the things we post to only be viewable by certain people.

For example, my wife (fiancée at the time) was trying to collaborate with some mutual Facebook friends on what type of wedding cake to surprise me with. She managed to get opinions, ideas and even a… Continue reading

National Apple Museum

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

National Apple Museum

I love apples! I can’t believe that I didn’t know about the National Apple Museum before now! Once I discovered it, I knew that I had to share it with all of you!

I suggest you start your journey by reading the Our Story text on the main page of the site. It explains all… Continue reading

WebinPaint

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

How to Remove a Specific Object or Person From an Image

There are situations when you may want to remove a specific object or person from an image. Say you have just found an old photo of yours and want to use it in some of your projects. The photo is all right, but there is a building which you want to remove, without distorting… Continue reading

A Quick Help Tip for OpenOffice

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

We all know how to access the Help menu, in order to get to the database of knowledge that goes with these programs.

It’s nice, you can find lots of information there… but you need to know what direction to move… without key words and a true sense of what it is you’re looking to find, you may just find frustration and little else.… Continue reading

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

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