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The Difference Between PDF and XPS

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Previously we’ve discussed the ability possessed by MS Office to save files in PDF format and at some time you probably also noticed that the file format XPS seems to be lumped with the PDF choice.

Most of us are very familiar with PDF since so much that we see online is in that format. Forms such as tax forms from the state… Continue reading

Enlarge Text on Your Computer Screen

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Patsy from Winnsboro, Tx. Asks:

Several years ago, I found a tip in this newsletter about how to enlarge your entire emails. Since then I have a different computer and I am getting older and vision is worsening and I can hardly read the emails that I receive. Do you know how to change this?

It can be very frustrating when you have to strain… Continue reading

Good Guide

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

In an effort to be greener, and to protect my pets, I started researching alternatives to the products I use around the house to clean. In my research, I stumbled across this site. The Good Guide brings you product guides that will help you choose better but still effective products to use around your home, in your meals, and on your body. To learn more about what exactly you can… Continue reading

Removing the Name from Desktop Icons

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Gina asks:

I really like the look of a clean desktop. I don’t ever keep anything on it except the Internet Explorer icon, Recycle Bin, My Documents, and My Computer. It would be nice to not have any text under each icon. Can this even be done?

First of all, kudos to you, Gina, for having such a clean desktop! I have a terrible… Continue reading

Change Default Save in MS Office

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

If, for whatever reason, you’re using the MS Office 2007 or 2010 programs and always need to save files in a format different from the default then I’d bet that you’re tired of forgetting to make that change.

I don’t know about you, but I just enter a file name and hit the enter key… changing the file type is the last thing I think of.… Continue reading

The Difference Between Cut and Delete

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

In easy English, “Delete” stands for removing while “Cut” stands for replacing the location of an item. Both are basic windows commands but they work differently when you apply them on the data stored in a document or on files and folders stored in your computer.

Imagine this – you are working on a word document and want to move a sentence to the earlier… Continue reading

Windows 7 Autoplay Settings

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

On any given day I insert, plug-in and otherwise connect any number of different devices and media to my computer. Digital cameras, my iPhone, DVDs, CDs; you name it and chances are I’m quite familiar with each thing and with what the result of me connecting/inserting it is.

But I want more choice! For example, when I insert an audio CD, I don’t necessarily want… Continue reading

FastStone Photo Resizer

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I’m always on the lookout for image editing software, and had used the Faststone Image Viewer (see Worldstart tip here.) However, I never tried their Photo Resizer. With this, you can quickly convert the sizes or formats of single images or groups of images. While there are many other software applications available which will accomplish this goal, none that I’ve used, do it as easily and reliably as… Continue reading

Japanese Element Symbols

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Here you will learn all about Japanese culture from the food to the language, and best of all it’s free! The site is broken down into four sections, and on the main page you can see what has most recently been added to those sections, as well as, the recent comments left by people to the site’s author.

You can navigate to the sections by clicking them… Continue reading

Video Wallpaper

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Desktop wallpaper is a Windows element enjoyed by any computer user and there are many types of wallpapers available. However, video wallpaper may be a new experience for you, which makes it a pretty cool thing to try.

VLC Media Player is one of the most used free media players that allow you to play nearly any kind of media file types. We are going to need… Continue reading

Adjusting Punctuation in OpenOffice

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Ever notice when you’re working in OpenOffice Writer that the apostrophe is a small vertical line.

I haven’t seen one like that in years. I’m used to the “curly” version of quotes and apostrophes and would be less distracted by them if that’s the way they looked.

OK – maybe it’s a small thing but when… Continue reading

Solve Virtual Memory Problems

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Andrew from MI asks:

I keep getting the message \”need more virtual memory\”. I have tried a few different ways to increase it, with no success. Can I get a better graphic card and will that help? I have 4.00 GB RAM (3.25 usable) No problem with computer slow down. My operating system is 32 bits whatever that means. Is it possible to upgrade to 64?

No More Mouse Wake Up

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

When I’m going to be away from my computer for a little while, I usually just put it to sleep rather than shut it down. This comes in pretty handy, but because my mouse is so sensitive, if I even so much as tap my desk the computer wakes right up again. This is because my mouse is set up to wake my computer if I move it.… Continue reading

Vintage Technology

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Welcome to Vintage Technology, where you will learn all about the technology from the late 20th Century. I found this site by playing their quiz Hit or Miss, where you decide if a piece of technology was a hit or a miss at the time. After playing the quiz, I decided to check out the rest of the site, and it was pretty nifty, so I knew I had to… Continue reading

Installing the Yahoo! Toolbar

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Yahoo! Toolbar is a nifty little plug-in that gives you one-click access to Yahoo! Search and various applications, such as Facebook and Yahoo! Mail. Let’s take a look at how to install the Yahoo! Toolbar.

The screens you’ll see during the installation procedure vary with your internet browser. In this tip, we’ll first show the installation by using Mozilla Firefox and then by using Internet Explorer… Continue reading

Using Documents on iPod Touch

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Mary Ann from Florida asks:

“I bought a new iPod Touch 64 GB and I’d like to load in some of my MS Word and/or Excel documents for referral when I’m away from my home computer. Is there any way to accomplish this?”

Although the iPod touch would potentially make an excellent PDA, the capability to view documents on it is possible, but not the ability… Continue reading

How to Find Windows XP Service Pack 3

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Lois asks:

If I do not have SP3 on my XP machine, where can I get it?

Great question, Lois and yes we can check to see if you have Service Pack 3 on your computer in just a few steps. If you have Automatic Updates turned on, you will have Service Pack 3. Don’t worry if you don’t, because it’s very easy to… Continue reading

Moon Zoo

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I have always been fascinated by the moon. From the lunar landing to discovering what exactly a blue moon was, anytime I find a new way to explore the moon, I do! So I couldn’t wait to bring you this site. What are you going to find here? Amazing photographs of the moon’s surface from the LROC camera from the LRO spacecraft!

So what’s a good way… Continue reading

Panning with a Digital Camera

Monday, September 20th, 2010

You have umpteen photographs from wildlife and motorsports photography enthusiasts. The ones where the subject (in this case, a car or a bird) is beautifully in focus while the background is all blurred to convey motion. Now compare that to the same picture where everything is in focus. That’s too drab, you might say. Here is where ‘panning’ comes into the picture. It’s the art of trailing your subject with… Continue reading

Edit Tips for OpenOffice Writer

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Ever try to edit a really long document and find yourself scrolling back and forth through all those pages?

Annoying isn’t it?

I mean sometimes you just need to know what’s on page 8 while you’re trying to edit page 25. Scroll to page 8 then to page 25 then back again…

You get the idea.

Well, for… Continue reading

Did you know that there’s a key you can press that will auto complete a path or file name in the Windows 7 Command Prompt? Yeah, me either – that is, until I was messing around the other day and stumbled across an article on Microsoft’s site detailing how to do it.

Here’s how!

Open a Command Prompt by clicking Start, then typing cmd

Understanding System Restore

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Note: While this tip is geared towards Windows 7 users, except for some minor differences, Vista users can proceed, using the same process.

Are you having computer problems that nothing seems to fix? Do you wish you could go back to an earlier time and undo something you’ve done? A time before you started having problems. A time before you installed that new software. A time when… Continue reading

Access Lost System Tools in XP

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Anna asks:

I seem to have lost a program in Windows XP called Systems Tools. I can find my Disk Cleanup, but I can’t access the Defragment program. Where could the the Systems Tools (and Defragment program) have gone to? How can I get it back?

Well, to start with, let’s take a look at the Systems Tools folder and what it contains.… Continue reading

Google Chrome and Gmail

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I’m an avid Gmail and Google Chrome user, but if there’s one thing I hate, it’s wasting time checking my emails every ten seconds while I’m waiting for an important one. I always seem to be checking my Gmail account, only to be greeted with spam or a cheery message, “No new mail!” In addition, since I use Gmail’s web interface instead of an email client such as Microsoft Outlook… Continue reading

Microsoft Introduces Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The brawl between browsers heated up on Wednesday, when Microsoft released the beta version of IE9. Whichever browser comes out on top, web users will be the likely winners, with improved speed, security, graphics, and lots of bells and whistles.

Of course, in order to test the new IE9 features, you must wade through the installation process, which takes a while

Amazing Photos from Tra Vinh, Vietnam

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Sometimes when I’m researching web sites to share with you, I’ll just look up a word in Google and see what comes up. That’s how I found this site. I typed in the words chom chom which among my circle of friends is used like om nom nom which to them refers to eating. So, holy cow, was I surprised when I found out that chom chom is a fruit!… Continue reading

Search Options in MS Outlook 2010

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

MS Outlook 2010: Where Did the Search Options Go?

So, if you’ve used the search box in Outlook 2007 to locate messages then you probably used the down chevron to open up a more detailed set of options for your search. Click here to view a tip on using the search feature from Outlook 2007.

If you’ve switched to Outlook… Continue reading

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