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Multi-Line Spell Check in Firefox

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Many of you already know of a neat add-on for Mozilla Firefox called Spellbound, that makes it so Firefox can spell check in multi-line text boxes, but what I didn’t know is that you can achieve this same functionality sans add-on!

It’s true, and here’s how you do it:

First, open up Firefox and type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter. You’ll… Continue reading

Dinosaurs

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

When I ran across this Dinosaur site from the National Museum of Natural History, I knew I had to share it with you.

Navigation is easy! Just mouse over Dinosaur Info, Dinosaur Collection & Exhibits, or Interactives to bring up the menu for each section then click on what you want to explore.

Dinosaur Info – Here you can discover everything you’ve ever wanted… Continue reading

Tweaking Windows Start Search Menu

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Windows 7 comes with a very cool search indexing feature. If you type any text inside the start menu search box, it gives you results instantly. This is because the files you’re searching have already been indexed by Windows, so it only takes seconds to find and show the results.

The Windows search feature includes all the common files on your computer, such… Continue reading

Return to Your Work in MS Word

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Do you work with long documents in MS Word?

Ever find yourself editing a large document, jumping from location to location, only to realize that you should have done just one more thing at the last editing spot?

How annoying is that? To have to go back through the document and find that exact position again.

Well, wait! What if we… Continue reading

The Correct Way to Lay Down a CD

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Jenna asks:

When I have to lay a CD down, I lay it down shiny side up. Yesterday my husband Todd and I had a rather heated argument about it; he says that I am wrong and that the data side is the one you have to be careful of (which is the label side) so I need to lay it down shiny side down to protect

jetAudio Basic Media Player

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

If you’re looking for a new digital media player, capable of ripping and burning CDs, along with most other features generally found in quality media players, jetAudio Basic may be for you. In addition to a full range of features, you might also find the price appealing…free.

jetAudio can be installed on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and supports mp3, wma, avi, along with many… Continue reading

International Cookie Recipes

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Is it terrible that I’m already thinking about baking my Christmas cookies? In my defense, I am sending them out in the mail so I do need to get them plotted out well before Christmas.

In my search for something new to make this year, I ran across this site and had to share it with you. I can’t even decide what to make because they all… Continue reading

Google Alarm and Ghostery

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

When I was a kid, all of my friends had big brothers. They were always spying on us; when we had a slumber party, when we were talking on the phone, when we were at a slumber party talking on the phone…”Total lack of respect”, a friend of mine complained when she caught her brother under her bed.

I never had a brother, big or little. Thus… Continue reading

Convert OpenOffice Impress Document to PDF

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Ever have to take a presentation file on a flash drive to use on equipment that isn’t yours?

Are you sure that they have the program needed to run your presentation?

How about the fonts? Or did you make your file larger by embedding them?

Well today I’d like to make a suggestion for getting around some of these issues –… Continue reading

XP Classic View in Windows 7

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Pam from Ohio asks:

I recently went from XP to windows 7 -big big difference. Is there any way to make it act like classic view like you can do with XP? I got it to act like Vista which is better but would love the old way again.

Good question, Pam, and something that many people used to using XP would like to… Continue reading

Manage Your Internet Explorer 8 Add-Ons

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

If you’ve noticed that Internet Explorer 8 isn’t loading as fast as you’d like, then here’s a quick tip that may help you gain some speed back. As it turns out, add-ons, like toolbars and browser extensions can slow not only the load time, but the overall performance of IE 8. The solution? Turn some of them off.

Here’s how:

Open Internet Explorer 8… Continue reading

Classical NPR

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

This is a site I often visit, so I thought it was about time I shared it with you.

Here you can find all sorts of articles on Classical music. There are lots of featured articles on the main page (a fave of mine right now is the Hilary Hahn piece). I also loved the Fall is in the Air piece.… Continue reading

Internet Security

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Internet has been called the “new frontier” and in many ways, it is. This “information superhighway” has caused concerns with personal privacy, and connected computer systems around the world (resulting in additional security measures), have provided hackers an opportunity to prey on innocent victims everywhere.

Here are a few of our tips to protect yourself and your computer while surfing the web. 

Guide to Buying a Mid Range Camera

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Photography as I see it, is the most common form of art and almost everyone is capable of it, to some extent. However, what sets professional photographers apart is the experience, an eye for the best perspective and then as always, there is that awesome camera they have. For those who do not have that privilege and have to make do with a mid-range camera, here is a guide to… Continue reading

Changing Windows Explorer Default View

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Ru from Kings Park, NY asks:

How do you make “List” your default View option in Windows Explorer?

To set the default view option, Windows Explorer offers the following choices; Thumbnails, Tiles, Icons, List and Details. This tip shows you how to make List the default view .

To reset the default view, perform the following steps:

Open Windows

Zip Files, Briefcases, and Folders

Monday, September 27th, 2010

David from Queensland, Australia asks:

Could you please explain the difference between Microsoft Briefcase, Zip file, and file. What is the purpose of each and when we would we use each. I use Windows 7.

File

A computer file is the basic form of storage on a computer. Most people combine similar information into a single file and name it appropriately… Continue reading

Grammar Bytes

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Want to brush up on your grammar skills? Need help teaching grammar? Welcome to Grammar Bytes where you can learn all about grammar!

Click Enter to get into the main page of the site where you’ll have the option to check out Terms, Exercises, Handouts, and Presentations.

Terms – you can click on the two highlighted terms (abstract nouns and verbs) to get started… Continue reading

Stock Photography Tips

Monday, September 27th, 2010

For photographers who want to make money and gain fame, stock photography offers the best opportunity. However, you first need to learn the art and craft of taking stock photography worthy pictures. Here is where these small tips will work for you. Happy stocking!

Money is in volume

Agreed, stock photography is a pittance, compared to advertising photography that costs… Continue reading

Remove an Email Address in Opera

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Chris from Victoria, Australia asks:

How do I remove an email address from Opera so it does not download new emails from that email account?

Opera is a clean and efficient web browser with tons of downloadable features. It is also, provided you downloaded the “internet channel”, the browser that powers your Wii. It can be downloaded free from www.opera.com.… Continue reading

Naming and Saving Documents

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Anne asks:

This afternoon I finished typing a letter and went to save it and Word would not let me! I have tried and tried; I changed the name a bunch of times and it just kept giving me a bunch of gibberish! It said something about the location and format not being valid; what does that mean? I can’t get it to save and it is

Show File Extensions in Windows 7

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I’m an old-school kind of guy who likes to know as much about the file he’s double-clicking on as possible. That means I like to know stuff like files sizes, where they’re located on my hard drive…and most of all, the file’s extension!

Is it a .txt file? Is it an .exe? Windows 7 hides this information if it’s a known file type, but I… Continue reading

Songza

Friday, September 24th, 2010

With a name like Songza, I bet you knew it’d have something to do with music! Songza allows you to create radio stations to share with your friends for free.

To get started you’ll need to click the Create a Station Here For Free button (or the green Create Station button at the top of the page), that will whisk you away to the registration form. On… Continue reading

Address Bars and Search Boxes

Friday, September 24th, 2010

There’s occasionally some confusion about which of the two boxes found at the top of browsers is which. One is the search box, the other is the address bar. While these tools in more recent versions of most browsers provide more flexibility than earlier models, each still serves a specific purpose.

Below, you can see examples of 3 popular browser toolbars. In all 3, the address bar… Continue reading

MS Excel: Spreadsheet Solutions

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Microsoft Excel is the most popular spreadsheet program used worldwide but there are some features within Excel which tend to be overlooked even by “power-users”. People who swear by macros, pivot tables, V-Lookups and H-Lookups are unaware of the existence of Spreadsheet Solutions within Microsoft Excel and how to make use of it.

Microsoft Excel provides pre-defined solution templates for:
– Loan Amortization
– Personal… Continue reading

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

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