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Using the Delete Key in OpenOffice Calc

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Have you tried the Delete key when using OpenOffice Calc?

What happened?

Well, that depends upon where you were…

As in, were you in a cell or the formula bar editing content or did you have an entire cell(s) selected?

If you’ve got your cursor in the cell data (or the formula bar) editing the information then the… Continue reading

SketchUp Basics

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I’ve always found navigating through the three actual dimensions difficult. Numerous bruises and scrapes finally forced me to quit trying to walk and chew gum at the same time. My early attempts at navigating three virtual dimensions in Google SketchUp offered similar challenges (with fewer injuries). Once I got my bearings though, I found Sketchup to be a wonderful, user friendly tool. However, learning some basics helped make that transition… Continue reading

Medieval Bestiary

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Welcome to the Medieval Bestiary, a site devoted to showing you what animals they thought existed in the Middle Ages.

Navigation can be done through the links on the main page. They are: Introduction, Contents, Search this Site, Help with this Site, Contact, Chimaera: bestiary blog, Beasts, Manuscripts, Bibliography, Encyclopedia, Digital Text Library, and Articles. That’s a lot of stuff to check out, so let me point… Continue reading

Viewing the Week Number in MS Outlook

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Sometimes it’s helpful, or even necessary, to know what number a particular week is in a year.

There are occasions where it’s helpful for reporting information, appointments, etc. Heck, I even find it helpful for keeping track of pay periods. Instead of counting Fridays on a calendar I simply need to know if I’m paid on odd or even week numbers (being paid bi-weekly). Trust me, the… Continue reading

Here’s something I stumbled across the other day while playing one of my favorite games. It seems as though the sound coming from my game was overpowering the music I was playing, but since the game had no volume control itself, I clicked on the Windows sound mixer to see if there was anything I could do.

As it turns out, Windows 7 is nice enough to… Continue reading

Autoformatting with OpenOffice Calc

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Here at Worldstart, we’ve discussed autoformatting in MS Word, but did you know that it can also be done in OpenOffice Calc? Using the Autoformat feature, you can quickly enhance otherwise plain looking spreadsheets.

You start by selecting a group of cells.

Once you’ve selected the cells, go to the Format menu and choose Autoformat.

Clean Up Your PC Automatically

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Note: This will only work on Professional editions of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

Unwanted files and folders have been plaguing PC users since the first computers were made. And, it goes beyond operating systems.

Whether you’re using Windows, Linux or a have a Mac, excess files will always clutter your computer and consume precious hard drive space.

Every time… Continue reading

Craft Bits

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Welcome to one of my favorite craft sites! There are fun projects here that anyone can craft up!
On the main page, you’ll notice that are five featured projects. If you watch for a moment it will automatically scroll between all of them. When I was there, the crafts were a chenille scarf, an upcycled scarf, a mango scrub, a recycled pullover teddy… Continue reading

YouTube 101

Friday, September 10th, 2010

YouTube videos have become a regular source of entertainment and information for millions. They also provide an additional platform for our own informational services here at Worldstart. However, there are some tools provided by YouTube, that may not be familiar to all viewers.

The ones that will be discussed here are found in the video control toolbox. I was unable to… Continue reading

Pam from Ohio asks:

“Is there anyway to use outlook express in windows 7?”

The answer to that question is “Yes and no.”

Hope that helps.

~Randal Schaffer

Not enough?

Okay, then we have to start by talking about the behemoth called “Windows Live”.

Microsoft… Continue reading

We’ve all seen and used the standard PowerPoint handouts.

Without a doubt they’re often helpful for the audience but let’s face it, there are times when you want to give your audience a bit more in a handout without actually adding that information to the slide.

Given that situation, you’ve got to wonder if there’s a… Continue reading

Better Pictures with Your Kodak Camera

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Vicki from Wisconsin asks:

When I use my Kodak program to print pictures, they always turn out so dark! Is there any way I can reset the program?

Kodak has a number of driver, firmware, and software downloads. These are each available for many products Kodak carries. Upgrading a current printing program from Kodak can often solve many issues that might be occurring. Each upgrade offers… Continue reading

Run As Administrator Keyboard Shortcut

Friday, September 10th, 2010

It’s a fact that sometimes a program in Windows needs “Administrator Rights” to open up. Thankfully Windows 7 and Vista added a feature that when you right-click on certain programs, you’ll automatically have the option to “Run as Administrator”.

Well, did you know that you can also just hold Ctrl+Shift while left clicking on a program to achieve the same effect?… Continue reading

I Write Like

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Have you ever wondered if your writing is in the same style as that of a famous writer? I have to confess that I have. So when I found this application I thought I should share it with all of you because I had a lot of fun with it.

What you do is paste a few paragraphs of text into the blank… Continue reading

Google Instant Search

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Google, ever steadfast in trying to improve everyone’s Internet experience, announced something called “Instant Search” yesterday. It’s a snazzy new feature that automatically brings up search results as you type. So, instead of pressing Enter after inputting your search string, you now just type and the results appear at the bottom. It has to be seen to be believed!

So, go over to and type something… Continue reading

Windows Game Ratings

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Ever since the bloody first-person shooter, Doom, parents have been super concerned with the content of the video games their children play. Thankfully Windows Vista and 7 have the ability to pull ratings from the Entertainment Software ratings Board (ESRB) and assign them to games you install.

Now, to check the rating of a game installed in Windows you need to open the Windows Games… Continue reading

Install Flash Player

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Norma from FL asks:
How do I download and install Flash Player? I’ve tried a few times, but it just keeps giving me an error.

Thanks for writing, Norma!

Adobe Flash Player is used to add video and animation to Web pages and is used mostly for advertisements, games, and interactivity on websites. Anyone that uses the Web needs to have Adobe… Continue reading

Selene from Georgia asks:

When are they going to discontinue Windows XP?

Good question! Microsoft designed the Windows XP operating system to work in desktop and laptop computers, as well as in media centers. It first made an appearance to the computer world in August 2001 and became one of the most popular versions of the Windows operating… Continue reading

Enable Your Guest Account in Windows 7

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Carl from Columbus asks:
I had a guest account set up in Windows XP. Is there any way to do this in Windows 7?

Note: Video may contain additional information not found in the written text.

Good question, Carl! Are you expecting any house guests this summer? Well, what if they want to use your computer and you’re a little paranoid of any… Continue reading

Software Vs. Hardware

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

John from Manahawkin, NJ asks:

I have been using a computer for over a year now, and would really like to know something: What’s the difference between software and hardware?

Very good question, John. My daughter (she’s 15) spends a lot of time on the computer and I showed her the difference between software and hardware awhile ago. It was like… Continue reading

Now that the transaction is agreeable, it is time to finalize everything. The contract is the actual written agreement between you and the seller. This is going to be the legal and binding part of purchasing a Web site that needs to be accurate. A contract is not supposed to be designed to give anyone distinct power over another. Rather, it should provide equal protection… Continue reading

Only if the shiny new Web site fits into your plan should you proceed with the transaction. The transaction of a Web site deal is the actual process of turning over property that takes place between the buyer and seller. An ideal transaction is quick and painless for both parties involved. The checklist provided below covers different aspects of a transaction that need to be… Continue reading

Wordpad Formats

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Did you know that the version of Wordpad that comes with Windows 7 has the ability to save and open text files from other word processing programs like Open Office?

Well, I didn’t!

It’s true, though! When you go to save a document, use the drop-down menu next to File name: and choose your format! .odt is for open office and .docx… Continue reading

Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disk

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Here’s a quick tip on how to create a system repair disk in Windows 7. It’s handy! Continue reading

How to use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The Good Adwords Keyword tool is a free search engine optimization tool (SEO) that allows you to analyze keywords to find which are the most profitable. The Google keyword tool is made primarily for Advertisers and content publishers. The following information shows how to use the Google Adwords Tool to find the most lucrative keywords.


Step 1

Go… Continue reading

Generate a System Info Text File

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Let’s face it! Computers break down and malfunction when you least expect it. It’s something that happens to all of us, regardless of our computer skills and knowledge.

When it does happen to you, you’re left with two choices: attempt to fix it yourself or call support.

Fixing it yourself is one way to do it. However, even if you are computer-savvy… Continue reading

In the video above, Steve and Gary announce worldstart’s new video-style computer tips. Here’s a short summary of what is covered in the video.

1. Worldstart will be making new videos to supplement the text and image based computer tips and newsletter. These videos will cover many of the computer tips by giving a video demonstration of the tip. These videos will not… Continue reading

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