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Paint Fun

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Do you know about the Paint program? Well, if you don’t, you should, because it’s very cool! To get to it, go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, Paint. A page will appear with a white box. That is your drawing board.

You can use the tools on the left side to create different pictures. Use the File menu to open a new

Web Site Feedback

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Web Site Feedback

Today is the last of the FrontPage tutorials and I must say I’ve enjoyed our time together. I hope you all have learned something as well and I hope your Web site design and creation is well on its way!

The last thing I’m going to explain is feedback. As you all may know, feedback is generally the information you get from someone who has viewed your… Continue reading

Edit the Link Bar

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Edit the Link Bar

We only have a couple more FrontPage tutorials left, so I hope that you all have learned something from all of this. Today, we’re going to work on editing the link bar. The link bar is the set of items you have listed on your page that each have their own links to go out to the different pages of your Web site. You may have… Continue reading

Buying Locations

Friday, April 28th, 2006

I’ve been wanting to buy some new software for my computer, but I’m not sure of the best place to buy it. What are some of the things I should consider?

When you are buying new software, hardware or even a new computer, you have a few choices of buying locations to choose from. Of course, you can by from a local retailer or from the… Continue reading

Insert Your Own Photos

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Insert Your Own Photos

Today we’re going to work with the photo gallery in FrontPage. As we discussed yesterday, you can edit and customize different aspects of your site so you can see what it’s going to look like when you’re all done.

As I said yesterday, you probably have the basic layout of your site done by now and you may have certain items such as text and colors… Continue reading

Search Those Tips

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Search Those Tips

I’ve had several people ask me recently how they can search through WorldStart’s old computer tips to find help. If you ever run into a problem that you don’t know the answer to, it’s a good idea to search through our archives to see if you can find a tip that will give you the guidelines you need to solve your problem.

Searching for past computer tips… Continue reading

Edit and Customize Your Homepage

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Edit and Customize Your Homepage

Are you ready for another FrontPage lesson? I sure hope so, because today, we’re going to talk about editing and customizing your homepage. So far, we’ve talked about the basics of getting your page started and about creating and changing the templates within your site.

By now, you probably have most of your homepage in the layout that you like and you may have some… Continue reading

FrontPage Templates

Friday, April 28th, 2006

FrontPage Templates

On Friday, we talked about the beginnings of starting your own Web site by using Microsoft’s FrontPage Web design program. As promised, we’re going to move on to another topic today: creating a template.

Choosing a template for your Web site is very important, because it helps set the guidelines for what your site is going to look like in the end. A template comes with… Continue reading


Friday, April 21st, 2006


Did you know that your computer automatically comes with a few games that you can play when you have some spare time? There’s not many, but you do get the essentials. So, if you can’t buy any other computer games, you always have these few options to choose from!

Most computers come with FreeCell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Spider Solitaire and my favorite (and probably yours too), regular Solitaire. You can… Continue reading

Computer Donation

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Computer Donation

If you have ever thought of donating an old computer that you don’t need anymore, there are just a few things you should keep in mind before you hand it over.

Make sure you have backed up all your files on the old computer so you’re able to replace it on your new PC. If you have personal files on the computer, make for certain that those are… Continue reading

Cleaning Your Laptop

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Cleaning Your Laptop

Have you made the switch from a desktop PC to a laptop? Several people have and although they may be easier to carry around and travel with, they still need to be cleaned, don’t they?

Laptops aren’t as easy to open up and clean as desktops are, but it still can be done. To get started, just make sure your computer is turned off and unplugged. You… Continue reading

Determine Your Modem

Friday, April 21st, 2006

How can I determine what type of modem my computer has?

That is a very good question and it’s probably a smart idea to check and see what kind of modem you do have installed on your computer, if you don’t already know. It’s good to know in case something ever goes wrong with it. If you have to call tech support, you’ll be able… Continue reading

Your PC Buying Guide – Part 2

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Your PC Buying Guide – Continued

As promised from yesterday’s tip of the day, your personal PC buying guide is continued! Today we will answer some questions about different types of software, operating systems, where you may want to buy your new computer from, different spending rates and some desktop vs. laptop inquiries. Here we go!


Most computers will come with some sort of office suite, whether it’s Microsoft’s… Continue reading

Your PC Buying Guide – Part 1

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Your PC Buying Guide

Okay, so you’re interested in buying a new computer. You’ve been thinking about it for awhile and you are pretty close to being 100 percent sure you’re ready to take the plunge. So, what do you need to look for? What’s going to work best for your needs? What about prices? What about offline and online applications?

All of those questions are definitely some that you… Continue reading

Computer repair

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Can you give me some information on where I should take my computer if it needs to be repaired?

That’s a very good question, because you never know when your computer is going to have problems and you won’t have much time to waste looking for a place to go to get it fixed. You’re obviously going to want to look for a place that will… Continue reading

Tech Support Tips

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Sometimes the pleasure of owning a computer is overshadowed by the need to ask for assistance with a computer issue. Calling for technical support does not have to be an unpleasant experience. Preparing yourself before you make that call, and knowing what to expect while talking to support representatives, can help ease the way.

1. Before you pick up the phone, have as much information at hand

Clean Your Keyboard!

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

My keyboard needs to be cleaned badly! Can you give me a guide on how to get the job done?

Just follow these four steps for basic keyboard cleaning.

First of all, you’ll want to turn off your computer and unplug your keyboard.

1.) Turn your keyboard over and try to shake out any loose particles. This part can be pretty gross, especially if… Continue reading

WorldStart’s message board

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Here’s a tip in itself. If you ever get stuck on a computer problem and would like some immediate help, post your question on WorldStart’s message board. Click on the link to register to use the message board and to read the rules and regulations.

There are always people signed on to the message board and chances are, your problem has happened to someone else on there before… Continue reading

Help and Support

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Sometimes when you’re using your computer, you just get stuck and need some help, don’t you? I know it happens to me all the time. Well, if this occurs when there is no one else around to answer your questions, try the Help and Support Center found under your Start menu (Go to Start and then click on Help and Support).

This center provides a place for you to ask… Continue reading

System Compatibility

No, this has nothing to do with computer dating. Before buying or downloading, you should make sure your PC meets the program’s Minimum System Requirements. Sometimes just called Requirements, they’re written at the bottom of every software listing in our online software store. You can also find them on the back or bottom panels of most boxes or disk cases, usually in really tiny letters. They tell… Continue reading

My kid is getting out of control on the internet. He’s erasing the history, and he knows all the passwords on our PC. What can I do?

The more computer savvy the kiddies get, the harder it’s getting to enforce the First Rule of Internet Parenting: Kids don’t cruise the web without at least occasional supervision by a human being. I’ve gotten more questions like this… Continue reading

missing newsletter?

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Last week your newsletter stopped showing up in my Inbox. What happened?

This problem is occurring more and more often with all email services. As the email filtering frenzy continues, email hosts end up blocking legitimate email (like this newsletter) while the “bad guys” sneak their unsolicited commercial e-junk (UCE) into your inbox. We’ve told you about MSN/Hotmail blocking pictures in HTML emails and all the… Continue reading

Happy Birthday Netscape

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Scholars will argue about how the internet began. Was it in the 1960’s when the department of Defense created ARPANET to link scientific and academic researchers when the Soviets attacked? Could it be when the domain name system (DNS) was designed in 1983 to give us .com, .edu, .org and the like? Was it in 1985 when the National Science Foundation created NSFNET for research and educational communication? Could it… Continue reading

Software License Agreement

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Did you know that you don’t actually “own” the software that you buy?

What you pay for is a license to use the software, usual on one computer at a time.

Read the licensing agreement during install to find out what you are “allowed” to do such as how many computers you can put it on.

Just because a program will install on more than one computer doesn’t mean you… Continue reading

24-hour Time

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

How do I get my computer clock to display 24- hour time rather than 12-hour AM and PM?

I know we have many readers in Europe and I’m sure there’s a few in the military or who just prefer going to bed at 22 o’clock every night. Well, this tip is for you.

First go to Start/Control Panel and look for “Date, Time, language & Regional… Continue reading

Read Before You Try

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

It’s a good idea to read through a tip BEFORE you try it.

That way you’ll know if the tip is beyond your ability, or may do something you don’t want done.

Reading through will also let you know if you have the right operating system and software. For instance, if a tip won’t work with AOL or other web-based email, we will usually let… Continue reading

Task Manager Tabs are Missing

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

When I bring up XP Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) all the tabs are missing. How can I get them back?

Normally you see tabs for Applications, Processes, Performance, Networking, and Users.

So why do the tabs go away and how can you get them back?

Well, what happened is that you probably double clicked the border around the tabs—this puts TM into a compact mode.

To… Continue reading

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