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Adjusting the Size of the Taskbar

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Jan from Pinellas Park, FL asks:

How do I return my taskbar at the bottom of my screen to its Normal size of about 1/2 inch? For no apparent reason, it has gone to About 1 inch wide. I have tried shutting off the lock taskbar and Moving it down with the arrows that appear when I click my mouse However it just makes it totally disappear

In the News 01-05-11

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This week in the News…

December 29, 2010.



3-feet high eggs could be South Korea’s wave of the future.

Well, not eggs, exactly. Twenty-nine egg-shaped bots (named Engkey) have started teaching English to South Korean children as part of a pilot program aimed at supporting the blossoming robot industry.

The 3.3ft high bots… Continue reading

Cat Fanciers’ Association

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Cat Fanciers’ Association – Breeds



Welcome to the Cat Fanciers’ Association page, where you can learn all about different breeds of cats. Last April, we were thinking about getting a purebred cat and did some research because a friend of ours raises Abyssinians, and as I was cleaning out my bookmarks

Self Travel Photography

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Photography figures high on our list, when we are travelling. While what we photograph comes up trumps in the photogenic department, the same cannot be applied to ourselves. After all, most photos are either taken by an uncomprehending amateur, who is either a stranger or a companion to you, or worse, you have taken your pictures at arm’s length. Not to fret anymore. With these tips, your self-travel photos will… Continue reading

The Function List in OpenOffice Calc

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

OpenOffice.org Calc: Using the Function List without Opening the Function Wizard

Sometimes you know what you want to do with your data, but you just can’t seem to remember the name of the function that does what you need.

If you open the Function Wizard (which is basically a dialog box for inserting functions) via the Insert menu, you’ll find that while it… Continue reading

New YouTube Homepage

Monday, January 3rd, 2011


It looks like YouTube has started rolling out their new homepage features. These experimental changes add more real-time functionality, such as the ability to delete videos simply by putting your mouse pointer over it and clicking the “x”, and placing recent likes and favorites right on your homepage, so you can find them easily later on.

There’s more, too, but it’s much better if I just… Continue reading

The Katherine Dunham Collection

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection




Did you know that the Library of Congress had a Performing Arts Encyclopedia? I didn’t! But I discovered it when I was looking to find out more about Katherine Dunham, so I thought I’d share the collection devoted to her with you.

Katherine Dunham was an incredible dancer… Continue reading

360Desktop

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Ever feel like you are just running out of desktop space? 360Desktop is here to save you from desktop clutter. This program allows you to dramatically increase your desktop space. There are many perks to this program, such as the ability to download custom widgets, and 360 degree desktop wallpapers. In the upper right corner of the image below, you can see the panoramic view of the full desktop with… Continue reading

Adjusting AutoPlay

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Daniel from Kentucky asks:

For some reason, AutoPlay no longer works on my computer. Also, when I connect a thumb drive, the computer recognizes that it’s connected, but I can’t access it. Any idea what’s going on?

The simplest explanation for why AutoPlay no longer functions on your computer could be that this feature has been disabled. This could… Continue reading

Navigating the Registry

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Thomas from Santa Clara, California writes:

There is something I have to do by going into the registry and it makes me nervous. I have never done anything with the registry before and all I hear is to stay out of it. Plus, I don’t know how to “navigate to a key” and I don’t even know what a key is. Can you help me with

Google Realtime

Thursday, December 30th, 2010


Whether it’s Google making it so results are displayed as we type them in, or some other web-innovation, we all know that the way information is displayed on the web is constantly changing.

That’s what makes Google Realtime so cool.

Google Realtime is basically an automatically updating newsfeed that displays the latest results on a given topic. It gathers its results from various social media websites (like… Continue reading

Many Books

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Many Books




This Christmas, I noticed a trend among the gifts my friends and family received. A lot of them were now proud owners of a Kindle. So I got to thinking that they might need my help in finding great free e-books to put on their e-readers.

This site is the best of… Continue reading

Imagine this – you have multiple users in your family sharing the same computer and operating system. You don’t want other users of the shared computer to run each and every program that’s installed in Windows 7. Some of the programs which you have installed require knowledge, and you don’t want your kids and other shared members to tinker with the application settings or change the configurations.… Continue reading

MS Word 2007: Editing in Print Preview

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m a die-hard fan of Print Preview.

It gives me a sense of the overall look of the final product, which I find to be an invaluable tool.

Word 2007 has the Print Preview option under the Office Button in the Print choices.

Earlier versions of Word used to allow me to get into the… Continue reading

Let MS Office Find Templates for You

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

MS Office 2007 & 2010: Let the Program Bring the Templates to You

At one time or another, we’ve all found ourselves searching online for just the right template to do the job we need.

Even using the Microsoft templates site, which is quite organized and easy to use, can be tedious and frustrating, as you try search after search after search.… Continue reading

Extracting Selected Pages from a PDF

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I sometimes want to send a PDF file doc by email, but with selected pages only, not the whole thing. Is it possible to do that?

Extracting Selected Pages from a PDF Document

In recent years, the PDF document file format has become the standard to use when sending any manner of documents via e-mail or preparing them for download through the

Greatest Achievements of the 20th Century

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Greatest Achievements of the 20th Century


Here at this site you can check out the top twenty engineering achievements of the 20th Century! It is amazing how many of these achievements define our everyday lives today.

For example on the top of the list is Electrification. Can you imagine a life without electricity? I sure couldn’t!… Continue reading

Rearranging the Outlook Toolbar

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Georgia asks:

The Send/Receive button in my Outlook 2007 is on the right side. Can you please tell me how to move it to the left side?

Georgia, as you can see below, my Send/Receive button is near the center of the toolbar. To move it, begin by right clicking on the toolbar and then select Customize from the menu.… Continue reading

Finding Recent Files in MS Office 2010

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I can’t speak for everyone but I love to the recent files list… I mean what’s not to love?

You can bypass the whole Open dialog box and the sometimes complicated navigation, to actually pull up any recent file just by looking in one place.

If you’ve investigated in Office 2010 then, you know that the recent files list is found under… Continue reading

The File Folders Padlock Icon Explained

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

In windows 7, when I look at user folders, I see some folders have padlocks on them and others do not, what causes this and how do I remove the “padlock”. When I look at the properties of each folder, I cannot detect any difference.

How to Get Rid of the Mysterious Padlock Icon From Your File Folder

Windows 7, as in previous version of… Continue reading

Smart Carpet and McAfee In the News

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Caregivers get Smart.


Caregivers of elderly and disabled friends, relatives, and patients are eagerly looking forward to getting “Smart”, thanks to Mizzou University of Missouri’s electrical and computer engineering professor, Harry Tyrer, Jr.

The professor has invented the “Smart Carpet”, a computerized flooring system that uses embedded sensors to monitor walking activity and then sends the data to a computer that… Continue reading

Party Photography

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Parties are great fun. However, they are even more fun after the party is long over. How? When you take the time off to capture the happy and zany moments for posterity. Here is where some tips on party photography should help you a great deal in carrying on the party conversation over Facebook and other social networking sites. Not to mention, in your drawing rooms and offices.… Continue reading

I imagine that when the words animation and transition are used in reference to a slide show, we all know that they reference all the cool motions, entrances, exits and other exciting things we see while viewing the show.

The first question some may have is, what’s the difference between an animation and a transition?

An animation is the effects applied to individual elements… Continue reading

Suggestions for Seized Up Computers

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Royal V. from CT asks:

My computer seized up, and now it just shows a black page with white lettering. My problem: I had some very important papers (material for a future e-book) written in WordPad. Is there some way I can retrieve them?

Well, Royal, if you brought your computer to me for repair and asked this question, the first thing that I would… Continue reading

The 1900 House

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The 1900 House

Apparently I missed this awesome show on PBS, where a family volunteers to live in a house as though they were living in the year 1900.

There are several interesting ways to navigate the site. You can use the house icon, and click the different rooms, you can click on the picture of the family, or you can… Continue reading

Five Ways to Eliminate Eyestrain

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Let me just say that I am one of the biggest offenders when it comes to taking care of my “computer” eyes. I am on the computer a lot and forget to take breaks – well, I just don’t care about them. I find myself squinting and adjusting the monitor because all of a sudden it’s too dark or too light. Lately my eyes have started tearing up, but I… Continue reading

Change the Default Text Wrap Settings in Word

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

MS Word: Why Does Inserting A Picture Always Cause Such a Mess?

Okay, so maybe it’s not a complete “mess”, but if you’re not familiar with the interactions of text and pictures in a Word document then, it probably feels that way to you.

After you insert a picture, you suddenly find yourself looking at this great big huge gap between two lines of… Continue reading

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