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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

Free PDF Document Conversion

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Did you know that you can convert .PDF documents to Word documents for free on the web?

If you have access to the Internet, rather than a program, I can recommend a website to you. This website is It’s entirely free and each time that you want to convert a PDF to Word, OpenOffice etc, you simply go on the site, upload the document, select… Continue reading

Keep Your Computer Safe

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Henry R. asks:

I have been reading your articles on malware and I realize that I need to take precautions, as well as be informed. Do you know of any programs that will do all of the things needed to make sure this stuff doesn’t get on my computer? And if it does, what program can I use to get rid of whatever it is?

Education Atlas

Monday, September 13th, 2010

It’s back to school time for most students, so I thought I’d share this great site about study skills. Honing your study skills can improve your grades and help you retain material longer.

Navigation is divided into three sections:

General Study Skills Guides-this section deals with general study skill like: effective listening, improving your note taking, reading comprehension, and dealing with test anxiety to… 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

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

Firefox Quick Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Here’s a nifty way to keep all your frequently visited sites easily within reach in Mozilla Firefox.

All you have to do is drag and drop a bookmark into the little space in between the navigation buttons and where you first tab starts.

Like this:

Now keep dragging and dropping bookmarks as desired.… Continue reading

Multi-Tab Startup for Internet Explorer

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Learn how to make it so each time you start Internet Explorer all of your favorite sites are waiting for you! Continue reading

Disable AutoScroll in Mozilla Firefox

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

So, you’re clicking around, trying to find the end of the Internet, when you accidentally click your middle mouse button and this pops up:

This means AutoScroll has been enabled and all you have to do now is move your mouse around to browse the page. I’ve never been a big fan of it, though, so I went hunting around for… Continue reading

You’ve just found out that your buddy has discovered digital photography, the same hobby you’re passionate about. You have amassed a large collection of websites and would like to share the links. Here’s an easy way to email your Favorites files.

From the File menu, select Import and Export.

The Import/Export Settings dialog

Converting Internet Images To Jpeg

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Tom from CA asks: 

When saving a picture, Windows always calls it a bitmap. How can I change it so it saves as a jpeg?

The real question here isn’t how your computer is SAVING the picture, rather in what format the picture was UPLOADED.

Many times, website creators will

Make Phone Calls In Gmail

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

You can actually feel Skype quaking in their boots. Earlier this week Google announced that users would be able to make phone calls to any traditional number right from the Gmail interface.

Naturally, I had to check this out. I mean, it’s free after all, as long as you’re calling someone in the United States or Canada, and the promise of international calls billed as low as 2¢ a minute… Continue reading

Kindle For PC

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

If you’ve visited recently, you’ve probably noticed advertisements for its new ‘e-reader’, the Kindle. An e-reader is a physical device that displays e-books and other information on its screen for your enjoyment. Kindle ‘e-books’ are often cheaper than their physical equivalents, and are usually ‘delivered’ in under 60 seconds. The only problem is that the Kindle costs upwards of $250! For those on a tighter budget, Amazon offers some… Continue reading

Smart Tips For Buying On Ebay

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I think that most of Worldstart’s users would agree that Ebay is an excellent resource for increasing your stuff. They have some great deals, and most of the sellers out there are reliable people just looking to make an honest dime.

But now I have a little cautionary fairy tale for you. DON’T let it happen to you.

Once upon a time there was a little boy named Randal… Continue reading

Change the email font in AOL

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Lil from MI asks: I use AOL. I would like to set my font size to be larger on Emails. Every time I write an email I must set it larger manually. Please tell me how I can correct this problem. It always goes back to the smaller setting.

Yes, there is a way to keep your font the same size while writing… Continue reading

Change Your Google Background Image

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Do you want to personalize your Google search experience a little more? Maybe add a custom background to the minimalist homepage?

It’s easy, but first you must log into your account at

After you log in, simply click the link at the bottom left of the page that says Change background image.

A window will… Continue reading

Google Chat Text Formatting Tips

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Do you use Google Talk? It’s an integral part of how we communicate here at Worldstart, but I’ve often lamented that the features it contains are a little…


For example, what if I want to bold or italicize text? How do I get my point across?

Quite a curious case, but thankfully one of my esteemed co-workers knew… Continue reading

Roy from AK asks:
Is there any way to restore my last browsing session in Internet Explorer?

A: But of course, Roy!

Picture this scenario: you’re working on an important paper, and while doing research you’ve found helpful resources on the web. You decide to keep multiple browser tabs open while you go to bed, only to wake up in the morning and realize with… Continue reading

Free Internet TV Providers

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Ted from NY asks:
Any suggestions for free Internet TV providers?

Sure, Ted!

It is hard living in cash strapped times with the global economy going up and down like a yo-yo. Everyone is trying to rein in their spending habits a little and compromise on some of the luxuries in life. But rather than scrapping some of the finer and more… Continue reading

New Google Maps Features

Monday, August 16th, 2010

So, I was going to look up an address on Google Maps the other day and I noticed the special “Labs” icon in the upper-right had corner.

It looks like this:

Naturally, I clicked on it. (How could I not?)

To my surprise, and delight, I found that Google had added a host of new… Continue reading

Roger asks:
Can I create bookmark folders in Mozilla Firefox, and if so, how can I add bookmarks (which are not saved in folders) into the newly created folders?

Yes, you sure can! Creating bookmarks in Firefox is easy, and can be rearranged just about any way you want them. There are many great websites out there and most of us have a lot of… Continue reading

Similar Image Google Search

Monday, August 9th, 2010

So, if you’ve done an image search on Google lately, you’ve probably noticed that they’ve changed their format around a little bit. Instead of just thumbnail images, if you put your mouse over an image it expands a bit, giving you a larger view.

You may also notice a link that says “Similar”.

How this comes in handy is if you’re looking… Continue reading

Uninstall the Yahoo! Toolbar

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Gail from NY asks:
How do I uninstall the Yahoo toolbar?

Thanks for writing, Gail! If you’ve got the Yahoo! Toolbar installed and you want to uninstall it this is your tip! Let’s take a look at how to get rid of it.

The screens you’ll see during the un-installation procedure vary with your internet browser. In this tip, we’ll first show… Continue reading

Shift+Space Web Browser Navigation

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Sounds like a cool new form of space travel, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) it’s just a trick to make navigating pages in your web browser a little easier.

So, instead of using the Page Up and Page Down keys all the way on the other side of your keyboard, do this:

Press your Space

Send a Page by Email in Opera

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Betsy R. asks:
I have recently begun using Opera as my browser and I really like it, but it’s taking me awhile to learn. For instance, the other day I wanted to e-mail a web page to someone and for the life of me I couldn’t find out how to do it! Can you help?

Hi, Betsy! Thanks for writing.

I too… Continue reading

Shirley from AK asks:
I have noticed since using Windows 7 when I log into a site the print is so very small. I am using IE8 as my browser. Is there any way to increase the font size to make sites easier to see?

Internet Explorer 8 allows you to zoom to Web pages and increase the font size. There are two things you… Continue reading

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