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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


Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Here’s a neat little Easter egg for Mozilla Firefox users. Open up Firefox, and in the address line type:


You should see this:

Creepy! But it shows that the folks over at Mozilla still know how to have fun!

Remember: this tip only works in Firefox version 3.5 and above!… Continue reading

Yahoo Page Options

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

So I use Yahoo as my start page. Why? Because I like getting all my news, stocks and scuttlebutt all in one place.

But the other day I noticed something lurking in the upper right-hand corner of the Yahoo homepage I’d never seen before.

So I clicked on it, and to my surprise (and delight) I found that… Continue reading

Change Chrome Download Location

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

When you download something in Google Chrome, where does it go? Now where you want it to, eh?

Well, if you have a specific location in mind, then this tip is for you, because today we’re going to learn how to change our default download location in Google Chrome!

So go ahead and open Chrome and click the wrench icon in the

Spellbound for Firefox

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Last week I ran a tip on the built-in spell-check function in Mozilla Firefox. After, I received a few e-mails wondering why the function doesn’t work everywhere, so today I’m going to show you a program that will extend Firefox’s spell-check function.

It’s called Spellbound.

My favorite feature of Spellbound is that it spell checks in form fields, so if you’re entering text in something… Continue reading

Alphabetize Your Favorites

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Donna, from California, asks:
I would like to alphabetize my Favorites. Is there a way to do that?

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

Yes, there is, it’s really

Let’s face it! Your time is valuable. You may be searching the internet on a daily basis, if not on an hourly basis. If you have used the Bing search engine (currently the third largest search engine based upon query volume), you probably have become a bit frustrated by its lack of user friendliness when it comes to perusing your search results.

It goes something… Continue reading

Delete Google Chrome History

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Barry from Pittsburgh, PA. asks:

I recently installed Google Chrome. I have been surfing the internet a lot and I can’t seem to find where you delete the browsing history. Any ideas?

I know what you mean, Barry. Every time I install something new, there is always something I don’t know how to do – or where to find… Continue reading

New Twitter Spam Threats

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Here’s a head up for those of you that have twitter accounts.

It seems that there has been an increasing number of fake twitter emails traveling around the web. These emails appear to come from twitter and have a number of different subjects. Some begin by telling you that you need to change your twitter password. Others will tell you that someone is trying to break into your twitter… Continue reading

Drag a New Homepage in Mozilla Firefox

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Say you’re browsing around in Mozilla Firefox and you come across a page that’s so awesome you want to set it as your home page.

Here’s the quickest way:

Just highlight the address up in your address bar and drag it over to the “Home” icon in your toolbar.

Like this:

Now… Continue reading

Google Chrome Shortcuts

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Google Chrome is all kinds of wonderful, so I figured I’d throw some keyboard shortcuts out to all the faithful!

Ctrl+B – Toggle bookmarks bar
Ctrl+H -View the History page
Ctrl+J – View the Downloads page S
Shift+Escape – View the Task manager
Ctrl+P – Print your current page
F5 – Reload current page
Esc – Stop page loading

Google’s Daily Agenda option

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Do you know about the daily agenda option in Google Calendar? This is one of Google’s great little tweaks that not many people know about. When activated, it automatically sends your to-do list for the next 24 hours from your Google Calendar to Gmail at 5am daily, so it is in your email inbox when you wake up and log-in every day. You can edit your to-do list any… Continue reading

What is InPrivate Browsing?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I’ve been hearing a lot about InPrivate browsing. What is it?

InPrivate browsing is when you go shopping online and hit websites like It can also be something as simple as shopping in a grocery store with a fedora stuck on your head. Whatever, it’s cool; I am not here to judge. Besides, that’s not what I am talking about… Continue reading

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