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Q:
When I am downloading or sending e-mail with an attachment my web browsing becomes really sluggish. Any ideas?

A:
It sounds to me like it’s working properly (assuming you’re using a regular dial-up connection).

The reason for the decrease in speed is that your internet connection isn’t fast enough to do lots of stuff at once, no regular dial up connection is.

Web browsing will become sluggish… Continue reading

Having modem problems?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Having modem problems?

This simple test will help you determine where exactly your modem problem lies. You may want to try this before you take your computer in for repair.

Go to the Start menu, Settings, Control Panel , and click on Modems . Then in the Modems Properties window, click on the Diagnostics tab at the top of the window.

Select your modem’s port.

Click… Continue reading

Shortcut for typing web addresses

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
I’m constantly on the Internet and get tired of typing in the full website addresses. Is there a shortcut?

A:
It can get pretty tedious typing in h-t-t-p-colon-backslash-backslash-w-w-w-dot-whatever-dot-c-o-m. So next time you’re in a hurry and don’t want to bother with all of that, try this…

Type the name of the site in the address bar and press Ctrl while you hit Enter . The “www” and… Continue reading

Reclaim and Rename Your Internet Explorer

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Reclaim and Rename Your Internet Explorer

Did you know that YOU can actually change the default title yourself to whatever you want it to be?

Yes, it’s true! See, I changed mine to my favorite slogan – “Do good, joy follows.”

Changing the title is a simple process that only requires you to change one ‘key’ in your registry .

The standard disclaimers apply: don’t ever… Continue reading

Get Yourself Connected (and Stay Connected)

(This is for non-XP people.)

Those of us with modems know that in order to get connected, we have to click on the dial-up icon to get the “connect to” box, then click on the connect button and wait for computer to dial and connect.

What if there was a way to get rid of the “connect to” box and go… Continue reading

Search That Site

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
Not trying to sound too Bono-esque, but “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” on this certain insanely long web page with Internet Explorer. I think the information I need is there, but I can’t find it hiding among the insurmountable number of paragraphs, sentences, words and images. Is there an easier way to find what I’m looking for?

A:
Yes! The n ext time this… Continue reading

Find that Site

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
Help! I’m looking for a web site for a certain company, but I can’t find it. I’ve put ” www.theirname.com ” into my web browser and came up empty. I also tried variations of their name plus other domain types (.net, .org, .biz, etc) and nothing. I know they have a web site, but I’m starting to get frustrated. Any ideas?

A:
Wow, looks like you’ve done… Continue reading

Font is too small

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
Sometime, when I get an e-mail or visit a web page, the font is way too small. How do I enlarge it?

A:
To increase or decrease your font size in either Internet Explorer or Outlook Express, just hit the View menu, Text Size. The procedure is usually similar for other e-mail clients and web browsers.

As they say there’s more than one way… Continue reading

AOL Time Savers

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

AOL Time Savers

Want to move around AOL quicker and easier? Here are a few time savers to help you along…

Ctrl+G – Find another member’s profile
Ctrl+I – Send an Instant Message
Ctrl+K – Keyword
Ctrl+M – Write Mail
Ctrl+L – Locate another AOL member
Ctrl+N – Open Notepad
Ctrl+O – Open Documents
Ctrl+P – Print
Ctrl+R -… Continue reading

Go Back Without a Back Button

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
The other day I was on a site that had a pop up window for searches. Anyhow, I did a search, then another, and wanted to go back to the first one. Unfortunately, there was no back button on this pop up, so I had to search my first term again.

Then another time I had a pop up window that I needed to refresh, but no refresh

Expanding Explorer Menus

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Expanding Explorer Menus

Newer versions of Internet Explorer use a Favorites menu that “remembers” the sites you visit the most. So, when you click your Favorites menu, you may only see 5 or 6 of your favorite sites and need to click the little double-V looking thing (see picture below) at the bottom of the menu in order to see the rest.

Personally, I kind of like the feature… Continue reading

Throbbers

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Throbbers

So, you’re running Internet Explorer and while waiting for that page to finally load, you’re staring at that little spinning ‘e’ in your browser for the millionth time, thinking how great it would be if only you could change it…

Happy day! Because not only can you change it, it’s really pretty easy to do!

The animated picture is called a ‘throbber,’ and you can change it just by… Continue reading

Finders Keepers

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Finders Keepers

You’ve searched high and low for that specific information on that particular web site, but you don’t want to add it to your Favorites because the list is so long it can hardly be considered a “favorites” anymore (whew!). So, what do you do?

I say, you found it, so keep it!

You can save it as a Web Archive. This little trick lets you save the must-have… Continue reading

Lots of Favorites

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Q:
I have lots of stuff in my Favorites menu. It seems like I have to do a lot of scrolling just to find what I’m looking for. Do you of a quicker way?

A:
I have WAY too many favorites too, so I know where you’re coming from. You click your Favorites folder and hundreds of web sites drop down. Well, here’s… Continue reading

Q:
Can I access a password protected web site more quickly?

A:
Now this appears to only work for sites that present a pop-up window in which you are to enter your user name and password, but it can still save you some time!

When you access a site that requires a user name and password, you can simply type the whole thing into the Address box!

As… Continue reading

Script Errors

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Q:
I was surfing the web the other day when I got an error message that said something like:

An error has occurred in the script on this page
Line: 35
char. 3725
Error: Expected identifier
Code: 0
URL: mhtml:ml//———–
Do You Want to continue running scripts on this page?
Yes No

What’s wrong with my browser?

A:
Probably… Continue reading

News Groups

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Q:
How do I use newsgroups?

A:
In my opinion, the best program to use for using newsgroups is Outlook Express. Below I’ll show you how to set up newsgroups in Outlook Express and provide you with some screen shots to lessen the surprise factor.

1) Open Outlook Express. On the Tools Menu, select Accounts . Click the Add button to your right and choose the News option.… Continue reading

Internet Address Shortcut

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Internet Address Shortcut

Here’s a quick way to get to a site for users of Internet Explorer 4.0 or better.

Instead of typing the full address of the site, you can just type in the site name. For example, if you want to go to my site, www.worldstart.com. just type “worldstart” (no quotes) into your address line and hit CTRL-Enter . The www and .com will be added… Continue reading

Use A New Browser Window

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Know what I hate? Anchovies on my pizza and recycled browser windows. You don’t know what a recycled browser window is you say? Let’s illustrate this idea with an example.

You have a web page open that you’re checking out. An e-mail comes in and you decide to switch to your e-mail program. As you check out the new e-mail, you see a friend has sent you a link… Continue reading

Wrong Click

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Q:
Is there a way to bail out when you’ve clicked the wrong link on a webpage?

A:
Clicked the wrong link huh? Don’t you just hate that? You frantically try to get your mouse up to the Stop button before you end up at the wrong page, but you don’t always make it. So, here are a few suggestions:

If you’ve… Continue reading

Is your Internet Explorer drop down address bar full of old addresses that you will never use again? Mine isn’t, because I have fixed that problem by getting rid of them. Want to know how? Then keep reading.

First off, to view your history, click the little arrow at the end of the address bar. If you want to delete single entries, just highlight an address… Continue reading

Don’t Use AOL’s Included Browser!

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Don’t Use AOL’s Included Browser!

Have you ever been on a website using AOL and the browser crashes? (Or better yet, have you ever been on a site and not had it crash?)

What happens? That’s right.. The whole AOL program crashes. As for whatever you were doing, kiss it good-bye.

Another bad thing about the AOL browser is the way it limits the amount of space you have to… Continue reading

Are the days of the “free” internet over?

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Q:
I keep hearing about how informational sites will probably be charging for their content soon. Are the days of the “free” internet over?

A:
I’ve seen several questions like that lately (must be an article going around or something), so I’ll try to explain what’s going on and why.

First off, most information sites are supported by advertising revenue. They draw traffic due to their (hopefully) excellent… Continue reading

Big Buttons

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Big Buttons

Do you ever accidentally click the Maximize button on a program window when you meant to hit Close? Or Close when you wanted to Maximize? Or Maximize when you wanted to Minimize? Or… OK, I guess you get the idea.

If the buttons are bigger, it helps to eliminate this problem. Trust me, ever since I made my buttons bigger, I have lots less digital… Continue reading

Easy Scrolling

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Here’s a quick little trick for Internet Explorer’s scroll bar.

Most of us usually use our mouse scroll wheel or grab the scroll bar when we go to scroll down the length of a web page, right?

Another way is to right-click the scrollbar. A little menu will pop up that’s chock-full of scrolling options!

Give it… Continue reading

Are Your Web Images Too Big?

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Are Your Web Images Too Big?
(Internet Explorer 6 or better)

You know the drill. You land on a web page with this gigantic picture. You really want to see the whole thing, but alas, it seems the only way is to use your scroll bars. Sure, you could buy a bigger monitor, better video card, then crank up your resolution, but there’s just gotta be a cheaper way… Continue reading

Save pictures from web pages

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Carlos from Columbus asks:

How do I save pictures from a web page?

To save a picture from a web page to your computer, just right-click the image and select “Save Image As…” from the little menu that pops

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