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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

Better Browsing

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Better Browsing

Have you ever been at a site and saw a link you wanted to follow? You almost click the link, but then decide that you want to finish looking through the web page you’re currently on. What should you do?

Next time you’re faced with the question above, right-click the link you want to follow and select Open in New Window from the resulting menu (you can… Continue reading

Peek-A-Boo Windows

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Ever have a window that has wandered partially off-screen? Not a big problem, unless you can’t get to the title bar to move it. For example, what do you do if you have a window that gets its title bar hidden above the TOP of the screen? (It happens, sometimes due to a system error, sometimes due a change in screen resolution.) The problem is

What is a browser?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004


Q:
What is a browser?

A:
A browser is what you use to surf the web.

There are all sorts of them out there. The most common is Microsoft Internet Explorer, but you also have Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome and others. In addition, your Internet Service may have a built in browser, like America Online.… Continue reading

Disappearing Favorites

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Q:
I just got a new computer and I’m having a problem with my Favorites. Seems like if I don’t visit a site often enough, they disappear from the menu! Why is this?.

A:
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… Continue reading

Shifty Little Tabs

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Shifty Little Tabs

Most people know if they hit the Tab key, they can hop from control to control in a program. What most don’t realize is that if they hold the Shift key while they Tab , they can go backwards through the controls.

Now, before you ask… Controls are the “objects” you interact (play) with in a program. Stuff like buttons, checkboxes, text boxes, lists, etc. are all… Continue reading

Wheel Mouse Tricks

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel on it, you can do some cool tricks…

Shift & Spin

Ever wonder what happens when you hold down the Shift key on a web page and spin the wheel on your wheel mouse? Explorer goes either back or forward, depending on which direction you spin.

Give it a try. Open up Explorer and follow a few… Continue reading

Adjust Web Page Font Size

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Q:
Is there anything I can do about web pages with fonts that are too small to read or so large that they waste browser space?

A:
Yes, there is hope. You can avoid eye strain or the loss of vast amounts of browser real estate. You can increase / decrease the font size of your browser. Here’s How:

Internet Explorer & Outlook Express Users:

Click your View

Add an Online Picture to an Email

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Add an Online Picture to an Email

Have you ever come across a cool graphic at a website and wanted to include it in an email? One way is to save the graphic to your hard drive and send as an attachment or insert it into the body of an HTML email (as demonstrated above). But that takes up space on your hard drive or in the email. So, is… Continue reading

Drop Down History

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Have you ever been looking for a page on a particular web site and haven’t been able to find it? You may know the site name ( www.sitename.com) but the actual page name eludes you.

Well, with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, you can type in just the name of the site, like www.worldstart (note you don’t really need the “.com” part) then hit your down arrow… Continue reading

Email Addresses as IE Favorites

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Have you ever been surfing the web and had a sudden urge to send an e-mail to someone? Maybe you just stumbled upon a really cool page or some awesome information that you just gotta share.

Whatever the reason, wouldn’t it be cool if you could compose an e-mail without launching Outlook Express, fiddling around in the address book, then finally starting the message?

Well, where there’s a geek, there’s… Continue reading

Secure Sites

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
How do “secure servers” work? When I give my information, is it really safe?

A:
There are two things that indicate a secure web page:

First, you will notice that the domain changes to “https://”. Second, a little padlock appears in the status bar at the bottom of your browser.

When you log onto a secure server it communicates with your browser for a few seconds… Continue reading

That Font is Unreadable

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
Have you seen that awful font that many websites are using lately? It’s almost totally unreadable!

A:
Sure there are over a million amateur web page makers for every pro designer, but I think the reason so many web sites seem to be using an ugly font has more to do with your browser than the design skills of the person who made the site.

If your… Continue reading

Use Internet Explorer To Open Files

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Use Internet Explorer To Open Files

If you’re like me, you always have a web browser open. Well, if that browser is Internet Explorer, you could be doing more with it than just surfing the web!

Internet Explorer can also open all sorts of files. Just drag and drop a file into your Internet Explorer window and watch it open. I use this all… Continue reading

Stop Homepage Hijacking

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Stop Homepage Hijacking

We get e-mail from people all the time telling us that their homepage has been changed without their permission (Internet Explorer). Most of the time, a quick trip to the Tools menu, Internet Options will let you reset the page.

However, sometimes it’s an even bigger problem. Some folks find that each time they re-boot their computer, their homepage switches back to the unwanted one and… Continue reading

What is Spyware

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
What is spyware? How do I know if I have some on my computer? How do I get rid of it?

A:
Spyware is basically a type of program that gathers information about you without your knowledge. This information may be distributed to many sources or just a single source.

Note that if a program alerts you that your personal information may be shared it is not… Continue reading

Stop the Spyware Invasion

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Stop the Spyware Invasion

Did you know that you can prevent it from getting to begin with?

I’m talking about a free way to do it, at least with Internet Explorer. I tried to find Netscape and Opera methods, but didn’t find any.

Just head over to Tools / Internet Options then click the “Security” tab and the “Custom Level” button.

You’ll see a list of settings, the first of… Continue reading

Internet Information Safety

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Internet Information Safety

Giving out your personal information to sites on the net is a touchy subject. My suggestion would be to only give out info to sites that you trust. If you don’t trust a particular site, don’t give out your info. I’m not too worried about giving out my info to most business sites, but I’m not going to give it to someone who just would like to… Continue reading

Fix Split Links

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Fix Split Links

Don’t you just hate it when the web link in an email is split? The first line is clickable, but it goes nowhere. Try the old copy/paste and you still only get the top part.

Some readers suggest making the text smaller or the page bigger to display the whole link. It’s worth a try. But if that doesn’t work, here’s how to handle ‘em:

1. Copy… Continue reading

Autocomplete Everything

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Note – This tip is for Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. For those who are still with me, if you have any sites that require a password for access, you’ve probably noticed that IE offers to remember these passwords / usernames for you. Of course, some of you like having your browser remember passwords and usernames for you. All that’s required when you go back to the site is a… Continue reading

Stop Auto-Completes

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
I hate it when my browser auto-completes search engine entries and addresses when I start typing. How do I avoid this?

A:
Well, if you’re using Internet Explorer (5.0 or higher), just go to Tools, Internet Options , then choose the Content tab and select the ” AutoComplete ” button. This will bring up a control panel where you can turn AutoComplete on or off for web… Continue reading

Clear Internet History

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Clear Internet History

Speaking of cache, this is one that takes up a lot of space and can be emptied easily. If this folder is full, you might try to save a picture that says .jpg only to have it try to save as as bitmap. This is a sign that your Internet History cache is full. Keep in mind, though, that frequently visited pages will take longer to download… Continue reading

Dealing with Drop Down Menus

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Don’t you get tired of scrolling through long drop down box lists? I know that I do. I’m gonna show you an easy way to get through them today. I’ll illustrate how to do it with an example.

Let’s say you’re filling out an online registration form that asks for your country. If you live in Australia, you’re all set since your country is towards the top… Continue reading

Quick Homepages & Favs

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Quick Homepages & Favs

Want a quick way to set your homepage with Internet Explorer? Head to your address bar and drag the little Explorer icon next to the address to your Homepage button.

You’ll get a message asking you to confirm that you want to switch your homepage. Answering “yes” will set the homepage for you.

What if you just want to save… Continue reading

Email a Web Page

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q: I was at a really cool site and wanted to send it to my friend. Is there a way to email the entire web page?

A: If you’re using Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator you can. Here’s how to send a favorite page to a buddy:

Internet Explorer:

1. Click the File menu, Send, Page by e-mail.

2. Outlook Express (or Outlook) will now open and the page… Continue reading

What are plug-ins?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
What are plug-ins?

A:
A plug-in is a small application that works with your browser to display certain types of web media. For example, some web sites use Shockwave to allow you to play interactive games. However, in order to play these games, you need to have a Shockwave plug-in. Oh, if you want to check out some of these games and more, head to:

Stop XP Pop-ups

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
I have been receiving these annoying pop-ups that say that Windows XP has a security leak in it’s messenger that allows my IP address to be leaked and allows these annoying pop-ups to occur even without my browser open. They try to get me to buy their software to stop the pop-ups. Do I need to install their software or is there something I can do?

A:

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