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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:

Deleting Setup Files

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Deleting Setup Files

You’ve downloaded some software and ran its setup program. Now you want to delete the setup program, but should you?

Usually. If it was a .ZIP file, you’re normally safe. If it was an .EXE file, make sure it’s only a setup program and not the actual program itself (in most cases, it’s only a setup program).

Here’s why:

The way most setup programs work is they… Continue reading

Stop It

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
Sometimes I go to web pages that have information I need, but the animations and stupid music are so annoying. I shut my speakers off and try to ignore the animations, but I was wondering if there was a better way to deal with pages like this. Any thoughts?

A:
I think I was on that page yesterday :-)

If the music doesn’t knock you off your… Continue reading

Mistakes Are A Drag!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Have you ever made a mistake while filling out a form on a web page or in a software program? If you’re like me, you occasionally find that you’ve put information in the wrong box.

Most people would just sigh, delete out the error, then re-type it in the appropriate box.

And we wonder why carpal tunnel syndrome cases are on the rise.… Continue reading

Refreshing Sites

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

OK, do you visit web pages with dynamic, frequently updated content? You know, stuff like news, stocks, and weather type sites.

Anyhow, have you ever noticed that sometimes you just can’t get the stupid page to refresh? Sure, you hit the refresh button but it’s the same page (and you just know it’s been updated). Explorer is stubbornly refusing to re-load the thing properly.… Continue reading

Site Not Found

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
Why do I often get the message “Site cannot be found” when I go to some web pages?

A:
“404- Not Found – The page you were trying to look at was not found on the server.”

1. This is probably the most common error you’ll come across while online. There are several reasons for this:

The web page you were going to has been removed or… Continue reading

Lost the Address Bar

Monday, November 15th, 2004


Q:
I lost the address bar in Firefox! How do I get it back?

A:
I’m not sure how this happens, but now and then the address bar will disappear. Restoring it is pretty easy…

In Mozilla Firefox go to View>Toolbars and make sure “Navigation Toolbar” is checked.

See, that wasn’t so hard. Now… Continue reading

Q:
What’s the difference between “Favorites” and “Bookmarks”?

A:
They’re the same thing, actually. “Bookmarks” is the Mozilla Firefox (amongst others) term for what are essentially internet shortcuts. Internet Explorer calls these”Favorites”.

They both work the same way. When you’re on a page you want to get back to, you click the Favorites or Bookmarks menu (depending on the browser) and usually… Continue reading

Improve the Quality of Graphics in AOL

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Improve the Quality of Graphics in AOL

If you browse the web with AOL, you know that sometimes graphics just don’t look so purdy. Never fear! I’m here to show you how to turn off the built in image compression.

AOL says this image compression helps images download faster. Blah! This may be, but a typical human can’t see any significant difference in speed between having compression on vs off… Continue reading

Web Page Printing: Date, Time, URL, etc.

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Do you like to print out web pages? If so, do you become annoyed at all the header and footer information that gets printed on each and every page? You know, the web address, title, date, mother’s maiden name, etc? Internet Explorer and Firefox let you do this.

Well, with Internet Explorer, you can get that adjusted right out of there, or customize it. Here’s how:

1. Click… Continue reading

Change Your Default Browser

Monday, November 15th, 2004

As we all know, Internet Explorer is “integrated” into the Windows OS, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it. You can download other browsers such as Firefox, Netscape, Opera, to name a few. Or, if your ISP has its own browser (like AOL and Compuserv), maybe you would rather use Internet Explorer.

Whatever your preference, here is how to change your… Continue reading

Open Internet Browsers Quicker

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
Is there a way to get my internet browser to open quicker?

A:
Sure, you can hit the Stop button or start typing the web address (usually to have it overwritten during said typing). Another option is to set your browser to start with a blank page, but then you kiss your regular homepage goodbye. That’s no good.

A better way is to make a… Continue reading

Favorite Properties

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Favorite Properties

Here are some more neat things you can do with those Internet Explorer Favorites…

1. To find out how often you access a particular site, right-click the favorite in question and select Properties .

The Web Document tab should be selected. You’ll see a little ” Visits ” item that shows the number of times you’ve stopped by the site in question.

2. Have you ever… Continue reading

Bookmark/Favorites Details

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
I have all these bookmarks but don’t remember why I saved them. is there any way to make a note or something as a reminder?

A:
We’ve all poured over our Favorites/Bookmark list and wondered why a particular website was there? Sure, they’re organized into folders, but the purpose of the site is a mystery. Good news, all of you Netscape, Firefox and Opera users have an… Continue reading

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