WorldStart Tech Tips 2013-02-20
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Question: I have all my bids and statements on MS Works, but when I send them, some companies can’t open them. They tell me to send on MS Word. I have that, but how do I copy the form from Works to Word?
Don, if you have Works 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 or 9.0 you should be able to save the file as a Word document. Open the Works document and under “File,” click “Save as.” Change the “Save In” box to select the location where you want to save your new Word Document.
In the “File name” box type the name you wish to call your new Word file. In the “Save as” box, select Word 97-2000 & 6.0/95 – RTF (*.doc), and then click save. If you are using Works 8.0, make sure to choose Word 97-2003 (*.doc) in the “Save as type” box.
Your new documents should now open in Word. Hope this helps.~ Cynthia
Desmond from the U.K. writes:
Hi, my CPU usage keeps going up to 100 per cent, everything is at a standstill, nothing works. Any ideas?
While new computers are constantly increasing their CPU speeds, there are always going to be times where there just isn’t enough processing power or memory available to run multiple programs. When your computer’s CPU usage jumps to 100%, it indicates some software utility (or combination of different programs) is causing a problem and using up all the processing power. Normally you can resolve this issue simply by restarting the operating system, but if the CPU usage is frequently stuck at 100%, you likely have a bigger problem.
Some programs can be real memory hogs and are prone to causing CPU usage issues. For instance, if you have multiple tabs open in Firefox or Chrome that are all loading YouTube videos simultaneously, the Flash plug-in may crash and the web browser will eat up all the CPU power trying to restart it. In this case, all you need to need to do is identify which program is causing the problem and manually shut it down.
Tap the “Ctrl,” “Alt,” and “Delete” keys simultaneously and then click the “Open Task Manager” button. Navigate to the “Processes” tab and click the “Memory” button to arrange the currently-running process by the amount of memory they are using.
Click the name of the program at the top of the list using the most memory, such as your web browser or some other software utility. After highlighting the name, click the “End Process” button at the lower-right corner of the window to shut down the program. Wait a few seconds and then re-open the program, at which point the CPU usage should return to normal (unless you have too many programs open at once, in which case you’ll need to leave some of them turned off).
Your CPU usage may also be out of control simply because there are too many programs running in the background that don’t appear in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Your computer’s manufacturer generally installs third-party software that automatically loads during startup. Any number of tools you’ve installed on your own may also include extra startup programs. To keep the amount of software running at any one time under control, Microsoft Windows lets you manually change what programs load automatically when the operating system boots up.
To find what programs are loading at startup, open the “Start” menu and type “msconfig” into the search box. Click the “msconfig” tool when it appears in the search results.
Navigate to the tab labeled “Startup” and look through the list to find any programs you don’t want to load during the startup sequence.
Remove the check box next to any programs you don’t want loading automatically, and then click the “Apply” button at the bottom of the screen. Restart your computer.
If your computer is still regularly at 100% CPU usage after turning off background software and using fewer programs simultaneously, you likely have a spyware or virus issue that’s eating up your processing power. If you don’t already have a spyware detection tool, download and install a program such as Spybot Search and Destroy or Lavasoft Ad-Aware. Open the program and select the option to run a full system scan.
~ Ty Arthur
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Coming Soon: PixelTone Voice-Controlled Image Editing
How would you like the ability to edit digital images using the sound of your voice? That technology could be coming to your tablet, phone or laptop soon.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have teamed up with researchers from Adobe (maker of the popular Photoshop image editing software) for a project called PixelTone. PixelTone allows you to make changes to an image simply by speaking a command.
he goal of the project is to enable you to use natural language and hand motions to easily edit photos. Image editing software often expects users to learn the language of image processing. For example: terms like hue and saturation.
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Stop Windows 8 Automatically Signing Into Hotmail
John from New Castle, Pa. writes:
I have Windows 8 and when I click on Hotmail and then inbox, it goes right to my inbox. No username and no password. Anyone can access my Hotmail on my computer. How do I get it to ask for my username and password always?
I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the bad news, so there is something good to look forward to.
The first is a bit of an inconvenience, but still gives you access to your Skydrive and other Windows Live integrated features. When you start the computer, you can open a web browser and go to www.hotmail.com, then click (under your name in the upper right-hand corner) “sign out.” This will sign you out of the Microsoft website until you sign back in or reboot your computer and log back on.
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Phrase It - Add A Cartoon Touch To Your Photos
Are you ready to cartoon style speech bubbles to your favorite pictures? Well, now you can with Phrase It!
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You choices are Import from Facebook, Upload from your Hard Drive, or to Use a Random Stock Photo (and it will be completely random, the site generates one for you).
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