Thursday, November 10th, 2005 by
Want to minimize all your windows in a hurry? Win + M will do the trick!
~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading
As a writer I adore word sites. There is something just so appealing about quotes, stories, and new ways to use words or just the opportunity to learn new words and integrate them into my vocabulary and writing. I really like this site because of its witty quotes and interesting layout.
The main sections are in the middle of the page: Word of the Day, A Quote… Continue reading
Email It Quick
Do you use MS Outlook notes, tasks, calendar, etc? Ever find that you need to take a task or other item and create an email from it?
Here’s a quick way to take all this information from its original location into a new email without a single copy / paste or (banish the thought!) entering the information by hand twice.
Simply select the item that’s to create… Continue reading
Every time I start up my computer, it says Check Disk and takes forever. How do I stop it?
This seems to be going around. I’ve had several letters with this repetitive checking problem in the last two weeks. Sometimes this is the result of a previous improper shutdown, sometimes this is the result of an error on your disk. To find out if your disk is… Continue reading
While I found this site fascinating and a fun way to waste some time, I couldn’t quite figure out how to describe it. Then I headed to their about section and found that they had already done so.
“WordCount™ is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonness. Each word is… Continue reading
Drag And Drop With A Right Click?
Yep, that’s what I said! Right click!
We often find ourselves moving text in MS Word with a quick drag and drop, but did you know that if you use a right click instead of a left click, Word will offer you far more than the usual move text thing?
Next time you want to move or even copy text simply follow these… Continue reading
I have to admit, I really love well-put-together sites, and this one is simply beautiful. This site is an excellent source of information on the different time periods of the earth.
The time line at the top of the page has the controls Zoom In, Zoom Out, and a drag bar that can move the time line. At first, only the earliest stages will be readable and the ones near… Continue reading
Irfan Photo Viewer
Here and even at home, I’m constantly working with groups of images. Looking through folders and working with one picture from here and one from there can take some time. I usually copy the ones I want and paste them into a new folder, just to keep everything conveniently organized.
From here I usually do some simple editing: a little cropping, image resizing, and maybe even applying… Continue reading
Mark It Up
We all know about watermarks, those light pictures or text placed behind our text on printed documents. They can mark a document as a draft or as confidential, or they could be used to enhance the appearance of a document.
With older versions of MS Word you had to do quite a bit of work to get that watermark. You were forced to go through the header… Continue reading
When I click Turn Off Computer, it goes into what I guess is hibernation. A tiny light on my monitor changes from green to amber. Is this off, or what?
No, your computer has powered down, just like it should.
Here’s what’s really happening: You’re shutting off the PC, but there’s still power going to the monitor, which is still on. The… Continue reading
Need to find a phrase on a website, in a document, or even in a file name on your PC? Ctrl + F will bring up a Find window in Windows XP and most programs.
~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading
“Kidsnewsroom.org provides children with a safe, kid-friendly Internet site loaded with stories, pictures, contests and opportunities for learning. Each week, a new issue is added to the site with the latest news in sports, music & entertainment, health, history, local events and happenings around the world, all designed with kids in mind!”
This site is great for kids, especially for in-classroom use. At the top of the… Continue reading
Copy Only Column Width?
How much time have you wasted changing and re-changing column widths trying to match one column with another in MS Excel? You could use the Format menu, Column sub-menu, Width choice and enter the width you need. Of course, then you’d have to know exactly what width you need and keep it all straight… not worth the time.
Do you have to go back to highlighting… Continue reading
The Messenger Mission focuses on answering six questions about the planet Mercury.
Why Mercury? This section goes over the six questions that scientists hope to answer about the planet Mercury. This was very interesting reading and explained a great deal about how the Earth works as well. There are great images that help explain the answers. I really loved the chunk of meteorite.
The Mission explains how Messenger… Continue reading
Digital Image RAM
We all know that digital photos take up gobs of hard drive space, but how much RAM do you need to work on those images? 256MB? 512MB? 1 Gig? More?!
When it comes to RAM, more is always better. How much you need is going to depend on how large your photos are. For example, a Windows XP system with 512 MB of RAM can… Continue reading
No, this has nothing to do with computer dating. Before buying or downloading, you should make sure your PC meets the program’s Minimum System Requirements. Sometimes just called Requirements, they’re written at the bottom of every software listing in our online software store. You can also find them on the back or bottom panels of most boxes or disk cases, usually in really tiny letters. They tell… Continue reading
Chapter Numbers Wanted
Do you frequently use MS Word to produce documents that contain chapters? Looking to use a more meaningful way to number your pages? Might I suggest that you use a page number / chapter number combination? Today, let’s consider the possibility.
First you’ll need a Word document that was created with chapters using the bullets and numbering feature. Wait! Hold on, there’s more. You can’t use just… Continue reading
We all tend to want to get healthier and eat better. With My Pyramid you can figure out where your eating habits already are and start from there. I do not eat healthy. My idea of dieting is eating what I want in the right portions and drinking less pop. I also tend to skip meals (both breakfast and lunch, depending on the day). I’m a picky… Continue reading
Save your ghost stories and haunted houses. Let’s talk about a real nightmare: losing all your internet favorites. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of these. They’re organized by subject: photography, writing, travel, friends, online ‘zines, crafts, stores, humor sites, podcast pages and directories, sports, webcomics, cool stuff I plan to afford someday but like drooling over now -you name it. If they were lost in… Continue reading
I make lists for everything, from what I need to get done for WorldStart to house chores to grocery lists. When I found this site I was delighted! So after checking out the Learn More link, I readily signed up. It’s free!
This is a very thorough planner and list maker. The first screen you see when you sign up and log in is the Overview… Continue reading
Redecorating with Personalized Style
In a previous tip, we talked about how to choose your desktop theme from those available on your system. Those are pretty basic. You can also modify them or create your own!
Note: These directions are for XP users. Other versions of Windows will look slightly different and have the settings in slightly different places. Look in the Control Panel as a starting point.… Continue reading
Alt + Enter a highlighted object to see its Properties, like file size, date created or last modified, and what program is associated with the file. You can also just hold the Alt key down and double-click the item.
~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading
“This exhibition examines the life and career of Winston Spencer Churchill and emphasizes his lifelong links with the United States–the nation he called ‘the great Republic’.” This site commemorates the 40 year anniversary of his death and the sixty year anniversary of the D-Day allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II.
After reading the About The Exhibition section, I was excited… Continue reading
Download of the Week: Dawn Address Book Converter
We get a lot of emails around here concerning every possible aspect of email. This is understandable, since everyone uses it, including folks who aren’t exactly the biggest Nerds at the SciFi Convention, if you know what I mean. Email has become a staple in our modern everyday lifestyle.
Two of the commonest questions are how to save the address book and… Continue reading