Thursday, November 18th, 2004 by admin
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
I have a program and I need to find out what version it is. Where can I find that information?
Most programs hide their version number in their About box. Not all programs have an About box, but most do. Just click the Help menu and see if there is an ” About… ” item.
Embedded Fonts: Keep Your Documents Looking Good!
We constantly hear about news reporters “embedded” in the military to cover the war, well, how about a font embedded in your Word doc?
There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “He who creates a beautiful Word document is wise, but he who enables others to see that beautiful Word document is wiser still.”
Okay, it’s not really an ancient proverb. But… Continue reading
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
Do you have folders full of pictures? I do, both from my digital camera and various scans that I have done. Figuring out which one of these pictures is which is like finding something lost in my daughter’s room—it’s frightening.
Fortunately, there is another way to view these files. Starting with Windows ME you can use “thumbnail view”.
From Windows Explorer or My Computer, click the View menu… Continue reading
Here’s a cool little arrow trick to try with word processing programs. Next time you’re using your arrow keys to go from one area of a sentence to another (left and right arrows), hold down your CTRL key.
Instead of moving one space at a time, you’ll go one word at a time.
If you’re using the up… Continue reading
Do I have to shut down all my software before I shut my computer down?
Not really (although Office XP programs get persnickity about this). Windows will shut things down for you, which can be a real time saver if you have a dozen open programs. However, note that if you have stuff pending (like unsaved documents) Windows will ask if you want to save this… Continue reading
Help! I use Outlook Express and there are times I have stuff sitting in my outbox that I decide to add to or modify. However, the other day I did this and accidentally hit the Delete button. So, I went into my Deleted Items folder and tried dragging the message back to the Outbox. It didn’t work and I had to re-do the whole message. I know it’s… Continue reading
Every now and then you need to really delete a file. Right now.
Well, most people delete the thing, then go to the recycle bin and remove it from there. It works, but there’s a better way.
Next time you’re 100% sure, without a doubt, for certain, that you want to delete a file, hold your Shift key down while you delete. The file will be deleted—skipping the Recycle Bin… Continue reading
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
When I click on links in my email (Outlook Express), I can’t get Internet Explorer to open the page. The links are underlined and blue, so why won’t they work?
If you click a link and it either doesn’t come up, or you get an empty browser window with no connection, there are two common possibilities.
If you have a pop-up stopper, this can interfere with… Continue reading
Finding Your MS Product Codes
Warning: This tip accesses the registry and MUST be used with extreme care!
Ever notice how Microsoft likes to put “product keys” on all their software? Well, what do you do if you’ve lost yours and you need re-install the software? I suppose you could call Microsoft and ask them for help. Yeah right!
Here’s another solution: If the program is still on your machine… Continue reading
If you are a good typist, you probably find it annoying to hop constantly between the keyboard and your mouse. I find it irritating and I’m not even that great of a typist! So, here are a couple of ways to help keep your fingers safely at the keyboard.
Here’s a trick for generating a “right-click” from your keyboard. Make sure your
I have been getting your newsletter in my email for a while now. I found some great software and I have really learned alot. But I stopped getting the newsletter and wondered why?
As the anti-spam frenzy heightens, this complaint becomes more common. Sure we want less spam, but at what cost? Legitimate email that you want to read is not getting to you, vanishing into… Continue reading
Do you have more than one computer but only one printer? If you have the computers networked together, you can enable printer sharing on the computer with the printer. This is done under the Network icon in the Control Panel .
Then, install the networked printer you created above on the second computer. You do this from the Printers folder in My Computer ( XP users… Continue reading
I want to install a new printer. Do I need to remove my old one first?
Nope. Windows supports multiple printers, so you can install the new printer without removing the old one. If you really want to ax the old one, click the Start button, Settings, Printers . Your printer screen will open up. Right-click the printer you want eliminated and select Delete from the… Continue reading
Lens Cleaning Techniques
Yeah, I know, this doesn’t really seem like an overly exciting topic today, but I think it’s well worth a mention. Seems like every time someone hands me his or her camera to take a photo, the lens looks like it’s been dipped into a shop vac.
First off, a clean lens is an essential ingredient to great photos. A lens that’s full of smudges, dirt, or… Continue reading
Havin’ Fun Flashin’
Nope, this isn’t an article explaining how to go out on the street and flash unsuspecting victims, but I couldn’t resist the title
OK, over the last three weeks or so, we’ve been poking around in some of the more intermediate and advanced areas of digital photography, so I thought we’d go with something easier this week—Flash Modes.
Most digital cameras have a variety of different… Continue reading
A histogram is a graphical representation of the light values of the image. Yeah, I know, that really helps. Many newer digicams include a histogram display, and it’s actually one of the most useful features you can have on a digital camera.
First off, let’s look at a picture of one:
Wait, don’t stop reading! I know, I know, it looks confusing, but just hang… Continue reading
Have you ever shot an outdoor scene and had it come out a little too light or a little too dark? Yup, it happens to all of us at one time or another. For whatever reason, the camera misreads the scene and your exposure is all wrong.
So, what do you do when you look at the LCD panel and the photo you just shot is too light… Continue reading
Fall Color Tricks And Tips
With autumn here already (where, exactly, did summer go?), we’ve been getting lots of requests for fall color tips. So, when you venture out this season to grab some brightly colored autumn imagery, keep this in mind:
1. Shoot during good light — we’ve been talking about his for the last couple weeks, so I’m not going to get too detailed. Suffice to say that… Continue reading
I get questions all the time about my photos. People want to know why they look the way they do. They think it’s some big Photoshop secret I’ve yet to share. Nope
One of the biggest tricks in my bag is to shoot during great light. If you can do that, you’ve won 80% of the battle—the rest is just compose and shoot.
What do I mean… Continue reading
We had a reader ask:
“My camera is supposed to be able to focus down to 4 inches, but I can’t get anywhere close to that. Do you think the camera is defective?”
Your camera is probably fine. I’ve seen this happen to several friends, so I know you’re not alone.
In order to get in really close, you’ll need to switch your digicam to Macro mode (usually… Continue reading
Have you ever been working on an image and had the computer crash? Sucks, doesn’t it? All that hard work, down the proverbial tubes.
I remember a few years back working on an image in Photoshop. It was a restoration of an old photo I was doing for a family member (I was “volunteered” since I “knew about those darn computers”).
So, I scanned… Continue reading
A reader asks, “What’s with card formatting? Do I really need to do it? I just popped my card into my camera and everything seems to work OK.”
Formatting a card basically insures that it is going to work right with your camera.
Just like computers, memory cards have files systems, folders, etc. When you use your camera to format a card, it sets the card up the… Continue reading
PC Or Mac For Digital Imaging?
I had the “Should I use a PC or Mac for digital imaging” question brought up to me recently. It seems like when people start to get more serious about digital imaging, this question always comes up. So, what’s the answer?
A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far, away, if you were going to do any kind of digital imaging, you were… Continue reading
A reader asks, “I was at an outdoor concert and tried to take some photos. It was at night so I tried to use my flash. All I got was the back of people’s heads! You could see a little of what was on stage, but it didn’t look very good. What went wrong?”
Ah, flash distance. You don’t have enough of it. Most people think that all… Continue reading