Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by Andrew
Sometimes Windows will get itself all tied into a bunch and there is no choice but to cut the power to your computer and restart. Well, maybe not. Here are some other things to try… Continue reading
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).
The way most setup programs work is they… Continue reading
Ever try to save a file only to be told that the file name is “invalid” due to a character issue? It’s not you, nor a jab at your personality, I promise!
So, to avoid future problems, I give you a list of characters to avoid:
< >[ ] Brackets
= Equal sign
+ Plus sign
\ / Slashes
, . : ; Comma, Period… Continue reading
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?
I think I was on that page yesterday
If the music doesn’t knock you off your… Continue reading
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
I love using keyboard shortcuts. They’re quick and make me look like I’m a pro… or something. However, I realize that many of you like to keep one hand on the mouse, so those three key combos are out. How about a way to type one key at a time rather than all at once?
This feature is called “Sticky Keys” and gives you a delay between key strokes when… Continue reading
Clean Your Desk(top)
Have too many icons on your desktop? You probably only have a few that you really use on a regular basis, so why not keep the other ones handy, but hidden?
Well, it can be done by putting a little folder on your desktop and dragging any infrequently used shortcut icons to it. Here’s how:
1. Right-click the desktop and select, New, Folder .… Continue reading
Launching Multiple Programs
Have you ever needed to launch multiple programs? Normally, you hit the Start button, Programs , then select the program you want to run. Once that one starts, you go back through and repeat the process for the next program. Well, here’s a better way.
Next time you need to launch more than one program from your Programs menu, hold down your SHIFT key while you click… Continue reading
Adjust Mouse Click Speed
Do you have a tough time double clicking fast enough to open files and programs? Or maybe the opposite problem.
Guess what? Your double-click speed can be adjusted!
Just click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel , then open the Mouse icon. ( XP users, hit the Start button, Control Panel , then open the Mouse icon).
From the little screen that pops up, you should… Continue reading
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
Why do I often get the message “Site cannot be found” when I go to some web pages?
“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
If you are using a mail client like Outlook Express then you know that Message Rules are probably the most versatile and helpful feature. We’ve told you how to use them for blocking unwanted email, whitelisting, automatic forwarding, and sorting into folders. This new trick is great for helping you easily identify the good stuff when wading through a mountain of email.
How would you like to just look at… Continue reading
Have you ever been working in MS PowerPoint and wish you could select more than one of the slides at a time? Maybe you have several slides for which you’re going to set the slide transition the same? Wouldn’t it be nice to set these things all at once instead of over and over again, one slide at a time?
Of course it would, who wouldn’t want to save the… Continue reading
You just completed a copy / paste in MS Word XP and you happen to notice this little button appear at the end of you pasted text.
What’s that you ask? Hmmm…
And here’s a good answer.
The little button offers you the Paste Options.
(Now I know a few of you just had the Paste Special thing pop into your mind, but just keep… Continue reading
Next Text Please
Ever find yourself frustrated while working in MS PowerPoint as you jump back and forth between the keyboard and the mouse to move from text box to text box?
Let me clarify… you’re working on a slide with a couple of text boxes and a title box and you’re tired of jumping between the mouse and the keyboard every time you want to move to the next… Continue reading
ME & XP Screen Saver Fun
So, while we’re in the Display Properties window, let’s mess around with your boring screen saver!
Just select the Screen Saver tab from the Display Properties window (you can obtain this by right-clicking on your desktop and selecting Properties ).
From there, you can select a screen saver and configure it exactly how you want it.
One of my favorites is the “My… Continue reading
Cut vs. Copy in MS Excel
So we all know the difference between a cut / paste and a copy / paste.
I mean, it’s pretty obvious, one actually moves the cell contents and the other makes a duplicates.
But, did you know that there’s a difference in the way each of them treats formulas with relative cell references?
(Relative Cell References are formula references to other cells based on… Continue reading
I love the new monthly wallpaper, but what if I want to change it?
Just right-click an area on your desktop and choose “Properties“. Select “Desktop” and you’ll find a list of images to use for wallpaper. Click the background you want from the list and it will appear in the preview screen. You can choose to Center, Tile, or Stretch the image to fit the… Continue reading
The Word Font Window On Demand
OK, so when working in MS Word we all know about the usual toolbar buttons and lists that allow us quick access to things like font type, size, bold, Italics, underline, color, etc.
But did you know that there are even more aspects of your fonts that can be manipulated?
There are things like character spacing and text effects to be explored along with… Continue reading
I got a question the other day from a reader wanting to know what the difference between a worm and a virus. So, without further adieu, here we go!
Viruses are self-replicating programs that embed themselves into other programs, or even the operating system , and use the host to carry out its function. Unless it attaches itself to an email, a virus… Continue reading
Have you ever wished that you could change the direction of text? I mean literally have it read in another direction.
Maybe you want to change the look of the documents or maybe you need to maximize the space you have to work with in the horizontal direction. (Change direction, get more space… If only that would work in my living room. Change the direction of the couch… Continue reading
Have you ever been playing a game and it seems like your computer is having a hard time reading the CD? You can hear it speed up, slow down, speed up… you know what I mean.
This can be caused by several different problems.
First off, if it only does it with one CD, you may want to check
Click, Click — Text Formatting Trick
Many of you may be aware of the Change Case text options in the Format menu of MS Word. This wonderful feature will allow you to take text and, in one quick swoop, change the case of every letter to match your needs.
From the Change Case options, you can make text all lower case, all upper case, sentence case, toggle case or… Continue reading
Changing Directions – Part 2 – MS Excel
Well, now that we’ve looked at the options for turning text in MS Word, let’s move on to MS Excel.
Excel allows for a lot of flex in text direction. You’re actually allowed to set the text angle as opposed to the limited choices of vertical and horizontal offered by Word.
So, let’s get started.
The first thing you need to do… Continue reading
Quick Email Sorting
You’re sorting through a huge list of email, wishing you knew of a quick way to find the specific one needed.
To get MS Outlook or Outlook Express to sort email all you have to do is click!
When you’re looking at your inbox do you see the column titles at the top? The ones that label the columns at From, Subject, Received… Continue reading
I see CD-ROM drives speeds listed at 24x, 32x, etc. What does that mean?
It means that the CD-ROM drive is that many times faster than the original Proto-CD-ROM drive from caveman times. Just how fast was that? Well, the original CD drive transferred data at a rate of 153,600 bits per second (bps). If you have a CD-ROM drive that has a read speed of… Continue reading