Archive Tech Tips

2002 – 2006

ANTIVIRUS

 

Antivirus: Here’s a super important tip for everyone using the internet. Just because your antivirus software is installed, it may not be up to date! New viruses come out daily, so it’s important that your software “update” its inoculation list at least twice a week. Many programs, like Norton Antivirus 2001/2001, do this automatically but older versions or other program may require the user to manually go online and click a program button to update their protections. Why not get into the habit each Monday of double checking – better safe, than very sorry, when your hard drive is zapped by a virus!

EMAIL WITH THE RIGHT CLICK

 

For users of most email programs, like Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape or Eudora products, here’s a great time saver. You can email a file directly from a folder or your desktop without opening your email software. Simply right-click the mouse on the file and then left-click the SEND TO menu. Left click the MAIL RECIPIENT option and a new email will appear with the file already attached to it. Simply address the message, write a subject and body and click send. If you’re online all the time with a broadband connection, the email will be sent immediately; dial up users will transmit the message the next time they go online. Try it!

ALT-TAB SAVES TIME

 

Want a convenient way to switch between running programs without using the mouse? Try holding the ALT key and pressing the TAB key. Each time you press TAB, Windows will “rotate” to the next open program. When you release the ALT key, the program will jump to the foreground. So, if you’re running Word, Excel and Email, you can click ALT-TAB to quickly swap between each program – perfect for cutting, pasting and just working more swiftly. Laptop users will appreciate this because it’s easier than constantly moving the mouse to the TASKBAR to switch between open programs.

CLEAN UP YOUR SYSTEM

 

Windows 98/ME/2000 and XP users should take advantage of this simple tool to clean their recycle bin, temporary internet files and other “stragglers” cluttering up their hard drive. Click START/PROGRAMS/ACCESSORIES/SYSTEM TOOLS/DISK CLEANUP to launch Windows’ built-in maintenance tool. Click the hard drive you wish to clean up (usually your C: drive) and wait for the analysis. You can clean up all or selective files by checking choices in the dialog box. One note: When you click ok, any files (especially in the recycle bin) will be permanently deleted, so be sure you’re ready to take out the trash! Do this at least once a week.

RUN onto the WEB

 

Here’s a neat trick for DSL/Cable broadband internet users. Let’s say you’re working in Word or Excel and you want to check something on the internet (like a map or a mortgage rate); instead of minimizing your application, launching Explorer and then surfing the web, you can go directly to any site you know from the START menu. Simply click START/RUN and type www.anysite.com into the RUN box. Click ok and Explorer will launch, go to that site and be ready for you to use in a jiffy. Try it.

 

SPLIT SCREEN

 

Here is a helpful tip if you ever work in long word documents. Ever wish you could take a peek at the top of the document without losing your place? You can activate Word’s SPLIT SCREEN feature by dragging down the tiny little bar above the UP arrow on the right hand side of the screen. Point your cursor to it and hold while moving down. You’ll then be able to view the top of your document, while keeping your place! This is especially helpful when working with tables!

 

ADDING PICTURES TO FOLDERS WITH XP

 

Right-click a folder, and then click Properties. Click the Customize tab, and then click Choose Picture. Select any image on your computer, click Open, and then click OK. The picture you chose will now be on the folder while in the THUMBNAIL view.

 

ADDING LINKS TO THE INTERNET EXPLORER TOOLBAR

 

If you access the same sites over and over, why not put a link right on your links toolbar in IE! Simply drag the URL from any website by holding the mouse down and drop it in the links toolbar. Much easier than a favorite!

 

 

 

 

Tech Tips 3/5/02

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SAVE TIME SEARCHING ONLINE

 

Most users use a “search engine” online to find other web sites. Portals like Yahoo, MSN or Google contain millions of listings – but if you’re already at a site, why waste time going back to a search engine to search and then go to another site? Try this trick: Simply type a word or phrase into the ADDRESS BAR of Explorer and press Enter. It will automatically search your favorite search engine and take you to a list of results. This works any time, any where, so you can jump from site to search in just a few keystrokes

LOSE A FILE? FIND IT WITH EASE!

 

Sometimes we all forget where we saved a file or what we named it. Thankfully, Windows has a global search tool with a few different ways to find your lost files. Click START… FIND… FILES OR FOLDERS and you can look by name, date or date range (say, last two days) or even by typing a few words you remember are inside the document. Windows can search in one folder, or the entire hard drive, and will display a list of all files that match your criteria. Select your file from the results list by double clicking its name and it will open immediately.

 

PRINT PREVIEW SHORTCUT

 

CTRL + F2 will show you a print preview! Saves time.

 

Tech Tips 3/13/02

PALM TIP: SEE IN THE DARK

 

Most users know their Palm computer can light up the screen for nighttime use, but sometimes using the stylus to drag from the bottom of the screen to the top (the normal way of activating the backlight) is not possible. If you’ve only got one hand, you can light the screen by holding the POWER button for three or more seconds. Perfect for a illuminating your data without using the pen.

HIGHLIGHTING DOCUMENT ENTRIES

 

Tired of fighting with your mouse to highlight exactly what you want? Why not try putting the cursor at the beginning of the sentence, then pressing the CTRL key and clicking your mouse. Your entire sentence will be highlighted!

RECOVERING WORD DOCUMENTS AFTER A CRASH

 

Open the TOOLS menu, click OPTIONS and then select the FILE LOCATIONS tab. If the Auto Recovery tab has a location next to it, you can open your document. If not, then your document was lost.

 

Tech Tips 3/20/02

VIRUS MYTHS

 

http://www.vmyths.com/

This is one of the better virus hoax sites. Instead of reacting when you hear about a virus, check it out at this site.

LOST PALM

 

Here is a tip to protect your palm pilot if ever lost. Create a floating event with an alarm in your datebook that will go off once a week with the message “If Lost” information for anyone who might retrieve it.

 

WEB BASED MAIL TO OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

Now you can set up your outlook express mailbox to receive web based mail! Click below to find out how.

http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/howto/jump/0,24331,3376721,00.html

 

Tech Tips 3/27/02

WORD MOVE AROUND SHORTCUT

 

CTRL + Page Up moves up one paragraph. CTRL + Down moves to the previous paragraph . Here is a great time saver. CTRL + the Right arrow moves you forward one word! And, + the Left arrow moves you to the previous word.

PAGE NUMBER TIPS

 

Instead of just numbering your pages, you can make your document look more professional. Click VIEW, then select “Header and Footer”. Go to the footer area of your documents first page and select “Insert Auto Text”. You will then have a drop down menu. Select Page X of Y, hit close and viola, your document footer will display the page numbers.

 

HOW TO FIND WEBPAGES WITH BROKEN LINKS

 

If you click on a link, only to see the “page cannot be found”error, instead of throwing in the towel, just place your curser to the end of the address line, and backspace out to the main page. Sometimes, a sight is updated, but the author might forget to update all of the page links attached. It’s worth a try!

 

Tech Tips 4/3/02

EMAIL TEMPLATE IN OUTLOOK

 

Here is a quick and easy way to create an email template. In Outlook, choose Create New Mail. Choose the stationery, signature file and any standard message that you want and click SAVE AS when you are finished. Title the email and then select your documents as the location to save the email file. Then, whenever you want to send it, open it in your documents, personalize and add an address.

MORE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

Tired of your mouse? By pressing your SHIFT and F10, it’s the equivelant of the right click!

TECHNICAL JARGON, EXPLAINED

 

www.webopedia.com has a fantastic dictionary of all of the tech jargon you need!

The site is simple to navigate with its open search function front and center. Enter a word by itself, or choose from a category of words that take you to a list filled with lingo from your point of interest.

 

Tech Tips 4/10/02

CLEANING YOUR MOUSE

The easiest way to clean your mouse is to remove the mouse ball to access the X and Y rollers. You can clean the rollers very gently with a q-tip and some alcohol. Don’t forget to clean the ball itself with a clean cloth dampened with alcohol.

MORE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

SHIFT+DEL: Deletes immediately without removing to the Recycle Bin. Be careful if you want to use this shortcut!

YAHOO SUBMISSIONS

If you ever wondered how to suggest that Yahoo include your site, visit this page for some tips!

http://docs.yahoo.com/info/suggest/

 

Tech Tips 4/17/02

 

SPEEDY DOWNLOADS

Try this great utility called download accelerator. This utility available from www.download.com allows your browser to open seven simultaneous download screens for any file, in effect; it’s like downloading with seven computers at once.

 

POP UP STOPPER

Also available from Download.com is the free version of pop-up stopper lite. Eliminate those annoying pop up ads and those exit windows with this handy utility that resides in the task bar. P.S. If your MLS uses pop up windows, you can easily toggle pop up stopper on and off too!

 

ICONS ON THE TASKBAR

To populate this part of the taskbar, simply drag program or document icons from the desktop, the Start menu, or even Windows Explorer and drop them onto the Quick Launch section. You can rearrange items by dragging and dropping as well. To remove an icon from Quick Launch, right-click it and choose Delete.

 

 

 

 

Tech Tips 4/24/02

 

CHANGE THE SIZE OF YOUR DESKTOP ICONS

Make your desktop icons larger or smaller with this tip. Right-click an empty area of your desktop and choose Properties. Open the Appearance tab. (XP users, click advanced)

Find Icon in the Item drop-down menu. Change the size and press Apply to see how your icons will look. Don’t be afraid to repeat this step and experiment with different sizes. When you’re satisfied with your icon size, hit OK

 

FINDING MOST RECENT DOCUMENTS IN WORD

The quickest way to open one of the last four files that you edited in word is to open the program, then press ATL + F, then press 1,2,3 or 4.

 

NO MICROSOFT WORD? NO PROBLEM!

If you are trying to share a word document with someone who is using another word processing software, have no fear! They can easily download a viewer from this link:

 

http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2000/wd97vwr32.aspx

 

This is ONLY for people who do not have word. You can’t edit the document, but you can copy and paste it!

 

Tech Tips 5/01/02

 

LINE NUMBERING IN WORD

Double click the gray area of the ruler to display the page setup dialog box. Click on the layout tab, then click the line numbers button. Select Add line numbering then set the line numbering options. Click OK twice.

 

WINDOWS CALCULATOR

Click your Start menu and select Run.

On the command line, type – calc

Hit Enter on your keyboard

 

SEND ANY PICTURE WITH A RIGHT CLICK

Simply right click on any picture (on your computer or online) and you’ll have the option to SEND to an email recipient! Easier than attaching a file!

 

Tech Tips 5/15/02

 

Quick font change in Internet Explorer

 

If your mouse has a wheel, you can use it to change the text size in Internet Explorer and even, Microsoft Word. Just depress Ctrl and turn the wheel.

 

Home Sweet Home

 

To move to the start of a line in Word, just press the HOME key!

 

Interesting Web Page Link

 

Ever wonder what certain file extensions stand for? Wonder no more!

http://whatis.techtarget.com/fileFormatA/0,289933,sid9,00.html

 

Tech Tips 5/08/02

 

PRINT PREVIEW IN INTERNET EXPLORER

If you’re looking at a website and you would like to print, you can select File and then print preview to see how it will appear on your page. Then, to ZOOM in click on ALT and + (plus key). To ZOOM out, ALT and – (minus key)

 

DRAW IN WORD!

To launch your drawing toolbar, right-click any area of the toolbar. When the context menu appears, click Drawing. The Drawing toolbar will appear at the bottom of the screen. Add lines, shapes and diagrams to any document.

 

 

CLEVER KEYS

CleverKeys is a small text search utility for Windows. Once you download this free program, you can access a dictionary, thesaurus and more by highlighting the word and hitting one key! It will then launch a web page. It works in both word document as well as email programs.

 

Tech Tips 5/29/02

 

REQUEST READ RECEIPT

 

If you want to make sure an important email is read, follow these easy steps. After composing the mail in Outlook Express, click on TOOLS, then REQUEST READ RECEIPT. You will get an email in your inbox when it is read.

 

UN DO & RE DO SHORT CUTS

 

You can easily “undo” any action by pressing CTRL + z. To “Redo” , click CTRL + y.

 

BEAM BUSINESS CARDS WITH YOUR PALM PILOT

 

Want a quick way to get your contact information off to another Palm user? Point your palm pilot towards another and hold down the address button for 2-3 seconds. Your business card will automatically be beamed!

 

Tech Tips 6/5/02

 

FUN WITH THE CTRL KEY!

Control-C – copies anything that is highlighted

Control-V – pastes the last thing that was copied or cut Control-X – cuts anything that is highlighted

 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR OUTLOOK EXPRESS TOOLBAR

When outlook express is opened, just double click on any blank spot on the toolbar and you can set up your toolbar to include the items you use the most. You can also remove those buttons you seldom use.

 

PRINTING PART OF A WEB PAGE

If you’ve ever been to a website and wanted to only print “part” of it instead of the whole page, follow this simple step… Position your mouse at the beginning of the text you wish to print, hold down the left mouse button and drag your curser to the end of the selection you’d like to print. The text that you want to print should be highlighted. Next, from the FILE menu, select PRINT. When you see the print options, make sure you have SELECTION checked off under PRINT RANGE.

 

Tech Tips 6/12/02

 

POWER TIP FOR POWER DOWN

If you are running Windows XP, you can customize what happens when you press your power button. Before XP, when you hit the “power off” button on your computer, you risked improperly shutting down the system and damaging files. With the new XP you can customize your shut down experience. Just go to START, CONTROL PANEL, POWER OPTIONS, ADVANCED. There is a drop down menu asking what you would like to happen when you hit the Power Button. Select SHUT DOWN.

 

OUTLOOK EXPRESS PREVIEW PANE

If you’d like to reduce your risk of exposure to script based viruses, turn off the auto preview function. In Outlook Express click VIEW, LAYOUT and make sure PREVIEW PANE is not checked off.

 

CLEARING DOCUMENTS OUT OF START MENU

Every time you open a document, it gets added to the MY DOCUMENTS menu on the Start menu. This saves you time when you wish to return to a file you used just moments ago. Windows usually keeps 5-10 files in this list, automatically replacing the oldest file with the latest file in an ongoing cycle. Sometimes, it’s nice to clean this list and start from scratch. In any windows version, right click on an empty space on the taskbar and choose PROPERTIES, ADVANCED and CLEAR. (Windows XP users need to click the CUSTOMIZE BUTTON, then Clear).

 

Tech Tips 6/19/02

 

RIGHT CLICK ATTACHMENTS

Outlook and Netscape users can instantly attach any file to a new email message by right clicking on the file and choosing “send to” mail recipient from the pop up menu. Do this from your desktop or any folder.

 

SUPER DELETE

Want to permanently delete a file, not just send it to the recycle bin? Hold down the shift key while pressing the delete key on your keyboard. Answer YES to the “Are you sure?” and your file will be permanently nuked.

 

PRESENTERS TIP

If you do listing presentations using power point, remember these favorite buttons. Press the letter B to blank the screen. This is useful if you want your clients full attention. Press any NUMBER and then press ENTER to jump to that slide out of sequence. The backspace key also works as a reverse key.

 

Tech Tips 6/26/02

 

TURN OFF PASSWORDS FOR WINDOWS

 

Does your computer at home ask for your user identification every time you start it up? If you are the single user of a home computer, you probably don’t need to see the logon screen every time you boot up. To turn off the password protection: Open the Network Control Panel. Make sure the Windows logon is selected, not the Microsoft network logon. Restart your computer. When the logon window comes up, enter a name, (any name — it doesn’t matter), leave the password blank, and hit return. When it asks you to confirm that blank password, hit return again. After that, you should never see the logon screen again.

 

WINDOWS TIP: MOUSELESS START MENUS

 

There are many ways to travel through Windows without using a mouse.

You can access the Start menu with the Windows key, but what if you’re using a keyboard without the Windows key? No problem.

Press Ctrl+Esc to open the Start menu.

Use the arrow keys to move up, down, left, and right.

Press Enter to open an application.

The arrow keys can also open submenus. Use Esc to get out of any screen.

 

WEBPAGE TEXT SEARCH

 

In internet explorer, when browsing a webpage, if you want to search the page for a term, just hit CTRL F and type in the word you are searching for and it will find it on the page.

 

Tech Tips 7/10/02

 

EXCEL AUTO SUM FEATURE

 

If you want to add a column in an Excel spreadsheet, just click on the AUTO SUM button on the toolbar in the cell that you would like the total to appear. Excel will automatically add the column or row before the cell for you!

 

CONVERT A TABLE TO TEXT IN WORD

 

If you’ve ever created a table and then later realized you’d prefer to have plain text, there’s no need to cut and paste or drag and drop. To convert your table to text, simply select the entire table and then choose Table, Convert Table To Text. Choose the appropriate option (Paragraph Marks, Tabs, Commas, or Other) and hit OK. You can also change your mind again, by converting text to a table!

 

FREE MULTIMEDIA VIEWER

Now you can download a free viewer that supports more than 50 image, video and audio formats! Try it out.

http://www.slowview.at/

 

Tech Tips 7/17/02

 

LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL QUOTE?

 

For the perfect quote for your speech, presentation or thank you card, visit: www.quoteland.com.

 

OUTLOOK 2000 OR XP USERS

 

If you recieve an email from a customer who is requesting an appointment, an easy way to schedule the event in your calendar is to drag the email from the inbox to the calendar icon in the toolbar. This will open the schedule an event screen where you can set the date and the time, best of all, the body of the message will become part of the scheduled event in your calendar!

 

WANNA JUMP TO A WEBSITE AT LIGHTSPEED?

 

Click START, then RUN and type the url in the runbox. This will automatically start your browser and bring you right to the page.

 

Tech Tips 7/24/02

 

CAN’T FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ONLINE?

NetroSnooper does a great job of finding “hidden” files on the Web–files that may exist in a server directory, but have no links to them, so they’re not normally visible. The program finds these files, then lets you download them. For a free trial download, visit: http://www.netropolis.nu/

 

ADDING COLUMNS TO OUTLOOK EXPRESS

It’s easy to add columns to your outlook express mailbox. Just click on VIEW and then COLUMNS. You can choose from the typical FROM, SUBJECT, RECEIVED, PRIORITY, ATTACHMENT and you can add SIZE, SENT, TO, ACCOUNT, and more! Customize your mailbox views to fit your needs.

 

SAVE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO A FILE

Open Internet Explorer.

Choose Import and Export in your File menu.

Once the Import and Export Wizard opens, click Next, highlight Export Favorites, and click Next again.

Choose the Favorites folder.

Click Export to a File or Address, save your bookmark.html file onto your C drive or disk, and click Next.

Click Finish and OK.

Now you’ll always have a copy of your favorite websites.

 

Tech Tips 7/31/02

 

USING STATIONARY IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS

Click on MESSAGE and then NEW USING and select the stationery pattern from the options, or choose SELECT STATIONERY for more options. You can even create your own stationery by using the CREATE NEW button which will take you to a stationery wizard!

 

CHANGING YOUR HOME PAGE

You can easily change which page to use for your homepage when you start Internet Explorer by selecting TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS and on the GENERAL tab, just type in the url that you want for your default start page! It’s that easy. https://www.easternctrealtors.com  would be a great choice!

 

OFFICIAL TIME

Want to know EXACTLY what time it is, OFFICIALLY? Just visit this site! http://www.time.gov/

 

Tech Tips 8/7/02

 

CLEAR FORMATTING

If you cut and paste information from websites or other documents to a word document and want the added information to appear in plain text, simply highlight it then click the drop down option on the style toolbar to say “Clear Formatting”.

 

CENSUS STATISTICS

Here is a great, easy to use site. You can get city specific reports, maps and general census information: http://www.censusscope.org/

 

QUICK UNDO-KEYBOARD SHORTCUT

For a quick undo, just click on the CTRL key and Z!

 

Tech Tips 8/14/02

 

PALM PILOT CONTENT

 

You can view websites, read articles and even get local city infor downloaded onto your handheld when you hotsync by visiting www.avantgo.com All you have to do is register with the site and choose the channels you like! You don’t need to subscribe to wireless service or pay a monthly fee, it’s FREE!

 

 

 

WINDOWS XP APPEARANCE

 

If you installed XP but miss the “look” of previous versions of windows, you can change to a “classic” view by following the steps below: Right-click your Desktop and select Properties. On the Desktop Display properties, click the Appearance tab. Under the Windows and buttons pull-down menu, select Windows Classic. Click Apply to see your new look. Click OK to close the Desktop Display properties.

 

KEYBOARD SHORTCUT

If you’d like to minimize all of your windows with a shortcut, try this: CTRL & ESC- This will bring up the taskbar Then hit ALT & M

 

Tech Tips 8/21/02

 

TOP PRODUCER PHOTO IMPORTS

 

TOP PRODUCER Systems recommends the following specs when importing photos:

1) 16-bit colors

2) No higher than 300 dpi for the resolution

3) No bigger than 3 inches by 3 inches

4) Either JPG or BMP format

 

PALM PILOT PROGRAM INFO

 

You can use the Info screen in your Applications Launcher (home page) to see the version, record quantity, and file size for each application on your Handspring handheld. To do so, open the Applications Launcher and tap the menu icon or the time in the top left corner. Tap Info on the App menu that appears. Then tap the respective box at the bottom of the screen to find the application information you need. You can also see how much system memory is remaining at the top of the screen.

 

OUTLOOK 2002 STICKY NOTES

While in Outlook, you can create sticky notes that look like post-it notes.

They stay on your desktop and can help server as reminders for things you need to do.

 

1. Go to File / New / Note

2. From here you can enter any text you like

3. You can change the color of the note by clicking on the icon in the upper left hand corner and selecting

Color

4. When created this way, the notes are only available when Outlook is still running

 

Tech Tips 8/28/02

 

CUSTOMIZING WINDOWS XP TO INCLUDE FAMILIAR ICONS

 

Right-click on the desktop, and then click Properties.

Click the Desktop tab and then click on Customize Desktop.

Put a check mark in the box next to My Document, My Computer, My Network Places, or Internet Explorer, to add those familiar icons to your desktop.

 

 

GET HOME IN A HURRY

 

A quick keyboard shortcut to get back to your homepage in explorer: ALT + Home

 

 

HELPFUL SITE OF THE WEEK

http://hints-n-tips.com/

 

Tech Tips 9/4/02

 

MORE SHORTCUTS WITH INTERNET EXPLORER

 

If you are on a website and you’d like a quick way to save it to your favorite places, just click CTRL + D and it will automatically be in your list of favorites.

 

CD BURNER, WRITER AND REWRITER – WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?

 

A CD writer is often referred to as a CD-R or Compact Disc Recordable. A CD ReWriter is the same thing as a CD-RW or Compact Disc ReWritable. CD-R drives and CD-RW drives are both considered CD burners because they’re able to write data to a disc.

With a CD-R, once the disc is burned and closed, that’s it. You won’t be able to erase it and start over. The main distinction between a CD-R and CD-RW drive is a CD-RW drive can write to the same CD-RW disc over and over again. Once the disc is full, just erase it, and start over. CD-RW drives can write both CD-R and CD-RW discs.

Since a CD-R/RW uses a laser to write data to a disc, the phrase “burning a CD” is the perfect description as the laser’s heat carves the data paths into the disc. “Burning” is used to describe the transfer of data to both CD-R discs and CD-RW discs.

 

CHANGE OUTLOOK EXPRESS DEFAUL MESSAGE FONT

 

Click Tools, Options, and the Compose tab.

Under Compose Font, click the Font Settings button next to Mail.

Pick a font, font style, size, and color. Click OK.

Go to the Read tab and click the Fonts button.

Change the font and click Set As Default. Press OK.

Click Apply and OK.

 

Tech Tips 9/11/02

 

VOLUME CONTROL IN WINDOWS XP

 

To place your volume control in your taskbar, follow the steps below: Single-click the Start menu. Single-click Control Panel. Single-click Sound, Speech, and Audio Devices. Single-click Sounds and Audio Devices to launch the Sound and Audio Devices properties. On the Volume tab, locate the text labeled Device Volume, and place a check mark next to the text labeled “Place volume icon in the taskbar.” Single-click Apply.

 

SOUND ADJUSTMENTS IN WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

 

If you like to listen to music at your desk on Windows Media Player, but would like a few shortcuts to adjust volume and mute, try these: F8 mutes your player.

Hit the F8 key again to bring back the music.

F9 turns the volume down a notch.

F10 pumps up your desktop sound

 

USEFUL REFERENCE SITE

Ever wonder what that acronym or abbreviation really means? http://www.stands4.com/

 

Tech Tips 9/18/02

 

AOL INSTANT MESSENGER TIP

 

If you are an AIM user and you do not want the Instant Message Software to load each time your computer starts up, simply right click the icon in your taskbar and select preferences. Select the SIGN ON/OFF option and make sure that the Start AIM when windows starts is not checked off.

 

SPELLING CHECK SHORTCUT IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

When you are finished writing your email, just hit the F7 key and the spell check option will automatically pop up!

 

ANOTHER TIME SAVER FOR INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Most of the time, you can just skip the “http://www” and “.com”. But if you use Internet Explorer, there’s an even quicker solution.

 

Type your keyword, such as “mfseminars” (without quotes), in the address bar. Hit Ctrl and Enter. IE will add the prefix and suffix.

 

Once you get used to using this shortcut, you won’t believe you ever lived without it.

 

 

 

Tech Tips 9/25/02

 

WORD TIP

 

If you want to find out exactly where you ended up during your last editing session in word, all you need to do is press Shift + F5 after you open the Word document. You’ll immediately be whisked directly to where you last did any work in the document.

 

PALM GRAFITTI TIP

 

If your stylus slides over the slick surface of the graffiti area making it hard to use, why not try applying a 3/4″ scotch tape across the graffiti/numeral area. It is a perfect fit.

 

USEFUL WEBSITE OF THE DAY

 

Tired of SPAM? Visit this site to get a free disposable email address to use when visiting sites that require your input and keep your inbox spam-free! http://www.spamgourmet.com/

 

Tech Tips 10/02/02

 

MOVING BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS WITH THE WHEEL MOUSE

 

You can quickly go backwards or forwards in Internet Explorer by holding down your shift key while moving the mouse wheel.

 

PROBLEMS WITH INTERNET EXPLORER?

 

If you get frequent errors with Internet Explorer, you can easily run a “repair” by going to the Control Panel, clicking on ADD/REMOVE programs, selecting Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Tools, clicking on ADD/REMOVE button and check REPAIR INTERNET EXPLORER and click on the OK button.

 

LOOKING FOR A FREE EMAIL ACCOUNT?

 

Visit the site below for a comprehensive list of email addresses and reviews.

 

http://www.emailaddresses.com/

 

Tech Tips 10/02/02

 

STOP LONG DOWNLOADS

 

This tip may be obvious, but it’s also highly effective. If you’re waiting for a page to load and it’s taking forever, push the Stop button. Then hit Refresh to start over. Sometimes the path the page takes to get to your PC contains glitches that slow it down, and refreshing will send it back to you via a new, clear route

 

MAKE IE SAFE FOR KIDS

 

The Internet contains information of all kinds, and not all of it is for all viewers. But it is possible to safeguard kids from the Web’s more risqué elements. Using a separate software program for child-safe browsing will provide the most powerful options (see CNET’s review of Internet blocking software), but IE has some built-in filtering tools of its own. Select Internet Options from the Tools menu and click the Content tab. Click the Enable button under Content Advisor and adjust the slider in each of the four categories: Language, Nudity, Sex, and Violence. The Description box at the bottom details what each level allows. Click OK to activate the Advisor

 

HIGHLIGHTING IN WORD

 

Do you often share your Word documents among a group of people? Instead of underlining, bolding, or italicizing important lines of text, why not use the built-in highlight pen? Make sure the Formatting toolbar is visible. Click on the pen next to the “U” button to select the highlighting pen. Click the pull-down next to the pen to change the highlighting color (there are four colors). Now, any text you select while the pen is active becomes highlighted and easily distinguishable from the rest of the text.

 

Tech Tips 10/16/02

 

DISABLE ANIMATED GIF’S

 

Animated gifs may make your browsing experience seem more entertaining, but they can also bring your browser to a virtual standstill. So, if you’re sick of constant distractions and slow downloads, stop them from loading altogether. Head to Tools/Internet Options and click the Advanced tab. Scroll down to the Multimedia section, deselect the Play Animations option, and click OK. From now on, you’ll see only the first frame of each animated GIF that loads.

 

COOKIE MANAGEMENT

 

The History folder isn’t the only place IE records your surfing habits. Many Web sites drop little files into your system that let them keep track of your passwords and the dates and times of your visits. To get rid of these files, delete the contents of the Cookies folder and the Temporary Internet Files folder in your Windows directory (but not the folders themselves). All traces of where you have surfed will disappear.

 

TEST YOUR SPEED

 

For a handy website for places to check your internet speed, just click below: http://www.testmyspeed.com/speedtests/index.html

 

Tech Tips 10/23/02

 

ICONS THAT WON’T BUDGE

 

If you’ve been trying to move icons on your desktop and they snap right back to where they were, then right click on any open space on the desktop, select the “arrange icons by” option. Now, make sure that there is no checkmark next to “auto arrange”. Once “auto arrange” is unchecked, you can place the icons where you want them.

 

FREE QUIZ SITE

 

http://encarta.msn.com/quiz/

 

TABLE TIPS FOR WORD

 

If you have a table that is the first line of your document, click in the table then press CTRL+Home and then press enter. Now you will be able to add text above the table.

 

Tech Tips 10/30/02

 

CHANGING WALLPAPER

Looking to remodel the look of your desktop? Changing wallpaper is easy. Right click on the desktop, select properties and select appearance. Find the item you’d like to be your new wallpaper and highlight it and click apply.

 

MORE SHORTCUTS

To search for a file, press the windows key and F

To SELECT ALL, press CTRL A

 

IMAGE EDITING…ONLINE

Here is a free, easy to use photo utility that you can use right online! http://www.myimager.com/ You can upload a photo, change it’s size, apply filters and even change it’s format and save it to your hard drive!

 

Tech Tips 11/06/02

 

OPEN A NEW WINDOW IN XP

 

A quick and easy way to open a link in a new window in windows xp is to press the SHIFT key, then click on the link. The location will open up in a brand new window!

 

PALM ORGANIZING SOFTWARE

 

If you have a palm pilot, but you still find yourself jotting down little notes on paper because you are not sure how to organize them into your palm, then try this program… http://www.handshigh.com/html/slap.html

It helps you organize all of those “little notes” at a later date and saves you time! You can download a free trial to see if you like it.

 

 

TEST YOUR TYPING SKILLS

 

Wonder how fast you type? Try this free typing test online and see how you score. http://www.typingtest.com/index.asp?go=typetest_start

 

RENAMING A BUNCH OF PICTURES IN WINDOWS XP

 

If you have a batch of pictures that you’d like to rename, it’s easy to do with XP. Select Start, My Pictures (or whatever folder you have them in). Make sure you are in the “Thumbnail” view. Click on the last picture you want to rename, then press the shift key down and pass the mouse over the rest of the photos until you get to the first. Right click on the first photo and select RENAME. Type in the name you’d like to give the photo (if it is a group of photo’s of the same property, you might want to call it by the address). Don’t forget to include the file extension. Then click on any white space next to the photo and all of the pictures in the group will be called the same name with numbers next to them. What a great way to organize pictures!

 

INCREASE TEXT SIZE IN WORD, PUBLISHER OR POWER POINT

 

Highlight the text you want and click on CNTRL + SHIFT then > to increase or < to decrease!

 

PALM SOFTWARE

 

Here is a cool palm add on software that is so much fun!
http://www.palmgear.com/software/showsoftware.cfm?sid=37474820021113105944&prodID=45083
It’s called “AIRCLOCK” and you can transform your palm into an alarm clock or an extra remote for the television! Airclock uses your handhelds built in infrared port to control household appliances! You can purchase this handy software for $9.95 using the link above.

 

Tech Tips 11/20/02

 

THE RIGHT OFFICE PRODUCT FOR YOU

 

Microsoft offers several versions of Office, each with a different mix of programs. Choose the right one, so you have all the necessary tools without paying extra. If all you need is the core components, choose Microsoft Office XP Standard, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Office XP Professional adds Access to the lineup, and Office XP Professional Special Edition includes FrontPage and SharePoint Team Services. Office XP Developer includes Access, FrontPage, and SharePoint Team Services in addition to its developer tools. Meanwhile, students and teachers can take advantage of a specially priced Standard edition.

 

 

SORTING FAVORITES IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Here is a handy way to organize your favorite website folder in IE. Open Internet Explorer. Click on the Favorites menu.

With the Favorites menu open and showing your entries, right click on any of the links or folders. Click on the Sort by name command. You should notice that the entries immediately re-sort themselves in alphabetical order

 

COOL WEBSITE

Visit Audible.com and you can download books, magazines and more! There is a small monthly fee, but if you spend a lot of time in your car or on the road, audible.com is worth checking out! http://www.audible.com/adbl/store/welcome.jsp

 

Tech Tips 11/27/02

 

FEELING DISORGANIZED?

 

Here is a handy site that offers lots of FREE lists for you to print! They have everything from simple “to do” lists to “home emergency kit lists”. If you are going on a trip, they even offer helpful packing lists! Check it out. http://www.listorganizer.com/

 

SHORTCUT IN EXCEL SPREADSHEET

 

If you want to get to the end of a spreadsheet quickly, just click CTRL + End.

 

COOL WEBSITE

 

Here is a thesaurus with a twist! This site has a “visual” thesaurus. It’s a very interesting tool! http://www.visualthesaurus.com/index.jsp

 

Tech Tips 12/04/02

 

CHANGE TOOLBAR ICON SIZE IN EXPLORER

 

On the Internet Explorer menu bar, select View, Toolbars, Customize. In the customize toolbar area, select the ICON OPTIONS. Select the size you want and close.

 

DO NOT PRINT IN EXCEL

 

Have you ever wanted to print an excel document, but wish you could “hide” certain sensitive information? Well you can! Just highlight the column that you do not wish to print and right click and select HIDE.

 

COOL WEBSITE

 

Looking for some local inormation? Try visiting yahoo’s city guide.

 

http://local.yahoo.com/u_s__states

 

Tech Tips 12/12/02

 

CLOSE A WINDOW IN EXPLORER

 

Did you know, you could close the current Internet Explorer window quickly by clicking CTRL + W. A great tip for a quick exit!

 

MICROSOFT WORD DICTIONARY TIP

 

If the spell-checker consistently fails to catch a specific misspelled word, you may have accidentally added it to Word’s custom dictionary. To remove or add words, go to Tools, Options, select the Spelling & Grammar tab, and click on Custom Dictionaries. Select the dictionary you want to modify (if there is more than one), and click Modify to bring up a dialog in which you can add or remove words.

 

DOWNLOAD DIRECTIONS TO YOUR PDA

 

If you are planning a road trip, why not download all of the directions to your PDA! It’s easy, visit the link below to find out how…

 

http://www.mapquest.com/mobile/devices.adp?page=pdas_how_wired

 

Tech Tips 12/23/02 – (Holiday Edition)

 

RECYCLE THOSE HOLIDAY CARDS!

Here is a great way to reuse” those holiday cards! Have fun!

 

http://familycrafts.about.com/library/projects/blgcardbox.htm

 

 

HELP WITH YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION!

This goal management site is just what you need to get organized for 2003!

 

http://www.mygoals.com/gotoHome.jsp

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Planning a get together with friends to ring in the New Year? It’s not too late to get those invitations out! Visit the free site below to send free invitations via e-mail!

 

http://www.evite.com/printLogin?centerCopy=generic&redirect=/

 

Tech Tips 1/8/2003

 

 

 

 

TURN YOUR HANDHELD INTO A PICTURE FRAME!

 

This software allows you to upload MLS photos right to your pda. What a great presentation tool! http://www.splashdata.com/splashphoto/index.htm

 

 

FIND SITES IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Don’t know the URL of the site you’re looking for? Type a keyword or words into the address bar. IE4 will take you to a matching site if it can find one, or it will query MSN Autosearch and display alternatives from the search results.

 

HELPFUL MAIL SITE

 

This handy site allows you to track packages from all of the big shipping carriers and get comparable rates on new shipments! Check it out! http://www.iship.com/default.htm

 

Tech Tips 1/15/2003

 

HOW TO MAKE A PROGRAM OPEN WHEN WINDOWS STARTS

 

Right click on the START button, select OPEN, Double click on PROGRAMS and choose STARTUP. You can add a shortcut to the program that you’d like to start when windows starts. Adding a shortcut is easy, just right click and choose ADD SHORTCUT and then select the program of your choice.

 

OUTLOOK EXPRESS TOOLS

 

You can set up your Outlook Express to do a variety of different things when sending mail. Click on TOOLS, OPTIONS and SEND to see the list of tasks available. You can set outlook to include messages in replies, automatically add those email addresses to your address book to those that you reply to and save copies to the sent mail folder.

 

FUN LINK OF THE WEEK

 

Here is a fun site for weekend projects!

http://www.diynet.com/

 

Tech Tips 1/22/2003

 

QUICK WAY TO ORGANIZE FAVORITES IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Looking for a quick and easy way to organize your favorites? It’s simple, just click CTRL + B.

 

NEVER FORGET TO ANSWER AN IMPORTANT EMAIL!

 

Here’s a nice trick that will help you remember to answer important messages. This works for both Outlook Express and Outlook (2000/2002). Create a folder on your desktop and name it “Answer Today”. Find the message you want to make sure to answer today, and right click on it and hold down the right mouse button. Now drag the message on top of the “Answer Today” folder and release the right mouse button. Click the Copy command in the menu. The email message is copied into the folder. Now all you need to do is open the folder, and then open the message to read it. Click the Reply button and answer the message.

 

FUN LINK!

 

http://www.frontiernet.net/~cdm/age1.html

 

Tech Tips 1/29/2003

 

SET OUTLOOK EXPRESS TO CHECK FOR NEW MAIL

 

If you’d like to set Outlook to check for new mail at regular intervals, from the Tools menu, select Options. (Outlook 97 users click under the E-mail tab; Outlook 98 click the Mail Delivery tab; Outlook 2000 click the Internet E-mail tab.) You can also receive new mail by selecting Check For New Mail from the Tools menu (in Outlook 97) or clicking the Send/Receive icon (in Outlook 98/2000).

 

 

SHORTCUTS WITH EXCEL

 

If you’re working on a spreadsheet and you’d like to skip right to the end, just click

Ctrl+End !

 

INTERESTING LINK OF THE WEEK

 

With all of the charities around, did you ever wonder how your donation gets spent? Visit this site! http://www.charitynavigator.org/

 

Tech Tips 2/7/2003

 

ENABLE QUICK STARTUP AND DISABLE FAST SHUTDOWN

 

There may be occasions when you’re assigned an urgent job but have to wait until Windows boots. Unfortunately, the applications in the

StartUp folder often take a long time to load. If this happens to you, learn

how to stop them from loading on a one-off basis.

As Windows starts, wait for the Windows logo screen to appear. Then press and hold [Shift] until Windows stops loading. The programs in the StartUp folder will be omitted from the startup procedure, and Windows

will consequently load quicker this particular time

 

ORGANIZING FAVORITES IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

For a neat way to organize your favorite places, click on START, then RUN and type in FAVORITES.

 

VERY HANDY SITE!

 

Have you ever run out of wrapping paper at the last minute? It’s happened to the best of us. Have no fear, you can print a few sheets for free! http://www.uwrapit.com.au/

 

Tech Tips 2/12/2003

 

STOP WINDOWS XP FROM ASKING IF YOU WANT TO SEND A REPORT TO MICROSOFT WHENEVER A PROGRAM CRASHES

 

Whenever a program crashes, whether it’s a Microsoft application, a component of Windows, or a third-party application, a window appears, prompting you to send a “report” to Microsoft. Here’s how to disable this feature, either completely or selectively:

Open System in the Control Panel (or right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties. Choose the Advanced tab, and click Error Reporting.

You can disable error reporting entirely here, or enable it selectively for certain programs. Click Ok when you’re done.

 

MORE FUN WITH SHORTCUTS

 

To minimize all of your windows on your desktop at the same time with Windows XP, just click the Windows Button & M. It brings you right back to the desktop!

 

PALM PROGRAM FOR AUTO

 

If you are looking for an auto expense tracking software for your palm, take a look at this shareware program!

http://software.palm.com/PlatformProductDetail.jsp?productId=31269

 

Tech Tips 2/20/2003

 

CAN’T GO BACK IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Have you ever been to a site and wanted to go to the previous page, but nothing happens when you hit the BACK button? This is not the browser’s fault, it is the web designer of the site you’re on. Some sites put a “lock” on your back button trying to encourage you to stay. To get around this annoying problem, simply left click on the BACK button and select the previous site from the dropdown list. And don’t forget to drop an email to the webmaster telling them you don’t like being “trapped” !

 

 

 

SEND FOR REVIEW IN WORD

 

If you need to distribute a document for edits and comments and you want Word to track the changes, use the Send for Review feature. To do this, click FILE then SEND TO and then MAIL RECIPIENT (for Review). When your reviewers use the Reply with Changes option, the file comes back to you, and Word prompts you to merge the documents, at which point you see all of the changes that your reviewers have made.

 

HOW DOES YOUR CELL PHONE RATE ON THE RADIATION CHART?

 

http://electronics.cnet.com/electronics/0-20662189.html?tag=cl

 

Tech Tips 2/26/2003

 

SPLITTING A TABLE IN MICROSOFT WORD

 

If you are working with a table and want to “split” it, simply click CTRL & SHIFT & ENTER.

 

 

CHANGING WHICH PROGRAM OPENS CERTAIN FILES

 

If you want to select a certain program to open photo files or audio files, it’s easy to do. Simply go to Windows Explorer and select TOOLS. Select FOLDER OPTIONS then FILE TYPES. You should see a list of all file extensions and which program opens them. Highlight the file extension that you would like to change then select CHANGE. You will then see the “recommended programs” will appear and you can select the program of your choice.

 

WANT TO PUT YOUR INTERNET EXPLORER ON STEROIDS?

 

Try this browser enhancement!

http://www.netcaptor.com/

 

Tech Tips 3/5/2003

 

DUPLICATING OBJECTS IN WORD

 

When you want want to duplicate an object in word, simply select the object then hit CTRL+D for as many objects as you would like! They will automatically be spaced about 12 points apart. To cusomize how far apart each object is, after pressing CTRL +D the first time, move the object to where you want it, then click CTRL +D again!

 

GET ORGANIZED!

 

You can visit this site for free, printable daily planners! http://www.digital-women.com/daily-planner/

 

MORE FUN WITH FAVORITES

 

Here is a helpful tip for sending mail! You can add an email contact to your Internet Explorer favorites list! When you click on that persons name in your favorites list, a blank email opens up! It’s easy to do, here’s how. In IE, click on FAVORITES and ADD TO FAVORITES. In the box, type in the persons NAME where it says name and hit OK. RIGHT CLICK on the persons name in the list of favorites, and select PROPERTIES. In the box that says URL, simply type mailto: followed by the persons email address, with no spaces. For example, mailto:mfseminars@att.net

 

Tech Tips 3/12/2003

 

MISSING TASKBAR IN WINDOWS

 

If your taskbar is missing, here is a way to get it back. Move the mouse to the bottom of the screen until the mouse cursor looks like you’re about to resize something.

Stretch the Taskbar up, so that it is visible.

 

 

 

 

 

FOLLOW UP IN TOP PRODUCER

 

Here is an easy process to set a call date, write notes and send a letter or email. It is located on the CONTACT RECORD on the bottom as an ACTION button. Agents wanted an easy way to set a call back date, write notes and fire off a note or email. Top producer incorporated it into the contact record for easy contact management!

 

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL!

 

http://www.refdesk.com/

 

Tech Tips 3/20/2003

 

COPY HTML TEXT FORMAT IN WORD

 

When you are trying to copy information from a webpage that has pictures and formatting into word, then instead of just “pasting”, select “paste special” into word under the EDIT option. This will allow you to choose whether or not you want to paste HTML format or plain text.

 

COPYING A LARGE GROUP OF FILES

 

If you want to pick up all the files in a folder, it’s easiest to click on the first one, then press shift and click on the last one. That selects everything between the first and last. So it can also be used to select any group of contiguous files.

 

LOOKING FOR SOME GOOD STUFF TO DOWNLOAD?

 

Try visiting http://www.download.com

 

Tech Tips 3/26/2003

 

COPY A FORMULA IN MICROSOFT EXCEL WITH ONE KEYSTROKE!

 

To copy formula from the cell above: put the cursor in the cell to copy to,

Press CTRL ‘ (apostrophe) to see the formula copied from the cell above. To fill down from the cell above: put the cursor in the cell below the formula to fill down from and press CTRL D to see cell filled down from the cell above. To fill from right to left: put the cursor in the cell to the right of the formula and press CTRL R to see the cell filled across from the left.

 

MAXIMIZE VIEWING IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

For maximum viewing on Internet Explorer, press the F11 key.

 

SET UP AN ONLINE DIGITAL PHOTO ALBUM

 

If you’re looking for an online site to organize digital photos, this site has a few different products available…. http://www.myflipbooks.com/

 

Tech Tips 04/02/03

 

BOOKMARK SHORTCUTS IN MICROSOFT WORD

 

When you edit a lengthy document over an extended period of time,

you may need to make frequent visits to certain places in your text.

Because page numbers can change as you add or delete text, you can’t

simply navigate to the same page all the time. Instead, use

insert bookmark. To identify the location, type a meaningful label

in the bookmark name field and click OK.

 

FREE DOWNLOADABLE FORMS

 

Office depot offers free downloadable forms right from their website! There are lots of helpful business forms broken up by catagory waiting for you to download and customize! http://www.officedepot.com/BusinessTools/forms/default.asp

 

 

RECHARGE YOUR STYLUS

 

Is the stylus touch on your palm pilot losing its accuracy? Go to PREFERENCES on the palm pilot, in the upper right hand corner, on the drop down menu, click on DIGITIZER and a wizard will walk you through to recalibrate your stylus!

 

Tech Tips 04/9/03

 

LAPTOP USERS

 

Want a quick way to pop open your start menu?? Press the Ctrl & Esc key for easy access!

 

REPROGRAM YOUR PDA BUTTONS

 

Want a fast way to call up the Hot Sync manager? Reprogram the calculator button under the PREFS and BUTTONS menu. Next to the calculator icon, change the menu to read hot Sync. Anytime you need to call up the hotsync manager, just tap on your Calc button! P.S. All of the buttons on your PDA can be reprogrammed this way.

 

FEELING SMART??

 

Here is a link to lots and lots of free quizzes! Good luck! http://www.copydesk.org/quizzes.htm

 

Tech Tips 04/16/03

 

ADOBE ACROBAT READER

 

If you are trying to open an adobe file (.pdf) and you get an error message saying that the document couldn’t be opened, try visiting the site to download the newest version of the software for free.

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

 

 

CUSTOM CHANNELS FOR YOUR PALM

 

Did you know that you could add your favorite website to your palm pilot using Avant Go? Maybe you want to store menus, local telephone listings or one of your favorite places. Once you are in your Avant Go account, simply click on “Create Custom Channel” and follow the steps! If you haven’t already activated an Avant Go account, visit the link below. It’s free and fun! https://my.avantgo.com/login/index.html

 

WHAT DOES YOUR PHONE NUMBER NUMBER SPELL??

 

Here is a very useful marketing site! Use this tool and plug in your phone number and you’ll get a list of possible words and phrases! Check it out! http://www.phonespelling.com/

 

Tech Tips 04/23/03

 

HIDE YOUR FOLDERS!!

 

Here is a great FREE program that allows you to hide folders on your computer! It is the perfect solution if you are looking for some privacy. http://www.softbe.com/

 

SKIP THE RECYCLE BIN

 

If you are SURE you want to delete a file and you want to skip the whole recycle bin thing….try this, select the file you want to delete. Hold down the Shift key and press Delete. Click Yes to confirm you want to delete the file

 

COOL WEBSITE

 

Here is a handy reference site for newspapers across the country.

http://www.newspaperlinks.com/home.cfm

 

 

 

 

Tech Tips 04/30/03

 

PRINTABLE NOTEBOOK FREEWARE

 

Now you can organize and print personal data with this easy to use freeware. http://www.mywebattack.com/gnomeapp.php?id=106207

 

TURN OFF YOUR SCREENSAVER

 

If you want to “turn off” your screensaver, follow these steps. Right-click your desktop, choose Properties, and go to the Screen Saver tab. Select None from the screen saver drop-down menu. Click Apply and OK

 

IE SHORTCUT

 

If you are looking for a quick way to access your history when in Internet Explorer, press CTRL + H.

 

Tech Tips 05/08/03

 

RESTART WINDOWS WITHOUT RESTARTING YOUR COMPUTER

 

To save time, try this tip to restart windows:

Hold down the Shift key while pressing OK in the Shut Down box.

 

WANT TO BE THE LEADING CHARACTER IN YOUR FAVORITE NOVEL? http://www.customizedclassics.com/default.asp

 

CLEAR AUTO COMPLETE ENTRIES

 

Internet explorer keeps track of lots of information such as user names and passwords. If you want to clear this information, follow the steps below:

 

Click Tools and select Internet Options.

Go to the Content tab and click the AutoComplete button.

Click the Clear Forms and/or Clear Passwords buttons.

When IE finishes clearing out your passwords and forms, click OK, and click OK again.

 

Tech Tips 05/14/03

 

INTERNET EXPLORER SEARCH OPTIONS

 

When you type a search term into the internet explorer address bar, the default search engine that pops up is MSN. You can easily access other search engines by selecting VIEW, EXPLORER BAR, SEARCH, this opens a side panel for search. Click change preference and then select change internet search behavior. A list of popular search engines appear and you can select from there.

 

EVERY SEARCH ENGINE YOU COULD POSSIBLY NEED

 

www.searchenginecolossus.com

 

PRINTING EXCEL SPREADSHEETS

 

To make sure that you fit all of the information that you need on your excel spreadsheet, go to FILE, PAGE SET UP and select FIT TO PAGE. Then select a PRINT PREVIEW. You might want to experiment with LANDSCAPE and PORTRAIT settings to get the look you want.

 

Tech Tips 05/21/03

 

POWER POINT SLIDE SORTER TIP

 

When preparing a power point presentation, it’s very easy to rearrange your slides by clicking on VIEW, SLIDE SORTER. All of the slides will appear as thumbnails and you can click and drag the slides into the position of your choice. You can also select several slides by holding down the CTRL key.

 

FREE SPELL CHECK FOR INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Here is a handy spell check tool that sits in your Internet Explorer toolbar. When you are posting messages or filling out online forms, you no longer have to worry about mis spelling a word! http://www.iespell.com/

 

INTERNET EXPLORER SHORTCUT

 

If you want to select everything on a webpage, just click CTRL & A.

 

Tech Tips 05/28/03

 

GOOGLE HAS YOUR ADDRESS

 

If you have a listed telephone number and you bring up the search engine, google, www.google.com you might be surprised at what you find. Type in your telephone number in the search bar and hit SEARCH. You’ll find your telephone listing as well as two links for maps directly to your home! You can have yourself removed from this feature by clicking on the telephone icon directly next to your listing. About half way down the page you’ll see an option to have your number removed from the directory.

 

CHANGE YOUR POINTER SCHEME

 

Tired of seeing your pointer as an arrow or an hourglass all the time? Windows XP offers a number of alternative pointer schemes, such as Dinosaur, Ocean and Sports. Open the Control Panel, double-click Mouse, and select the Pointers tab. (If you start in Category view, select Appearance and Themes, then click Mouse Pointers under “See Also.”) Next to Schemes, click the down arrow and select a scheme to preview its pointers. Click OK to apply the scheme to your desktop. Simple as that.

 

HIGHLIGHTING MADE EASY

 

If you want to highlight a portion of a webpage or a document, just put your cursor at the beginning of the text, hold down the SHIFT key and then click at the end of the text.

 

Tech Tips 06/04/03

 

STATUS BAR IN WORD

 

Did you know that the status bar in word contains helpful shortcuts? The status bar is the area at the bottom of the page that tells you which page you are on. Double click anywhere on this bar and the FIND AND REPLACE box will appear! Double click on the BOOK icon and the spelling and grammar tool will appear!

 

AUTOMATICALLY CLEAR YOUR CACHE

 

You can change your Internet Explorer settings so that every time you close your browser, your cache is empty! It’s easy, here’s how. Select TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, ADVANCED then scroll down to SECURITY and make sure the box that says “EMPTY TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES” is checked off. Select APPLY then OK. Never forget to clear your Cache again!

 

URBAN LEGEND SITE

 

Think it might be a hoax? If so, you’ll find it listed on this site! It lists everything from Virus hoaxes to daily news stories.

http://www.snopes.com/

 

Tech Tips 06/11/03

 

LIST VIEW IN WINDOWS XP

 

To set the “view” default in Windows XP, go into any folder, and from the menu bar choose ‘View’ and then select the ‘List’ option. This should set the window into List View. While staying in this window, go to the ‘Tools’ and select ‘Folder Options…’ – this will open the Folder Options property sheet. From this choose the ‘View’ Tab and click on the ‘Apply to All Folders’ button. This will apply the ‘List’ view to all folders.”

 

 

ORGANIZE PHOTOS

 

Organize your digital photos with this freeware http://www.mywebattack.com/gnomeapp.php?id=106548

 

EXPAND YOUR PALM PILOT

 

If you want to expand your palm pilot possibilities, visit

www.palmgear.com

 

Tech Tips 06/18/03

 

INSERT SYMBOLS IN WORD – QUICKLY!

 

If you are looking to insert the ® or the © symbol in Word, there is a quick and easy way to do it! Simply type (R) or (C). It even works with (TM). Try it!

 

THE DOWNLOAD CALCULATOR

 

Want to figure out HOW LONG a download will take before you start the process? Visit this site and use the calculators! http://www.numion.com/Calculators/

 

FIND AND REPLACE TEXT COLORS IN WORD

 

Press Ctrl-H, and click the More button in the Find and Replace dialog. Click the Format button, and select Font. Select the color to be changed-leaving all else blank-and click OK. Click the Replace with box, and repeat steps 2 and 3 to select the new color. Click Replace All.

 

Tech Tips 06/25/03

 

SHORTEN WEB ADDRESSES

 

If you’ve ever visited a website and wanted to share that URL with friends only to be told that the link didn’t work, it might be that the address is too long for Outlook Express to interpret as a web link. Try visiting the site below to “shorten” long links! http://www.snipurl.com/

 

MORE FUN WITH KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

 

When you have a lot of windows open, and you want a quick way to toggle back and forth, you can hold down the ALT and then the TAB button for a mini directory of open windows. You can then flip through the selections by hitting the TAB button. There is another way to scan all open windows! Hold down the ALT button and tap the ESC key. This feature will let you actually SEE each window and you can toggle til you fine the one you are looking for!

 

CAN’T FIND THE RIGHT WORDS?

 

Visit this site and borrow somebody elses! This site is loaded with thousands of quotes on a variety of topics! Check it out! http://www.worldofquotes.com/index.php

 

Tech Tips 7/3/03

 

ADJUST YOUR KEYBOARD SETTINGS

 

You can adjust your keyboard properties easily by selecting START, CONTROL PANEL and KEYBOARD. When the window pops up, you can adjust how quickly your keyboard responds to character repeats and cursor blinks!

 

ESCAPE KEY TO THE RESCUE

 

If you are working in windows, and trying to adjust settings using internet options, just hit the ESC key if you decide you don’t want to make the changes after all. All dialog boxes will be closed!

 

PHRASE FINDER

 

Here is a site to check out!

http://phrases.shu.ac.uk/

 

 

Tech Tips 7/9/03

 

MICROSOFT OFFICE TEMPLATES

 

If you are looking for templates to work with Microsoft Office, click on the link below for the template gallery http://search.officeupdate.microsoft.com/TemplateGallery/default.asp

 

CLIPBOARD COPYING IN OFFICE

 

This is a super copy-and-paste feature within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The clipboard holds 24 items.

Copy or cut an item from any Office program. Open another file. Move cursor to location to paste item. Click Edit Office Clipboard. Right-click on item and click Paste.

 

WANT TO TRADEMARK A NAME?

 

You can search this database to find out if a name is available for trademark http://www.nameprotect.com/cgi-bin/FREESearch/search.cgi?db=PTO

 

Tech Tips 7/17/03

 

ORGANIZE YOUR FAVORITES IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Alphabetize your favorites list in Internet Explorer by selecting favorites on your toolbar, right click on any favorite and then select SORT BY NAME!

 

HOW CURRENT IS THIS WEBSITE?

 

Here is a handy trick to see when the last time a website was updated. Simply put your cursor in the address bar and type in:

javascript:alert(document.lastModified)

A window will pop up with the date and time of the last update!

 

VISUAL SEARCH ENGINE

 

Try this visual search engine. It displays its results in a map-like format. Try it out! http://www.kartoo.com/

 

Tech Tips 7/23/03

 

FIND IT FAST IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

To activate the FIND feature in outlook express, click CTRL, SHIFT and F all at the same time and the window will pop up!

 

DOUBLE CLICK THE TITLE BAR

 

If you want to maximize a window that you’re looking at, simply double click the title bar and the window will expand to full screen. The title bar is the blue bar at the very top of the window.

 

JOIN THIS GLOBAL BOOK CLUB!

 

Visit this site for a fun and free book club that spans the globe!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/home

 

Tech Tips 7/30/03

 

STOP THOSE BROWSER HIJACKERS!

Some websites try to automatically replace your home page and browser settings with their own. They also install spyware when you’re not looking! This free program will stop them in their tracks! http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,22955,tk,lg,00.asp

 

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

The ALT key can be used to navigate the program menu bar. Press the ALT key once, and then the underlined letter for each menu option. You can also use your arrow keys to navigate back and forth and up and down.

 

OUTLOOK EXPRESS ADDRESS BOOK

You can set your outlook express to automatically add the email address of every person that you reply to into your address book. Select TOOLS, OPTIONS and SEND and then make sure that the AUTOMATICALLY PUT PEOPLE I REPLY TO IN MY ADDRESS BOOK is checked!

 

Tech Tips 08/07/03

 

HELPFUL SITE TO KEEP TRACK OF TIME AND DATES!

 

http://www.timeanddate.com/

 

 

INDENT PARAGRAPHS IN WORD

 

If you want to indent an entire paragraph in word, just highlight the paragraph and hit the TAB button. You can also achieve the same effect by selecting the INDENT tool from the toolbar.

 

WINDOWS SHORTCUT KEY

 

The windows button on your keyboard can be a real time saver! Here are a few shortcuts… WINDOWS KEY + F will bring up the search box WINDOWS KEY + M will minimize all of your screens WINDOWS KEY + E opens explorer

 

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Tech Tips 08/13/03

 

TRACK COLOR PRINTING JOBS IN THE OFFICE!

 

Use this free utility if you’re currently using HP printers in your office! It will help track each print job. http://www.hp.com/sbso/solutions/real/jca.html

 

LINKS TOOLBAR IN IE

 

Are you tired of seeing the “Links” toolbar in Internet Explorer? You can remove it! Right click on an empty area just right of the Help menu. You’ll see that the “Links” entry has a checkmark next to it. Click the “Links” entry to remove the checkmark and the Links toolbar. Repeat the procedure if you want to get the links toolbar back.

 

WONDERING WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES?

 

Here is a fun site that will literally help you track it! http://www.wherehaveibeen.com/

 

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Tech Tips 08/20/03

 

PHOTOS IN WORD, TO PASTE OR TO INSERT

 

Inserted photos move with text. Pasted pictures do not. To change the properties of the photo, double click on it, and select LAYOUT. You can choose your wrapping style by selecting the appropriate option.

 

DON’T FORGET THAT IMPORTANT DATE!

 

This free site allows you to log in, and set up an email reminder for the future! You can email a reminder about an appointment, an idea or a message. Just drop it in the cave and forget about it! http://www.timecave.com/timecave/about.jsp

 

BULLETS AND NUMBERS IN WORD

 

When you are working in word and you would like to create bullets or numbered lists, but you want to include a paragraph under a bullet or number without adding a new number or bullet, simply hold down the SHIFT key and hit enter.

 

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Tech Tips 09/03/03

 

LOCK CELLS TO PREVENT OVERWRITING IN EXCEL

You can prevent users from overwriting formulas or formats by protecting those cells. Follow these steps: 1. Select the cells that users will modify during data entry. 2. Go to Format | Cells, deselect the Locked checkbox on the Protection tab, and click OK. 3. Go to Tools | Protection | Protect Sheet, and click OK. Now users will be able to alter only the cells that are unlocked. If users attempt to alter any other cells, they will receive a message saying they must unprotect the cells to modify them.

 

SAVING MY DOCUMENTS

By default, most programs save documents to the MY DOCUMENTS folder. You can easily change the location of where MY DOCUMENTS are saved by Right Clicking on the MY DOCUMENTS folder, then clicking PROPERTIES, then click the MOVE button and you can then select an alternate drive or location.

 

FUN SITE

You can get lost surfing through all of the intersting things on this site! http://express.howstuffworks.com/

 

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Tech Tips 09/18/03

 

ADJUST COLUMN WIDTH WITH THE AUTOFIT FEATURE IN WORD

 

If you routinely adjust column widths to fit table contents, you can

save time by using Word’s AutoFit feature to adjust them automatically. To activate the AutoFit feature, click inside the table, and go to Table |

AutoFit | AutoFit To Contents.

Once you’ve activated AutoFit, all column widths will adjust to fit the

contents of the cells. Word automatically adjusts all columns in the

table as you type within the cells.

To adjust the width of a single column to fit its contents without

activating the AutoFit feature, move your pointer along the column’s

right boundary until it becomes a double-arrow, and then double-click.

 

CHANGE TEXT CASE IN EXCEL

To convert a column of text in UPPER CASE to First Letter Uppercase 1. create new column 2. click into first cell next to UPPER CASE TEXT. 3. type: =proper(cell reference of first cell with UPPER CASE TEXT ) 4. fill down for rest of cells. 5. right click on column header of UPPER CASE TEXT column. 6. click on the ‘Hide’ option – see column of converted text. Use UPPER to convert to ALL UPPER CASE. Use LOWER to convert to ‘all lower case’

 

COOL SITE TO VISIT

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Tech Tips 10/1/03

 

LINES IN WORD

 

If you type three or more dashes on a line by themselves, Word will convert them into a horizontal line running from margin to margin. If this isn’t the behavior you were looking for, you can remove the line by using Format | Borders and Shading, going to the Borders tab, and clicking on None.

 

ENTER TIME AND DATE IN EXCEL

 

If you are working in Excel and would like a quick way to enter the date and time, try these shortcuts… To enter the time, CTRL : (Colon) To enter the date, CTRL ; (Semi-Colon)

 

ADD ON SOFTWARE FOR OUTLOOK

 

This add on program for outlook will remind you via email of upcoming appointments! It’s a nice touch if you have your email forwarded to your cell phone or PDA. You won’t miss important appointments! http://www.sperrysoftware.com/jcEmailReminders.asp

 

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Tech Tips 10/10/03

 

STOP SENDING MICROSOFT ERROR REPORTS

 

Whenever a program crashes, whether it’s a Microsoft application, a component of Windows, or a third-party application, a window appears, prompting you to send a “report” to Microsoft. Here’s how to disable this feature, either completely or selectively:

 

Open System in the Control Panel (or right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties)

Choose the Advanced tab, and click Error Reporting. You can disable error reporting entirely here, or enable it selectively for certain programs. Click Ok when you’re done.

 

MORE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

 

Basic font formatting for bold, underline, italic: Ctrl-B, Ctrl-U, Ctrl-I.

 

CONVERSION CALCULATOR

 

Here is a quick and easy online conversion calculator.

http://www.lcc.ctc.edu/info/charts/conversion-calculator.xtm

 

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Tech Tips 10/15/03

 

SUPER SIZE DIGITAL PHOTOS

 

If you are looking for a product to enlarge your digital photos without losing quality, s-spline is worth investigating. This easy to use software will help you repair, enhance and resize images from your digital camera or scanner. http://www.shortcut.nl/redirect.php?page=product.serie&id=sspline

 

 

 

 

SHOW DESKTOP…IN A SNAP!

 

No matter how many windows you have open, you can always minimize all of them at once by clicking the Show Desktop button in the Quick Launch part of the taskbar in Windows XP. If you change your mind and don’t want to use the desktop, you can click the Show Desktop button again to restore all of your windows.

 

If you don’t see the Show Desktop button, right-click an empty part of the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and make sure Quick Launch is checked. If it’s not, then click it.

 

NAME STATISTICS

 

How many people have the same name as you? Ever wonder how popular your last name is? Visit this site for answers! http://www.namestatistics.com/index.php

 

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Tech Tips 10/29/03

 

TRANSPOSE DATA IN EXCEL

 

If you are working in an excel spreadsheet and you want to change a row of data from horizontal to vertical or vise versa, it’s easy to do using the “paste special” feature. For example, if you have a list of topics such as blue, green, red, orange, yellow and you want them to be listed vertically instead of horozontally, highlight the block of data, right click and then COPY. Go to the cell that you wish to begin your list and click PASTE SPECIAL. Click on the box that says TRANSPOSE and hit OK. Your data will now appear in the appropriate cells.

 

RENAME A FAVORITE IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

To rename a favorite place, open Internet Explorer, select FAVORITES then ORGANIZE FAVORITES. Highlight the folder or url that you’d like to rename then click RENAME.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN LINK!

 

Visit this link for some great spooky halloween fun! http://www.halloween-online.com/

 

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Tech Tips 11/5/03

 

BACK AND FORTH IN INTERNET EXPLORER

In Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP, you can click the Back and Forward buttons to move back and forth between pages you’ve recently viewed, one page at a time. If you want to go back several pages and forward again more quickly, click the small black arrow next to the Back and Forward buttons to see a list of pages you’ve recently viewed-and then just click the page you want. You can also display this list by right-clicking the Back or Forward buttons. AUTO COMPLETE FEATURE

 

Internet Explorer has an auto complete feature that will automatically fill in a web address when you begin typing if it is a page that you’ve visited before. You can enable or disable this feature by clicking on TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, and CONTENT. Click on the Auto Complete button and check off auto complete for web pages.

 

FREE ENVIRONMENTAL INFO

For free and easily accessible local environmental information, visit this site… http://www.scorecard.org/

 

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Tech Tips 11/13/03

 

WEB PAGE TIP…EASY ON THE GRAPHICS!

 

If used properly, attractive graphics and flashy multimedia can make

your website look very impressive. Unfortunately search engines can

only read text. So no matter how good your graphics are, your website

will only achieve a good ranking if the search engines can find high

quality text that contains keywords that are relevant to your site.

 

GOOGLE HAS A BUILT IN CALCULATOR

 

Not only is google a great search engine, but it can even act as a calculator! Visit www.google.com and then type the problem you need solved in the search text box. To add, use +, to subtract -, to multiply * and to divide /. You can even compute percentages by typing % of number. Amazing!

 

CHANGE YOUR ICONS

 

You can change the look of your desktop icons by right clicking on the desktop, selecting PROPERTIES then APPEARANCE then ADVANCED. Select ICONS from the dropdown list and choose the size and font.

 

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Tech Tips 11/21/03

 

SEARCH PREFERENCES IN WINDOWS

 

Did you know that you can customize your search experience in Windows? Click on the SEARCH option, then choose CHANGE PREFERENCES. You will then see a list of options such as “use animated screen character” and “Show Balloon Tips”. You can even customize which internet search engine is used by windows using this feature.

 

POINTS TO INCH CONVERSION

 

Point size is measured from the ascender (like the top of a lower case d) to the descender (like the bottom of a lowercase p). You can’t just measure ALL CAP text. You have to pretend there are descenders by adding about 1/3 of the height of the text. 72 points = 1 inch.

 

HOLIDAY SHOPPING HELP

 

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Tech Tips 11/28/03

 

ADD EMAIL ADDRESSES TO YOUR ADDRESS BOOK IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

If you get an email with a list of addresses and you’d like to add ALL addresses to your outlook express address book, simply open the message, click on TOOLS, then ADD TO ADDRESS BOOK. You will then see an arrow that will give you the option to add EVERYONE ON THE TO LIST and a list of all of the names that you can highlight to pick and choose who you add.

 

MORE KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

 

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working with Microsoft Publisher:

 

Make text small capitals CTRL+SHIFT+K

Center a paragraph CTRL+E

Add a shadow CTRL+D

 

FUN WITH CALCULATORS!

 

Here is a helpful online calculator that will help you estimate how long it will take you to pay off a credit card balance! You can even view your results in a handy graph or a table!

http://www.financenter.com/consumer/calculate/us-eng/budget05.fcs

 

 

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Tech Tips 12/04/03

 

HIDDEN TEXT IN WORD

 

If you want to add text to a word document that will not PRINT , simply highlight the text you want hidden, choose FONT from the format menu and check the box titled HIDDEN. The text will disappear. To bring it back into view, select OPTIONS from the TOOLS menu and click on the VIEW tab. In the formatting marks area, check the box titled Hidden Text. Now the text will appear, but it will not print.

 

PASSWORD TIPS

 

More and more password protected sites are asking for letter/number combinations. If you want to think of a way to protect yourself, but still remember the password, try using the number 1 in place of an L or I or the number 3 for E or the number 0 for O.

 

HOW-TO SOLUTIONS FOR YOU

 

This site is packed with a variety of how to solutions!

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Tech Tips 12/11/03

 

FREE ROOM PLANNER

 

The Do It Yourself Network has loads of exciting information and home improvement tools. Amoung them is a really great room planner to help with your decorating projects! Check it out! http://www.diynetwork.com/

 

PRINTING PROBLEMS WITH OUTLOOK EXPRESS

Outlook Express uses the Internet Explorer print engine, so you have to configure IE for printing before you print in OE. To do that, open Internet Explorer and click File | Page Setup. The print font size is also affected by Internet Explorer. If the font is too large or too small, change the text size in Internet Explorer by clicking View | Text Size and then try printing again. REMOVE WINDOWS MESSENGER ONCE AND FOR ALL! On XP Systems without Service Pack 1: Click Start / Run Then type the following: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

Press ENTER

Restart Windows

On XP Systems WITH Service Pack 1:

Control Panel

Add / Remove Programs

Click on “Add/Remove Windows Components” on the left

UNcheck “Windows Messenger”

Click “NEXT”

Click “Finish”

Reboot

 

 

 

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Tech Tips 12/31/03

 

WINDOWS XP SHORTCUTS

 

Here are a few useful shortcuts for use with your WINDOWS key! WINDOWS + F1 key will show the Help & Support Center WINDOWS + R will open the RUN dialogue box WINDOWS + F will open the File search box

 

RESTORE A FILE

 

When you delete a file, it is sent to the recycling bin. If you want to restore that file to its original location, simply open the bin, click on the file and RIGHT CLICK and choose RESTORE

 

CURIOUS? LOOK IT UP!

 

Ever wonder where a certain word originated? Look it up on this site! http://www.wordorigins.org/

 

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Tech Tips 1/8/04

 

QUICKBOOKS TIPS

 

CTRL+A brings up the chart of accounts right away

ALT+F4 closes QuickBooks software

CTRL+T brings up your memorized transaction list

CTRL+R opens a register

CTRL+Q will give you a quick report

 

CROPPING A CLIP ART IMAGE IN WORD

 

If you import a bitmap or clip art image into a word document and you want to crop it, click on the CROP tool on the picture toolbar. Click and drag one of the image’s sizing handles to hide the part of the image that you want cropped out. If you do not see the picture toolbar, right click on the image then select SHOW PICTURE TOOLBAR.

 

ANOTHER REFERENCE LINK

 

This site offers quick access to some of the best internet tools! http://www.itools.com/

 

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Tech Tips 1/15/04

 

ADJUST THE SPACE BETWEEN YOUR ICONS ON THE DESKTOP

Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Appearance tab, and then click Advanced. In the Item box, click Icon Spacing (Vertical). Decrease the size, click OK, then click Apply to see the result on screen. When you’re happy with the results, click OK.

 

ONSCREEN KEYBOARD OPTION IN XP

You can bring up an onscreen keyboard with Windows XP. It is a great tool if you ever have keyboard troubles! To activate it, press START, then RUN and then type osk.

 

HOW IS YOUR HEARING?

This site offers a free hearing test.

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Tech Tips 1/23/04

 

REMOVING THE GO BUTTON FROM INTERNET EXPLORER

If you want to remove the “GO” button from Internet Explorer, simply right click on the button and uncheck it from the drop down list. SPAM RELIEF Spam continues to be one of the biggest problems for email users. While there are many ANTI SPAM products on the market, there are also some other things you can try to reduce unwanted Spam…. 1. Check with your ISP. Many of the ISP have ANTI SPAM tools, but you might have to ENABLE them. 2. Upgrade your current email program. The most recent programs have more powerful tools. BROWSER TOOLBARS You can download free search engine toolbars to improve your internet browsing experience. Some of the better toolbars contain pop up stoppers, directory listings and translators! Here are a few: http://www.dogpile.com/info.dogpl/tbar

http://www.altavista.com/toolbar/default

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Tech Tips 1/29/04

 

MICROSOFT ONLINE TUTORIALS

 

Did you know that you could access online tutorials for your favorite microsoft products? The tutorials are free and very easy to use. Check them out! http://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/default.aspx

 

CHANGE YOUR PHOTO ON THE WELCOME PAGE ON WINDOWS XP

 

Click START, click CONTROL PANEL, and then click USER ACCOUNTS. Click your account name, and then click CHANGE MY PICTURE. Click the picture you like, and then click CHANGE PICTURE. To find the user’s picture, click BROWSE FOR MORE PICTURES, click the picture you want to use, and then click OPEN.

 

COOL INDOOR PLANETARIUM

 

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Tech Tips 2/6/04

 

MAXIMIZE YOUR PALM POTENTIAL!

 

There are all sorts of palm programs to enhance your productivity. Why not check out “Bug Me”. It’s a powerful note taker and reminder program. They offer a free trial and it is available for many platforms! http://www.electricpocket.com/bugme/

 

 

 

 

MENU BAR IN WORD

 

Did you ever notice, that when you hit a menu, only a FEW of the commands show and then you have to click the down arrow to see the rest? It’s easy to fix this. Right click on any menu…then select CUSTOMIZE. Under the OPTIONS tab, select ALWAYS SHOW FULL MENUS.

 

FILE TRANSFER UTILITY IN WINDOWS XP

 

If you purchase a new computer, you can have Windows XP help you transfer your data using the FILES AND SETTINGS TRANSFER WIZARD. Simply click START,PROGRAMS, ACCESSORIES, SYSTEM TOOLS and FILES AND SETTINGS TRANSFER WIZARD! The wizard will walk you through your data transfer process!

 

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Tech Tips 02/12/04

 

CTRL+ENTER in IE

 

For a quick way to get to a website, type in the name in the address bar, then click CTRL+ENTER and Internet Explorer will automatically finish the web address and take you to the site. Example: type in mfseminars, then CTRL+ENTER and viola, www.mfseminars.com will open.

 

SELECTING ROWS AND COLUMNS IN EXCEL

 

If you want to select an entire row or rows in Excel, highlight a few cells, then click SHIFT and SPACEBAR. If you want to select an entire column or group of columns select a few cells, then click CTRL and SPACEBAR.

 

411 FOR THE GLOBE

 

This site lists links to global telephone books!

 

http://www.globalyp.com/world.htm

 

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Tech Tips 02/20/04

 

MISSING PHOTOS IN EMAIL

 

If you are using Outlook Express 6 and are having trouble sending and receiving photos, Click TOOLS then OPTIONS. Next, select the SEND TAB. Under the Mail Sending Format header, make sure that the HTML button is highlighted as your mail sending format. Next, click on the HTML Settings button and make sure that SEND PICTURE WITH MAIL has a check mark next to it.

 

HANDY REFERENCE SITE

 

If you are looking for information on IP addresses, domain names or host names, you can visit the site below for an excellent directory of look up tools. There is even a feature that allows you to report spam and get abuse reporting email addresses from certain domains.

http://www.dnsstuff.com/

 

SHORTCUTS IN WORD

 

Here are some helpful shortcuts that you can use while working in Microsoft Word:

 

* Double-click the ruler margin to open the Page Setup dialog box.

 

* Double-click an indent marker to open the Paragraph dialog box.

* Double-click a tab stop to open the Tabs dialog box.

 

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Tech Tips 02/27/04

 

FULL SCREEN VIEW IN EXCEL

 

Sometimes when working in Excel, you may want to get a full screen view, so you can see as much of your worksheet as possible. This will remove all of Excel’s screen elements except for the main toolbar. Do get a full screen view: Click on the VIEW menu in the toolbar. Click on FULL SCREEN. To get out of the full screen view, simply repeat the above process.

 

CHANGE THE TOOLBAR ICON SIZE IN INTERNET EXPLORER 6

 

On the Internet Explorer menu bar: Select VIEW, TOOLBARS and CUSTOMIZE. In the CUSTOMIZE TOOLBAR dialog box select the ICON OPTIONS ARROW. Select the size you want.

 

REBATE STATUS?

 

Visit the site below to find out the latest rebate offers out there! There are also links to check the status of rebates you may have already applied for!

 

http://www.rebateplace.com/

 

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Tech Tips 03/04/04

 

CLIPBOARD VIEWER ON YOUR DESKTOP

 

The ClipBook Viewer shows you the information you have copied to the Clipboard. The ClipBook Viewer isn’t listed in the Accessories folder on the Start menu in Windows XP, so you might want to create a shortcut to it on your desktop:

 

1. Right-click your desktop, point to New, and then click SHORTCUT

2. In the location field, type C:WINDOWS\system32\clipbrd.exe.

3. Click NEXT to give it a name, then click FINISH and you’re all

set.

 

EXCEL SHORTCUT, COPY FORMULAS

 

If you want to copy a formula from the cell above, simply put the cursor in the cell to copy to, press CTRL + ‘ (apostrophe) -and you will see the formula copied from the cell above.

 

GIVE YOUR BRAIN A GOOD TEASE!

 

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Tech Tips for 3/12/04

 

INSERT A ROW IN MICROSOFT WORD

 

Here is a quick and easy way to insert a row in WORD. Press ALT +

SHIFT+ UP or DOWN ARROW. You can insert lines in paragraphs and bullets

as well!

 

BACK UP YOUR EMAIL

 

Here is a helpful tutorial to help you back up your email and your address book. The tutorial is written for Outlook, Outlook Express and Netscape Mail.

 

http://www.cybertechhelp.com/html/tutorials/tutorial.php/id/7

 

GPS TRACKING THROUGH CELL PHONES!

 

There is a new technology available to enable you to track cell phone users using GPS. You can view the location of all family members using this service right on a website. It is also helpful for business owners to track employees out in the field.

 

http://www.ulocate.com/

 

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Tech Tips for 3/25/04

 

PALM PILOT CALCULATOR MEMORY

 

The Calculator on your handheld has a cool, often under-utilized feature, Recent Calculations. It could come in handy if you forget to jot down a calculation before quitting Calculator. Just open it and there’s the calculation!

To get to Recent Calculations:

1. Launch Calculator.
2. Tap the silkscreen menu on the lower left corner of your handheld.
3. Tap options.
4. Tap Recent Calculations.

 

NOTES IN OUTLOOK

 

In Microsoft Outlook® version 2002, notes are the electronic equivalent of paper “sticky” notes. You can use notes to jot down questions, ideas, reminders, or anything you would write on note paper.

 

To create a note in Outlook:

On the File menu, point to New, and then click Note.

Type the text of the note.

To close the note, click the × in the upper-right corner of the note.

 

FUN MICROSOFT HOME SITE

 

This site is filled with interesting tips and tricks for the home computer user!

http://www.microsoft.com/canada/home/planning&organizing/default.asp

 

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Tech Tips for 4/2/04

 

SAVING IN WORD

 

Here are a few shortcuts for saving documents in WORD. If you want to save a NEW document in the current folder, just press CTRL +S and then type the name of the document and then ENTER. If you want to save a NEW document in a NEW folder, press CTRL + S, then press ALT + 5 or click the Create New Folder Button. Type the folder name and press ENTER. Type a file name, then press ENTER to save.

 

NEW GOOGLE OPTIONS

 

Have you seen the new Google? Google has added even MORE OPTIONS to help you with web searches! Visit www.google.com and then click the “more” button for the new and improved options. You can search GOOGLE LOCAL and narrow your search to a specific city or zip code. You can search GOOGLE ANSWERS where you would just type your question in a box. There is a fee for this service. Don’t forget GOOGLE WIRELESS where there are many options for GOOGLE searches from your wireless phone or PDA.

 

FUN RINGTONE SITE

 

Visit this site for fun ways to customize your mobile phones ring tone!

http://www.xingtone.com/

 

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Tech Tips for 04/09/04

 

STOP JUNK MAIL, SPAM AND TELEMARKETERS!

Visit this site for valuable information on how to put a stop to annoying unsolicited advertisements. There are articles, tips and sample forms for you to use to report unwanted mail, calls and faxes.

http://junkbusters.com/

 

SAVE A GROUP OF ATTACHMENTS IN OUTLOOK

If you receive an email with multiple attachments in OUTLOOK, you don’t have to open each one individually to save. All you have to do is highlight the email, select FILE, SAVE ATTACHMENTS, ALL ATTACHMENTS and a box will open up with the names of the files. Click OK then choose the folder you want to save the file to.

 

BUYING A NEW CAR?

Why not visit this survey site. It features reviews from car owners

http://www.carsurvey.org/

 

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Tech Tips for 04/16/04:

 

NEVER FORGET TO ADD A CONTACT IN OUTLOOK

 

If you want to create a contact record for every person that you reply to in Outlook, follow the steps below:

Select TOOLS then OPTIONS from the menu. Go to the PREFERENCES TAB, click EMAIL OPTIONS. Make sure the “AUTOMATICALLY PUT PEOPLE I RESPOND TO” is selected.

 

SAFE SHOPPING SITE

 

Visit this site for tips on safe online shopping. It was created by the American Bar Association and even includes a page of contacts if you wish to report a merchant.

http://www.safeshopping.org/

 

CHANGE YOUR POINTER SCHEME IN WINDOWS XP

 

If you are tired of seeing the same old arrow or hourglass all the time, it’s easy to change things up! Open the CONTROL PANEL then double click on the MOUSE and select the POINTERS TAB. You can select either select a new SCHEME or select an individual icon to replace what you are currently using. Don’t forget to hit APPLY when you are finished with your selection!

 

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Tech Tips for 04/21/04:

 

SHOPPING FOR PALM GADGETS?

 

Why not check out this site. They have an amazing collection of palm accessories. You’ll find just what you are looking for!

http://www.styluscentral.com/

 

LOOKING FOR THE CLIPBOARD IN XP?

 

If you want to see what the clipboard holds in Windows XP, click START, RUN then CLIPBRD. This tip also works with Windows 2000.

 

HELPFUL WORD TIP

 

If you want to delete whole words in a word document, you can either highlight the word then hit DELETE or BACKSPACE until the word disappears or…if you want to save time, try this tip…

To delete words to the right, click CTRL+ DELETE. If you want to delete words to the left, click CTRL + BACKSPACE for each word you want to delete! You can always click the UNDO option if you get carried away!

 

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Tech Tips for 04/30/04:

 

LOOKING FOR THE LOWEST GAS PRICES AROUND?

 

This site must be getting a lot of activity lately! There are daily updates and even a database with the highest gas prices listed so you know where NOT to go! Check it out by visiting:

http://www.gasbuddy.com/

 

F1 FOR HELP

 

Help is as easy as F1. If you are working in any of the Microsoft Products, all you have to do is hit F1 for the help menu.

 

RENAME AN ACCOUNT IN QUICKEN

 

If you use Quicken as your financial software and have received the “Name Already In Use” error when trying to record a transaction, try the following steps…

From the TOOLS menu, choose ACCOUNT LIST. Within the ACCOUNT LIST window, click the OPTIONS list then choose VIEW HIDDEN ACCOUNTS. Select the account to rename by clicking it, then hit EDIT. Click within the ACCOUNT NAME field and enter the new name for the account and then click OK.

 

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Tech Tips for 05/07/04:

 

PALM PILOT GRAFITTI TIPS

 

Mastering the art of graffiti can be a challenge! What you need is a few good tips like the tips below:

 

-To master the letter V, begin drawing from the RIGHT instead of the left.

-When writing P, R, D and B, forget the initial down stroke. Start each letter from the bottom left and work up!

 

ZOOOOOM IN AND OUT IN WORD

 

Hopefully, you have a mouse with a scrolling wheel; if not, this tip won’t help you! If you want to ZOOM in on any word document, simply press the CTRL key while rolling the scroll wheel. If you want to use the OLD way, you can click the VIEW then ZOOM and then select the % you’d like to zoom to!

 

LOTS OF PEOPLE!

 

Visit the US Census Bureaus’ website for amazing facts and a real time population counter!

http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html

 

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Tech Tips for 05/14/04:

 

WINDOWS KEY

 

WINDOWS KEY + E opens the explorer window

WINDOWS KEY + F opens your search window

WINDOWS KEY + R displays the run command

WINDOWS KEY + TAB cycles through the buttons on the task bar

 

 

RENTING VIDEOS MADE EASY

 

At last, help trying to decide what to rent at the video store is here!

http://www.whattorent.com/

 

HEADINGS IN EXCEL

 

When you are typing a heading or label in an excel spreadsheet and you don’t want to have all of your text in a long string of characters in one cell, type ALT ENTER to start a new line in the same cell, then ENTER when you are finished.

 

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Tech Tips for 05/21/04:

 

HELPFUL WEBSITE

 

For help with everything from gardening to home improvements, check out this helpful site…

http://www.doityourself.com/

 

SHOW RECENT DOCUMENTS IN WINDOWS XP

 

Windows XP does not automatically save your most recent documents to the DOCUMENTS area on your start menu. You can turn on this feature on by right-clicking Start, clicking Properties, clicking Customize, and then selecting the List my most recently opened documents check box.

 

PRINT EXCEL SPREADSHEETS ON ONE PAGE

Go to File menu and select Page Setup.

Choose your page layout — Portrait or Landscape.

Check the “Fit To” radio button.

Type the number of pages wide and tall you’d like the spreadsheet to be. For example, if you want the spreadsheet on one piece of paper, type 1 in the wide field and 1 in the tall field.

Click OK.

 

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Tech Tips for 05/28/04:

 

CREATING A FOLDER IN WINDOWS

 

It’s easy to create a special folder in windows. First open Windows Explorer by RIGHT CLICKING on the START BUTTON and selecting EXPLORE. Then, select the drive that you wish to save your folder to. Select FILE, NEW and then name your folder.

 

KEEP YOUR PC COOL

 

Summer is almost here, and your PC can feel overheated too! When your PC draws warm air through the vents, it could result in data errors or hardware failure! Be sure to shut down the PC if it gets too warm and give it a chance to cool down to prevent any damage.

 

WORD TOOLBARS

 

If you want to see all of MS WORDS Function commands, select TOOLS then CUSTOMIZE and click on FUNCTION KEY DISPLAY. The Function Key toolbar will then be displayed at the bottom of your screen.

 

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Tech Tips for 06/04/04:

 

MORE SHORTCUTS!

In Internet Explorer…

CTRL + i opens YOUR FAVORITES

In Outlook Express…

CTRL + ENTER to send a message

Networking…

WINDOWS KEY + CTRL + F will launch the “FIND COMPUTER dialog to search for network computers.

 

A PERFECT LINE IN WORD OR OUTLOOK

To draw a perfect line, all you have to do is type the – key three times and then hit ENTER.

 

FUN PHOTO SITE

If you are looking for a unique gift, visit this site for some unique options!

http://www.photowow.com/new1/

 

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Tech Tips for 06/10/04:

 

WILDCARD SEARCH

 

If you are searching for a file on your computer, but you forget what it is named, you can do a WILDCARD SEARCH. All you have to do is type an * before the file extension and hit SEARCH. If you are looking for a photo, you might search for *.jpg.

 

POST IT NOTES ON YOUR DESKTOP!

 

Ahhh, the joys of POST IT NOTES! Download this free program and you can experience the electronic version! What a great idea!

http://www.3m.com/market/office/postit/com_prod/psnotes/download_lite.html

 

GROUP PROGRAMS IN WINDOWS

 

If you want to work with programs in a group, simply click on the items on the taskbar while holding down the CTRL key. Once the items are highlighted, right click on any one of them and the group options will be displayed.

 

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Tech Tips for 06/18/04:

 

DELTE WORDS IN WORD

 

If you want to delete whole words in MS Word, just click the CTRL Key followed by the DELETE button. This action will remove one word at a time.

 

 

 

 

PUT THE USA WEATHER MAP ON YOUR DESKTOP

 

Windows XP allows you to set items on your active desktop. To add the weather map, right click on the desktop and click PROPERTIES. Select the DESKTOP tab and then click CUSTOMIZE DESKTOP. Click on the WEB tab and then the NEW button. Click VISIT GALLERY button. Your browser will open taking you to IE’s desktop gallery. Click ADD TO ACTIVE DESKTOP.

 

RECENT SEARCH ADDITIONS

 

Did you know that you could visit the site below and search for CURRENT information on Google. Perhaps you want to find something that happened during the past week or month. Visit this site and you will be able to narrow your search.

http://www.freshgoo.com/

 

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Tech Tips for 07/02/04:

 

SMALL CAPS IN WORD

 

If you want your document to appear in small caps, just press CTRL + SHIFT + K and begin typing. To “UNDO” just repeat the steps!

 

COPYING CELLS IN EXCEL

 

If you are looking to copy an entire spreadsheet in excel to a new sheet, simply click CTRL + A and then CTRL + C to copy. Now open a new spreadsheet and place the cursor in cell A1 and hit ENTER.

 

YOUR AMAZING BRAIN

 

Visit this site for some interesting tests and demonstrations on how your brain functions! Interesting!

http://www.youramazingbrain.org/default.htm

 

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Tech Tips for 7/9/04:

 

WORD COUNT TOOLBAR

 

Did you know that in Microsoft Word you can view a word count toolbar? Click VIEW then TOOLBARS then select WORD COUNT. This toolbar comes in handy if you are limited to how many characters you can use!

 

SELECT ADDRESS BAR TEXT

 

You can select the text in the address bar in Internet Explorer in a snap! Just click ALT + D.

 

REVERSE DICTIONARY

 

Visit this site if you are looking for that perfect word to describe what you want to say! You can enter phrases, a question or a single word. It is so much more than a thesaurus!

http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

 

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Tech Tips for 7/16/04:

 

SENDING PHOTOS WITH OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

A common complaint people have with outlook express is that when they send photos in the body of the email, the recipient is not able to view them. There is a simple fix: In the Tools menu, select Options, and then click on the Send tab. Where you see Mail Sending Format, make sure that HTML is selected. Then click on HTML Settings and check Send pictures with messages. Pictures visible, problem solved.

 

ADD A BOOKMARK IN WORD

 

If you are working on a document and you want to add a bookmark for easy editing, simply follow the steps below:

1. In your document, click where you want to place a bookmark.
2. On the Insert menu, click Bookmark.
3. When the Bookmark dialog box opens, name your bookmark.
4. Then click Add.

 

WHERE WAS YOUR USED CAR BEFORE?

 

If you are thinking of buying a used car, you can visit this site and enter the VIN number for a free report.

http://www.carfax.com/

 

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Tech Tips for 7/23/04:

 

WHAT VERSION OF WINDOWS ARE YOU RUNNING?

 

Click START, RUN then type winver

 

ADD A PHOTO IN MICROSOFT EXCEL

New functionality in Excel 2002 provides the ability to add pictures to the header or footer areas of a worksheet. To do this, click the Insert Picture button in the Custom Header dialog box or the Custom Footer dialog box.

CREATE YOUR OWN NEWS SITE!

Visit this site and build a custom website with the exact news content you are looking for!

http://www.crayon.net/

 

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Tech Tips for 7/29/04:

 

TAKE OWNERSHIP OF A FILE IN XP

 

By default, the user who creates a file or folder in XP is its owner. The owner can set permissions to determine who else, if anyone, can access the file or folder. If you are an administrator, you can take ownership of any file or folder. Here’s how:

1. Right click the file or folder and click Properties.
2. Click the Security tab (click OK if a Security dialog box appears).
3. Click the Advanced button, then click the Owner tab.
4. In the Name list, click your user name or Administrator (if you’re using the built-in Administrator account).

OUTLOOK “GO TO” DATE

You can move around the calendar easily using Outlook’s Go To Date Feature. Open Go To Date using Ctrl+G, from the Go menu or by right clicking on the Day/Week/Month Calendar and choosing Go To Date. Enter the date and the calendar format you want to view it in – one day, week or month.

TIME FOR A NEW PC??

Right click on My Computer, go to the General tab here you can find even more info about your PC. It may be time to update your PC if you have 128MB of RAM or less, Windows 98 or Windows ME. If Processor Speed is 650MHZ or less, (note: earlier versions of Windows do not give Processor speed info) you might also consider a new PC.

 

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Tech Tips for 8/6/04:

 

SHIFT KEY DOES IT ALL!

 

If you hold down the Shift key while selecting the File menu in Word (or in Outlook when composing a message), the menu options change. You get handy options to Save All and Close All open files. In Excel, you get a Close All-but not a Save All-option.

 

EXPORTING FAVORITES IN XP

 

Remember, Internet Explorer has an Import/Export wizard for your convenience. If you want to save your favorite sites onto a disc and load them onto your home computer or your laptop, just click FILE then IMPORT/EXPORT and the wizard will appear. You can select to import or export favorites and then designate where to save them!

 

NEW TWIST ON CONTACT LISTS!

 

Visit the site below for an interesting way to keep in touch with family friends and associates. Multiply.com is a community where you can join and invite all of your contacts to join. They invite their contacts, and so on and so on! It’s a fun way to create a network. Check it out!

http://multiply.com/

 

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Tech Tips for 9/3/04:

 

VERY IMPORTANT TECH TIP FROM YOUR TECH HOTLINE

 

The TECH HOTLINE has created an informative site for you to review regarding Windows XP Service Pack 2 Upgrade Release! Be sure to visit this site for valuable information.

 

http://www.mfseminars.com/winxp/index_files/frame.htm

 

 

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Here are a few more keyboard shortcuts for IE:

Select the text in the address bar – ALT + D

Open History Folder – CTRL + H

Open Search – CTRL + E

Open a link in a new window – SHIFT then click the link

Go to Home Page – ALT + HOME

Add current page to Favorites – CTRL + D

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT DOT COM SITE?

 

This site chronicles the final homepages of now deceased internet sites!

http://www.ebituaries.whirlycott.com/

 

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Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.akak.html

 

Tech Tips for 9/10/04:

 

FREE VIRUS PROTECTION SOFTWARE

 

Visit the site below to download a FREE stand alone utility to help combat viruses. It is not meant to replace a good anti virus software, but will help in an emergency!

http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/

 

AUTO PREVIEW IN OUTLOOK

 

When you use Outlook, you can set your view to AUTO PREVIEW so you can view the first few lines of text in each email. Select VIEW then AUTO PREVIEW.

 

GREAT TRAVEL SITE

 

If you are looking for an information packed site devoted to making life easier while on the road, visit this site!

http://www.thetravelinsider.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=&Section_Id=100&pcount=&Product_Id=157031

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mydoom.t@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 9/17/04:

 

COLOR CODE YOUR EMAIL!

 

You can COLOR CODE your email in Outlook! Just click on ORGANIZE from the standard toolbar and then click on USING COLORS. You can have your incoming mail from special people appear in special colors! You can even color code your SENT MAIL making it easy to find email to certain people in your contact list.

 

MOVING AROUND IN EXCEL

 

While working in an Excel spreadsheet, you can decide what happens when you hit the ENTER key. Select TOOLS, OPTIONS, EDIT. Check the box that says MOVE SELECTION AFTER ENTER and then choose from the drop down box. If you “uncheck” the box, nothing will happen when you hit the ENTER key.

 

 

 

 

MORE FUN WITH GOOGLE

 

Google is a universe of valuable knowledge. Here are some ways that Google can save you time…

 

Enter a residential phone number and Google will return with the directory listing and a map if the number is listed.

Enter the word “map” and a city and state and Google will give you a map

Enter a UPC code to get information on the product and its maker

Enter an airline name and flight number and Google will return status information

Enter the word Define followed by a “:” and the word you want to define and you’ll see a definition

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.fisherav.com/FVD-C1.htm

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mydoom.ab@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 10/01/04:

 

GURU NET FOR EVERYONE

 

Guru Net is a multi faceted search engine bringing you fantastic filtering options. Not only does it stand alone online, but also you can download it to integrate with windows allowing you to just “click” on a word in your program for answers. Take a look!

www.gurunet.com

 

ATTACHMENTS IN OUTLOOK AND OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

When you receive an email with an attachment and you would like to save the file to your computer, you could either choose FILE, SAVE ATTACHMENTS or click on the attachment, open it and save it. There is an alternative. You could drag and drop the file to where you want to save it! The same holds true for adding an attachment to an email. You can either click INSERT FILE and then attach the file, or you can drag whichever file you want to attach over to your email and it Outlook and Outlook Express will attach it

 

WHAT IS AN RSS FEED?

 

RSS feeds keep you up to date on updates from all your favorite websites and news, without having to visit the sites or dig through your bookmarks. Check out Feed Demon for a free trial of an easy to use RSS Feed Reader with an Outlook-like interface.

http://www.bradsoft.com/feeddemon/index.asp

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.bluesquirrel.com/products/Snapture/index.html?ASCID=1161

 

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.spybot.eas.html

 

Tech Tips for 10/8/04:

 

FLAG FOR FOLLOWUP IN OUTLOOK

 

The “FLAG” option is a great way to remember important email in your inbox! When sorting through new mail, simply right click on an important email and select the FLAG FOR FOLLOWUP option. After reading through all of your mail, you can go back to those FLAGGED emails and address them.

 

SYMBOLS IN WORD

 

Some commonly used symbols include © and ®. When you type L parenthesis plus the letter c and then right parenthesis, you automatically get the symbol. The same holds true for the ®. Sometimes, you might actually WANT to type a lower case c or r in parenthesis. If so, just type it (r) and then type CTRL Z. That will “undo” the symbol!

 

WANT TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY?

 

Who doesn’t! Visit this site below for some helpful tips on cutting corners!

http://www.stretcher.com/index.cfm

Cool Tool:

http://www.nokia.com/nokia/0,5184,5787,00.html

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.adrmove.html

 

Tech Tips for 10/15/04:

 

MOUSE POINTER TRAILS

 

If you want to add a “mouse trail”, click START, SETTINGS, CONTROL PANEL, MOUSE PROPERTIES, then POINTER OPTIONS. Then check the box that says DISPLAY POINTER TRAILS.

 

FREE BOOKS, MUSIC AND MOVIES

That’s right! There is a website that archives books, movies and music that are 100% free to you! You can download them, upload them, and copy them. Do whatever you like! The site pulls together several electronic book libraries and allows you to search in one place.

http://www.archive.org/

 

CREATE SOUND RULE IN OUTLOOK

 

Most people create message rules that pre sort incoming messages into folders. A great enhancement to this function is to also apply a sound to certain messages. So, the rule will not only move the message if you wish, but will play certain sounds associated with certain senders at the same time. To do this, open OUTLOOK, under TOOLS click RULES WIZARD then select NEW then “select messages when they arrive”, followed by NEXT then “from people or distribution list” then select the person from your contact list. You will then be asked what you want to happen when the message comes in. Scroll through the list of options and select “Play A Sound”. You will then have to click on the play a sound link and select a sound. A great place for sounds would be in your windows folder under media. Once you select the sound you want to associate with the sender, click FINISH.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.ctxtec.com/products/LCDTV.htm

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.narcs.html

 

Tech Tips for 10/22/04:

 

QUICK LAUNCH IN WINDOWS XP

 

If you want to create shortcuts in the taskbar for programs that you use on a regular basis, follow the steps below:

Right click on the taskbar and select TOOLBARS. Then select QUICK LAUNCH to display the quick launch icons next to the start button. Click START, PROGRAMS and then find the program you want to create a quick launch icon for and then left click and DRAG it down to the quick launch menu. Let go of the mouse and your icon will be there, ready for you to click!

 

QUOTE A FAMOUS QUOTE

 

Looking for a special occasion quote, a motivational quote or a movie quote? Just visit the site below…

http://www.quoteland.com/

 

SUMMING IT UP IN WORD

 

Did you know that you can create a SUM in a table in word? Just click the cell where you want the sum to appear, then click the AUTOSUM tool on the TABLES AND BORDERS toolbar.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.fisherav.com/FVD-C1.htm

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.netsky.ae@mm.html

 

 

Tech Tips for 10/29/04:

 

IDENTITIES IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

You can create multiple identities in Outlook Express without creating additional windows accounts. This can be helpful if you have family members that share the computer. Each person can have his or her own identity in Outlook Express. To create additional identities, just open Outlook Express and click on FILE then IDENTITIES and add NEW IDENTITY. Type in the name and then you will have an option to set a password.

 

GOOD ADVICE….FREE!

 

Visit this site for some advice on a variety of topics. The site operates on a volunteer basis and is free to use!

http://www.allexperts.com/

 

CHANGES IN PRINT PREVIEW IN WORD

 

If you want to make changes while in the Print Preview view, just click the text in the area you wish to edit. Once the pointer changes from a magnifying glass to the I-bean, you can make changes. You can then either click close or print and the changes are made!

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.nch.com.au/vemail/index.html

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.beagle.av@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 11/05/04:

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE SEARCHES FOR YOU ONLINE?

 

Did you ever try and “google” yourself? Type your name into the Google Search box and watch what results are displayed. The web-based info that appears might be very outdated. There is a cool way to register yourself as a business professional using keywords and location and up to date contact information. The site is called Ziggs and they call themselves the fastest growing index of online business professionals. They promise to list you in their growing database and house a personal profile for you free of charge for the first year. For an additional fee, they offer web search placement tools. FYI, I did a quick search of Realtors in my city and only got 4 results!

www.ziggs.com

 

LOWEST GAS PRICES ON YAHOO

 

If you want to find a list of gas stations and the lowest price options, just go to Yahoo, type in Gas prices followed by the zip code. You’d be surprised at how different some of the gas prices in your local town are! Check it out!

www.yahoo.com

 

SET EMAIL TO EXPIRE AFTER A CERTAIN DATE IN OUTLOOK

 

Create a new email, select VIEW then OPTIONS. Under Message Options, there is a check box that says EXPIRE AFTER. Select the date from the drop down box. Consider it “UNSENT” if it is not opened by the expire date!

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.motorola.com/mdirect/hellomoto/experience/v3/flash/default.shtml

 

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/x97m.avone.a.html

 

Tech Tips for 11/12/04:

 

DELETE THOSE TEMP FILES

 

When you install programs, sometimes, temporary files associated with the program are saved. It is completely safe to delete temp files from your computer. An efficient method to delete temp files is to select START then SEARCH. In the Search by any or all the criteria box type *.tmp Click SEARCH. The temp files will appear in the right pane of the search box. You can then select any files with the .tmp extension, right click, and then DELETE.

 

ADD TEXT ABOVE A TABLE IN WORD

 

If you want to add text ABOVE a table in word and are having a hard time getting the cursor to cooperate, try clicking in the table then press CTRL + HOME. Press ENTER . You can then add your text.

 

SEARCH MESSAGES IN OUTLOOK BY DATE

 

You can search for messages in OUTLOOK by date simply by using the STANDARD toolbar. To make sure the standard toolbar is showing, click VIEW, then TOOLBARS, then STANDARD. You will see a dropdown box on the standard toolbar. Select MESSAGE TIMELINE and suddenly, all of your messages will appear on a grid by date.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.sittercity.com/

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mydoom.ak@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 11/19/04:

 

LOOKING FOR WIRELESS TOWERS?

 

Cellular phones have certainly become a business staple. There are so many carriers and plans to choose from. You might want to check the website below and see how many wireless towers there are in your area!

http://www.berkana.com/tower.php3

 

 

TRANSLATE ,TRADUIRE, UBERSETZEN, TRADUZCA

 

WORD 2002 has a built in TRANSLATION TOOL. If you are working within a document and you would like to translate a word or words, just click on TOOLS then LANGUAGE then TRANSLATE. You can select from many different languages. There is even a handy DOCUMENT TRANSLATOR tool that will export your entire document to a website.

 

MANAGE MESSAGES IN OUTLOOK

 

If you want a quick way to eliminate LARGE emails from your INBOX. You can use the ADVANCED FIND feature. Click on TOOLS then ADVANCED FIND. Under the SIZE option, use the down arrow to select greater than. Select a value (in kilobytes). Click FIND NOW. Outlook will locate all of those messages that are larger in size than the size you specified.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.evernote.com/en/

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sober.i@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 11/26/04:

 

POWER SEARCH IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Internet Explorer 5 allows you to search all the search engines at the same time. Right-click the Search icon in the toolbar, then click the Customize button. Select “Use the Search Assistant for Smart Searching.” Select all the search engines you want to use and click the OK button.

Next time you do a search and the default search engine doesn’t give you what you’re looking for, simply click “Next” in the Search toolbar, and you’ll see the results from another search engine. Keep clicking “Next” to see the results from all your chosen search engines.

 

 

 

KEEP YOUR OFFICE STATIC FREE

 

There are three basic ways to control static in your office: 1. You could add a room humidifier to moderate the humidity to higher levels. This is the most expensive option, but may have other (better breathing air) benefits. More humidity (but not lots) diminishes static naturally; 2. You can use a carpet spray – usually found at Staples or Office Max – that is “anti static” in each of your seating areas. That frequently helps and the spray should not discolor your rug in any way. Likewise, there are “anti static” Chair Mats you can get for under each seating area and even for walkways you travel down halls; 3. You can get an Antistatic wrist wrest and mouse pad; they are moderately effective at catching last minute static, too. Keep in mind that today’s computer equipment is MUCH more rugged that in days past; the average little static zap is not as harmful as they used to be. That being said, a few simple precautions to lower static zap frequency might be all you need.

 

GIFT CERTIFICATES AT RESTAURANT.COM

 

How would you like to shop online for gift certificates to great restaurants AND save money at the same time? Check out restaurant.com. You can buy dining gift certificates and print them right from your home computer! What a time saver!

www.restaurant.com

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/radioshark/

 

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.favadd.html

 

Tech Tips for 12/23/04:

 

MULTIPLE SIGNATURES IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

Multiple signatures in OUTLOOK EXPRESS is easy! To get started, open Outlook Express and go to the Tools menu. Select Options and click on the Signatures tab at the top of the window. From here, you can add all of the signatures that you desire. Once you’ve finished entering in the appropriate data, apply the changes and create a new e-mail message. When you get down to the body of your message, go up the Insert menu at the top of the message and move your cursor down to Signature. This is where you can choose which signature to append to the bottom of your message. Simply click on which one you want, and it’ll be inserted into the body of the e-mail.

 

STATIC IN YOUR OFFICE

 

There are three basic ways to control static in your office: 1. You could add a room humidifier to moderate the humidity to higher levels. This is the most expensive option, but may have other (better breathing air) benefits. More humidity (but not lots) diminishes static naturally; 2. You can use a carpet spray – usually found at Staples or Office Max – that is “anti static” in each of your seating areas. That frequently helps and the spray should not discolor your rug in any way. Likewise, there are “anti static” Chair Mats you can get for under each seating area and even for walkways you travel down halls; 3. You can get an AntiStatic wrist wrest and mouse pad; they are moderatly effective at catching last minute static, too. Keep in mind that today’s computer equipment is MUCH more rugged that in days past; the average little static zap is not as harmful as they used to be. That being said, a few simple precautions to lower static zap frequency might be all you need.

 

HO HO HO, CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

 

Ever wonder how they celebrate Christmas in Finland? What do they do in Italy! For all of the answers, visit this fun holiday site…

http://www.northpole.net/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.mobileplanet.com/product.asp?pf_id=MP200201&dept_id=4791

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w97m.sapattra.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Tips for 01/07/05:

 

ARE YOU UP TO DATE?

 

If you ever wondered if the software you are running is the latest version, just visit this site and do a search. You can also register and get updates on the latest software as it is released.

http://www.versiontracker.com/

 

ADD A LINK TO YOUR TOOLBAR

 

To add a link to your Links Toolbar for Internet Explorer browser:

1. Right-click on the web page and select ‘Add to Favorites’. (Mac Users hold down the mouse button instead of right-clicking)
2. Select the “Links” folder in your favorites menu and click “OK”.
3. The new link should now appear on your Links toolbar. Repeat the procedure for each website

 

BLOCKING SENDERS IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS

 

If you keep getting email from someone that you don’t know and you want to block them from sending mail to you using outlook express, follow the steps below..

1. Select the message header
2. Go to the Message menu at the top of Outlook Express and select Block Sender.

This will send all of those junk e-mails’s straight to your Deleted Items folder upon arrival. To modify your list of Blocked Senders, go to the Tools menu in OE, go down to Message Rules and select Blocked Senders List. From here you can tweak all of the rules that are associated with your Blocked Senders List.

 

Cool Tool:

Audit My PC

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.rahack.html

 

Tech Tips for 01/21/05

 

ZIP IT UP IN XP!

 

Windows XP allows you to compress files automatically without using third party software! To zip it up, right click on the folder and point to SEND TO then click COMPRESSED FOLDER.

 

PICTURE PROBLEMS??

 

Google is now making Picasa, a popular digital management software available for FREE DOWNLOAD. That’s right. Picasa will help you organize, edit and find all of your digital photos. Check it out!

http://www.picasa.com/

 

EMPTY TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES AUTOMATICALLY

 

Everyone forgets to empty their temporary internet files from time to time. That can be a problem if the folder gets overstuffed! You can set IE to automatically delete all of your temporary internet files when the browser is closed! Click TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, ADVANCED, SECURITY and then select EMPTY TEMP FOLDER WHEN BROWSER IS CLOSED! You’ll never need to empty again!

 

Virus Site:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.tannick.b.html

 

Cool Tool:

http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM05/Content/Blue/PR/Snowball.html

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Tips for 01/28/05:

 

THINKING OF CREATING AN EZINE?

 

If you are thinking of creating an E Newsletter or another online publication and are looking for content, visit the site below. They offer some FREE articles. Just find a topic of interest, click on the article and then email the author for permission.

http://www.ideamarketers.com/

 

DISPLAY MULTIPLE PAGES IN WORD

 

In Print Preview, click the icon on the toolbar that represents multiple pages, and then drag your mouse to select the number of pages you want displayed. Press ESC to exit.

 

INTELLIGENT SURFING

 

Accoona is a new search engine that gives you the ability to use artificial intelligence technology to refine your searches! When you type in a search phrase, your results are displayed giving you the option to prioritize the words in your phrase for different results. Accoona also has detailed business information in their database. If the word INFO appears next to a result, when clicked you’ll find detailed information on the company, product information, etc.

www.accoona.com

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=321cd7a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.beagle.ba@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 02/4/05:

 

GOT A MILLION QUESTIONS?

 

You can get a million answers at answers.com. Answers.com is a free reference site that works differently than standard search engines. If you type a word into answers.com, you will receive a detailed explanation of your search term instead of a list of links that might be unrelated! Give it a try!

www.answers.com

 

USE THAT WINDOWS KEY

 

Your windows key is handy for a variety of tasks! Many never click it. Here is a short list of things you can do with your windows key! (The key that sits between CTRL and ALT)

 

Windows Key – will bring up your START menu

Windows Key + D – will minimize or restore windows

Windows Key + L – will lock the workstation

Windows Key + U – will bring up the Utility Manager

Windows Key + R – will display the run command

 

CLEAN UP PROGRAMS IN START MENU

 

When you click on START then PROGRAMS a list of programs appears. If you find that there are programs in START menu that you would like to delete a shortcut for, you can do it by clicking START, PROGRAMS and then right click over PROGRAMS. Select EXPLORE ALL USERS and an explorer window will appear. You can then delete shortcuts to programs that you want to remove. Remember, deleting the shortcut in the program list does not delete the program. You will have to use the ADD/REMOVE program utility for that!

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.egrabber.com/

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.dopbot.html

 

 

Tech Tips for 02/11/05:

 

FORWARD YOUR CONTACTS IN OUTLOOK

 

You can forward any of the contacts in your address book in outlook simply by right clicking on their name and selecting FORWARD. If you want to send multiple contacts, press the CTRL key while selecting contacts and click FORWARD ITEMS.

 

PRINT PREVIEW IN INTERNET EXPLORER

 

Don’t you just hate it when you go to a website and then hit PRINT only to realize that 14 pages are popping out of your printer instead of the one page you intended? There is an easy way to fix this problem! Use PRINT PREVIEW in Internet Explorer to view the pages you are about to print! You can select which page to print and adjust the paper size as well.

 

INTERESTING NAME SITE

 

This site graphically tracks the popularity of names during the last decade! It’s very interesting, even if you’re not looking for a baby name!

http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.iambic.com/select/default.asp?itemid=100

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mydoom.au@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 02/18/05:

 

SHORT ON USB PORTS?

 

Some of the older computers were not as generous with USB ports. Many only have 2! With today’s gadgets, several things come with a USB connection and if you find yourself short on ports, why not invest in a USB hub? You can pick up a hub with up to 7 USB ports for under $50! Just think, you can connect your palm pilot, mp3 player, digital camera, etc, etc, etc…

 

IS YOUR WINDOWS UP TO DATE?

 

To find out if you are running Windows with the latest updates, you can visit the site below and it will scan your computer, letting you install the latest updates. You can also view a history of updates that you’ve downloaded in the past!

http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/v5consumer/default.aspx?ln=en-us

 

FULL SCREEN VIEW IN WORD

 

If you want to view your document in a FULL SCREEN version without all of the toolbars, select VIEW, FULL SCREEN. You can then turn the full screen view off by hitting ESC or clicking the CLOSE FULL SCREEN button on the document.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2,CONTENTID=8176

 

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.derdero.a@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 02/25/05:

 

FIND THEM FAST IN OUTLOOK

 

There are many actions you can take when a contact record is open in OUTLOOK. One of the built in tools is the “GET A MAP” function. Open the contact record, be sure you have filled in their address, and then select ACTIONS and DISPLAY MAP!

 

FACINATED BY CALENDARS?

 

Visit this site to have fun with dates! Wondering what day Christmas will fall on in 2010? Maybe you are curious to know what the date will be 10,000 days from now. The answers to all of these questions and more await you!

http://www.timeanddate.com/date/

 

MICROSOFT OFFICE DEMOS

 

Microsoft has an Office Demo site where you can view interesting “how to” tips! There are demo’s on all of your favorite Office products as well as general Office overview demos!

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/FX010804491033.aspx

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.holsterguy.com/

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.randex.cst.html

 

Tech Tips for 03/04/05:

 

FREEZING PANES IN EXCEL

 

If you are working in a large Excel spreadsheet and you want to concentrate on a certain area of the page and still be able to view the column and row headings, follow the steps below:

-Scroll so that the text is on screen on the top and/or left sides

-Place the cursor one row below and/or one column t the right of the information that you want on screen

-From the WINDOW menu, select FREEZE PANES. A black line will appear letting you know the area that was frozen.

-To UNLOCK, simply select UNFREEZE PANES.

 

FIND THE ACTUAL URL

 

Shopping online has become a bit tricky. Click here, click there, and click here and there! At the end of all of that clicking, do you ever wonder which site you are actually on?? There is a way to tell! Cut the following line and then paste it into your address bar. A box will appear telling you the actual URL!

javascript:alert(“Actual URL address: ” + location.protocol + “//” + location.hostname + “/”);

 

EVERYBODY LOVES “TO DO” LISTS!

 

Visit the site below and sign up for a FREE web based “to do” list! You can share your lists, create lists for others and view other public lists for fun! Check it out!

http://www.tadalist.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.gadgetuniverse.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe?T1=TE+332&FNM=25&UID=2005030409115590&GEN9=auto

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.comdor.a@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 03/11/05:

 

WHAT STARTS AUTOMATICALLY?

 

Certain programs may be starting when Windows starts. If you’d like to see which applications load when windows does, right click START then select OPEN, double click PROGRAMS then select STARTUP. This folder will contain shortcuts to the programs set to start automatically. If you delete the shortcut, the program will not boot up when Windows starts.

 

BETTER PHOTOS ARE WAITING

 

Practically everyone has a digital camera today. Visit the site below for online photography classes, “how to” tips and tricks and online galleries!

http://www.betterphoto.com/home.asp

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM TRAY FEATURES

 

The system tray is the area where your clock sits at the bottom right hand side of the screen. You can DISABLE system tray icons by right clicking and then hitting EXIT. You can also set the system tray properties by right clicking, select properties and then in the notification area, check “SHOW THE CLOCK” or “HIDE INACTIVE ICONS”.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.nwfusion.com/weblogs/cool/2005/008109.html

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.adwarehelper.html

 

Tech Tips for 03/11/05:

 

AUTOMATIC SEND AND RECEIVE IN OUTLOOK

If you’d like to set OUTLOOK to send and receive messages automatically, click on TOOLS then OPTIONS then MAIL SETUP. Once in MAIL SETUP, click on SEND/RECEIVE and make sure that the box next to “schedule an automatic send receive every _ minutes” is checked. Then, you can decide how frequently you’d like OUTLOOK to check for new messages by selecting the appropriate amount of minutes.

 

MISSING YOUR CELL PHONE MANUAL?

Have no fear! Visit this site below and you can retrieve manuals from a variety of different cell phones all in PDF format!

http://www.mobileworld.org/phone_manuals.html

 

NEW GOOGLE TOOL

They’ve done it again! Google is offering yet another free download to help you work smarter! It’s a desktop search tool that will help you locate files on your PC.

http://desktop.google.com/?promo=mp-gds-v1-1

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.thetravelinsider.info/phones/cellphonerecharger.htm

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/downloader.newest.html

 

Tech Tips for 03/25/05:

 

CENTER IT IN WORD

Let’s imagine that you have already written a rather long document. Now, you see that a portion of the text would look much better centered. You don’t have to redo any part of your document. All you have to do is select the text you want to center and press Ctrl + E. You can apply any format to selected text. Select the text and press Ctrl + E to center the selection, Ctrl + L to align to the left, or Ctrl + R to align it to the right

 

SET CONTENT ADVISOR IN IE

Setting up Internet Explorer 5’s filtering feature is as easy as 1-2-3. It’s called the Content Advisor. Choose Tools, Internet Options. Select the Content Tab to bring it forward. Click the Enable button. Select a category, then move the slider to adjust levels of content you’d like to control. Choose OK. When prompted, enter a password (and enter it again to confirm). Click OK twice to close all open dialog boxes and saves your changes.

 

FREE GRAPH PAPER FOR EVERYONE!

Now, you can download all of the graph paper you need…FREE!

http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.wifiseeker.com/

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.m@mm.html

 

 

 

 

Tech Tips for 04/01/05:

 

ERROR CODE DECODER

Let’s face it, we all get them! The dreaded ERROR CODES in IE! Here are a few:

400 – Bad Request – You probably typed in a URL wrong, the server has no clue what you’re looking for, or you aren’t allowed to have access.

401- Unauthorized Request – you tried to get to something on the web server you’re not allowed to play with. In other words, you aren’t on the party list.

403 – Forbidden – You can’t access the page. You may not have access (it may require a password), or it may be blocked from your domain.

404- Not Found – The page you were trying to look at was not found on the server. This is probably the most common error you’ll come across. What has probably happened is that the web page you were going to has been removed or re-named

 

PROTECT THAT DOCUMENT

If you are working with a document that you do not want anyone else to access, you can password protect it with a few clicks! Simply click TOOLS then OPTIONS then SECURITY and then type a PASSWORD and hit OK. The next time you try and open the document, a box will appear and you will be prompted for a password.

 

FREE CLIPART FROM MICROSOFT

Download the latest and greatest images from Microsoft! It’s a great site to browse without all of the annoying pop ups that usually accompany free graphic sites!

 

http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-en

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.timex.com/bodylink/

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.kelvir.k.html

 

Tech Tips for 04/08/05:

 

EMAIL TO YOUR CELL PHONE

The major wireless carriers all offer you the option to receive email on your phone. You need to check with your ISP and your carrier and be sure that the carrier supports the protocol used by the email account. There is almost always a fee as well. Here are some up to date rates for you to consider:

Cingular – $3 per month plus 2 cents per KB. (that can add up if your spam is out of control!)

Nextel – $15 per month (unlimited usage)

Sprint PCS – $15 per month (unlimited usage)

T-Mobile – $5 per month

Verizon – $5 per month and up (plus minutes charge)

 

EXCEL STATUS BAR

The STATUS BAR can be a really helpful tool when working with EXCEL spreadsheets. First, select the VIEW tab and make sure STATUS BAR has a check mark next to it. If it is visible, it will be located at the bottom of the screen. As you are working, you can highlight a group of cells and the SUM of those cells will appear on the status bar. If you right click anywhere on the status bar, you can change the default calculation to a variety of different options.

 

PHOTO GIFTS FOR EVERYONE

You might already be a PHOTOWORKS.COM member, but incase you are not, the site is worth visiting! You can create professionally bound photo books, calendars, greeting cards and so much more!

http://www.photoworks.com/

 

 

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.engadget.com/entry/5068643542029418/

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.verify.html

 

Tech Tips for 04/15/05:

 

GOOGLE MEETS YAHOO

 

If you can’t make up your mind which search engine you prefer, then yagoohoogle is the site for you! Results are displayed in a split screen format!

http://yagoohoogle.com/

 

CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT IN XP

 

If you’ve just hired an assistant, or you would like another person to have access to your computer, why not set up a new account. All you have to do is click START, CONTROL PANEL and then select USER ACCOUNTS. Click CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT and then type in the name of the new account.

 

CHANGE YOUR ICON SIZE

If you would like to change the size of your icons on your desktop, follow these simple steps:

-Right click anywhere on the desktop

-Click on PROPERTIES then APPEARANCE then ADVANCED

-Select ICON from the drop down list

-Select size and font style and size, then click OK

-Click APPLY

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.draw-me.com/index.htm

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.kelvir.w.html

 

Tech Tips for 04/22/05:

 

FILE ASSOCIATIONS

Here is how to select programs to open certain files:

1. Single-click a file to select it.
2. Hold down the Shift key and right-click the file.
3. Click Open With.
4. Select CHOOSE PROGRAM
5. Select the program
6. Check “Always use this program to open this type of file.” If you don’t, this is a one-time solution.
7. Click OK.

TURN OFF THE RULER IN WORD

Do you really need the ruler? If you want more viewing space on your screen, select VIEW then unclick RULER.

 

STAY SAFE…KEEP TRACK OF RECALLS

Periodically visit the site below to check on product recalls.

http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.palmblvd.com/software/pc/My-Gadget-Info-2005-3-21-palm-pc.html

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.spybot.obb.html

 

Tech Tips for 04/28/05:

 

TASKS IN OUTLOOK

 

The next time you are working in outlook and wish to create a task from an EMAIL or a FILE, simply DRAG the email or file down to the TASK button at the bottom of the navigation pane! When you do, a TASK PANE will pop up, including your file and all you have to do is fill in the blanks and hit SAVE!

 

MORE VIEWS IN MICROSOFT WORD

 

Did you know that you can view the organization of your document in WORD? Simply select VIEW then DOCUMENT MAP and an organized map will appear on the left allowing you to skip ahead to any section that you want.

 

APPLY THE SAME VIEW FOR ALL WINDOWS FOLDERS

 

You’re working with windows and you change the VIEW from TILES to DETAILS but the very next folder you open still has the TILE VIEW. You can easily change windows to apply the same view to all folders. Open WINDOWS EXPLORER, click TOOLS, FOLDER OPTIONS and then VIEW tab. At the top of the dialog box, click APPLY TO ALL FOLDERS then click OK.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.crossword-compiler.com/

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.kelvir.ax.html

 

Tech Tips for 05/06/05:

 

CHANGE THE DEFAULT MARGINS IN WORD

If you want to change the margins in Microsoft word and have your changes saved as default settings, click on FILE then PAGE SETUP, click on the MARGIN tab, make your changes then click DEFAULT.

 

PHOTO EDITING MADE EASY

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on photo editing software and you don’t have to settle for whatever program came installed on your PC. Why not check out Photo Plus 6. Not only is the software download FREE, but they offer tutorials on how to use their product! They even have a template area to create photo gifts!

http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/PhotoPlus/default.asp

 

TALK TO A REAL PERSON!

Are you tired of calling companies only to have computers talking back to you? Visit the site below for a handy list of REAL people on the other end of the phone!

https://www.quickbase.com/db/bam6rdiey?a=q&qid=5

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.kensington.com/html/6495.html

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.ezio.a@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 05/13/05:

 

HELP…MY PC IS RUNNING OUT OF SPACE!!

If you are running out of space on your PC, follow the simple steps below:

 

1. Clean out the Windows\Temp directory. Delete all files and folders in the c:\windows\temp directory.
2. Restart PC after doing this.
3. Select CONTROL PANEL and then INTERNET OPTIONS and delete cookies and files.
4. Run a search on your PC for *tmp files and delete any you find with this extension. It is short for TEMPORARY and you don’t need them!

 

THE FIND FEATURE IN WORD

You probably knew that pressing CTRL + F in word brought up the FIND box. BUT, did you know that the advanced find features at the bottom allows you to search all sorts of criteria? For example, you can search for words that SOUND LIKE a certain word by typing it into the search box then clicking on SOUNDS LIKE. You can search for all WORD FORMS. You can even search for paragraph marks! Check it out

 

MORSE CODE CONVERTER

That’s right! If you always wanted to know how to spell your name in morse code, today is your lucky day!

http://users.scoutnet.nl/~inter/morse/morseform.html

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.brother-usa.com/mprint/index.html

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.esteems.c.html

 

Tech Tips for 05/20/05:

 

Google now has a personalization feature or a portal. Similar to what Yahoo has been offering, you can visit this site and create a customized page with news, weather, etc., etc., etc…

http://www.google.com/ig

 

LOCK ROWS IN EXCEL

Microsoft Excel has a great feature that allows you to scroll one area of a spreadsheet while “locking” certain rows in one place. Select the row below where you want the split to appear, on the windows menu, click SPLIT. To remove the split, simply click REMOVE SPLIT. You can do the same with columns by selecting the column to the right of where you want the split to appear! To lock BOTH, select the cell directly below and to the right of the split location.

 

FUN FACTS FOR FRIDAY

Here is an interesting site that lists many facts! Not sure how accurate they are, but they are entertaining!

http://www.greatfacts.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.sightspeed.com/

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.cm@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 05/27/05:

 

POWER POINT ON THE BIG SCREEN

Wouldn’t it be cool to play a power point presentation on a dvd player? Just imagine, creating an awesome power point presentation for one of your listings, then, with a few mouse clicks, transferring that to a DVD! You can just pop it into the DVD player during the open house! Now THAT is impressive! There are a few programs out there that promise to do just that. Remember, your computer needs to have a DVD burner in order to use such a program. Here is one to check out!

http://www.tucows.com/preview/369507

 

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Did you know, that downloading HTML email with embedded photos from sources that you do not know can actually HELP spammers target your email address? It’s true! Spammers rely on information returned by these images to ensure that the email account is active! Some of the embedded images are so small, you might not even see them. OUTLOOK can see them all and can help you battle this problem! Select TOOLS then OPTIONS then SECURITY. Click on the CHANGE AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD SETTINGS under pictures. There, you can click on the box that disallows downloading of pictures in HTML email. When you do get an email with photos and you want to see them, you can simply click on DOWNLOAD PHOTOS in each email.

 

A NEW WAY OF SEARCHING

Visit this site for an intelligent search alternative! Brainboost uses Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing techniques to actually ANSWER QUESTIONS.

http://www.brainboost.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.liutilities.com/products/winbackup/

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mydoom.bu@mm.html

 

 

Tech Tips for 06/03/05:

 

FLAGGING EMAIL IN OUTLOOK

You might already know that you have an option to FLAG important email in your OUTLOOK program; however, did you know that you can also set a REMINDER to alert you to your flags? Right click on the email you want to flag. Select FOLLOW UP and then select ADD REMINDER. You can select a DATE that you need the follow up accomplished by. To delete the reminder and flag, just right click and select CLEAR FLAG.

 

FREE ONLINE TUTORIALS

Visit the site below for free tutorials on a variety of different topics! You can learn how to use Excel, Word or Act or even learn how to write a business plan!

http://www.learnthat.com/default.asp

 

ARE YOU A WEATHER WATCHER?

Try this cool screensaver that actually shows live satellite pictures and weather conditions for the entire country! When you are not connected to the internet, it shows the last picture saved. The best part of all is it is FREE.

 

http://www.download.com/National-Real-Time-Weather-Screen-Saver/3000-2400-10298957.html?tag=wf.2019.nr

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.smarthome.com/9741.html

 

Virus Site:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.dd@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 06/10/05:

 

FUN WITH SCIENCE

Check out this site for fun interactive Science games! You can try your luck at putting together a human skeleton or maybe you might like to try attaching body parts to the correct placement on the central nervous system!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/index_interactivebody.shtml

 

COPY AND PASTE TEXT, WITHOUT THE FORMATTING

If you are trying to copy something from a website and paste it into a WORD document, the existing formatting might prove to be a problem. The same holds true for html documents, like your TECH TIPS NEWSLETTER. You can easily copy the content into a word document by selecting COPY from the source that you want to copy. In the document you want to paste into, create a blank paragraph and then select EDIT, PASTE SPECIAL and then UNFORMATTED TEXT and then click OK. You should then be looking at content only.

 

TEST YOUR INTERNET SPEED

This is not your usual connection speed test site! This site has graphical interfaces that maps your upload and download speeds and gives you an analysis of the results. You can even click on the definition of terms incase you need clarification on certain meanings!

http://www.internetfrog.com/mypc/speedtest/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.lionhardt.ca/dtv/

 

Tech Tips for 06/17/05:

 

PAINTING A ROOM THIS SUMMER?

You will never again worry about how much paint to buy with this handy paint calculator! You can even launch a color visualizer to see how a certain color will look on your home!

 

http://www.thisoldhousepaints.com/OnlineTools.do

 

FIRST PAGE OF A WORD DOCUMENT

Adding a Header and Footer to word documents can be a very handy feature. Sometimes, you might not want that information to appear on the FIRST PAGE, especially if it is a proposal of some sort. You can easily fix this by DOUBLE CLICKING the gray area of the ruler to display the PAGE SETUP dialog box then click the LAYOUT tab and select DIFFERENT FIRST PAGE. Click OK when finished.

 

WHERE ARE ALL OF THOSE COMPANIES?

For a directory of some of the more common manufacturers, click below:

http://www.smartcomputing.com/techsupport/Manufacturer.aspx?guid=68d2b1c6f6e84c40a4adb9931c77c092

 

Cool Tool:

http://pcmag.shopping.com/xPC-~PD-21589646~NS-1~linkin_id-3052808

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.fo@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 06/24/05:

 

SEARCH FOR IMAGES, WHY NOT SOUNDS?

We all know that most search engines can readily find images based on search criteria. Did you know you can also look for SOUNDS online? Maybe you want a door slamming or a cash register, you will find them here!

http://www.findsounds.com/

 

FUNCTIONS IN EXCEL

Microsoft Excel offers many functions that you might not even think you’ll ever need. Here are a few for you:

 

The AVERAGE Function – =AVERAGE(A1:A12) – This will give you the average of all of the cells in ()’s

The LOWER Function – =LOWER (A1) – This function will translate anything in A1 to the lower case

The UPPER Function- =UPPER (A1) – You guessed it! The opposite of the LOWER function

The CLEAN Function – =CLEAN (A1) – This function will remove all “non printable” characters from the script.

 

SIGN UP FOR WEBPAGE NOTIFICATIONS

Change detect is a FREE service that will notify you by email when your favorite webpage’s have been updated! They even color code your email to highlight which parts of the site have been updated! Try it out!

http://www.changedetect.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://webstore.ideazon.com/product.asp?pf_id=IW0USE1%2DX2WRD01

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.fw@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 07/01/05:

 

INTERACTIVE ZIP CODE MAP

Check out this cool site to see an interactive map of the USA by zip code!

http://acg.media.mit.edu/people/fry/zipdecode/

 

USING SPECIAL CHARACTERS IN WINDOWS

Microsoft Windows XP has a MASTER character list ready for you to use no matter what program you are working in. If you are composing an email and you need to insert the ® or maybe the TM, all you have to do is press START then ALL PROGRAMS then ASSECCORIES followed by SYSTEM TOOLS. You can then select a CHARACTER MAP. Choose whichever symbol you are looking for and then select COPY. You can then paste that symbol in your email. You can minimize the character map and use it for different symbols until you are finished with your email. Be sure to change the FONT in the character map before you begin to match the font that you are working in!

 

HOW TO DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING

eHow is a very informative site with thousands of “how to” answers! They even offer a daily “how to” email for those inquisitive minds! There are eHow answers to almost everything you can think of!

http://www.ehow.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://very-soft.com/index.php?page_id=information&obj=wcs

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.hirofu.html

 

 

 

Tech Tips for 07/11/05:

 

 

INSERT SYMBOLS IN EXCEL SPREADSHEETS

If you are working in EXCEL and would like to use a symbol instead of a word, you can insert a variety of different characters. Maybe you would like to insert a checkbox or perhaps a telephone instead of typing “phone number”. To do this, simply select the cell you want, click INSERT then SYMBOL. Select WINGDINGS from the drop down font option. Choose the symbol you want and then select INSERT.

 

CREATE SPACES IN LISTS IN WORD

Lists are easy to create in Microsoft Word. When you being a list by typing 1. followed by a word, the software will automatically give you a 2. etc. Sometimes, you might want to put a blank space between your numbered items. Here is an example:

1. Winter
2. Spring
3. Summer
4. Fall

 

If I hit enter again, I will get an option for 5. I want to put space between Winter and Summer without adding additional numbers. To do this, simply click SHIFT and ENTER at the same time.

a. Shift

b. Enter

c. Done!

 

LOOKING FOR A LARGE QUANTITY?

We’ve all heard of Ebay, but at liquidation.com, you can bid on large quantities of stuff!

http://www.liquidation.com/index.html

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.accentlab.com/

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.hg@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 07/15/05:

 

MOTHER EARTH AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Visit the site below and download this free, cool tool that allows you to see satellite photos of the planet! Fly through space and zoom in on a certain address then tilt the view to see a 3D image! Very fun and cool!

http://earth.google.com/

 

SAVE A WEBPAGE FOR OFFLINE READING

If you want to save a certain webpage for offline viewing, simply click SAVE AS under FILE and then save it to your documents or your desktop.

 

FILE EXTENSION DATABASE

If you ever wondered what the last three letters of a file name stood for, look it up…

http://filext.com/index.php

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.regnow.com/softsell/nph-softsell.cgi?item=8947-3&affiliate=37462

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.kelvir.fj.html

 

Tech Tips for 07/22/05:

 

SAVE SEARCHES IN OUTLOOK

Save searches that you use often! On the Tools menu, point to Find and then click Advanced Find. In the Advanced Find dialog box, specify your search criteria and click Save Search on the File menu. You can share the search results with others by sending the search results file as an attachment in an e-mail message.

 

 

 

CONFUSING WORDS CLARIFIED!

Put an end to all of those confusing words that stump the best of us! Visit this site for a list of words whose meanings are often confused.

http://www.confusingwords.com/

 

ARE YOU A FREQUENT FLYER?

If so, you might enjoy Seat Guru! It allows you to search airlines and the aircraft to find the best seat to meet your needs!

http://www.seatguru.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.palm.com/us/products/mobilemanagers/lifedrive/

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.abwiz.c.html

 

Tech Tips for 08/05/05:

 

 

OUTLOOK NOTES

You can jot down important notes for yourself in OUTLOOK and customize them in a variety of different ways. Click on the NOTES icon at the bottom of your OUTLOOK screen. Select NEW and write a note. Right click on the note and assign it a category or a different color. When you open the NOTES pane again, you can search for notes by color, category or date.

 

CHANGE YOUR POINTER SCHEME

While working in Windows XP, you can change your pointer scheme if you choose. Simply click START then CONTROL PANEL. Select MOUSE and then POINTERS. You can select a theme in the drop down box. Once you find one that you like, select APPLY.

 

AUDIO/VIDEO SEARCH ENGINE

Visit singing fish for a helpful multi media search engine! You can search different categories and formats.

http://search.singingfish.com/sfw/home.jsp

 

Cool Tool:

http://lars.werner.no/sizeme/

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.chod.d.html

 

Tech Tips for 08/12/05:

 

RECENTLY USED FILES IN EXCEL

If you are working in Excel, you might notice that the recently used files list, under the FILE option contains the last FOUR files opened by default. If you would like to increase that number to up to 9, select TOOLS then OPTIONS. Under the GENERAL tab, select the number of files you want to see and hit OK.

 

SEE THE TIME IN PICTURES

Don’t be bored with a simple clock…visit humanclock.com and pass the time with pictures of people from around the world! You can select a small window to keep track of the minutes instead of a full web browser.

http://www.humanclock.com/index.php

 

FREE ONLINE STORAGE!

You can upload home videos, music, documents and more to streamload! You get 10gb of storage FREE!

http://www.streamload.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.remindme.com/index.html

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.beagle.ce@mm.html

 

 

 

Tech Tips for 08/19/05:

 

CREATE BITMAP IMAGES FROM POWERPOINT

Want a quick way to send a single PowerPoint slide to someone? Try this: Convert the slide into a bitmap image. You can resize, crop, and paste it into an e-mail message or an Office document. Here’s how.

-Open the slide you want use as an image.

-On the View menu, click Notes Page. The slide will appear on the notes page as an image.

-Right-click the slide image, and then click Copy on the shortcut menu.

The image is now stored on your Clipboard, and you can paste it as a resizable object into any Office document.

 

WINDOWS MAGNIFYER IN XP

Did you know that you can use the MAGNIFYER in Windows XP simply by selecting START, RUN then type the word MAGNIFY? A window will appear at the top of your screen MAGNIFYING everything under your cursor! It’s a great tool when reading through documents with small text or browsing websites!

 

THE MIND IS A POWERFUL TOOL

Mindhack is a website dedicated to exploring and uncovering tricks in the human brain! It’s a fascinating site with lots of “hacks” that you can search to improve creativity, control anger, enhance memory and most importantly, relax! Take a look around, it’s very interesting!

http://mindhack.net/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.mediamonkey.com/product.htm

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.darkmoon.html

 

Tech Tips for 08/29/05:

 

CHANGE THE LOOK OF YOUR FOLDERS IN XP

You can customize how your folders LOOK with Windows XP. Not only can you add a photo to the outside of the folder, but you can change the icon to something OTHER than a folder if you want! It’s easy to do. Select the folder, then RIGHT CLICK, select properties, then customize. The bottom option allows you to select a different icon. Find the icon you wish to use then click APPLY.

 

GOOGLE IS AT IT AGAIN!

They just keep adding cool tools to their offerings! Check out the GOOGLE DESKTOP 2. It’s a free download and it can do lots of cool things. It is a desktop search application that integrates with your outlook email, files and music! You can search everything on your computer and the results are displayed in an easy to read web browser. It even offers a scratch pad so you can take notes and save them!

http://desktop.google.com/about.html

 

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT A WORD DOCUMENT

You can view every detail about a word document including how many times it was revised, word count, date created, etc,etc. While in the document, select FILE then PROPERTIES then STATISTICS. You can even see the total time spent editing! There are no secrets in MS WORD!

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.palm.com/us/solutions/personal/docstogo/

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.jh@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 09/02/05:

 

GOOGLE SMS FEATURE

Did you know that you can access many of Google’s features with your cell phone? You can get movie show times, check local business listings, get directions and even access the dictionary from your cell phone for the cost of a text message! If you want the number for the local pizza parlor, simply type Pizza and the zip code in a blank text message. Send that message to 46645 or GOOGL and hit send. You will get a return text message with the result of your query. You can also type define followed by a word you would like defined and send to the 46645 number and your answer will be delivered to your cell phone!

 

TASK BAR CLEANUP

You can set the task bar priorities by finding an empty space on the taskbar and then right clicking. Select PROPERTIES. You can choose to “group similar programs”, “lock the taskbar” or “keep the taskbar on top of all windows”. Customize your task bar to suit your needs.

 

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DMV

Visit the site below for a plethora of Department of Motor Vehicle facts…

http://www.dmv.org/driving-records.php

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.ereader.com/welcome

 

Virus Link:

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.graybird.o.html

 

Tech Tips for 09/09/05:

 

CREATE A BOOK IN MICROSOFT WORD

If you wanted to create a booklet or maybe a menu in Microsoft Word, you can easily include a book fold margin. Select FILE then PAGE SETUP. In the dropdown box, select BOOK FOLD.

 

INSTANT MESSAGE VIRUSES??

We all know that a virus can attack while we’re surfing the web or opening email, but did you know that you can also get an INSTANT MESSAGE virus? One of the ways to protect yourself against such viruses is to use the latest version available for your Instant Message software! The newer versions offer more protection. To read more about ways to protect yourself, visit the link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/viruses/imvirus.mspx#EAAA

 

 

BUT IT’S NOT MY FAVORITE!

Have you ever visited a website, wanted to come back to it, but didn’t want to save it as a FAVORITE? There is an easy solution! Simply right click anywhere on the page, select CREATE SHORTCUT and then hit OK to save the shortcut to your desktop. Just click on the shortcut to view the page when you are ready, then send the shortcut to the recycle bin when you are through!

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.eastbaytech.com/im.htm

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.ji@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 09/16/05:

 

INTERNET EXPLORER AUTO COMPLETE

If you have user names, passwords and forms stored on your computer, you can clear all of that by selecting TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, CONTENT and AUTO COMPLETE. You will then see a customizable box allowing you to set up auto complete and below it, there is an option to CLEAR FORMS and CLEAR PASSWORDS.

 

HELP THE KIDS WITH THEIR HOMEWORK!

Now that everyone is “back to school”, Internet Explorer can help with research projects using a feature that can be added right to the toolbar! It’s the RESEARCH feature. To add it to the toolbar, select VIEW then TOOLBARS then CUSTOMIZE. Select the RESEARCH option from the LEFT and add it to the RIGHT. Now, if you want to research a topic select RESEARCH and a dialogue box will appear on the left of your screen. You can set your preferences on where you would like to search for topics by clicking RESEARCH OPTIONS.

 

FREE PHOTOS FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE

Creating publications and flyers can be frustrating if you do not have access to graphics to jazz things up. There are plenty of sites online that offer photos, but it is sometimes unclear if you are allowed to use them for FREE. Visit the site below for free photos. They list very easy to follow rules for use on the front page and you can even use them in commercial publications!

http://freestockphotos.com/index.html

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.arcsoft.com/products/totalmedia/

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.iberio.html

 

Tech Tips for 09/23/05:

 

PICTURE HOSTING ONLINE

At tinypic.com, you can upload photos and get a “tiny” url to post! This service can be very helpful if you wanted to put up photos on auction sites or bulletin boards. The best part is, it will automatically resize any photo that is over 250K, so you are guaranteed to have a tinypic no matter what!

www.tinypic.com

 

CUSTOMIZE ICONS ON WORD TOOLBARS

You can actually CHANGE the icon that appears on your toolbars in WORD. Right click on any toolbar. Select CUSTOMIZE. Then, go to the actual toolbar and select the icon that you want to change and right click. Choose CHANGE BUTTON IMAGE.

 

USE INSERT AS PASTE IN WORD

Here’s a trick that is very helpful. If you use cut and paste a lot in word, you can convert your INSERT key to a PASTE key! All you have to do is go to TOOLS then OPTIONS then EDIT. Make sure that “use the INS key for paste” has a checkmark next to it.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.carryatune.com/

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/symbos.cardtrp.b.html

 

Tech Tips for 09/30/05:

 

WHAT IS A WIDGET?

A widget is a little program that sits on your desktop and pulls information that is of interest to you! You can have a desktop clock, a recipe finder, your favorite team football schedule or even a daily comic feed! You can access the wonderful world of widgets on the site below.

http://www.widgetgallery.com/

 

CREATE A CUSTOM SCREENSAVER

In Windows XP, you can create your very own personalized screensaver with the pictures on your hard drive. All you have to do is right click on the desktop and select PROPERTIES, SCREENSAVER and in the dropdown box select MY OWN PERSONAL SLIDESHOW. Click OK and all of your personal photos will appear as your screensaver.

 

LET OUTLOOK HELP YOU REMEMBER IMPORTANT DATES

If you have trouble remembering birthdays or anniversaries, let OUTLOOK help. Simply add the person to your contacts and under the DETAILS tab, there is a dropdown list for birthdays and anniversaries! Remember to hit SAVE before closing. Now, your outlook calendar will include all dates saved to contacts!

 

Cool Tool:

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Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.sparta.d.html

 

Tech Tips for 10/07/05:

 

FIND ARTICLES IN A FLASH

Visit the site below if you are looking for articles on any subject at all! You can search for FREE articles only, or if you wish, search ALL articles.

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2003_Oct_27/ai_109257565

 

 

WHAT DOES THAT WINDOWS KEY DO?

As you know, the WINDOWS key can be used to complete various tasks. Here is a quick list of some of the shortcuts…

 

WINDOWS KEY + L Logs out of your windows session

WINDOWS KEY + F Finds files or folders

WINDOWS KEY + M Will minimize all windows on your desktop

CTRL + WINDOWS KEY + F Will find all computers

WINDOWS KEY + TAB Will cycle through taskbar buttons

 

BROWSE ERROR MESSAGES ALPHABETICALLY

We’ve all been there. We’ve all been on the receiving end of the dreaded ERROR MESSAGE. What do they all mean? How do you work around them? Visit this site and be in the know!

http://www.smartcomputing.com/techsupport/errorbrowse.aspx?guid=746568c93915494bb85b97d845170eb5

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/5ca2/

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.beagle.cl@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 10/14/05:

 

ATTACH BEFORE COMPOSING!

If you are sending an email with an attachment, it is a good idea to attach the document before composing the email. This tip comes in handy when you compile an email discussing the attachment, hit send and forget the attachment! OOPS!

 

CHANGE WHERE YOUR DOCUMENTS SAVE IN WORD

Is your My Documents folder getting cluttered? You can make any folder the default folder for saving Word documents by using the Tools, Options dialog. Go to the File Locations tab, select Documents, click on Modify, browse to a new folder in the Look in field, and click on OK.

 

TURN OFF AUTOEJECT

When you are creating a data or music CD and the project is complete, Windows will “auto eject” the CD. You can turn this feature off by clicking on MY COMPUTER then right click on the CD drive. Select PROPERTIES then RECORDING. Make sure the “auto eject” feature is un-checked.

 

Cool Tool:

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Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.kp@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 10/21/05:

 

WHAT IS YOUR PC MADE OF?

You can download this free utility that will give you detailed information about your computer components. This program also allows you to save and print reports, troubleshoot problems and maximize performance!

http://www.cpuid.org/pcwizard.php

 

EXTRACT A GRAPHIC FROM A PDF

Open the file and display the graphic on the centre of the page. Ensure that Acrobat is full screen. Use the magnify icon tool to zoom in on the graphic until it fills the available space. Click on the button between the T and the minus in a circle – it looks like a dotted square. Drag out and area round the graphic you want. Press Ctrl and C to copy it into the clipboard. Switch to Word and press Ctrl and V to paste down the graphic.

WHICH FILES ARE ENCRYPTED?Here is a trick to find encrypted files. Open Windows Explorer in the Details View.

On the VIEW menu, choose details and then select attributes. Encrypted files show a letter E in the attributes column.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.ccleaner.com/

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.sparta.d.html

Tech Tips for 10/28/05:

 

COPY FILES TO A CD IN A SNAP

You don’t need to have special software to write to a CD when you are using Windows XP. Simply open MY COMPUTER, Click on the file you want to write to a CD, select the COPY THIS FILE option and then choose the CD drive.

 

LOOKING FOR YOUR OUTLOOK PST DATA FILES?You don’t need to search your computer for this information; Outlook will give it to you. In Outlook, right click on PERSONAL FOLDERS then select PROPERTIES then ADVANCED. Under file name, it will show the path.

SHOW HIDDEN TEXT IN WORD If you are working in Microsoft Word and you want to make sure that there is no hidden text in your document, you can easily set your options to always show it. Select TOOLS then OPTIONS and under VIEW, make sure that the box that says “Hidden Text” has a checkmark next to it.

Cool Tool:

http://www.constantcontact.com/index.jsp

 

Virus Link: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.sedepex.html

 

Tech Tips for 11/04/05:

 

QUICK EMAIL WITH WINDOWS

If you want to get a quick email off to someone, you can use the RUN option. Simply press the windows key and the R key. A RUN dialogue box will appear. Type in: mailto: and then the email address of the person that you are sending mail to and your email program will open with the address field filled in. Just type your subject and the body of your message.

 

FIND THE LOWEST PRICE

The next time you are out shopping and you want to check the price of an item, send a text message to smarter.com with the manufacturer’s product number and you will get a text message back with the lowest online price! Check it out…

http://www.smarter.com/sms/

 

CREATE A MENU OF FREQUENT DOCUMENTSMost people have a few documents in WORD that they access frequently. There is an easy way to have those documents at your fingertips each time word is opened! Right click a toolbar, select CUSTOMIZE/COMMANDS. Select BUILT IN MENUS from the CATEGORIES list on the left. From the COMMANDS list on the right, drag the WORD MENU onto the menu bar or any toolbar. Click CLOSE. Each time you are in a word document and you want to add that document to your list of frequently used docs, simply click the WORK button on your toolbar and select ADD TO WORK MENU.

Cool Tool:

http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=9/19/31/7103&pq-locale=en_US&BAC-JG0559491450

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/linux.plupii.html

 

Tech Tips for 11/11/05:

 

CHANGE HOW OFTEN OUTLOOK CHECKS FOR NEW MAIL

You can set OUTLOOK to change the frequency of checking for email. Browse to Tools, Send and Receive, Send /Receive Settings – find Define Send and Receive Groups or press Ctrl+Alt+S on your keyboard.

 

CREATE A QUICK CHART IN MICROSOFT EXCEL

Select the data that you want to have included in your chart and then click the F11 key! It’s that easy! You can also get the same result by pressing ALT and F1.

 

LOOKING FOR A HOTSPOT?

Planning a vacation or a business trip? Consult this handy hotspot locator before you leave and find out where to gain wireless access.

http://www.jiwire.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.slingmedia.com/

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/bloodhound.exploit.52.html

 

Tech Tips for 11/18/05:

 

SPELLCHECK SHORTCUT

F7 is a quick way to spell-check a document in word. You can also use F7 to spell check email in Outlook! Get in the habit of pressing this handy key before CTRL + S to save!

 

MAKE USE OF THE WILDCARD FEATURE

There is nothing more frustrating than looking for a file on your computer when you do not remember its name or location! Don’t forget about the WILDCARD option. Simply click START then SEARCH and in the name box, type in the part of the name you remember and then a “*”.

 

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT VIEWING

Most of you probably know that you can VIEW files in different ways by selecting the VIEW button in the toolbar of Explorer. What you might not know, is that you can CUSTOMIZE the DETAILS view on your screen simply by right clicking on the column titles. You can view NAME, SIZE, TYPE and DATE MODIFIED. You can also add a column to view AUTHOR, OWNER, DATE CREATED, COMMENTS, etc.

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_4171_108990338,00.html

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.mytob.mc@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 11/25/05:

 

CLOCKWISE & COUNTER CLOCKWISE TEXT IN EXCEL

You have text angle clockwise or counter clockwise in Excel. Simply locate the cell you want to change, from the CHART menu, select clockwise or counterclockwise. If you do not see the CHART toolbar, right click on the toolbar and make sure CHART is checked off.

 

EASY DISTRIBUTION LIST IN OUTLOOK

Creating a distribution list is easy! Select FILE then NEW then DISTRIBUTION LIST. Be sure to give your list a name and then add contacts. Don’t forget to SAVE before closing! When you want to send a group email to your list, just type the LIST NAME in the TO field. Remember, if you do not want the entire list of members to see who else is on the list, type in your distribution list name in the BCC field, instead of the TO field!

 

EMAIL TIME CAPSULE

Visit the link below to send the YOU of the future an email message!

http://www.forbes.com/2005/10/20/cx_de_1024timecapsuleintro_comm05.html

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=333657&pfp=ggu_her

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.beagle.cq@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 12/2/05:

 

SEARCH ENGINE MATH

Using search engines can be overwhelming if you are not specific in your requests. It helps to use some basic math. If you are looking for two things that appear in the same page, simply use the + key. The same is true for the – key. For example, if you are looking for New York and the Statue of Liberty, then search New York + Statue of Liberty. If you do not want any references to the Statue of Liberty, then search New York – Statue of Liberty. Using math while searching can really save time.

 

BLACKBERRY TIP

You can easily change where an icon is positioned by clicking on the ‘ALT’ key and then pushing the scroll wheel in. You should see options for ‘Move Icon’ and ‘Hide Icon’. Selecting the ‘Move Icon’ option allows you to then click and drag the icon until you find an appropriate home for your favorite icon. Selecting ‘Hide Icon’ will make the icon disappear. To show a hidden icon, click the ‘ALT’ button and then press in the scroll wheel and select ‘Show All’.

 

ARE YOU A HISTORY BUFF?

If so, you might enjoy digital history! It is an online textbook full of timelines and multimedia. You can search famous historical documents, court cases and even maps!

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1887857,00.asp

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.gurepirls.html

 

Tech Tips for 12/16/05:

 

PICTURE THIS!

If you are looking for a last minute holiday gift, visit Kodak.com. There is still time to get a great personalized gift here. Some products ship same day! You can also store an online photo album at Kodak to share photos with family and friends!

www.kodak.com

 

PREVIEW TEMPLATES IN WORD

If you are creating a template in word and would like to be able to see a preview of it before selecting it from your file list, follow these steps…

1. Open word and create your template
2. File, Save As, name your file and save as a TEMPLATE from the drop down list.
3. Go to FILE then PROPERTIES and under SUMMARY, check off the SAVE AS PREVIEW box.

 

BUILD YOUR OWN SNOWMAN

Get in the holiday spirit and build a snowman!

http://www.kilogramme.co.uk/snowgallery/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1897042,00.asp

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.mdropper.d.html

 

Tech Tips for 12/23/05:

 

TABLE TOOLBAR

You can make working with tables much easier in word by making sure that you view the tables and border toolbar! When you insert a table, you do not automatically have access to the table toolbar. You need to select VIEW then TOOLBARS and make sure the table and border toolbar is checked off. The table and border toolbar has a handy eraser button that allows you to simply remove columns and rows by clicking on the eraser then the line you want to remove!

 

CREATE CUSTOM SEARCH FOLDERS IN OUTLOOK

If you frequently search through email for a similar subject, why not create a custom search folder? Go to the SEARCH FOLDER option in outlook and right click on it. Click on CREATE NEW SEARCH FOLDER and then you can set the parameters however you choose! The next time you have a need to run the same search, simply click on the special search folder and voila!

 

SKI ENTHUSIAST?

Here is a great site for those who like to play in the snow…

http://www.onthesnow.com/

 

Cool Tool:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2148236&cp=&kw=im&parentPage=search

 

 

Virus Link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.feebs.b@mm.html

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Tips for 01/06/06:

BULLET SHORTCUT IN WORD
We all know that Microsoft Word has a handy toolbar for inserting bullets. You form your list and then select the BULLET feature on the toolbar. Did you know that you can also insert a bullet with a few keystrokes? Just click on CTRL + SHIFT + L.

ADD A GUEST ACCOUNT TO WINDOWS XP
Windows XP allows you to add a guest account or add a new user to your account. All you have to do is:
» Click START then CONTROL PANEL
» Select USER ACCOUNTS and either ADD A NEW ACCOUNT or ACTIVATE GUEST ACCOUNT
» If someone wants to use your PC, simply log off and then log on as a guest user.

CREATE YOUR OWN TEXT LOGO IN POWERPOINT
If you want to create a text logo in Microsoft Power point, follow these steps:
» From the INSERT MENU, select PICTURE and then WORD ART
» Choose the style you want, then click OK
» Type in your text
» Use the drawing toolbar to shape and resize

Cool Tool: http://www.iolo.com/

Virus Link: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.loxbot.d.html

 

Tech Tips for 01/20/06:

CREATE A RESET PASSWORD DISK IN WINDOWS XP
If you are the type of person who forgets passwords, you might want to create a password reset disk in Windows XP.
» Go to the CONTROL PANEL
» Select USER ACCOUNTS
» Select YOUR ACCOUNT
» Then on the left hand side of the screen, select PREVENT FORGOTTON PASSWORD.

The wizard will walk you through creating a forgotten password disk.

WORD HAS LIMITS??
Did you know that you can only have 16,379 bookmarks per document in Microsoft Word? You can only have 63 columns in a table. For more Microsoft Word limitations, visit: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211489

SEND/RECEIVE IN OUTLOOK
If you want to create a text logo in Microsoft Power point, follow these steps:
You can adjust how often OUTLOOK will check for new email by going to:
» TOOLS
» OPTIONS
» MAIL SET UP
» Click on the SEND/RECEIVE button.

This tip might be handy if you are setting up a new computer. The default settings are not set to check for new mail automatically!

COOL TOOL: http://www.zfirm.com/products/shiprush_outlook.shtml

VIRUS LINK: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/pwsteal.tarno.r.html

 

Tech Tips for 02/10/06:

VIEW THE OFFICE CLIPBOARD
Did you know that you can set the EDIT menu in word to view the office clipboard? All you have to do is right click anywhere on the toolbar; select CUSTOMIZE and in the COMMAND view, select EDIT. You can then select which commands to view when EDIT is selected. Make sure VIEW OFFICE CLIPBOARD appears on the right hand side of the screen.

 

 

 

 

BACKING UP DATA WITH ACT!

If you currently use ACT as your contact manager software, here is a helpful tip. Before making any major changes, such as importing data, select FILE, SAVE COPY AS and save your database. This is a helpful way to make sure your data is protected before making any MAJOR changes!

 

SOLITARE IS THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN
Try this SOLITARE game if you are looking for some fun. It’s HOTEL SOLITARE and you get a different game in every room! You can download the trial version free from many sites and if you get “hooked” the full version is only $19.99.

http://www.shockwave.com/sw/content/hotelsolitaire

COOL TOOL: http://www.dextronet.com/daily-to-do-list.php

VIRUS LINK: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.beagle.do@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 02/17/06:

 

COLOR CODE YOUR EMAIL IN OUTLOOK
On the Tools menu, click Organize to display the Ways to Organize Inbox task pane. Click Using Colors. Click an e-mail message in your Inbox, and you will find the name of the sender displayed in the Color messages box. Or, you can type the name in the Color messages box yourself. Select a color from the list. Click Apply Color. To color-code e-mail messages sent to you only, select a color from the Show messages sent only to me in list. Click Turn on to set the color. To undo, click Turn off.

 

 

CHECK EMAIL FROM ANYWHERE

If you have an email account that does not offer a web interface for your inbox, have no fear. You can still check email from the road by visiting this site:

http://www.mail2web.com/

 

POWER POINT TRICK
While editing a presentation, hold down the CTRL key while clicking the slide show view button; this will open a tiny preview window showing that slide in slide show mode.

COOL TOOL: http://www.egrabber.com/addressgrabberbasic/outlookusers/index.html

VIRUS LINK: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/osx.inqtana.a.html

 

Tech Tips for 02/25/06:

 

SAVE OFFICE DOCUMENTS AS TIFF FILES

You can use the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer print driver to save your document as a TIFF file. The Microsoft Office Document Image Writer print driver is a component of the Microsoft Office Document Imaging program and is installed with your Office program. Simply open the document you want to send. On the FILE menu, click PRINT. In the NAME list in the PRINT dialog box, click Microsoft Office Document Image Writer. Click PROPERTIES. In the Image Writer properties, click the ADVANCED tab. In the OUTPUT FORMAT section, select the TIFF option, and then click OK. In the SAVE AS box, select view document image check box and then click OK.

 

F11 means FULL SCREEN

When you need the WHOLE SCREEN, don’t just maximize, hit F11! F11 in Internet Explorer will expand your screen to the fullest! F11 also gets it back to normal!

 

CREATE YOUR OWN ICONS IN WINDOWS XP

Creating your own icons in XP is a snap. Just click START, ALL PROGRAMS, ACCESSORIES and then click PAINT. On the Image menu, select ATTRIBUTES. Type 32 for both width and height of the document and make sure that PIXELS are selected under units. Click OK to create a new icon. Add text or color to the icon or paste in a photo if you choose. Once you are finished, open the FILE menu and click SAVE AS. Select a location to save it and then make sure to add the .ico extension after you name it. Now click SAVE. You can now right click on any folder or shortcut to add your new icon. Click on PROPERTIES then CUSTOMIZE and then CHANGE ICON.

COOL TOOL: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx

VIRUS LINK: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/pwsteal.tarno.s.html

 

Tech Tips for 03/03/06:

 

TAKE IT BACK!

If you use Microsoft Exchange Server as your e-mail server, and the recipient uses Outlook, you can recall the message before the person has a chance to read it. To recall a message after you’ve sent it, follow these steps:

Open SENT ITEMS
DOUBLE CLICK the message you want recalled
On the ACTIONS menu, select RECALL THIS MESSAGE
Click DELETE UNREAD COPIES OF THIS MESSAGE
Click OK

Remember, this tip only works if you are using Microsoft Exchange Server and the recipient uses OUTLOOK.

 

PRINTING IN A RUSH
If you are headed out the door and need a document printed, you don’t need to open the program associated with the document to print. Simply find the document, RIGHT CLICK and select PRINT. The associated program will open and your printing will begin.

 

PRESS HERE FOR A LIVE PERSON!
Use this handy site to weed through some of the phone systems of some of the biggest companies!

http://gethuman.com/.

COOL TOOL:
http://www.optomausa.com/Product_detail.asp?product_id=24

VIRUS LINK:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.icabdi.a.html

 

Tech Tips for 03/10/06:

 

PLAY IT SAFE IN WORD

There are many ways to accidentally distribute confidential information in a word document! For example, each time you send out a document, personal information about you might be attached to it. You also might have enabled “track changes” and saved prior versions of your masterpiece for the recipient to view! To be sure that your document is secure once it leaves your desktop, follow these simple steps:

Click TOOLS, OPTIONS and SECURITY
CHECK REMOVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
Click TOOLS, OPTIONS and SAVE
UNCHECK ALLOW FAST SAVES
Make sure TRACK CHANGE feature is OFF

 

VIEW ALL OF YOUR SHARED FOLDERS
For a quick view of all of your shared folders, try this:

Start / Run / fsmgmt.msc

 

FUN WITH WATERMARKS

You can easily add a watermark to a document by following a few simple steps! Click on FORMAT then BACKGROUND. Select WATERMARK. You will then have an option to insert a photo watermark using a photo on your computer, or if you prefer, you can add a text watermark.

 

COOL TOOL:

https://www.billmonk.com/

VIRUS LINK:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.davs.html

 

Tech Tips for 03/17/06:

 

EXCEL SHORTCUTS

Ctrl-1: Open the Format Cells dialog.

Ctrl-Page Up: Move to the next sheet in the workbook.

Ctrl-Page Down: Move to the previous sheet in the workbook.

Ctrl-Shift-“: Copy the value from the cell above into the current cell.

 

PASSWORD PLEASE

When you enter a user name and password, Internet Explorer may ask if you want it to remember the password. Click on Yes and it will automatically fill in the password next time you enter that user name. But if you check Don’t offer to remember any more passwords, and then whether you click on Yes or No, you won’t be prompted again. To recover this feature, launch Internet Options from IE’s Tools menu, select the Content tab, click on the AutoComplete button, and check Prompt me to save passwords.

To delete an individual saved password entry, go to the log-on box on a Web page and double-click. Your saved AutoComplete entries will drop down. Use the arrow keys to scroll to the one you want to delete, and press the Delete key.

 

LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN?

Visit this site for online coupon deals! You can shop by item or store or even category!

http://www.onlycoupons.com/coupon.cfm?id=446

COOL TOOL:

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=202423963&adid=17070&dcaid=17070

VIRUS LINK:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/pwsteal.tarno.t.html

 

Tech Tips for 04/07/06:

 

DIFFERENT FIRST PAGE IN WORD

When you create a word document, often times you have a title page and want to exclude the header. It is easy to tell WORD what you want. Double click on the gray area of the ruler at the top of the page. Click on the LAYOUT tab and then select DIFFERENT FIRST PAGE. Click OK.

 

INTERNET EXPLORER KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
Here is a handy list of INTERNET EXPLORER SHORTCUTS…

F4 – Shows address bar history
F5 – Refresh the page
F6 – Select URL in address bar
CTRL P – Print Page

 

AUTO TEXT IN OUTLOOK

If you find yourself using the same names and phrases over and over again while composing email, why not add an “auto text” entry in OUTLOOK! It’s easy to do! Simply open up a new email, select INSERT then AUTO TEXT and a window will appear prompting you to ADD a new entry. Add your entry and then select OK. Now, start typing your email and begin to type your auto entry phrase. You will notice that OUTLOOK will display your entry and all you have to do is hit ENTER!

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Tech Tips for 04/14/06:

 

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

What does CEO stand for? How about NASA? Or RSVP? You’ll find it all at the Acronym and Abbreviation Finder website! Once you find the meaning of your acronym, you can even hit a handy link button that will take you directly to the Amazon website to offer you books on your selected topic!

http://www.acronymfinder.com/

 

NUDGE IN POWERPOINT

Using the mouse to move an object a minuscule distance can be very frustrating. Forget the mouse and use the keyboard instead. Just select the object you want to nudge and use the arrow keys to move it in the direction you want. Each press of the key will move the object 1/12 of an inch.

 

LARGE ICONS IN OUTLOOK

You can set your preferences in OUTLOOK to display the icons super sized!

Click TOOLS

CUSTOMIZE

OPTIONS

Under OTHER, click LARGE ICONS

COOL TOOL:

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VIRUS LINK:

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Tech Tips for 04/21/06:

 

TO VOID OR DELETE IN QUICKBOOKS

If you use QuickBooks as your accounting software, you can either void or delete a transaction if you choose. Voiding a transaction will change the amount to zero, but still keep a record of the transaction. Deleting will remove the transaction entirely and it is irreversible.

 

RENAME A GROUP OF FILES IN WINDOWS XP

1. Open My Computer to the folder containing all the files you want to rename.

2. Select the group of files that you wish to rename. Use Shift or Ctrl to select additional files.
3. Right click on the first file in the list and choose Rename from the context menu.
4. Type a new name for the file, then hit ENTER

 

VIDEO SEARCH ENGINE

Try visiting this site for a great VIDEO SEARCH ENGINE. Type in a search phrase and TRUVEO will return video results to your desktop!

http://www.truveo.com/

 

COOL TOOL:

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VIRUS LINK:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.kidala.a@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 04/28/06:

 

CALORIE COUNTER ON YOUR CELL PHONE
Summer is right around the corner and if you need a little help watching your caloric intake, check out the link below! You can download handy applications for your cell phone to get you ready for the warm weather!
http://2thumbz.com/unchealthcare/

 

APPLIANCE REPAIR ONLINE!
Before calling the appliance repairman to work on a faulty fridge or dishwasher, check out the site below. Repairclinic.com is the perfect place to research your problem, check for parts and get real advice on how to fix it yourself! There is even an appliance recall section of the website to check out. It’s worth a few clicks to save a few bucks!

http://www.repairclinic.com/

 

FAKE TEXT IN A HURRY!

If you ever find that you need to insert some fake text in a hurry for formatting, try this simple trick…

 

Type =rand(3)

Hit enter.

It’s a great way to “fill a page” with text in a jiffy!

 

COOL TOOL:

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VIRUS LINK:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.hyborate.html

 

Tech Tips for 05/05/06:

 

COLUMN-FORMAT YOUR TEXT IN WORD

Column-formatted text looks more professional with the text balanced across the columns. You don’t have to manually set column breaks and move text around on a page to make your columns even-let Word do the work for you. Follow these steps:

Click at the end of the columns you want to balance.

Go to Insert | Break.

Select Continuous and click OK.

Word inserts a continuous section break that automatically balances the text equally among the columns.

 

EXCEL KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

[Ctrl]1 – Open the Format Cells dialog box

[Ctrl][Shift]# – Apply the Date format

[Shift][F11] – Insert a new worksheet

[Ctrl]’ – Copy a formula to the current cell from the cell above it

[F11] – Create a new chart from selected data

[Ctrl] and ] – Select formulas that directly reference the active cell

 

IS IT CHEAPER ONLINE?

Visit the site below while out shopping to price check items! If you want to know if you can get a better deal online, simply use your cell phone, dial the number and enter the bar code of the product! Sounds like fun! And it’s FREE!

http://www.frucall.com/

COOL TOOL:

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/sketchup.html

VIRUS LINK:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.amirecivel.html

 

Tech Tips for 06/02/06:

CREATE A NEW CALENDAR IN OUTLOOK
1. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Folder.
2. In the Name box, type a name for the folder.
3. In the Folder contains list, click Calendar items.
4. In the Select where to place the folder list, click a location for the folder.
5. Click OK to create the new calendar folder.

You can now add appointment items to your additional calendar. Reminders will only work for items in your DEFAULT calendar.

 

DO YOU LONG TO BE A JUROR?
Maybe they haven’t “called you” yet. If you are itching to get involved in a court case, look no further than your own computer! Register with I-Courthouse and you can be a juror, file a claim or view cases!

www.i-courthouse.com

 

JUMBO BUTTONS IN EXCEL

Do you ever wish you could make the buttons on the Excel toolbar larger so they are easier to read? Well guess what, you can by doing the following:

Click Tools on the menu bar

Click Customize on the drop-down menu

Click on the Options tab

Click on the Large icons check box to mark it

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VIRUS LINK:

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Tech Tips for 06/09/06:

 

ADD A BORDER TO A WORD DOCUMENT
1. Choose FORMAT
2. Select BORDERS AND SHADING
3. Click on PAGE BORDER
4. Select the TYPE of border
5. In the APPLY TO area, select either entire document, first page or all except first page.

 

USING CATEGORIES IN OUTLOOK
Categories are a great way to organize information in OUTLOOK. You can assign email, tasks, journal entries and appointments to a particular category to group them together. Simply click on VIEW then OPTIONS and then CATAGORIES. Select the category that you want OR you can create a custom category. Click OK then SAVE. To find all items that belong to a certain category…do an advanced search. Click FIND, then OPTIONS and then ADVANCED FIND. Select MORE CHOICES and then select the category that you assigned to the

 

NEED A RIDE?

Check out Google’s Ride Finder! It lists the actual vehicle locations for limo’s and shuttle services in a list of cities! You can even update the map and find out who is on the road, real time!

http://labs.google.com/ridefinder

COOL TOOL:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006B70Q/ref=nosim/102-5154465-0959342?n=172282

VIRUS LINK:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/js.yamanner@m.html

 

Tech Tips for 06/23/06:

 

BACK UP TO THE WEB

We all know how important backing up your data is. You work hard and your data should be protected! There are many back up services online, making it even easier for you to protect valuable files! Check out Mozy. It’s a FREE back up service for up to 2GB.

http://mozy.com/

 

SECURE YOUR LAPTOP

With more and more professionals using laptop computers, it is more important than ever to safeguard against theft. There are many devices available to protect your laptop from robbery. One of the easiest ways to guard your laptop and valuable files on your home or work PC is to use a KEY. SecuriKey is one such product that uses a USB key and hardware encryption to protect your information. If someone does steal your laptop, they will not be able to access your files without the USB key and password. The same holds true for your office or home PC. Files cannot be accessed without the USB key!

http://www.securikey.com/securikeypro.htm

 

ADD CONTACTS TO YOUR BLACKBERRY

If you have a bunch of contacts to enter into your blackberry, it might be easier to add them in your Blackberry Internet Service Account. The contacts will be automatically sent to your Blackberry. Simply log in, on the left hand side of the menu select Address Book. On the address book page, select NEW. Enter the information and then click SAVE AND CLOSE.

COOL TOOL:

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VIRUS LINK:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.kidala.e@mm.html

 

Tech Tips for 07/07/06:

 

LOCK THAT KEYPAD

To prevent those “accidental” calls to those in your cell phone book, try “locking the keypad”. When the keypad is locked, you don’t have to worry about any accidental speed dialing while your phone is bouncing around in your briefcase or coat pocket. Each manufacturer has a different method for locking keypads. Here are a few: (check your user guide to be SURE)

Motorola – Hit the MENU key followed by the “*”. This will both lock and unlock the keypad

Nokia – MENU then “*”

Blackberry – ALT then the ENTER key at the same time. You can also click on the KEYBOARD LOCK icon from the home screen

 

CHANGE THE MEANING OF “ENTER” IN EXCEL

When you are working in an excel spreadsheet, hitting “ENTER” moves the cursor DOWN instead of to the RIGHT. You can change the settings if you prefer to have something different happen after “ENTER”. Select TOOLS then OPTIONS then EDIT. There is an option called “Move selection after ENTER”. There is a drop down box and you can select UP, DOWN, RIGHT or LEFT. Select the direction of your choice and then hit OK.

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VIRUS LINK:

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Tech Tips for 07/14/06:

 

MICROSOFT WORD TEMPLATES

Microsoft offers lots of FREE templates for you to download. Why not download some Microsoft Word templates and personalize your next direct mail piece? You can choose from return address labels, postcards and more!

http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/templates/CT063477691033.aspx

 

GOOGLE SKETCH UP

 

Google’s sketch up is an easy to use FREE 3D modeling software! You can create your dream home, create a model to view possible additions to your home or just be imaginative! Once you create your masterpiece, you can even upload it to the 3D warehouse where others can view and download!

http://sketchup.google.com/product_suf.html

 

FORMULA AUDITING IN EXCEL

When you are working in an Excel spreadsheet and you add a FORMULA to a cell, that formula is hidden in the worksheet and the results of the formula are displayed. Sometimes, it may be helpful to actually SEE the formula’s in a spreadsheet. You can use a tool called FORMULA AUDIT to achieve this goal. Simply click on TOOLS then FORMULA AUDITING and then FORMULA AUDITING MODE.

 

COOL TOOL:

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VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-071513-5923-99

 

Tech Tips for 07/29/06:

 

POST IT NOTE THE WEB

Post it notes take on a whole new meaning with mystickies.com! You can visit websites and randomly stick your own personal post it’s to the site! This tool is great for research projects or product price checking! And it’s FREE!

http://www.mystickies.com/

 

INTERNET TOOLS

Internet frog has a variety of online computer tests for you to access. You can find out what your IP address is or check your bandwidth! It’s a handy site to have bookmarked.

http://www.internetfrog.com/

 

PAY WITH YOUR PHONE??

You can actually set up your pay pal account to work with your cell phone! That’s right. You can activate your cell phone to manage your pay pal account via text messaging. You can send family and friends money on the go or order merchandise without a credit card! The bet part of all is it is FREE. Text messaging rates apply.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/mobile/MobileOverview-outside

COOL TOOL:

http://www.shure.com/index.htm

VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-072811-3757-99

 

Tech Tips for 08/10/06:

 

RECORDING TIME IN EXCEL

If you want to enter the current time into an EXCEL spreadsheet, try the shortcut below:

 

Select a cell and press CTRL + Shift + ;

 

WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO BE MORE ORGANIZED?

Of course you would! Visit getorganized.com and find useful tips and lists to get started today! You will find lots of lists, articles, a blog, questions and answers and much more! There are even products that you can order to help you get the job done faster!

 

http://getorganizednow.com/index.html

 

 

ADD ONTO OUTLOOK

If you are looking for a utility to jazz up your Outlook, visit Snapfiles.com. Most programs listed are freeware, but there are some shareware programs. You can download a program that will allow you to use mp3’s or videos as Outlook Reminders. You can add a program that allows you to see your calendar as a mini version without having to switch views.

http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/comm/fwoutlook.html

COOL TOOL:

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VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-081116-0112-99

 

Tech Tips for 08/25/06:

 

ADD SOUND TO A POWER POINT PRESENTATION

Display the slide where you want to add sound and use one of the following methods:

To find a sound in the clip organizer, point to INSERT then MOVIES AND SOUNDS and then click SOUND FROM CLIP ORGANIZER

To insert a sound clip from a file, point to INSERT then MOVIES AND SOUNDS and then click SOUND FROM FILE

To record your own sound clip, point to INSERT menu, point to MOVIES AND SOUND and then click RECORD SOUND.

 

SAFEGUARD YOUR ONLINE SURFING

There are tools that you can use to increase security online. One of the easiest ways is to set your Internet Explorer security settings to HIGH. Select TOOLS then INTERNET OPTIONS. Click on SECURITY and then the INTERNET ICON. Under SECURITY LEVEL, move the slider to HIGH.

 

DISPLAY TEXT BOUNDRIES IN WORD

By default, the text boundaries (dotted lines) in word are hidden from view. You can change that if you want to get a better view on how your document layout looks exactly. To view the boundaries, follow the steps below:

– From the View menu, click Print Layout.

– From the Tools menu, click Options.

– Select the View tab.

– Under the Print a Web Layout options section, place a check beside Text boundaries.

– Click OK.

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VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-082510-2812-99

 

 

 

 

Tech Tips for 09/08/06:

 

ADD SOME STYLE TO EXCEL WORKSHEETS

If you are working in an excel worksheet and you want to format certain cells to do the same thing, you can create a CUSTOM STYLE to make life easier! For example, if you want all of the cells that contain a TOTAL calculation to be RED, IN CURRENCY and have DOUBLE LINES above them, follow the steps below:

 

Click on one of the TOTAL cells in your worksheet

Go to FORMAT/STYLE

In the name box, type TOTAL CELL

Click MODIFY

Under the Number tab select CURRENCY

Under the Border Tab select DOUBLE LINE then click on the upper border

Under font, select RED

Click OK twice

 

Now, as you are working in your spreadsheet, whenever you would like to apply that style to a cell, select FORMAT then STYLE and TOTAL CELL. Click OK.

 

ALWAYS FORGETTING IMPORTANT STUFF?

Why not sign up for a free RMINDER account. The service allows you to enter important things to remember and rminder will call your cell phone with your message! You can even sync the account with OUTLOOK, YAHOO CALENDAR and many other programs. The free account has limited rminders, but for a small monthly fee, you can create reoccurring reminders, custom reminders and even interactive reminders! Check it out!

http://www.rminder.com/

 

GIFT GIVING SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING

That’s right, there are only 107 shopping days left! Gifthat.com is a great sight that allows you to create a personal “wish list” of gifts. You can add shopping links to your gift list, share them with family or friends and even search to see if anyone on your list has a gifthat account!

www.gifthat.com

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VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoffice/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-090810-5821-99

 

Tech Tips for 09/15/06:

 

INDENT A PARAGRAPH IN POWER POINT

 

CLICK the text that you want to indent

On the RULER, drag the top triangle over a half an inch

 

CREATE A SHORTCUT FOR YOUR FAVORITE FONT IN WORD

Your favorite font is only a shortcut away! It’s easy to assign a few keystrokes to a font so you will always be able to call it up in WORD.

 

Go to TOOLS/CUSOMIZE

On the COMMANDS tab, click KEYBOARD

Under CATAGORIES, pick FONTS

Under FONTS click whatever font you like

Put your cursor in the PRESS NEW SHORTCUT KEY text box

Type ALT followed by a letter or two of your choice

Click the ASSIGN button

Click CLOSE twice

 

Now, when you want to assign that font to a document, simply click ALT and your shortcut keys and it will be there!

 

GOOGLE TOOLS IN ONE QUICK DOWNLOAD

 

Google has a PACK available for download! It features all of the most popular google downloads. You can get the whole pack, or just select from a list of programs. Check it out, it’s all FREE!

 

http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?hl=en&gl=us&utm_source=en_US-et-more&utm_medium=et&utm_campaign=en_US

COOL TOOL:

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VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoffice/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-091513-2550-99

 

Tech Tips for 09/22/06:

 

EASY WAY TO SELECT TEXT IN WORD

If you are tired of fighting with your mouse when editing a word document, try a new trick! If you want to select a block to text to change, delete, copy, etc., simply place your cursor at the beginning of the text, hold down the SHIFT key and place your cursor to the end point. It’s much easier than holding down the right mouse button and dragging your mouse around the page. Try it!

 

ADD TO CONTACTS IN OUTLOOK

When you receive an email in OUTLOOK, you can easily add the sender to your OUTLOOK contact list. Right click the FROM line in the email and select ADD TO CONTACTS or, if you think you might already have them in your contact list, select LOOKUP IN OUTLOOK CONTACTS. When you add the person, you can fill out the rest of the contact info and remember to hit SAVE before closing.

 

STOP FORGETTING!

In our busy lives, we sometimes collect bits of information that we need to hold on to. Maybe it’s a password. Maybe it’s a telephone number. Maybe it’s the name of a book that you want to buy. There is a place where you can SAVE all of those bits of information in one location. It’s called SNAPBITS. Set up a FREE account and you can start transferring all of those little notes to one central location online. Just don’t forget the password!

www.snapbits.com

COOL TOOL:

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VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-091914-1801-99

 

Tech Tips for 10/06/06:

HIDE A WORKSHEET IN EXCEL

 

If you are working on an EXCEL document and you want to share it, but not ALL of it, you can hide a worksheet. Hiding a worksheet does not delete it; it simply “hides” it. To HIDE a worksheet, click the worksheet that you want to hide. On the FORMAT menu, point to SHEET and then HIDE. To UNHIDE, just click the FORMAT menu, point to SHEET and click UNHIDE. A box will appear listing the worksheets. Click on the worksheet that you want to unhide and click OK.

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY COMPUTER?

When you install Windows XP, some of the icons that you are used to seeing on your desktop are missing by default. If you want to add them to your desktop, simply right click on the desktop, select PROPERTIES, then DESKTOP. Click on the ICONS that you want to appear and click APPLY.

 

GOT A COMPLAINT?

 

Why not visit Planet Feedback. You can visit this site and submit a complaint about a company. You can also praise a company by submitting a compliment. Planet Feedback will assist you in getting your complaint heard and they will also keep a record of your complaint letter on file!

http://www.planetfeedback.com/

COOL TOOL:

http://www.rim.com/

VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-100316-3321-99

 

Tech Tips for 10/13/06:

 

REARRANGE TOOLBARS IN IE

Somehow, your address bar is not where it used to be and you suddenly have a Yahoo, Google and AOL toolbar when you start up Internet Explorer. It’s easy to control your tool bars and gain control of your Internet experience. Open IE and click VIEW, TOOLBARS. Make sure that “Lock the toolbars” is not clicked. Next, LEFT CLICK your address bar and drag it to where you want it to be. Click VIEW, TOOLBAR and UNCHECK any of the toolbars installed that you do not want to see when you open IE. You can even clean up the ICONS on your toolbar by clicking VIEW, TOOLBARS and CUSTOMIZE.

 

CYCLE FONT COLOR IN EXCEL

You can add a handy icon to your Excel toolbar that will allow you to cycle through all of the font colors in a spreadsheet! Changing font colors can be just a click away if you follow the steps below…

 

Go to Tools | Customize.

Click the Command tab.

Select Format under Category.

Select Cycle Font Color under Commands and drag it to your Formatting toolbar.

Click Close.

 

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

Forget running out to the video store to rent a movie, you can just log onto Amazon.com and rent the latest releases digitally. You can get movies or TV shows. You can buy or rent. When you rent, you have up to 60 days to watch the selection. Once you hit PLAY, the file will expire after 24 hours!

www.amazon.com

COOL TOOL:

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/onlineradiotuner.html

VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-100316-3321-99

 

Tech Tips for 10/27/06:

 

IMPORTING INTO POWERPOINT

Many people like to work in Word as much as possible and then import the Word document into PowerPoint. To do this, run Word and open the document you want to use in PowerPoint. Now choose File/Send To/Microsoft PowerPoint. This will open PowerPoint and load the current Word document into a new slide show.

 

TRANSLATE YOUR SITE

If you would like visitors to your website to be able to translate into their language, why not add a FREE translating tool! It’s really easy, visit the link below:

http://www.altavista.com/help/free/free_searchbox_transl

 

CREATE YOUR OWN SEARCH ENGINE

Google is always introducing new and exciting tools! Now you can create your own search engine! Pick a topic and customize your web search!

http://www.google.com/coop/

COOL TOOL:

www.privatephone.com

VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-100316-3321-99

 

Tech Tips for 11/03/06:

 

CREATE A SCRAP

Windows XP can help you organize information when you use WORDPAD. It can help you create “SCRAPS” on your desktop! It’s easy to do, follow the steps below:

Open up WORDPAD and jot down whatever information you would like to keep handy

Highlight the text and then DRAG it onto your desktop

CLOSE Word pad and when asked if you want to save changes, select NO

On your desktop, you will notice an icon

Right click on that ICON and you will see that it is a SCRAP FILE and it contains the info you typed

You can RIGHT CLICK and RENAME the SCRAP

 

IS PHOTOGRAPHY YOUR HOBBY?

You might want to check out dotphotopro.com. You can set up a free account and upload your very own portfolio where consumers can actually buy your photos!

www.dotphotopro.com

 

MAKE USE OF THAT WINDOWS KEY

Windows: Display the Start menu
Windows + D: Minimize or restore all windows
Windows + E: Display Windows Explorer
Windows + F: Display Search for files
Windows + Ctrl + F: Display Search for computer
Windows + F1: Display Help and Support Center
Windows + R: Display Run dialog box
Windows + break: Display System Properties dialog box
Windows + shift + M: Undo minimize all windows
Windows + L: Lock the workstation
Windows + U: Open Utility Manager

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VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-110422-1903-99

 

Tech Tips for 11/17/06:

 

READY FOR VISTA?

 

Visit Microsoft.com at the link below and you can download a free tool that will let you know if your system is ready for the new VISTA operating platform!

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeadvisor/default.mspx

 

INTERNET EXPLORER 7

Check out the new look and feel of Internet Explorer. There are so many new, cool features that will make your browsing more productive. With IE7, you will enjoy the following:

Tabbed browsing

Improved printing

Improved Security

Much, much more

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx?mg_ID=10010#ie7interface

 

DON’T FORGET THE FIRMWARE

Did you know that many digital camera manufacturers offer updated software on their websites? It’s true. Sometimes, a company will release a “fix” for common problems that they did not know about AFTER the product hits the shelves! It’s worth a trip to the website; there may be some updated features that you can download and transfer to your camera, for free!

 

COOL TOOL:

http://www.insignia-products.com/pc-181-22-insignia-2gb-mp3-player-and-image-viewer–black.aspx

 

VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-111716-0315-99

 

Tech Tips for 12/01/06:

 

PRINT PREVIEW SHORTCUT

Did you know that you could PRINT PREVIEW in word by pressing the CTRL +F2 key? This shortcut comes in handy when you can’t get to your mouse! Just hit CTRL +F2 to get back to your main document.

 

HELP WITH ONLINE SELLING

vFlyer is a free service that allows you to create professional, standardized ads for online classifieds. They have lots of customizable templates for you to choose from. The service is great if you have products to advertise on multiple websites. Simply create the ad once with vFlyer!

www.vFlyer.com

 

SAFELY SHOP ONLINE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

If you plan on doing your holiday shopping online this year, you might want to look into obtaining a “virtual credit card”. With a virtual card, you can safely shop without worrying that your credit card number will fall into the wrong hands! Take a look at the article below for more information…

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/cc/20021011a.asp

COOL TOOL:

http://www.sharperimage.com/us/en/catalog/product/sku__ON507

VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-120115-5706-99

 

Tech Tips for 12/15/06:

 

GOOGLE CHECKOUT

If you are like most consumers, you are doing a lot of your shopping online. There is an easier way to shop securely and track your purchases in one place, Google checkout! Sign up for a FREE Google check out account and enjoy an online portal to all of your purchases and shipping information with only ONE user name and password to remember!

http://checkout.google.com/buyer/tour.html

 

SO YOU WANT TO BUY A NEW CELL PHONE?

With SO many choices, buying a new cell phone can be a tricky task! PC world has written a great article with some interactive tools to help you decide which phone is right for you.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,125653-page,1/article.html

 

CREATE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY CARDS!

Microsoft online offers FREE greeting card templates for you to use all year round! You can download the free templates and modify them to suit your needs!

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA012309441033.aspx

COOL TOOL:

http://www.gadgetuniverse.com/product_detail.asp?SKU=TE+332&MENU=AUTO

VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-121516-0502-99

 

Tech Tips for 12/29/06:

 

REDUCE THE SIZE OF A WORKSHEET IN EXCEL
Did you ever notice when you are working in an EXCEL worksheet that the default worksheet contains lots of columns and rows? It’s easy to reduce the size of the sheet. After you’ve added the data to the workbook, delete all of the rows after the last cell. Then, delete all of the columns to the right of the cell that do not contain data. Press CTRL & S to save the file. The next time you access the spreadsheet, the file will be more convenient and smaller!

 

 

DO NOT CALL LIST FOR CELL PHONES
There have been a variety of emails circulating relating to a “do not call” list for cell phone numbers. After some research, it seams that the actual list that you can add your cell phone number to, is the same already in force for landlines. You can add your cell phone number to the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry by dialing 1-888-382-1222.

 

SWAP THAT GIFT CARD!

If you wound up with a gift card that you really can’t use this Holiday Season, have no fear, swap a gift is here to help! You can log on to this site and swap your gift card with someone else, sell your card or even buy cards from others at a discount!

http://www.swapagift.com/index.aspx

COOL TOOL:

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow_viewer/0,1205,l=197500&s=27523&a=197498&po=3,00.asp?p=y

VIRUS LINK:

http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-122917-0740-99