your E-mail Printout
If you use Internet Explorer, or some other browser, to read your E-mail ( Webmail ), printing your message
leads to a printout of all the graphics on the screen. Not only does this lead
to lots of printing, it may lead to your message being cutoff on the right. To
avoid these difficulties, you can choose to print only selected elements of the
page. To do this, follow this prescription:
- Move the cursor to the upper
left of the information to be selected.
- Click and hold the
left mouse button.
- Move the mouse down the page
until all the desired information is highlighted.
- Release the left mouse
- Pull down the File menu item
and select Print.
- In the Printer Panel, click
"Selection" and "Print"
Too Many Fonts
As applications are added to a computer, it is possible for the number of
installed fonts to become very large. Each of these must be loaded when the
machine boots, leading to slow reboots. In addition, each consumes precious
resources. To reduce the number of fonts, use Windows
Explorer (right click on 'Start' and left click on Explore) to open C:\Windows.
Create a new folder (click on the File menu item, pull down to 'New' and click
on Folder) and rename it to 'Fonts-Old'. Now click on the Fonts folder. For
each installed font, you can double click on the name to see the font. If you
no longer want it, drag it from Fonts and drop it into Fonts-Old. After you
have reduced the number of entities in Fonts to 400, or fewer, you should test
your applications. If any complain about a missing font, drag that one back
into Fonts. If a font has not been needed after a few months, you can delete
the entire Fonts-Old folder, but don't do this unless your free disk space is
extremely limited. Thanks to Smart Computing magazine for some of these ideas.
Cut, Copy and Paste
Do you have a need to move some text from one place in a document to another, or from one document to another? One possibility
would be to copy part of an E-mail message to a Word document. Cut/Copy
and Paste techniques are just what you need.
Disable Windows Scripting
Recent virus attacks, such as the one delivered with the Anna Kournikova pictures, use a feature of Windows known as the
"Windows Scripting Host" to do their damage. You may easily turn off
this part of the operating system with little likelihood of negative
consequences by following the Windows Scripting Host Removal instructions.
Smart Computing Tips
& Fun Facts
- Tables In Word: Tools such as Microsoft Word 2003
offer a variety of standard formats that can be applied to tables.
Just click anywhere in your table and then click Table and Table
AutoFormat. A formatting dialog box will appear, so you can select
from a variety of established format styles. Examples are shown for
each format, so you can experiment with different looks until you find the
one that suits the situation best. When you decide on a format,
click Apply to reformat you table. If you make a mistake or change
your mind, click Undo and repeat this process to apply another table
- Garbage In, Garbage Out : It's great to take pictures at low
resolution because you can cram more photos in your camera's memory.
But with all things PC, the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) rule
applies. Low-resolution photos are ideal for posting to Web sites or
emailing, but not for printing, unless you're willing to keep the size
down to roughly passport-photo size or smaller. Let's say your printer
works best at 200 pixels per inch. For a good 4- x 6-inch photo you
need 800 x 1200 pixels; double that for an 8- x 10-inch. Low
resolution for today's cameras usually means 640 x 480 pixels, not nearly
enough for anything about a 3- x 5-inch picture. Shoot at higher
resolutions for larger photos.
- Slow Computer?: If
your computer is running slowly, you don't necessarily need to reinstall
your operating system, make sure that you don't have unwanted programs
hogging your memory. Do thorough spyware
and antivirus scans, and then uninstall any unnecessary programs.
Check your system tray. Are there a lot of programs running?
Disable anything that you don't actually need, then see if you system
performance improves. If all these fixes don't help, and it's been
at least a year since you got your computer or you reinstalled the OS,
then your PC might be a good candidate for reinstalling the OS.
- How To Use Disk Cleanup: Disk Cleanup helps you
cut the clutter on your Windows 98/Me/XP/ Vista
computers hard drive. http://www.dummies.com/
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