April 2003, V2#4: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Microsoft Word
Make your program stop underlining/linking web information.

Ever wish your computer wouldn’t try to help you so much?  Get tired of typing an email or web page address out only to have it underline and turn blue or a strange color?  Here’s what to do!

A quick fix is once the information that has been typed has gone blue, just hit the delete button once, it will “un-blue/link” without deleting text.  

If you wish it wouldn’t happen at all, here is what you do: 

  • From pull down menus on top, select format

  • From menu select auto format

  • From auto format, choose options button

  • From options box choose “auto format as you type” tab

  • Under “replace as you type” (middle section) click the bottom box –
    deselecting “internet and network paths with hyperlinks”

  • Choose OK, then OK

This information is provided on MS Word 2000, if your version differs, instructions may be a bit different, but you should be able to get it figured out with the instructions above.

October 2002, V1#2: Computer Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Open your program and click the “tools” pull down menu.  Click “options”, when the box comes up note there are quite a few tabs at the top of the box.  Click the “signatures” tab.  There may be some areas of this signatures area that are check boxes – if you want the statement to apply, click in the box to the left (checking it).  If you want to utilize an automatic (where you don’t have to add it each time), click the box to the left of add to all messages (specific text may vary with version).  Toward the middle of the box should be an area that has buttons on the right of it.  If you want to add a new signature, click the “add” button.  This should allow you to click in the bottom box (under edit signature) and place your signature text there by keyboard.  Once you have your signature text in (I suggest no more than 4 short lines), click the “set as default” button to the right.  Next, click the “ok” button at the bottom of this window.  It will close and the next time you send (new) mail, your signature will appear in the blank message before you begin writing.