May 2008, V7#5: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

In a MS Word file, how do I tell where in the document my cursor is at?

In Microsoft word, look in the lower left – in the gray areas above the “start” button.

Right above the “start” button it shows you what page your cursor is on.
Moving right, it shows what section you are in. If all goes right, you should always be in section 1.
The third notation (working left to right) on that line shows you again what page your cursor is on, then a forward slash and the number of pages in the file. You should see a dotted line 4 text lines from the bottom of the screen (above the red line). This demarks the page break in this type of page view.

June 2006, V5#6: Computer Friday, Dec 26 2008 

Are you one of those folks who can’t seem to get the mouse clicking on the right button? Lots of times, it can be as simple as being left handed – yes, a mouse is by default right handed. Do you continually click the right button, instead of the left? If you don’t share your computer with many others, you can change your mouse to respond too your right clicks (just remember that if you do, all instructions to left click will be right, etc. instead):

(XP instructions) Access your computer’s control panel (double click the “my computer” icon on the desktop; in that window, click “control panel”  in “other places” from the left column). In the control panel, double click “mouse” – this will bring up a mouse dialog box. Under the buttons tab, click the check box for “switch primary and secondary buttons” – the graphic to the right will then change buttons. Don’t forget to click “Apply” (right button now) at the bottom of the box to close it. If you don’t click the Apply button, the buttons may not remember the switch.

April 2006, V5#4: Computer Friday, Dec 26 2008 

Does your mouse never seem to do what the instructions say it is supposed to do? Double check to see if the instructions were for right or left click. Many times we can get the mouse to do something, even if we click the wrong button.

Mouse backwards? Do you have to right click even if it says left? Tune in next month or email us for the instructions…

September 2004, V3#9: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Print Screen

Lots of computer conversations contain something like “You know when it does/looks like this/that?” Many times the answer is a no because there wasn’t enough (or sometimes too much) description involved.  Use the print screen to show people what you mean – it is a several step process:

  • Locate/Produce on the screen the elements/situation you wish to print out, then tap (on the keyboard) your print screen button.  It is usually somewhere to the right of your normal typing keys and may be abbreviated such as “Prt Scrn”.

  • Next, you need to open a blank file in a program that is graphics capable (not notepad or WordPad) such as Word, FrontPage, etc.  Print screen can also be added to a file that contains other things.

  • Make sure you have a blinking cursor in the file area and left click the paste button (usually looks like a clip board).

  • Save and/or print the file to use in conversation.

December 2002, V1#4: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Let’s revisit the SPAM problem.  In past issues we pointed out how to block a sender.  But what about all those folks who are sending from new addresses daily that are cluttering your inbox?  You may want to apply a filter (a.k.a. message rule) or two to help manage what arrives.  NOTE: This is also handy to pre-sort much of your mail.

So much SPAM is not addressed directly to you and the aid below will shunt these junk e-mails away from your inbox:

Load the program and click the pull down menu “tools” then drop your mouse down onto “message rules”, this reveals a second menu out of which you will (slide over staying on message rules) click “mail”.  When a box appears you are going to click the “new” button on the right side of the box.  This brings up a new box that helps you set your rule/filter. in the first window you are going to click the rule “where the to line contains people”  this adds the rule to the bottom window.  In the second/middle window I suggest you choose “move it to the specified folder”.  Next you are going to click the link in the bottom window (that has your new rule) “contains people”.  This brings up a box that you need to add all of the e-mail addresses (alias’s) that you have coming into this box. Once all of your e-mails are in, click that box’s OK button.  Next, choose the “specified” link in the bottom window.  This will bring up a box showing your e-mail program’s structure.  I suggest you make a filter file and select it then click OK.  This will bring you back to the “new mail rule” box with your completed rule showing in the bottom window – click OK.  Now, with the remaining box, click the “apply now” button and then OK.  This will take any e-mail that is not addressed directly to you (including if you were a CC) and place it directly into your filter file.  As you have time, clean out your filter file by blocking the SPAM and addressing any hapless emails that got caught there.  My suggestion is to clean your filter no less than once a week.