November 2006, V5#11: Computer Saturday, Dec 27 2008 

Do you find yourself typing (or modifying) the same kind of letter over and over? Reduce the chance of mix ups through cut and paste or saving over old file copies by making a template. In many Windows based programs it is fairly simple. Make the “cookie cutter” basis that you will be using over and over again. This even works well for non raised letterhead! Next, choose “save as”. When you have the save as dialog box up, go to the bottom boxes and click the down arrow (right side) for the file type. From the pull down list that just came up, choose template, or .tmp, check the file name (change it if you want), then OK. Now, next time you want to use the text, click the “file” pull down menu and choose new. Selections may come up on the right side of your screen, or you will get a box that allows you to choose from templates. Choose the template and off you go! When you open a template, modify it and are ready to save, it automatically assumes you are not modifying the template, but producing a file in the default format – such as .doc for Word.

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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.

June 2003, V2#6: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Font Type in Microsoft Internet Explorer

Much of what you see online has the font pre-defined by the person who wrote the page.  However, you might be surprised at the amount of text that is not.  For text that a font hasn’t been chosen, your program assigns and shows the default font.  If you have a font you love to read and it is easy for you, or it shows up larger due to point size ratio, you may want to change the default font.  How to:

click on the “tools” pull down menu then click on “(internet) options”.  The dialog box your get has many tabs at the top, if you are not looking at the “general” tab, click it.  Near the bottom of this tab there is a row of buttons, click on the “fonts” button.  Doing this brings up the fonts box.  Select your favorite font in both lists, click OK, then OK and you’ve done it.

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.