August 2006, V5 #8: Computer Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Larger Type (MS Word and Internet Explorer – at least)

Does it seem like every document or web page you open has smaller text then the last? If your mouse of choice has a wheel (“wheel mouse”), you may be in luck. In at least Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, this trick works like a dream (most of the time): When you want to see the text larger on a page or document you are viewing, be sure your mouse pointer is somewhere on the “page” in question, hold down your control key and move your wheel away from you (while holding the mouse still). This should zoom the text in direct relation to how far you move the wheel. The reverse is true if moving the wheel toward you. Try this in your favorite program – it might work there too!

January 2006, V5#1: Computer Friday, Dec 26 2008 

Organization – part 3

As you begin wholesale organization, you may find more than one copy of a file that is similar, if not apparently an exact duplicate.  There is no reason (other than personal preference and convenience) to have more than one file with the same information in it on your hard drive.  Back up copies may be made on any number of types of removable media (CDs, flash drives, memory cards or sticks, etc.) or even a dedicated back up hard drive.

So, how do you select what to keep and what to pitch without extensive proofing to be sure you don’t delete the best one?  Here are a few suggestions:

In Windows Explorer (or even just an “open” window), find the “Views” button near the top, just under the title bar.  This button will look similar to an index card with dots and/or dashes on it and may have a down arrow to the right of it.  Clicking the main button will “scroll” through the types of views the computer allows you to see for the contents of the file.  If a down arrow is showing, clicking it will give you a list of the views.  For this, select the “details” – it will show file name, save date, file size, etc. in columns.  Next, locate your apparently duplicate files – were they saved on the same date, are they the same size, etc.  Use this information to help you decide which may be the best to keep and what is outdated.

Still not sure what to keep?  Choose one to keep on the hard drive and make a backup media copy of all other versions – in case they are ever needed.

More next month…

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.

January 2003, V2#1: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

How to print just that certain section only.
Software: Microsoft Internet Explorer/Outlook Express

Ever want to print out a small (or even large) section of a page or e-mail that was somewhere in the middle without printing our the entire page/message?  Here’s what to do:

Highlight what you want to print (while holding your left mouse button down, slide your mouse over the text and then let up the button) and then on your keyboard hold down the control (ctrl) button while hitting the “p” key.  This will bring up a box to do with printing.  Toward the middle of the box on the left side is a “print range” area.  Click the circle next to “selection” and then the OK button at the bottom.  Yes, it’s that simple. NOTE: if the page contains columns (with or without a table) this may get unexpected results – pay attention to what the mouse will let you highlight.

November 2002: V1#3: Computer Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

So many pages/sites you will visit have lots of photos and/or music, etc. (bells & whistles) that they take forever to load.  If you are on a search for text and don’t care about photos, music and the like, turn them off to speed your load time.

Here’s what you do:  Load Explorer and then click the pull down menu “tools”, next click “(internet) options” (wording may be different for different software versions).  Once a box pops up, you will click the “advanced” tab at the top of the box.  This brings up a long list of things you can have work or disabled.  You want to scroll down the list until you find the “multimedia” section.  Several items in this section are checked.  For fastest download, click each checkmark to de-select all “play” options. Next click the “OK” button at the bottom of the box.  To check, hit the refresh button (button with white sheet with 2 green arrows circling each other). Please note that this may be done in reverse to get photos, etc back.  Any type of multimedia you want to see, click the blank box (which will check it), click “OK” and then the refresh button.