January 2009, V8#1: Computer Thursday, Jan 8 2009 

working with templates in Word (see also V5#5 and #11)

Do you have correspondence that is often times similar? Are you working on reports or a book? If so, making template files can save you a lot of time. But what about updates? Instead of typing in the dates every time, set the template for this year, or even this month. At the end of that time, update the template and save it as a different name such as “coverletter1-09” instead of coverletter. Once this is done, go into the template area and clean up – right click the old file and choose delete. Sorry, templates won’t let you save over the same file name, nor will they allow for a rename from the right click/shortcut menu – at least in XP and older versions.


March 2007, V6#3: Computer Tuesday, Dec 30 2008 

(part 4)

Economical suggestion for purchase: Look to closeouts or ask staff members if they have any of the older versions available, at a discount, in stores. Alternately, you can usually buy older versions of software reasonably through eBay. Just be sure that the software is XP/Vista compatible – and through eBay comes with any books, etc.

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.