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The tip...

I am in a bit of a quandary about where to go with this tip sheet.  I know from some of your comments that past hints are already more than some of you want or need.  The biggest feedback I've received has been the explanation of how to restore the Windows file the "June 1st virus" had you delete.  Those kinds of opportunities are, fortunately, fairly rare.  The second was the one about "spam".  Internet and e-mail use seems to be high on most people's list.  However, I will then work with someone on their machine and I realize that many still do not know about some of the fundamental power and features of the modern PC. 

An example: a client will be working on their machine when I arrive.   They will tell me about something that is less than ideal and I'll ask to look at some setting or program.  Many people will start closing programs and saving files before letting me on the machine.  If they do that for safety or security, that is great.  If they do that because they don't know that one can have as many programs open and in use as Windows has the memory to manage, that is not great.  For example, as I type this tip I have ACT!, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, WORD, Control Panel, two copies of Netscape and Netscape History open.   

If you have a preference for where you would like to see this tip sheet go I would appreciate your input.  A few thoughts of my own: 

  1. Recently a client asked me to evaluate Palm versus "non-Palm (Windows CE based)" handhelds versus laptop computers.  Is this kind of thing general interest?
  2. Akin to the first: external disk drives: are they the perfect backup device?
  3. How to use the WORD text box to locate text at a specific place on a page.
  4. How to troubleshoot start up, shut down, "blue screen" and "freezing" problems.

Speaking of open windows, when using the Internet, I often find I want to keep a page up but I want to go look for something else.  I am not so devoted to the current page that I want to add it to Favorites.  You can cause a new window to be opened on a link by using the good old right click.  If you've done a search and found a list of potential sights, right click on the "hyperlink" (the underlined words or image that will take you to that site) and in the pop up menu that appears select (left click) "Open in New Window" and IE or Netscape will launch a new copy of itself and open that page in it.   

I am addicted to the use of the "Address" box of Internet Explorer as a History list.  For instance, if I've been to "" in the last twenty days and I click in the "Address" box (that is the place near the top that holds your current Internet address as in ""), the entire field becomes highlighted.  If I now type "m" all of the current contents disappear, are replaced my "m" and I get a drop down list of every site and "mailto" that I've visited from my History list that starts with "m".  If I type "mi" that list narrows.  As I type ("micr" to be exact), appears in the list, I "arrow" down to it, press enter and I am on my way there. 

If I want to keep the page I am currently using open and use this feature however I must launch another copy of Internet Explorer.  (At least I have not found another way.) 

The length of time that pages stay in memory is controlled either from Internet Explorer or Control Panel>>Internet Options.  Select the "General" tab and change the History setting there.  The longer the stay, the more disk space used and the slower the search.  The shorter the stay, the less you find when you use it. 

If you have a thought about where you would like to see these tips go, let me know.  Thanks.


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