I’ll finish my “Spring Cleaning During the Summer” series by talking about what’s inside your computer, now that we’ve done our best to clean the outside. If you’re like me, you’ve installed a lot of programs that you no longer use, and you probably also have a lot of junk on your computer that you
Help Desk – Wireless Problems
When we moved to our new house last November, I decided to get a new router to replace the old one. I’ve had some issues with it over the past 6 months, so I thought I would cover a few troubleshooting tips for dealing with wireless problems. Today, the first two.
Problem: you connect…
Spring Cleaning in the Summer, Part 2
A few weeks ago I started a series on spring-cleaning your computer, even though it’s summer. This week, let’s take a look at your computer itself, and your monitor(s).
One of the worst things that can get into your computer chassis is dust – it acts like insulation inside the box, and traps all…
Help Desk – More Tips for Word Users
Here are a few more Word and Excel tips – all of these are for Office 2010 users:
- Documents with Multiple Orientations: You might occasionally find the need to have two different orientations in the same document – most pages portrait, but a few pages in landscape view. Unfortunately, you can’t just change the
Making Gmail your Default Email Program
I have Microsoft Outlook installed on my home computer, but I only use the Gmail interface – I have made the choice not to use Outlook at home (I use it quite a bit for work). Unfortunately, though, my computer still thinks Outlook is my default email provider, and so when I click on an…
Spring Cleaning in the Summer – Input Devices
Sitting here in Dallas, the temperature pushing over the 100-degree mark for what seems like the umpteenth day in a row, I remember back to the days of Spring (which lasts about 4 weeks in Dallas), when the temperatures were cool and new beginning were imaginable. It’s also the time when people start to clean…
Help Desk: Microsoft Word Tips
For this week’s Help Desk session, I wanted to cover a few Word tips that I’ve come across the past few months, and some that I’ve been using myself (Note: some of these tips will only work with Word 2010).
- You probably already know that if you double click in a Word document
Tip of the Day
Have you ever tinkered with your Windows taskbar or the Start Menu? You can, you know. Here’s a tip you may not know about: by default, Windows XP places taskbar buttons for different instances of the same program (multiple browser windows, for example) next to each other. When the toolbar gets too full, these buttons…
Tip of the Day
Have you ever tried to send an attachment to someone, only to have that person tell you that the only thing attached to the e-mail was a file called Win.dat? This usually happens because you are trying to send your e-mail through Outlook’s Rich Text Format, which some e-mail systems don’t support. To make sure…
Tip of the Day
Here’s another tip for Outlook users: how to start Outlook in the folder of your choice. By default, Outlook will start up in the “Outlook Today” screen, but you can change this, if you want to start with your Inbox, Calendar, or Tasks.
- Just click on the Tools menu and select Options.
- Click on