Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Answer Man - Highlight paragraph quickly

Answer Man

Is there a way to quickly hi-light a paragraph?

Hold down the Shift key and click the left mouse button at the end of the paragraph you would like to hi-light.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Answer Man - Quick Scrolling

Answer Man

How can I quickly scroll up or down a page?

There are several methods for quick scanning.  You can use the Page Up and Page Down keys on the keyboard.  You can press the Shift and space bar at the same time. You can hold down CTRL and move the scroll wheel on the mouse and you can drag the large scroll bars at the right and bottom of the screen.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Answer Man - Get stock quotes easily

Answer Man

I need an easy way to see how my stocks are doing.  What do you suggest?

Simply type the stock symbol in the Google address line and press Enter.  Typing in VDGIX will give the results for Vanguard Dividend Growth Investor.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Answer Man - Tracking airline flights in Google

Answer Man

Is there an easy way to track airline flights in Google?

Type the name of the airline and the flight number in the Google address line.  For example, Delta 456 would track that flight.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Answer Man - Local weather and movies

Answer Man

How can I quickly search for local weather or movies in Google?

Type what you are looking for in the address line followed by your zip code.  Type Weather 34476 for example to see the weather in that zip code.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Answer Man - Google Phone Look-Up

Answer Man

How do I look up an address associated with a phone number in Google?

Type in the phone number, including the area code, in the Google address line and press Enter.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Answer Man - Google locator

Answer Man

I understand that there is a quick way to locate items in Google.  Can you tell me how?

Simply type in the item you are looking for in the address line.  If you want local restaurants, type in Restaurant and press Enter.  If you want Auto Repair, type that in the address line.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Answer Man - Google definitions

Answer Man

Is there an easy method to have Google define a word?

Type Define and the word you are searching for in Google's address line.  If you type Define Hypnosis, you will see definitions of hypnosis.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Keyboard Shortcuts, part 4 of 4

For those who are new to computing there are a few keyboard shortcuts that can save you time.

You'll find that you select the same options multiple times while using programs. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to access these options immediately without having to navigate confusing menus. A shortcut consists of holding down one button on the keyboard (such as "Alt" or "Ctrl") and pressing another button (sometimes two) at the same time then releasing them together. Here are some shortcuts that will work in many programs.

Other Shortcuts:

F5 = Refresh;                  Refreshes the current browser view
Alt + F4 = Close App;        Closes the application (program)
Ctrl + F4 = Close Window;       Closes the document window but not the application
Ctrl + Alt + Del = Task Manager;    Close non-responding programs or Reboot

This is the final post in a series of Keyboard Shortcuts.
Click HERE to see part 1. Click HERE to see part 2. Click HERE to see part 3.

Answer Man - Find item quickly

Answer Man

Is there a quick way to find an item on a page?

Press the CTRL key on the keyboard and the letter F at the same time.  Type what you are looking for in the search blank that appears.  Let's suppose you are looking for the word genealogy.  Type that in the blank and then click Next or Previous to go up or down on the page.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Answer Man - Computer has been hacked

Answer Man

How do I know if my computer has been hacked?

Any of the following could be symptoms.  New programs have been installed.  Passwords have changed.  Spam e-mails are being sent.  There is increased network activity.  Unknown programs want access.  Your anti-virus program quit working or has been removed.  The computer is doing things by itself.  A new toolbar has appeared.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Answer Man - Enlarging Text

Answer Man

Is there a way to make the text size bigger and have it stay that way?

Click Start, Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization.  In the left panel find Adjust font size.  Click on the size you would like to have.  The change will not occur until you restart the computer.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Answer Man - System Information

Answer Man

I'd like to know a quick way to view information about my computer system.

Here's a quick easy method.  Click Start.  Type Dxdiag in the Search box in Vista and Windows 7, Then up above, under programs, click Dxdiag.  If you are using Windows XP, click Start, Run and type in Dxdiag.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Answer Man - Page Break Shortcut

Answer Man

I'm writing a book and want to end what I'm writing and start with a new page.  Is there a better method than continually hitting the Enter key. 

Yes there is a better way.  You want to insert what is called a page break.  In Word you can do it by clicking on Insert, Break, Page Break.  In Open Office, click Insert, Manual break, Page Break.  A keyboard shortcut that should work in either program can be used by pressing CTRL and the Enter key at the same time.  As soon as you create a page break you will see a new page.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Answer Man - Switching E-Mail Programs

Answer Man

I just switched from Hot Mail to Decca Mail.  Is there a way to move all the  contacts in my address book to Decca?

There sure is.  Go into hot mail and locate the contacts Export command.  Then open Decca Mail and choose Import.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Answer Man - Browser Differences

Answer Man

Is there any advantage to using more than one browser?

One advantage is that you can set each to open to a different home page.  For example you might have one open to Yahoo mail and another to Gmail.  I find that sometimes different browsers interact differently with various programs.  When I use Firefox with blogspot I find that the Enter key doesn't make the cursor drop down a line unless I use a down cursor key after the Enter key.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Answer Man - Delete select E-Mail Messages

Answer Man

I get dozens of E-mails.  I want to save a couple and delete all the rest.  Is there an easy way to accomplish the task?

Most e-mail programs will let you click in a box that selects all the messages.  Click there.  There should be a check in the box next to each message.  Then, click on each message you want to keep.  The checks next to the messages you are keeping should be gone, and all the messages you want to delete should have checks next to them.  Click Delete, and all the checked messages should be gone and the others will remain in the in-box.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Keyboard Shortcuts, part 3 of 4

For those who are new to computing there are a few keyboard shortcuts that can save you time.

You'll find that you select the same options multiple times while using programs. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to access these options immediately without having to navigate confusing menus. A shortcut consists of holding down one button on the keyboard (such as "Alt" or "Ctrl") and pressing another button (sometimes two) at the same time then releasing them together. Here are some shortcuts that will work in nearly every program.

Other Shortcuts:

F1 = Help;                 Opens the Help Menu
Ctrl + S = Save;        Save the current document or file
Ctrl + O = Open;       Open a document within the current program
Alt + Tab = Switch;   Switch back and forth between opened programs


This is the third in a series of Keyboard Shortcuts. Watch for more coming soon.
Click HERE to see part 1. Click HERE to see part 2. Click HERE to see part 4.

Answer Man - Internet opening page

Answer Man

My browser (Internet Explorer) opens to MSN but I want it to open to Yahoo.com.  How can I effect that change?

Open Internet Explorer.  Click on Tools and then on Internet Options.  In the blank next to home page highlight MSN or whatever is there now.  Then type on the keyboard, www.yahoo.com. and save the settings.  The next time you click on the IE icon, the Internet will open up to the Yahoo home page.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Answer Man - Great computer tips

Answer Man

I like your computer tips, but is there anywhere else I can get additional free computer info?

Try Windows Secrets at windowssecrets.com and Kim Komando at komando.com.  You'll find more information than you can absorb in a lifetime.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Answer Man - Size of Print

Answer Man

My vision is not what it used to be.  Most computer screen print is too small.  I tried some of the Windows magnifiers and they're just too difficult to use.  Any suggestions?

Left click when print appears.  Then hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard and rotate the scroll wheel on the mouse.  In most cases, you can make the print change size.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Answer Man - Safe Mode and Malware

Answer Man

My computer has a bad virus or some kind of malware.  I tried to use the free program Malware Bytes, but the virus wouldn't let it run.  What can I do?

If Malware Bytes won't run in normal mode, you need to try running it in Safe Mode.  To do so, press F8 as the computer starts up.  Windows will start running with minimal applications running.  Click on the Malware Bytes icon and see if that solves your problem.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Answer Man - Free Cell

Answer Man

I love the Free Cell solitaire game.  I'm buying a new computer and want to transfer it to my new computer.  How do I do it?

Free Cell comes free with Windows operating system.  You will get it when you buy your new Microsoft computer.  You won't have to transfer anything.  Have fun playing Free Cell solitaire.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CMOS Battery

Answer Man

My computer clock keeps losing time. What's up?

That's a sure sign that the CMOS battery is running low or has failed. The battery retains all the BIOS settings in the computer. It does such things as tell the computer which device to boot first. For example, it might instruct the computer to boot first from the CD and then the hard drive. The battery is easy to replace in a desktop computer. It looks like an over-sized watch battery. Most laptop CMOS batteries are much more difficult to replace.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Answer Man - Fake update Message

Answer Man

Recently, there has been an increase in fake computer update messages that appear to come from Microsoft.  How do I know if they are fake or real?

It may be impossible to tell the difference since hackers are getting so good at making their messages look like they came from Microsoft.  I suggest that you ignore the pop-up message.  Then go through the regular update process by clicking on Start and Windows Update.  If the message was genuine it should disappear.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Answer Man - Buying on Line Safety Issues

Answer Man


 I'm worried about buying on line.  How concerned should I be?

I have used credit cards to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandize on line without an issue.  I have used E-bay, Amazon, Home Shopping Network, etc.  In addition I have used credit cards throughout the world including Africa, China, Europe, and most of South America without incident.  The secret is to only deal with known reputable merchants.  If you do run into a problem and you report it immediately, the credit card companies will work on your behalf to get your money back.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Keyboard Shortcuts, part 2 of 4

For those who are new to computing there are a few keyboard shortcuts that can save you time.

You'll find that you select the same options multiple times while using programs. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to access these options immediately without having to navigate confusing menus. A shortcut consists of holding down one button on the keyboard (such as "Alt" or "Ctrl") and pressing another button (sometimes two) at the same time then releasing them together. Here are some shortcuts that will work in nearly every program.

Often Used Shortcuts:

Ctrl + Z = Undo;    Undo the previous action
Ctrl + Y = Redo;    Redo the previous Undo
Ctrl + P = Print;     Print current document or webpage
Ctrl + W = Close;   Close current window

This is the second in a series of Keyboard Shortcuts. Watch for more coming soon.
Click HERE to see part 1. Click HERE to see part 3. Click HERE to see part 4.

Answer Man - Transferring files to new computer

Answer Man

I just purchased a new computer and want to transfer everything over from my old computer.  How do I go about the job?

Realize that you can't transfer programs.  If you could, nobody would pay for them.  However, if you have the original program install disks, you can install the programs into the new computer.  Your documents and pictures can be saved to a flash drive using copy and paste or they can be burned to a CD or DVD.
 Then, you copy and paste from the flash drive or CD to the new hard drive.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Answer Man - What's Inside My Computer?

Answer Man

Is there a quick way to determine how much memory is in my computer?

If you are running Vista or Windows 7, the quick way is to click Start, Computer,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Answer Man - Greeting Cards

Answer Man

I would like to make greeting cards on my computer.  What do I need?

Your first need is some good quality software.  I have used The Print Shop by Broderbund for years.  It's easy to use and the price has come down over the years.  I recently saw it for sale on Amazon for just $13.  Then, you need some good greeting card paper and envelopes.  Sam's Club sells a large box that contains the cards and the envelopes.  When you first try the cards, print on plain paper in black and white until you are sure about how to insert the stock into your printer to get both the inside and outside printing correct.  It takes a little experimentation and you don't want to waste the good card stock.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Answer Man - Adding an old laptop to my network

Answer Man

I have a ten year old laptop that still works.  It does not have wireless.  How can I put it on my home wireless network?

You have a couple of options.  The simplest is to connect the laptop to your router with an ethernet cable (thus having a wired connection).  This assumes that the laptop has a built in NIC (network interface card).  You can tell because the port on the laptop looks like an over-sized telephone connection.  The other option is to purchase an inexpensive ($15) wireless adapter that plugs into the USB port of the laptop, and pick up the signal wirelessly.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Answer Man - Microsoft Updates

Answer Man

Microsoft updates are generally set for 3:00 AM.  I turn my computer off every night.  Does that mean I'm not getting any updates?

That's what it means.  You have a couple of options.  You can leave your computer on to receive the updates or you can go into the computer settings and change the time of the updates.  Click Start, All Programs, Windows Update to gain access to the settings.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Answer Man - How do I get rid of the wire mess?

Answer Man

I have a tangled wire mess behind my computer.  Is there some way to get rid of all the wires?

You can get rid of the two monitor wires by using a laptop rather than a desktop computer.  You can eliminate the printer wire by purchasing a wireless printer.  You can eliminate the keyboard and mouse wires by going wireless.  However, you will still have the power supply wire, and if you have the following optional equipment you might have a webcam wire, headphone wire, external speaker wires, modem connection and router connection.  I guess we'll just have to live with some mess.

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