Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Scan Your Hard Drives for Errors

To help keep your files and Windows XP software free from crashes and other miscellaneous computer problems, it is a good idea to scan your hard drives for errors from time to time.

1. Double-click "My Computer" on the desktop.
2. Now, right-click on a drive that you want to check for errors and choose "Properties".
3. When the "Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Tools" tab.
4. Underneath "Error-checking", click the "Check Now" button.
5. A new dialog box will appear, asking you for check disk options. Normally, Windows XP will just scan a drive for errors and report the results. However, if you check "Automatically fix file system errors", it will attempt to fix the problems. Also, Windows XP normally does a quick scan of the file system that discovers the majority of errors. However, to do a deeper file system scan, click "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors".
6. When you are done making your selections, click the "Start" button. The disk checking will go in phases. If there are problems, Windows XP will notify you.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Use Task Manager to Stop Unresponsive Programs

If an application hangs in Windows XP, you may be able to stop it manually by using Task Manager. Note that you should only do this if you have tried everything else to restart the software in question. Please note that closing software using Task Manager may erase all unsaved data in the program in question. To pull up the Task Manager, try one or more of the following:1) Right-click on an empty area of the Windows XP toolbar and choose "Task Manager".2) If that fails to work, press CONTROL-SHIFT-ESC.3) If that fails to work, try CONTROL-ALT-DEL.If Task Manager starts, click on the "Applications" tab. Right-click on the program that is not responding and choose "End Task". Follow the instructions if prompted. You may have to force an application to stop two or three times.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Word 2003 Keyboard Shortcuts

From Quick Online Tips

1. Open Microsoft Office Word
2. Drop down menu from Tools>Macro>Macros
3. In "Macros in" - select from the drop down menu> Word Commands
4. In the choices presented select> ListCommands
5. Click Run
6. From the choices select> Current Menus and keyboard settings.

You will get a 9 page list of keyboard commands that you can print out for quick reference.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Resources on the Internet - MapIt!

For those of us who are listed in the phone book, privacy has been gone for a long time. Anyone can look you up via a service such as switchboard.com, whowhere, Yahoo people search, and any number of other people search sites. A new service, MapIt, makes use of Google Maps open source. Josh Fraser's mashup makes it possible to input an address -- or just the name of a street -- and find out the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone on that street, or at least everyone who's listed in the phone book. Alternately, you can input a phone number or the latitude/longitude and receive the same info.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Commenting Settings

The commenting settings have been changed so that visitors do not have to register in order to leave a comment.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Live 8

Those interested in checking out Live 8 can find info here.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Care & Feeding of Your Computer - Anti- Virus Programs

Almost every day, there are reports in the news that point to the importance of having and updating an anti-virus program. The most recent announcement is from the FBI, and outlines how scam artists are placing malicious code on users computers and locking files, which can only be opened after paying a ransom of $200. Nevermind the folly of such a money-making scheme -- it's wouldn't be hard for authorities to follow the money -- it still serves as a cautionary tale for the rest of us: Update anti-virus software every day. Every ..... single ..... day. This can be done automatically, using the settings on your software. Check your help files for instructions.