Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Computer Tips [ Mouse Clicking = Ancient History + Faster Favorites + Make A Better Browser + One Less Printer Frustration ] 11/06/08

Computer No, this isn't Steve. You can tell because Steve never wears a suit :-)

Quick Tips

See the Print

When you go to print something, you probably go to File, Print, choose all of the settings you want and then click on the Print button to get the process going, am I right? Well, what if your print job is going to take a long time? You don't want to have to sit there and wait on it, do you? But then again, when you come back, wouldn't it be nice to be able to check the status of it? If that sounds good to you, there is a way to do it. Here's how!

Once you click on the final Print button that gets everything going, an icon will appear in the bottom right hand corner of your taskbar (the same place where the clock icon sits). You can then double click on that icon to see the progress of your print job. The icon looks like this (only much smaller), depending on the kind of printer you happen to have:

Now, when you double click on the icon, you'll see such headings as the name of the document you're printing, its status, the number of pages it is, the size of it and when it was submitted. You can also use the icon to cancel or pause a printing job. To do that, just click on the Document menu and choose Pause, Cancel, Resume, etc. There's also a Help menu, just in case you run into any other problems. Check it out!

~ Erin

You can't stop now! There's so much more to read about. Keep going to learn how you can easily make your Favorites even more accessible, find out how to do your captioning in MS Word just a little bit faster and learn all about the new Firefox 3 add ons feature. Also, be sure to check out this week's awesome download thanks to Gary and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!


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Isn't this cool?? I am still in shock over this phenomenal deal we have for you today! Grab this awesome teeny-tiny 8GB flash drive for just l $28.97!!! Yes, you read that price right - no typos there! I am sooo excited about this amazing offer, that my fingers can't type fast enough!

PSST - Regular sized 8 GB flash drives retail for $50- $80!

The really amazing this is that this drive is so small that it can fit on the tip of your finger! When I saw these, I personally had to grab one - the size is incredible! I've shown friends and asked them to guess how much space was on it - no one guessed over 1 GB! They were blown away when I told them 8GB- then they wanted one too!

This phenomenal tiny storage solution is anything but small (when it comes to storage that is). With 8 GB of space, it's like the Grand Canyon of flash drives! This is equivalent to carrying around 11 CD-Rs!! It is definitely your portable media solution, allowing you to carry a whoppin' 8GB of your documents, spreadsheets, files, programs, photos, videos, music, and important back-up material, all in one extremely small device!

The amazing hinged design makes this blue flash drive extremely compact, small, and stylish! Better yet, it easily fits into any pocket! Everyone will want to know where you got this amazing storage unit! Another thing that is great about this amazing design is that there are no lids to worry about! And I just love that!

To work it, just simply unfold the USB adapter, and plug it into any USB port! Then simply open, save, or work on any file! It really couldn't be any simpler. No drivers to install - true Plug & Play!

Plus it's fast - a digital Ferrari on steroids! With USB 2.0 this flash drive transfers all your data with blistering speed! You will never have to wait around for this little guy to pull up your data! It is sooo quick, you will be working in no time!

Now, we have sold many flash drives in the past, but 8GB for just $28.97- that is one price you do not want to miss out on - I think it's about our best ever for an 8GB flash drive! WOW!!! Better yet- don't forget that shipping is FREE! Order Now!

PS: We only have 200 of these, so make sure you order now before they are sold out!


Amazing Introductory Price- Just $8.97!!!


Sick of unplugging your hardware just to use a the USB Port? Even more sick of having to crawl around to the back of your computer to find the free USB port? Well, have I got the cure to all of these hardware sicknesses! This 4 USB 2.0 Hub!!!

This hub is really amazing! It provides 4 hi-speed (2.0) USB Ports in a small compact size! Honest, this hub takes up almost zero space. It will free up so much room on your desktop! This guy is so small, that it could easily fit in your pocket!!! Really! You can take it anywhere, making it ideal for both notebook or desktop computers!!!

If you are worried about having too many things plugged into USB ports at one time, Don't BE! This USB Hub has over current protection! I love this feature!!! I know I have a massive amount of things plugged into my USB ports- my mouse, key board, printer, digital camera, iPod, and about 2 flash drives. The Over current protection makes me feel extremely safe when dealing with all that expensive hardware!

Your price? Get this!! This handy USB Hub costs only $8.97 and US Shipping is Free. Check it OUT:

PS: I love this hub!!! And I am sure you will too! Order one today, this deal is just too good to pass up!

Perfect Travel Safety Companion!!

Small, Amazing Single Super Grip Handle!

Great For Small Bathrooms!!!

WOW!!! This Just Blows Me Away!

WOW! This Single Super Grip Handle is amazing. Take the awesome protection of a Super Grip Handle with you with with compact, lightweight, Single Super Grip Handle!

Brilliantly Engineered- this Super Grip Handle is great for small bathrooms too! It provides a little extra support when you need it the most without taking up as much space as the larger handle!

And let me tell ya, this one suction cup is sooo strong. The other day, I was showing one of our employees how well these things works, so I stuck it onto my filing cabinet and tried to pull it off. Well- this wasn't the smartest move on my part. I started pulling at it so hard that the filing cabinet almost fell down on top of me! So then we tested it on my desk, and I swear this amazingly strong super grip handle started to lift my desk of the ground! WOW!! Now that is what you call strong!

Worried that it might get lose? Well, this super grip handle comes with an smart indicator. When it is fully stuck on, the indicator will be green, but when it is starting to get loose, the indicator will turn red! Now that is awesome to know that this little handle is looking out for you :-)

So this experiment got me thinking! I started testing this Super Grip in other situations around my house and office, and guess what? This amazing handle is sooo much more useful outside of the bathroom as well! See, I have a glass coffee table, and cleaning that glass use to be so difficult. I would always get finger prints all over it! Well, now with this amazing super grip handle, I simply suction it onto the table, lift and clean the glass without getting all of my fingerprints all over it. And let me tell ya, my table looks better than the day I bought it- all thanks to this handle!

I even have one of these handles hanging out of the filing cabinet of my office (yes, the one I almost pulled on top of me). Instead of trying to grab onto those silly filing cabinet handles and pull out the drawer, now I just grab onto the super grip and pull! And with this handle, getting in and out of my filing cabinet has never been so easy!

Want one- how about two? We have a great deal for you today! Get one of these phenomenal Single Super Grip Handles for just $12.97 or get two for $20.97! WOW!!! Now that is one stellar deal! And don't forget here at WorldStart US Shipping is always free, and we have a 60 day money back guarantee! Check out these amazing pages to order your handles now!

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PS: Our Super Grip Handles always sell out very quickly. Don't miss the boat on this amazing offer, order now!!!

Computers 101

Is there any way I can make my Favorites even more accessible? If so, please tell me how!

Well, you can panel them! Okay, so let me get this straight. You have a big list of Favorites saved to your computer, but every time you want to view one, you have to go searching through all of them. Am I right? Do you like that? I surely don't! It gets to be just a little repetitive after awhile, especially if you have a ton of favorite Web sites saved.

An easy fix to this problem is to display them right along with your browser. To do that, open Internet Explorer and go to the View menu, Explorer Bar. You'll see that you have the options of Search, Favorites, History, etc. to choose from. Go ahead and click on Favorites and a left side panel will appear right in your Web browser. You can then go and click on whichever Favorite you want to look at and you'll instantly be taken there!

If you ever want to get rid of the panel, you can close it with the X located in the upper right corner. Or, if you'd like to show your History or have a Search bar, you can go back to the View menu and select either of those as well. You can only show one topic in the panel at a time though, so keep that in mind. You can also add and organize your Favorites while they're in the panel.

Now, if you use Firefox, you have Bookmarks saved instead of Favorites, but you can get the panel there as well. To do so, open Firefox and go to the View menu, Side Bar and click on Bookmarks. Your bookmarked sites will all appear in the left panel. You can also show your Web site history in Firefox. Pretty cool, huh? Give it a try today!

~ Erin

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MS Office

An Alternate Picture Caption Method

Yesterday, we looked at MS Word's captioning feature. It wasn't too bad and it's fairly easy to use, but I still found it annoying at times. I didn't like that I had to group them with their object in order to keep the two of them together when relocated. I also didn't like how I had to do some of the editing after the caption was created.

So, I began to think a little more about the caption box. I mean, what is it besides a text box?

Well, with the text box idea in mind, I began to experiment and was happy to come up with an alternative for captioning when using the text box as the basis.

  • To begin, draw a text box in your Word document.

  • Now, with the cursor inside the text box, insert your picture or draw a table.

  • With the item in the text box, you're ready to click either before or after the item to add your caption text either above or below the object.

I found I could format text as usual and I could even click on the picture and change its placement with something like a center justify. Formatting the text box itself works as usual too, including resizing, border lines, text wrapping around the box and so on.

The key here is that by inserting an item and text into the same text box, they're automatically linked as a single item, with no extra work to make it happen.

I'm sure there are other options out there, but since I stumbled across this one, I thought I'd share!

~ April

More Cool Stuff

Phenomenal Pocket Sized Radio!

Even Has Its Own Speaker!

Amazing Radio For People On The Go!

On Sale Today Only- Just $10.97!!

This phenomenal pocket sized AM/RM radio is a must have for everyone! I have my favorite radio programs I listen to on a daily basis, and now, with this amazing radio, I can take those radio programs with me on the go!

WOW! This radio is sooo light and portable! Better yet, it comes with its own belt clip, keeping your hands free to do whatever task you may be doing. For me, it is cleaning! When I am cleaning my house, I love to have the radio playing! But, the stereo isn't portable enough to stretch into every room, and turning up the volume is just a hassle.

Now I take those great radio stations with me into every room, and easily fasten this awesome radio onto my belt so I have both of my hands free to dust, wash windows, or whatever other chore I am trying to accomplish!

Plus, this radio is extra special! You can either plug in the included earbuds for great listening enjoyment, or you can unplug them and allow you favorite radio broadcasting to blast through the exterior speaker, allowing for you to share your favorite music or talk radio program with your friends and family. This is perfect for outdoor picnics, boat trips, or even holiday dinners!

This amazing radio ever comes with its own antennae, which gives amazing signal! I had no problem picking up my favorite radio stations in my office- a concrete building with no windows around!!! WOW!! I was shocked when I was getting this amazing reception. In fact, I think that I was getting better reception than the radio in my car!!! AWESOME!

Being lightweight, portable, and battery powered, this radio is also great in emergency situations!!! Every household should have at least one of these amazing little radios just in case of a serious winter emergency!!!

When we got our sample in the warehouse to try out this radio, everyone here at WorldStart requested one! We all think they are simply fabulous and you will too!

Cost? Get this! We have an amazing one day special on this radio- Just $10.97 and US Shipping is Free! Order Now!!!

PS: These awesome radios make great presents!! Even better they are on sale today!!! This sales price is only good today! In fact, first thing tomorrow morning, the price will increase to $16.97!!! What are you waitin' for? Order now!

Special Note - Hey everyone, Steve here. Thanks to everyone who ordered this software yesterday! Our sales were through the roof! If you missed your chance, you really gotta check this one out! I was braggin' about it in the office yesterday to everyone - it's just fantastic! Here's my take:

WOW!! You Will Be Blown Away!!!

The Bar Has Been Raised In Anti-Virus, Firewalls, And Anti-Spyware!

Amazing Software Doesn't Slow You Down

Super Smart AV Only Does Scans When YOU'RE Not Working!

Outstanding New Firewall Locks Your Computer Down When You're Away!

Hourly Updates! Unlimited Tech Support! Install On Up To 3 PCs!

WOW! I can't wait to share this one with ya! We just scored an amazing deal on my new favorite software - Iolo System Shield! Let me tell ya, this is NOT your run-of-the-mill Internet Security Suite! This does an amazing job of keeping your computer safe from hackers, spyware, and viruses - but read on, because the way this is implemented is far superior to ANY software like this I've used in the past! This really isn't your typical security suite - and you're gonna love it!  I am personally running this software on my computer and it's by far the best I've used! I can't tell you how impressed I am with this - if you value your safety - and system performance, you've got to check this out!

OK, first off, I know you're probably already running anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a firewall - so why do you want this? Well, the thing that impresses me the most with this software suite is the absolute speed it brings to the table! Not just in scanning and such, but the very real lack of system hogging it does. Most suites like this are horrible - they really slow your system to a crawl - not this one! I uninstalled all my previous security software and tired this instead - WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! Frankly, there's a good chance that if you're currently using Norton, Mcafee, ect, when you replace them with this you're going to think you got a new computer! The difference is THAT dramatic! This speed-up alone is enough reason to switch if you ask me!

Next, I absolutely LOVE how this just runs in the background and stays out of the way. So many security programs love to tell you that they are updating your system, getting new virus definitions, scanning, whatever. It's an all day long affair of acknowledging boxes and virtually patting your software on the back, "Good boy - I'm glad you downloaded some updates!" Well, those annoyances are GONE with this - it just works in the background and updates itself when necessary without dozens of boxes telling you all about it - that alone was enough to make me switch! Of course, if it finds something serious, it'll let you know (all customizable too).

Oh, and let me tell you about the anti-virus - you're gonna love this! First, yes it keeps you safe from e-mail viruses, downloads, and monitors in the background - just like everyone's AV does. However, it's the little things that make you fall in love with this! First, don't you just HATE it when you're working on your computer and the stupid AV software comes up and starts a scan? Slows everything down - what a pain! This software will actually make sure the PC has been idle for a specified amount of time before it scans! It waits till you're away before it starts - is that cool or what??? Oh, and it pauses the scan if the PC starts getting used again! Again, this reason alone is enough to change! In fact, my wife read that and said, "Hey - I want this on my computer! My AV always starts scanning when I'm working!" So, one of my 3 installs is going there!

In addition, the anti-virus can be set to scan all files or just dangerous ones (saving time), can be set to scan all kinds of files, has HOURLY updates, can be set to scan when YOU want, and can even be set to exclude certain types of files if you want! Even scan incoming AND outgoing messages if you want - all fully customizable! Oh, and did I mention that it has a year of UNLIMITED tech support too in case you have trouble? WOW!!

Think that's great? Wait till you see the firewall! Blows Windows firewall away (along with every other firewall as far as I'm concerned)! First off, yes, it keeps hackers out - all firewalls do. But this also protects you in other ways. It can monitor when a program is trying to access the internet and send all your personal info to the mothership. That, to me, is HUGE! You never know if that program you just installed is completely trustworthy - so this keeps you safe!

Another fantastic idea that I'm really excited about is the "Idle Lock" - Get this - you can set it so that if you're not using the computer for a specified amount of time (set by you) that the network locks down - nothing can come in or out! I've always said the most secure internet connection is the one that's unplugged when not in use - and this does that!! Oh, and you can also lock your computer down with the press of a mouse if you like - right from the main page!

This can also show you how many attacks it has blocked, block the attacker's IP address for a specified (by you) amount of time, and has a lot of fully customizable options. Truth is though, that the default settings work fine for me! Oh, and again, this seems like it doesn't slow anything down at all - in fact, if you're using a different firewall, this will probably speed things up! I know one thing for sure, I'm installing this on my laptop for travel - it's just too dangerous to surf using wireless networks without it!

Finally, this also includes a fantastic anti-spyware program! Just like the rest of it, it's really fast, stays out of the way, and just does the job! It automatically updates and scanning is a breeze - and fast too! I don't think I've ever seen a spyware can that was soooo fast - and it did a great job! Found a few minor things that it easily fixed!

OK, that's the main stuff, but I also wanted to mention how much easier to use this is than most other security software. First off, I think 90% of the users out there can just install it and forget it - the default settings are really a nice balance and should work well for just about every computer out there. If you want to change stuff, it's really easy to do and the program has an excellent help file that, quite frankly, most users will never ever need!

The price? You're not going to believe this one - we're talking just $12.97 and US shipping is FREE! This is the current version and retails for $49.95 (check Iolo's site - it's not cheap), so $12.97 is an amazing deal. 1 Year worth of support and updates too! Oh, works on XP, Vista, & Win 2000!

Oh, and get this - it's a 3 user license!! So you can install this on up to 3 different computers! That's way less than $5.00 per computer! Grab a friend or two and have them chip in! For less than $5.00 per computer, you just can't go wrong! It's amazing and it's what I am going to be running from now on!

PS - Seriously, this is simply the best Anti-virus, Anti-Spyware, and Firewall software I've ever used and it's going to be on my machine from now on. My computer is soooo much faster now after getting rid of the other bloated software package I had been using - and this just has soooo many great options! Don't miss out!

Taskbar vs. Toolbar

So, tell me, how many of you get your taskbars and toolbars mixed up? We all use them everyday on our computers, but who has time to keep them straight? Am I right? I mean, they both sound about the same, so is there really any difference between the two? Well, if there wasn't, I wouldn't even be bringing it up! If you're not sure what makes a taskbar different from a toolbar, head on over to our homepage and read today's tip. It holds all the answers you seek. I promise!

Encyclopedia Mythica

Are you into mythology and folklore? Or, perhaps you enjoy learning about legends. If any of those three things excite you, you've got to check out the cool site featured on our homepage today. It's called Encyclopedia Mythica and it's filled with interesting facts, definitions and so much more about myths, legendary heroes, genealogy and a whole slew of other topics. Give it a look see. You won't be disappointed!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

Firefox 3 Add Ons

With the release of Firefox 3, there has been a lot of buzz about all of the new features it has to offer. One of them you may not know much about is the new add ons dialogue box. And that's exactly what we're going to talk about today, so what do you say we get started?!

1.) In Firefox 3, go to Tools and then click on Add Ons.

2.) You’ll notice a small difference in the interface:

3.) There's now a new button: Get Add Ons. If you click on that, you’ll see this:

4.) You will see some recommended Firefox extensions and a search box. Firefox 3 allows you to add Firefox extensions without even visiting any links.

5.) To test out the search feature, type in "Scrapbook" and hit Enter. You’ll then see the Scrapbook add on appear on your screen.

6.) If you want to install it, simply click on Add to Firefox.

7.) A warning will appear, but you can just press Install Now.

8.) Next, to finish up the installation, press Restart Firefox.

9.) Once Firefox restarts, you'll see a little notification telling you a new add on was installed.

10.) Cool, huh?! That means when I tell you about a new extension here at WorldStart, you can just type the name of it into the search box and add it. Firefox 3 makes it so easy. Enjoy!

~ Neil Patel

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Today's Feature


I have a really cool free program for you today! It's called Gmote and it allows you to open and control your programs with simple mouse gestures. Here's an example of what Gmote can do.

I set my Gmote program to open Internet Explorer. If I hold the right mouse button down and draw an "e" on my screen, Gmote will automatically open Internet Explorer and take me to my homepage.

And that's just one thing you can use Gmote for! You can also use it to control your Windows Explorer options and your browser functions, such as back, forward, stop and refresh.

I think Gmote is pretty awesome and it's so easy to use. After you've set up the controls you want, just tell it to run at startup and it will always be ready to go!

Extra tip: Make sure you click on the Options button to tell Gmote when to look for a command. You can set it to "listen" when you hold down the right mouse button, the middle button or a key on your keyboard.

You can download Gmote for yourself right here. Enjoy!

~ Gary

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Amanda's Coolsite

Castle Connolly

Recently, I brought you a Web site that lets you rate your doctor or find a doctor by a certain rating. Some of the doctors on that site were Castle Connolly Top Doctors, so that's why I want to bring you this site as well!

Here you can find Castle Connolly Top Doctors with a handy search engine, search top hospitals, browse choice guides and much more!

Find a Castle Connolly Top Doctor – Selecting this option from the side menu will give you a form to fill out with the following information: State, Specialty, Guide and Hospital. When you're done filling it out, click on the Search button. That will bring up the doctors that match your information. On the form, you can also put in a doctor’s name, field and location, which allows you to see if your doctor was top rated by Castle Connolly.

Find a Hospital – Here you'll fill out a form with the location and if you leave the hospital line on Any, you'll be given results for the top hospitals in your state, as well as, any general hospitals.

Healthcare Choice Guides – This section brings you a list of guides that can help you make sense of your healthcare options, understanding health plans, catching billing errors and your rights as a patient. It's divided into two sections. The first is for the General Adult Population and the second is for the Senior Population and Family Caregivers. The guides are filled with useful information for everyone.

All in all, this Web site is filled with resources that can help you make the best decisions regarding your health care options. Whether it's choosing a doctor, finding a hospital or even choosing a health plan, it's all covered here. Check it out today!

~ Amanda

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New Titles and Offers
1.44" Color USB Digital Photo Frame Keychain: $18.97

This Mini Digital Photo Frame Keychain stores up to 107 digital photos and displays them on the 1.44-inch LCD color display! It has a built-in clock with date, month, year and day function, plugs easily to a USB port and is powered a 3.7V lithium battery! You can browse the pictures by yourself or share them with your friends and family!

Monthly Wallpaper

November Wallpaper

Here's November's wallpaper! It's all free, so enjoy!

Smoky Mountain Color

Here's one from my wife! She shot this when we were in the Smokies last week. We liked the photo so much, we decided to turn it into wallpaper for you!

Smoky Mountain Stream

I shot this after a rain storm the night before. Lots of water, lots of great color in the trees and a little climbing down slippery boulders to grab this one!

Smoky Mountain Snowy Pine

Are you seeing a theme yet?! This was shot earlier this year. I loved how the snow and ice were clinging to this pine tree branch.

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