Have you ever owned a keyboard that has special function keys? These are small buttons that run along the very top of the keyboard. Different keyboards have different keys, but the most common ones are an e-mail button, a search button, a connect button (for the Internet) and a calculator button. Some even have a sleep mode function, a volume control right on the keyboard itself and multimedia keys.
These extra keys are very nice to have sometimes, because if you want to get into your e-mail or use the calculator, for example, you can just hit that button one time and the program will pop up on your screen. It's like your wish lies right at your fingertips.
If you've already been using the special keys, that's great and you should keep doing so. If you have the buttons, but don't know how to use them, you should refer to the software that came with your keyboard. Look through the manual and there should be instructions on how to configure the buttons so you can start to use them.
Every keyboard is different, so it's hard to tell you how to make these work without skipping over someone, but all the answers should be right there in your manual. Once you get them working, I don't think you'll ever want to stop!
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Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn how you can solve the mystery of the unsent e-mail in Outlook Express, find out how you can get a little help with your pasting in MS Excel and learn how you can fix the sleeping password issue in Windows Vista. Also, find out how you can practice easy scrolling from now on with today's video tip and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!
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OK, So how close is this to MS Office, really?
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Isn't that just the worst?! I mean, you know you've sent all of your messages out, but Outlook Express still insists you haven't. How rude! Well, there are a couple of things you can check before you go off and switch e-mail programs. Let's take a look!
The first thing you'll want to check is your Outbox folder. Go in there, click on the View menu and choose Current View. Once you're there, make sure the Show All Messages choice is selected. That ensures you're able to see all of the messages contained in your Outbox folder. If you then see an e-mail message appear, you can send it off normally or even delete it if you want.
The next thing you can check is within the Outbox folder itself. Go to File, Folder, Compact. If nothing happens, your folder is probably okay and you don't need to worry about it any longer. If you happen to get an error message, the Outbox.dbx file may be damaged. There are a couple of possible causes for that.
One could actually be an antivirus program that scans outgoing e-mail. Unknown to some, the e-mail scan isn't really necessary to protect your computer, especially if you have a regular antivirus program running as well. Go ahead and disable any e-mail scans to prevent any other e-mail files from being damaged in the future.
If you do have a damaged Outbox file, the next thing you'll want to do is repair it (obviously!) To do that, you need to know where your store folder is for your e-mails. If you're not sure where yours is, go to Tools, Options and click on the Maintenance tab. Toward the bottom, you'll see the Store Folder button. Click on that and a box will pop up telling you where your store folder is located on your computer. It will also give you a drive letter. Write that down if you think you'll forget. You can change the location at this point if you want to do that as well.
Once you have the information you need, close Outlook Express and open up your store folder. Find the file titled "Outbox.dbx" and delete it. When you open Outlook Express again, a new Outbox folder will automatically be created, so you can continue to use it just like normal. Most times, the problem lies within an unsent message, but it's good to know what you can do if that isn't the case!
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Paste It Here and Here and Here?
When you're working in MS Excel, do you sometimes find yourself needing to paste the same information into many non-adjacent cells?
Now, I'm sure many of you know you can highlight multiple cells, enter something into one of them and then use Ctrl + Enter to put the same information simultaneously into all of the highlighted cells. Right?
That's a great trick, but what if the information is a long formula that's already typed out somewhere else?
You could use the Ctrl + Enter trick, but that would require you to retype your formula.
You could try to copy and paste into every single cell that needs the information, but what if it's a lot of cells? I don't know about you, but I don't want to do that much pasting!
So, now what?
The answer is found between the copy and the paste. Literally!
The next time you need the same thing pasted into many locations, give this a try:
At this point, you're ready to paste. Well, sort of!
All of the cells are filled with only one paste completed. You have to love the efficiency of this one!
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OK, quick question for you - what's the biggest problem with flash drives? Answer: Forgetting them! Wouldn't it be fantastic if you could find a flash drive that easily fit on your keychain? Wouldn't it be even better if it was actually smaller than a typical car key?
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Oh, and this was fun - When we got these in, I asked around - "How much memory do you think these have?"
No one guessed over 2GB! Talk about floored! No one could believe these were 8GB drives! I had to plug it in to prove it too! Hard to believe something this small can hold this much! When this arrives at your door, you'll be shocked at just how tiny these really are!
They may be small on the outside, but with a whoppin' 8GB of storage inside, these are like the Grand Canyon of flash drives! We're talking 11CDs worth of data on the tip of your finger! That's an amazing amount of storage - let's take a closer look...
To put this in perspective, this little monster can hold an astonishing 1,200 12MP Jpeg images, 2000 MP3s (that's like 4 days of straight music), or 160,000 typical size Word docs - AND IT FITS ON THE TIP OF
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Amazing New Card Reader Gets Photos Off Your Mobile Phone Memory Card!
Also Reads Digital Camera And PDA Memory Cards!
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Here's a really great twist on a card reader! It's SanDisk's Mobile Card Reader/ Writer, and not only will it read your digital camera's SD Cards for you - it also reads pretty much every type of mobile phone and PDA memory cards too!
You know how it goes - you snap photos with your camera phone all the time. And they sit there, and site there. Well, if your phone has a removable memory card, you're in luck! You can pop it out of your phone and into this amazing little card reader! From there, just plug the card reader into your computer and download your phone photos! Heck, if you don't have a card for your phone, this may be reason enough to get one! Imagine, taking photos on your cell phone and being able to transfer them to your computer with a card reader! Talk about hassle-free! Now that's cool!
Oh, this is also perfect if you have a PDA too! This works great with the tiny cards that fit into those as well. Transfer files, contacts, calendars - whatever - with ease! Just pop the memory card out and stick it into this! Great way to add some of your favorite photos to your PDA too!
As a bonus, this also reads SD cards from your digital camera too! Talk about a one-stop shop huh?
What kind of cards will it read? Pretty much everything SD and smaller is covered: SD, SDHC, MiniSD, MiniSDHC, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, MultiMediaCard, MMCPlus, MMCMobile, and RS-MMC! Bottom line - if it's one of those tiny cards, you're covered!
PLUS, it includes some great software that makes it really easy for you to transfer files from all your various cards (cell phone, PDA, digital camera) to your computer. It's really great for your camera phone images - you can print, save, transfer, and even e-mail them!
To top it all off, this is really small (about the size of a flash drive), uses a lightening-fast USB 2.0 connection, and even includes an extra cable to make it easier to plug into those hard-to-reach ports!
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PS - I've never seen a card reader quite like this one, and don't know if I will again! It's a great idea and makes all those pictures on your phone available to you (as long as they are stored on a memory card). Don't miss out!
What Are MP3s?
Yes, the term "MP3" has been around for quite awhile now, but that doesn't necessarily mean you know what it is. I mean, do you know an exact definition of an MP3? You've probably heard it in conjunction with an MP3 player, but what is an MP3 on its own? Well, that's a really good question and if you read through the tip on our homepage today, you'll get a great answer. That's right, everything you could ever possibly need to know about an MP3 can be found on our homepage today. Check it out!
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Are you always looking for ways to help the children in your neighborhood? Maybe you'd like to volunteer to spend some quality time with them or perhaps you'd just like to learn more about what's going on in your community in regards to the children. No matter what you'd like to do, you can help! To learn more about how you can get started, be sure to check out the cool site we're featuring on our homepage today. It's called You Can Help Kids and it will teach you how to do just that. It's definitely worth the read!
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Vista: No More Sleeping Passwords
Do you have a Windows Vista computer you usually put into sleep mode when you're not using it? If so, you might be a little irritated by the fact that you have to enter in your password every time you wake it up. In most cases, you could just remove or not use a password at all, but if you're using the file sharing feature, a password is required. So, is there anything you can do to get around the issue? Well, of course there is!
In fact, it's very easy to do! Go to Start, Control Panel and select Power Options.
On the left hand side, you'll see a link that says "Require a password on wakeup."
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami
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Mouse Battery Power
Here's a quickie for you! In the past, I've talked about waking up sleeping mice. I told you if you leave your wireless mouse alone for more than eight minutes, it will be sleeping when you come back. The reason they go into the sleep mode is to save some battery life, which, of course, is very helpful. Well, there are a couple other things you can do to save the battery life of your wireless mouse as well. Let's check them out!
There's one practice that may not be too practical for everyone, but if you're able, you can always try it. I'm talking about using your mouse as little as possible. If you know several keyboard shortcuts, you should use them! (Or, at least use as many as you can). The less you click your mouse, the more battery life you will save. Of course, that isn't completely necessary, because a mouse is obviously intended to be used, but if you're able to give your mouse a break every once in awhile, it won't hurt a thing!
I know keyboard shortcuts are hard to learn and it's even harder to remember all of them, so another thing you can do is keep your mouse on a white piece of paper or a highly reflective surface while it's resting. That will help conserve some of the battery power as well. Now, go on and give your mouse a break when you can. I promise, it will thank you in the end!
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Easy Scrolling - Video Tip
Do you have a hard time getting a decent scrolling routine down pat? You know, you can either use your mouse scroll wheel or you can grab the scroll bar on the Web page you're looking at and move it along as you go. You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll, but are any of those options really what you're looking for? Not me! That's why I use the easy scrolling method and you can learn how to use it too with today's video tip. Just click on the link to get started. http://imgsrv.worldstart.com/videotips/index.htm
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This game is perfect for this time of the year! You drive a snowplow through the streets, trying to pick up as many tokens as you can to clear the board in the shortest amount of time.
You’ll find the instructions on the main screen. They cover how to drive the snowplow and what point value is assigned to which token. Once you’re ready to begin, just click on Let’s Plow!
The hardest thing to do is learn how to drive the plow. You need to hold either the forward arrow or the backward arrow while turning, which makes it just a little difficult to steer. It's also super slippery!
You have five minutes to collect 30 snowflakes and every time you hit something, you lose some time. So, it can be very challenging! The best thing I’ve found to do is when you have the movement forward down, don’t try to just go straight. Bounce back and forth between the right and left arrow keys and you’ll have much more success. I got 20 flakes that way, whereas before I figured that out, I think the most I got was six.
When you load this Web site, two windows will pop up. Don’t fret, one will be the main Jokeroo site. Just close out of it and play the game in the other window. I had this happen twice when I loaded it up, but it didn't happen every time, so just be aware of it.
Now, I’m off to see if I can beat level one and head on to level two. How many snow filled levels will you clear? Have fun!
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Sunday, March 1, 2009
Computer Tips [ Ingenious Password Trick + Help - My E-mail Is Stuck + Pasting Like Crazy ] 03/02/09
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