Computer Tips- A bit lengthy

Dear Friends,

I've got a large mail with lots of good Questions and Answers. I would like to share it with you people. please read it full.

Q: I want to go through and remove some of the programs I know I have on my computer, but when I go to my Add/Remove Programs list, I can't find them. How can I get rid of them?

A: That isn't uncommon. Some programs just like to be a little stubborn. Most Windows components can be uninstalled by going to the Add/Remove Windows Components section in the Control Panel. But, what about the ones you can't find? You know they're on your computer somewhere, but how can you get rid of them if you can't find them? Well, it's actually not too hard to bring these out of their hiding. Let's learn how!

Bring up the Windows Explorer (one way to do this is to right click on the Start button and selectExplore).

Find your way to C:\Windows\Inf. (Double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop, double click on the C: drive and then go from there).

Make a copy of the "Sysoc.inf" file. (Click the file and hit Ctrl + C then Ctrl + V).

Next, right click "Sysoc.inf" and choose Open with, then Notepad.

Type Ctrl + H to bring up the Replace box.

Replace ,hide, (comma hide comma) with ,, (comma comma).

Then hit the Replace All button.

Save the file.

Now, when you go to StartControl PanelAdd/Remove ProgramsAdd/Remove Windows Components, you will see stuff that wasn't there before. Some of the items will be in subfolders, like "Games," which is under "Accessories." Double click to open any folder. Just uncheck the items you want to remove. There you have it. No more hidden programs!

Q: I just bought a new printer, but before I install it, do I need to remove my old one first? Please help!

A: Back by popular demand! Here's a quick one for you, but it's very helpful as well. Listen up!

The simple answer is "No." All of the Windows operating systems support multiple printers, so you can install your brand new printer without having to remove the old one.

Now, if you really want to get rid of the old one and start fresh, you can do so by going to Start,Control Panel and choosing Printers and Other Hardware. From there, click on Printers and Faxes. (For versions older than Windows XP, go to StartSettingsPrinters). Once there, a screen with all of your printers will open. Find the one you want to get rid of, right click it and selectDelete from the resulting menu. That's all you have to do!

An Extra Note: If you have multiple printers installed on your computer and your Windows isn't using the one you want as the default printer, don't stress out! To change your default printer, just right click on the one you want to be your default and select Set as Default from the resulting menu. There you have it!

It's almost too easy, huh? Now, go on and enjoy your newly installed printer!

Microsoft Office Tips:

Get a New One

So, you know about Ctrl + N in MS Word, right? It gives you a new blank document based on the Normal template.

Also, in Excel, Ctrl + N gives you a new blank workbook.

It seems like, in the MS Office Suite, Ctrl + N is all about a "new one," but what does Ctrl + N give you in MS Outlook?

After all, just in case you haven't noticed, there's a ton of stuff included in Outlook.

It has the usual e-mail, but it also has task lists, sticky notes, a calendar, a journal, contacts, etc.

So, the question must be asked: "What exactly will Ctrl + N do in a program that has so much?"

The answer is really quite simple.

Ctrl + N will give you a new item for whatever part of the program that's currently active.

For example, if you're in your e-mail and you hit Ctrl + N, you'll get a new e-mail.

In the Notes section, you'll get a brand new note ready for your input and in the calendar area, you'll get a new appointment.

I'm sure you get the idea!

Ctrl + N: The multi-purpose keyboard command!

Pictures in Line With Text?

Have you ever noticed that when you insert a picture into MS Word, the program automatically puts it in line with the text? 

I don't know about you, but most of the time, I prefer the text to wrap around the picture and really integrate it into the document.

To make that happen, I usually have to go through and change the formatting for each picture. What a pain! I mean, if I'm always going to change the picture formatting, wouldn't it make more sense to have Word format the picture to my preferences from the get go?

Yeah, I agree. So, that's what I have for you today!

To change the way Word formats a picture upon insertion, you'll need to go to the Options dialogue window.

For older versions of Word, go to the Tools menu, Options choice.

Once you're in the Options dialogue window, you need the Edit tab.

You're now looking for the "Insert/paste picture as" field. Use the arrow to pull down the list andchoose the formatting you prefer.

For Word 2007, you need the Office ButtonWord Options button.

In the Options dialogue window, you need the Advanced options, "Cut, copy and paste" section.

You're also looking for the "Insert/paste picture as" field. Use the arrow to pull down the list andchoose the formatting you prefer.

When you're all finished, click OK.

That's it!

The next time you insert a picture, you should find that it's automatically formatted to meet your standards from the very beginning. It just doesn't get any better than that!

Hyperlink Mystery

Have you ever had trouble opening a new link from your e-mail or even on a Web site? When you click on the link, just basically, nothing happens? Well, I'm here today to help you with that!

I've gotten several e-mails recently about this very problem, so I'm glad you asked. This seems to be a somewhat common problem, so I did a little research on it, in hopes of finding a quick fix for you all! Fortunately, I found a few things that could be causing this to happen.

To refresh, basically the problem is that whenever you're using your e-mail program or an instant messenger type program (or any other application) and a link is included, you click on it, but nothing happens. Your computer may freeze up for just a second, but when it's done, you're left right where you started from. Your browser will not open and you cannot, for the life of you, get a new window to come up from the link. How annoying is that?!

Like I said before, there are a few things you can try to resolve this problem. Before we go any deeper, the first thing to check is your popup blocker. If you have a pop up stopper installed on your computer, it could be interfering with the links you are trying to open. If this happens to be the case, you can always hit the Ctrl button and click on the link again. Ctrl + a click allows the link to open. If that was your problem, you are very lucky.

Another simple cause could be that you don't have the correct browser set as the default for your computer. If you use Internet Explorer, you have to make sure it is set as your default browser. To check this, open IE and go to Tools, Internet Options. Click on the Programs tab and make sure the box clear down at the bottom that says "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser" is checked. This will allow IE to open any links you click on. If you useFirefox, go to ToolsOptions and choose the General tab. Make sure the box that says "Firefox should check to see if it is the default browser when starting" is checked.

If those two things still don't fix the link problem, there are a couple more options you can try. We need to check and make sure your folder options are set to your specific browser. Go to Start,Control Panel and make sure it is in the classic view. Once there, click on the Folder Optionsicon and choose the File Types tab. Now, you're going to look for the item "(NONE) URL: HyperText Transfer Protocol." Highlight that and click on the Advanced button, then the Editbutton. This will bring up some information on your browser. You're mainly going to be looking at theApplication line. If you use Internet Explorer, make sure it says IExplore and so on (for whichever browser you use). If you've recently switched browsers, you may still have your old settings in there and that could be causing the problem with the links. You just have to make sure you have the right browser selected so the links will open in the correct way.

Okay, there's one more tip for you in case nothing has worked thus far. Go to StartRun and type in "regsvr32 urlmon.dll" (without the quotes). Click OK when done and if a message pops up that says "DllRegisterServer in urlmom.dll succeeded," the problem should be fixed. If that still doesn't work, try typing in the following commands in the Run box:

- Shdocvw.dll
- Msjava.dll
- Actxprxy.dll
- Oleaut32.dll
- Mshtml.dll
- Browseui.dll
- Shell32.dll

One of these options should solve the link problem you are experiencing and you can enjoy link freedom once again!