Tips for your PC
Here is a list of hints and tips for getting the best
out of your computer and IT activities.
you have trouble getting a window back where the window control buttons
have moved of the screen and you canít see the title bar to move it
back? Right click the taskbar item and select the desired function, or move
if you want to move it back.
you have a really favourite web page, such as bank account or webmail
site? Then put an icon on your desktop. When you have accessed the site in
your browser, restore your browser to a window (so you can see the desktop
alongside), then click on the icon on the left of the address bar and drag
it onto your desktop. When you double click on the shortcut, it will open
up your browser, start the dial up, and open with your favourite page.
To include an HTML file
with backgrounds images etc, create page in HTML editor, save on your hard
drive, then: Outlook Express/ Tools/ Options/ Compose/ Stationery/ Mail/
Select/ Browse etc.
|Web based email
||If you are away
from your PC, you can still access your emails via your ISP's portal,
using webmail. Before
you do this you will need your ISP webmail address, your ISP username and
password to access your 'My Account' area. The ISP website will
usually provide easy browsing access to their ISP webmail area.
|Does your email
hang? Is a file that's too big clogging up the works?
you are downloading emails in Outlook Express and the process seems to
hang indefinitely, itís likely that you have a very large attachment
with one of your emails, which will take a long time to download, or an
incoming email with an error. Either way this email will block the
remainder of your emails from being downloaded.
need to visit your ISPís webmail service, which most ISPs offer. This
operates in exactly the same way as Hotmail, Yahoo mail and many others.
You can access your mail through your web browser by visiting the site (eg
www.hotmail.com) and log in using your account details (See webmail
above). The difference doing it with your own ISP is that you can access
your mailbox in the same way without downloading the contents. The ISP
webmail site will list your incoming emails and attachments in exactly the
same way as with Outlook Express, but without the download, wonít hang
things up. You can decide this point what to do:
the offending email, or read the contents online but donít download
a new email to the sender requesting him/her to resend without the
attachment, or to reduce the size of the attachment to a reasonable
size, say less than 1MByte, which takes about 15 mins.
this point you can either:
the rest of your mail and reply as necessary Ė this will mean the
your mail wonít be downloaded into Outlook Express, and may mean
remaining online for the duration, or
of your ISPwebmail area and close down your browser, open Outlook
Express, and press Send and Receive to download the remaining email to
your local inbox.
close the session.
||Test your PC
to run Shields Up and Probe my Ports, to test your firewall software
virus is spread by some action on the part of the recipient, by
inadvertently activating a program such as an email attachment.
worm spreads through its own programming, scanning the internet fro a
suitable host replicating itself, and then looking for new hosts.
difficulties with copying a formula where one cell is variable and the
other needs to be static but you don't know how to make it so? It's called
absolute addressing. A cell C5 won't change if you make it $C$5. Columns
and rows work the same way, but with only one $.
you start typing away only to find that your CAPS LOCK is on? Select your
capitalised text, then press the <control>+F3 keys. Or click menu
| format | change case and select the function you want.
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