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Fri
07
Jul
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Moving Around in a Workbook: MS Excel

When you begin a new workbook, the "active cell" is located at the top-left corner of the worksheet (in Cell A1). To create your worksheet or make changes to it, you must move around in it. Getting around in a worksheet quickly is the mark of an ... experienced Excel user. You want to learn the quickest way to get from place to place so you can use your time more efficiently. Keyboard Shortcuts for Moving Around in a Worksheet You can move around in the worksheet by pressing the arrow keys and other direction keys on the keyboard. When you use the keyboard to move around in the ... (view more)

Thu
29
Jun
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Modify a Picture: MS Word

When you've inserted a picture in MS Word, the first thing you notice is where it's located and how large it is. You can modify the picture to fit your needs. Some of the ways you can change a picture include those outlined below: Size the picture ... (larger or smaller). Crop, or trim off, one or more edges. Change it to black and white or grayscale (shades of gray) instead of color. Increase or reduce contrast and brightness, just like a television screen. The first step in modifying is to click the picture to select it. When you do this, sizing handles appear at each corner and edge of the ... (view more)

Thu
04
May
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Move and Resize AutoShapes with the Mouse: MS Word

The buttons on the Drawing toolbar have useful tools for drawing objects, such as shapes and lines. Not only can you make simple squares, circles, ovals, and lines, but Word provides AutoShapes, a gallery of typical shapes such as stars, pentagons, ... block arrows, and so forth. Word 2002 (and later) comes with a wealth of AutoShapes that you can use to build flow charts, room plans, and banners for your letterheads. These AutoShapes come with sizing handles that appear when you select the object. By manipulating the sizing handles with the mouse, you can change the size, shape and position of ... (view more)

Wed
02
Nov
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Mouse Computing

A mouse is a handheld pointing device for computers, involving a small object fitted with one or more buttons and shaped to sit naturally under the hand. The underside of the mouse houses a device that detects the mouse's motion relative to the flat ... surface on which it sits. The mouse's 2D motion is typically translated into the motion of a pointer on the display. A mouse is called a 'mouse' primarily because the cord on early models resembled the rodent's tail, and also because the motion of the pointer on the screen can be mouse-like. In popular usage, the plural can be either mice or ' ... (view more)

Wed
13
Jul
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Cute Reminder Review

Synopsis: Is your computer desktop covered with leaflets of paper reminders? Want to recover your previous desktop space and reclaim your sanity? Then why not try Cute Reminder?! With Cute Reminder, you can create simply-to-use (and non-annoying!) ... reminders to manage your desktop notes with just one or two mouse clicks! Cute Reminder's extremely easy to use interface provides comfort at your workplace whether you're in the office or at home. With the help of Cute Reminder software, you can easily create desktop sticky notes and make reminders for an appointment, birthday, phone call, bill ... (view more)

Wed
13
Oct
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Substitute for a computer mouse?, Part 2

Recall -- Last week I posted an article in which Infopackets Reader Ron H. asked for alternative solutions to using a PC mouse. Ron wrote: " I recently had a stroke which has left me paralyzed on the right side of my body. As a result, I am now ... unable to use the computer mouse with any degree of accuracy. I was wondering if you or any of your Readers could recommend a product that I can use to help me navigate my computer in place of the mouse. I am currently typing this email to you with the aid of Dragon NaturallySpeaking , which inputs words on the screen using my voice. Any ... (view more)

Wed
06
Oct
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Substitute for a computer mouse?

Infopackets Reader Ronald H. writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently had a stroke which has left me paralyzed on the right side of my body. As a result, I am now unable to use the computer mouse with any degree of accuracy. I was wondering if you or any ... of your Readers could recommend a product that I can use to help me navigate my computer in place of the mouse. I am currently typing this email to you with the aid of Dragon NaturallySpeaking , which inputs words on the screen using my voice. Any assistance you or your Readers can provide would be greatly appreciated. " My response: I am ... (view more)

Wed
27
Aug
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Change Font size in Outlook Express and Internet Explorer?

Infopackets Reader Dorothy L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I am most interested in all the information you provide, however, I suffer from an eye disorder and have a very difficult time reading text. Can you please tell me how I can increase the size of ... the font so that I don't need to use a magnifying glass? Thank you for your attention to this matter. " My response: If you use Outlook Express to view your email, you can increase font size by clicking View -> Text Size -> Largest. If you have a Scroll Mouse (a mouse with a wheel on the top), you can also decrease / increase size of ... (view more)

Tue
08
Oct
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How to clean a mouse to ensure proper operation, Part 2

I received a few emails regarding last week's Visitor Feedback suggestion on " How to clean a mouse to ensure proper operation &quot ;. A few of you suggested not using a screwdriver / knife to chisel the dirt off the wheels of computer mouse. ... When I wrote the Visitor Feedback for that particular day, I envisioned my old "ball" mouse which came with steel wheels. I completely forgot about those old ball mice with plastic wheels -- in which case, my suggestion for using a knife or flathead screwdriver may potentially damage the wheel -- although, I think you would have to chisel ... (view more)

Thu
03
Oct
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How to clean a mouse to ensure proper operation

Infopackets Reader Pat O. write s: " Dear Dennis, Could please you explain why my mouse has become resistant to my direction, and maybe advise of a remedy? It is particularly hard to handle when required to click on specifics like buttons and tabs ... when it then feels strongly like it is being pushed aside. Any ideas? " Similarly, Rick D. asked: " My pointer/mouse, is locking and jumping all over the screen. I was told to lower the acceleration, so I did. It still kept doing it. I am out of ideas, so any suggestions that you can give would be more than appreciated. " My ... (view more)

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