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MACWORLD:

Pre X Tip -- Pop Up

Drag any open window to the bottom of your screen and it creates a pop up window. Take your recent documents folder and place it at the bottom. Now you can quickly access all your recent documents at the click of a mouse. To make things even better, change the view in the folder to buttons. Now one click will launch your documents AND close the window.

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WINDOWS XP:

Check Outlook Express Spelling For Single Message

To keep the Outlook Express spell checker on at all times: Select Tools, Options, click the Spelling tab, select "Always check spelling before sending," then click OK.

Don't want to deal with the checker for every message? Just check the important ones on a per-message basis. Assuming you've just finished composing a message in the New Message window, select Tools, Spelling or press F7.

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INTERNET:

Some Outlook Express Stationery

One of our favorites Outlook Express stationery sites is Stationery from the Dog House. This site contains stationery that ranges from the beautiful to the absurd.

Stationery from the Dog House has stationery for most of the U. S. holidays, including the upcoming July 4. For the kids, you'll find plenty of animated and non-animated stationery featuring cartoon characters along with cartoon dogs, cows, and musicians. Most of the animated stationery also includes MIDI files.

Click Here For More Information http://www.snowcrest.net/cafemocha

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WEBSITE DESIGN:

Button Down the Intent

As simple as you think your icon or illustration may be, you can never rely on pictures alone to tell users what a button does. Unless you're designing a print function or other common computer task, adding a simple text label to a button or icon is a good idea. After all, no picture could infallibly represent the product catalog section of a site.

By the time you illustrate an icon detailed enough to give users a good idea of what the section is, you have a picture worth framing. You may as well save some space and add a simple text label. Don't rule icons out entirely; they can add a lot of design flavor to a site. Just be sure to supplement them with a label for clarity's sake.

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INTERNET:

Didjeri-who?

Let the deep, soulful call of the didjeridoo captivate you at the Didj Shop http://www.didjshop.com, your link to Australia's finest Aboriginal artisans. Admittedly, this shop can be a little confusing to navigate, but worth if you have an appreciation for these unique instruments. Here are just a few of the site's highlights:

* To understand the shop's quality ranking system, visit the Soundscapes page
http://www.didjshop.com/shop1/index2.php?pagecall=soundscapescart.html ,
which both describes and demonstrates the differences in sound quality with audio MP3 samples.

* Find out about the native artists http://www.didjshop.com/artists.html who painstakingly cut, carve, tune, and paint authentic didjeridoos. Then discover more about the fascinating Australian Aboriginal culture http://www.didjshop.com/shop1/index2.php?pagecall=AbCulturecart.html .

* Finally, shop http://www.didjshop.com/shop1/index2.php?pagecall=soundscapescart.html for a didjeridoo to add to your collection. Pictures and MP3 samples help you make the perfect choice.

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MS EXCEL 2000:

Cell Selection with Your Mouse

The mouse is a natural for selecting a range of cells. Just position the mouse pointer (in its thick, white-cross form) on the first cell and drag in the direction that you want to extend the selection.

* To extend the cell selection to columns to the right, drag right, highlighting neighboring cells as you go.

* To extend the selection to rows to the bottom, drag down.

* To extend the selection down and to the right at the same time, drag diagonally toward the cell in the lower-right corner of the block you are highlighting.

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MS OFFICE 2000:

Launching a File from Another Program

Besides letting you edit, rename, or delete files, Outlook also lets you launch the program that created a file (provided that you have that program on your hard disk in the first place). To load a file plus the program that created that file, follow these steps:

1. Navigate within the Folders list to the file you want to open.

2. Double-click the file that you want to edit. Outlook obediently loads the program that created the file and then displays your file contents. For example, if you click an Excel worksheet, Outlook launches Excel on your behalf.

3. Choose File, Exit from the menu of the program that loaded in Step 2 (such as Excel 2000). Outlook cheerfully appears once more, ready to do your bidding again.

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WINDOWS NT:

DOS Weirdness

DOS programs are SUPPOSED to look weird when running in a window. Windows NT 4 forces the computer to contort into different graphics lifestyles. Most DOS programs look different when displayed in these new graphics modes.

Here's one way to make DOS look "regular":

1. Click on the DOS program window to highlight it; then hold down Alt and press Enter. Windows NT steps to the background, letting the DOS program have the whole screen. NOW, the DOS program looks normal.

2. Hold down the Alt key and press Enter to put it back into the window. Or hold Alt and press Esc to return to Windows NT, with the DOS program as an icon listed on the taskbar.

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MS WORD 2002:

Landscape Documents

Note: This eTip applies to Word 2002, but it may work in other versions of Word with little alteration. Give it a try!

A landscape document is one in which the page is wider than it is long, like a painting of a landscape. Most documents, like the pages of a book, are printed in portrait style, with the short sides of the page on the top and bottom. However, creating a landscape document is sometimes a good idea because a landscape document stands out from the usual crowd of portrait documents.

To turn the page on its ear and create a landscape document in Word 2002, follow these steps:

1. Choose File, Page Setup.

2. Click the Margins tab.

3. In the Orientation area, click the Landscape button.

4. In the Apply To box, choose Whole Document to print landscape pages throughout the document, This Section to print only the section the cursor is in, or This Point Forward to make the rest of the pages in the document landscape pages.

5. Click OK.

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WINDOWS 95 QUICK TIP:

To print to a file instead of a printer, open the Printers folder in the Control Panel. Double-click on Add Printer, select Add Printer, and then Next. Now select Generic from the manufacturer list, and Generic/Text Only from the printer list. Click on Next and select File from the available ports list, and then Next until an icon appears. Right-click on the new icon, and choose properties; change the paper setting to continuous, no page-breaks.

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WINDOWS 98 QUICK TIP:

To refresh the desktop, just click anywhere on the desktop and press F5.

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WEBSITE DESIGN:

Making text readable

Personalizing your text (for example using the word "you"), writing in short sentences and using short words (not long ones) are all tools for making text easier to read. This is particularly important on the Web where your audience may not speak English as their first language. If you have Microsoft Word use its Grammar Checker to check your grammar - when it's done its Readability statistics will give you an indicator of how easy it is to read.

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WINDOWS AT HOME:

System Information

Press the Start button, and select the run command. At the prompt, type MSINFO32 and a dialogue box will appear with all kinds of information about your computer.

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MACWORLD:

General -- Favorites

Whether in OS 9 or X, add your most used items to the Favorites. Click once on an icon to select it and then head to the file menu and choose add to favorites. In OS 9, it will show up in the Favorites folder under the Apple Menu. In OS X, it shows up under the Go menu under Favorites.

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MS OFFICE 2000:

Highlight Today's Date in Excel

Let's imagine that you'd like to have a cell appear in a different color when that cell displays the current date. This sounds like a job for Excel's Conditional Formatting Feature.

To set up an example current date indication, click cell A1 and choose Format|Cells. When the dialog box opens, click Date and then select a date format. Now, make sure cell A1 is selected and choose Format|Conditional Formatting.

When the Conditional Formatting dialog opens, under "Condition 1" select Formula Is and enter

=a1-today()

and then click Format. Select black text and click OK. Now, click Add and for "Condition 2" use the following entries:

Cell Value Is Not Equal To 0 (zero)

Click Format and select red text. Click OK to close the dialog and continue.

Enter today's date in cell A1 and the date should appear in red. If you enter any other date, it will appear in black.

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