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INTERNET:

Mozilla 1.0

After years of development, there is finally a release version of Mozilla. This isn't to say that those years have been anything but fruitful. Just look at Netscape 6 and you'll see what the Mozilla team was doing a year or so ago.

Now that Mozilla 1.0 is out, perhaps you'd like to work with the leading edge and try a copy of Mozilla 1.1 Alpha.

Anyway, Mozilla 1.0 (and 1.1 Alpha) is here and you can get your free copy at the Mozilla site. http://www.mozilla.org/

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WEBSITE DESIGN:

Check your vision

Here's a great site for understanding how a person who is color blind sees the world and how your Web site's design will impact them. The site is Vischeck.com.

At this site, you can explore what color blindness is (check out the site's Examples link), what colors it affects and you can even check your Web site to see how it stacks up.

If typing your URL doesn't work, take a screenshot of your site, save it and test that. You may be surprised at how 'muddy' some of your color combinations look to some of your visitors.

Click here to visit the Vischeck site. http://www.vischeck.com

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WINDOWS 95 QUICK TIP:

You can put shortcuts to your files and folders on your desktop. Simply right-click and drag the icon of a file or folder to the desktop. When the selection menu appears, choose the Create Shortcut(s) Here option.

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WINDOWS 98 QUICK TIP:

You can use the right mouse button to drag files. You will see the option to move, copy, or create a shortcut for the file you are dragging. This gives you the control to choose, rather than let MS-Windows guess what you are trying to do.

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WEBSITE DESIGN:

Off-line Advertising

Just because your Web site is online doesn't mean your publicity efforts have to be restricted to cyberspace. Some obvious choices for meat-space (real-world) publicity include adding your domain name to your business cards, letterhead, and resume. Some folks get really creative with their site publicity, slapping their domain names on everything from t-shirts to cars!

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WINDOWS AT HOME:

Quick Folder Organizing

If you have multiple folders on your desktop, and you want to do some organizing, here is a quick way of doing it. Click and drag one folder and drop it onto another.

Poof! The dropped folder is gone. What Windows has done, is automatically placed the dropped folder within the other folder. If you then go into explorer, you will see that the dropped folder is inside of the other.

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MS OFFICE 2000:

Applying Transitions to PowerPoint Slides

When you're creating a slide show with a large number of slides, you might want to set many of the slide transitions to the same value. To do this, choose View|Slide Sorter. Click the first slide that you want to apply a transition to and then hold down Ctrl while you select other slides that will use the same transition.

With the slides selected, choose Slide Show|Slide Transition. Set your transition parameters and then click Apply.

If you want to apply the same transition to all the slides in the show, forget about selecting slides, just set up your transition, and then click Apply to All.

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MACWORLD:

Hold The Page

The Page Holder tab on the left hand side of I.E. allows you to temporarily "hold" a page while searching another page. This works great when using s search engine.

You place the search results in the Page Holder and then click on the links to see the results in the main window. Better than the back button!

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WINDOWS 98/ME:

Conduct a Web Search

You can use special services -- called search engines -- on the Internet to search for Web sites. Using many of the search engines is free, but you'll see advertisements on them. Search engines often use keywords to find sites of interest.

You enter a search string: one or more key words you think define the Web sites you'd like to see. Some search engines treat each word in a search string as a separate phrase, so a search for boat books would find sites that relate to just boats and sites that relate to just books. One way around this is to enclose the search phrase in quotation marks, as in "boat books". Most search engines will then find only those sites where the two words appear together.

If you want to find sites that mention both boats and books but don't necessarily want the two words directly together, you need to use a different search technique: Specify your search string as boats AND books -- with the word AND in all capital letters.

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MS WORD 2000:

Using Outline View

Note: This tip works with Word 2000, but it may work in other versions of Word with very little alteration. Give it a try!

Word 2000 Outline view is a great way to see at a glance how your document is organized and whether you need to organize it differently. To take advantage of this feature, you must have used the Style menu to assign heading levels to the headings in your document.

In Outline view, you can see all the headings in your document. If a section is in the wrong place, you can move it simply by dragging an icon or by pressing one of the buttons on the Outline toolbar.

To see a document in Outline view, choose View, Outline from the main menu.

To change how much of a document you see in Outline view, use these buttons:

* Headings: Click a Show Heading button (1 though 7) to see different heading levels.

* All: Click the All button to see the whole show.

* Headings in one section: If you want to see the headings and text in only one section of a document, choose that section by clicking the plus sign beside it and then click the Expand button. Click the Collapse button when you're done.

* Normal text: Click the Show First Line Only button to see only the first line in each paragraph. First lines are followed by an ellipsis ( . . . ) so that you know that more text follows.

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MS EXCEL 2000:

Saving an Interactive Web Page

The Interactive Web pages feature is one of the coolest features in Excel 2000. This is because interactive Web pages enable the users who view your Web pages with the Microsoft Internet Explorer (Version 4.0 or later) to make changes to the worksheet data -- all without any kind of scripting or programming on your part. Here's how to save you worksheet as an Interactive Web page:

1. Open the worksheet to be saved as a Web page.

2. Choose File, Save Web Page to open the Save As dialog box.

3. Click the selection Sheet radio button and the Add Interactivity check box, and then click the Publish button.

4. Enter the name for the new Web page in the File Name text box.

5. To see the new Web page in the browser, click the "Open Published Web page in the browser" check box before you click the Publish button.

6. In Internet Explorer, click the Property Toolbox button in the toolbar that appears above the worksheet data to open the Spreadsheet Property Toolbox.

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WINDOWS XP:

Home On the Toolbar

In our last tip, we told you that you can jump directly to your Internet Explorer home page from a folder window by pressing Alt-Home. If you prefer buttons to keyboard combos, add a Home button to your toolbar.

From inside any folder window, select View, Toolbars, Customize. Under "Available Toolbar Buttons" select Home, then click the Add button. Select Home under "Current toolbar buttons," then click Close.

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