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Senior Computer Tutor Don Edrington PC Columnist for The Californian & San Diego's North County Times
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    1. Digital Photo Basics
    2. Getting Pictures from Camera into Computer
    3. Getting Acquainted with Irfanview
    4. Basic Terms: View Size vs Print Size, etc.
    5. Virtually Free Photography - Naming Pics, Albums
    6. When Digital Camera Photos Can't Be Found
    7. Digital Photography for Not So Digital Seniors

    8. Crop, Resize, Align, Colors
    9. How to Crop and/or Resize a Photo
    10. Problem Enlarging Digital Pictures
    11. Understanding CYMK & RGB Colors
    12. How to Straighten (Rotate, Align) a Photo
    13. Darkrooms Replaced by Computers
    14. Be Your Own Photo Processing Studio

    15. Adding Text to Pictures
    16. Adding Text to a Photo
    17. Text & Picture In a Word Text Box

    18. Displaying Your Pictures
    19. Printing Multiple Photos on a Single Page
    20. Displaying Your Photos as a Slideshow
    21. Merging Two Graphics Into One
    22. When Multiple Photos Don't All Fit on a Print-Out
    23. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?

    24. Online Images - Emailing Pics
    25. Reducing a Digital Photo's File Size
    26. Red X Instead of a Picture
    27. Reducing the File Size of a Video
    28. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?
    29. Copying Images from a Web Site or an Email

    30. Pic Formats - File Extensions
    31. Digital Picture Formats (JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF, etc)
    32. Difference Between "Drawing" & "Painting" Programs
    33. Digital Cameras & Megapixelss
    34. Choosing File Associations for Picture Files
    35. Understanding "Animated GIFs"
    36. Comparison of JPG and GIF Image Files
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    1. Free Trials of MSWord 2007 and of WordPerfect Office X3
    2. Creating Labels & Envelopes with Word, Excel, & MSWorks
    3. Replacing NORMAL.DOC when Word Becomes Unstable
    4. Password Protecting Word & Excel Documents

    5. Pictures & Text Boxes
    6. Picture in a Text Box
    7. Placing Both Text & a Pic in a Text Box

    8. Other Document Types
    9. MSWord, Wordpad, Notepad, Google's Writely/Docs
    10. Converting Data between MSWord & PDF Files
    11. Show a Spreadsheet in PowerPoint (using Paint)
    12. Less Complicated Word Processing Programs

    13. Working with Columns
    14. Dividing a Page into Columns
    15. Lining Up Numbers in a Column

    16. Bullets & Page Numbering
    17. Using AutoCorrect for Bullets & Numbering
    18. Add Page Numbering to a Word Processing Document

    19. Telling a Story with Your PC
    20. Writing a Personal Memoir
    21. Creating a Newsletter
    22. MSWord Paragraph Formatting
    23. Convert CAPS to lower case (& vice versa)
    24. Sending a Family/Holiday Newsletter

    25. Backing Up Word Files
    26. Automatic Backup of MSWord Documents
    Temporary Files with Cryptic Names

    Lynn Harper wrote to ask if it's OK to delete the numerous files she has with cryptic names such as ~WRL2355.tmp. The answer is yes — but what are these files? Well, those beginning with a tilde (~) and ending with .tmp are temporary files created in the background when composing a document in Microsoft Word.

    These emergency backup files are part of MSWord's Save choices, which are found under Tools>Options>Save>Save Options. Save AutoRecover Info Every 20 Minutes means that a periodic backup of your document is made whether you remember to manually save it or not.

    These temp files are normally stored in My Documents, and can be opened with a double-click. However, if you have the Always Create Backup Copy option checked it's unlikely you will ever need an AutoRecover file.

    Speaking of saving MSWord work, Always Create Backup Copy means every time you do File>Save (after having named the document) your previous Save will be set aside as a temporary backup of whatever was created up to that point. Thus, in the event of an accidental file deletion, only what was written since the previous Save would be lost — not the whole document.

    Incremental File Name Changes - Important Document Saving Insurance

    If you are working on a lengthy document, even better loss-protection can be achieved with incremental file name changes. When saving a document named MyBook1, for instance, change subsequent Saves to MyBook2, MyBook3, etc. When you get to, say, MyBook10 you will have nine partially-completed documents in addition to your finished file. This means if you want to restore a paragraph you deleted in the MyBook7 version, it will be available for copying and pasting, rather than having to be retyped.

    All the above refers to copies made on the same computer, which if lost, stolen, or destroyed in a fire could leave you with no backups at all. This is why important documents should also be saved to other media. For years the humble "floppy disk" was the medium of choice. Eventually, burning a CD meant you could put more data on a cheaper disc.

    Now one can easily backup data to DVDs, external hard drives, or flash memory sticks. The cheapest backup, however, is email. Google allows 2.8 gigabytes of free storage per Gmail address (I have four) and recently doubled its file-transfer limit from 10 to 20 megabytes. This also means your copies are available anywhere you find an Internet connection — no need to carry backup discs when traveling.

    Other Microsoft Word Options

    If you would like to change MSWord's default font, Times New Roman, to something else (I like Verdana's legibility) go to Format>Font, make your choice, and then click Default in the lower left corner of the window.

    Changing MSWord's paragraph indents can be done under Format>Paragraph. Or you can experiment with adjusting the three Tab markers on the horizontal ruler, which can be displayed by clicking View>Ruler. However, these markers only affect whichever paragraph your cursor is in. Do Edit>Select All to change settings throughout the document.

    © - Donald Ray Edrington - 2007 - All Rights Reserved

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    downloading, creating & editing music files
    1. Various Computer Audio Formats, such as MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, etc.
    2. Finding Free Downloadable Music Online
    3. Recover Songs from your Temporary Internet Files
    4. Converting Music Formats (WAV to MP3, etc.)
    5. Converting Vinyl LPs & Audio Tapes to MP3s
    6. More on Converting Musical Collections to MP3s
    7. Using a Digital Voice Recorder

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