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Senior Computer Tutor Don Edrington

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
    Start Your Screensaver with a Mouse-Click
    + Spell-Checking in Outlook Express

    Personal computers always come with a screensaver, which displays itself after a certain period of mouse or keyboard inactivity. However, you don't have to settle for the self-promoting Windows Logo screensaver — you can find several others by right-clicking your Desktop, and choosing Properties>Screensaver.

    Here you can also change the number of minutes of inactivity required to launch the screensaver. You can also look under Theme and choose from some matching background and screensaver combinations for your Desktop.

    The original purpose of a screensaver was to "save a screen" from having text or picture images "burned into it" when something remained static on the monitor for an extended period of time. Although modern screens are said not to have this shortcoming, screensavers continue to be popular probably because many users enjoy seeing their clever animations.

    Starting Your Screensaver Instantly

    Ann Marie Lorenzini called to ask if there is any way to make a screensaver start instantly with her mouse. Yes, I replied, go to Start>Search>All Files & Folders and type .SCR into the All or Part of File Name box. I also said to click on More Advanced Options and be sure that Search System Folders and Search Subfolders are checked. Finally, I said to click on Search.

    SCR is the extension appended to all screensaver file names, and the above steps will display a list of all those on your computer. Double-click them to see what each screensaver looks like in action.

    After deciding on one you prefer, right-click its name and choose Send To>Desktop (Create Shortcut). An icon will appear on your Desktop which, when double-clicked, will initiate the screensaver instantly. If you'd like to be able to do this with a single mouse-click, drag the icon into the Quick Launch area of your Taskbar. The original icon will remain on your Desktop and will create a single-click copy on your Taskbar.

    If you don't see a Quick Launch area on your Taskbar (identified by a right-pointing chevron: ») right-click the Taskbar and choose Toolbars>Quick Launch to create one. You can also drag icons of other frequently-used programs into this area.

    Some of us prefer no screensaver and just have the monitor go blank after the inactive time period. Choose None under Screensaver and then choose a background (a.k.a. wallpaper) under Desktop. To have a plain background, choose a color under Desktop>Color.

    Spell-Checking in Outlook Express & Windows Live Mail

    On another matter, Paul Gerard called to say the Outlook Express that came with his new computer has no spell-checker. Well, Outlook Express has never had a spell-checker of its own — it has always used the one that comes with MSWord. However, Windows Live Mail — Microsoft's new replacement for Outlook Express — does come complete with all of MSWord's spell-checking options.

    Although intended for inclusion with Vista, WinXP users can download and use Live Mail from www.microsoft.com. It is similar to Outlook Express, but has several advanced features, which I'll review in future columns.

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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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