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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
    Putting Music in Your Email

    Al Roller called to say he sometimes receives an email containing music that starts playing immediately upon being opened, and asked how this is done. Well, after creating a new message in Outlook Express you can click on Format>Background>Music and browse to the song you want to include in your outgoing letter. (This is also where you will find options for choosing a background image or solid color for your outgoing email.)

    An Outlook Express question from Janie Martin asks how to see a "receipt" saying an email she sent was opened by the recipient. This is done by clicking Tools>Request Read Receipt. AOL users have this feature in the Request Return Receipt option below all outgoing messages.

    Dealing with Email Spam

    Bob Essman says his Outlook Express account receives a lot of spam and asks how to create a "Safe List" of people from whom he will accept mail, and which will remove incoming mail from others. This is done by clicking Tools>Message Rules>Mail and choosing from the various options.

    However, Bob's question brings up a number of issues worth considering. Many email services, such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and AIM use very effective spam-filtering tools nowadays. Mail suspected of being unwanted advertising is sent to a Spam or Junk folder, where a recipient can quickly look it over and delete it.

    No spam filter is perfect, however, and all will occasionally allow ads into your Inbox and send legitimate mail to the Spam folder.

    Outlook Express has no built-in Spam folder. However, ISPs such as Cox and TimeWarner try to delete the really obvious spam before it reaches their clients.

    My guess is that Bob gets a lot of spam because his email address is listed on his Prudential California Realty web site: www.BobEssman.com. Spammers use robotic programs that endlessly crawl the Internet looking for such addresses. There are various ways of "disguising" your address to avoid the robots, but the methods aren't all that reliable and often discourage legitimate users from sending you email.

    On my site I handle this issue by showing a Gmail address (ComputerTutorDon@gmail.com) which filters out the spam and forwards the desirable mail to my Outlook Express account. I then periodically check the Gmail spam folder for possible filtering errors.

    Another source of spam can be a company whose web link you click on to ask for information about their services. Many are set up for the sole purpose of collecting email addresses for subsequent spamming. This is why I use a "throw-away" email address for such inquiries. Reputable businesses, such as Amazon, offer an opt-out option for subsequent ad mailings. However, if you respond to a spammer's "opt-out option" he just puts you on more junk lists.



    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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