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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
    Working with Music Files & Windows Media Player

    Last week's column on downloading songs from my web site (PCDon.com) generated a number of questions from readers.

    Jack Nugent asked how to put an icon for Windows Media Player in his Start listings so that he can use it for burning audio CDs. There are many ways, but the following is probably the easiest — click Start>Search>All Files & Folders and type Windows Media Player into the Name or Part of Name box. At least one WMP "shortcut" icon will appear under Search Results. Drag it onto your Start button, and it will be added to the listings within.

    The above procedure also works for putting other programs' icons into your Start listings, or onto your Desktop, and/or into your Quick Launch list.

    However, not all will show up as ready-made shortcut icons during a search.

    Instead, you may find a yellow folder labeled with your target program's name such as, say, "Windows Movie Maker" or "Stickies." Inside the former, you'll find a file named "moviemk.exe," and "stickies.exe" within the latter. These are the "exe" (executable) files that launch their respective programs.

    Usually, the name of a folder and its exe launch file will be similar, but not always. Outlook Express' launch file, for instance, is "msimn.exe." Sometimes you may need to double-click one or more exe files to find the right one. When you find the target file, simply right-click it and then left-click Send To>Desktop (Create Shortcut). The resulting Desktop icon can the be dragged, or copied and pasted, into your favorite launch location(s).

    Finding Lost Music Files

    Back to the downloadable songs, Ken Perkins called to say that he had downloaded dozens but somehow lost them on his computer. I told Ken to click Start>Search>All Files & Folders and type .mid into the Name box. This would find all of Ken's "midi" files. I then suggested dragging these files into a folder that Ken had created by right-clicking his Desktop, choosing New>Folder and giving it a name.

    Ken repeated the above steps for all of his .wav, .mp3 and other music formats. He said this worked perfectly, but some of the songs and videos wanted to play via a player other than Windows Media Player (the one I always recommend).

    This can be fixed by opening Windows Media Player and going to Tools>Options>File Types and checking your favorite media formats, such as MP3, WMV, AVI, etc. I suggest doing this for all of your audio and video files.

    Another way of doing this is to right-click any media file's name (such as, say, Stardust.mp3) and then left-click Open With. Windows Media Player will appear as one of the choices — but don't click it yet. Instead, click Choose Program. Now click on Windows Media Player, followed by check-marking "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file." Henceforth, all mp3 files will open in Windows Media Player.

    A way of finding all your music files at once is to click Start>Search>Pictures, Music or Video>Music. This precludes typing anything into the Name box and will show the title of every music file on your computer. Just be sure that the Look In: box displays your Hard Drive C: and not just a particular folder.

    PCDon.com also has a Search Box to help find the songs and performers you want.



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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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