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Microsoft Word Logo   Help with Microsoft Word & Related Programs

  1. Creating Labels & Envelopes with Word, Excel, & SWorks
  2. Replacing NORMAL.DOC when Word Becomes Unstable
  3. Password Protecting Word & Excel Documents

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

  7. Other Document Types
  8. MSWord, Wordpad, Notepad, Google Docs (Formerly Called Writely)
  9. Converting Data between MSWord & PDF Files

  10. Working with Columns
  11. Dividing a Page into Columns
  12. Lining Up Numbers in a Column

  13. Bullets & Page Numbering
  14. Using AutoCorrect for Bullets & Numbering
  15. Add Page Numbering to a Word Processing Document
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Tiny Camera Logo Help with Digital Photos

   Digital Photo Fundamentals
  1. Pictures from Camera into Computer
  2. Using Irfanview
  3. Terms: View Size vs Print Size, etc.
  4. Free Photography - Naming Pics, Albums
  5. When Digital Camera Photos Can't Be Found
  6. Digital Photography for Not So Digital Seniors
   Basic Image-Editing
  1. How to Crop - Resize a Photo
  2. Problem Enlarging Digital Pictures
  3. Understanding CYMK & RGB Colors
  4. How to Straighten (Rotate, Align) a Photo
  5. Darkrooms Replaced by Computers
  6. Be Your Own Photo Processing Shop
   Text in Pictures
  1. Adding Text to a Photo
  2. Text & Picture In a Word Text Box
   Displaying Your Pictures
  1. Printing Multiple Photos on a Single Page
  2. Displaying Your Photos as a Slideshow
  3. Printing Photo Thumbnail Sheets
  4. When Multiple Photos Don't All Fit on a Print-Out
  5. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?
   Online Images - Emailing Pics
  1. Emailing Pictures
  2. Reducing a Digital Photo's File Size
  3. Red X Instead of a Picture
  4. Reducing the File Size of a Video
  5. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?
  6. Copying Images from a Web Site or an Email
   Pic Formats - File Extensions
  1. Digital Picture Formats
  2. Difference Between "Drawing" & "Painting" Programs
  3. Digital Cameras & Megapixelss
  4. Choosing File Associations for Picture Files
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MSWord, Wordpad, Notepad, Google Docs (formerly Writely)

Google.com's free online word processing program is named Google Docs (it was originally called Writely). I can't help wondering why would anyone need a free word processor when Windows comes with one called Wordpad, not to mention the fact that most PC users also have MSWord.

Well, the answer is collaboration. If two or more people need to work on a given document, they can all access it without needing an in-house network (assuming each participant has an Internet connection). The document remains on Google's server, and is only downloaded if and when any of the collaborators decides to do so.

Wordpad — Windows' Built-in No-Frills Word Processor

Speaking of Wordpad, some folks prefer it to MSWord or WordPerfect simply because it's a smaller, less complicated program. However, it does have some notable limitations, such as no built-in spell-checker.

Notepad — Handy Program for Brief Notes

Another word processor that comes with Windows is Notepad, a plain text program that only displays one size of black type on a white background. The default font is rather ugly, but you can choose another by clicking Format>Font. Notepad is handy for entering quick notes that don't need special formatting.

"ReadMe" files are usually written in Notepad, and, despite its simplicity, it is often used for creating HTML Web pages. To launch Wordpad or Notepad, click Start>All Programs>Accessories, and choose your program. If you use the programs frequently, you can create a Desktop Shortcut by right-clicking the Wordpad or Notepad icon and choosing Send To>Desktop (Create Shortcut).

Back to Google Docs (former Writely), it can save files in DOC, RTF, and PDF formats, with PDF being compatible with Acrobat Reader. Files can also be saved as HTML documents, but I'd recommend using a dedicated HTML-editing program.

A number of other utilities can be found under Start>All Programst>Accessories, such as an On-Screen Calculator and Paint (the Windows no-frills image-editor and painting program).

For Those Who Prefer Typing to Mousing...

You can go to Start>Run, type in a program's name, and press Enter to activate it.

For instance, pressing your keyboard's Windows key (with the flag icon) will bring up the Start Menu, whereupon pressing R will display the Run box. Type in notepad and press Enter to launch the program. You can bring up the Calculator by typing calc or MSWord by typing winword.

This kind of keyboarding fixed a reader's problem recently when he said his mouse had stopped working. He replaced it with another mouse, but the problem remained. I suggested trying System Restore.

So he pressed his Windows key, used his keyboard Down Arrow to reach All Programs, pressed Enter, and continued using the Arrow keys to reach Accessories>System Tools>System Restore. He then pressed Enter, and set a Restore Date, along with pressing N when prompted to go to the Next screen. The Left Arrow key let him choose a previous date on the Restore Calendar, and voila — his mouse came back to life.

Pressing Alt+F4 will exit any program, and subsequent Alt+F4 clicks will take you through an orderly shut-down of the computer.

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