FACTS! FAX! 306 (26/03/02)
I'd be most grateful if you could give me the method of
killing the dreaded paperclip in Word.
Since we haven’t run this tip for a while and we’ve had
several requests recently, asking how to get rid of Mr Paperclip (or ‘Clippit’
as he’s known to his very small circle of friends), here’s what to do. In
Word/Excel 2000 he can be banished forever by simply going to the Help
drop-down menu, select the item ‘Show the Office Assistant’ then click the Options
button and uncheck 'Use the Office Assistant’. In Word/Excel 97 he’s a
bit more persistent so the trick is to use Windows Explorer to go to:
C:/Program Files/Microsoft Office/Office, look for a folder called Actors,
right-click on it and rename it ‘Dead Actors’ and Clippit will be no more.
I'm using IE 6.0 on
Blueyonder Broadband. On the address bar of IE I am sure there used to be a
"Go" button, so that one could enter a web address, press
"go" and move directly to that site. This seems to have disappeared on my computer and I
can't find it, I can go to other sites to do this but where's my button?
The Go button is largely superfluous and pressing the Enter
or Return key, after typing in an address, has the same effect. However, if you
are really missing it then all you have to do is right-click on the down arrow
at the end of the Address box and click ‘Go Button’. If the address box is also
missing you can restore it by right-clicking anywhere in the Toolbar at the top
of the window and select the item Address bar.
When I switch on my computer it checks the memory and it now
takes ages, before the OK message appears and it continues to load.
There are several possibilities. The most likely one is that
there’s a Fast/Slow Memory Check option in the ‘Advanced Setup’ section of your
PC’s BIOS (basic input output system), which has somehow been switched to the
slow setting. The BIOS is the program that tests, configures and manages your
PC at boot-up. Details of how to access the BIOS are usually flashed on the
screen a moment or two after switch on, something like ‘Press DEL for setup’,
otherwise it should be in your PC’s motherboard documentation but only attempt
this if you are reasonably sure of what you’re doing. The other possibilities
are a fault on one of the memory modules, the motherboard or the BIOS program,
all which will require investigation by an engineer.
I am having a problem with the Zone Alarm box appearing
asking me if Gator Client Application should be allowed to access the Internet.
I had thought that when I recently used AdAware it had found several suspicious
files and I seem to remember that Gator was one of these? My problem is that
when Zone Alarm finds something that is attempting to access the net, how do I
know which ones to allow and which not to allow?
Gator is one of a number of programs commonly called
‘Spyware’ and ‘Adware’ that can be loaded on to your PC without your knowledge
or consent from web sites or on the back of other programs downloaded from the
web and then have the cheek to make to use of your Internet connection, without
asking permission, to send back data from your PC. You can find out more out
these intrusive and sometimes downright dangerous programs from dozens of sites
on the web, just type ‘spyware’ as the keyword search. Many sites also carry
detailed removal procedures. There’s a good definition of Spyware on Internet
security expert Steve Gibson’s web site at: http://grc.com/optout.htm
AdAware and Zone Alarm are a good combination and should
protect your PC from the worst of them. Setting Zone Alarm is very
straightforward; the only programs most people want to allow unrestricted to
access the web are their email client and web browser programs, and maybe a
word processor like Word. To be completely safe everything else that appears on
Zone Alarm’s Programs list (right-click on the ZA icon in the System Tray)
should be set to block access (cross) or ask permission status (question mark)
on the Allow Connect and Server columns.
You are always warning us not to unload programs by deleting
them through Explorer but what is one supposed to do with a downloaded program
that does not appear on load/unload if you find it does not suit your
Sometimes uninstaller programs do not show up in the
Add/Remove list in Control Panel, so it’s always worth looking for one in the
program’s folder in Windows Explorer. Some programs have a combined
Install/Uninstall routine so it’s worth running the installation program again,
just to see if there’s a removal option. However, in the end the safest option
is to have a software ‘cleanup’ program running on your PC – preferably from
day-one – such as CleanSweep, which monitors all new installations so they can
be safely and completely removed.
Word has a useful AutoCorrect function, which allows a
letter or sequence of letters to be replaced with a word or words of your
choice. Since I use a number of computers, I would like to add the various
abbreviations I have made to each PC. It would be helpful if I could find the
file and then simply paste my abbreviations, instead of having to change them
on each PC. I am struggling to find where this file lives. Any ideas?
Your AutoCorrect entries are contained in the ‘normal.dot’
file, along with many other configuration settings for Word (macros, page
layout etc.). In most versions of Windows you’ll find normal.dot in:
C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates, simply copy it to a floppy
disc and paste it into the same location on your other PCs. In Windows XP it’s
in: C:\Documents and Settings\ user name \Application
Many of the DVD players currently available claim to play
back Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW and VCD. Does this mean that Kodak Picture CDs, or photos I
have stored on CD-Rs can be played back on a TV via such players?
I. M. Tasker, Budleigh Salterton
Unfortunately not. A couple of first generation DVD players
had Photo CD playback and I seem to remember one player with JPEG (picture
file) capability but I’m not aware of any current models with that facility.
There’s no technical reason so it’s probably something to do with the cost of
the extra processing circuitry or licensing agreements.