FACTS! FAX! 307 (02/04/02)
I work at a rehabilitation centre in Stanmore where we teach
people with various disabilities to use computers. For those unable to
use our different types of mice and trackballs there is a facility in Windows
where you can set up the keyboard so that when using the arrow keys
in the numeric keypad the mouse pointer will move smoothly in any
direction. This covers most requirements, but we have been unable to find a
function that replicates the mouse "Drag" facility when
using only the keyboard. Can you help?
Once you have enabled ‘MouseKeys’ in Windows (Accessibility
in Control Panel) the ‘0’ and ‘*’ buttons along the bottom of numeric keypad
work like mouse buttons. Place the cursor next to the object or text block you
want to move and press zero, use the mouse keys to highlight the selection,
then press asterisk key followed by zero key to ‘pick it up’, use the mouse
keys to ‘drag’ it to the new location and press asterisk to ‘drop’ it.
I have recently got an ADSL broadband Internet
connection. Will the Firewall in
windows XP be sufficient protection from malicious hackers or do you recommend
further software such as ZoneAlarm Pro?
Stephen A Howell
The Microsoft Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) is fairly
basic, it does a fair job of protecting your PC from hackers trying to gain
access to your computer via the Internet but it’s not so effective against
programs on your PC making unauthorised use of your Internet connection. These
include nasties like spyware, adware and Trojans, which can be downloaded
unwittingly on the back of emails and web pages, or installed maliciously.
Unless you need the extra facilities of the Pro version the free (to home
users) edition offers a very high level of protection. You can test your PC’s
vulnerability to intrusion on Internet security expert Steve Gibson’s web site
at www.grc.com, click the ‘Shields Up!’ logo
and follow the links.
I have recently cancelled my old Internet account when
broadband became available. My problem is that Internet Explorer has been
personalised by the old ISP with logos on the top and bottom of the frame, with
the message "Microsoft Explorer provided by ….". Is there any way I
can get IE to revert back to its original condition?
Warner Nolan, Reigate
This is called ‘Branding’ and most of it is quite easy to
remove. The logos are contained within a folder called ‘Signup’ which you will
find in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer, simply delete the ‘.bmp’ files. The
name on the title bar is contained in the Registry. Bearing in mind the usual
warnings about tinkering with the Registry, you’ll find the relevant key at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\
Right click on
‘Window Title’ and you can edit or delete the wording. Branding often affects
Outlook Express as well, you can remove the name on the title bar in a similar
way, by modifying the Window Title Registry key at: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
‘Infopane’ at the bottom of Outlook Express can be found at:
and remove the key ‘BodyBarPath’.
My son loves to look at the PlayStation game
sites. However, when he goes onto the site very often pornographic sites
load as well. Could you please tell me if
there is any way of stopping this?
There are a number of web filtering programs that can
prevent your son viewing pornographic web sites, have a look at NetNanny and
Cybersitter (www.netnanny.com & www.cybersitter.com) but they are not
infallible and sites can include offensive or disturbing images in the form of
banner advertising, which web filtering software won’t necessarily intercept.
Pop-up ads, which appear without warning are another concern and these can be
stopped with utilities like AdAware and NoPops (www.lavasoftusa.com/downloads.html
but in the end the only sure way to protect your child is to keep an eye on
him, when he’s on the Internet.
When I try to open outlook express I get the following
message: Outlook Express could not be started because MSOE.DLL could not be loaded. Microsoft
Outlook is still working fine could you please help?
Robert Forde, Inniscarra, Co Cork
This error message is almost always caused by a conflict
between different versions of Outlook Express, remnants of which can be left
behind during upgrades or reinstallation of Windows. The solution is to make
some simple changes to the Registry. It’s not difficult but it’s not something
you should attempt unless you know what you are doing! There’s some useful
advice along with a step-by-step guide on the Microsoft web site a the
Is there anywhere I could buy a small 5 to 10-inch
preferably flat screen TV? I am mainly interested in receiving Teletext information.
I’m not aware of any flat screen TVs that small with
Teletext decoders but you can easily add that kind of functionality to your PC
with a TV adaptor card. The Hauppauge Win TV Go, for example allows you to
capture and export Teletext data to spreadsheets etc. and it only costs around
£40 from on-line dealers like www.jungle.com
Outlook Express has suddenly stopped putting sent e-mails
into my "Sent Items" folder. I have checked that the
appropriate box has been ticked in the settings. Looking in Windows
Explorer I note that Outlook Express is not shown on the C Drive. Is this
relevant? Can you solve my problem?
Are you sure it’s not
working? You may have inadvertently set it to show emails in ‘reverse’ order
(i.e. the most recent ones at the bottom of the list), or they may be being
sorted alphabetically, in both cases you can resort the order by clicking on
the ‘To’ and ‘Sent’ buttons at the top of each column. Outlook Express is
normally to be found in the Program Files folder and all of your email messages
are in a sub-folder in the Windows folder. You can check the location of any of
your email boxes by right-clicking on one of them and selecting Properties.