FACTS! FAX! 369 (24/06/03)
Once upon a time on a BBC 'B' computer I could type in a
word with some ‘#’ signs for missing
letters and WordWise (I think) produced a whole list of alternatives; d#g gave
me dig, dog, dug for instance. Is there a similar feature in MS Word?
Rawdon Walker, via email
Word works in a slightly different way, if you misspell a
word it is underlined in red; right click on the underlined word and you will
be presented with a list of suggested spellings, click on the one you want and
the word will be corrected
the last few weeks whenever I boot up my Windows 98
computer, the following error message appears: ‘unhandled exception C
0000005 at address 10001668’. When I close this box, "illegal
operation" comes up, and when I close this, then everything is fine. So
far this has not affected the working of the computer and this has only
nuisance value. Is there anything simple I can do to eliminate it?
would be that you’ve recently installed the file-sharing program Kazaa. It is
riddled with spyware and adware and a particular component, called ‘pgmonitr’
is known to cause this problem. You can get rid of it from Find/Search on the
Start menu, type in ‘pgmonitr’ (without the quotes) and when it appears right
click on it and select Delete. You should also go to Start > Run and type
‘msconfig’ and select the Startup tab and deselect any references to pgmonitr,
click OK and reboot.
I have just replaced my computer. In my old
Word 97 I changed my document window so that text appears in bold. I did
this following one of your tips. I have been unable to trace how I did this.
Can you remind me? I am still using Word 97.
Word’s ’Normal’ document settings go to
Font on the Format menu, alter the attributes as required (typeface, size, bold,
italics etc.) then click the Default button and your preferences will be saved.
Having read Boot Camp 278 I am keen to write my digital
photos to disc for playing on my DVD player. However, when I have tried this
with music my DVD player (Toshiba - purchased about 3 years ago) returns a Disc
Error message and will not play my music. It appears that my DVD
player will not play re-writable CD ROMs. Will I have the same
trouble trying to play discs with pictures?
You didn’t say which model of DVD player you are using but
early Toshiba models had a patchy record with recordable CDs so the chances are
you machine cannot play them however, it’s still worth trying, and you could
experiment with different makes of blank disc.
I have two questions. In Outlook Express, I often
need to type mail in French, German and the Scandinavian languages. I
have no trouble in writing normal letters in Word or easier still Word Perfect,
but could you tell me how to get these characters on e-mail?
Second, I am looking for a business card scanner
system. I can find plenty for sale in the US and Canada but draw a blank
when asking manufacturers for their European distributor. Is such an
animal available in Europe?
Murray H. Withers
The simplest way to create an email containing foreign
characters is to compose it in Word and then copy and paste it into an Outlook
Express message window (make sure it is set ‘Rich Text’ on the message window’s
Format menu), or send the message as a Word document attachment. You can type
foreign characters directly into a message window but it can be a laborious
process. There are two methods; you can display the available foreign
characters using Character Map (Start > Programs > Accessories >
System Tools, though you may have to install this option if it’s not there from
Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, select the Windows Setup tab). Click on
the character you want to use and copy and paste it into the message window. A
slightly more efficient technique is to click on the characters you want in
Character Map and make a note of their keyboard assignments, which are displayed
in the bottom left hand corner. You can then create a crib-sheet of the most
frequently used characters, which you can keep close to hand when writing
Admittedly UK stores are not exactly overrun by business
card scanners but the best-known models, made by CardScan, are available here
from companies like Widget (http://www.widget.co.uk)
and Expansys (www.expansys.co.uk).
You came up with a good method of backing up e-mail in
Outlook Express. However it does not seem to work in Netscape mail. Any suggestions?
Alan Wright, Hong Kong
Netscape uses a different archiving system to Outlook
Express and email messages are stored in the following location in Windows
98/SE/ME: C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\<yourname/user>. In Windows XP
you’ll find it in: C:\Documents and
settings\<username>\Application Data\Netscape. Just copy and paste the Mail folder to your backup medium.
While you are at it you might also want to backup the file ‘pab.na2’, which is
your personal address book, and ‘bookmark.htm’, which contains your bookmarks.
I run Microsoft Windows 2000 and use Eudora for emails with
OnlineUk as my ISP. On a previous system whenever I went online a small
icon appeared in the bottom right-hand side of the toolbar, which showed that I
was connected to the Internet - I have tried everything but don't seem to be
able to make it appear. Can anyone help, please
explain the relevance, if any, of the Data
Protection Act for private email use? I have
a list of friends' email addresses in my Outlook
address book. If I send a joke to those friends
am I in breach of the Data Protection
that their email addresses then become visible
to all the message recipients (assuming I
don't use the BCC option)?
answer no, you’ll find the (very) long answer at the following web sites:
the relevant part of the Act, which basically says that you do not have to
register your personal data files is summarised thus:
‘Individuals who are processing personal data for
personal, family or household affairs are exempt from notification and the
other provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998’.
With reference to your Landon Barek’s request for
Farsi/Arabic text in the Windows environment (F!F!F! June 3rd) I
suggest he visits the following web site where he will find the necessary
Harry Elmee, London