FAX! 470 (14/06/05)
XP Recent Documents on the Start menu gives a list of everything that has been
opened for ages past. Is there any way
to prevent this appearing? It's driving me mad. The only way I have found to delete the list is to select each
individual item and it's so tedious.
Windows is only trying to be helpful and make it easier to find files
you’ve been working on but if you want to get rid of it all you have to do is
right-click on the Start button and click Properties, select the Start Menu
tab, click the Customize button then the Advanced tab. At the bottom under
Recent Documents uncheck 'List my most recently opened documents' and while you
are at it you can click on the 'Clear List' button to remove all previously
Thunderbird seems to be deficient on signatures compared with Outlook Express.
With the latter, I can choose from several alternative signatures, which can be
text or pictures. Thunderbird only allows one signature and that has to be in text
format. I have checked on the Mozilla website but can’t find any relevant
add-ons. Am I missing something?
Thunderbird has a similar set of signature options to OE, including
text, graphics, HTML formatting and multiple signatures, though for the latter
to work in the same way as Outlook Express you will need to download an
‘extension’. There’s a simple to follow tutorial on creating signatures in
Thunderbird at: http://kb.mozillazine.org/
laptop has been misbehaving. When I try to copy, move or delete a file in
Windows Explorer by right clicking on the file/folder, the screen freezes for
10-30 seconds then resets itself without having done anything. It also does
this on the desktop and I cannot delete or move anything which, to say the
least, is inconvenient.
Unfortunately a great many things can upset Windows Explorer, including
corrupt System files, third party applications and problems with your hard
drive’s filing system. If it happened soon after installing a program you could
try uninstalling it from Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. Alternatively
launch System Restore (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools)
and select a Restore Point before the problem started. As a last resort you
could try a Repair Install -- for more details see Boot Camp 336
I have a
simple problem, my PC uses two drives and when I start up I am given a choice
as to which to use, the problem is I must make up my mind in two seconds which
is not really sufficient. How can I extend this period?
The controls for the Windows XP Boot Menu can be found by
right-clicking My Computer, select Properties then the Advanced tab and under
Startup and Recovery click the Settings button. There you will find the
adjustment that determines how long the Boot Menu is displayed.
purchased a laptop with Wi-Fi enabled etc., I would like to set up a system
with my desktop PC to share files and my broadband connection around the house.
Have downloaded the Boot Camp Wireless Networking articles from the Connected
Archives but I think these are a little dated and ask if you can give an update
on my possible choices. I would like to access broadband from the laptop without
having the desktop PC switched on if this is possible.
C. J. Smith,
You are right, things have indeed moved on since those articles were
first published two years ago -- look out for an update soon. Back then home
Wi-Fi was in its infancy and the choice of hardware was somewhat limited.
Nowadays everything you need is available in one box in the shape of a
combination ADSL modem/Wi-Fi router. Gadgets like these maintain the broadband
connection without the need for a PC and make it available to any wirelessly
enabled PC. When two or more PCs are connected to the network they can share
files and other resources, like a printer or scanner. There are several models
from the likes of Netgear, 3 Com, US Robotics and so on, and prices, from on-line
suppliers start around £60.
I have been
trying to transfer digital photos to a CD using Drag and Drop. When the
transfer is complete I can see the photos in thumbnail form but if I click on a
thumbnail a pop-up says "This file does not have a program associated with
it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options
control panel" - but I cannot see how to create an association. Can you
advise me please?
I suspect that you have been copying a shortcut to the file, rather
than the actual file. You can easily check to see if that is the case by
comparing the size of the file on the disc with the original on the hard drive.
If they are just shortcuts then the files on the CD will be only a few kilobytes.
To get around the problem use Copy and Paste (keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + C and
Ctrl + V), and this will ensure that the entire file is copied.