FAX! 473 (05/07/05)
currently working on a project, which I would like to produce in my own
handwriting on the computer in Microsoft Word (Windows 98). Is this possible
and what software would I require?
Schaffer, via email
You could do it manually, using specialist font design software but
this is laborious and the programs can be quite expensive. The simpler, quicker
and cheaper alternative is to pay someone to do it for you and one of the best
deals at the moment is Fontifier (www.fontifier.com/), which will produce a
TrueType font, based on a sample of your handwriting, for just $9.00. You need
to download and print out a template sheet that you fill in. You then scan this
into your PC, upload the image to the web site and in just a few seconds it
will generate a sample font. If you like what you see pay the fee (credit card
or PayPal) and you can download and install it on your PC straight away.
I am trying
to install some new software, but it needs Internet Explorer version 5.1 or greater
to be in place. I am using IE version
5.00.2, which came with the operating system, but I have a disk with IE V5.5 on
it. However, when I try to install this later version, I get a message stating
that the previous installation was incomplete and suggesting that I restart the
computer. This has no effect, and there is no option to uninstall Internet
Explorer in Add/Remove Programs. I have also tried to install Internet Explorer
version 6 from the Microsoft web site, but with the same result. My OS is Windows 98 SE. Do you have any
You are stuck in a loop and the only way out is to re-install version
5.0 that came with Windows. This should rebuild the missing Registry entry that
will allow you to remove it from Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, or
upgrade to a later version; however, I wouldn’t bother with V5.5, instead
revisit the MS web site and install version 6.
week’s Boot Camp you recommend deliberately misspelling words to obtain all the
misspelled bargains. It is certainly a good idea, and there is a website that
takes all of the hard work out of it. Try: www.fatfingers.com,
which will do the misspelling for you. Typing "clarice cliff" gets
you over thirty different misspellings - and one hit!
Robotham, via email
Brilliant! Thanks for that.
Address Bar has disappeared from my Internet Explorer screen. The Toolbars menu
still shows the Address Bar ticked but I am unable to resurrect it. Any
suggestions gratefully received.
There are several possibilities, the most common one being that the
Address bar is there but it has been pushed off the side of the screen. Try
this first. Right click on the Windows flag in the top right hand corner of the
screen and uncheck ‘Lock The Toolbars’ and make sure ‘Address Bar’ is checked.
If it still doesn’t show properly look for an Address Bar button immediately
below the flag and drag and drop this to the left side of the screen. If that
doesn’t work go to Run on the Start menu and type ‘regsvr32 /i browseui.dll’
(without the quotes, and watch for the spaces) and this should reset the
toolbars to their default state. Finally, if all else fails go to Add/Remove Programs
in Control Panel, select Microsoft Internet Explorer and try the Repair option.
Being of a
certain age, I sometimes forget to enter anything in the Subjectline when
sending emails. OE used to warn me of the omission before the mail was
sent - this no longer happens and I can't find any way to make it do so. Can
When the dialogue box appears there’s a checkbox that says ‘Don’t warn
me again’, which presumably you ticked. Doing so creates a Registry entry and
the only way I know to get the warning message back is to delete the entry, so
if you are not happy about tinkering with the Windows Registry please do not
attempt this procedure. Go to Run on the Start men and type ‘regedit’ (without
the quotes) and work your way to the following key:
Dialog\Mail empty subject warning
Right click on the Mail empty… entry, select Delete, exit Regedit and
Recorder tells me it uses DVD+R/RW discs.
My computer seems to prefer DVD-R/RW. Can you explain, so that an old
codger can understand, what is the difference?
Wraner, via email
This is an
old problem that goes back to the early days of DVD when rival manufacturers
failed to agree upon a single standard or format for recordable DVDs. It’s not
too bad these days as many new DVD video recorders and most PC DVD Writer
drives are multi-standard and can read and write both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. The simplest solution is to change
the DVD writer drive in your PC to a multi-standard type; prices start at
around £40 from online retailers. This will allow you to read discs created on
your DVD recorder and record DVD+R/RW discs on your PC that can be read on the DVD