WEBSITES NOT LOADING IN FIREFOX
I generally use Firefox thanks to
your recommendations (but keep IE up to date for the odd (increasingly less and
less) site that needs IE. Recently some (only some) sites are failing to fully
load on Firefox, although they're OK on IE.
What can be going on? I would
have thought that all my firewall and anti-virus protection should consistently
affect both browsers. (I use Panda AV
with MS Anti-spyware and run Spybot and Ad-Aware regularly and have been all
clear for ages.).
A. As you say fewer websites
these days won’t open, or do not display properly in Firefox so it’s likely to
be something in the program, like an extension or a corrupt Profile that’s
causing the problems. One way to find out is to start Firefox in ‘Safe Mode’,
which bypasses all of the extensions and add-ons.
To do that close down Firefox
and open it from the All Programs list on the Start menu, choosing the ‘Safe
Mode’ option. If you’ve deleted the Safe Mode shortcut you can do it manually
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -safe-mode
in Run on
the Start menu. If the websites concerned now open properly then try disabling
or deleting any extensions or themes you have downloaded. You’ll find them
listed on the Tools menu. If that doesn’t work then try changing your Profile,
though make sure you backup your Bookmarks and any other customisations you’ve
made, there’s a simple step by step guide in Mozilla Support.
VOICE FROM THE PAST
Rick, as a follower of your column since its inception and another ex-Thorn
employee - I worked on colour TV at Enfield in the 1950s - I would like some
advice if possible on Voice Recognition Systems?
am a lousy typist and have seen two in my local PC World store. One called
Dragon and one I think from IBM. They are expensive and before plunging I would
like to know how effective they are now, how easy to use, and how long it takes
to teach them.
A. good to hear from a fellow
survivor of the Thorn empire and I bet you can still taste the smell (you would
know what I mean if you’d worked there…).
I‘m also a poor typist and probably break every rule in the book but at
no time have I ever felt the urge to move to voice recognition for text entry.
I’ve tried them all at time or another and some of them are actually quite
good, however, in my view the cons far outweigh the pros and I’ll stick to
tapping the keys for as long as my fingers allow.
To begin with there is a very
steep learning curve to contend with, but even when you’ve mastered it you will
find that they make a lot of mistakes and you can spend as much time correcting
errors as entering text. I also like to have Radio 4 and music on in the
background while I am working, and whilst you can cut out a lot of background
noise ‘clutter’ with a decent headphone mounted mike, it does mean you will
have to work in comparative quiet
I’m certainly not against voice
recognition per-se, and it has a valuable role to play for those unable to
use a keyboard, but if you can do so then I would persevere. You will get
faster and eventually it becomes second nature. Typing has other benefits,
because it is a physical process it slows you down and forces you to organise
your thoughts; voice recognition works a the speed that you can speak. I
don’t know about you half the time I’m speaking my brain is not in gear, so
that’s more time spent cleaning up voice entry documents.
END OF THE CHIME
Rick, please advise me how to switch off the dreadful chimes at the opening and
closing of XP?
A. All Systems Sounds -- the
noises your PC makes when you click on things and so on -- are controlled from
the Sounds icon in Control Panel (Start > Control Panel). If all you want to
do is switch off the Windows opening and closing ditties then click the Sounds
tab and scroll down the list to Exit Windows, highlight then click the Sounds
drop-down menu and select None. Repeat for Start Windows. However, I urge you
not to leave the Sounds Control but to have a play around with your PC’s
sounds, it’s great fun. There are many different sound ‘Themes’ some of them
are quite good. Better still, why not make up your own opening and closing
sounds, you could even use a clip from your favourite CD. It’s really easy to
do and an excellent way to get to know your PC. There’s more details in this PCTopTip.
RESTORING ADMINISTRATIVE RIGHTS IN
Hi Rick, I followed your Top Tip
in Boot Camp 401, about logging on to XP without a password so can set Windows
to bypass the logon screen. I really don't know what happened, but I seem to
have lost not only the user "Administrator", but also Administrative
rights for myself.
Consequently, I am in the
invidious position of apparently not only not being able to add a user called
Administrator, but cannot add such administrative rights to myself. I have tried starting in "Safe
Mode", but the same problem applies.
Under normal circumstances, this
may not matter all that much, but in order to run one of my programs I need
Administrative rights. As per the usual yell from everyone in such
A. I sympathise, XP’s security
system can be a nightmare for the unwary. The good news is that the
Administrator Account is almost certainly still there; it’s just hidden from
view. You should be able to get it back by starting the PC in Safe Mode (as you
know, press F8 after switch on), right-click on My Computer then Manage and
expand Local Users & Groups, click Groups, double-click Administrators >
Add then enter the Account name you want to have Administrative rights, click OK
Hopefully that will do the
trick but if you are still stuck have a look at the very useful guide to XP
Administration on the Kellys Korner
SUDDEN FLOOD OF SPAM AND RETURNED
Hi Rick, I love the site - it is
my Home Page to make sure I don't miss anything. I have been using one of you
recommendations, MailWasher, very successfully to manage and reduce my spam.
Recently however there has been a new explosion of messages - up to 100 per day
- 95% of which are various returned mail/failure to deliver messages. I thought
perhaps my PC had been hijacked by some malware, which was using it to send out
Spam e-mails. Norton, AdAware and Spybot have not picked up anything. Is this a
new trick by the Spammers, and is there anything I can do about it?
A. Thanks for making BootLog your
home page, and you can be sure you’ll never receive any Spam from us. My
mailboxes have been groaning for weeks under the weight of Spam emails with
links to Russian porn sites, though they seem to have slowed down a little in
the past few days, only to be replaced by offers of university diplomas, share
tips and medications to improve my ‘package’.
They are in addition to the
usual fake Rolexes, 419 scams and phishing attempts, which show no sign of
drying up, but like you’ve I have noticed a marked increase in message returned
emails. They are mostly down to MailWasher, trying unsuccessfully to ‘bounce’
emails that have been flagged as Spam. The Bounce facility in MailWasher was a
good idea at the time. Sending the message back to wherever it came from,
clogging up the Spammer’s mailbox with returned messages from non-existent
addresses had a lot of appeal but it has long since ceased to be effective, so
you might as well not bother.
MaiWasher, or at least part of it has also stopped working. The ‘Blue
Frog’ tool, supplied by Blue Security has had to be disabled after the company
suffered a massive Spam attack. Mailwasher now recommend that the feature be
switched off in the Spam Tools menu.
As for stemming the flood, I wish there was more
than could be done but short of switching email addresses I’m afraid we’re
going to have to put up with it. Spammers obviously prefer to send messages to
‘live’ email addresses but there are plenty using software that simply
generates millions of random addresses, yours and mine included, so there’s no
escape. ISPs must bear some of the blame for allowing this stuff to get through
and some do a better job of filtering than others, but in the end Spammers are
a sneaky lot and continually find new ways to ply their trade. And they will
continue bombarding us with this rubbish for as long as there are enough idiots
out there making it worth their while by responding to it.
STOP IMAGES DISPLAYING IN OUTLOOK
EXPRESSHello Rick, I would like to take
this opportunity of thanking you for all the help and advice you have provided
we mere mortals over the years. The issue I'm addressing at the moment, on
behalf of a cousin of mine, is: how do you stop Outlook Express showing photos
which have been attached to an e-mail in the main body of the e-mail following
the text message. The size of the photo shown in this format is very large and
cannot be seen in its entirety.
However, if you double-click on
the attached icon for the photo it opens up and displays, as you would wish. I
use Thunderbird and can stop this aberrant display by removing the tick against
'Display Attachments...' in the view menu. I've tried to find a similar setting
for Outlook Express but failed. Can you please advise?
A. Thanks for all the support and I am sure we can help your cousin. On
PCs with Windows XP Service Pack 2 images and other potentially harmful
attachments are automatically blocked from displaying. To control this manually
you need to go to OE’s Tools menu, select Options then the Security tab. You’ll
find the Switch to turn off images in the body of an email about halfway down,
simply check the item ‘Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail’.
TAKE CONTROL OF ALL PROGRAMS
Hi Rick, I have four columns in my
All Programs menu, of the forth column only half is displayed on the right hand
half is off screen. On the left of the screen there is the exact amount of
desktop showing. I cannot move the whole screen to the left, dragging does not
work. Can you advise please?
A. The quick and simple solution
is to change from a static to a scrolling display and this will allow you easy
access to all of the programs on the list. However. The more fundamental
problem is that you have too many programs on it. There are two solutions, you
can thin out the ones that you no longer need or use, either by uninstalling
the program, or deleting the icon on the All Programs list. Alternatively, if
you can’t bear to lose anything then group similar programs together in
folders. For example all of your image editing programs could go into on, you
audio application in another and so on.
To enable a scrolling display
right-click on an empty area of the taskbar, select Properties, select the
Start Menu tab, click the Customize button then select the Advanced tab. Scroll
down the Start Menu Items list and check the item ‘Scroll Programs’.
To edit the All Programs
list right-click the Start button and select Explore All Users and an Explorer
type window opens, double-click the Programs folder and you will see the
contents of the All Programs list. These are simply shortcuts so you can delete
any that you no longer need. To group program icons into folders go to File
> New > Folder, give it a name and drag the program icons into it.
BACKUP ON A BUDGET
Hi Rick, I was wondering if I
could use my old PC for copying or backup? If so, what do I have to do to be
able to transfer data and files from my new PC (Windows XP Professional) to my
old PC (Windows ME)? Hopefully, this would not cost too much as I have just
become self-employed as a driving instructor. There are quite a lot of files I
would like to backup regularly and would require too many CDs.
A. I have two suggestions, the
first involving taking the lids off both PCs, so if that doesn’t appeal skip to
suggestion two. The quickest and ‘simplest’ way to transfer data from one PC to
another is to whip out the hard drive in the old PC and ‘slave’ it to the drive
in the second PC. The only thing to watch out for is that you have to change
the ‘jumper’ on the old drive to the ‘slave’ position. There’s usually a spare
data and power cable in most PCs, and Windows XP recognise the slave drive as
soon as it boots up, so all you have to do is drag and drop or copy and paste
files and folder from the old drive to the new one. Hard drives are normally
only held in place by four screws and since this is a temporary hook up you
don’t need to physically install the old drive in the new PC. Now I’m making
this sound very simple, and it is, but if you are not sure which end of a
screwdriver to hold or you’ve never poked around inside your PC don’t do it!
My second suggestion,
assuming that you do not want to set up a permanent home network, is to use a
built-in Windows XP facility that helps you set up a simple PC-to-PC network.
All you need is a cable, there are several types but rather that go into all of
the details here you can find out more by firing up the Files and Settings
Transfer Wizard, which you will find by going to Start > Programs >
Accessories > System Tools.
TAKING CONTROL OF THE TASKBAR
Hi Rick, is there a way
of changing the order of applications in Task bar? Like most business PC users,
I always open programs in a certain order e.g. Outlook, then Excel, and
Word etc. Sometimes Outlook, for example, will crash - so when I reopen the
program, its position will now be at the right of the Task bar, of course. That
does not seem a big deal, but habit dies hard - and I then tend to click
automatically in the wrong part of the Task bar.
A. Indeed there is Hugh, and I
have unearthed red a couple of little utilities that will do what you want. The
one that came out on top was TaskArrange,
it’s freeware and very easy to use. Simply run the program -- you could make it
run automatically with Windows by including it in the Startup group -- then
drag and drop your taskbar icons into the order in which you want them to appear.
Very neat and simple to use, it's available in 8 language variantsand it’s free!
UNABLE TO SCHEDULE BACKUPS IN XP
Hi Rick, I have been trying to set
up a regular backup using Windows own as suggested in your excellent Boot Camps
376 and 367 but the scheduled task fails to run. I then tried EZBackitup from one of your shareware tips but again
it refuses to run as a scheduled task. When I try and change the schedule under
Windows back up it comes up as: ‘0x8007005:access denied. You do not have
permission to perform the requested operation’.
I am the only user of the computer
and show as “Administrator” in Accounts. How can Backup be made to run as a
scheduled task rather than having to be started manually each and every time -
when I remember?
A. I suspect that although you are
the Administrator you are not logging on as such because you haven’t yet set a
password. You need to create one and to do that go to User Accounts in
Control Panel, click your Administrator account icon then click Create Password
and follow the prompts.
PORTABLE MUSIC -- WHICH MEDIA
Hi Rick, I hope you can help me. I
am going abroad to live and cannot take my desktop PC with me. I want to copy
and take all my music with me, which is about 5GB in Windows Media Player.
Would you recommend using a USB drive as a storage method or do you think it
would be better to copy all the MP3 to CD's even though probably safer they are
more cumbersome to lug around. I don’t know if you have covered this topic
already. Thanks also for a great site, I always enjoy reading it.
A. On balance I think I would go for the disc option, and if you
have a DVD writer you could pack almost all of your music files onto one disc.
Even so CDs don’t take up a lot of room and you are only talking about 7 or 8
discs. The key advantage is flexibility; you’ll be able to upload the files
onto just about any PC using any operating system. With USB flash and hard
drives there may be a problem with drivers on non XP PCs, and it’s not unknown
for XP to get into a huff and refuse to recognise some types of media.
Blank discs are cheap; 5Gb
worth of flash memory, spread across several drives will set you back a pretty
penny and external drives can be quite pricey. Of course there are other
alternatives, such as an MP3 player and there are plenty of models with that
sort of capacity, or you could just take the hard drive from your desktop PC
with you and slave it to the PC you’ll be using at your desitination. If you
can’t manage that you could always buy a second drive; you can pick up 160Gb
drives online now for around £42, and with that sort of capacity on tap you
would have the space to take all of your other files and software with you as
BUYING A NEW PC
Dear Rick, I was delighted some
months ago to discover Bootlog. I bought my first computer in late 1996 and
learnt to use it largely by trial and error. In 2002 I replaced it with a new
one - which has been pretty much a disaster. I am now planning its replacement
and want to make sure I do not make any mistakes. I have mad ea brief search of your website and
- surprisingly - it does not seem to give any guidance on choosing a new
computer. Is there help on the site somewhere? If so, where? If not, is there a
reason for its absence?
A. Glad to have you on board and
you are right, there’s not much about buying new PCs on BootLog. It’s such a
tricky subject to deal with. Ask ten people what they want a PC for and you’ll
get ten different answers. It’s made worse by the fact that the technology and
the market change at a frightening pace so almost anything that’s written about
buying a PC is effectively out of date by the time it appears in print, or on
the web. Manufacturers and deals come and go with alarming regularity and
prices are incredibly volatile.
Nevertheless here are a few basic
tips. Do not skimp on CPU speed, memory and hard disc capacity, it’s usually
easier (and sometimes cheaper) to upgrade at the buying stage, rather than
fiddle about with it afterwards. Basic or ‘entry-level’ home or office PCs do
just about everything most users want (office applications, web surfing,
multimedia etc.) but If you are going to be tackling demanding jobs like
high-end gaming and graphics or video editing then be prepared to dig deeper
for a faster processor, more memory, bigger hard disc drives and a top-end
graphics adaptor. Get the biggest and best LCD monitor you can afford and
accommodate on your desk -- nothing less than 17 inches will do, and budget for
a decent keyboard and optical mouse.
These days you would be hard
pressed to find a new PC without enough expansion sockets and ports, so no
worries there, which just leaves things like reliability pricing and after
sales service, but on those matters I’m afraid I can’t be much help. All I can
say is that most PCs are built from standard off the shelf components and you
are as likely to get a great product and professional aftercare, or an old
clanker and the run-around, from a major multinational, as a local computer
builder. That said, nowadays most PC hardware is incredibly reliable. Windows
XP is pretty stable; most problems can be put down to RTFM, flaky software and lax
security Listen to friends and colleague’s recommendations and above all, shop
around. One more thing, it’s all change in six months when Windows Vista hits
the streets, but if you need a new PC buy one now, it will take a year at least
for the bugs to be ironed out and the dust to settle.
CONSTANT HARD DISC CHATTERING
Dear Rick, I’m being driven to
distraction with my hard disc constantly chattering away (and I mean
constantly). My PC is a recent home-built job (worked first time!) and has an
Athlon 64 3200 processor with 1 GB of memory. I’ve been into Task Manager and
worked my way through terminating 20 running tasks, but still to no avail. The
ones that are left are either critical Windows modules or belong to my
firewall/anti-virus programs. I’m sure you’ve covered this before, but I’m at
my wits’ end.
I didn’t have this problem with my
old PC, and most of the software loaded is the same, although the graphics card
is different (as is the motherboard), and I have on-board sound. Any advice or
help would be much appreciated.
A. There are a good many
possibilities, including not enough RAM, though that’s obviously not a problem
in your case with a healthy 1Gb installed. Nevertheless you should check System
Properties (Winkey + Break) to make sure it has been recognised and is working.
Other things to check are malware and viruses, if you haven’t already done so
carry out a thorough virus scan and a clean-up with AdAware and Windows
Defender, check also for browser nasties with Hijack This. They are all
freeware and you’ll find them all in the Software section of the website.
If you get the all clear the next
step is to switch off hard drive indexing, it’s probably not the direct cause
but it does increase drive activity for little or benefit. To do that right-click
on your drive icon in Windows Explorer, select the Genera tab and deselect
‘Allow Indexing Service to Index this disk…’.
If the problem persists then
it’s time to call in the big guns. The list of possible causes is almost
endless, so rather than spend ages uninstalling and switching things off
download and run an excellent little utility called Filemon. This shows you, in
real time, precisely what programs and processes are accessing your hard drive
and from that you should be able to identify the troublemaker.
SECURITY MESSAGE FROM FIREFOX
Dear Rick, I live in Spain using
Telefonica dial-up service and am unable to have ADSL so following research
including the information on your site I decided to download Mozilla Firefox
and it is working fine except when I try to use Mozilla Extensions. I am unable
to enter the Mozilla Extensions site as I get a message saying: ‘Alert – You
cannot connect to addons.mozilla.org because SSL is disabled’.
I have doubled checked on Firefox
(Tools > Options > Advanced > Security) and SSL is enabled. I also
obtain the same message when I try to check Hotmail. I am at a loss at what to
do next, can you help?
A. SSL or Secure Sockets
Layer is a set of protocols for sending documents securely over the Internet
and normally it operates silently in the background. It’s enabled by default
and since there’s nothing out of the ordinary on the websites you’ve been
having problems with the problem is at your end of the connection. I have a
couple of suggestions. First go back to Tools >> Security and make sure
all three options are ticked, including the mysterious TLS 1.0 (Transport Layer
Security) protocol, which provides an extra layer and may be responsible for
the SSL message. I don’t know why this should make a difference, all I can tell
you is that it often works. Failing that I would uninstall then download and install
the latest version of Firefox from the Mozilla website.
WEB PAGE RESIZE SHORTCUTS
Hi Rick, I remember using a neat
trick with either the key board and/or the mouse to increase the size of the
print on web pages as you're viewing them but age being a cruel thing I can't
remember where I found this information or how to do it. Can you help please as
the print on BT web pages is miniscule for some reason?
A. No problem, and it’s a tip worth repeating, because it is so simple
and useful. It works best if you have a ‘wheel’ type mouse, in which case you
just hold down the Ctrl key and spin the wheel back and forth, to increase or
reduce the text size. This works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Additionally in Firefox you can use the keyboard shortcut to do the same thing,
Ctrl + makes text bigger and Ctrl -
makes it smaller. Unfortunately there’s no equivalent in IE and you have to use
the menu command View > Text Size.
WINDOWS EXPLORER GONE?
Rick, my son recently bought a laptop with Windows XP SP2 installed. However he
now has a problem with it and cannot open Windows Explorer or Control Panel,
but things like System Restore and Help are OK. Trouble is that Help says open
Control Panel to try and cure things. The Windows Firewall is on along with
Updates etc. Any
suggestions would be welcome.
possibilities spring to mind, either the shortcuts pointing to Windows Explorer and Control
Panel are faulty, or there is something very seriously wrong with Windows as
these two programs are core components.
Either way the first thing I would try
is System Restore, choosing Restore Point before the problem occurred. If that
doesn’t work you can see if it’s just a shortcut problem by typing ‘explorer’
and ‘control’ (minus the quotes) in Run on the Start menu. If that works then
all you have to do is rebuild the shortcuts. If not then the simplest option is
to backup your data as best you can and return the PC to the vendor since it presumably still
under warranty. If you want to attempt a DIY fix, and you have the Windows
CD, try a Repair Install.
PRO EXIT WARNING MESSAGE
Rick, I have been successfully
using Paint Shop Pro for quite a while now quite but all of a sudden when I
open an image or images then close the program down I get a dialogue
box asking me if I want to retain the images on my clipboard for further use.
Not having copied or cut images I don't understand why this has started to
happen. With your infinite knowledge could you suggest a reason why this is
A. Infinite knowledge eh? I
like that though sadly my powers do no seem to extend to predicting the week’s
lottery numbers nor how this message came about but maybe I can help you to get
rid of it. On my version of PSP it can be disabled by going to File >
Preferences > General Program Preferences. Select the Warnings tab, scroll
down the list and uncheck the item ‘Unsaved files during Windows Close All’
then click OK.
RECEIVE EMAILS USING THUNDERBIRD
I have recently installed Firefox and Thunderbird on a new
XP computer, and have also had to change my ISP in order to get
broadband. Firefox works OK and so does Thunderbird to send emails, but
it won't receive them. The Server names etc. appear to be correct, and
Outlook Express works OK in both directions. Is there some sort of
incompatibility with my ISP? My phone line belongs to them and we can't get
broadband from any other provider. Any ideas would be much appreciated.
A. It’s usually the other
way around, you can receive but not send emails. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to
contact you ISP to see if there are any compatibility issues. It’s highly unlikely
but check just the same, and if you haven’t already done so try uninstalling
then reinstalling a fresh copy of the program. Assuming that your POP3 account
settings are correct (and it never hurts to triple-check) then my next port of
call would be your anti-virus and firewall software. Disable each program in
turn -- if you have both installed -- then try again. There is also a known bug
in Thunderbird that can affect incoming mail, and a patch to fix it, but the
circumstances are fairly specific, so read this Mozillazine Knowledgebase
PROGRAMS SUBTRACTS ENTRIES
me please Rick, because no one else seems to be able to. When I open
'Add/Remove Programs' in Control Panel there are not as many programs listed as
there were, and almost all of them have the two grey buttons marked Change and
Remove missing. I don't know what I
have done to arrive at this situation. Can you tell me what I can do to restore
them, as on some of the programs there is no uninstall option should I wish to?
I am running Windows XP.
The most likely cause is a rogue program uninstaller that has messed up a
number of Registry entries. You could try a System Restore to a point before
the problem started, try a date before the last time you uninstalled something?
Failing that I’m afraid the only solution I to get your hand dirty and do a
spot of Registry editing. It’s not difficult, just time-consuming; the whole
process is outlined in Microsoft
Knowledgebase article 266668
SEARCH OF THE LOST SPIKE
Rick, I seem to have lost the Spike facility is Autotext; it isn't there when I
go to Autotext. I used the Repair option for Word but no luck. Any suggestions?
The Spike is a little-known feature in Word that works like a cross between the
Clipboard, and one of those old fashioned metal ‘spikes’ used in offices, to
keep hold of documents or notes. ‘Spiking’ a story is newspaper jargon for
holding an item, possibly for use at a later date. Anyway, unlike the
clipboard, and just like a real spike, items put on it accumulate, wih the most
recent at the top. The ‘Spike - Insert’ command on the AutoText list pastes the
lot at the document insertion point. Clearly this is has only a limited number
of applications and few Word users even know about it.
If the AutoText command has
vanished -- it was probably deleted by accident -- it can still be used with
the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + F3 (Copy selected text or object to spike) and
Ctrl + Shift + F3 (Paste and empty contents of spike). If you want to restore
the AutoText command then you will have to reset Word to its default condition
by renaming the normal.dot document template file (call it normal.old -- see
this Top Tip for more information) and the next time it opens the Spike entry
should be restored.
OVERSCORES IN WORD
Hi Rick, I can't
find a solution to this problem within Word's help index, but I'm sure it must
be possible: I need to create an overscore or bar over a normal uppercase character, which I will use to describe an inverted digital output (i.e. "Q bar" as the inverse of "Q"). Can you
A. There are several
methods, including the use of special fonts but this one, using a ‘Field
Command’ is the simplest and quickest. Place the cursor or insertion point
where you want the character to appear and press Ctrl + F9. This opens a Field
Code showing a pair of brackets or ‘braces’ on a grey background with a cursor
in between. Press Delete then Backspace to remove the spaces either side of the
insertion point. Now enter the following command ‘EQ \x \to(Q)’ (without the
quotes, and watch for the spaces in front of the backslashes). Now press Shift
+ F9 and your overscored character will appear.