FACTS! FAX! 173 (05/08/99)
have two problems, which I would really appreciate some help with. Firstly,
when using both Internet Explorer 4.0 and Outlook Express, provided by
Freeserve, it takes about 5 minutes for the phone line to disengage when I
click ‘Work Offline’. Is there a quicker way to come off line or is this a ploy
by Freeserve to rack up ever heftier phone bills? Second, I recently tried to
print Tee-shirt transfers using special film on my HP DeskJet 870Cxi printer,
compiling the text in Word 97. How do make the text print in mirror image so
that it will come out the right way round when the transfer is ironed onto a
Offline' doesn't mean disconnect, it's an option that allows you to use your browser
without connecting to the Internet. The five-minute delay before disconnecting
is almost certainly the connection 'timing out' because of inactivity. The
simplest way to disconnect when using Internet Explorer is to double-click on
the little double monitor icon that appears on the taskbar at the bottom of the
screen, when you are on line. This will bring up a dialogue box, click on the
Disconnect button. You can use the same method in Outlook Express but it's
easier to check the 'Hang up when finished' option on the dialogue box that
appears when you are sending or receiving email.
can create text effects like mirror writing using the WordArt feature in Word.
You need to have the Drawing toolbar on your desktop; either right-click into
an empty area on the top toolbar panel and select it from the menu or click on
Toolbars on the View menu and select it from there. Open a blank page in Page
View mode and click on the large letter 'A' on the Drawing toolbar. Select a
style, click on it and then OK. In the dialogue window that appears compose
your text, choose a typeface and font size. When you have finished go to the
Draw button on the Drawing toolbar, click on Rotate or Flip and select Flip
AND SHUT CASE
the query from Les Johnson's letter (F!F!F! July 22nd) I would like to suggest a method for closing down a series of windows that have been opened via
My Computer. Select the most recently opened window, and hold down the shift
key. Closing that window will then also close all the previous ones. Another
possibility is to set Windows so that when you open a new window via My
Computer, the old one is automatically closed - this way there will only ever
be one such window open. This is set by going to view/options/folder in My
to you and many others for that useful tip.
Using Windows 98; How can I show fractions? Going to Insert then Symbol shows
only three fractions. I recall a method in F!F!F! using the formula \f(a.b),
but I can't remember how to use it.
equation Field code method allows you to create any vulgar fraction. Go to
Insert > Field > Equations and Formulas, select EQ in the right hand pane
and type '\f(a,b)' after EQ, where a and b are the enumerator
and dividend. However, it won't work if the cursor is in the middle of some
text. You have to place the cursor on an empty line then when the fraction
appears you can move it into body text using drag and drop.
Do I have to switch off my computer every time I plug the modem into the phone
socket and unplug it from the phone socket? The layout of the house makes it
inconvenient to have the modem plugged in all the time. I have an internal
okay to connect and disconnect the modem plug when the PC is on, providing
you're not on-line at the time. However it would be much better to leave it
plugged in all the time (except during thunderstorms) have you thought about
using a double socket or an extension cable?
stainless steel sliding protective cover has become detached from a floppy disk
in my A drive. The disk popped out as per normal, but left the metal cover
inside. I have fiddled around gingerly not wanting to damage it, without
success. Do you have any bright ideas as to how I may extract the errant cover?
will have to dismantle the drive, or have an engineer look at it. If you try to
extract the cover through the slot you'll almost certainly damage the mechanism
or read/write heads. It's not a difficult job. Once you've removed the PC's lid
locate the drive. Observe the usual anti-static precautions (leave the PC
plugged in but switched off at the socket and touch the metal case frequently);
disconnect the power and data leads from the back of the drive. Note the
polarity of the flat ribbon cable, one edge should be marked with a red stripe.
The drive is normally held in place by four screws, two each side. Once they've
been removed the drive should slide out through the front of the machine. The
top panel on most floppy drives is held in place by indented clips, one on each
corner. Gently prise the sides of the panel away from the chassis with a small
screwdriver and the cover should come off and you'll be able to get at the
innards. You may have to remove the front panel, this is also held in place by
spring clips. If the drive is damaged it's not worth repairing; new ones can be
brought for as little as £10.
noticed the query about typewriter style keyboards for the PC (F!F!F! July 22).
I was also accustomed to traditional typing; I used to have the same problem
with the PC keyboard. I recommend a utility called Winkey, produced by DataGem
Corporation. It enables you to configure the ctrl, shift and caps lock key to
have a number of alternative functions; e.g. you can set it to act like a
typewriter. A beta of the 32-bit version (for Windows 95/98/2000) is available
from their web site: http://www.datagem.com
CD player changes tracks about every two minutes, skipping to the next in
order. Why? I have Windows 98 with a sound system that seems to work perfectly
skipping can be caused by dirt on the optical pickup, try using a cleaner disc
in the drive.
would like to put the telephone number that is automatically dialled when I go
on line onto my "Friends and Family" list with BT. How do I find this
number? Can I bring it up on screen and if so how?
to My Computer, double-click on Dial-Up Networking and in the Window that opens
right-click on your ISP connection icon. Select Properties from the list and
the phone number will appear on the General tab. Alternatively, if you are
using Outlook Express, go to the Tools menu and click on Accounts. Click once
on your account name to highlight it, select the Properties button, go to the
Connection tab and click on the Properties button.