The Digital Life, Houston We Have a Problem, 064 05/01/08
My friend sent me an
attachment to an email, which was a copy of her address labels so that I
could delete her addresses, insert mine and then print them. However, she
sent it as a Works document and I cannot open it in my Word
program. Can you tell me why and how I can do that?
Jane Aldridge, by email
You should be able to
open Works documents in most recent editions of Word. Go to Word’s File menu
and select Open then at the bottom, in the Files of Type drop-down menu select
Works for Windows and locate the file.
If for any reason that
doesn’t work – you may be trying to open a Works file that is too old or too
recent for Word, or the necessary file converter isn’t installed – then consult
Microsoft Knowledgebase Article 315757 (http://tinyurl.com/2kska5),
which has a number of possible solutions. Alternatively download the free Word
Viewer 2003, (http://tinyurl.com/3qlb4).
This versatile utility opens and displays a variety of word processor file
formats, including Works 6.0 and 7.0, which can then be printed or copied into
Digital Radio, Long Distance Loser?
With my new digital radio I cannot get French and
Spanish broadcasts though I do get a lot of awful pop stations. I
have other issues with it, and if I leave it too long between each press the
sound cracks up. Is there anything I can do to improve reception?
I would be surprised
if you received many French or Spanish stations before digital radio came
along, unless you had a powerful receiver and a good aerial. You certainly
won’t be picking any up on your DAB radio, unless they are being broadcast from
your local transmitter. That’s because digital radio uses VHF Band III (174 –
240MHz), which provides only line-of-sight reception. In other words you need
to be within 30 or so miles of a transmitter to pick up a signal. (It might
just about be possible to pick up French DAB stations on the south coast, with
a good aerial). There are hundreds of French and Spanish radio stations on the
Internet, though; there’s a comprehensive list with direct links on http://www.radio-locator.com/
The Right End of the Stick…
I have a Sony digital camera that uses a Memory Stick I have just
ordered a digital Photo frame, which accepts Memory Sticks, but how can I
transfer pictures from the one used in the camera to another one, which I will
use with the photo frame?
Derek Francis, by email
Although digital cameras
are sold as stand-alone gadgets nowadays you really need a PC, and a
multi-format memory card reader (costing around £10 to £15), to get the full
benefit of digital photography.
A card reader turns a
digital camera memory card into a giant floppy disc, and you’re not limited to
photographs, you can use memory cards to store almost any type of file, from
Word documents to MP3 tracks, but the point is you’ll be able to copy images
from the card used in your camera to your PC’s hard drive, and transfer the
ones you want to view in the photo frame, form the hard drive to your second
The card reader also
frees you from the constraints of USB cables and the sometimes awkward software
that comes with digital cameras, and a multi-format type reader means you can
copy images and files from other people’s cameras and devices, and it won’t
matter if one day you change to a different make of camera that uses another
type of card.
No Slideshow in Vista?
My desktop PC, running Windows XP, has a simple slideshow
"Windows Picture and Fax Viewer" with the facility to rotate images.
I would like to use my laptop, running Windows Vista, to feed a projector for a
public slideshow but I cannot find a similar program on it. Is it possible to
copy the Picture and Fax program across to the laptop or is there a similar
program, which will run under Vista?
Roy Jones, by email
Vista’s picture viewer
facilities are even better than those in XP; I’m just surprised you haven’t
found them. Open the folder containing your images in Computer or Windows
Explorer and you’ll find a Slide Show icon on the Toolbar. Clicking on it
starts the slideshow running, and unlike the XP slideshow, this one also plays
If you move the mouse a
menu bar appears with drop down menus for Themes (try the Pan & Zoom
options, the Classic Theme is equivalent to the old XP slideshow) and there’s
another drop down for controlling speed and mode (shuffle or loop).
On some Vista PC’s with
simpler graphics cards the Themes options might not be displayed, if so, and
you know your away around the Windows Registry you can try this workaround.
Open the Registry Editor
(type Regedit in Search on the Start menu), go to
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows Photo Gallery\SlideShow. Right-click in the
right pane, select New > DWORD, rename it WinSATScore then right click on
the new key, select Modify and change the Value data to 300, click OK and close
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