The Digital Life, Houston We Have a Problem, 084 24/05/08
Pushing the Envelope
Is there anyway of
changing the default positions that Microsoft Word prints addresses on to
Going through Tools
> Letters & Mailings > Envelopes and Labels I always have to go to
Options to reposition the address into an acceptable position. It’s time
consuming and frustrating, or shouldn't I care where it puts it?
Of course you should care
and changing the default envelope style or position is actually quite easy, but
you won’t find out how to do it in Word Help (or if it is, it is very well
hidden…) The trick is open a blank document, call it Envelope1, say, then open
Envelopes and Labels, type in your address and use Options to change the style
and layout then click Add to Document and Save. The document now becomes your
default and by calling it and selecting Envelopes and Labels up you can print
that address on an envelope in your preferred style whenever you need.
I have been trying to
clean up my image files before starting to scan in my slide collection. After
copying pictures to an external drive I end up with some files missing because
one or more of the copied are notified as corrupt and I find that I can't go in
and copy them again. So the question is, how do get I rid of corrupt files or
If file corruption is
occurring on a regular basis then this might be an early warning sign that
there’s something wrong with your drive or filing system. At your earliest
opportunity run the Windows Error Checking utility (Checkdisk), which you will
find by right-clicking on the drive icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer,
select Properties then Tools and under Error Checking, click the Check Now
Sometimes, and often
for no apparent good reason, files, and not just corrupt ones, stubbornly
refuse to go away. Those familiar with the old ways can resort to antique
operating systems like DOS or boot their computer using a Linux Live CD. But
there is an easier way and that’s to use a little freeware utility called
Unlocker bypasses most of the restrictions and protective measures imposed by
Windows, and it does a good job of zapping corrupted files as well, but be
warned, it’s a weapon of last resort, so use it wisely!
I use Outlook Express
running in Windows XP to send and receive emails. The problem is, when I send
photos as an attachment it takes forever, maybe 5 minutes to transmit 2 photos.
I would like to send batches of 8 or 10 but it just can't handle it. I am sure
there is an easy answer, but what is it?
Robert Sim, by email
My guess is that you are
sending full size image files, straight from your camera, which can be several
megabytes each. The solution is to reduce the size of the image file by
compressing the data. Windows has this facility built in, so the next time you
want to send one or more photographs, open your My Pictures folder, or
wherever your images are stored, and right-click on the photo you want to send.
If there's more than one hold down the Ctrl key and make your selections.
Now release the Ctrl key, right click on one of the highlighted files and
select Send To > Mail Recipient. In Windows XP you have the option to 'Make
my pictures smaller', click OK and a new message window opens with the
picture(s) attached. In Windows Vista you have an option to choose between
several image sizes, 640 x 480 is quite good enough for most people but you can
experiment. When you have made your selection click OK and once again a new
message windows opens with the images attached.
As a member of a
business network I receive emails from associates all over the world as a
feature of our mass e-mail facility but I am only interested in those from the
UK. Is there any way I can block messages from countries other than UK?
G.H.Dimmock, by email
In Outlook express you
can create a Rule to delete emails where sender’s address in the ‘From’ line
contains a top-level domain code, like .ng or .ro (Nigeria and Romania – both
major sources of Spam). You can also set up a Rule to automatically delete
messages that use foreign character sets; see PCTopTIps (http://tinyurl.com/6e5vea) for
instructions. It’s even easier in Windows Mail in Vista as this has ready-made
rules for blocking foreign emails in Junk E-mail Options on the Tools menu.
However, Rules are not
very flexible and cannot cope when the message originates from a .com address.
You shouldn’t block those as they can be from someone in the UK, so a few
foreign emails are always going to slip through the net but a good Spam Filter,
like MailWasher (free, link to download
should keep them to a minimum.
© R. Maybury 2008 0505