The Digital Life, Houston We Have a Problem, 089 28/06/0
In a recent
Houston… you explained how to reduce the size of pictures for emailing. In the
My Pictures folder when I select ‘Send To’, Mail Recipient does not appear on
the menu, only the drives and Desktop are listed. Also in the 'My Pictures'
folder I do not get the sidebar on the left hand side showing Picture Tasks,
File and Folder Tasks, Other Places etc. that appear on my wife’s computer. Both computers are XP2. Can you
please help with this problem?
Normally these options
are displayed by default but if someone has been tinkering – and you know whom
I’m talking about – then they can disappear. To get back Picture Tasks in the
left hand column click the ‘Folders’ button on the Windows Explorer/My Pictures
toolbar, and this works for all Explorer type Windows. If it doesn’t then you
have to go to Tools > Folder Options > General and make sure 'Show Common
Tasks in Folders is checked.
I have some programmes
saved on my Sky+ recorder and I wish to keep them long-term. I am aware of how
to save them to good old-fashioned video, but can I save them to my laptop for
subsequent burning to CD/DVD?
Peter Skinner, by
Yes and no… As far as I
am aware it is not possible to directly download digital recordings from a
standard SKY+ box to a PC. Apart from anything else there are no suitable data
ports on the SKY+ box. The USB socket on the back is not used at present; it’s
quite handy for charging your iPod, though… As you say you can record the
analogue video and audio outputs on a VCR, DVD recorder or PC but the digital
to analogue and analogue back to digital conversion processes usually result in
a noticeable drop in picture quality.
If fact there are ways to
extract recordings and convert them into a format suitable for DVD burning but
it involves removing the hard drive from the SKY+ box and connecting it to a
PC. You also need a fair amount of expertise plus some specialist software and
it is quite time consuming. Needless to say, it also invalidates your warranty
and I have no doubt there’s something about it in the small print in your SKY
On the Slide
I have received an
email with a slideshow that opens on my XP computer. I want to take some
photographs from this slide show and use them as a screensaver. I have
transferred the show to My Pictures in the hope that I could stop on the
pictures I want and remove them but I have tried everything and have come to
the conclusion that it is not possible.
Tony Pearce, by email
If you can find out which
program was used to create the slideshow it may be possible to install it and
pull out individual images, or maybe the person who sent them to you can oblige
and send them to you? Otherwise you can capture images as they are displayed,
by pressing the PrtScn key on your keyboard. The image is saved in the Windows
Clipboard and from there Paste it into an image editor, such as Windows Paint,
by pressing Ctrl + V. You can then crop the picture and use SaveAs on the File
menu to save the image as a jpeg file.
I was delighted
to read in a recent edition of Houston…. that the AVG anti virus program is
still free. I followed your advice and went to the website to download the
program, and hesitated, when faced with the choice ‘Run’ or ‘Save’. For some
reason I chose Run and everything seems to be okay but I would be grateful for
an explanation of the pros and cons of these choices.
Save is usually the best
option because it means the whole program is downloaded and stored on your PC’s
hard drive. When it has finished you click on the file to start the
installation process. If you choose the Run option the program starts
installing straight away, while the data is still downloading. Normally it
doesn’t matter but if for some reason the download is interrupted the
installation will fail, and if it happens at a crucial point, it could be
difficult to unpick the mess.
The Number’s Up for
Is it possible to use
page numbering in a Word document but start numbering on the third page (as
Page 1) and omit numbers on the last two pages? This is to form a booklet. I used to be able to do this sort of
thing quite easily in WordPerfect.
John Gandon, by email
Yes it is and all you
have to do is click Page Numbers on the Insert menu, set the position then
click the Format button, choose your numbering scheme and under Page Numbering
select Start At and put ‘3’ in the Start At box.
© R. Maybury 2008 0906