The Digital Life, Houston We Have a Problem, 098 30/08/08
I occasionally receive
PowerPoint slideshows, with some really beautiful accompanying music. Can you
tell me how to extract the sound file?
My laptop is of the Windows Vista variety with Office 2007 and
C. Chan, by email
Clearly we move in very
different circles. I can’t say that I’ve ever felt the urge to listen again to
a PowerPoint soundtrack – once is usually more than enough -- but if that’s
what you want, so be it… Audio and other media components are embedded in the
PowerPoint PPS file but there is a way to separate them out.
Open the presentation in
PowerPoint then go to File > SaveAs. On the Save As Type drop-down menu
select Web Page (*.htm, *.html), give the file a name and click Save. If you
open the newly created folder you will find all of the files used to create the
presentation, including the .wav or .mp3 audio files.
Since upgrading to
Windows Vista I can no longer send emails with images or animated gifs within
the text. I can only add these as attachments. On my previous computer with XP,
I could compose attractive and funny emails for the grandchildren by
punctuating the text with little smileys etc.
Alas, no longer.
David Knott, by email
Windows Mail in Vista has
the same basic options as Outlook Express, but some of them have been turned
off to make messages less vulnerable to infection and attack. To switch this
particular facility back on go to Tools > Options. Make sure that HTML is
selected as the ‘Mail sending format’ then click the HTML Settings button and
tick the item ‘Send pictures with messages’.
When the Chips are
I've upgrade to a more
advanced sound card, to replace the faulty audio adaptor on my PC’s
motherboard. The new software installed without incident but so far there has
been no sound from the speakers. I wonder if there's a conflict with the
on-board sound. How do I re-configure the computer settings to recognise the
Murray Bush, by email
This option to disable
the on-board audio adaptor, so you can use a plug-in sound card, will be in the
computer’s BIOS (Basic Input Output System) program, which tests and configures
the hardware components of your computer immediately after switch on. To enter
the BIOS you have to press a key or combination of keys (sometimes displayed on
the screen -- usually something like ‘To enter Setup press F2) a few moments
after you turn it on. If you can’t see the on-screen prompt consult the manual
or check the PC manufacturer’s website. The switch for the onboard sound card
is usually in one of the Chipset menus.
A Bad Time to Save
We keep being told to
switch appliances off at the socket to save power. My question is, what will happen to the video if I do this and
will I muck up it’s programming? Also, what about the computer?
Wendy Alexander, by
Most recent VCRs
automatically reset their clocks after a power interruption using time data contained
in Teletext signals. Programming information may be lost but this varies from
one model to another so you need to check the manual, or carry out a test.
There’s really no need to
switch desktop PCs off at the mains after shutdown. Power consumption in this
state is negligible. It doesn’t matter if you do, though, as the PCs internal
clock is sustained by a backup battery, which lasts between 3 and 5 years. If
you have broadband, both XP and Vista automatically synchronise the Windows
clock with timer-server websites, though this feature is not enabled by default
in XP (to do so right-click the desktop clock. Select Adjust Time and select
the Internet Time tab).
Medical Info Takes a
Can you please advise
how I should go about copying and pasting from a web page? The information I'm trying to preserve is
from a motor caravanning forum. Someone has put together all the details of
what medical treatments you can get when travelling in all European countries,
including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland (these not in the EU).
I highlighted the
relevant info, clicked on Edit > Copy. I then opened a blank Word document,
but on going to the Edit menu, Paste is greyed out.
Peter Rust, by email
Normally that should work
but if there are a lot of images on the page, or HTML content (ads, fancy
graphics etc.), the page or parts of it won’t copy. You should be able to copy
it by only highlighting chunks of text and avoiding any graphic elements.
Alternatively, switch to the Firefox browser and use the Page Style (No Style)
option on the View menu. This displays the page as plain text, which you should
be able to copy into Word without any problems. You could also try printing the
page, or if you are taking a PC with you, save the page so you can access it off-line.
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