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A Date with Picasa
I use Picasa 3 on my Windows XP laptop to manage my pics. I would
like to be able to print the date and a caption. The print options allow you to
select the 'Exif' tab but this gives you the photo data, which is not normally
displayed. Is there any easy way to select the date? I believe my Pentax
digital camera has a date print option, which I have yet to find.
Geoff Hale, by email
As far as I'm aware there's no automated facility in Picasa to
print the date and a caption together but it's easy enough to do manually.
Simply type your caption and the date into the 'Make a caption' box below the
image in picture view mode. If you can't remember when it was taken just
right-click the image, select Properties and the date is displayed next to the
file size. When you want to print the picture click 'Border and Text options
under Print Layout then in the Additional Printing Option box that appears
click Caption. Choose the font, size and colour and click OK. You might also
like to have a look at a freeware utility called Photo Dater (http://tinyurl.com/ddhwbk), this lets you
add a date caption to single files or whole directories. It creates new
captioned images so the originals are preserved. It's not very sophisticated
but it is very small (just 164kb) and simple to use.
I am sure that your camera has a date print option but you'll have
to consult the manual to find out how to enable it. However, if you do switch
it on it will be permanently 'burned' into the image, possibly obscuring some
important or interesting detail, so it's better to add things like this at the
printing stage and keep the original images in pristine condition.
I am using Outlook Express Version 6 with Windows XP Pro. My question: Can I delete an attached file
from the email, but still keep the email? If so, how?
George Birch, by email
Unlike Outlook there is in no facility in Outlook Express to
remove attachments and this turned out to be a surprisingly tricky problem.
There are a couple of applications on the market, Attachment Extractor and
Attachment Remover, but these are commercial programs, so the challenge was to
find a way to do it for free. I did manage to find a procedure that involves
editing the email file, it's far too long to go into here but if you are
interested go to: http://tinyurl.com/cxj8fk.
However. In the end I think the easiest solution is to Forward the email to
yourself, before you click the Send button, right-click on the attachment icon
and select Remove. After you've downloaded the Forwarded email delete the
Recording Skype Conversations
I am having language lessons by Skype, using a headset. I want to record the lessons so that I can
play them back. I have tried using
Audacity, but I can only record my input (the microphone) and not the other
party (the headphones). Is there a way to record both?
David McClure, by email
There is and a free program called Skype Recorder (http://tinyurl.com/mfkda) will do the job.
It's part of a larger application called PowerGramo and the freebie utility it
has a number of limitations. For example, it only records Skype-to-Skype calls
and you can't record multi-way conversations. If that's a problem then consider
upgrading to the paid-for version of PowerGramo.
Multiple Emails in Outlook
I have recently installed Microsoft Office Home and Student version
2007 and since then I have had trouble with sending emails. Instead of one
being sent, the program sends multiple emails, sometimes up to 10 at a time. Is
there any way I can stop this happening?
Mark Roberts, by email
There are several possibilities. Some sufferers have found that it
stops when they disable the outgoing email checks in their security software,
so I would try that first. Otherwise it can be due to an over-full Sent folder,
though this seems unlikely in your case, as it probably hasn't had a chance to
fill up. For the record the solution is to create a new folder, call it
SentOld, copy the contents of Sent items into it then empty Sent Items. If that
doesn't work then a rather drastic, but often successful remedy for this and a
number of other niggling problems is to create a new Outlook profile.
Missing Audio Options
Following recommendations made by you on several occasions I have
installed the Audacity recording and editing program on my Packard Bell laptop,
which runs on Windows Vista. The trouble is it only records through the
laptop's built-in microphone and I cannot find a way of making it record from
CDs or downloads. I looked through your archives and found what sounded like a
solution, namely going into Audacity's Preference menu and changing the
settings on the Audio I/O tab but it still shows the microphone as the only
choice under recording. I have tried removing and re-installing Audacity and
running a Registry cleaner but it's still the same. Do you have any other suggestions?
Chris Farnell, by email
Vista's audio are a bit convoluted and I have seen this problem
before. Open Control Panel on the Start menu, double-click the Sounds icon and
select the Recording tab. My guess only the microphone icon is displayed, if so
right-click into an empty part of the panel and check the items 'Show disabled
devices' and Show disconnected devices'. This should bring up your PC's missing
audio options. Right click on 'Stereo Mix', select Properties then on the
Device Usage, drop-down menu at the bottom click 'Use this device' and click
OK. Do the same for any other devices displayed. Highlight the Stereo Mix entry
and click the Set Default button. Now, go back to Audacity's Preference menu
and the extra input options should now be available.
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