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Houston We Have A Problem 138, 22/01/11

 

Mile High Movies

I've got a new phone, a Nokia X6, and believe it may be possible to copy DVDs onto it for watching in aeroplanes.

Peter Phelps-Jones, by email

 

Yes it is, but first the customary warnings about copying commercial copyrighted recordings and using mobile phones on aeroplanes after takeoff. Also be aware that video playback has a big impact on battery life, 3 – 4 hours is about the best you can hope for, (if your seat doesn’t have a power point), which may be significant if you are expecting to be able to use the phone after a long-haul flight. 

 

The X6 has proved to be a little fussy when it comes to playing some types of video file but assuming that you have your non-copyright DVD to hand then there are two possibilities. The freeware solution is a program suite called Videora Converter (http://goo.gl/Daa4Q). It’s a collection of freeware utilities and has had mixed reviews but with a little perseverance it seems to work. Other users seem to favour a commercial program called Xillisoft Video converter (http://goo.gl/0kvLq, around £38.00), which supports a great many formats and has even more in the way of tweaks and adjustments so you’ll have a better chance of getting a movie to play on your phone. For the record the preferred settings for movie playback on the X6 are h.264/mpeg4 codecs, 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames per second and an aspect ratio of 16:9.

 

 

Side By Side

I do translation work, and it would be useful to have two pages displayed simultaneously side by side in MS Word. For example I could have the French page on the left side, with the English original on the right. Can this be done, if so, how?

Richard Longridge, by email

 

It depends which version of Word you are using. In W2000 and earlier there’s a horizontal split screen facility that lets you view and work on two documents. Simply open both documents and Go to Window > Split. In Word 2003 onwards the same Window drop-down menu has a Compare side-by-side option that displays both documents in separate windows. Otherwise you can open the two documents and then resize and position the two open windows so that they are next to each other.

 

 

Size Matters

My e-mails all print very small. (not the size they appear on the screen). I've tried " zoom in " which works fine on the screen but not on the print out. I'm using Windows XP Pro and an HP printer.

Jack Wright, by email

 

For some bizarre reason that I’ve never quite understood Windows email programs like Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail all rely on Internet Explorer for printing so the trick is to open IE then go to View > Text Size and select Larger or Largest. Alternatively copy and paste the body of the email into your word processor program and set the font size from there.

 

 

Capital Offence

My wireless keyboard does not seem to have an indicator to show when caps lock is on or off. This can be a problem when inputting passwords, which are case sensitive. Any thoughts?

John King, by email

 

It’s not just wireless keyboards. For various reasons, including saving space, reducing power consumption or costs, keyboard indicator lights have become an increasingly rare sight on laptops and netbooks and I expect it to become an issue with tablet PCs as well. It’s easily fixed on Windows devices, though, and a small freeware utility called Keyboard LEDs displays a full set of indicators on the screen, in the System Tray, next to the desktop clock. You will find a link to the download at: http://goo.gl/ISjeX

 

 

Finding the Foot Path

I have Office Word 2007 and would like to print, at the end of any document, its pathway so that I can easily find it again by looking at the printout.  You used to be able to do this with XP with an automatic feature.

Christine Bland, by email

 

It has nothing to do with XP and one way or another the facility to print the filename and path is available in all versions of Word, though it’s true it’s not quite as accessible in W2007 as it is in other versions. The simplest method, if you want it as a Footer (or Header) is to click the Insert tab and select Footer (or Header) then Edit Footer. Click Quick Parts then Field, select Document Information on the Categories drop-down menu and in the Field Name list select Filename. You can also add the Path to this by going to the Field Options menu and check the item ‘Add path to filename’, click OK and you are done. If you want to use it again save it to the Footer Gallery by going to Insert > Footer > Save Selection to Footer Gallery and it will appear as an option the next time you go to Insert > Footer.

 

 

Easy Access Emails

I would like to be able to save and access my emails elsewhere on my computer, without having to copy each one. Microsoft saves them in very inaccessible files and when I do find them, I am unable to open them. I have also tried copying email folders to an external disc but never successfully.

Is there any way to save these folders?

Philippa Hilbert, by email

 

You can change the location of your Outlook Express (and Windows Mail etc.) Store Folder, and make them easier to get at by going to Tools > Options > Maintenance (Advanced > Maintenance in Windows Mail). Click the Store Folder button then the Change button and enter the new name and location for your message folder.

 

OE stores emails in lightly encrypted .dbx format, (WM used the standard .eml format) but in both cases you can only open them using an email program, or a third-party ‘viewer’ utility. I suggest a little freeware program called MiTex Mail Viewer (http://goo.gl/Oh80w) and this opens all common mail formats (.eml, .dbx, idx, .mbx etc.).  Alternatively, if you have just a few emails that you want to access independently of your emails program, go to File > Save As in the message window and on the Save As Type drop-down menu select Text Files and save it in your chosen folder.

 

 

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