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.
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
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.
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 >
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
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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