Ask Rick 267 27/07/13
Paste Unstuck in Word
I have Word 2010 on my computer and used to be
able to cut and paste pictures but now I get a blank rectangle, and no picture.
What has happened and what can I do to correct my problem?
Paul Pringle, by email
Word 2007 onwards is jam-packed with options
for making pasted images invisible, so here are a few things to check. Go to
Word Options on the Office button, click Advanced and scroll down to Cut Copy
and Paste. On the ‘Insert/Paste Picture As’ drop-down menu try ‘Through’ or ‘In
front of text’. In Show Document Content, make sure that ‘Show Picture
Placeholders’ is unchecked, and ‘Show Drawings and Text Boxes On Screen’ is
checked. Word can have difficulty pasting images from the Windows 7/8 Clipboard
if the program or application where the image came from has been closed.
Finally, a really obscure one, caused by a faulty Bluetooth driver of all
things. To fix it type ‘winword’ in a Search box, right-click the icon and select
open as Administrator. Once again go Word Options on the Office button and
select Add-Ins. At the bottom of the page make sure that ‘COM Add-Ins’ is
displayed in the Manage box and click Go. If ‘Send to Bluetooth’ is displayed
uncheck it and click OK. If for some reason you need this facility check with
the supplier of the Bluetooth adaptor for an updated driver.
I am running Windows 7 and the latest version
of Excel. In the top left hand corner of spreadsheet cells in which I have a formula
there is a really annoying green triangle. If it is to show me that there is a
formula in that cell then I already know that because I put it there! How I get
rid of this irritating item?
Peter Matthew, by email
Those triangles are error check symbols and
they can be genuinely useful but they are easy enough to disable. Simply select
a cell with a triangle showing, click on the symbol, a drop-down menu appears,
select Error checking Options, deselect anything you don’t want – probably
everything -- and click OK.
Call To Account
I have a Windows 7 PC and my wife has an
account on this machine. How can I move files and folders from my account to my
wife's account? I am of a certain age so please explain as if you are talking
to an idiot.
Chick Fraser, by email
It is a perfectly sensible question if you are
new to managing accounts on a PC. Open Windows Explorer, locate the Users
folder on the C: drive and double click to open. In there you will find the
User or Library folders for your own account (containing your My Documents, My
Music, My Pictures and so on folders), your wife’s User folder, another called
Public and one called Default. All you have to do is copy and paste the files
you want to move into the appropriate location in your wife’s User account
folder. If for any reason your wife has enabled access or sharing restrictions
on her user account then use the Public Users folder, which are accessible to
anyone logged on to the computer.
Time to Go Digital
After my video recorder stopped working I
bought a Panasonic DMR-HWT130 digital video recorder it had a good
specification. However, it has a HDMI output whereas my TV has only a SCART
socket. I researched online prior to buying and found various sites with
HDMI/SCART conversion cables so I thought I would be safe but PC World and
Maplin now tell me this will not work. Is there anything I can do?
George Clayden, by email
The basic problem is that your Panasonic HD DVR
has a digital only HDMI TV output, whilst your television is equipped with
analogue audio and video inputs, and never the twain shall meet, certainly not
with a simple cable connection. HDMI to SCART converter boxes are available but
they are not cheap and the results are likely to be rather disappointing. Not
only is there be a significant drop in picture quality in the digital to
analogue conversion process, you will be losing the benefits of high definition
picture quality on a standard definition TV. It is time to move on. Your TV is
obviously getting on, and probably quite a lump, so rather than wasting money
on unsatisfactory workarounds put it towards a new digital flat screen TV. You
would be hard pressed to find one these days that isn’t HD capable, and fitted
with several HDMI sockets.
Process of Elimination
This isn't a very exciting problem but it is
driving me up the wall. What do I have to do to get End Task, after pressing
Control Alt Delete, to actually work? The window keeps opening telling me what
I already know, the program is not responding. Clicking on End Task again
simply opens another window saying the same, and never ends the task.
Increasingly, it seems I to have to do hard shut downs before I can resume
Using Ctrl Alt Delete as a means of closing a
frozen program has become less effective in recent versions of Windows. It is a
complex problem but often due to badly written drivers, freezing or refusing to
obey stop commands. If the same program or device is involved every time then
your first port of call should be support section of the product manufacturer’s
website. Sometimes the blockage will be cleared, though it may take several
minutes or hours, so if the disc activity light is blinking furiously after
selecting End Task then it is worth giving it a chance. However, from Vista
onwards, Windows tries to avoid heavy-handed process terminations, which in the
old days frequently led to the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), often
resulting in damage to system files and loss of data.
© R. Maybury 2013 0807