This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Safely Eject the USB Drive When The Icon Is Not Displayed
Subscriber David Wiesner wrote to ask about a USB flash drive problem he has occasionally:
I often find that the tray icon in XP for my USB devices disappears in the middle of a session. I cannot figure out how to safely eject a USB device when this happens.
I tried turning off the feature of the computer getting rid of unused icons but that did not seem to help.
Even so, if I cannot figure out an alternative to clicking on this icon, taking it away because it has not been accessed is problematic. So this is two questions… […]
- Using the Windows 7 Snipping Tool
We’ve always been able to click on PrntScrn to take a snapshot of the full screen. Unlike the old MS-DOS days, where PrntScrn actually sent the screen to the printer, as of the first version of Windows, it copied the screen to the Windows Clipboard.
From the Clipboard, you could paste it into a Word document, a WordPad document, a spreadsheet, into Paint (the Windows image editor in Accessories), or into many other programs. From those, you could actually print the image.
Windows also has had the Alt-PrntScrn combination, which does the same things except with an image of only the active window.
Windows 7 has a really nice tool for taking a snapshot of a user-spected portion of the screen. It’s called the Snipping Tool […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- HOWTO: Removing Carriage Returns (Line Breaks, Form Feeds) from Documents
I wrote the original version of this article in June, 2007. This week, I’m expanding an article from mid-2007 —it seems that a lot of people want to remove carriage returns (form feeds) from their documents!
I bet that the most common time is when people want to forward an email that’s already been forwarded a couple times. The original email inserted carriage returns after 72 (or so) characters on a line. Then, when the email gets forwarded, each email program doing the forwarding inserts “> ” at the beginning of each line, so they get longer and longer, and get wrapped at column 72 again and again.
I had answered a question about Notepad++, a really nice — and free — text editor that’s designed for programmers of any type (but is much better than the regular Notepad for everyone).
The question was […]
- Turning on System Restore in Windows XP
By default, System Restore is turned on in Windows XP. If you have multiple hard drives, System Restore will grab 10% of each hard drive for its “restore point” storage.
Some people do not like System Restore or do not like it reserving large portions of their hard drive. Sometimes they turn off System Restore (which you can do for each individual hard drive partition) and sometimes they reduce the amount of space it can use.
There is another time you should turn off System Restore, at least temporarily. When you turn off System Restore for a drive, that act deletes all of the restore points for that drive. Then, you can turn it back on.
So, why would you want to do that? […]
- Opening a File with a Program Other Than It’s Default Program
New subscriber Debi wrote with a question that was specific to a particular type of file and two applications (programs) that could open it. However, it could easily have been any other file type that is recognized by multiple programs, so this becomes an important concept:
I’m wondering how I can use either plain PDF sometimes rather than PDF Converter Professional. Is there a way to choose. Thanks!
- Solving the Wandering Icons Problem
Subscriber Carolyn wrote to ask for help solving a problem on her Windows 7 desktop computer — her desktop icons would not stay where she put them…
Terry, I enjoy your website very much! I have a Toshiba laptop and use Windows 7.
I have all my icons on my desktop the way I want and each time I turn on my computer, they are not in the order I want them. I tried going to View etc,but it still moves things.
Do you know a solution? […]
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