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Issue 22

--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 22 March 4, 2001

Written by Tom Glander,
and Joe Robson,

Subscription info is at the bottom.


-------The Ultimate Gift For A Newbie - And Yourself!

Since we started offering our Flagship product 'Windows For
Newbies' on CD ROM, sales have outstripped the Downloadable
version by 12 to 1. It's the very best way to learn how to tame
your PC, and lose all the frustration and aggravation your
present fumblings are causing you. It's in Newbie-Speak, and uses pictures to show you how to tackle the seemingly impossible learning curve. Examine it at But be warned - the sheer volume of the contents may shock you.


<< MENU >>

+ 1. Tom's Thoughts: Clear that Chatroom! 
+ 2. Tutorial: Inside the Shortcut 
+ 3. Joe's Place .... 'Just Help Yourself'
+ 4. Tutorial: Rabbit Trails 
+ 5. Linda's Office .... Email to Word Conversion 
+ 6. Administrivia


1. --- Tom's Thoughts: Clear the Chatroom!

Hello {firstname},

Erika is 14 years old and loves to spend hours in chat rooms,
yakking it up with her friends. She's pretty computer savvy, (no
thanks to her dad) and told me a little "secret" the other day
that she said was okay to pass along to you. So here it is...

A lot of people act very weirdly in chat rooms. It's a fact that
some of us put on alter egos when we're anonymous. The Internet allows for that anonymity. This may lead to certain "problems" shall we say, such as language use that's inappropriate, or other bits I won't go into. You can let your imagination fill in the blanks. Erika didn't appreciate some of the riffraff, so she decided to clear out the chat room.

How do you clear out an online chat? According to my daughter, it was easy enough. "I just posted a message that said, 'To see a really hot picture of the Backstreet Boys press Alt F4!'" Almost immediately, message after message was displayed, "So and so has left the chat." "So and so has left the chat."

If you know what Alt F4 does, you're probably chuckling about

Alt F4 is the keyboard command to shut down the active window. No wonder people were leaving the chatroom. Their computer's chat window was instantly closed. This command is brutal. It doesn't ask if you really want to close the window. It just does it. Bam! It's closed.

Erika thought she was pretty cool with that trick. She didn't
anticipate the backlash from the angry hornets who were booted from the chat by her shenanigans, but that's another story.

There are a bunch of keyboard tricks you can use, and I've given you a bunch of them in Keyboard Magic! Check it out here:

Enjoy more tips and tricks in this issue, and learn something you
can put to use in your own computering. Grandma is pretty jazzed by the machine, and feels she has a new lease on life. More friends than ever, and even a weekly get together to discuss their latest discoveries on the Internet. Life takes a twist for the better when you break out of that shell and open up your world with the Internet.

Take care,


Geek-Speak Buster: Surfing the Web

When I was growing up, I surfed the coast of California, from San
Diego to San Francisco and never saw a computer in the water.
Nowadays, we talk about surfing the web. Why? Well, you could
liken web pages and links to waves. As you click on links, a new
page (wave) rolls in, and you ride it (read it). So you're
surfing the web. A lot like channel surfing in TV land.


------ A Recent Email To The Newbie Club ......

"All I can say, is AMAZING. This publication is the best on
webbuilding I've read. And being quite new to the Internet and
keen on building my first website, I've read a number of
webbuilding tutorials. Not one can compare to the NC Webbuilder. I especially love the newbie friendly language. It makes it all so easy to understand. And every chapter is a nice digestible length. Congratulations on a superb publication, guys. May the Newbie Club only go from strength to strength.

Regards. James Sinclair"

If you haven't downloaded *your* FREE evaluation copy of First
Website Builder yet, click this link to see why he was so

2. How to create a desktop shortcut

I'm facing the reality that I'm lazy. And blaming it on the
computer. Why should I have to click the Start button just to get to a program on the Programs menu? Why not make a shortcut instead, so I can just click an icon on the desktop (my computer screen) and open the program? Why not indeed!

Here's how it's done in any version of Windows.

1. Right click a blank portion of the desktop and choose 'New'
from the menu that appears. When the flyout menu appears, choose 'Shortcut' and click. The Create Shortcut dialog box appears.

2. Click the 'Browse' button on this dialog box. The 'Browse'
dialog box appears. You can navigate to the folder that says
'Program Files' and double click to open it inside the 'Browse'

3. Once you've opened the Program Files folder, navigate to the
folder that contains the program you want to create a new
shortcut to. In other words, locate the target folder and double
click. Inside, you'll find the actual icon for the program you're
interested in. Click it once to highlight it, then click the
'Open' button. This won't open the program, but will place the
entire path to that program, including the name of the program
into the command line of the 'Create Shortcut' dialog box.

4. Click the 'Next' button. You'll now select a name for the
shortcut. You can call it anything you want. Then click the
'Finish' button, and you'll see a new icon appear on your desktop that has the name you gave it. A little tiny curved arrow will appear on the icon, alerting you to the fact that this is a shortcut to the program. It's not the real file.

That's it. Create as many shortcuts as you need or want! Next,
we'll see how to tell where the program is hiding by clicking the

3. Joe's Place ..... "Just Help Yourself"

Hi {firstname}, how's your frustration level these days?

Tom and I receive lots of emails asking for help on specific
subjects relating to computers. In some cases I can almost *feel* the frustration of the writer as he or she tries desperately to tame the beast!

Unfortunately it's almost impossible to answer them on an
individual basis. And I find it equally difficult to dismiss a
request with a curt reply. But you know, the answers to the vast majority of the questions are already on the Newbie Club Website.

Next time you need help, try the following ...

Look at the past issues of The Insider here

Go through the many excellent tutorials here ...

Look at the courses offered by autoresponder here ...

Read through the questions and answers already covered in the
forum here ...

Ask your question on the forum. There are some incredibly kind
and learned people there, who are only too eager to help. And
you'll meet some terrific people.

Type in the name of the subject you want information on, in our
site search engine - eg 'downloading'. This is accessible on
nearly every page on the site.

If you *seriously* want to learn how to conquer the frustrating
problem of using your PC effectively, buy 'Windows For Newbies'.
I kid you not when I say that it's being written and praised
about in online and offline publications all around the world.
It's *the* tutorial to have - bar none - and it will catapult
your knowledge in the easiest to follow format you will ever see
anywhere. Lots of info here ... http://newbieclub/wfncopy

Dig around the site again, if it's been a while since you were
there. You'll be amazed at how much information and help you will find. Just start at the home page at and start digging.

By the way, I lost a gold ring recently, so if you find it in
there somewhere, I'd be very grateful if you sent it back to me.

Did you enjoy Linda's 'Word' tutorial last week? You did? Then
why haven't you written to say so?

I and thousands like me, take so much for granted that I
sometimes forget that the person giving me so much help needs a pat on the back now and again, and a big Thank You.

Linda is an experienced Microsoft Office teacher, and an
extremely accomplished writer. Tom and I have been very
lucky to persuade her to contribute her time and skill for the
benefit of us all. So I really would be grateful if you wrote and
told her how much you get from her article each week.

Otherwise, she may give up, which leaves *me* to do it. And I
think there's an expression for that's called 'The Blind
Leading The Blind'.

Go on - write her a few words now by sending an email to or click here:

By the way, we're thinking of starting a Webpage listing
embarrassing and humorous moments with your computer learning. Just to bring a little light relief now and again, and to let everyone know that we're not the only ones who've been in that position. Like the guy who emailed me and asked if we had hard back printed version of our books he could download over the Internet.

I gave him Captain Kirk's email address!

So if you'd like to share your experiences, why not drop me a
line? We won't print your name or email address - unless you're a masochist.

Send it to

Well, as Mr. Looney Toones says ...

That's all folks.

And keep smilin' {firstname}.


PS. Don't forget to write Linda and tell her how much you
love her (work). 
NO questions about Microsoft Office PLEASE.

4. How to find the program hiding behind the shortcut.

Some of us are just plain curious, and like to see how things
work. We all feel more comfortable with our computers when we get a glimpse behind the curtain, as it were. Removing the mystery is part of what this newsletter is all about. So this next tip will help you get just a tiny feel for things.

You know what a shortcut is, but can you find the program it's
referring to? Maybe you downloaded Keyboard Magic!, First Website Builder, or some other ebook from The Newbie Club and aren't sure where the file is located, but you do see a shortcut. Okay, it's easy enough.

We'll use the right click method again. As you'll see, right
clicking reveals a lot.

Right click any shortcut, and choose 'Properties' from the menu
that appears. In the 'Properties' dialog box, you'll see some
interesting information. The 'Target' gives you the path to the
program. (Most programs end with the three letter file extension
'.exe'.) The 'Start in:' line shows you the path that leads to
the file itself.

You can envision your computer as giant forest full of rabbit
trails. Along each trail is rabbit hole. The rabbit hole is the
program, and the trail is the path. The rabbit hole is also the
'Target'. And now you know why Netscape Navigator's browser uses the words, "Save Target As..." when you right click a download link, or any link on a web page. 'Coz the lead programmer for the Netscape browser was raised by a family of rabbits. :-)

The 'Target' is always the file you want to use. And a file can
be a program, a picture, a video, or a document. For file
enlightenment, visit


Geek-Speak Buster: Command Line

You're bound to come across this word one day during your
computer travels. The command line is a throwback to the days of DOS. DOS stands for Disk Operating System, is the programming that controls the operation of your hard drive, and how it works with your computer's brain. The Command Line was a blinking cursor that you simply typed a command at, the pressed the Enter key. Something happened when you did that. Nowadays, you click on an icon instead of typing a command. All the same, Windows has a command line built in, at it's called the 'Run' dialog box. You get to it from the Start Menu. If you click Start, Run, and type 'notepad' (without the quotes) you'll be issuing the command to run Notepad. Now, if I could just figure out a command to register a domain name this easy, I'd be set. Meantime, I use this page:

Wow! Something new was learned today, and I'm singin' about it!


------ Finally. A Totally Newbie-Friendly Unzipper!

Some Zip programs are frustratingly confusing to use. But it's
essential to have one if you're downloading stuff from the Net.
'Unzip Wizard' is so simple it's impossible to go wrong. That's
because it's specifically designed with Newbies in mind. And The
Newbie Club has arranged a special discount for you at this page. So now you can save AND unzip without embarrassment!


------------ It's MAGIC!

In the 3 weeks since it was released, our latest eBooklet,
'Keyboard MAGIC!' has been bought by HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of people just like you. Don't let ignorance of your keyboard stifle your creativity and steal away your time. When you discover how much you can really achieve with that humble beige tray of keys, you'll be astounded. Click and
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5. Linda's Office Corner. Converting email to a Word Document

Here's how to save email from Outlook or Outlook Express into a
Word document.

If you have received an email and have tried copying it into Word and the margins are all screwy, try this:

Open your email in either Outlook or Outlook Express and at the
top of the email, click on the File menu and select "Save As". In
this box, choose the location where you want to save it and, at
the bottom of this box, where it says "Save as Type", drop this
down and select "text only (*.txt)" and give it the name of your
choice. Now, open MS Word and go to the file menu and select
"Open" and at the bottom of this box, where it says "Files of
Type", drop this down and select "text files (*.txt) and browse
to the location where you have saved this file. Once you have it opened, hit Ctrl+a (hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the
letter "a") to select all the text (after deleting any parts you
don't want to keep).

Next, go to your formatting toolbar at the top and you will see a white box that says "Plain Text" (this is your Style box). Drop
this down and select "Normal". Now the email will have all of
your default paragraph styles and font styles. Now, go to the
File menu again and select "Save As" and in the dropdown box at the bottom, where it says "Save As Type", select "Word document (*.doc)" and you're in business! (You can delete the .txt file since you won't need it anymore.)

If this email you are trying to convert to a Word document was
forwarded to you and includes a lot of those weird ">>" marks, my next tip will show you how to get rid of those pesky little

Hang in there! 



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That's it. I'm going bonkers right now trying to get Network
Solutions to release a domain name. On telephone hold, listening to a Chopin Piano Concerto, and the nasal noise of the
intermittant robo-operator. It's been 14 minutes already... good
thing it's a toll free number!

I certainly have enjoyed preparing this issue for you, and trust
the delivery robots have done their job as as well.

Happy surfin',


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