--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 35 June 21, 2001
Written by Tom Glander, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
and Joe Robson, mailto:email@example.com
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Is there anything on the Web?"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Neat Browser Tricks "
==> 3. Joe's Place ... "Do You Talk To Yourself?"
==> 4. Tutorial ... "How to Add to Your Start Menu"
==> 5. Linda's Office ... "Sharing Your Files"
==> 6. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
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==> 1. --- Tom's Thoughts ... "Desperately Searching"
Is there really any value to be found on the Web? Anything
worth spending hours and hours looking at and reading?
Sure! The Internet is the source of all wisdom. At least all
earthly wisdom, anyway. It's the great information dump. The
problem, as usual, comes in trying to find stuff of value.
Search engines are a good start. But there are better ways.
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What are you searching for? What do you want to know? It's
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"tricks of the trade".
By the way, yellow is the color Love. The color of Peace. The
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use parts of an operating system that are automatic and
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==> 2. Tutorial: Neat Browser Tricks
Is your browser up to snuff? How would you know? By taking a
peek under its hood, of course. This peeking business applies
to any program on your computer.
To learn more about your browser, click the Help menu item.
Then click on About. That bit of information will tell you
all you need to know about the program you are curious about.
You should be using a browser in the 5.0 or 4.7 model range,
if you're using Internet Explorer or Netscape. There are many
other browsers out there, but these are by far the most
Why use a later model? They're more versatile. They'll display
pages and the stuff on them easier and faster. And if you're
into printing web pages, Internet Explorer has a great
printing feature that lets you preview your printed page first.
Here are a few tips:
**To open a new browser, hold down the Ctrl key and press 'N'.
A New window will open. You can have a bunch of browser windows
open at the same time.
**To visit a site you've typed into the address bar in the past,
click the drop down arrow to the right of the address line.
There will be a list of sites there.
**If you remember a site, but can't remember its address, you
can check your history. IE has a nice history feature. Just
click the History icon to start.
**To pop Internet Explorer open to full screen, press F11.
Press again to put it back where it was.
There are lots of things you can do with your browser. The best
thing you can do is explore its features by clicking the buttons
and menu items. Just click and see what happens.
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==> 3. Joe's Place ... "Do You Talk To Yourself?"
Hey %name%, how's things?
Here's a little tip you may wish to use. I hope you do, because
it's going to take me 30 minutes of two-finger typing to pass it
I've received a few emails complimenting us on the sheer volume
of information that's now available on The Newbie Club Site. And
human nature being what it is, sometimes *too much* choice is a
bad thing. Why? Because it's like being a kid in a candy shop -
with so much to choose from it's often difficult to know where to
The simple answer is to start at the beginning and work through
to the end, and to do it in small bites! So instead of trying to
plow through hours and hours of information and tutorials, why
not spend the odd fifteen minutes now and again? And here are two
simple ways to do it...
Just make the main index page of The Newbie Club your Browser's
home page, so that each time you open your web browser, you
simply click on the subject of your choice, browse through the
section, and then continue doing whatever it is you choose. How?
Here's how to do it using Internet Explorer. I think Netscape
does the same but in a different way (hey, I'm a writer - not a
Open your Browser and click on 'Tools'. then 'Internet Options'.
This opens a window where you can easily change your 'default'
browser home page. Type in http://newbieclub.com/main_menu.php
and now, any time you feel the irresistible urge to increase your
PC knowledge, just open up your browser and click to a topic of
Visit the main menu page at http://newbieclub.com/main_menu.php
and email the whole web page to yourself.
When http://newbieclub.com/main_menu.php loads in your browser,
go to the top toolbar and click on 'File' Then click on 'Send'
Then click on 'Page by email'.
Your email client will automatically open up with the page
loaded. Type in your own email address and send it to yourself.
The page will arrive in a minute or so, and you can 'file' it
into a new folder called 'Newbie Club'. So from now on, whenever
you have a few minutes to spare, simply open up the email and
click straight through to the tutorial or topic of your choice.
Look, I know it's not an earth shattering tip, but I send myself
interesting web pages on a regular basis, and find it so easy to
just click through to a specific page on a site, days, or even
weeks later. Emailing yourself this way is a wonderful way to
learn. The time to start worrying is when you start talking to
yourself - and answering back!
By learning in small chunks you'll be amazed at how much you'll
get through in a couple of weeks. Try it. Hey, you can even email
the page to a friend and type in your own message at the top of
I just love technology. Don't you? :-)
Keep smilin' %name%
PS Try it NOW before you forget. And then promise yourself
you'll learn just one new thing every day. The page to load, and
email to yourself, is http://newbieclub.com/main_menu.php
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==> 4. Tutorial: Adding Icons to the Start Menu
The Start Menu was created to make it easy to get to programs
when your screen is filled with, well, a program! So how do
you get new icons onto the Start Menu? Here's one way to do it.
The other, shorter method, is to "drag and drop the icon of
choice on the start menu." But let's go through the traditional
step by step method...
(Note: unless stated otherwise, all clicks are assumed to be
left mouse button clicks.)
1. Right click a blank portion of the Taskbar at the bottom
of your screen.
2. Click on 'Properties'.
3. Click on the 'Start Menu Programs' tab.
4. Click the 'Add...' button.
5. Click the 'Browse' button that appears and locate the
program or file you want on the Start Menu.
6. In the Browse window, there's a box named 'Files of type'.
This can be 'Programs' or 'All Files'. If you set it to 'All
Files' you can put anything on the Start Menu.
7. Click OK to pop the path to the file into the Command line.
8. Click Next> to get to the 'Select Program Folder' box.
9. Select the folder you want to place the file in by clicking
10. Click Next> and select a name for the shortcut. Either
leave the name that's there by default, or create a new name.
11. Click the 'Finish' button, then click OK. You're done.
Now go to the Start Menu by clicking the Start button. You'll
see the new program listed. Place files or programs on the
Start Menu that you want to access at any time. This is very
handy if your desktop is covered up with open windows.
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==> 5. Linda's Office Corner: "Sharing Your Files"
Sharing Office 2000 Files
A question I am often asked is "How can I share my files created
in Office programs with people who don't have Office?"
Well, with earlier versions of the Office programs this was
difficult to say the least. You would have to go to Microsoft's
website and download the particular viewer for the particular
program. Yes, Microsoft has free downloadable viewers that
people can use to view files created in PowerPoint, Word, etc.
But you would have to download these viewers, then use a zipping
program to include them with the file you were sending to
someone, then also include instructions for the installation
and use of this viewer.
What a pain!
When all you wanted to do was share your PowerPoint Slide Show
or Excel Spreadsheet.
With Office 2000, this has changed. Now you can choose to save
that Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint slide show or Word document
as an HTML file which anyone can view with their Internet
Browser. Here are the steps:
Create your file as you normally would in Excel or Word or
PowerPoint. Then, once it's done, go to the File Menu in any of
these programs and click on "Save as Web Page". This will save
this file in HTML format (which is the format used to create
Web Pages). Then just send this file as an attachment in your
email. When the person on the other end receives it, all they
have to do is double click on it and their web browser
(ie: Internet Explorer, Netscape, even AOL) will open with the
file displayed clearly inside for them to view. And, they
don't have to be connected to the Internet to do this. Their
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