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Issue 43


--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 43 Aug 16, 2001

Written by Tom Glander, mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com

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You receive the INSIDER as a benefit of membership in
The Newbie Club. Your membership details are at the end
of this newsletter.
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"DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL BY CLICKING YOUR REPLY BUTTON!"

Your email will not be read. All emails that are sent by
clicking your Reply button will not be read. Respond by
writing to Tom at the email address above. Thanks!

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<< MENU >>

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Help!"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Adjust the Size of Your Cache"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Adding an Address Bar to Your Taskbar"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Rapid Envelope Addressing"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"

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==> 1. --- Tom's Thoughts ... "Help!"
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Hello %name%,

Thought I'd share some of your comments this week... <reaches 
into the inbox, pulls out a letter>:

"Thank you for all the really useful information. Also for the
web building tutorial. At last I am getting somewhere with HTML.
With this tutorial ANYONE can build web pages. Once again, 
many thanks. " --Fred, from Northamptonshire, England.

Well, Fred, I guess what we said about First Website Builder
proves true. You really can understand what we write, as long
as you have at least a 6th grade education. 

Not YOU, Fred, but the generic "you". Anyone. Yes, if you can
understand this newsletter, and you want to build a web site
or learn how it's done, this e-book is for you!

But building web sites isn't what this column is about... if
you need more info on THAT, visit: http://newbieclub.com/builder
and see what the talk is about.

Now, here's another note, this time from the Guestbook:
( http://newbieclub.com/guestbook.php )

"I'm a NEWBIE and real proud/happy about it. Sent an email to
Tom Glander this evening, but should have viewed the Guest Book
first! Looks very exciting and helpful in so many ways, 
especially for the novice. Thanks for the wonderful
Newsletter." --Fred from California

%name%, it warms my little heart to read this
kind of mail. Why? Well, because we KNOW folks are learning, 
and having FUN at the same time. 

What? Have FUN while leaning about the Internet and Computers?
It's the only way to *really* learn something new without it
seeming like learning. 

Remember when you were just a little tyke? About 6 years old?
Was learning difficult? Of course not! Now, let me ask another
question. When you're playing a game you've never played 
before, are you having fun? Think about it.

The Newbie Club is a web site that caters to Newbies. We've 
tried to make things understandable... no "Techie-Speak" and
lots of "Newbie-Speak" to go around!

Do you have time for one more letter? Good! This one's from
the inbox:

"Just a note to tell you how pleased I am with the clinic.
I have used it 4 or 5 times and have been answered quickly and
very professionally. The solutions to my problems were all correct."

-- Bill from somewhere in cyberspace

The Clinic...

Have you thought about it? Instead of sending email to your
friends, unknown companies, or (of all people), ME... how 
about spending the equivalent of $2.48 per MONTH... for
unlimited access to answers? And in a couple of hours, instead
of a couple of days... or months! 

Hurry right over to this address:
http://newbieclub.com/clinic and if you're an AOL user, you'll
really want to visit and get a subscription! 
AOL friends, <a href=http://newbieclub.com/clinic/">click here</a>.

Okay, let's figure out how to clear the cache. You've always
got plenty in there... don't you wish it were the same for your
wallet? Or purse... or whatever you keep your money in. 

Of course I know it's spelled cash. But we're talking computers
here... so it's cache!

Until next time,

Tom

P.S. Numbers. They're telling on us. The number of new Members
since last week's letter: 588... let's double that number, 
shall we? I'd like to see 1,600 new readers every week. Just
tell your friends about us... and by the way, if you want to
tell folks about us and get paid for it, become an affiliate.
More here: http://newbieclub.com/affiliate

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Geek-Speak Busters:

A. "Default Email Client" 

Cough cough... gag. And a little choking, too. Okay,
you know what the word 'default' means, right? It's the
one you get if you don't specifically request something
else! Like the chlorinated tap water served at the basic
restaurant. "Hey, I didn't order ice with that!" Now then,
you know what 'email' is, right? So what's a 'client' then?
It's your email 'program' or 'software'. Outlook Express,
Eudora Pro, etc. Not to be confused with web based email!
The 'client' runs ON your computer's hard drive, NOT through
your web browser. MSN, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, etc... are all
examples of web based email.

The 'default email client' is the program that's going to 
spring to life when you click a "hot" email link. Try this
test: click here==> mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com ... if 
ANYTHING happens, (it won't if you're reading this on 
Hotmail or some other web based email doo-dah) then what
you see next is your default email client. And nothing will
happen if you're using AOL! AOL doesn't support "hot" links.


B. "Title Bar"

It's at the top of every window you look at. It's the
part of the screen that tells you the name of the program
you're using, and where you're at! That is, IF you have
the title bar details turned on. It's a good thing to 
turn on those details, because then you'll have the 
complete navigation path displayed in every window
you look at. There are Microsoft Windows windows I'm 
referring to... not individual programs. But even so,
individual programs have title bars, too. They just don't
always display a lot of information in them in addition
to the name of the program you're using. See a graphical
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TRIAL.



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==> 2. Tutorial: "Adjust the Size of Your Cache"
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You can set the percentage of hard drive space used by your
cache (that's a special place for storing any graphical content
from web pages you view) by moving a slider bar. But where's 
the slider bar... and just what IS a 'slider bar' anyway?

A 'slider bar' is NOT a bar for those caught trying to steal
second base. It's a place for anyone caught attempting to steal
home! (If you've never played baseball... never mind.)

Silliness aside, it's a little gizmo on a window that has
'less' at one end, and 'more' at the other. You can 'grab' it
with your mouse cursor and move it left and right, between
less and more, lower and higher percentages of space used. 

Find this gizmo by visiting this window:

Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Internet Options.
When the Internet Options window appears, click the 'Settings'
button in the middle of the screen. You'll see the slider bar.

Adjust it to adjust the amount of space reserved for your 
cached files. That is, how much room do you want to reserve 
for cached images? 10% is plenty. And that's the default
setting... the one you get if you don't order something 
different!

Images are cached or 'stored' on your hard drive by your
browser for faster page loading. Your browser will check the
cache for a stored image, and if it finds it, will show it
to you. But what if the web master has CHANGED an image...
and you're looking at a cached image?

That's what the 'Refresh' or 'Reload' button is for... it
will reload or refresh the web page you are viewing. However,
some cranky computers like Jann's *still* read from the
cache! So the only thing to be done is empty the cache.
Take out the garbage AND the trash!

Empty the cache using the Internet Options window mentioned
above... except click the 'Delete Files' button instead of the
'Settings' button. 

Above all else, READ carefully. If you don't understand what
you read, and you happen to have a Clinic subscription, just
fire off a quick email question from the Clinic site... then
check your mail a couple of hours later, and you'll have the
solution. Can't beat that! Details on the clinic are here:
http://newbieclub.com/clinic. 

AOL members, <a href="http://newbieclub.com/clinic/">click here</a>.

The cache is the BIGGEST reason for NOT being able to see the
latest changes on web sites you've been to... unless they're
designed by savvy web designers who use special coding that
forces your browser NEVER to look in the cache when visiting
their site. Does The Newbie Club site use this system? I
can't remember... there are over 300 pages of stuff there now,
and I haven't checked lately. Been too busy answering email! :-)



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This is a stunner!


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-------------- "MYTH BUSTER!" ---------------

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What an eye-opener! http://newbieclub.com/keyboard/

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==> 3. Tutorial: "Adding an Address Bar to Your Taskbar"
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On Windows 98 machines and up, (sorry, this won't work on 
Windows 95) you can add an address bar to the gizmo at the
bottom of your screen that has the Start button on it. It's 
kind of cool if you want immediate access to a resource on
the web.

Close any open programs so you have a clean taskbar to start
with. This isn't mandatory, but it makes for a less cluttered
example.

First, enlarge the size of your taskbar to about two or three
button sizes in height. That's three times the height of your
Start button. This gives you room to add the address bar. You
can fiddle with the size all you want. If you have a
Stradivarius monitor, it makes fiddling even easier. <groan>

**NOTE: Stradivarius... A kind of violin made by the Italian
craftsman Antonio Stradivari in the late seventeenth and early
eighteenth centuries. Those that still survive are considered
the finest violins in existence. And you thought this newsletter
was just about computers!

Moving on...

Next, right click a blank area of the enlarged toolbar space,
and select 'Toolbars' then click 'Address'. The address bar
will appear on your taskbar. 
st
Move it around by passing your mouse cursor over the vertical
spacer-like gizmos that separte the Address bar from the rest
of the Taskbar. Now, here's how to use it...

To view the contents of your C: drive, just type 'C:' without
the quote marks. Up pops a window. Kind of neat.

To open Windows Explorer, type 'explorer' in the address bar.
Whoosh... there's Windows Explorer! That's neater yet.

To order pizza, type "Pizza Hut" into the address bar... then
listen for a knock at the door. Look! It's the pizza guy!

You didn't know your computer could do that, did you? I didn't
either. Awe... and I wanted pineapple on mine!

To get rid of the address bar, and the pizza guy, right click
a blank area of the Taskbar... go to Toolbars, and click 
on 'Address' to remove the checkmark. The address bar is gone.

Oh, one more thing. The upside down triangle button to the
right of the address bar can be clicked for a history of places
you've been to, or typed in there. And you can type web site
addresses there, too. You know, "URLs". "WWWs". That kind of
stuff.

Have fun. Remember, computers are our servants. They're tools.
We are their masters. Unless of course you run a business using
a computer, like I do. Then it's just plain CRAZY because the
blame thing really DOES control my life!



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==> 4. Linda's Office Corner: "Easy Envelope Addressing"

**NOTE: These tips apply to MICROSOFT OFFICE products. That is,
Word, Excell, PowerPoint, Access, etc. If you've got Office,
you'll know it. What's the most widely used Office product?
Would you belive... Microsoft Excel? That's right!
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We all know we can go to MS Word's Tools menu and select 
"Envelopes and Labels", then click on the Label tab and type
in the address, along with our return address and Word will 
create our envelope for us. We also know that we can click 
on the Options button in this box and specify what size 
envelope we want to use.

But...do you know there's a faster and easier way to enter
this information?

Go back to Word's Tools menu, but this time choose "Options".
When this box comes up, click on the tab at the top that says
"User Information" and you will see a box in there that says 
"Mailing Address". Put your own address in there so Word will 
remember it for your envelopes.

Now, open a document and write your letter. Be sure to include
the name and address at the top for the person you are writing to. 

When you are done writing the letter, highlight the person's
name and address before you go to Tools>Envelopes and Labels.
Now, when you get there, you see their name and address are 
already filled into the Delivery Address box and your address
is in the Return Address box. All you need to do is select
your envelope size and hit "Print".

This one just saved you another 3 minutes. In forty years,
my tips will allow you to take an extra week of vacation. <grin>

To view this tutorial on-line, and see a screen capture that
helps illustrate this tip, visit the Aug. 16 tutorial link
on this page: http://newbieclub.com/officetips

So, now you are in the know!

Hang in there,

Linda

Tutorials by MS Office expert Linda Johnson. Her site is
located here: http://personal-computer-tutor.com

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5. Administration
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Subscription details:

To make changes to your membership details, such as updating
your name or email address, or unsubscribing (huh?), visit your
membership management headquarters...

Click==> http://newbieclub.com/membership.php and check on
your details now! You should see your info listed as ...

Name: %name%
Address: %email%

You can cancel your membership, change your name, update your
email address and more.

Back issues of the INSIDER are found here...
http://newbieclub.com/issues

... and we beg - sorry, encourage - you to forward this email to
someone you know. Just don't spam anyone with it!

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The TNC INSIDER is a publication of The Newbie Club and is
owned by Roglan International LLC, whose partners are
Tom Glander mailto:tg@newbieclub.com and
Joe Robson mailto:jr@newbieclub.com.
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(C) 2001 The Newbie Club(TM) All Rights Reserved
Computer problems are solved daily at the Newbie Club Clinic.
If you haven't checked in for a visit, you owe it to you and your
computer's health. For $2.48 a month, it's excellent insurance.
http://newbieclub.com/clinic <==Visit Now!





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