--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 50 Oct 18, 2001
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Animals May Teach You"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "How To Save Your Files"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Internet Explorer Security Settings"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Excel: Separating Text into 2..."
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Animals Will Teach You"
My wife always works at her computer with the cat. He curls up
to the left of her keyboard, under the desk lamp. All cats are
heat magnets, of course.
She uses a mouse with a scrolling wheel. As she's scrolling,
up and down a web page, something extremely strange happens.
The text on the page is expanding... and shrinking. Scroll up,
and the text gets bigger. Scroll down, and it shrinks.
The cat has his paw on the CTRL key... holding it down. Look
at your keyboard. The CTRL (Control) key is on the bottom row,
outside key. Cat finds it very easy to press.
This is how we learned a new trick. To change the font on a
web page to a larger or smaller size, just hold down the CTRL
key and use the scrolling wheel. Thanks to Felix, we now have
another shortcut to pass along.
See? You can learn from animals. Or at least we did!
No, this "trick" won't work for everyone. But you should at
least try it. To change the size of the print on web pages in
general, select the following from the Menu line of your web
browser: View, Text Size. Change it from there.
Spoke to an 84 year old Gentleman today... he said he's
probably too old to be doing this, but he's ordering a domain
name and wants to build a web site. <sigh>... you're never too
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Until next time, take care!
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==> 2. Tutorial: "How To Save Your Files"
How To Save Your Files
Something I am often asked by my students is "What's the
difference between Save and Save As?"
Let me try to explain this in the clearest way possible.
Let's use Microsoft Word 2000 for this example. When you
create a brand new document and click on the "Save" button
on your Standard Toolbar, you will be presented with the
"Save As" dialog box because Word wants to know three things:
1. Where do you want to save it?
2. What do you want to name it?
3. What file type do you want it to be?
However, once you have saved it once, clicking on that same
button no longer gives you these choices. Why? Because Word
assumes you do not want to make those three choices again.
Word assumes you simply want to update the original copy by
overwriting it with this new version of the same file. If,
in fact, you DO want to either put a new copy in a new
location, or create a new copy with a new name, or change
the file type, you must go to the File menu and choose
Remember that Windows will not allow you to have two files with
the exact same name in the same folder, so when you save a
file to a location where that file already exists, Windows
will replace the existing file with your new one. So, if you
do not want to overwrite the existing file, but instead want
to create another copy with a different name or in a different
location or as a different file type, you must go to the File
menu and choose "Save As".
When you choose File>Save As, you can use the dropdown box at
the top of the Save As dialog box, which says "Save In", to
select the location where you want to put your new copy. You
can also change the name of your new copy in the "File name"
box and save it either in a new location or in the same
location as the original (because this new copy now has a
different name), and you can also change the file type by
selecting a new one from the dropdown box at the bottom that
says "Save as type".
Let's look at some of these choices:
1. The first one is obvious. It simply says "Word Document",
which is the format you would choose if you want this file to
be opened by Word or some other compatible word processor.
2. The next choice is "Web Page" (or in older editions of Word
and other programs, it may say "html"). This will save your
file in a format that is viewable through a web browser (such
as Internet Explorer or Netscape) and can be added to any
existing website or become a website all on its own.
3. The next choice is "Document Template" which allows you to
save this file as a template which can be used in place of a
plain blank document when you want to create a new document
with these particular settings. Notice that when you choose
this type, Word will automatically change the "Save in"
location to its Template folder so it will be accessible to you
when you choose File>New to open a new document. If you
change this location to something else, you will not see this
template in your choices when choosing File>New so I recommend
you let Word put it where it wants to put it.
4. Other choices you have in this dropdown list include various
plain text options, formats that are compatible with older
versions of Word, Corel WordPerfect types, formats for a Mac
computer, and a format that is compatible with Microsoft
Works. The type you choose will determine what program will
open the file, so make your choices based on this.
I hope this explains this clearly. The main thing to remember
is that "Save" will simply overwrite your existing file with
this new copy, whereas "Save As" will give you the options
Tutorial by Linda Johnson, http://personal-computer-tutor.com
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==> 3. Tutorial: Internet Explorer Security Settings
We ran across a dear soul who said she couldn't download
anything from the Web. She was using Internet Explorer,
It has to do with the security settings. Yes, you render your
browser incapable of downloading.
Want to keep your kids from downloading anything? NO problem.
Just do the following:
1. Open Internet Explorer (double click the blue "e" icon)
2. Click Tools, Internet Options, Security Tab. Click the
Custom Level button.
3. Scroll down to the Downloads section. You'll see 'Enable'
and 'Disable' as options. Click the Disable item. Click OK,
then click OK again and you're done.
What this does is tell the browser it can't download any files
from the Net. It's kind of tricky. You can enable and disable
a lot of other browser features while you're in there looking
We use this to keep our kids from downloading anything to
their computers. That way, we have control. At least over one
tiny aspect of the Web.
How many kids do we have? Enough to go around. :-)
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==> 4. Linda's Office: "Separating Text Into Columns with Excel"
NOTE: These tips apply to Microsoft Office products, such as
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Not to Microsoft Works products.
Separating Text into Two Columns in Excel
Have you ever wished you had set up your data differently in
Excel so it would be more functional? Well, Excel's "Text
To Columns" feature can be real helpful when you want to try
Here's a sample:
Let's say you have people's names in column A, formatted like
And now you want to do a Mail Merge in Word using this Excel
file as your data source and you want the Last Name and First
Name to be separate fields or you want to sort your Excel file
by last name and you can't do this with it set up this way.
This is easy to fix.
Simply highlight all the cells in column A and go to the Data
menu and select "Text to Columns". When this box comes up,
be sure the dot is in the radio button next to "Delimited" and
notice the sample of how your data looks and click on the Next
In this box, remove any checks in the Delimiters section that
might be there now and put a check beside "Space". This will
tell Excel that you want a new column every time there is a
space in column A. Your box should look like this:
See Screen Capture on Site:
Click Next and then click Finish and your First Names are now
in Column A and your Last Names are in Column B.
This is a real easy way to clean up that Excel file when the
data is relatively straightforward and consistent.
Hang in there!
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