--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 53 Nov 8, 2001
Written by Tom Glander, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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<< MENU >>
==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Will I Really Fly?"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "How to Clear Your Recent Documents"
==> 3. Joe's Place ... "Watch Out For Experts"
==> 4. Tutorial ... "Changing Font Size on Taskbar Buttons"
==> 5. Linda's Office ... "If It's Broke, You Gotta Fix It"
==> 6. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Will You Fly?"
So you know what "XP" stands for, huh? Last week I asked the
question about Windows XP, or Windows Xylophone Player. Turns
out a lot of people had a lot of differing ideas on this. So
here's a sample of what was written:
"XP means Xtra Profit for Microsoft."
"The xp is for experience."
"EXTRA POWER!! It's a platform that took the Perfected
Windows 2000 and added more Power to the Program!"
And then there was this:
"Tom, I think XP means EXTRA PAYMENT to MS or EXTRA PAIN 4 U!
And if I get XP & the dang OS does NOT make me fly (like in the
ads), & I mean literally soar through the air, I am going to
demand my money back."
Thanks to all who sent their insightful comments. The actual
"winner" is anyone who said XP stands for experience. That's
what Bill Gates said it meant, anyway. And I suppose he should
Jann Gentry's web site is coming along nicely. She has new
photographs... and I have to say they're even more beautiful
than her previous pictures.
Jann has created her own site. She uploads her pages and photos
using an FTP program called FTP Explorer. Jann can now
manage the site without help, and has even learned how to insert
her pictures. (Photographers are notoriously protective of their
Take a look around her site, and maybe even book a photo
session for yourself. Travel expenses not included!
Discover how to take excellent photographs using your own
digital camera. Jann's e-book shows you how.
Do you ever get sick of your computer? Just wish the whole
mess had never appeared in your home? You could treat it like
my partner Joe Robson treats his Macintosh... he tossed it in
the corner of his office, and it just sits there sulking. Mac
doesn't like to be ignored, evidently, since I've never seen a
Joe joins us again today with his light hearted contribution ...
be sure you don't miss it!
Until next week, "that's all I have to say about that."
A shortcut icon is not the actual program, but a representation
of that program. It is a pointer to the program which you place
in an easy-to-use place (your desktop, or main screen you look
at). Right clicking a shortcut icon and choosing 'Properties'
will show you the details about that icon.
B. "Splash Screen"
This is a term given any window that appears prior to the
actual program you're waiting to use. For example, the Windows
screen you see when turning on your computer that says "You
are not starting Windows..." (duh!) is a splash screen. It's
splashed momentarily on your screen.
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==> 2. Tutorial: "How to Clear Your Recent Documents"
NOTE: The following tip is a wee bit more advanced than just
"click here, click there". You will definitely want to print
this section and follow along on paper.
We're going to create what's called a "batch file" and this
will do something very cool... with a double click on an icon,
you'll be able to clear out the entries on the Recently Used
Documents flyout window.
This document list (you can see it by clicking Start, and putting
your mouse cursor over 'Documents') can be cleared
using standard Windows steps, but this method is faster, and
gives you some insight into files and the way your computer
works. So let's stop playing "click click click" with the Start
menu, and make things happen with a double click on a new icon.
1. Open Notepad (Start, Programs, Accessories, Notepad).
2. Type the following text:
echo y| del \windows\recent\*.*
Note: the symbol after the y is found in different places on
your keyboard, and may appear as two vertical lines, one atop
the other. But it shows up as a single vertical line when you
3. Save the file you've created, giving it the name
"cleardocs.bat" and save it to your Desktop. A new icon will be
4. Right click the newly created icon (it'll look like a little
gear in a window) and select Properties from the context menu.
5. Select the Program tab by clicking it once.
6. Under Run, choose Minimized from the drop down selector.
7. Check the CLOSE ON EXIT option by clicking in the check box.
8. Click OK to close the window you're working with. Another
icon will be created. This one will be shortcut (you'll see the
little curved arrow in the lower left corner of the icon so you
know it's a shortcut) to the previous 'cleardocs.bat' file.
9. Double click the new shortcut icon. You won't see anything
happen, but if you check your Documents item on the Start Menu,
you'll see it's now empty! You will still see the My Documents
folder there, however, since this does nothing to that folder.
To make this even fancier, create the cleardocs.bat file in
a folder other than you desktop folder, and create the shortcut
so it alone appears on your desktop. You can even give it a new
icon if you want to. ( See the back issues for how to create
new icons: http://newbieclub.com/issues/ )
Why would you want to clear out the Recently used documents
list? I don't know. Maybe there's a bunch of stuff there you
don't want showing?
Have fun with this! You can use the principles in this tip
and apply them to other deletion tasks as well. For example,
clearing out all the backup files in a particular folder. Just
change the path so it goes to the folder where the backups are
located, and change "*.*" to "*.bak". (Never use quote marks,
they're only used here to set off the stuff you type from the
rest of the letters that make up words in the paragraphs you
read... Here's the example:
echo y| del \windows\recent\*.bak
Let your own creativity be your guide in using the information
in this tutorial, and you will find other applications.
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==> 3. Joe's Place ... "Watch Out For The Experts"
Hi %name%, nice to talk with you.
Last week I had a Cable company 'expert' install a Broadband
Internet connection for me. Notice I said *installed* - not
working. Because one week later it still isn't working.
After 4 phone calls and over 2 hours listening to Robotic
mind numbing 'music' on the 'Customer Support' line, and 5 hours
spent by 2 'expert' technicians at my office, it's still not
working. For the second time I'm sat waiting for them to ring me
back with news of their next 'fix-it' proposal. It's rather
ironic that even though their Website promised me so much mind
boggling technology, their humanoids can't even pick up the
phone and ring me back! Guess I'll have to ring 'Customer
When I've got a couple of hours to spare of course ... Ho hum!
Hey, talking about experts ...
I was talking (or maybe lecturing) to a friend of mine the other
day, about the reason's why up to 70% of people who get to a
Website order page leave without ordering. Yes, the experts tell
us that this happens all over the Web. (Not on the Newbie Club
site of course :-)
Anyway, I went to great lengths explaining about lack of
credibility, bad navigation, lack of trust, too many
distractions, and all the other reasons which I (the *expert*)
knew to be contributing factors. Then the self-satisfied
smugness was wiped from my face when my friend said ...
"Have you ever considered they may not have any money?"...
Thump. Another expert bit the dust!
----- How much is knowledge worth to you?
I got an email from a lady today saying that our ebook 'Keyboard
Magic' was over priced at $9.95 ( http://newbieclub.com/keyboard/ )
Considering that thousands of you have bought this little gem
and emailed us with compliments, I was extremely surprised to
say the least.
Then she went on to say that it was overpriced because she
ALREADY KNEW much of its tips and shortcuts. I've no doubt the
writer is reading this article right now, so please don't think
I'm having a go at you, because I'm NOT - we really appreciate
your business. But hey, if a techie bought our 'Windows For
Newbies' ebook, would he/she value it as much as a Newbie with
very little knowledge of computers?
Surely the true value of any product is totally dependent on how
much a person is enriched by it. And this will vary from person
For instance, here's another email we received from someone else
which explains my point ...
"I really want to commend you for your Website Builder Package.
I just finished my very first website and I want you to know
that I couldn't accomplish it without your package. May GOD
richly bless you and the NewbieClub."
This lady of course is referring to our First Website Builder
Course at http://newbieclub.com/builder/
Now the true value of this product is much greater in her eyes
than it is to me. Because I ALREADY KNOW how to build a Website.
I have no idea what she is going to use her Website for - hobby?
family? or business? But that's not the point. She actually
accomplished a major achievement in her life by succeeding at
something which she previously thought impossible. And that
exhilarating experience is priceless!
And I know from the emails we get from so many other people
that from now on her life will be changed for the better. How?
Frankly it's impossible to explain unless you've been there. But
building and running your own Website brings you into contact
with so many other like minded people from around the world,
that even now I sometimes sit back and think "Isn't technology
In fact it would be even more wonderful if some 'expert' could
get my Broadband Internet connection to work!
If only everyone else was as perfect as me :-)
Keep smilin' %name%
P.S. Look out for some great TNC Christmas Offers over the next
few weeks. Only available to Newbie Club Members of course!
----------- "Take a Look at Your Keyboard Right NOW!"
Just look at all those keys! Go on, take a look. I'll guarantee
you've often wondered WHY there are so many - F1, Insert, Tab,
Ctrl, Pr Scr, End, Home, Alt, Pause, PgUp, Shift, Sys Rq, and
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==> 4. Tutorial: How to change font size on Taskbar buttons
Would you like larger fonts on your taskbar buttons? Here's
how to do it...
1. Right click anywhere on your Desktop (not on an icon) and
the context menu appears.
2. From the context menu, select Properties, and the Display
Properties window appears.
3. Select the "Appearance" tab by clicking on it once.
4. Select the "Active Title Bar" from the "Item:" drop down
5. Adjust the font size, color, bold, or italics using the
selectors to the right of the font box.
6. Click Apply to see how things will look, then OK to put
the Display Properties dialog box away.
Before closing the Display Properties window, you can save
your setup as a "scheme". Click the "Save As..." button, and
give you new setup a name. Then you can select it from the
list you'll see under "Scheme:" next time you want to fiddle
around a bit.
The Save As button will give you a "Save this color scheme as"
window... you may not have a color scheme, but any changes
you make will be called such. So they should have named this
box "Save scheme as" instead of "Save color scheme as"... but
whatever. You get the point.
You can fiddle with any of the options in this window to
create exactly the appearance you desire. Why limit
yourself to the "out of the box" appearance of Windows? Go
ahead... customize to your heart's content!
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==> 5. Linda's Office: "If it's broke, you gotta fix it"
NOTE: These tips apply to Microsoft Office products, such as
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Not to Microsoft Works products.
We all know how great the Office programs are when they work,
but we all ALSO know how frustrating they are when they DON'T
work or produce error messages we don't understand. Well,
Office 2000 and XP include a feature that can often help us
when we have problems.
In each of the Office programs, if you click on the Help
menu, you will see a command that says "Detect and Repair".
Clicking on that will produce this box:
===== SCREEN CAPTURE ON SITE =====
===== SCREEN CAPTURE ON SITE =====
Notice that it says you may be asked to provide the installation
source during this process, so be sure to have the Office CD
handy. In fact, it's best to just put it in your CD drive
before you even start this, then you won't be bothered by the
box that will eventually pop up and ask you where the CD is
Once you click on the Start button in this box, you will see
the Installer running. Just sit back and let it do its stuff.
When it is finished, it will tell you that Office has been
repaired. A lot of times, this will fix your problem before
you tear all your hair out trying other things that just don't
work, so always try this one first.
Now, sometimes the problem prevents you from even opening the
program, so you can't even get to the Help menu to run this.
In that case, click on your Windows Start button and go to
Settings and select Control Panel. In this box, double click
on the icon that says Add/Remove Programs. In this list,
scroll down to Microsoft Office and double click on this.
Depending on what version of Windows you have, you will have
a choice to "Change" or "Repair" Office. Select one of these
and you will get to the same Installer box. This will repair
ALL of the Office programs, whereas selecting Detect and Repair
from within the Help menu of any one program only repairs that
particular program. And, sometimes running Detect and Repair
from within a program doesn't fix the problem, so the next
thing I do is run the full Office repair from the Control
Granted, this doesn't fix ALL problems, but it's the best place
Hang in there!
Tutorials by MS Office expert Linda Johnson. Her site is
located here: http://personal-computer-tutor.com/
View Linda's tips on-line at http://newbieclub.com/officetips/
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