Leslie's Un-Geek Windows XP Newsletter Volume #1 ~ November 19, 2009

Date: November 19th 2009

Greetings, Dear Readers!

Hello, friends.

This is my first newsletter and to tell the truth, I'm not sure what to write.  What I am sure of is that I am writing it for you, the subscribers, and I want this to be YOUR newsletter.  So please let me know if you have questions &/or comments you would like to see included in the next one.   I will give your suggestions, requests, questions, etc. priority.  Remember:  there is no dumb question or silly problem.  If you've wondered about something or had a problem of any kind with your computer, you can bet someone else has, too, and if you go ahead and bring it up here you'll be helping them, as well.            Click here to submit your input.

Also, I don't really know how often I'll publish new issues.  I guess the more questions I get the more often I'll need to publish. 

The right hand sidebar with the "recommended software" links is there because these are software programs I use and love and do recommend.  But in the interest of full disclosure I need to let you know that if you click on one of these links and buy the software I will get a commission.  So, yes, I am selling software, but I honestly will not sell anything I do not truly believe in.  Most of these programs have free versions, anyway, so don't spend your hard earned money unless you need to.

In this first newsletter I'll just give answers to some questions people have asked me before.
 


MY SOUND DOESN'T WORK!  HOW DO I GET IT BACK?!
I had a lady whose sister had muted her computer and she couldn't figure out what to do.
On your system tray (the right hand side of your little bar at the bottom of your screen with all the little icons of programs running on your computer) there is a tiny icon that looks like a picture of a speaker.  When your computer is muted the little speaker has a red circle with a line through it.  Unfortunately, it's so small you might not be able to find it.  If you had eyes like my cat it would look like this:
     
But if you have eyes like me it really looks like this     

So IF you can find it -  click on it and you should see this:
 
 

Then you can click on the little checkbox to control the "mute" function &/or click on the little slider thingie and push it up or down to control the volume.  When you're done if you just wait about 5-10 seconds the little box with the slider and mute checckbox will disappear by itself.


HOW DO I SAVE PICTURES I RECEIVE IN EMAIL?

(This is assuming you are using Outlook Express or Windows Mail.  Other providers or internet mail may behave differently.)

The easiest way to save email attachments (pictures) is to drag and drop.  Here's how:
Drag and drop:
1)      Open the folder you want to put the pictures in.
2)      With the email containing the pictures open, left click on a picture in the “attachment” line just under subject.  This will ”grab” the picture.
3)      Now with your left finger still down on the mouse button drag the mouse (the picture you have clicked on) into the white space inside the folder.
4)      Release the mouse.  This should copy the picture into the folder.
5)      Do this with each picture.
6)      Open the pictures you have just dropped into the folder to verify they are really there and then you can delete the email if you wish.

This isn't the only way.  If you've tried this and it isn't working for you, let me know and I'll describe alternate ways.
 


HOW DO I CREATE A NEW FOLDER INSIDE ANOTHER FOLDER?

  1. Open the folder in which you want to create the new one.
  2. Left-click on the empty, white space inside the folder and you should see this:
  3. Hover your mouse over the word "new" and you should see this:
  4. Click on "folder" and a new folder will be created named "new folder'.
  5. Here's the tricky part:  Without clicking on anything, while the name is highlighted like that, you can just start typing and type any name you want to give the folder. Then hit "enter" and you have a new, empty folder with the name you gave it.
  6. If you didn't successfully rename your new folder, never fear.  You're not stuck with the name "new folder" forever.  You can right click on your new folder and you'll see this:

Now you can click on "rename" and then the name "new folder" will be highlighted again and you can change it to whatever you want.
 


 WHAT IS RAM AND WHY SHOULD I GET MORE OF IT?

RAM stands for Random Access Memory. RAM provides space for your computer to read and write data to be accessed by the CPU (central processing unit). When people refer to a computer's memory they usually mean its RAM. If you add more RAM to your computer, you reduce the number of times your CPU must read data from your dard disk. This usually allows your computer to work considerably faster, as RAM is many times faster than a hard disk.

What it actually is is a little piece of hardware that is installed in your motherboard.  You can find out how much you have, if you can add more, and what to buy by going to your computer manufacturer's website.  You can usually buy enough RAM to significantly improve your computer's performance for less than $100!  If you're interested I'll help you do this and install it too for $25.
 


So that's it for the first ever "un-geek" newsletter.  I really hope y'all enjoy it and send me stuff to add to it. 


Well, that's about it for now. Again, please send me all your questions and I'll use them in the next issue. CLICK HERE to email me. And don't forget to visit my website here ---> Computer RX of Eastern Washington

Happy computing!
Leslie, The Un-Geek


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