Leslie's Un-Geek Windows XP Newsletter Volume #5 ~ April 8, 2010

Date: April 8th 2010

Greetings, Dear Readers!

I got some great questons from you this month. Here are a few.

SAVE A FAVORITE PAGE

We all have certain web pages we visit frequently. Internet Explorer provides a way to save links to these pages so they are easy to access without having to search for them every time.

Once you have the page open that you want to save click on the "favorites" button on the top of your browser:

Your "favorites" sidebar opens. Click on "add to favorites".

You get a little box with the name of the page filled in.

Just click the "Add" button and then next time you click on "favorites" it will be in there.


HOW DO I SAVE PICTURES THAT I RECEIVE IN EMAILS?

I did a brief tutorial describing the "drag and drop" method in my first newsletter, but a lot of you probably didn't get that issue and the question has come up again so I'll do a more complete tutorial here.

Drag and drop is the easiest way, but it doesn't always work. There are a lot of factors involved, many of which you have no control over, like how the pictures were attached or inserted into the email, what email program sent them, etc. So there are a few ways to try. Also, many people do not know how to resize photos before sending, like we did in the last issue, so the pictures they send you are HUGE! So you may have to resize them after you have saved them so that they are easier to see.

First let's review the old drag and drop:

This will probably work if the pictures you want to save were attached, not inserted. You'll see the difference as we go. Open the folder you want to put the pictures in. With the email containing the pictures open, click your left mouse button and HOLD IT DOWN. While holding it down drag it across into the white space inside the open folder. Release the mouse button.

This will "drop" the picture into the folder.

Easy-peasy! Unfortunately it doesn't always work that way. If the sender "inserted" the picture instead of "attaching" it, it won't appear in the attachments line below the subject line. It will just be showing in the body of the email. Sometimes you can drag and drop these but chances are it won't work. If it doesn't you can "save as". Here's how.

Right click on the picture inside the email and you'll get a little menu. Click on "Save Picture As".

and you get a navigation box.

If the navigation box doesn't open to the folder you want to save the picture in you'll have to navigate to the right folder. Notice the File name is weird. You might want to change it to a name you like better like "cats".

Then click the "Save" button and the picture will be saved in the designated folder.


THIS KEEPS POPPING UP ON MY COMPUTER: "THIS FILE OR DIRECTORY (NAME OF FILE FOLLOWS) IS CORRUPT AND UNREADABLE. PLEASE RUN CHKDSK UTILITY." WHERE DO I FIND THE CHKDSK UTILITY AND HOW DO I RUN IT?

Click your "START" button and then click on "My Computer"

Right click on C: (Local disk) to get the drop down menu, then click on "Properties"

You get a window with a whole bunch of choices in it. Click the "Tools" tab at the top.

This window open:

Click on "Check Now". You get this:

Click inside each (both) of the little boxes and check marks will appear.

Click "Start" and you get this:

Click "Yes". Then click on all the "OK"s in all the open boxes to close them. Restart your computer. It'll start up on a blue screen like this:

The white text will grow and change, working its way through all 5 stages. It takes a while and gets really boring. This is a good time to walk away and do something else. Get a cup of coffee, do the dishes, feed the dog, whatever you like. Or if you prefer to sit and watch the screen you may end up having a nap you didn't count on. When it's all finished it will start up like normal and if there were any errors or corrupted files they should be fixed. If this doesn't solve your issue, then further troubleshooting is needed.


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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