[abcomputers] ABC ~ All 'Bout Computers, Vol. 33: New versions of Linda's Ebooks available

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Tina and Vic ... you have both been extremely valuable to ABC 
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Congrats to Tina on the new letters she now carries behind 
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~~ Linda F. Johnson, Linda's Computer Stop


EDITOR'S NOTE: This article contains pictures and is 
clearer if read online here:
In the email version of this article the word <pic> is inserted 
whenever there is a picture of this online.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked, when it comes
to Word, is "I put a picture in my document and when I try to 
move it where I want it, it keeps bouncing back to where it was 
or messes up all my paragraphs.  How do I fix this?"

While many documents work well with flow of text interrupted 
by the occasional graphic, sometimes it's handy to be able to 
make text flow beside or around a graphic.

The trick to controlling how a picture is aligned with the text is 
not to accept Word's default settings. Word versions 2000 
through 2003 handle this process in pretty much the same 
manner. However, if you are still using an earlier version of 
Word, it is quite different. The instructions below show how to 
change these settings in all versions.

TIP:  Word 2002/03 uses something called a "drawing canvas" 
which allows you more options for aligning your graphics as a 
group, but for most people's needs, this canvas just gets in 
their way and is totally unnecessary.  To turn this feature off, 
go to Word's Tools menu and select Options. In there, click on 
the General tab and remove the check from the box that says 
"Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting AutoShapes".  
I find I can keep this feature turned off for 90% of what I do and 
when I do need it, I can just turn it back on.  All of the examples 
below were done with this feature turned OFF.

Simple alignment of text beside or around a graphic.

When you insert a picture or clipart within a paragraph, by 
default Word puts it at the beginning of the paragraph and it 
the picture appears in line with the first row of text in the 
Paragraph. <pic>

And in the earlier versions, the picture will appear either 
below or above the paragraph. <pic>

When you try to drag the picture to another location, your 
text gets knocked out of whack and you have lots of white 
space around your picture, or it keeps bouncing back to where 
it was. This is because the default wrapping style is "In line 
with text" in the later versions and "Top and Bottom" in the 
earlier versions and the graphic is on the same layer as the 
text. In order to be able to control this better, you must change 
the wrapping style.

If you click on the picture to select it, you will see small black 
boxes on the edges in the later versions and small white boxes 
in the earlier versions, which let you resize it, but nothing more. 
While it is selected, if you click on the Draw button on your 
drawing toolbar (in the later versions) and select "Order", you 
will see all the layout options are grayed out. However, in the 
earlier versions, you see that the Order options are available. 
This is because the "Top and Bottom" alignment setting does 
let you change the Order, but the "In Line with Text" alignment 
does not. But, don't let this fool you: Just because you choose 
to Send the picture "To Back" does not mean you can put it 
behind the text unless you choose the correct layout style.

TIP:  If you don't see your Drawing toolbar (it's usually at the 
bottom of your screen), go to the View menu>Toolbars and 
click on Drawing.

With the picture still selected, go to the Format menu and 
choose Picture, or simply double click on the picture (in the 
later versions); or right click on the picture and choose "Format 
Picture"; each of these ways will get you to the Format Picture 
dialog box. Click on the Layout tab in the later versions, or the 
Wrapping tab in the earlier versions and you will see five 
wrapping styles: In the later versions, these are In line with 
text, Square, Tight, Behind text, and In front of text. In the 
earlier versions, these are Square, Tight, Through, None, and 
Top and Bottom.. You can see that the default is the one 
selected. Choosing a different wrapping style will give you 
access to the Order options in the Drawing Toolbar and 
each behaves differently. 

Also, notice (in Word 2002/2003) that when you choose a 
different wrapping style, the square boxes around the picture 
are replaced with circles, and you have a green circle which 
allows you to freely rotate the picture to any angle you want. 
In the versions previous to 2002, this free rotation option was 
not available. In these versions, if you select the picture and 
go to the Draw button on the Drawing Toolbar and choose 
"Rotate or Flip", you will see everything is grayed out. The 
workaround for being able to free-rotate a picture in these 
versions, is to select the picture, go to the Draw button, select 
"Ungroup" and you will see LOTS of white boxes all over your 
picture, leave those boxes there and return to the Draw button 
and select "Group". (If Word warns you that you that this will 
change the file format, simply tell Word that is OK.)  Now you 
will see the Rotate or Flip options are no longer grayed out 
and you can choose Free Rotate, because ungrouping and 
regrouping the picture changes the format to one that can be 
freely rotated. This works fine for Microsoft Clip Art, but for 
some picture types, Ungroup will also be grayed out, so the 
hack to get this option is to "Cut" the picture, then use Edit>
Paste Special to paste it back in as a "Microsoft Drawing Object" 
and you will then have the Ungroup option. And, if none of this 
works, then your only option is to paste the picture into a 
graphics program (PhotoShop, etc.) and rotate in there, then 
paste it back into Word.

Let's explore the differences in the other wrapping styles.


When you choose Square as a wrapping style, you can now 
drag the picture into the center of the paragraph and have the 
text wrap around it on all four sides. <pic>


This is similar to Square, but instead of the text wrapping 
squarely around the picture, it more snugly fits the outline 
of the picture. <pic>

Behind text

This option lets you use the picture like a watermark with the 
text overlaying the picture. <pic>

In front of text

And this is just the opposite, positioning the picture on top 
of the text <pic>

Also, notice in that dialog box, on the Layout tab (in the 
later versions), there is an Advanced button. Click on that and 
click on the Text Wrapping tab and notice you have two more 
wrapping styles: Through and Top and bottom, along with some 
other settings you can tweak manually.


Here I chose "Through", with text wrapped on the right only, 
and 0" distance from text, both left and right. Then I simply 
dragged my picture to the left margin. <pic>

Top and bottom in two column text

This style is nice when you have formatted your text into 
multiple columns and want the picture to appear centered 
within the page with the two-column text above and below it. 
Here, I went to the Format menu and chose Columns and 
selected two columns, then changed my wrapping style to 
Top and bottom with 0.25" above and below the picture and 
got this effect. <pic>

Tables and mixed text alignments

You can also use tables in combination with wrapping styles to 
come up with interesting layouts which combine a variety of 
alignment and wrapping styles, because tables will allow you 
to align the text in different ways in each cell.  So, it doesn't 
look like it's a table, just select the whole table (Table menu>
Select>Table) and go to Format>Borders and Shading and set 
the border style to "None" so your borders are invisible. <pic>

To get the full effect you want, you may have to use wrapping 
styles, advanced wrapping settings, columns, and tables, but 
if you take the time to see how each option affects the layout, 
you will soon come up with something that looks just the way 
you want.  I recommend you create a test document and try 
all of the different settings until you understand them, THEN 
try doing this in a real document.

Have fun!

Linda Johnson is a college instructor of all of the 
Microsoft Office Programs, as well as Adobe PhotoShop 
and Windows. She also teaches online distance learning 
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article contains spreadsheet samples 
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Using VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, INDEX, and MATCH in Excel to 
interrogate data tables.

Lookup tables are fantastically useful things in Excel. I 
remember when someone showed me for the first time how 
to build a data table and perform some simple lookups on it. 
For the first time, I began to realise just how powerful Excel 
could be in the right hands.

In this article, I'll talk about what a data table is, why you 
might find it useful to have one, and why and how you might 
want to interrogate it. We'll end with a trick or two involving 
some nested formulae, but by the time we get there, it will 
all make sense.

First of all, then, what's a data table? Well, there's one shown 
in the online version of this article.

You'll notice that some related data is set out in columns, 
each with a heading in bold at the top. So many other functions 
in Excel can use those headings intelligently, that I have always 
made it a habit to put them in. Data tables like this have so 
many uses it's difficult to know where to start: phone number 
lists, CD collections, customer lists, the uses are endless. But 
sooner or later, you're going to want to extract data from such 
a list, perhaps for a mail merge or to fill in an invoice 
automatically, say.

Probably the best way of learning about the LOOKUP functions 
is to ask some questions and use formulae to answer them. 
For instance, look again at the data table. If I want to know 
Barbara's age, I can use a command called VLOOKUP. It's 
called VLOOKUP because it looks up the data in a table, 
based on finding the key in a Vertical list.

The formula I'd use here is:


Of course, this will return the number 23, which is Barbara's 
age. Let's look briefly at the format of the function. The first 
argument is the piece of data I want to look up (what I call the 
'key') in the first column. (This must always be in the first 
column, but later on I'll show you how to find values based 
on a key in other columns instead.)

The second argument is the range which contains the table, 
in this case A2:C6. I'd normally have named this range, but 
you don't have to.

The third argument is the column number I want to return the 
value from. Looking at the table again, the first column contains 
names, the second ages and the third locations. Clearly, if I 
want to find Barbara's location, I'd put a 3 in this argument, 
but since I want to know her age, I've used 2.

The fourth argument, the FALSE, is supposed to be an optional 
argument, but my advice is ALWAYS to use it. What it means 
is, "Don't rely on the list of items in the first column of the 
table being in alphanumeric order - check every one of them 
until you get an exact match." Leaving it out is like saying, 
"The first column of the lookup table is definitely in 
alphanumeric order - if you get past the search phrase in 
the list and it's not there, don't keep looking, just use the 
nearest match". This would speed up your sheet if there were 
a lot of huge data tables in it, but here it's not even worth 
thinking about. It's good practice always to include "FALSE" 
just in case it trips you up one day.

Well, of course there's an HLOOKUP to match the VLOOKUP, 
too. You'd use this when your table is oriented left to right, 
rather than top to bottom. There is an example of that in 
the online version of this article also.

I can use the HLOOKUP function to find what date Debbie's 
birthday falls in like this:


This formula returns April. The arguments work the same way 
as for VLOOKUP, except of course that the third argument refers 
to the row number rather than the column number. On the whole, 
it's much better to organise your data tables vertically, as in the 
first example, because a horizontal data table cannot be sorted 
or filtered by Excel as easily as a vertical one, but there are 
times when it has to be horizontal for some reason.

The MATCH formula appears at first to do something quite 
unremarkable. Let's have another look at our vertical data table.

MATCH allows me to find the position of an item within a 
range. For instance, if I want to know how far down in the 
list of names Charlie is, I can use this formula:


The return from a MATCH function is always a number, in this 
case the number 3 because Charlie is the third entry in the 
range A2:A6. The zero at the end there is a bit like the 'FALSE' 
in VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP - optional but risky to omit. When 
set at zero, it says: "Make it an exact match". Ninety-nine 
times in a hundred, that's exactly what I want.

INDEX is the opposite of MATCH in a way. It tells you what 
the nth value in a range is. For instance, who is in position 
5 in the list? Easy:


This returns the name 'Elvis' because he is the fifth item in 
the range A2:A6.

Like INDEX, the MATCH function doesn't seem to do anything 
out of the ordinary so far. But the real power of these 
functions only becomes apparent when you combine them. 

Look at the vertical data table again and consider how you'd 
find out who lived in Belfast. The two LOOKUP formulas are 
no use, because the key value is not in the first column. 
Remember, VLOOKUP can only read values to the right of the 
key and HLOOKUP can only read values below the key.

But, look at it another way. I can break the question down 
into two smaller ones, like this:

1. How far down the 'locations' list does 'Belfast' appear?
2. Whose name is in the 'names' list exactly as far down?

Put in those terms, it is pretty clear. The first question can 
be answered, of course, by using a MATCH function:


This will tell us that Belfast is number 4 in the list, so we can 
put the number 4 into an INDEX formula:


Of course, this formula will return the name 'Debbie', which 
answers the original question. But in the same way that 
original question is made up of two sub questions, so we can 
turn our two formulas into a single one, like this:


Again, this gives us the answer 'Debbie'. 

Of course, we've looked so far at simple tables, and it's been 
far quicker just to look at our table and answer the questions 
than to sit down and write formulae! However, there will be 
times when the data tables are huge, or when you want Excel 
to work things out for itself and get on with things. At times 
like those, you'll find that the LOOKUP functions of Excel are 
an invaluable part of your toolkit.
Ray Blake lives in England and spent 15 years training 
people in the financial services industry there. He had 
always used PCs in his work, and gradually realised he 
might make a career out of them. He and his business 
partner set up GR Business Process Solutions 
( http://www.grbps.com ) which specializes in innovative 
IT to support knowledge testing and skills assessment. 
Although he spends a lot of time these days developing 
in VB and Access, Excel remains his favourite development 
tool, because, as he says, 'It can do everything; there's no 
computer application you can think of that you couldn't 
develop in Excel.'

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~~Tina Clarke, AccessFP - FrontPage Resource Centre

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article contains pictures and is 
clearer if read online here:

Navigation View is not to be confused with the Navigation 
Pane. The Navigation View displays the relationships of all 
the web pages in a web if one has created a navigation 
structure. Its hierarchical layout enables one to obtain a 
visual picture of how links in the Navigation Bar will be 

* The orientation can be changed. Right-click the background, 
and choose 'Portrait/Landscape' from the dialog box. 
* To expand or collapse a parent page whose child pages have 
been expanded or collapsed, click the plus sign (+) to expand 
or the minus sign (-) to collapse.  
* To expand the entire navigation tree and view all pages in 
the web, right-click the background and click 'Expand All' in the 
popup dialog box. 

NOTE: All pages are expanded by default. 

* To zoom in or out of the navigation structure, right-click the 
background, click 'Zoom', and select the percentage you want 
and which range, from 150% to 25%.  Or you can automatically 
size a large navigation structure by clicking 'Size to Fit'. 
* Sub tree's can be viewed by themselves, just Right-click any 
file in the sub tree you want to view, and then click 'View 
Subtree Only' in the popup dialog box. 

Creating a navigation structure

You can create the navigation structure of the current web site 
by organising pages in Navigation view.

* Add an existing page to the current navigation structure - 
Click the page in the 'Folder List', and drag it to the position 
in the structure where you want it and you can see the outline 
of the file which has been dragged into position. 

NOTE: If the Folder List is not showing, go to the View menu 
and click, 'Folder List'. 

* Move a page within the navigation structure - Click the 
page, and then drag it to another location, such as under or 
next to another page.  
* Add a title to a page - Right-click the page, click 'Rename' 
on the pop up dialog box, and then edit the name.  
* Add a new page under an existing page - Right-click the 
existing page, choose New | Page on the pop up dialog box.  
* Delete a page from the navigation structure - Click the page, 
you then have two choices 'Remove page from the navigation 
structure' or 'Delete this page from the web' you should choose 
the first selection as the second permanently deletes the file 
from the web. 
* Save changes without switching views - Right-click on the 
view background, and then click 'Apply Changes' on the pop 
up dialog box. 

TIP: To open a page to edit it, double-click the page.

Printing the navigation structure

You can print the navigation structure of a web site as it is 
displayed in Navigation view.  In Navigation view, click 'Print' 
on the File menu.

TIP: To see how the navigation structure will appear when 
printed, click Print Preview on the File menu.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article contains pictures and is 
clearer if read online here:

Annoyed by Balloon Popups in Windows XP?  If so, you are 
not alone. Fortunately, they are easy to disable with a little 
registry editing. Here I will show you how to disable ALL 
Windows XP balloon popups of which there are several different 
types and styles. For the benefit of registry newbies, I will give 
full instructions on how to implement the first tip (with pictures 
in the online version of this article). You can then apply these 
basic instructions to the rest of the tips. I also have a pre-
made file available to automate most of this (see end of 
article) but, for the sake of learning, here is how to disable 
any one or all of those balloon tips manually.


These are the most common balloon tips that pop up on the 
right side of your taskbar - the notification area by the clock.

To get rid of them: 

* Click Start>Run, type regedit and click OK. 
* This will open up the registry editor. 
* Use the + signs to make your way to this key: 
CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced  (it's the Advanced key we 
want selected)

* In the right hand pane, right click an empty area and choose 
New>Dword Value.
* Name it EnableBalloonTips
* Now double click it and enter 0 as the Value Data (it 
should already be 0 by default, but this is to show you 
where you enter the values) 
* Click Ok and your registry editing for this tip is done. 
* Exit the registry and logoff and logon again or reboot to 
make sure the changes take effect. 

From then on you will no longer see any of these taskbar 
balloon popups.

Follow the same editing guidelines to disable any of the other 
balloon tips that follow.  Note that some of the value names 
may already exist. In which case, all you have to do is double 
click them and change the value data. 


 Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
 Value Type: DWORD 
 Value Name: StartButtonBalloonTip 
 Value Data: 0 

More info: As the value name makes obvious, this will disable 
balloon popups that appear in the Start button area - the left 
side of your taskbar.


 Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
 Value Type: DWORD 
 Value Name: NoSMBalloonTip 
 Value Data: 1 

More info: As the name makes obvious, this will disable balloon 
popups that appear inside the Start menu.


 Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
 Value Type: DWORD 
 Value Name: FolderContentsInfoTip 
 Value Data: 0 


 Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
 Value Type: DWORD 
 Value Name: ShowInfoTip 
 Value Data: 0 


 Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Printers\Settings 
 Values Type: DWORD 
 Value Name 1: EnableBalloonNotificationsLocal 
 Value Name 2: EnableBalloonNotificationsRemote 
 Value Data: 0 for both. 

More info and options here:


 Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
 Value Type: DWORD 
 Value Name: RunCount 
 Value Data: 0 

More info and options here: 


Note that this one is a binary value type 
(all the rest were Dword)

 Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
 Value Type: BINARY 
 Value Name: PassportBalloon 
 Value: 0a 00 00 00 

More info:  When you first install Windows XP, a balloon tip 
pops up reminding you to apply for a Microsoft Passport. 
This disappears on its own after 6 logons.


 Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\
 Value Type: DWORD 
 Value Name: NoReminders 
 Value Data: 1 

More info:  This only applies if you are using the Offline Files 
Network feature (Tools>Folder Options>Offline Files tab). 
Reminder balloons popup to notify you of lost connections.

Note: If the instructions give you trouble, or you would like to 
skip learning how to do this on your own, you can download a 
reg file I made that will disable the most common balloon tips 
automatically by just double clicking it. The name of the file is 
DisableAllBalloonTips.reg.  It's available by logging onto our 
WinTips&Tricks file section. If you are not a member, signing 
up is easy and free and you are most welcome to join.  
Vic Ferri owns the very popular WinTips and Tricks 
email group 
He is also in charge of the Printing Tips page at
Linda's Computer Stop.

Vic has also created a program which allows you to 
Lock & Hide desktop folders in Windows 9X/ME.  
Read more and get the free demo here.

And, he now offers a service to convert PowerPoint 
presentations to .exe files which can be viewed on 
computers which do not have PowerPoint installed.

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Much of this information comes from this website.  Go here 
if you want even more:

#1  Do not forward virus warnings!

Forwards of virus warnings from friends are generally always 
hoaxes; See; Symantec's Virus Hoax Page;
and; Hoaxbusters

- especially if they tell you to forward to everyone you know. 

Delete those emails and do not forward them!

Definitely ignore those forwarded emails instructing you to 
delete files on your computer -they could be critical files that 
your computer needs to operate.

Only warn friends if you KNOW you have a virus that you have 
inadvertently passed on to them.

Rely only on your virus software and your software provider's 
Web site for the real scoop. If you get one of these wacky 
emails from a friend or associate, go to your virus software 
provider's site and read what they have to say before you 
unnecessarily alarm folks, delete files off your hard drive and, 
in the process, end up looking rather silly to say the least.

There are many urban legends purely in existence to watch 
all the Newbies screw up their computer's config files or 
forward to everyone they know and end up looking rather 
foolish in the process.  There's a Newbie born every minute! ;-)

With the advancement of technology, it is now possible to get 
a virus without even opening an email, as was the case with 
W32.Nimda.A@mm in September/2001 that merely required 
you click on the subject of the email in your email program or 
for those that use Outlook Express have your program set to 

HINT: Turn Previewing Off!

Nimda also propagated itself by taking advantage of bugs in 
Microsoft servers to plant itself on the server and then transfer 
itself to those who visited the Web sites on that server through 
Internet Explorer (IE is buggy too).

Several of the latest viruses actually use email addresses 
farmed out of your address book or Inbox to send the virus 
and propagate themselves to all those listed with your name 
in the FROM: field.
Later viruses can send out the virus with your friend's names 
in the from field!
The need for a 24/7 real-time virus protection software is no 
longer a choice - it is your responsibility to remain virus free.
You will also need to update your virus files regularly so that 
your computer is protected from the latest releases.

The Hackfix AV Program Updates are posted to my web page 
every Friday 

Basics for virus protection:

* Get an active program that is always "ON". This will catch 
any viruses as they are being downloaded so they can be 
quarantined and cannot infect your system. 
* Update your virus patterns daily or every time you log on. 
These updates can be downloaded from the Web site of your 
virus software manufacturer. 
* Norton and most other AV programs have a scheduler to 
tell your computer to do this automatically - how convenient! 
* You need to ensure your system is protected from the 
latest viruses which may have just been discovered since 
last you were online. New viruses are identified daily! 
* Never click on any attachment or an .exe (examples: 
Happy99.exe, free stuff, click here or ILOVEYOU) file 
attached within an email without making sure the attachment 
has been checked for viruses.  Even if the mail appears to 
come from someone you know very well!  They may unknowingly 
be infected and are not aware of the virus on their system 
which has just spawned an email that has their name on it 
and is addressed to you. The email may look like it is from 
your friend just to get you to open it when in fact it is an 
email generated by a virus. 

As a courtesy to your fellow Netizens, try to learn what this is 
all about - ignorance is not bliss online.

See my Anti-Virus pages

#2 Replying to Email

When replying to emails, always respond promptly and edit 
out unnecessary information from a post you are responding to.

Responding promptly is the courteous thing to do. Don't let 
folks wonder if you received the email or are ever going to 
respond to their communications.

Think about how quickly you would return a phone call or voice 
mail. Email is no different, especially considering most folks 
have expectations of a faster response as email is received so 
quickly. Outside of any emergencies such as surgery or lack of 
connectivity, always respond as soon as you can.

If you need more time to gather your thoughts, simply pop off 
an email stating you are planning on responding in more detail 
and when.

Don't just hit the reply button and start typing. Edit out 
unimportant parts of the email you are responding to and 
respond point by point.

Yes, there may be times where keeping in the entire previous 
email is important, especially if you are adding folks to the 
conversation via CC. But that is the rare occasion - again, use 
your common sense.

Editing your email is accomplished by deleting information from 
the previous mail that is not necessary to continuing the 
conversation.  At the very least edit out email headers and 
signature files. 

Lazy is hitting reply and sending a one word answer.... please.  
Is your time more important than those you are corresponding 
with?  Aren't your associates or friends worth taking the time 
to make communicating with you easy?  Especially when email 
conversations on the same topic are ongoing.  Why would you 
possibly want to have copies of the last 3-4 (or more) emails 
added to the growing list of back and forth?  You make the 
person you are communicating with look for your response 
amongst all the text. Be sure to hit the enter key twice before 
typing after a previous email's comments. Doing so will ensure 
that your comments are directly after the previous email's 
content you are replying to. The recipient will then know exactly 
what part of their email your comments were directed at and 
this will help with clarity in your reply and avoid misunderstandings.

By not editing your email, your lack of understanding in regard 
to smooth communications, bandwidth and trying to keep the 
online environment not overloaded with unnecessary noise will 
be apparent. Always edit/delete what is not necessary for the 
conversation to continue.  This is a skill well worth developing, 
that over time can add tremendous clarity to your communications.

As a courtesy to your fellow Netizens, please down edit your 
posts keeping only what will contribute to the ongoing 
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To subscribe, send a blank email to 
mikeswhatsnews-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word 
"subscribe" in the subject line (without the quotes)
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Are you like me and unable to remember all the keyboard 
shortcuts in every program?  Now that I'm becoming a 
better typist, I prefer to use my keyboard more and my 
mouse less, but my memory stinks so I'm always 
forgetting which keyboard shortcuts do what.  My solution 
was to buy the custom keyboard sets from Ideazon.  
Now, I'm no longer lost when I switch from program to 
program and need to use different keys.  And it only 
takes seconds to switch from one keyset to another.  

If this interests you, read my review of the Excel 
Keyboard here:

And check out all the other cool keyboards available for 
other programs, games, the Internet, etc.  This is 
something that gets two thumbs up from ABC!!

~~ Chad K. Welch

Anthony sent me an email this month asking for more 
information and examples on the BuiltInDocumentProperties 
in Word article that I did about a year and a half ago. 

Specifically, he wants to create an index of Word and Excel files 
in a specific directory. He suggests that an ideal index should 
include certain built in document properties as well.

This is a bit of a challenge since the built in document 
properties are only accessible (to my knowledge) if the file is 
open. Some attributes like Date Created or Read Only are 
accessible through the Windows file system, but properties 
such as Author, Comments and Keywords are only accessible 
when the file is open in the applicable application.

The procedure at the end of this article will create an index in 
Excel, but will probably run slowly - especially if there are 
many files or it is a networked folder. The procedure will 
search the directory for Excel files, open them up one by one, 
retrieve some built in properties and close the file again. Then 
it repeats the process for Word files.

The first step to setting this procedure up so that you can run 
it is to create a reference to Word. Since this macro is done in 
Excel but opens Word files as well, we need to tell Excel how 
to access Word. It is actually a very easy process.

* Open a new Excel Workbook 
* Open the Visual Basic Editor 
* Choose References from the Tools menu. 
* Scroll down until you find "Microsoft Word X.X Object Library." 
The X.X will be a number indicating the version of Word that you 
* Place a check in the box next to Word's object library and 
click OK 

Now you are ready to add the actual code. Choose Module 
from the Insert menu and paste the code below, between the 
stars. (Note: I have inserted numbers before each line to 
eliminate any errors caused by word wrap. Each numbered line 
should not have any line breaks before the next number. You 
will need to remove the numbers before the code will run.)

Also notice that on line 18 there is a directory listed. This is 
where you should type the complete path of the folder you 
wish to index. 


1 Sub FileIndex()


3 ' This procedure requires that a reference be made to

4 ' the Microsoft Word Object Library (Tools | References)



7 Dim Directory As String

8 Dim FileName As String

9 Dim IndexSheet As Worksheet

10 Dim rw As Long

11 Dim Wd As Word.Application

12 Dim WdDoc As Word.Document

13 Dim WBook As Workbook


15 Application.ScreenUpdating = False


17 'Change the directory below to the appropriate folder

18 Directory = "C:\My Documents\"


20 'Create the Index Sheet and set the column names

21 Set IndexSheet = ThisWorkbook.Sheets.Add

22 On Error Resume Next

23 Application.DisplayAlerts = False

24 ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Index").Delete

25 Application.DisplayAlerts = True

26 On Error GoTo 0

27 IndexSheet.Name = "Index"

28 With IndexSheet

29 rw = 1

30 .Cells(rw, 1).Value = "File Name"

31 .Cells(rw, 2).Value = "Author"

32 .Cells(rw, 3).Value = "Title"

33 .Cells(rw, 4).Value = "Subject"

34 .Cells(rw, 5).Value = "Path"

35 .Cells(rw, 6).Value = "Comments"

36 .Cells(rw, 7).Value = "Last Saved On"

37 .Cells(rw, 8).Value = "Last Saved By"

38 rw = rw + 1

39 End With


41 'Start with the Excel Files

42 FileName = Dir(Directory & "*.xl*")

43 Do While FileName <> "" And FileName <> ThisWorkbook.Name

44 Application.StatusBar = "Retrieving information from " & FileName


46 Set WBook = Workbooks.Open(FileName:=Directory & FileName, _

47 UpdateLinks:=False, _

48 ReadOnly:=True)


50 With IndexSheet

51 .Hyperlinks.Add Anchor:=.Cells(rw, 1), _

52 Address:=Directory & FileName, _

53 TextToDisplay:=FileName

54 .Cells(rw, 2).Value = WBook.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Author").Value

55 .Cells(rw, 3).Value = WBook.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Title").Value

56 .Cells(rw, 4).Value = WBook.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Subject").Value

57 .Cells(rw, 5).Value = Directory

58 .Cells(rw, 6).Value = WBook.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Comments").Value

59 .Cells(rw, 7).Value = WBook.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Last Save

60 .Cells(rw, 8).Value = WBook.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Last

61 End With


63 WBook.Close savechanges:=False

64 rw = rw + 1

65 Set WBook = Nothing

66 FileName = Dir

67 Loop


69 'Now do the Word Files

70 Set Wd = New Word.Application

71 FileName = Dir(Directory & "*.doc")

72 Do While FileName <> ""


74 Application.StatusBar = "Retrieving information from " & FileName


76 Set WdDoc = Wd.Documents.Open(FileName:=Directory & FileName, _

77 ReadOnly:=True, _

78 AddToRecentFiles:=False, _

79 Visible:=False)

80 With IndexSheet

81 .Hyperlinks.Add Anchor:=Cells(rw, 1), _

82 Address:=Directory & FileName, _

83 TextToDisplay:=FileName

84 .Cells(rw, 2).Value = WdDoc.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Author").Value

85 .Cells(rw, 3).Value = WdDoc.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Title").Value

86 .Cells(rw, 4).Value = WdDoc.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Subject").Value

87 .Cells(rw, 5).Value = Directory

88 .Cells(rw, 6).Value = WdDoc.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Comments").Value

89 .Cells(rw, 7).Value = WdDoc.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Last Save

90 .Cells(rw, 8).Value = WdDoc.BuiltinDocumentProperties("Last

91 End With


93 WdDoc.Close savechanges:=False

94 rw = rw + 1

95 Set WdDoc = Nothing

96 FileName = Dir

97 Loop


99 Wd.Quit savechanges:=False

100 Set Wd = Nothing


102 Application.StatusBar = False

103 Application.ScreenUpdating = True


105 End Sub

Send me an idea that I can use in this column and I'll send you 
$5.00. Just make sure that the subject contains the words "Idea 
for ABC," so that it will get past my filters.


Chad ... I tried this today and it is exactly what I'm been 
looking for. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.  Believe it 
or not, I've been asking about this for two years with all the 
experts I know and even inquired within Microsoft with no 
answer. I am attempting to modify the code now to include 
other applications like Powerpoint, Access, Adobe, image files, 
or to cover all the possibilities. I'm not that strong in VB but 
I think I can follow the existing format.  I'm also interested to 
know if you can make the code read all the sub-directories 
beneath the primary without having to change "Line 18" every 
time. But for now.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.   
PS. Keep the money, I should be paying you. 
Chad Welch works as a technician/enabler in Utah and is 
pursuing a degree in Biology. He is looking for a competitive 
and challenging position as a crime scene technician or 
forensic scientist. He is willing to relocate anywhere in the 
US as long as it is close enough to a good university so he 
can finish a bachelors and masters degree in biology or 
forensic science. He will also become POST certified if 
needed.  Contact him at chad@xxxxxxxxxxxxx for more 

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~~ William Warren, Emmanuel Computer Consulting

Many people do not have the time or know where to look for 
some great independent reviews and news about the latest in 
computer hardware. I am hoping to remedy this by showing 
excerpts of articles and showing links.

Notebook graphics chips finally coming of age

Many who have notebooks and want to play games either know 
or are rudely awakened to find that their on-board graphics can 
barely show Microsoft Word much less do gaming. That is 
changing as the two graphics behemoths Nvidia and ATI have 
released several new mobile chips. They perform on the lines 
of each company's mainstream desktop parts so now gaming is 
not an issue of "Can I run PacMan?" but a whole new swath of 
games is now available to those with the new generation 
notebooks. Here are a few links:

ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 reviewed: (this test also includes some 
desktop cards and the comparable NVIDIA mobile part)

A Quick Summary:

With the launch of its new flagship mobile GPU, the Mobility 
Radeon 9700, ATi has closed the 3D performance gap between 
notebooks and comparably desktop systems even further. The 
results make one thing unmistakably clear: A desktop PC with 
a year old graphics card such as the Radeon 9600 can't hold a 
candle to notebooks built around the Mobility Radeon 9700.
(Toms Hardware.com)

Anandtech's Mobility Radeon 9700 review:

So, the bottom line is: "does the M11 deserve the Mobility 
Radeon 9700 name, which ATI has given it?" Based on our 
results and experience with the M11 GPU, we would say that 
the Mobility Radeon 9700 name is backed up well enough. 
Though, we certainly won't disagree that ATI was not helping 
itself with the Mobility Radeon 9600's three-tier naming system.

On the performance end, we should make it clear that the 
Mobility Radeon 9700 will provide performance increases in 
basically all scenarios over the Mobility Radeon 9600 trio. This 
is a benefit from the low-k process of the R360 core that the 
Mobility Radeon 9700 is based upon.

In AA and AF settings, the Mobility Radeon 9700 will perform 
better than the Mobility Radeon 9600 trio (in our case, an 
average of about 25%), but it will not increase its performance 
margin or shorten its performance degradation when resolutions 
are increased. For example, if you are playing Jedi Academy 
with a Mobility Radeon 9600 GPU (in any of its derivatives) and 
you turn on AA and AF or increase the resolution, the degrade 
margin you get from the higher settings will basically be the 
same for the Mobility Radeon 9700 GPU (assuming the platform 
is the same). This is because the number of pipes and 
architecture between M10 and M11 is very similar.
(anandtech.com, author: Andrew Ku)

Not everyone cares or wants the latest in graphics hardware. 
There are "older" versions of both ATI and NVIDIA's parts, as 
well as the Mobility Radeon 9000 and NVIDIA's GeForce4 440 
Go, which are previous generation parts:

Anandtech's Mobility Radeon 900 and Nvidia GeForce4 440 Go 


ATI is really pushing the envelope on video cards with the 
announcement of the Mobility Radeon 9000. Not only does the 
chip bring to market some needed speed and features, it is 
also available in notebook systems as of today. Both of 
these aspects of the Mobility Radeon 9000 make it the mobile 
graphics chip of choice today as well as the foreseeable future. 
Let's go over a bit of what we learned.

First off, in many gaming situations the Mobility Radeon 9000 
is able to offer substantial performance increases over the 
GeForce4 440 Go, on the order of around 20-25%. In others 
benchmarks, like two specific levels in Unreal Tournament 2002 
and in at least one level of Serious Sam 2, the performance 
increase is not so pronounced (5-10%). The times that the 
performance difference is pronounced can mean the difference 
between playing a game smooth or choppy at a high resolution. 
The times when the performance difference is not as large, you 
are still left with the highest performing mobile GPU available, 
although by a fairly trivial amount.

Secondly, the largest advantage that the Mobility Radeon 9000 
has over its competitors is its DirectX 8.1 compatibility. The 
introduction of pixel and vertex shaders is a huge step forward 
for the mobile community and further closes the gap between 
desktops and notebooks. DirectX 8 compatibility is necessary 
if you wish to play the games of tomorrow and since a laptop 
video chip can't just be swapped out for a new one, getting 
the best mobile GPU on the market at the time of purchase is 
very important if you like your 3D games.
(Anandtech.com, author: Matthew.Witheiler)

What does this come down to? When buying a notebook make 
sure to find out exactly which graphics chip is in the machine. 
There is no reason to accept sub-standard graphics performance 
when buying a notebook anymore; especially considering that 
there are even "older" versions of everything mentioned here, 
namely the Mobility Radeon 7500. So if the graphics do not 
say GeForce Go or Mobility Radeon, I would seriously 
re-evaluate your purchase if you plan to do anything other 
than office applications on your notebook.

William Warren is a 20-year veteran of the computer industry. 
He is completely self-taught, having no formal training, but 
taught himself through reading and hands-on experience. His 
main focus is computer/networking hardware, installation, and 
repair, as well as network and computer security. He is also 
the owner of a soon-to-be-live startup computer consulting 
firm, Emmanuel Computer Consulting,
which does computer/network/security consulting for 
residences and businesses in the Frederick/Brunswick, 
Maryland area.

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 ~ Questions submitted by readers and answered by
 ABC's Fleet of Writers

QUESTION submitted by Leogd at mchsi.com:

In Windows XP Home, when I open the my computer icon and 
click on the c drive or any other drive it opens in search instead 
of opening into the folders. Is there any way short of 
reinstalling the os to make Open the default instead of search?

ANSWER from Vic Ferri (Vic Ferri owns the very popular 
WinTips and Tricks email group 
He has also created a program which allows you to 
Lock & Hide desktop folders in Windows 9X/ME.  
Read more and get the free demo here.
And, he now offers a service to convert PowerPoint 
presentations to .exe files which can be viewed on 
computers which do not have PowerPoint installed.

In XP, you'll need to enter the registry to fix this.
Click Start>Run and type regedit
Make your way to the Drive shell key:
In the right hand pane, double click "Default" and change the 
value data to "none" (minus the quotes) 
Exit the registry and try double clicking a drive in My Computer. 
It should now open normally.

REPLY from Leogd at mchsi.com:

thank you so much. it worked like a charm

QUESTION submitted by Joel:

I am unable to use the AOL tutorials. I get a message saying 
that "system administrator privileges are required in order to 
update your aol software. Please ensure that you are logged 
on to your computer as an administrator prior to running AOL 
help applications."  I am logged on as a administrator. I am 
the only user on this computer. The control panel shows :  
Owner --- computer administrator  Guest --- guest account is 
off.  I have been told that I may have installed AOL in the 
guest account. If so, how do I determine that and how can 
I move Aol to the administrator account. I have no problem 
with AOL except for the above problem.  thanks

ANSWER from Charlene Russ (Charlene Russ is an instructor 
with Eclectic Academy, http://eclecticacademy.com
and is currently teaching Introduction to 3D Studio Max.  
She teaches novice students the basics of 3D design and 
modeling techniques.  She is also an adjunct instructor with 
a Florida community college in the Digital Arts dept.  
Charlene's personal site is The Artist Edge, 
http://www.theartistedge.com/ which features a 
wide gamut of useful design related information.):

AOL has to write to your hard disk to update its software. You 
need to go into system properties and edit your user profiles.

ADDITIONAL ANSWER from Linda Johnson:

...and I would add that you could try reinstalling the software 
from the disk (you have to have one of those, I must get 20 
free AOL disks in the mail every month) ....but this time do it 
from your Administrator account ... if that doesn't work, call 
AOL support....that's what you pay them for.

QUESTION submitted by Chad:

A certain word document prints with 2 lines superimposed on 
each other. I've tried it on three different printers with the 
same results. When I look at the document in Print Preview 
the lines appear normal. I've tried removing the lines and a 
couple lines before and after them and retyping it, but it still 
prints with the two lines superimposed.

ANSWER from Hal Cardona (Hal Cardona, PC Sleuth
http://pcsleuth.com serves as tech support and/or offsite 
Sys Admin for over 200 clients around the US.  He designs, 
builds, and troubleshoots networks and builds custom 
computer systems.):

Does this problem happen with other documents?  If not I 
suspect a corrupt document. You may be able to repair the 
corruption with Linda's help or you may need to recreate the 

ADDITIONAL INFO from Linda Johnson:

I agree that if it's only happening in this document, that there 
may be corruption in that part of the document...I would 
suggest you remove that part, then copy everything else in 
that document and paste it into a new blank document. Then 
add that part into the new document and you should get rid of 
the corruption.

QUESTION submitted by Dale:

I am using Outlook Express 6. I want to move my address file 
(.wab) to another computer. I am trying to use export/import. 
Problem is that export will only let me create a text .csv file 
and import will only accept a .wab file.  Where do I have some 
setting messed up?  I have read the help file and my system 
does not give me a choice of exporting a text or a wab file.  
Thank you.

ANSWER from Linda Johnson:

Export is as a csv file ... then go to the new computer and 
choose File>Import>Other Address Book and you will see a 
choice in there for Text File (Comma Separated Values).  csv 
stands for Comma Separated Values, so that's what you want.

REPLY from Dale:

Linda, my problem is the new computer does not give me the 
option of importing a csv file, it will only accept a wab file. On 
the other side, my base computer will only export a csv file, 
it does not give me the option of exporting a wab file. Do I 
have some switch set wrong somewhere? I am running W98 
2nd Edition, OE 6 and IE 6.  Thank you, Caught between the 
proverbial rock and a hard place!!

ANSWER from Linda Johnson:

I don't use OE, but I can tell you in my OE6, if I go to the 
File>Import, there are a few choices...like I said DO NOT 
CHOOSE ADDRESS BOOK (that will only give you wab)
...choose OTHER Address Book...that will give you csv.

REPLY from Dale:

Gotcha, Thank you. I was missing the word "OTHER".

QUESTION submitted by Ed from WB:

In the past 3 or 4 weeks sometimes when I delete an e-mail 
my computer hangs up and I have to shut it down and reboot. 
The e-mail that I wanted to delete is still there after I reboot. 
It never did this before. Just in the past 3 or 4 weeks. Can you 
please help me out? 

ANSWER from Hal Cardona (Hal Cardona, PC Sleuth
http://pcsleuth.com serves as tech support and/or offsite 
Sys Admin for over 200 clients around the US.  He designs, 
builds, and troubleshoots networks and builds custom 
computer systems.):

Have you tried creating a new profile?  If you have tried the 
new profile idea and that hasn't helped, is there any 
information in the event viewer? To access the Event Viewer, 
right click on My Computer and select Manage. On the left 
side, click on the Event Viewer, check the 3 sections for 
events that occur at the same time as the crash.

QUESTION submitted by Janet:

This tip on your website does not work for XP. I had done it 
on my old machine that had 98 on it. But in XP it doesn't 
have "Window Title". Is there any other way to do this?

Tip from 
Changing title bar in Internet Explorer:

Did you download a free ISP and now IE's title bar says 
"Internet Explorer Provided by <blah blah blah>"? Wanna get 
rid of it? Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Internet Explorer\ 

(by clicking once on the plus signs beside each of these). 
Once you get to Internet Explorer, doubleclick on "Main" to 
expand its contents in the right pane....now scroll down til 
you see "Window Title" and you will see it says "Internet 
Explorer provided by <blah blah blah>". Double click on the 
words "Window Title" and a box will come up where you can 
change the title to anything you like.....get creative! Why stick 
with Internet Explorer? Name it something like "My Personal 
Browser" or anything you want. Close the Registry Editor.

ANSWER from Linda Johnson:

You're right.  XP doesn't put the value there by default, but 
you can add it.  Here's what you do.
Close Internet Explorer.  Navigate  in your registry to HKEY_
CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.  
Double click on the Main folder so you see its contents on the 
right.  Right click in a blank white space on the right and 
choose New>String Value.  Name it Window Title  (you must 
name it EXACTLY that) and hit Enter.  Double click on Window 
Title and a box comes up ... in the Value box, type whatever 
you want IE's title bar to say. Open Internet Explorer and 
there you are :-)

QUESTION submitted by Rebekah:

We had problems with our internet connection so our ISP came 
and replaced our router/firewall. (They supply this with the 
wireless service we have.) The old one was an Asanti (I don't 
know the model) the new one is a LinkSys BEFSR41 ver 3. Before 
we could have an "audio" chat through MSN messenger (Ver. 6) 
with our daughter in the next state, but now it won't work. It 
will not connect.  We can surf the internet just fine, get and 
send our emails and even do a regular "instant messaging" 
session where you just type the messages to each other. This 
works fine. It's just that the "Audio chat" will not connect like it 
did before. I have searched through the MSN messenger Help 
site and looked at all the settings I can think of. We didn't 
change anything (except the router). I contacted my ISP and 
got a "pass the buck" answer. They told me to contact LinkSys. 
I went to linksys.com and looked around but was unable to 
search their "knowledge base" because it would not load. 
(Only came up with a "page cannot be displayed" error.) So, 
I emailed Linksys. They did reply to my email, but I'm not 
sure how to even do what they suggest. Here is what they 
said, "The router actually do not support VoIP or Voice over 
Internet Protocol. That is the reason why audio is not working. 
You may actually try opening the port 6901 on the forwarding 
page of the router and look for any other port for voice on the 
router and see if that will help. Still i am not giving you an 
assurance that it will work since as mentioned VoIP is not 
supported by the router. To go to the forwarding page of the 
router, open an internet explorer, type in on the 
address bar, password is admin. You will be prompted with 
the setup page, hit on advanced tab and then forwarding tab 
then open the port number you got. Do not forget to specify 
the IP address of the computer that needs the application."  
I'm not sure what "look for any other port for voice on the 
router" means or how I would figure this out. I don't want 
to mess anything up fooling around with things I don't 
understand.   If you have any suggestions I would be very 
grateful to hear from you. My daughter misses our chats. 
: ) Thank you.

ANSWER from Ray Blake (Ray Blake lives in England 
and spent 15 years training people in the financial 
services industry there. He and his business partner 
set up GR Business Process Solutions ( www.grbps.com ) 
which specializes in innovative IT to support 
knowledge testing and skills assessment):

There's a fair bit of discussion on this issue here: 
http://ask-leo.com/archives/000023.html  But, see here 
for a potential quick fix if it's not NAT that's the problem, 
but QoS instead: 

QUESTION submitted by Tina:

Is there a way to insert page breaks when printing frontpage 
folders. Because of the many graphics we have in our intranet 
we have to print everything in landscape format, this however 
often breaks the tables. Therefore is there a way to avoid 
this and furthermore is it possible to select specific pages 
for printing.

ANSWER from Linda Johnson:

FrontPage is a web design program .... it's not intended for 
printing ... if you want to control how something prints, put 
it in a Word document or something because html does not 
allow you to control page breaks. An html "page" is not really 
a printed page, it's a webpage, so as far as FrontPage is 
concerned, one html file is all one page. It just breaks when 
you print it, when it can't fit any more on a page. Web pages 
are not a good medium for printing...you are better off copying 
the information out of the FrontPage file and pasting it into 
Word, then printing it ... Word will let you tell it where to put 
the page breaks.

QUESTION submitted by Mark:

Running MS word 2000, my search never reveals a file by the 
name normal.dot.  ?

ANSWER from Linda Johnson:

If you are using Windows XP, normal.dot is a hidden file ... 
you will have to go into My Computer and click on the Tools 
menu and choose Folder Options ... then click on the View tab 
and put a tick in the button that says Show Hidden Files and 
Folders ... then below that remove the check where it says 
"Hide protected operating system files" .. then you should find 
normal.dot when you search for it.  Also, by default, Windows 
doesn't show your extensions, so if you are searching for 
normal.dot, Windows won't find it if you don't turn that on ... 
that's on the View tab also (in ALL versions of Windows) ... 
remove the check where is says "Hide extensions for known 
file types".

REPLY from Mark:

THANKS, you hung the moon.

Thanks to all who submitted questions this month.  If you 
submitted a question and did not get an answer, and the 
problem still persists, try going here and submitting it again.
Just remember that we cannot guarantee that we will answer 
every question, though I think the Fleet did a bang-up job 
this month!  Thanks to all of the Fleet for your expert advice 
and your valuable time :-) 


Well, gang.....that's about it for this edition of 
ABC ~ All 'Bout Computers. I sure hope you enjoyed it! 
If any of it was over your head and you need some 
clarification from one of the Fleet, just send me an 
email to linda@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and I will 
pass it on to them. Remember that they do this in their 
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wait for an answer.  To make all things work more 
quickly, include as many details as you can in your 
email and make your questions as specific as possible. 
Also, feel free to write to me and let us know what you 
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Happy computing, my friends!
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