February 2006


Tiny Treasure ... AM-Deadlink

Here's a FREEBIE from a reader named "KOO." At less than 1 Mb to download, this little program is certainly qualified to be a Tiny Treasure. Koo's words pretty well say it all! ...

Hello from beautiful South Florida. Decided it was time to do something about my bookmarks. This system is now over 4 years old, and I had over 900 pages bookmarked, but I usually seem to go back to the ones I know because wading through them is tedious at best.

I found a FREE program, downloaded it, ran it, and Voila! (that's French, ya know, and it means I now have only 240 bookmarks).

It actually checks the url's, lists errors, duplicates (whew! I had them fer sure!) and a few other things, is small and well worth getting if your bookmarks need an overhaul like mine did. You can find it at http://www.aignes.com/deadlink.htm.

Of course, you delete, etc. yourself after it runs its check, which did not take long on my system, but I am connected via DSL. Dial up would probably be slower. Anyways, if yer bookmarks or favorites are cluttered and you want to make em lean, try it.

The Save As Window ...

The Save As function isn't just an MS Office thing, or even a Microsoft thing. You can see the option to Save As in any program that can convert (save as) files to another format. For all I know, Save As may have even been around before Microsoft. It is a very common command. I think I first used the Save As (click the word File, then Save As) command with PaintShop Pro or the Windows Paint program to covert a file from a .bmp (bitmap) file to a .jpg file. It is a great little tool. After you click the word File, then Save As, you have a few choices to make. You can give your file a new name. This will create a whole new file and leave the original untouched. You can also "convert" the file to a different format by clicking the little down arrow (9) to the right of the Save as Type box and choosing from what is available. This can be especially handy if you are working with the latest version of Microsoft Word, for example, and need to send a copy to a friend who may have an older version. You can save your file in a version more compatible with what they have and you won't need to worry about whether they will be able to open it or not. When you are finished, hit the Save button (10).

Recently I received an email from Hank Clemente, one of my favorite Italians, wondering why the old Save As window had changed in the newer Office programs. There are a few extra icons and buttons that weren't there before. After a few back and forths, he went on to write a very good PDF tutorial for his students at his local Hot Springs, Arkansas SeniorNet center (a great organization, by the way). Here is how I explained the appearance of those EXTRAS.

The icons at the top are pretty much standard Windows Explorer icons, including the Search icon. Danged if I know why Microsoft put it or the Tools icon there. They sure don't have much to do with saving anything. The icons to the left are just quick ways to navigate to some of the more popular places to save things, except the My Recent Documents is NOT a place you would want to save anything. It is simply a list of shortcuts to the last several documents you opened.

The arrow to the left of number 2 (the one pointing to the left) is a Back arrow. If you navigate to other folders, that arrow will become available and let you go back to where you were. The down arrow to the left of the back arrow is the one in the Save In box and is just another way to navigate to other folders.

The only two important boxes are the Save In box (where you can choose where your file is supposed to go) and the Save as type box. That box gives you choices of how you want to save the file and is the key to converting a file from one format to another if you need to. Of course the File Name box is important too.

I think old Mr. Gates wanted to make sure we didn't forget there are options to get lost with. You know... sort of like adding everything but the kitchen sink!

PS... Click HERE to view Hank's completed tutorial. Thank you Hank for sharing it with me and giving me permission to share it with my readers!

Quick Tips ...

EMail Shortcut ...

If you frequently send email to one person or several people, you can make a shortcut on your Desktop that will cut your time in half. Right click any empty area of your Desktop and choose New, then choose Shortcut. In the Create Shortcut box that appears, type mailto: followed by the email address you want to create the shortcut for (no space between mailto: and the email address). If you want to create an email shortcut that will send to several recipients, add a semi colon or comma and a space between each one. Example: mailto:cindy@mrswizard.com, sherry@anywhere.com, susy@somewhere.com

Attach a File ...

If you use the EMail Shortcut and want to send a file with your message, just drag the file into the main message area of your email. This will attach the file so it will go with the email when you hit the Send button. It is a good idea to have your folder (where the file is located) open so you can get to it easily.

Smaller, more manageable Windows ...

You want to make sure your windows (especially your email window) is not filling the screen so you can drag things from the desktop or other folders easily. If you have a window filling the screen, double click in the Title Bar area to make it resizable and moveable. Test it by left clicking in the middle of the Title Bar and dragging the window to another position. You should also be able to see double ended arrows when you move the tip of the pointer to any edge of the window. This will allow you to left click and drag the edge of the window in or out, up or down, to make the window smaller.
Watch the VIDEO
SPECIAL NOTE... If you hear my lovely voice before the actual movie appears, you may need to wait a bit, then hit the Stop button on the video and play it again from the beginning. It is a rather large file and takes a while to load. It makes my brain hurt just thinking about troubleshooting this little anomaly, but I'm sure I will get it fixed eventually. In the meantime, ENJOY!  Warts and all! Heck! If I waited until everything was perfect, there wouldn't be any videos. Listening to my own voice is not one of my favorite things, but as long as you, dear readers, don't mind, I'll keep on!

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Warmest Regards,
Cindy O'Neal (aka Mrs. Wizard)
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