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Understanding the Basics of Computers, Issue #003
December 31, 2008
Understanding the Basics of Computers
Your source for computer tips and tricks for the beginner computer user
December 31, 2008 Issue 03
Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you have a safe and fun New Year. As for the articles in this issue I am trying hard to give the most useful information I can come up with that will help you with your computer woes. I have also added a new section that will keep you up to date on new technology coming out. I hope this section will help you with your technology purchases. My website is still a work in progress so check it regularly for new tutorials. If you have any suggestions for the website please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think or what you would like me to add.
In this issue:
With all of the multi media things we can do on our computers now it creates very large files. And what fun is creating digital videos and pictures if you canít share them with friends and family? Many email programs have a size limit on what they will let you send. Here is a quick fix to that problem it is called zipping.
In Windows XP all you need to do is right click on the file or folder you would like to zip and select Send to then Compressed (zipped) folder. This will take your file reduce the size of it and put it in a folder with the same file name in the same location as the file.
You can also select multiple files to put into a zipped folder by clicking each file while holding the ctrl button down then following the same steps.
There are several programs that you can download if you donít like using windows or if you have a version of windows that will not do this. WinZip is one of these programs that I think works well. Click Here! to download the program then we can continue learning about how to use this program.
If you need more information on zipping files please email me at Jennifer@free-computer-tutorials.net
Understanding security online
With all of the financial institutions moving to managing your accounts online and with so many shopping opportunities online security on the internet has become a big issue. I want to give you some tips so you can check your computer and make sure you are safe while banking and shopping online.
I hope these suggestions help you feel a little more secure while shopping and banking online. Please email me if you have any questions.
This is a wonderful tool I just started using to keep track of an email account that I cannot set up as an account in Outlook 2007. This works great for webmail accounts but also for frequently visited web pages. I am always in my Outlook 2007 program looking at my calendar and contacts. How convenient is it not to have to open a web browser to view frequently visited web site. To do this create a new folder by going to File then New then Folder. Title your folder then right click the folder you just created and select Properties.
When your Properties window opens click the Homepage tab and enter your web address in the address box. (Donít forget to put http:// in front of the web address). You may even want to copy and paste the address so you donít have any typos. Then simply click OK.
Now every time you click on that folder you will see your website.
Visit my web pages on Outlook 2007 to learn more about the program. https://www.free-computer-tutorials.net/outlook-2007.html
Yep Microsoft is coming out with yet another operating system. There were so many problems with Windows Vista that they are in the process of developing Windows 7. It has already been shown to developers so they can test it and give Microsoft feed back.
It should be hitting store shelves the end of 2009. So if you are planning on upgrading your operating system to Windows Vista I would hold off for another year if you can.
You can read more about Windows 7 at http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10128822-17.html?tag=mncol;posts
I hope this issue of Understanding the Basics of Computers was helpful. If you have any suggestions for next months issue or comments on this issue please let me know.
Keep learning about your computer,
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