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Understanding the Basics of Computers, Issue #016
November 01, 2010

Ezine issue 16

Understanding the Basics of Computers

Your source for computer tips and tricks for the beginner computer user

November 1, 2010 Issue 16

Welcome to the November issue of Understanding the Basics of Computers. I hope the articles I have chosen in this issue help you with your computer problems or teach you something you didn't know before.

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In this issue:

  • What type of computer should I buy?
  • Streamline your day with Outlook 2007 Tasks

What type of computer should I buy?

Are you in the market for a new computer and not sure what type of computer to purchase? There are four choices for you to choose from.

  1. Netbook - is a small light weight portable computer. I would recommend this type of computer to someone who will use their computer primarily for sending and receiving email, browsing the web, and word processing applications. The netbook is less powerful than most computers on the market but it is small, lightweight and connects easily to public wireless internet.
  2. Laptop - The laptops today can be just as powerful as a desktop computer. They are portable so you can take them with you when traveling and have access to all of your computer applications. Laptops come in many sizes and capabilities. You can get one slightly larger than a netbook with a good processing speed to one with a 17" HD monitor and a built in 10 key. There is a wide variety in this category
  3. Desktop - a desktop computer can range in price from $200.00 to over $2000.00 depending on the features you require. Desktops are ideal for a person not wanting to travel with their computer. This type requires several components; a CPU (central processing unit), monitor, keyboard, mouse, and any other peripherals you may want. Desktops are usually cheaper than a laptop because the parts are not required to fit in such a small space. Desktops can be used for business, personal, or gaming.
  4. All-in-one - combine a CPU and monitor into one unit. You would still need to connect the peripheral devices such as a mouse and keyboard. These can have a wide price range depending on the processing speeds and features you require. This device is great for small spaces and you don't need the portability of a laptop.

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Streamline your day with Outlook 2007 Tasks

I have been working diligently on the outlook tutorials on my website so I thought it would be fitting to include an article on the tasks section of Outlook 2007. The Task section of Outlook is used to keep track of your to-do list. You can type your to-do list into tasks and it will give you reminders on the date they are do. Tasks can be used for more than just that. Here are a few things to help maximize the Task feature.

  • Customize your view - this will save you time when searching through your list. To choose the best view for you make sure you are in tasks in Outlook 2007. In the navigation pane on the left side under current view go through and click each selection. Leave it on the one you like best.
    To customize your view further click on the link below the current view that is titled Customize Current View. This will open the Customize View window. In this window you can make selection to customize the look of your task window further.
  • Work with the To-Do Bar - You can set it up to display your calendar, appointment reminders, and list of tasks-even when you're not using the Tasks features in Outlook. Here's how:
    • Click the View tab on the Ribbon, and then in the Layout group, click To-Do Bar to open a dropdown menu.
    • If Normal is not already selected, click Normal to display the To-Do Bar on the right side of the window.
    • To further customize what appears in the To-Do Bar, click To-Do Bar again to open the dropdown menu. Select one or more of the following options:
      • Click Date Navigator to see a calendar page in the To-Do Bar.
      • Click Appointments to see upcoming appointment in the To-Do Bar.
      • Click Task List to see your list of tasks in the To-Do Bar.
  • Detail your time - It is not easy trying to remember how much time you spent on a task such as driving to an appointment or how much time you spent at the appointment. You can track this information in tasks. Open a new task in the task tab click on Details. In this window you can enter all of the information for your appointment and save it there to refer to later.
  • Create and track assigned tasks - to assign a task and keep track of the person's progress click on create new task. In the manage task section on the ribbon click assign task. In this window click in the To section and type the person's email address type a subject and check the boxes if you would like to keep an updated copy in your task list and if you would like to be notified by email when the task is complete. You will receive a notification each time you the task is completed. You can also make the task recurring by clicking on the recurrence button and filling in the information.
  • Send Status reports - If you have tasks that are of importance to someone other than yourself you can send that person status updates. Open the task and in the manage task section of the ribbon click on send status report. This will open an email message with the status of the task in the body. Type the recipient's name in the to box and click Send.

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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,
Jennifer Anderson

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