June 25, 2004
Q. When I start to enter a Web site address in Internet Explorer, a list of sites pops up while I'm typing. Can I prevent that from happening?
A. That's called IE's "AutoComplete" feature and is designed to expedite the process of typing Web addresses or entering data into other online forms. One person's feature is another person's annoyance.
You can toggle this feature off by clicking Tools > Internet Options > Content tab > AutoComplete button, and removing the check marks before "Web addresses," "Forms," and "Usernames and passwords on forms."
Next, click the Advanced tab, scroll to the Browsing section and remove the check mark from "Use inline AutoComplete for Web addresses."
If you would like to clear stored AutoComplete entries, click the "Clear Forms" and "Clear Passwords" buttons.
You can also click the General tab followed by the Clear History button. This will clear any Web addresses that appear in the Address field drop-down list. Hint: You can display this list by clicking the little "down" arrow to the right of the Address field.
Q. First, let me say how much I enjoy your newsletter. I don't know how you manage to publish so much helpful information every week, but I'm glad that you do. Keep up the good work! Now that I've buttered you up, I'd like to ask if 3.5" floppy disks can be erased and reused or are they one time, throw-away disks?
A. Thank you. I feel better for the butter! Yes, floppies can be erased or the data on them can be overwritten hundreds of times. To erase data from a floppy, with the disk in your A-drive, double-click My Computer, right click on the A-drive icon, and select Format. You'll see several format options presented: Quick (erase), Full, and Copy system files only.
You'll probably use "Quick (erase)" most frequently because it's a fast way to "empty" a disk and be ready to use it again.
The "Full" format option is used if you have a new, unformatted disk. It prepares the disk so you can store data on it. If it's a disk that contains data, that data will be deleted. A "Full" format will also scan the disk for bad sectors to make sure it's in tip-top shape.
The "Copy system files only" format option does not remove data on a formatted disk, but instead adds files you can use to start your computer from the A: drive, in case of emergency.
Q. When I try to print some Web sites, the text tends to be cut off on the right-hand side of the printed page. I've tried changing font sizes, but that doesn't work. Any other suggestions?
A. Try changing your print orientation. In other words, most of us print in what's called "portrait" format, which is typical for letters, memos and other documents. Using a portrait orientation means the printed page is taller than it is wide. Printing in "landscape" format will switch that format so text will appear across the longer/wider 11" dimension of the printed page.
Most newer printers are capable of printing in landscape orientation. To change from portrait to landscape, with a Web page displayed on screen, click File > Print Setup and select the "Portrait" orientation. The exact location of the print orientation setting may vary, so if you don't find it in this location, look for an "options" or "layout" button or tab for additional settings.
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