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Ask Mr. Modem! 8-18-06

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Posted: Friday, August 18, 2006 11:01 am | Updated: 3:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Q. I like to insert pictures in my Microsoft Word documents, then add text near the picture, but when I try to enter the text, the picture starts moving. Is there some way to anchor the picture so I can type around it?

A. The way to place a picture (graphic) in a Word document is to first create a text box, then insert an image in the text box. Once you do that, you can type anywhere around it and the image will stay put.

To create a text box in Word, click Insert > Text Box from the menu bar. You’ll see a small box appear in your document. Move the box by placing your cursor anywhere inside it, hold down your left mouse button, and reposition the box. You can adjust the size of the box by placing your mouse cursor on any of its corners. When the cursor changes into a double-headed arrow, don’t be frightened and instead, hold down the left mouse button and move your mouse to alter the size of the box.

Once you have the text box created, copy and paste your picture or graphic into the box, then click anywhere outside the box to add text.

Q. I’ve been using the free AVG anti-virus program you recommended

( and click Products). It works great, but I’m not sure how to delete the log that’s created whenever the software scans my computer. The list keeps getting longer, so there must be a way to delete it or edit it. Can you help?

A. To remove the log, within AVG itself, click Service > Program Settings > Delete Test Results After… and you can set that to save a few previous scans or you can configure it to save results for a certain number of days only.

Mr. Modem’s Tip of the Week:

Disable XP Software Installation Notice

If you're annoyed by Windows XP’s pop-up message that informs you when new software is installed (as if you didn’t already know), you can disable the message by right-clicking any blank area of the Taskbar and selecting Properties.

In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, click the Start Menu tab. Be sure Start Menu is selected (as opposed to “Classic Start menu.”) Click the Customize button followed by the Advanced tab. Remove the checkmark beside “Highlight newly installed programs,” then click OK > OK to save and exit.

Mr. Modem's Sites of the Week:

Sightseers Guide to Engineering

Hosted by the National Society of Professional Engineers, this site describes in detail more than 200 engineering projects nationwide, including the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as many lesser-known feats of engineering such as the Silver Mountain Gondola in Kellogg, Idaho or the Neligh Mill in Neligh, Nebraska. Click on a state from the map displayed and learn about local engineering projects.

Laser Eye Surgery

If you're tired of wearing glasses, contact lenses, or the always fashionable pince-nez, you may be considering Lasik eye surgery to correct vision problems. Before you sign up for the surgery, you can obtain a clear picture of what to expect thanks to this U.S. National Library of Medicine Web site and its Laser Eye Surgery fact sheet.

Proofreader's Hall of Shame

Finding errata in other people's writing is the focus of this Web site, which provides a light-hearted collection of noticeable and notable typographical errors and slip-ups. Items such as the headline "Military Couples Rush To Exchange Vowels," or the typo in a Windows error message: “Warning: You Are About To Change." Eek! One of my favorites is the packaging for a Sunbeam Thermometer that instills consumer confidence by displaying the message, “Guaranieed Acccuracy.” Every error includes a scan or screen capture of the source document so you know these errors are the real deal.

For personal answers to your questions by email, plus easy-to-understand computer tips, subscribe to Mr. Modem’s Weekly newsletter. Don’t miss Mr. M.’s best-selling CD-ROM featuring more than 1400 of the best Web sites. For more information, to view an excerpt from the CD, or to order, visit

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