Question:  How can I move to a certain cell in Excel?

Answer: When moving to another cell location, use the GOTO key (F5) and type in the location. When you are ready to return to the last location, press F5, then press Enter. The cursor will return to the previous location.

Question: Is there a quick way to Autofit columns in Excel?

Answer: To quickly Autofit (make the column width fit the data in the widest cell in a column) a column, double-click the line between columns.

Question: When I try to boot my computer I get a message that says Operating system not found. 

Answer: Well, needless to say, if you're getting this message you're not reading this article on my web site. This is a good indication your hard drive "bit the dust". The only thing you can do is FDISK the drive and try to format it to see if it works. It's probably time to call a consultant. In most cases, it's time to buy a new drive or computer.

Question: Why am I getting errors on some Internet sites while browsing?

Answer: If you don't have the latest version of browser, the answer is probably that you need to upgrade the browser. Lately I'm seeing this problem, especially with sites related to stocks. The fancier web sites get, the more the chances are that your old browser won't be able to run all the scripts, etc. required to allow you to view everything correctly. Be careful not to load beta versions of browsers and it's sometimes best to let them get the bugs worked out of the latest. If you're using Internet explorer, you should be using version 6,Netscape should be 8.1, and Firefox should be 1.5.04 (these numbers as of 6/2006).  These versions will support everything out there right now.

Question: When I try to move an icon from one place to another on the desktop, it pops back. How do I get it to stay where I put it?

Answer: You have the desktop icons set to auto-arrange. Go to the desktop where there are no icons and click the right mouse button. Move the curser over the drop down box to the Arrange Icons item and slide the highlight to left click to uncheck the Auto Arrange item. Now you can move icons anywhere you want.

Question: Is there a way to find out what processor my computer has in it?

Answer: To find info on the processor in the computer, go to Start, Run, then type dxdiag then Enter.

Question: How do I change my mouse cursor?

Answer: Go to the Start button, Settings, Control Panel, then double click on the Mouse icon. Click n the Pointers tab and then click on the pointer you want to change, then click Browse, then find a cursor you want to use. When you find one you want, click the Open button. You may have to try different directories for different cursors. On a lot of computers, you may have a c:\program files\plus! directory which may also have a sub-directory with more cursors in it.

Question: What is a pdf file?

Answer: A pdf file is very common on the Internet today. It is a convenient way to take a file with a lot of formatting such as graphics and put it in this format for people to download in order to view the file. You need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program in order to view these files. Most sites which use pdf files have a link to download the Acrobat Reader program. If you need the program, just click here to be transferred to the Adobe site to download the software.

Question: Is there a quick way to email an open document in Word?

Answer: Instead of going through the trouble of opening your email program, creating a new message, and attaching the document yourself, why not let Word do it for you? You can easily attach an open Word document to a new email message directly from Word. To do so, open the document you'd like to send, and then go to the File menu, then Send To, then click on Mail Recipient from the menu bar. When you do, Word launches your default email client, creates a new message, and attaches a copy of the current Word document to the new message. All you need to do is specify the message's recipients, add any applicable message text if desired, and send the message on its merry way. (Note: This technique works only with MAPI and VIM compatible email clients, such as Outlook and Lotus Notes. For more information about email compatibility with your version and operating system, see Microsoft Word Help.)

Question: How can I get more info on function key assignments in Word?

Answer: If you are like me and would rather use keyboard shortcuts instead of chasing menus and buttons with the mouse, Word assigns a number of common commands to your keyboard's function keys so that you can execute them quickly and easily. Not only does Word assign commands to the function keys, it also assigns commands to function key combinations that include the [Shift], [Ctrl] and [Alt] keys. In all, more than 50 Word commands can be executed using function key shortcuts. To make function keys easy to work with and to remember, Word 2000 offers the Function Key Display toolbar. To display this toolbar, go to the Tools menu, and click Customize, and then click on the Toolbars tab. Select the Function Key Display check box in the Toolbars list box, and then click Close. When you do, Word 2000 displays the Function Key Display toolbar. Each button in the toolbar displays a command name and the function key that's assigned to it. In addition, when you press the [Shift], [Ctrl] or [Alt] keys, the commands in the Function Key Display toolbar change accordingly, indicating the command that will be executed if you press the current key combination plus the indicated function key: [Shift] [Ctrl] [Ctrl][Shift] [Alt] [Alt][Shift] [Ctrl][Alt] To execute a command displayed on one of the Function Key Display toolbar buttons, simply press the function key indicated on the toolbar button (including any applicable [Shift], [Ctrl], and [Alt] combinations), or click the toolbar button itself. You can obtain a complete list of function key assignments in Word 97, 98, and 2000 by accessing Microsoft Word Help and searching for the phrase "function keys." Also check out my shortcuts discussion.

Question: Is there a quick way to add clipart or graphics files to a Word document?

Answer: To insert a clipart image, go to the Insert menu, click on Picture, then select Clip Art, or click the Drawing toolbar's Insert Clip Art button to access the Insert ClipArt dialog box. Locate the clip art object you'd like to insert, and then simply drag it from the Insert ClipArt dialog box to your document. The Insert ClipArt dialog box readjusts its size to move out of your way as you drag the selected object to your document. When you release the mouse button to drop the clip art object in your document. This technique also works if you have Windows Explorer open and click on a picture you want to use and drag it to the word document.

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