Lounge Life

Approach with caution: Preparing to update

Lounge member compiler was receiving nudges to update his Internet Explorer browser from 9 (with which he was happy) to 11. He was uneasy about the switch.

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When your needs don’t change but software does

Lounge member Bender serves as administrator of a neighborhood watch group. Among other tasks, he manages their communication system. He’s dismayed by the reduction of group services in Microsoft OneDrive, which he previously used to broadcast messages and alerts to his neighbors.

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Word 2003 toolbars lost and recovered

Lounge member Adela lost some Word functions and didn’t know how to restore them. Luckily, other Lounge members in the Word Processing forum set her on the path to discovery.

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Frequently attacked software has adherents

Lounge member Robko is not ready to give up WinMX, the peer-to-peer file-sharing program; but he wants a more reliable version of it.

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Workaround fixing and miraculous fixing

Lounge member MarkARay has a File History problem: it stopped working. So he wrote to the Windows 8 forum for help. Among the responses from fellow forum members, MarkARay discovered a workaround.

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How to keep pieces of the Web for later

Lounge member Olleym had been accustomed to copying into a Word doc the parts of webpages he wanted to read later. But technological times have changed; many sites don’t allow that anymore.

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Help offered you might not yet know you need

Lounge member Protopia recently analyzed the difficulties he’d experienced with DNS lookup errors as he browsed the Web. And then he set out his findings and solutions in an admirably clear step-by-step procedure in the General Windows forum.

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New home, new connections to Internet

After moving to Central America with five computers, new Lounge member sheila_c needed help getting connected to the Internet again. She wanted tutoring in wireless technology, never having used it before.

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Favorite software of the image-editing crowd

Lounge member jsachs177 knows exactly what he hopes to find in an image-editing program. So he made a list of his wishes and posted it in the Graphics/Multimedia forum. Happily, fellow Loungers provided helpful — and well-reasoned — recommendations.

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The ‘try something else’ solution for Hotmail

When Lounge member oldn advised his wife to sort her Hotmail messages into folders to make them easier to find, she did. But after she made her messages easier to see, she couldn’t move them on her own laptop.

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