A Lounge member voices a frequent complaint about e-mail messages: incoming e-mail fonts are too small!
Not Brightest Bulb (self-styled) is stymied by his investigation of Thunderbird settings. He simply wants Thunderbird to use a normal font size for incoming mail. Fortunately, other Lounge members have been researching the problem, too. See their helpful suggestions.
The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions for which you might have answers:
|General Productivity||Convert Office 2010 Pro trial version to full version|
|Word Processing||Word 2010 not noticing missing “s” for plurals|
For about a decade, video-game developer and world traveler Matt Harding has danced enthusiastically — though not beautifully — in many exotic locations. In this latest of his viral videos, he dances with new friends in 71 places around the world.
For most people, Matt’s dancing with anyone and everyone is deeply cheering. See whether you feel like joining him. Play the video
Microsoft Office 2010 is a really big set of tools. Even if you’re intimately familiar with just one, two, or even three of its iconic programs, you can be forgiven for not remembering every nuance of the suite.
Microsoft Office 2010 On Demand, by Steve Johnson, can prod your memory for those simple — but infrequently used — Office tasks. But it also has the depth to help prepare you to become a Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist (for which you must pass an exam).
This month, all Windows Secrets subscribers can download two excerpts. Chapter 5, “Formatting Office Documents,” explains the sophisticated formatting tools with which you can create a consistent look for all your business documents. Chapter 24, “Expanding Office Functionality,” instructs you in add-ins, macros, and how to work with Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications. It can move you from simply using Office programs to customizing them.
If you want to download these free excerpts, simply visit your preferences page and save any changes; a download link will appear.
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When Internet Explorer’s Content Advisor misbehaves, your browser acts as if it were no longer your own.
But here’s how you can reset the password and regain control of IE.
Locked out of IE by a bogus password
Something bad happened to reader Brmacg’s copy of Internet Explorer.
“As the administrator of a small home network still operating XP Pro, I have recently been frustrated by Content Advisor’s (IE 8) constant demand for an unknown, forgotten, or lost password needed to access the Web.
“I’ve tried everything. I searched the Windows Secrets archives and found a LangaList post from 2001! However, most of the links are no longer valid.”
Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.
If you use Gmail’s Web-based user interface, you know its power and versatility. But you might not know some of its less obvious nuances.
Here are eight Gmail tips that could make your e-mail chores easier.
Some new features from Google’s public workshop
Most of these Gmail enhancements come from Google Labs, a place where new, experimental features are poked, prodded, and tweaked for a while. Some of these experiments eventually become official Gmail features; others might simply disappear.
I’ll tag these Labs features so you’ll know where to look for them. Almost all of the tweaks discussed are enabled via Gmail’s Settings menus. So I’ll start by reminding you how to get there:
- Step 1. Click the gear-shaped Tools icon near the upper-right corner of the Gmail window (just below your personal photo) and select Settings from the drop-down list.
- Step 2. For the tricks tagged “Labs,” click Labs in the tabs bar. That page will list experimental features currently available. The Labs page does warn that these features might “change, break, or disappear at any time.” In other words, you use them at your own risk.
If you want to try something in Labs, click the Enable button. The Labs page lists features in alphabetical order and conveniently keeps all enabled features at the top of the list.
- Step 3. After you’ve made your tweaks to Gmail, always scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and select Save Changes.
Read a message before officially opening it
Labs: Working through newly arrived messages, opening and closing each one, can be a nuisance. And marking a message as “unread” after reading it is yet another nuisance. Message Sneak Peek lets you read new messages without formally opening them. If a message was “unread,” it remains officially “unread.”
Once Message Sneak Peek is enabled, you simply right-click any message and it’s immediately displayed in a popup box. (Click the View entire thread link, however, and the message becomes “read.”)
Lincoln Spector writes about computers, home theater, and film and maintains two blogs: Answer Line at PCWorld.com and Bayflicks.net. His articles have appeared in CNET, InfoWorld, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.
On an unusually light Patch Tuesday, Windows 7 gets three nonsecurity updates and Windows 8 gets its first patch.
But Microsoft is scrambling to add Flash updating to Windows 8 in order to protect the newly released platform.
Problems with tiles, and a Flash update to come
Windows 8 is barely out of RTM and already has an update for its user interface. KB 2751352 fixes an issue with Win8 tiles when using the “All Apps View.” Microsoft states that All Apps View is not updating a cache correctly when you change a tile’s file-type association.
That’s a minor problem, compared to updating Adobe Flash in Windows 8. Although Windows 7 users can download the latest Adobe Flash update (site) on their own, Win8’s Internet Explorer 10 has Flash embedded. That means Microsoft must provide any Flash updates for IE 10. Until that happens, the browser is vulnerable.
As noted in a ZDNet blog, Microsoft plans to release the needed update “shortly.” If you’ve already taken the Windows 8 plunge, it might be good to download another browser.
What to do: Windows 8 users should install KB 2751352 and be on the lookout for the upcoming Flash update. I’ll discuss Windows 8 patching in an upcoming article.
2719857, 2735855, 2741355
Three nonsecurity updates for Windows 7
As is its unfortunate habit of late, Microsoft has released a few nonsecurity updates on Patch Tuesday. As regular Patch Watch readers know, I don’t approve of mixing together nonsecurity and security updates — it just makes the process of installing and testing critical security patches more difficult. However, September’s Patch Tuesday has so few security patches, I’m okay with tackling the following nonsecurity updates now rather than at the end of the month.
Susan Bradley is a Small Business Server and Security MVP, a title awarded by Microsoft to independent experts who do not work for the company. She's also a partner in a California CPA firm.
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