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How to Clean Inkjet Printer Cartridges

You need to clean your inkjet cartridge nozzles about once every three months or whenever the output from your printer suddenly starts streaking. You don’t need a scrub brush to clean your printer cartridges [more…]

How to Remove RAM from Your Laptop

To remove memory modules, or RAM, from a laptop, you follow very similar steps from one brand to another; today, nearly every laptop design places an access panel on the bottom of the laptop and uses similarly [more…]

How to Connect Your Laptop to an Unknown SSID in Windows XP

For security reasons, some wireless networks don’t broadcast their SSIDs. A wireless network not broadcasting its SSID doesn’t show up in your list of networks. [more…]

Securing a Wireless Network on Your Laptop

If you set up a wireless network on your laptop, you need to make it secure. You don’t want anyone within reach of your wireless signal to be able to use the network, or worse, eavesdrop on the electronic [more…]

Playing with Active Text in Flash

Static text gets the job done, giving information to your Web site visitors. But Flash can do so much more with text. Sometimes you don't want your text to be text at all, but rather prefer a bunch of [more…]

The Types of PC Expansion Slots

You can expand your PC internally by adding additional circuitry boards. Those boards, or expansion cards, plug directly into expansion slots on the motherboard [more…]

Place an Icon on the Quick Launch Bar

Place an icon on the Quick Launch bar so that you have easy access to it. You can place virtually any desktop icon on the Quick Launch bar.

The easiest way to put a program icon on the Quick Launch bar [more…]

Understanding Access Rights and Privileges in Mac OS X (Jaguar)

Before you can share your Mac with other users or share files over a network, you need to tell your Mac who is allowed to do what.

Macintosh file sharing [more…]

Powers and Roots in Excel 2007: The POWER and SQRT Functions

In Excel 2007, you use the POWER function to raise a number to a certain power, and SQRT to find the square root of a number. These functions are located with the Math & Trig functions on the Ribbon’s [more…]

Planning Ahead with Excel 2007's TODAY, DATE, and DATEVALUE Functions

Excel 2007 contains a number of built-in date functions that you can use in your worksheets. Three common date functions are TODAY, DATE, and DATEVALUE, and they can come in very handy when you're trying [more…]

Importing Word-Processor Text into an InDesign CS3 Frame

You can import text from a word processor file (Word 97/98 or later, RTF, text-only/ASCII, or InDesign Tagged Text files) into an InDesign text frame by using the Place dialog box. You can also import [more…]

Shortcuts for Moving the Cell Cursor in Excel 2007

Microsoft Office Excel 2007 offers a variety of keyboard shortcuts for selecting a new cell. When you use one of these keystrokes, the program automatically scrolls a new part of the worksheet into view [more…]

How to Make an Application Start Automatically in Windows Vista

Having programs automatically open when you start Windows Vista is handy. It's nice to turn on your computer and have applications, such as e-mail, open while you're busy pouring your first cup of coffee [more…]

PowerPoint 2007 Line Spacing and Alignment

Efficient use of line spacing is one of the most neglected options in PowerPoint 2007 presentations, but it's one of the easiest to manage. (Line spacing [more…]

How to Add Text or Pictures to AutoShapes in Word 2007

You can use certain AutoShapes as frames to enclose a picture or even some text, which can spruce up a boring Word 2007 document. When creating your AutoShape, choose a shape that can be used as a frame [more…]

Creating Source Code in C

When you create a program, you tell the computer what to do. Because the computer can't understand speech and because hitting it — no matter what emotional value that has for you — does little to the PC [more…]

Word 2007 Mail Merge — Step 3: Building Records

After defining the fields you need for your Word 2007 mail merge, the next step is to complete the address list. To do that, you create a list of records, by entering the data for each field in each record [more…]

Printing Gridlines and Row and Column Headings in Excel 2007

In Excel 2007, you can print gridlines or row numbers and column letters on the page. Selecting these options results in a printout that closely resembles what you see on-screen. This feature is useful [more…]

Applying the Percent Style in Excel 2007

Many Excel 2007 worksheets use percentages to show interest rates, growth rates, inflation rates, and so on. When you apply the Percent Style format to a value that has already been entered in a cell, [more…]

What to Do When You Can’t Connect to Your Wireless Network

Connecting to a network wirelessly can be as simple as turning on your laptop and tuning in to the WiFi signal, but it can also be very frustrating if the conditions aren't right or the settings are improper [more…]

Office 2007: Sharing Data with the Office Clipboard

Cutting, copying, and pasting data may be handy within the same file, but Office 2007 also gives you the ability to cut, copy, and paste data between different programs, such as copying a chart from Excel [more…]

How to Insert Special Characters or Symbols in Word 2007

To insert special characters or symbols in Word 2007 that aren’t on your keyboard, such as em or en dashes, you choose a symbol or character from either the Symbol menu or the Symbol dialog box. [more…]

Using Advanced Filtering in Excel 2007

You can specify complex filtering criteria in Excel 2007 and designate a specific area of your worksheet to manage your criteria selections when filtering table data by using advanced filtering methods [more…]

Using the Go Menu in Mac OS X

Remember the transporter from Star Trek? Step on the little platform, assume a brave pose, and whoosh! — you're transported instantaneously to another ship or [more…]

How to Encrypt Important Files or Folders on Your Laptop

If your laptop’s hard drive is set up with NTFS formatting, Windows can scramble or encrypt your files. (This feature may not be available in some versions of Windows.) Encryption provides extra security [more…]

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