June 28, 2008

XP Sizes

As you may recall, a couple days ago, I ran a tip in the newsletter about changing the font size in Windows Vista (you can read that tip here). Well, ever since, several of you have been asking if there's a way to do the same thing in Windows XP. I wasn't sure off the top of my head, but I figured there had to be, so I made a note to myself to check on it. But before I had a chance to look, one of our loyal readers e-mailed me with the answer. So, today's quick tip is coming to you thanks to Mr. Dick Furst. Let's check it out!

If you want to increase (or even decrease) the size of the objects on your computer, in Windows XP, go to Start, Control Panel (make sure you're in the classic view) and double click on the Display icon. Next, click on the Settings tab and then hit the Advanced button. Under the General tab, you can select which DPI setting you prefer. You can choose from Normal size, Large size or you can even make a Custom size just for you.

Once you choose your setting, you will be prompted to restart your computer. When it boots back up, you will be able to notice the size difference of the objects on your computer. Now, if you also want no prescription propecia to change your font size, go back to Start, Control Panel and click on the Display icon again. From there, click on the Appearance tab and then use the Font size drop down box to choose between Normal, Large or Extra Large. Then just hit OK and you'll be all set. Your XP computer is now set up just the way you want it. Yes!

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June 26, 2008

Create a custom Flags toolbar in Outlook 2003

Date: June 19th, 2008

Author: Susan Harkins

Outlook 2003’s Quick Flags feature is a handy tool — if you can develop a logical system for using it. One solution: A custom toolbar that makes it easy to flag and organize messages.

Quick Flags help you categorize your messages, usually by some level of importance or by task. For instance, you might use a red flag to mark messages that need a quick response and a blue flag to mark messages on which you’ve acted and are waiting for a response.The problem with Quick Flags is that there’s no way to customize their descriptions. Outlook identifies them only by color. You can’t change the name of Red Flag to Critical. Remembering what each color represents can become burdensome.

An easy way to remember what each flag represents is to create a custom toolbar that displays each flag with text that means something to you. Fortunately, the process is easy:

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Customize.
  2. On the Toolbars tab, click New (Figure A).

Figure A

  1. Name the new toolbar appropriately — for instance, you might name it Flags, as shown in Figure B — and click OK.

Figure B

  1. Still in the Customize dialog box, click the Commands tab.
  2. Select Actions from the Categories list box (Figure C).

Figure C

  1. Scroll down through the Commands list box to find the flag entries. Then, drag the appropriate flag color buttons onto your custom toolbar. (If you can’t find the toolbar, look behind the dialog box.)
  2. After adding all the flags you want, change the text for each flag button. Right-click a flag button on the toolbar and replace the Name setting, e.g., &Red Flag (Figure D), with something more helpful, such as Critical. Select the Image And Text option so that Outlook will display the button’s name on the toolbar (Figure E).

Figure D

Figure E

  1. Complete msd propecia steps 6 and 7 for each flag button in your new toolbar.

Figure F shows an example of the finished toolbar.

Figure F

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XP SP3 Now on CD

Have you been putting off installing the new Windows XP Service Pack 3 until it becomes available on CD? Well, the day you've been waiting for has finally arrived! As many of you probably know, the XP SP3 install isn't exactly a walk in the park. It's a little difficult to accomplish and I know it caused a lot of problems for a lot of people. Plus, if you have to put it on more than one computer, it could take you ages to finish. Luckily, there's now a better way of getting the install done and that's by disk. Read on for the full scoop!

Microsoft recently released the SP3 mail order propecia as an ISO image, so now, you can download the package, burn it to a disk using your regular burning software and then install it on your computer via the disk. It's so much easier than using an installer package online! Plus, this version includes everything you need from the fixes to the updates to the security hotfixes and so on. With all of that, the file size is rather large at 540 MB, but trust me, it's worth it!

If you're interested in using this method to install the XP SP3 on your computer, you can download the ISO image from this Web site. Just click on the Download link at the top of the page (within the big black box) and follow the directions. It will walk you through the whole process, so just follow along. In no time at all, you'll have your very own copy of the SP3 on CD. All your friends will be jealous!

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Landscape Photography

Do you tend to take even more pictures in the summertime? Do you take a lot of landscape shots? If so, you might as well add some spice to them by choosing alternate perspectives and compositions. Don't you agree? Then let's take a look at our options!

The first example below shows a typical landscape photo:

How boring! To add some pizzazz to your landscape photos, here are five things you can do:

1.) Get Down – So many good landscape shots miss the chance of being great, simply because you lift the camera to your face and shoot. That may capture some inspiring scenery, but it's exactly the kind of shot we're all used to. By getting low to the ground, you can improve your results and make your photos stand out.

2.) Tilt Forward – You can enhance the impact of your immediate location by tilting your camera forward and focusing on what's immediately in front of you. The rest of the landscape can make up the background.

3.) Shoot Through – Shooting from just inside a treeline or through a patch of tall grass or flowers will heighten the sense of actually being in the landscape.

4.) Seek Contrast – Include strong elements of light and shadow to achieve a more stunning lowest price for propecia effect.

5.) Frame – Look for opportunities to frame your landscape photos in dramatic ways, such as breaks in the foliage or open portals like glassless windows and open doors.

Following these five rules will give you some of the best landscape photos you've ever taken. Happy shooting!

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June 24, 2008

Outlook 2003 – Use the Inbox Repair tool

Applies to: Microsoft Office Outlook 2003

If you can't open your Personal Folders file (.pst) (Personal Folders file (.pst): Data file that stores your messages and other items on your computer. You can assign a .pst file to be the default delivery location for e-mail messages. You can use a .pst to organize and back up items for safekeeping.) or your Offline Folder file (.ost) (Offline Folder file: The file on your hard disk that contains offline folders. The offline folder file has an .ost extension. You can create it automatically when you set up Outlook or when you first make a folder available offline.), or you suspect that your .pst or .ost data file is corrupt, you can use the Inbox Repair tool (Scanpst.exe), to diagnose and repair errors in the file.

  1. Quit Microsoft Outlook if it's running.

  2. Double-click Scanpst.exe, located at drive:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\LocaleID folder – where LocaleID is the locale identifier (LCID) for the installation of Microsoft Office. The LCID for English – United States is 1033.

  3. In the Enter the name of the file you want to scan box, enter the name of the .pst or .ost file that you want to check, or click Browse to look for the file.

  4. To specify scan log options, click Options, and then click the option you want.

  5. Click Start.

  6. When the scanning is completed, and if errors were found, you will be prompted to start the repair process.
    To change the name or location of the backup file created during the repair process, in the Enter name of backup file box, enter a new name, or click Browse to look for the file.

  7. Click Repair.

  8. Start Outlook using the profile that contains the .pst file that you tried to repair.

  9. On the Go menu, click (Folder List: Displays the folders available in your mailbox. To view subfolders, click the plus sign (+) next to the folder. If the Folder List is not visible, on the Go menu, click Folder List.).

    In the Folder List, you may see a Recovered Personal Folders folder containing default Outlook folders or a Lost and Found folder. The recovered folders are usually empty, because this is a rebuilt .pst file. The Lost and Found folder contains folders and items that the Inbox Repair tool recovered. Items that are missing from the Lost and Found folder cannot be repaired.

  10. If you see a Recovered Personal Folders folder, you can create a new .pst file, and then drag the items in the Lost and Found folder into the new .pst file. When you have finished moving all items, you can low price propecia remove the Recovered Personal Folders (.pst) file, including the Lost and Found folder, from your profile.


  • If you are able to open the original .pst file, you may be able to recover additional items from your damaged .pst file. By default, the Inbox Repair tool creates a file called file name .bak, which is a copy of the original .pst file with a different extension. The .bak file is located in the same folder as your original .pst file. You may be able to recover items from the .bak file that the Inbox Repair tool could not recover. Make a copy of the .bak file, giving the file a new name with a .pst extension. Import the "bak.pst" file, and then move any additional recovered items to the new .pst file that you created.

  • A copy of the log file is written to the same location as the .pst file.
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