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Help! Internet Explorer Fills the Whole Screen

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/26/12 10:37 AM

IE Fills the Whole ScreenInternet Explorer can run in full screen mode, which is a great thing if you want to show a demo of a web site, but a big concern when all your navigation is gone and you don't know why. In full screen mode, all your toolbars and navigation fields will be gone, in addition to your start menu at the bottom of your screen.

If one day you find your browser like this, don't worry, you can get back to normal by hitting the "F11" key.  This toggles you in and out of full screen mode. 

You may have hit the F11key by mistake, or in some cases, a web based program may automatically set your browser in full screen mode (such has if your kids play a game like MineCraft on your system, which happened to me).  It's quick to restore things back to normal with F11.  Full screen mode may also be something you want to try for demos or other presentations.

While we're on the subject, when you get your tool bars back, you can also customize what you see.  Right-click your mouse in the grey area on your toolbar and you'll get the choice to add a "Favorites" bar and "Google Toolbar", which are useful.  You can pick and choose how much screen real estate you use for navigation.

Tags: Internet Explorer, Full Screen Mode

Don't Close all your Internet Explorer Windows by Accident Again!

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/12/12 4:02 PM

describe the imageHas this ever happened to you?  Out of habit, you hit the "X" in the upper right hand corner of a window to close it.  The problem is that with the newer versions of Internet Explorer with "tabbed browsing", you wind up closing all you open web pages when you do this.  Ouch! 

There's a simple fix so that you'll get a warning in the future when closing multiple windows.

In Internet Explorer, go to the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options".  Click on the "General Tab" and then select "Settings" in the "Tabs" area (note there are also "Settings" buttons for "Search" and "Browsing History".  Place a check mark in the box next to "Warn me when closing multiple tabs".  Click "OK" and restart Internet Explorer for the settings to take place.  In the classic case of "the cobbler's children have no shoes", I only fixed my own setting today!

Tags: Internet Explore, Multiple Tabs, X, Closing Tabs

Happy Pi Day!

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/12/12 10:48 AM

Pi DayMark your calendars!  There's just one day and 15 hours left until "Pi Day".  Pi is the mathematical symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it's diameter.  Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…  (Get it, 3/14 in month/day format?).

Check out to learn more about Pi, see some cool videos about Pi, view one million digits of Pi, and get in the spirit of the day!

Pi Day was created by Larry Shaw in 1988 when he was at the San Francisco Exploratorium working as a Physicist.   The initial celebration involved staff and the public walking around one of the circular spaces, and then consuming fruit pies.   In March of 2009 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March 14 as National Pi Day.

Tags: Happy Pi Day, 3.14

How to Attach an "Item" in Microsoft Outlook 2010

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/9/12 1:08 PM

Attach Item in OutlookWe routinely attach documents when sending emails, but did you know that you can also attach calendars, other emails, and business cards?

When we're working on email problems for clients, such as analyzing why a message got through a spam filter, or why a message wasn't delivered,  we'll often ask the client to send us the email as an "attached item". This enables us to see the full technical header information embedded in the email, which is critical for understanding the full path of the email, and where the trouble spots are. 

In Outlook 2010, instead of selecting the "Attach File" paperclip, choose the "Attach Item" paperclip instead. (In older versions of Outlook, click on the little arrow next to the paperclip icon to see the "item" option.)  This will then give you the option of sending a Business Card (from your Outlook Contacts), a Calendar, or an Outlook item.  Typically we're working clients who are sending us problem emails as attached items, but this is also a useful tool for sending someone multiple emails at the same time, without forwarding each one by one.

The Calendar option is also pretty useful.  You can pick a date range, and you'll also have the option to display just availability, limited details, or full details.  Use the Business Card option to send someone contact information without needing to "cut and paste" or re-type the information.  Check it out!

By the way, if you use another mail client such as Entourage (an older mail client for Mac), you can attach emails in emails by opening the email to attach, going to "Message" and go to "Forward as Attachment".

Tags: Microsoft Outlook, Attach Item

It's Here! Windows 8 (Beta, at least) - Take a Look!

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/1/12 3:02 PM

Windows8The Microsoft Windows 8 consumer preview was released yesterday and the initial reviews look good.  You can download the beta release at the Microsoft Web site, or just get a tour.  ZDNet's Ed Bott has been testing Windows 8 on a tablet and calls it "the most important software release in almost two decades." In general, the tech reviews have been very positive.

If we look back at past Windows releases, Windows 95 was a huge event, Windows XP had long term staying power, Windows Vista was a disaster, and Windows 7 sparked a major refresh cycle for PCs.  Windows 8 now hopes to bridge the gap and unify desktop and tablet computing.

You'll be able to touch, swipe and zoom.  You'll be able to purchase Apps from the Microsoft Store, and you'll be able to access your files, photos, and music from wherever you sign in.  There's no more "Start" button and everything looks pretty different!  Check Ed Bott's post on ZDNet for a tutorial on how it all works.

It all looks very cool, but time will tell if it's just "too different" for folks, or if the market wants to hang onto Windows7 for a lot longer.  Possibly it will wind up being a lot more about mobile than the PC.  Read more on CNET.

Have you checked out Windows 8?  Tell us what you think!

Tags: Windows 8 Consumer Release, Microsoft

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