Handy Tips For The User
How to Update Windows Without an Internet Connection
Microsoft frequently releases Security and other essential updates for Windows. These updates fix newly discovered bugs and raise the defense level against new malware threats. If you donít have internet connection or have slow internet then you wonít be able to receive the automatic updates from Microsoft. But you don't have to miss out on these important updates if you use a third party utility called Autopatcher.
AutoPatcher allows you to download updates for your windows operating system, saving them for offline installation. This gives you the ability to update any computer without internet connection.
How to Update Windows Without an Internet Connection
You will need a USB flash drive or an external hard drive. To obtain internet access, you can chose to use an public internet cafe, a friends internet, or internet access if often offered at your local public library.
Download the Autopatcher program from http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/AutoPatcher-Updater.shtml
Thatís it! This is the best method to install the updates in Offline mode and secure your PC. This works for all windows OS (Window 7/Vista/XP).
How To Enable Additional Gmail Emoticons
Gmail has a large collection of features which are often overlooked because they are not enabled by default. It gives you the freedom of choice to enable only those additional features which are important to you.
You will see a lot of features, search for Extra Emoji
Enable Extra Emoji and Saves Changes
This will activate all the additional chat emoticons for your Gmail.
How easy was that!
Making Greeting Cards with Microsoft Word 2007 and Word 2010
Why not save money and add a personal touch by creating your own homemade cards for friends and family. Any event, any occasion. Your cards can easily be made in a simple program like Microsoft Word. Choose a nice paper stock and youíre ready to start. Slight differences will occur in varying versions of Word, but Iím sure youíll get the idea.
From the list under Templates, click on Greeting Cards.
At this point, make sure you are connected to the internet. You will be connected to the Microsoft Office Online site. From their online site, you can access hundreds of templates.
The Office Genuine Advantage validation dialog box will appear. This is to ensure you are using a licensed copy of their product. You might also have to download the updated version of OGA to be capable of downloading a template.
Once you have selected your template, you can let your imagination flow as you customise colours, fonts, and of course, a personal message.
Now you can print the card and see how it looks.
Why not make your cards even more memorable by adding your own photos. Keep a selection of papers for any occasion. If using white paper, use a minimum of 100gsm paper. Using coloured paper, glossy and other photo papers will give you a great finished appearance.
How to avoid fake Security Warnings or pop-ups
If you are browsing the internet and find yourself being redirected to an unwanted site, or your get Ďpop-upsí on your screen displaying different messages, for example" free update for your computer", "scan your computer with free antivirus".
Connect Your Mobile Phone to your Computer Via Bluetooth
You can use Bluetooth technology to connect laptop and your mobile phone. Move videos, images, photos and music between your desktop computer or a laptop and your mobile phone without the needs for cables. Great for holidays, itís one less cable to carry. In order to use Bluetooth technology to connect your laptop and mobile phone you must have a computer/laptop and a mobile phone which support this technology.
If your computer doesn't support it, you can use a USB Bluetooth dongle, available from Computer Repairs Bribie @ The Ink Shop. Simply plug it into the USB port of the desktop computer or laptop. Leave the rest to Microsoft Windows. Follow these simple steps in order to use Bluetooth technology to connect laptop and mobile: (In this example, we are using Windows Vista and a Nokia phone.)
Turn on the Bluetooth feature on your mobile phone.
Make this Setting on the mobile phone: my Phone's visibility :- Shown to all
Now on your computer open Bluetooth Devices by clicking on its icon in the Control Panel.
OR - Look for the Bluetooth driver in the Device Manager and double-click on its icon.
Click on the Add button in Bluetooth Devices dialog box.
Check the box for "My devices is set up and ready to be found" in the Add Bluetooth Device Wizard dialog box.
This device wizard will display the name of any discovered Bluetooth devices.
Select "Let me choose my own key" or "Choose a passkey for me" and click on Next.
It will now display the passkey. Key this into the mobile phone. Now the computer is initiating to install the Bluetooth device. (Click Yes as you see the prompt message on the cell phone to allow connection with the laptop.)
Click on the Finish button to close the dialog box of Add Bluetooth Device Wizard.
The Bluetooth device (your mobile phone) is now displayed in Bluetooth Devices dialog box. Select the Bluetooth device and click on the Properties button.
The Properties dialog box for the device will become visible. Choose the Services tab.
Now you can simply transfer photos, videos etc to your mobile phone freely via Bluetooth technology.
This method can also be used to connect laptop to Bluetooth devices like Bluetooth mouse, Bluetooth keyboard, Bluetooth headset, etc.
How to send a voice mail to your friends using Windows
E-mail is a most popular and effective way to communicate with others through the internet. You can send documents, pictures and other types of files to any destination, but did you know that you can send also your voice in an e-mail? In windows XP, you can record your voice using Sound Recorder and a microphone options.
Follow these simple steps to record your voice in Windows XP (similar steps apply for Vista and Windows 7):-
Now a small Sound Recorder will appear, go to File menu and click on New to start a new file for recording.
Click on Record button to start recording your message then click on Stop button to stop the recording.
Now again click on File menu to save this file with a .wav extension to a folder of your choice.
Now you can attach this voice file to an email and send your personal message!
Want to Increase the Speed of your Printer?
You can improve the printing speed of your printer with these two tips.
1. Managing the print spooler option.
2. Change Printer Settings
From the drop-down option in diagram 2 below, select the print quality suitable to your present print job.
Not only will you speed up your printing, youíll save on ink too!
At The Ink Shop, we will refill your empty ink cartridges for a fraction of the new price.
Can I Improve the Performance of my Wireless Internet and Network Connection?
Windows gives you a notification whenever your wireless network has a weak signal. This is a sign that you should improve your wireless network. When you get this notification, it means that the wireless connection is not as reliable or performing as quickly as it should be. In fact, the wireless connection signal may be completely lost in certain areas of the house. If you would like to improve your wireless network signal, try a few of these tips. They should improve the overall performance as well as reliability of the wireless network.
Place the router off the floor.
Replace your laptop or computer's wireless network adapter with a USB network adaptor. It uses an external antenna that improves the range of the signals.
Change the wireless router's channel to increase the strength of its signal. You can do that through the configuration page of the router. The computer will detect the new channel itself.
Reduce wireless interference by avoiding wireless electronics which use the 2.4GHz frequency. You should use cordless phones which use the 900MHz or 5.8GHz frequencies.
These tips are provided freely and in good faith. No responsibility can be taken for loss or damage arising from the information provided.
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