Below is Feedback we've received during October. If you have comments or questions
related to anything you've read here in TechTrax, feel free to use the Feedback
link on the main menu above and we'll do what we can to get you the additional
info you need. We love to hear from you! Especially when you just want to tell
us you love us!<smile>
Katharine Scarritt, writes...
Great information on TMPeg
DVD authoring software, but the link to www.pegasys.com is incorrect.
It takes you to a hepatitis page, which is somewhat disconcerting. :) The
correct address is www.pegasys-inc.com.
HA! Thanks so much for catching this, Katherine, and for taking the time
to write us. I've corrected the URL and added an updated credit to you at
the bottom of the article!
Kelly Nelson from WI, writes...
I'm a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. I am wondering if the Vic
Ferri, who has written several articles, is the same Vic Ferri who has
a rock-n-roll band that plays all over the area? Just curious.
I don't think so...Vic is from Canada. The Toronto area and I think he
spends more time with computers than music. You can click on the AUTHORS
link in TechTrax (which you can get to through http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMFrame.asp?CMD=AuthorList)
and view his photo/read his bio.
But I will check for you and let you know for sure! ;-)
Nope not me, but I have heard of him before - he's a guitar player
for the MT
Blues Band (see that Vic's photo). I am into music a lot,
but only listening, recording and collecting.
Daniel Adamy from Budapest, Hungary writes...
I just want to say thank you for providing information on 'how to lock Windows
via shortcut'! So here it comes: Thank you!
Thanks for your feedback, Daniel. I'm not entirely sure which article you
mean, but I'm glad you found info from TechTrax helpful. We actually have
a couple of articles like that, but I'm guessing you mean: How
to Hide a Shared Folder in Windows XP Home. However, since Vic
Ferri is the writer who wrote all these locking articles, I'll
pass your comments on to him and thank you for him now!
A reader writes...
I always listen to the AOL "oldies" station. However, today, 10-6-03,
the only song that is playing is "Twisting The Night Away" by Sam
Cooke. What's the deal? Please get this fixed!
I must say...Alan's
on AOL truly created quite a stir. But not so much because AOL is working
to make their product more accessible to blind users, but due to so many
AOL users assuming that TechTrax is in some way involved with what
happens to AOL radio. This is now approximately the sixth complaint
I have personally received from an AOL radio user complaining that something
is wrong and that *I* should make the problem go away.
Attention AOL Radio Users! TechTrax is a free support
magazine on the Internet and is in no way involved with anything from AOL
other than the fact that we happened to have written a few articles on some
of it's features! If you have problems with AOL Radio...email them
not me! As much as I'd like to help you fix your problems, I can't—I
don't even use AOL!<smirk>
Colin Tate from Edinburgh, Scotland writes...
Greetings from Scotland! I really enjoy reading your ezine. It is very informative
and I would like to congratulate you on all your hard work and dedication.
Unfortunately, I find it very difficult to read it on screen. I would like
to be able to take the whole thing into work to print it off and read it over
coffee, at my leisure. Is it possible to provide the document in a format
so that this is possible? I'd also like to be able to see all the diagrams
in such a document as these are often important, eg, Beth
Melton's article series on normalising
Access data. Perhaps a Word document would be a good format?
I really hope you can help with this. Many thanks.
We do provide TechTrax in document version, but the images are removed
to aid with reading and the size for users who have requested that version...many
being blind readers. You are free to change your subscription to that version
via our main subscription page at www.mousetrax.com/techtrax.
The imageless version does have links, so you can use those links to get
back to review the articles and view the images, if necessary.
If you'd like to copy it yourself, you can go through to each story and
click Ctrl/A to copy the articles, then open a Word doc
and hit Ctrl/V to paste the entire story into a Word doc.
If you want to remove the table formatting to remove the shading, you can
click Table/Select Table after you paste and click Convert
Table to Text. Just be sure to uncheck the NESTED
tables option so any tables within articles remain. This will save printing
time without the excess shading in the table layout and will help the article
move into the document to save paper.
We already offer TechTrax in two formats. So I'm sorry, but I don't have
the time to offer it in yet another format. Therefore, if the imageless
version isn't what you need, you'll have to copy/paste the articles on your
However, you might also be interested in an inexpensive tool...which is
*I* use to not only proofread TechTrax when publishing it, but also use
it to read many of my other documents to me...to help save my eyes. It's
called Text Aloud MP3. I believe it's less than $40 and installs easily.
You can then have the voice read articles to you. It takes a few moments
to adjust a few of the settings and get used to using it...but you can be
up and running with it in a very short time. I love using it! And it saves
me time from all the screen reading. You can even get more natural voices
and even ones in many native languages/accents so you feel more at home
when listening to the voices read to you. I wrote an article on it here:
Text Aloud MP3: My New Assistant
by Dian Chapman, MVP
And one thing that's now even cooler (if I ever get time to learn to use
it<sigh>), is that Greg recently bought me an IPod,
which is a way cool MP3 Player from Apple. So now I can have Text Aloud,
very quickly, input lots of electronic articles I need to read into it's
huge database in this little device. I can then listen to technical articles
rather than having to read them on a screen. And with the additional transmitter
Greg added to the gift, I can plug in that added feature to the IPod, tune
my car radio to the frequency and have all my technical reading read to
me during my 1 hr commute to/from the office!
And as soon as I can make a little time to read the manual to learn how
to use the IPod properly, rather than hitting all the buttons and making
myself crazy...life will be wonderful!<smile>
Hope this helps...good luck.
Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to reply. After I sent my
original message I discovered that you did do an imageless Word version
so I have subscribed to that. Keep up all the good work - it is much appreciated.
Oh, and I will certainly try the text aloud tool. In my advancing years
I have to do everything I can to save my poor eyes!
L. Weber from The Netherlands writes...
I made a macro that looks for a bookmark named address, opens a new file
which formats an address sticker and pasts the address in it. To bypass printer
problems I made an extra printer definition that uses a specific paper feeder.
I address this printer with:
ActivePrinter = "Copier Etiket"
The problem is: after I use this macro, "Copier Etiket" becomes
my standard printer.
How do I prevent this?
West, author of the Controlling
the Printer from Word VBA series, writes...
If your macro changes something about the setup of Word, then it is usually
a good idea to note the original setting and change it back at the end.
This doesn't apply just to the printer, but also to the window view and
to any of the option settings.
When changing printer the technique is quite simple. At the start of the
macro you include the following two lines, to store the name of the default
Dim CurrentPrinter As String
CurrentPrinter = ActivePrinter
At the end of the macro, you change the printer back to the original, like
ActivePrinter = CurrentPrinter
A reader writes...
How do I copy e-mail to floppy disk? You have been very helpful in the past.
Have you read the TechTrax article I've linked below? If not...do so. It
explains how to pull email to a desktop folder. Once you do that, you can
just use your Windows Explorer to copy the files from your desktop to a
floppy...as with any file.
Converting Email to Clean Text Files
A reader writes...
I was very interested in your article about If
Statements in Excel. I wanted to print it out so that I could study the
steps. However, all I seem to be able to get is the first page. The rest of
the pages come out blank with just a header at the top and a web address at
the bottom (http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMArticle).
It would be very helpful if you would provide a means of reformatting the
information in a way that it could be printed. Thank you.
The reason you can't print past the page is because you are obviously using
MSIE 5.5...which contained a bug that caused this problem.
You can either upgrade to 6.0 to fix the problem. (At www.microsoft.com/ie).
Or you can go to the article, hit Ctrl/A to select it
all, then open a Word doc, hit Ctrl/V to paste it in and
print it from there. To make the page even better, you can also click Table/Select
Table to select the outer table and click Table/Convert
Table to Text to remove the outer table and shading and then print
the page. Just be sure to uncheck the NESTED TABLE option
so that tables in the article are not removed. Good luck!
A reader writes...
I was wondering if you could help me. I recently decided to join the online
version of the sims as well. I love all the new heads they have! Do you know
if there is a way to get these new heads into the offline version of the sims??
I have looked in the folders, but I am unsure.....
Johnson, author of the article: The
Sims Online, aka TSOL, writes...
Hi...Nope...sorry...the heads and bodies are stored on The Sims Online
server and not something you can have access to for copying to your hard
drive. You might want to try searching the Internet for Sims skins. There
are lots of websites where you can download free heads and very possibly
some that resemble the ones you see in the online version. You might also
try asking some other people inside the game. They may be able to point
you in the right direction. Life has suddenly gotten very busy for me, so
I had to cancel my TSO subscription since I don't really have time to play
anymore. And, the poor technical support I mentioned in my review finally
just plain ol' got to me.
And, by the way, if you have upgraded the offline version with the newest
expansion pack, "SuperStar", you will see it includes lots of
new skins. Have fun.
Ian Evans from UK writes...
Hello, I have Windows XP and Word 2000. I want to use the "Insert/Picture/From
File" but the "From File" option is missing from the menu.
Instead there are two menu loads of clip icons and that's it. I've spent hours
online trying to track down a solution in chat rooms and tech.help sites without
success, although I have found other people who have hit this same problem.
Any clues please?
Great site. I've just been trawling through lots of your articles and will
come back again soon. Many thanks to you all.
It sounds like you're using Word from the Works Suite? If so...there is
a Works Addin for Word that causes some problems, this sounds like one of
the common ones. If you are using Works, you can go to your Control
Panel, click the Add/Remove icon and look for
the Works for Word addin. Uninstall it. Not to worry, it's more bother than
worth, so you'll surely never miss it! Then you'll have to manually go into
customization in Word to remove the excess Clip Art menu items. (See more
info on that, below.)
If by chance you're not using the Works Suite, then you might want to check
out this article from the Word MVP FAQ web site to learn how to reset your
Personally, I never use that Insert/Clipart menu cos' I have a custom toolbar
with all my favorite features and have the Insert/Picture/From File as a
regular icon on mine. You can just add the From File image icon right to
a toolbar as I do and save yourself several clicks. MUCH faster than all
those menu clicks.
To find ANY command you can click Tools/Customize and
then use the All Commands option to find any command you
want. Or go to the Insert and you'll see the from file image icon/command.
Check out this MouseTrax article:
Customized Toolbars and Menus
And for some further info, you might want to check out this TechTrax article:
Although it's mostly about macros...but because code developers often times
add custom menus to their apps, there is some info about adding custom menus
and even an animated gif to see how it's done.
And finally...check out this TechTrax article:
Normal.dot Template - Explained
It explains how to save, share and backup any custom toolbars you might
make. A great way to carry your favorite layout with you to other computers!
Arthur W. Arre from Columbia, SC writes...
Hello and Thank You !!
Had the Power Toys and especially got use out of 'Send To...' But then had
to do fresh install of XP on back up HDD [WDC is sending me free replacement
for old C: drive but.. all my data GONE! NOOOO!!!!] found new XP Power Toys
but no send to.. so used new 95 ones .They worked fine before with this same
version of XP.
But I had the glitch with send to..desktop saying no CMC e-mail client installed
Was searching for old version 95 power toys when I found your site .Thank
You so much for having the the reg fix! and free even!!
That people work so hard on a problem and then when they find a solution
give it away for free to complete strangers never ceases to amaze me!
My only suggestion is explain in more detail what the different options
are and what will happen, what to expect, what NOT to do .etc.
Thank You again
Thanks much for your comments, Arthur. And since you mentioned that we
should provide more details, I can't help myself but to add that it
would be nice if you had done the same, so I'd know what the heck you're
talking about!<big smile>
Realize that I easily get about 300 emails a day that need answers! (900
a day if you count all the group support request, junk mail and spam). So
I chat with a lot of folks and get lots of feedback about our many articles.
And we do have so many writers here in TechTrax and so many terrific
articles now, that it's even getting difficult for me to remember
them all. Thank goodness for our Archive search!<smile>
So I'm guessing this feedback is in reference to Vic's
article on Power
Toys? In which case, I'll pass him your very kind comments which I know
he'll appreciate. Thanks!
(Or maybe you found Greg's
Management Tricks article from Computor Companion which is linked through
our MouseTrax site???)
Michelle Clark writes...
You are my hero.
Wow, Michelle! Thanks so much for that amazing comment. I'm not sure what
I/we did to deserve your praise...but it's much appreciated and I'll take