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Boulder Computer Maven Newsletter - July 2005

Dear Friends,

Thank you for letting me help you with your computer needs. This is my customer newsletter, containing tips that I hope you'll find helpful. This month's topics are Printing Wide Pages in Internet Explorer, Computer Security and Safety Tips from Microsoft, and Using Your Laptop as a GPS Navigation System.

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I invite you to call me at 303-444-8247 at any time with questions or to schedule an appointment. I want to help you get the most from your computer.

Best Wishes,
Steve Winograd

Helping People Use Computers in Boulder for Over 20 Years

Printing Wide Pages in Internet Explorer

It's a common and annoying problem: you find an interesting web page in Internet Explorer that you want to print out and save. You click Print and then find out that the page is cut off on the right side and part of it is missing.

To see how a page will appear without actually printing it, Click File in the menu bar and then click Print Preview. If the preview of the page looks good, click Print to print it. If the right side of the page is cut off, click Close to cancel printing. Then, click File, click Page Setup, select Landscape orientation, and click OK. You can now preview and print the page in the wider format.

Computer Security and Safety Tips from Microsoft

Microsoft is making a determined effort (better late than never!) to fix the security holes in its products and to educate users on computer safety and security. The Security at Home web site contains links to articles with information that can protect you and your family from common hazards on the Internet. Here are some that I recommend:

Using Your Laptop as a GPS Navigation System

GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation systems are marvels of technology that can be invaluable to travelers. These devices can:

Handheld GPS navigation systems generally cost hundreds of dollars, and the ones built into new cars can cost thousands. I just bought a product that turns an ordinary laptop computer into a GPS navigation system: Microsoft Streets & Trips 2005 with GPS Locator. For $129 (list price), it includes navigation and mapping software that runs on your laptop and a small GPS receiver that connects to a USB port on the laptop. The display updates itself continuously as you drive, showing your location and even showing how fast you're driving! Ask me for a free demonstration.