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December 21, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: From Double-Click to Single Click

Normally you open your files and folders by double-clicking on them. If you are having difficulty double-clicking or just want to open items more quickly and consistently, you can customize Windows XP to open items with a single mouse click instead of a double-click.
Just follow these easy steps:
  1. In any folder window, click the Tools menu.
  2. Select Folder Options.

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  4. In the Folder Options dialog box, select the General tab.
  5. Click the Single-click to open an item option. If you don't like the look of all those underlined files and folders, click the Underline icon titles only when I point at them option.
  6. Click OK to exit.
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Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

December 19, 2006

It's a LibraryThing

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You know who you are.

You have hundreds of books stacked in piles or haphazardly on shelves. You love books and talking about them with other book lovers. Finally, what if you could easily catalog your library of books (no more messy "can't read my own writing" lists or tedious WORD document creations); connect with other book lovers who have similar libraries; or have recommendations made to you based on your library? No more "what if's"! Welcome to LibraryThing

Named by PC Magazine as one of the five best services of 2006 (Skype was another service named). "If you love books, and love people who love books, LibraryThing is for you. Start by using the service to catalog your book collection: Tag your books by topic, share your catalog with others, and then endlessly browse the titles that they have on their shelves." (PC Magazine, February 2006)

All you need to get started is to create a user name and password. LibraryThing allows you to catalog up to 200 titles for free; as many as you like for $10 (year) or $25 (life). Go ahead and take the tour today.

Computer Tips and Tricks: Customizing Your Start Menu

Customizing the Windows XP Start menu will give yourself quick access to the programs that you use most often.
The items on the Start menu such as My Computer and Internet are very handy because they require just two clicks to launch. To start up all your other programs, you must click All Programs and then negotiate one or more submenus. You can avoid this extra work by pinning the icons of the programs you frequently use permanently to the Start menu.

To pin an item to your Start menu:
  1. Click the Start buttons.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Open the submenu that contains the program you want to pin to the Start menu.
  4. Right-click the program icon.
  5. Click Pin to Start menu.

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Also remember that you can remove a pinned item by right-clicking the item and then clicking Unpin from Start menu.

Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

Blood Drive on Jan. 3 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 3 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Other Benefits:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)
*Free mini physical.

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on January 3!

December 12, 2006

Tech News to Use - Online Communities Important to Many People

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The Digital Future Project recently released its sixth annual report concerning the Web's impact on society. Some of the major findings:

* 43 % of Americans who belong to online communities feel just as strongly about their membership in them as their real-world communites.
*More than 40% of Internet users say the Web helps them stay in touch more with family and friends.
*The number of U. S. bloggers and the number of people who post photos has doubled since 2003.
*Majority of parents feel their kids spent the right amount of time on the Web.
*Despite kids' opinion that Web access helps their schoolwork, 3/4 of parents report no change in their grades.

The overall findings seem to indicate the Internet's growing importance in the social lives of Americans.

Click here to read the complete article.


December 6, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Print Your Folders

Would you like to know how to print a folder in Windows XP? Usually, if you have a folder containing 10 Word documents, you would select each and every document and print it. But wouldn't it be nice if you could print them all at once without spending too much time?
Windows XP does not have the option of selecting a folder and printing it, but you can make your own by writing a small batch file and placing it in the right location.

First, open your Notepad program (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Notepad) and type the following contents carefully, each on a separate line.

@echo off
dir%1/-P/O:gin>
"%temp%\listing"
Start/wnotepad/P"%temp%\listing"
del"%temp%%\listing"
exit


Next, you need to save this as Printdir.bat and store it in the location of C:\Windows\ (get here by double clicking the My Computer icon on your desktop, select the C: drive and find the Windows folder).
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Note: You can give any name to the file but it should have the .bat extension and remember when you save it, change the Save As Type from Text documents to All files.

You now have successfully created a batch file. Now do the following steps to bring up the option to print the folder.
  1. Double click on My Computer icon from your desktop.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Folder Options.
  3. Click on the File Types tab.
  4. Under "Registered File Types", select the File type called Folder and click on Advanced.

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  6. The Edit File Type box will open, and then click on a button called New.
  7. In the New Action dialogue box, type Print Directory under the Action option.
  8. Under the "Application used to perform action" option, select C:\Windows\Printdir.bat (the path where your Notepad file is located) with the help pf the Browse button.

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  10. Click OK to close the dialogue boxes.

Now, right-click on any folder and you will find the Print Directory option, where all the files in that folder will be printed, if you select them.
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Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

December 4, 2006

Southwest's New Look Update

The remodeling of Southwest's entrance is near completion. In the last few weeks a bright red wallcovering was put on the back wall and a great looking display case was installed. Just a few more details to be added and Southwest's new look will be finished!

This remodeling project is part of the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club Library Project (see March 29, 2006 post on this blog).

Come in and see the more bright and beautiful entrance. Watch for more Library Project updates and photos on this blog.
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