Q. I need to install the Adobe Reader, but I’m running short on hard-drive space. Can you recommend a smaller PDF reader that won't foul up my computer?
A. In recent years the Adobe Reader has become somewhat bloated, though in fairness, who among us hasn't? I prefer the svelte Foxit Reader, which is 1/10th the size of the Adobe Reader and is also free. It's very fast, easy to use, and has an integrated search utility. Foxit works with all versions of Windows and includes a converter to change a PDF file into a simple text file.
Q. I need to type something double-spaced in Microsoft Word. Is there some way to do that other than by manually inserting a space between each line? Thanks, Mr. M. I love your weekly newsletter.
A. Thank you. Here are three handy keyboard shortcuts you can use to implement single spacing, one-and-a-half spacing, or double spacing in Word:
To single-space a paragraph (or all paragraphs in a selected block of text), press CTRL + 1. To double-space, press CTRL + 2. To use one-and-a-half spacing, press CTRL + 5. Hint: Don’t use the “5” key on the numeric keypad because that’s the command to select all the text in your document. Eek! Instead, use the “5” key that appears above the “R” and “T” keys on your keyboard.
Q. I received an email encouraging me to register my cell phone with the FTC's Do-Not-Call Registry. The email says that all cell phone numbers are going to be released to telemarketers. Is this legitimate?
A. Yes and no. (You can always count on Mr. Modem for definitive answers.) The Do Not Call Registry is legitimate; however, the email you received is a hoax, according to the FTC. Cold-call telemarketing to cell phone numbers is prohibited by law.
Having said that, there is no harm in submitting your cell phone number (as well as your land-line number) to the Do-Not-Call Registry Web site.
The FTC’s position is that consumers who do receive telemarketing calls on their cell phones probably have themselves to blame. (Can’t you just feel the love?) According to the FTC, most people who receive such calls provided their cell phone number when signing up for something and in that manner gave their permission to be contacted by cell phone. For more information about the DNC Registry, take a look at the FAQ for Consumers.
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