Q. When I right-click a folder in my Favorites, then click Sort by Name, they do not rearrange themselves alphabetically. Instead, I have to drag each one to put it in the right order. What am I doing wrong?
A. You have to right-click within a folder to sort alphabetically. In other words, open a folder that contains some Favorites instead of just clicking it, then right-click and sort from there. It's fast, easy -- one could say as easy as A-B-C. (One could, but one shouldn't.)
Q. How can I enlarge the Quick Launch bar buttons on my Windows XP computer? I have a large screen, but I need larger buttons. Help!
A. We can relate -- and by “we” I am referring to my trifocals and me. To enlarge the Quick Launch bar buttons, right-click an empty area of the Quick Launch bar (to the right of the last icon, for example), then select View > Large Icons. The icons will instantly enlarge.
Q. I am obviously not up to speed on current terms in the computer world. What does "app" mean that I so often see and hear today? Does it mean application? If so, I am still lost when I see references to smartphone and other apps. Thanks for being there, Mr. M.
A. You are correct, "app" is short for "application," which is synonymous with "program," which is synonymous with "software" that we install in our computers. With the advent of smartphones, such as the Android, iPhone and tablet computers, such as the iPad, Galaxy and others, what we once knew as software is now an application or app for short.
Devices such as smartphones and tablet computers have what are the equivalent of software stores online. Each device has a button one can tap to go to the device's App Store where you can search for apps. When you find something you like, tap the app (no extra charge for the poetry) and it will install on your device. Many apps are free, but those that do have a charge associated with them are typically .99 or 1.99 which is a far cry from the days when software cost hundreds of dollars.
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