Q. I bought a new computer that has Windows 8. I'm not loving it, but I'm trying to warm up to it. Is there an easy way to shut it down? The new way seems a bit cumbersome. Thanks, Mr. M.
A. The proper way to shut down Windows 8 is through the Charms menu (I'm not loving the name), which can be opened by moving your cursor (or finger on a touchscreen) to the top right corner and then sliding down. Even easier, press the Windows Key and I (as in igloo), then click the Power button and select Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.
To create a Shut Down shortcut, right-click your Desktop, click New > Shortcut, then type “shutdown /s /t 0” without the quotes. (That's shutdown, space, forward slash s, space, forward slash t, space, zero.) Right-click the new shortcut and select Pin to Start, then drag it to your Taskbar.
Q. When you scan a document, does it use printer ink? I just bought an HP printer/scanner and I'm not sure how it works. Thanks for not making a moron like me feel like an idiot.
A. There are never any dumb questions here in Mr. Modemville, so I'm glad you asked. When you scan a document, it does not use any ink. The act of scanning simply creates a digital image (file) of whatever is being scanned. Think of it as taking a photo of the item being scanned.
When you print a scanned document, you are printing a file and that process is identical to printing any other document and does consume printer ink. So for all in tents and porpoises, if your printer isn't churning out a printed sheet, then it is not consuming ink.
Q. What is the difference between the Save and Save As commands?
A. If you are working on a previously saved document, when you click Save, it will save it under the same name, overwriting your previous document. If it wasn't previously saved, you will be presented with the opportunity to name it and save it as a new file.
Let's say you open a previously saved document and make a few changes, but you want to keep the original, unedited version, as well. Use the File > Save As command to save the modified file as a new file with a new name. When you next open your files, you will find both the original, unedited version and the new, Saved As version.
Mr. Modem's Sites of the Week
While there are many different forms of photography, including Mrs. Modem’s patented finger-in-front-of-the-lens technique, panoramic photography has a grand, sweeping feel to it. This collection, courtesy of the Library of Congress, contains more than 4,000 panoramic images. Use the Subject index to view images of everything from Actresses (Sarah Bernhardt in 1906) to Zoos.
Yumi's Vegetable Cooking Cheat Sheet
Have you ever noticed that veggies can go from yummy to crummy very rapidly if you overcook them? (I don't like to brag, but I'm an expert transforming Brussel sprouts into charcoal briquettes on the grill.) With this Web site, all you have to do is scroll down the page and select your veggie. The Cheat Sheet provides cooking times for a variety of vegetables and cooking methods, including boiling, steaming and sautéing.
Pop quiz! Who is running Turkmenistan these days? No, silly, it’s not Kaikhaziz Sardarovich Atabayev. Where have you been? It’s Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, of course. Okay, I’ll give you a chance to redeem yourself: Who was King of Burundi during the swinging ‘60s? That’s right, it was Mwambutsa Bangilicenge. Good job! This site lists worldwide heads of state and government dating back to 1700.
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