Reassign drive letters

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Q. I had three partitions on my hard drive labeled C, D, and E. The CD drive was designated Drive F. I deleted partition E and merged it with partition D using a program called Partition Magic. Now there are two partitions, C and D, but the CD drive letter is still F. How can I change it to E?

A. Personally, I'd leave it as it is, but if it's ruining your life as the F-drive, you can change it. Right-click My Computer and click Manage > Storage > Disk Management. Right-click your CD drive in the lower right pane and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths." You can then choose the next available drive letter, which should be the partition you deleted, Drive E. Just remember that if you change the drive letter, some programs that may look to access a CD might not be able to locate it. If that occurs, look for a " Location of files" or a similar setting within the program itself.

Q. I regularly edit documents that I copy and paste into Word. When somebody sends me a .PDF file, how can I copy that into Word so I can edit the Adobe-formatted document? I am using Adobe Acrobat.

A. It really depends on the file itself whether you'll be able to edit it or not. Some .PDF files are "write protected," which means you can read them, but you can't change them. Having said that, click Edit > Select All, then Edit > Copy to copy the text. You'll be able to tell right away if you can edit it or not.

Alternatively, you can try clicking the "T" button on the Adobe Acrobat toolbar (it stands for "Text Select"). When your cursor turns into a little I-beam (no relation to Jim Beam), you'll be able to select (highlight) the text you want to copy into Word.

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