Reduce taskbar size

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. Somehow my Taskbar became about an inch high when it should only be a fraction of that size. How can I get it back to its normal size, Mr. M?

A. The Taskbar, by design, is expandable, so place your mouse cursor precisely on the top horizontal edge, until it turns into a double-headed arrow. (The cursor, not the Taskbar.) Hold down your left mouse button and slowly drag the Taskbar down to reduce its size.

(Note: If the double-headed arrow does not appear, you will need to unlock the Taskbar by right-clicking a blank area of the Taskbar, then removing the check mark beside “Lock the Taskbar.")

Q. When I want to send an email to someone using the Outlook Express address book, I have to copy and paste their address into the "To:" field. I haven’t figured out an easy way to get addresses into that field without doing this. Can you help?

A. When you want to address a new message in Outlook Express, if you look closely in the “New Message” window, the “To:” field is actually a button that you can click. (Who knew?) When you click it, you will see the contents of your address book in all its expansive splendor. Simply double-click a name and it will pop into the “To:” field or you can click once on a name, then click the “To:” or “CC:” or “BCC:” button on the right.

Q. How can I add a footer to my Word documents?

A. In a Word document, a header is text that appears at the top of every page, and a footer -- care to guess? That’s right, it’s text that appears at the bottom of every page.

To add a footer in Word, click View > Header and Footer, and scroll down to the blank Footer dialog box that is surrounded by a dotted line. Enter your footer text. Be aware that Word formats headers and footers with center and right tabs. This allows you to press the Tab key, type some text, and have it automatically centered at the top or bottom of each page.

Use the buttons on the Header and Footer toolbar to add information, such as page numbers, date, time, etc. Hover your mouse pointer over each button to see a brief explanation of its function. Click the “Close” button when you're done.

In Print Layout view (click View > Print Layout), you can see your footer displayed in gray text. In Normal view, you won’t see any footer, but rest assured it’s there and it will print with your document.

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