Prevent wandering toolbars

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. Sometimes I’ll copy something or even delete it, then realize I made a mistake. Is there some way to undo any foolish things I do like that?

A. You’re in good company if you have ever moved, copied, renamed or deleted something, then instantly realized you made a grievous error. The next time you find yourself in that digital pickle, press the keystroke combination CTRL + Z which will reverse (undo) the last action. As simple as this is, it can be a lifesaver.

Q. I’m not very good with the mouse so I keep accidentally dragging my Internet Explorer toolbar around and then have a heck of a time getting it back where it belongs. Is there any way to prevent that?

A. There sure is. When the toolbar is positioned where you want it, right-click it and select “Lock the Toolbars.” Be sure to retrace these steps and unlock the toolbar if you decide to move it to a new location.

Q. I’m sure you’ve covered this before, but how can I print backwards, from the last page to the first page? I enjoy your weekly newsletter and your sense of humor. I read every issue from start to finish and learn so much from it.

A. Thank you. Most printers allow you to print first-to-last page or last-to-first page, depending on your preference. I prefer printing last page first so multi-page documents are ready to go, hot off the printer. The specific steps may vary slightly, but click Start > Settings > Printers or Start > Printers and Faxes. Right-click your printer and select Properties > General tab > Printing Preferences.

Look for a Features, Layout, or similar tab and a “Start printing from last page” option or you may have a “Print Order” check box in which you can select “Front to Back” or “Back to Front.” Make the appropriate selection, then click Apply > OK to save your changes and exit.

Q. My laptop battery is continually running out of power. I carry a spare, but sometimes that’s not enough. Are there any options other than lugging around more spare batteries?

A. I’ve been very happy with Cellboost products. Originally introduced for cell phones, these disposable gizmos plug into your device (laptop, cell phone, MP3 player, etc.) and, depending on the device, will provide approximately one hour of talk time for a phone, or four hours of power for a laptop. Having one of these $4 devices, that are about the size of a Zippo lighter, can be a lifesaver, particularly with a cell phone. You can purchase them at most consumer electronics stores.

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