Visualize your hard drive

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. How can I find out what's filling up my hard drive? I know how to check free versus used space, but I want to know what is taking up the used space. Is there any way to do that?

A. A utility called Spacemonger creates an intriguing graphical display of the space consumed by data on your hard drive. It’s kind of fun to use because it displays each folder in a manner that’s proportional to the space it consumes on your drive. You can try the program for 30 days without charge and it’s $24.95 to purchase.

Q. My browser (Firefox) remembers passwords, which is very helpful, but now that I changed the password for one of my favorite Web sites, how can I remove the old password so it doesn't keep coming up?

A. In Firefox, click Tools > Options > Security, then click the Saved Passwords button. That will display the Saved Passwords dialog box. Click the Show Passwords button. Select (highlight) the item you would like to change and click the Remove button. That will remove the entry from the saved passwords list. Return to the Web site and log in using your new password. You will be prompted to save it, if it hasn’t already been saved.

Q. When I’m writing letters and I need to make a change, sometimes it seems like my Word program gobbles up characters making it just about impossible to do corrections. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?

A. When working on any document, with Word or any other word processing program, you can work in one of two modes: Insert or Overwrite. If you’re in the Insert mode, the text to the right of where you’re typing will be shoved farther to the right and your new text will be inserted into the word or sentence. If you’re in Overwrite mode, any text you type replaces text that already exists, and that’s what you’re referring to as gobbling up characters.

You can easily toggle between the two modes by pressing the INSert key on your keyboard. When you’re in Overwrite mode, you may see the letters OVR in the area above and to the right of the Taskbar.

Q. I use my computer’s calculator all the time, but there’s got to be an easier way to get to it than having to click through Programs, Accessories to get there. Can you help, Mr. M?

A. If you frequently use the Windows calculator, you might find it handy to have a shortcut to it on your Desktop. To create this shortcut, go to the calculator by clicking Start > Programs > Accessories. Right-click the Calculator and select Send To > Desktop (create shortcut). That’s all there is to it.

Mr. Modem's Sites of the Week:

OR Live
This site was launched a few years ago to provide surgeons with a way to bone up on new techniques by watching their peers perform various surgeries. Since that time, the site has been attracting a new audience, that being patients who are curious about various procedures. Categories of surgeries include cardiovascular, OB-GYN, orthopedics, pediatrics, and other specialties. A non-intrusive registration is required to view procedures. Most videos require Adobe Flash Player, but you’ll be prompted if your system is lacking the necessary program to view a given procedure.

Signs Language
One quirky person’s quirky collection of photographs of roadside signs from around the world. The archive consists of 40 exhibits of amusing, strange, and a few just plain bizarre photos of street signs.

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