Expand screen areaPosted: Updated:
Q. My laptop computer has a very small screen that's consumed by too many toolbars. Is there some way I can get rid of a few of them? It's particularly annoying when trying to view Web pages.
A. Toolbars can gobble up a great deal of precious screen-viewing real estate. To quickly remove toolbars in Internet Explorer or Firefox, press the F11 key, which will toggle you into full-screen mode. To revisit your toolbars, should you experience any separation anxiety, press F11 again.
Q. What is an object? I've been reading several computing magazines and they frequently refer to objects.
A. Within the context of Windows, an object is something that can be expected to behave in a particular manner. The icons on your Desktop, for example, are objects. If you double-click a Desktop icon, a program opens or a document is displayed. It is predictable behavior so you know what to expect when you double-click.
Objects can also be representations of other programs or parts of programs. For example, an object may be an icon, folder, file, a disk drive, a printer, or even a network connection.
Objects generally have properties associated with them. You can change some of the characteristics of an object by using what's called its Properties Sheet. To view an object’s properties, right-click and select Properties from the menu displayed.
Q. I received a CD that has some .JPG photos on it. When I insert the CD into the tray on my computer, nothing happens. I've cleaned the CD, I've re-inserted it, I've rebooted, but nothing changes. What do I need to do to see the pictures?
A. Most CDs (and DVDs) when inserted into a CD/DVD drive will open automatically using the AutoPlay feature, but if yours is just sitting there like a passive, plastic pancake, go to My Computer or Computer (Start > Computer, depending on the version of Windows). When your Computer or My Computer screen appears, identify your CD/DVD drive icon, which is usually the D, E, or F drive.
With your CD inserted in the drive, double-click that icon to display the contents of the disk. Double-click to open any of its files or folders, then double-click any .JPG image files to display the photos.
To enable CD/DVD AutoPlay, go to My Computer (or Computer), right-click your CD/DVD drive and select Properties > AutoPlay tab. Select the content type (e.g. Pictures), then under Actions, enable "Select an action to perform” or “Prompt me each time to choose an action,” followed by Apply, then OK.
Mr. Modem's Sites of the Week:
Created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), this site provides access to ongoing NOAA marine explorations. Browse current explorations, experience their progress in near "real time," and learn about the specific goals of each underwater expedition. Highlights include the Chilean Triple Junction exploration, the Lau Basin underwater volcano, and searching Bermuda's deep water caves. Be sure to visit the site’s Gallery, which is filled with breathtaking underwater images, recordings of the sea, historical pictures, photographs of shipwrecks, and other visuals from past NOAA explorations.
What Song Was No. 1?
Have you ever wondered what song was No. 1 on the charts at some point in the past? This site is fun in an “I’m-older-than-dirt” kind of way. For example, 50 years ago this week, in June 1960, the number one song was “Cathy's Clown” by the Everly Brothers. Forgive my weeping. When you enter a date, an interesting “This day in music” history also appears that tracks musical milestones through the years.
For plain-English answers to your questions by email, plus helpful PC tips, subscribe to Mr. Modem’s Weekly Newsletter. For information, visit www.MrModem.com.