Delete old restore points

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. Several people in my home share one computer. Can I set up individual email accounts for them in Outlook Express?

A. Individuals in a small office, family, cult, or nomadic tribe can easily maintain separate email identities in Outlook Express. By establishing individual identities, each person can send and receive email as if he (or she) had their own computer.

To create a new identity, click File > Identities > Add New Identity. Enter a name for the new identity and click OK. You will also have the opportunity to create a password for the new identity, if you wish.

The Identity Added dialog box will appear and ask whether you want to switch to your new identity. If so, click Yes (or OK, depending on the version you’re using), and you can then proceed, using the Wizard that will appear, to set up the email account.

After setting up identities, each person can then choose his or her identity to send and receive their respective messages. You can delete an identity at any time by choosing File > Identities > Manage Identities, selecting an identity, then clicking Remove.

Q. I started typing a list of automatically numbered items in Word, but now that I'm finished with the numerical part of my document, I can't figure out how to stop the numbering. Can you help, Mr. M?

A. To end a numbered list and instruct Word to revert to normal, non-numbered paragraphs, press the ENTER key twice. Pressing ENTER twice stops the numbering, but it also inserts an extra blank line, creating another paragraph, which may or may not be what you want.

To stop the numbering and remain on the same line, press ENTER after the last numbered item. Then, on the next numbered line, press the BACKSPACE key.

To disable auto-numbering completely, click Tools >AutoCorrect Options > AutoFormat As You Type, and remove the check mark beside “Automatic Numbered Lists.”

Q. Using XP’s System Restore, I see a lot of restore points that I don't need or want. How do I delete previous restore points? I enjoy your newsletter and have learned a lot from it.

A. There are two primary ways to safely delete restore points from your computer, The first is by using Disk Cleanup which you can launch by clicking Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. After running Disk Cleanup, select the More Options tab. If you press the Clean Up button in the System Restore section, Windows will delete all Restore Points except for the most recent one.

The second method is even easier. By briefly turning off System Restore, all your Restore Points will be deleted. It’s not a bad idea to periodically clear them out anyway, particularly if you think that you may have created a Restore Point that includes a virus or other problem. Eek! To disable System Restore, click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. Click the System Restore Settings link and you’ll see the “Turn off System Restore on all drives” check box. Restart your computer, then immediately retrace the above steps, enable System Restore, and create a new Restore Point.

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