Blocking e-mail from friends

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. Can you tell me how to block email from a particular person? She's a friend, but continually sends me all kinds of jokes, chain letters, etc. HELP!

A. The best way to handle this type of potentially awkward situation is to send your friend an email, thank her for thinking of you, but explain that you simply don't have the time to read all the jokes, hoaxes, or what we in the industry technically refer to as “crappola.” If she's a friend, she'll understand. If she flies into a blind rage and threatens to kill you, you're on your own. (Who am I, Dr. Phil?)

Individuals who are the nicest, most sensitive people in the world off-line, can be insensitive louts online when it comes to forwarding junk mail. Because email is so easy to forward, some people inexplicably believe that everybody is interested in the digital drivel they receive.

You'll be doing your friend a favor if you politely ask her to stop forwarding those types of messages. You might even encourage her to ask everybody to whom she is forwarding that material if they would like to continue to receive it or not. Many recipients, if asked, will respectfully decline.

With that in mind, let’s take a second look at your question: You originally wanted to block her address. The problem with that in this situation is that if you do, you will never receive anything from that sender, and that’s not well advised in the case of a friend. At some point there may be an important message you’ll want to receive, or your friend will need to contact you for some other legitimate reason. Sooner or later the person is going to learn that you blocked her email. When that happens, she’ll undoubtedly say, “Why didn’t you just ask me to stop?” A very fair question.

Q. What is the easiest way to print my saved Web sites, with their addresses? I’m using Internet Explorer. Thanks in advance, Mr. M., and I love your weekly newsletter.

A. Thank you. Okay, enough small talk: Open Internet Explorer and click File > Import and Export. When the Import and Export wizard appears, click Next and select Export Favorites. Click Next again and select the Favorites folder. Click Next yet again and select Export to a File. Click the Browse button then double-click to select your destination location: A folder, external drive, or even your Windows Desktop is a good choice. When the export has been completed, click Finish.

To print your list of Favorites with Web addresses, in Internet Explorer, click File > Open and open the HTM file you just created in the above steps. When your list of Web sites appears on screen, click File > Print. When the Print dialog box opens, click to select the Print Table of Links check box, then click OK.

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