Add comments to photos

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. When I use Word, the font size is always 10, which is much too small for my eyes. Is there a way to set it to the size font that I want to use so it will always be the way I want it, every time I open Word?

A. Yes, there sure is. What you’ve been doing only affects the current document, so it defaults back to the 10-point font every time you open a new Word file. To change to a larger font that appears by default, open Word to a blank document, then click Format > Font.

Select the font size and style you would like to use. In the lower, left-hand corner of the window, click the Default button. A message will appear asking if you want to change the default font. It will also advise you that this change will affect all new documents based on the “Normal” template. Click to select Yes. All Word documents will now use the new font size and style selected.

Q. I take a lot of photos. Is there some way I can add comments to the photo files themselves?

A. Windows has a little-known feature that allows you to add notes to files, including photos. For example, you might have pictures from a family reunion. Years from now you may remember some names, others you’ll undoubtedly have repressed, but by adding personal notes to a photo file, you can memorialize the year and location of the reunion, or when Uncle Morty's restraining order expires.

To add notes to files, right-click a file, select Properties, then the Summary or Custom tab, depending on the version of Windows you're using. Enter your pithy notes in the Comments area. You can also add Title, Subject, Author, and Keywords to assist in future searches. Click Apply > OK when you’re done.

Note: If the text boxes are grayed out, uncheck the "Read Only" file attribute on the General tab and click Apply > OK. Close the Properties dialog box, reopen it, and you will be all set.

Q. Is there a quick way to move more than one email at a time to a mail folder? Thanks for all your great help. I tell all my friends about you and your helpful and very entertaining newsletter.

A. Thank you for helping to spread the word about “Mr. Modem!” Okay, enough small talk. Yes, indeed, you can select multiple messages from your inbox and drag them to a folder. To select multiple messages, hold down the SHIFT key and click the first message, then scroll down and click the last message. This will highlight (select) all messages in between. If the messages are not located next to each other, use the CTRL key instead of the SHIFT key. To move selected messages into a folder, hold down your left mouse button and drag any of the highlighted messages to your destination folder, then release the mouse button.

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