Check free space on Kindle

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. Is there any way I can check the amount of free space I have on my Kindle e-book reader? Thanks, Mr. M.

A. From the Kindle Home screen, press the Menu button, then look in the top left-hand corner of your screen. The number displayed will be the amount of free space (in MB or megabytes) of remaining storage you have on your Kindle. You'll definitely want to have plenty of room for “Mr. Modem's Top Computing Tips” e-book series, available from Either that, or wait for the motion picture starring George Clooney as gruff-but-lovable Mr. Modem. (Hint: Mrs. Modem is still waiting.)

Q. I accidentally dragged a game from the Start menu to the Desktop. How can I get it back to the Start menu?

A. It’s easy to drag an icon from the Start menu to the Desktop, but a bit more challenging to get it back where it belongs. (Isn't that always the way?)

Start by clicking the program icon on your Desktop, and while continuing to hold down your left mouse button, drag it to your Start button. Hover the icon over the Start button until the Start Menu appears.

While still holding down the left mouse button, drag the icon up to Programs or All Programs, and wait for the Programs Menu to appear.

If your finger hasn't started to spasm, continue to hold down the left mouse button, drag the program icon to the folder in which it belongs and release the left mouse button. The meandering icon will move to the folder.

Q. I use Thunderbird for my email, thanks to your recommendation, Mr. M. I was wondering if there is any way to insert a clickable text link in a Thunderbird message? I know I can type in an actual URL, but I'd like to have words clickable as opposed to the Web address itself.

A. To insert a clickable text link in a Thunderbird email, while composing your message, press CTRL + L. In the Link Text field, enter the word or words that you want to serve as the clickable link. In the Link Location field, enter a Web site address, then click OK.

As an even easier alternative, you can select (highlight) existing text in your message, then press CTRL + L. In this way you only have to enter the Web site address and not the text itself.

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