How to print multiple messages

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. Is there any way I can print multiple emails at one time?

A. Generally, yes, but there can certainly be exceptions. Click to select (highlight) the messages you want to print as they appear listed in your Inbox. To select multiple messages, hold down the SHIFT key and click the first email to select it, then scroll down to the last one and click that. All messages in between will be highlighted. If the messages you want to select are NOT located next to each other, use the CTRL key instead of the SHIFT key and select just the emails you want to print.

With the messages highlighted, click File > Print, make any changes to your print options you wish to make, then click OK to print.

Q. I know the Kindle goes to sleep after a certain period of time, or I can slide the Power button to force it go to sleep. But is there some way to shut it off completely, like if I want to reboot it, or if I'm not going to use it for an extended period of time?

A. Using the same slide-and-hold technique, hold the Power button for seven seconds to turn off the Kindle. If you just want to do a reboot, slide and hold the Power button for 15 seconds and the Kindle will power down, then power back up. If you ever experience a glitch or freeze with the device, a restart will usually resolve the problem.

Your Kindle will automatically go to sleep after ten minutes, if you are not using it. If your Kindle had wireless (WiFi) engaged prior to dozing off, it will continue to receive (download) any regularly scheduled subscriptions while in sleep mode.

Q. What's the difference between a hacker and a cracker? I know what a hacker is, but I overheard my grandson talking about a computer cracker. Is that just another term for the same thing?

A. What differentiates a hacker from a cracker, in a word, is intent. A hacker is someone who accesses (a polite way of saying “breaks into”) a computer or computer network without permission or authorization. Hackers typically break into computers for the sheer challenge of it and for bragging rights to their demented buddies, but they do no damage, nor do they steal any data. Hacking is a criminal act, regardless of the hacker's intent, however.

Think of a cracker as an evil hacker. Crackers break into computers to steal or destroy data, to commit identity theft, or for other malicious purposes. Hackers hate crackers, because crackers give hackers a bad name. (Try saying that fast, three times in a row.)

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