Readers' Forum - August 2004

by Rob Zorn
from the August 2004 Newsletter

If you'd like to ask a question or request some help on any Actrix or Internet-related matter. Simply send me an e-mail with the word "Forum" in the subject line. I'll try and answer your question by return e-mail, and will also post the answer here for the benefit of others who may have a similar question or problem. By the same token, if you read something here and think you may have something to suggest, please feel more than free. Please also note that questions and answers may turn up under the Helpful Tips section on the Actrix home page (www.actrix.co.nz).

Kingsley writes: Hello Rob! I have read your Article in April ' 04 and under Forum about deleting Temporary Internet Files. What about other Temporary Files ? There are heaps of them under Start -> Search -> Temporary Files. What is their purpose and is it safe to delete them all, since they are all only ' Temporary,' or only particular ones and if so, which ones can be safely deleted? Thanks!

Hi Kingsley, Unless these files are in Temporary Internet Files, I would leave them be. Other temp files are usually created by Windows as it goes about its business. Normally they are deleted automatically when Windows is finished and or when you shut down your computer. This is one of the main reasons why it is never a good thing to power of your machine without shutting down properly. If you delete a file while Windows is using it, the machine will probably become unstable and could possibly crash.

Tony writes: Hi Rob, Something simple! How do I print off the newsletter without just getting the newsletter header(page 1 of 1) Then the Nav page. I only want the Newsletter! Bye the bye, the guys at work reckon it’s a cool letter.

Hi Tony, I'm glad you (and/or your mates) enjoy the newsletter. It sounds to me like you're trying to print by using the File/Print menu at the top of the screen. This won't work well for the newsletter as it uses frames. The File/Print menu will only be able to print the outer frame which holds the inner frames.

To print the whole newsletter, right click in the frame or window that has the newsletter itself. The select Print from the grey box that pops up. This will cause the frame with the news to be the one that prints and none of the others.

You can get rid of the header details when printing with Internet Explorer by choosing File/Page Setup from the menu bar, and then blank out the Header (and Footer) details. (Thanks to Andrew for this information.)

Jennifer writes: I use microsoft outlook and want to know how I change the name that appears in the from field when people receive mail from me. I cannot work out how to do it.

Hi Jennifer,

Methods for changing Outlook settings can vary depending on which version you have (they're simpler in Outlook Express). Here's the way to change it via the latest version. If this is no good, let me know what version you have (Click Help and then About Microsoft Outlook) and I'll get you something more specific.

  1. . With Outlook open, click Tools in the menu bar at the top.
  2. In the box that drops down, click either Accounts or E-mail Accounts, depending on which is listed for you.
  3. Sometimes this will take you straight to a box that lists the accounts you have (most people have only one). Sometimes a different box comes up first that asks you first to choose from a few options, one of which is "View or change existing e-mail accounts." If you get this box, choose this one and you will be taken to the list of accounts you have when you click Okay.
  4. In the big white box, click once on the e-mail account you wish to change.
  5. Click the Change button or the Edit button, depending on which you have (over to the right).
  6. There will be a field there labelled User Information which will contain the name you want to change. Other settings can also be altered.
  7. If you have an Apply button, click that, and then click Okay. Otherwise, just click Okay.

It's pretty simple with Outlook Express:

  1. . With Outlook Express open, click Tools in the menu bar at the top.
  2. In the box that drops down, click Accounts.
  3. This will take you straight to a box that lists the accounts you have (most people have only one).
  4. In the big white box, click once on the e-mail account you wish to change.
  5. Click the Properties button (over to the right).
  6. This will bring up a Properties box opened up onto the General tab.
  7. Change the name that appears under User information, click Apply, and then Okay.