After deleting files, empty Recycle Bin

June 15, 1998|By James Coates | James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

In Windows 95 I have deleted material no longer needed with the intention of freeing up space on my hard drive, but I find that overall storage space is not affected. Uninstall utilities that come with 95 work on only a few programs. I prefer not to mess with store-bought uninstall programs and wonder whether there is an alternative.

Sounds like you need to empty the Recycle Bin. When you pick out stuff and order the delete command, the files are moved to this fail-safe directory on the desktop rather than zapped outright. Click open the recycle icon and select File/Empty Recycle Bin.

Regarding your earlier column about about Internet service providers: I think the best advice you could have given was to go to and research the ISPs.

As Johnny Carson used to tell his best guests, I did not know that! The Web site you tipped me to is sponsored by Internet powerhouse Mecklermedia's Internet World magazine and it all but blew me away when I checked it out.

The site covers more than 4,600 ISPs, and visitors can call up basic information about each one by state or area code.

The listings cover local ISPs and national outfits that have POPs (points of presence) in each area code to allow local calls. For example, the listing for area code 312 includes more than 100 providers complete with basic information and hot links to a Web site for each.

What do you do when the Windows 95 "Save Password" box is grayed out and won't accept a change? I have had this problem since I upgraded to Internet Explorer 4.01 from 3. My local computer weenie has no solution for this situation.

My guess is that your machine burped and changed one of the Windows 95 password settings that are accessed by clicking on Start/Control Panel/Passwords. Most likely you will find the wrong box checked under the heading User Profiles.

By the way, you can use this set of moves to set up individual passwords and profiles so that different family members can log on using their own passwords, individual Internet accounts, etc.

I'm thinking about replacing my slow 83 MHz computer and need to know the best method of getting files from the old to the new. I have an Iomega tape drive (external), but that takes forever. I'm thinking of either an Iomega Zip 100 or a SyQuest SparQ 1.0. Which of these would be my best bet, or do you have other options I should consider?

You can't go wrong either way. Both machines cost about $200 '' for the basic hardware. But the SparQ is probably the sweeter of the two choices if your top priority is moving stuff from the old box to the new one. Megabyte for megabyte, SparQ is far cheaper. A 1-gigabyte SparQ cartridge costs $30 compared with $15 or so per 100 megs with Zip. SparQ also seems faster in my tests.

But Zip drives are something of a global standard in removable storage, and if there's any chance you're going to want to swap big files with others, Zip is a much stronger choice.

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trying to work with an East Coast company regarding a free-lance job and I can't get my resume attached to my e-mail. In 3.1, the file manager pretty clearly marked all the files. But now, when I put in the file's designation to my e-mail, a message pops up telling me the file doesn't exist. Yet, when I'm in word processing, and I want to go to the file, the name works.

Veterans of Windows 3.1 often get blindsided by the built-in browsing software that most Windows 95 e-mail programs use to find files and attach them to outgoing messages. After you open the compose note module, address a note and put in a subject line, you click on the attachment command, usually a paper clip icon. This will open a file finder box with that browse command on it. Click on browse and then click on the various folder icons until you reach the one for your resume.

I am trying to create a book of quotations and sayings and would like to be able to sort by category and cross reference quotations that may be put into several categories. We have Microsoft Office Pro on our PC. We have taken a course for Access 95, have purchased several books on the software but have not been able to set up a program that will do this. Also, we want to be able to print all this out in book form.

A. Access is just great for what you envision. Break out that manual from your course and do the following:

Set up fields for the author name, a keyword and a category.

Then set up a note field for the quotation itself.

Create a form for this custom database and start filling in your data.

Later you can use the query function to either extract all quotes of a given category or all quotes with a given keyword.

Best of all, these queries can be set up to cover multiple conditions. This is a relational database.

Using these relational queries you can find all the quotes by Robert Frost mentioning snow along with all the quotes from Carl Sandburg about fog and combine it all in a single report.

Each report then can be exported into a word processor for final tweaking.

If you give it a second chance, I think you will be delighted to see just how well Access works for what you have in mind.

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Pub Date: 6/15/98

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