Clearing IE's history disabling a troublesome screen saver

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December 28, 1998|By JAMES COATES | JAMES COATES,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

I use Microsoft Internet Explorer for Internet access and I don't like the way it keeps a record of every Web site I visit so that other computer users can see where I've been afterward. I want to know how to delete addresses that show up on this pull-down list.

I, too, hate that anybody who comes along can find out where I have been on the Internet by calling up the history tab on the Microsoft browser. This feature, which has some very useful business applications for those who need to return quickly to numerous sites, takes a bit of doing to disable.

Right click on the Start button and call up the Windows 98 Explorer program. Scroll down the list of folders that comes up until you find the one marked Windows. Then look under Windows for a subfolder History.

When you open that subfolder there will be subfolders for every week you have run the browser. You can either delete the whole lot or delete on a week-by-week basis. A folder marked Today includes your most recent history.

My new PC with Windows 98 locks up when the screen saver is on for any length of time. The screen freezes and the keyboard doesn't respond. Even control/alt/

delete doesn't work. I have to manually shut it off and turn it back on, at which time I get a message not to do that.

You've got a bum screen saver and you need to disable it. Move your cursor out onto the desktop and click the right mouse and then select Properties from the box that pops up.

The next box that appears has a tab at the top marked Screen Saver. Click that Tab and you'll find a box for each of the screen savers in your machine.

Either swap the one you're using now with a new one or just select None to make sure this has fixed your problem.

I have a Compaq PC and recently had to reinstall the operating system. I lost the Lotus 1-2-3 program and I can no longer find the original installation disk. I did, however, back up my Lotus files on a floppy. I was told at a computer store that Lotus in its original version is no longer manufactured, and that Excel is what most people are using these days. I purchased the Excel package and the install went well. However, I have yet to figure out how to copy my Lotus files from the floppy on the A drive Into Excel on the C drive.

One thing you're wrong about is that you need Microsoft Excel these days to read old Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets, a common bit of misinformation that sadly keeps people in the dark about the fact that IBM bought out Lotus a few years ago. Lotus 1-2-3 is bigger and better than ever as part of the superb Lotus SmartSuite software, which competes with Microsoft Office (including Excel).

In either SmartSuite or Excel, you need to click on the File option at the top of the screen and choose Open. In the next box you need to make two choices. First click on the source area to select the "A:" floppy drive. Then look for the File Type selection and click through it until you find Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS and you'll be able to load your files and resave them on the PC's hard drive.

I just bought a scanner and tried to scan pictures and documents. The scanning part worked fine, but when I tried to save them, it gives me only two choices for file type: either .bmp, or .tif. The problem is that when I try to attach these files with my e-mail for sending it to friends, it takes almost 30 to 45 minutes. I'm told that I need to convert these pictures into a format called .jpg to make them small enough for e-mail but I don't know how to do this.

I know you probably got a good price on your scanner, but that may be because the manufacturer cut corners by providing extremely cheap software that does no more than scan pictures into the easiest formats for programmers to write into their applications. If you're running Windows 98, you can load .bmp files into the Paint program and then save them as far smaller .jpg files.

A far better choice would to buy a third-party scanning program such as Xerox Corp.'s splendid $50 Pagis Scanworks, which will do much more than just let you scan images into e-mail friendly .jpg format.

The software also lets you edit pictures, crop them, change colors and add special effects.

Pub Date: 12/28/98

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