You can turn off spell-checking

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April 19, 1999|By James Coates | James Coates,Knight Ridder/Tribune

America Online has added Spellcheck for its Version 4.0 e-mail. I despise Spellcheck. How do I get rid of it?

To zap AOL's spelling checker, choose the "My AOL" icon at the top of the screen and then pick "Preferences" in the menu that appears. In the next window will be an icon for e-mail preferences with a check box for turning the spelling feature on and off.

I accidentally swept my Accessories icon off the Program menu, and it ended up as a folder on the desktop. I got it back on the Program menu and put back the icon, but it still opens as a folder window. I've been unable to figure out how to regain the drop-down list that it originally had. A friend said that I might have to reload Windows.

Although you can drag a Start menu item onto the desktop in Windows 95/98, you can't simply drag it back to the Start menu and retain those drop-down lists.

Right-click on the Start menu to call up the Explorer. In the window that pops up, there will be an icon for "Programs" in the right-hand window. Click that open and drag the folder for Accessories from the desktop into the Programs window. Your Accessories menu will be restored.

Why does it take 30 seconds to close a Word 97 file? It hasn't always taken so long. It adds up.

Speed up these saves by going to the Options menu under Tools in Word. Check the box for "Allow fast saves" and uncheck the one for always making a backup copy. You should also check "allow background saves."

These steps will set the software to add only changes to the file rather than rewriting it each time. you save. Then, if you automatically make the background saves as you go along, less must be saved when you log off.

Pub Date: 04/19/99

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