Clipboard use eases reading of forwarded e-mail

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April 26, 1999|By Jim Coates | Jim Coates,Chicago Tribune

My friends complain of the long headers on the e-mail that I forward. Is there a simple, easy method of eliminating them?

When you see something in e-mail that you want to pass on, use the mouse (or shift + cursor key combination) to paint the text you want to forward. Tap Control+C to copy and call up your e-mail software's new message module. With the cursor in the text area, press Control+V to paste the selected words. Add an address, a subject line and an explanation on top, then send.

This clip-to-memory and paste-later function in personal computers is the clipboard.

Clipboard transfers let you quickly store stuff found on Web sites in documents on your machine. They permit moving of data from one application to another and civilize e-mail.

My 3-year-old AST laptop appears to be developing color gun failure. Is it worth repairing? The laptop has an external modem and no CD-ROM. What would you recommend as a replacement?

Your computer is definitely ready for the big cybersleep.

I have been impressed lately by laptops running cheaper chips such as the AMD K6 rather than Intel Pentiums.

The Toshiba 2545 CDS costs about $1,600 and has a fancy color screen, fast CD-ROM drive, 56 Kps V.90 modem, and Yamaha sound system. I'll bet it costs less than that AST did three years ago when it was top of the line.

I would like to have a hard copy of my Microsoft Outlook Express e-mail address book. I have tried to copy it into Word or print from e-mail but can't figure it out.

Outlook Express is one of many e-mail programs that allow users to export their address books into formats used by other software and into the universal format known as comma-delimited or .csv (comma separated value).

Choose File at the top of the address book menu and you will find choices for import and export: You want export.

The next window will give choices including .csv, which you should pick. The saved .csv file can be read by a spreadsheet program or a word processor.

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Pub Date: 04/26/99

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