Use your mouse to relocate Windows task bar

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May 08, 2000|By Jim Coates | Jim Coates,Chicago Tribune

Originally, my Windows Start button and icons were at the bottom of my monitor screen.

All of a sudden I realized they had shifted to the right-hand edge of the screen, and I cannot find the key to return them to the screen bottom.

It isn't a key, but the mouse that moves the task bar in Windows from the bottom to either side or the top.

To move the bar, put the cursor in a spot on the bar without icons and, while holding down the left mouse button, use a sweeping motion to move the whole thing to a different edge of the desktop.

It's easier to do than to read about it. Grab that mouse, give the bar a click and a sweep, and you'll have the hang of it in seconds.

A while back I had a virus on my computer that also was transferred to my laptop for work.

I was able to clean both computers with Norton AntiVirus, but my registry has changed.

When I open System from the Control Panel, it says that my computer is registered to VicodinES /CB /TNN (Dr. Diet Mountain Dew).

I really need to change this ASAP on my work computer.

You simply need to ferret out the spot in the Windows system registry where that nasty Vicodin virus wrote in the mischief.

Click on Start and Run and then type in the command "regedit" to call up the Windows registry editor.

Click on the Edit command in the window that comes up.

Select the Find command and then type in "mountain dew" and the software will home in on the places (probably more than one) where the Vicodin virus rewrote stuff.

Each time "mountain dew" comes up, click on the icon to call up a box that lets you change the registration to whatever your company called the laptop in the first place.

I am an estate planning lawyer with a Macintosh, and I use the following software: Microsoft Word 5.0, Microsoft Works 4.0 (spreadsheet and database), QuickBooks Pro 4.0 and Quicken 7.

I have thought about switching to a PC because of the greater software availability, but I have been reluctant to do so because of the thousands of files I have created on the Mac.

If I were to go with a PC, is there a relatively easy way to convert the files I created on the Mac to files that can be read and edited on the PC?

In my experience, it can be a bit dicey to move the QuickBooks Pro and Quicken data across platforms.

The other stuff, however, can easily be shifted by using the superb $100 Conversions Plus (www.dataviz.com), which makes quick work of converting dozens of types of files. Sadly, Quicken is not among them.

Quicken and QuickBooks have a Save As option that lets users export data into a format called QIF (Quicken Interchange Format) designed to move stuff across platforms.

But my own experience has been that this process can get pretty complex.

To get a picture of how daunting the conversion process for Quicken gets, check out this Web page: www.intuit.com/support/quicken/faqs/win/1657.html.

For my money I would stick with Macs in light of the renaissance the platform is enjoying, with more software coming out and with prices and power at respective all-time lows and highs.

Send e-mail to jcoates@tribune. com.

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