Fixing thumbnails, nixing porn


October 22, 2001|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I download my digital camera's jpeg files into a folder. Until recently, I was able to single left-click on the jpeg image name, and a small thumbnail photo would appear in the left margin. Somehow my system lost the ability to display these thumbnails in the left column.

Create a new folder by right-clicking on the desktop and picking New and then Folder from the menus that pop up. When the new folder opens, use a mouse click at the bottom right of the folder window to drag the display until it is wide enough to permit the folder window to show those thumbnails in the left-hand side.

Next, left-click your mouse inside the folder window and select View as Web Page, which causes Windows to treat that folder as though it were just another HTML or Web document. This allows it to display each photo in the folder as though the photos were on a Web page somewhere on the Internet.

With those steps, your folder will open with that left panel ready to display thumbnails of each image file as you select them with the mouse or cursor arrows.

I have a problem with unwanted pornographic e-mail arriving in Microsoft Outlook Express. All of a sudden during the night, someone sends us pornography. It is a company, and we send them an e-mail telling them to never send this again. The e-mail is returned with the "Provider can't find this address." How do we get rid of this?

Click on Tools in Outlook Express and then pick Message Rules from the menu. Pick Mail and then select New Rule. Now look in the top box where you select which messages are to be subject of the rule. Pick the first choice, which is when the message comes from certain people.

With that checked, look for the line in the box below for Contains People. Click on it and type in the miscreant's name. In the Action box, select Delete and then OK.

From then on whenever an e-mail comes in from that source, you will never see it because it will be deleted upon arrival.

James Coates writes for The Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at

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