Picking faster picture viewer easy


August 22, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

My problem involves getting a better program to open my pictures on my Windows 98 on a Dell. When I recently installed Photoshop Elements, it took over as default for all my .jpg files. This is fine for editing, but Elements takes too long to load just to display a photo. To change the default program, I tried clicking on My Computer, then View, Folder Options and File Types but couldn't find .jpg files listed. Any suggestions?

Just hold down the shift key and then right-click any icon for a .jpg image. You will note that there now is an Open With command in addition to the ordinary Open command. Select Open With, and you get a list of all the programs on your computer.

Scroll down to whatever you want to use to open pictures rather than Photoshop Elements. I prefer the Internet browser, which is listed as iexplore. Pick that and then check the little square asking if you want to make the new association permanent for that file type.

From then on, clicking on the .jpg icon will open the image in the Web browser, which comes up very quickly and is far better than Elements as a picture viewer.

Is there a way to better electronically shield my computer? The machine is in the same room as the radio that supplies music to our office. A few strong stations that nobody cares for come in fine. Weaker stations that are better liked are all static as long as the computer is on. They come in loud and clear when the computer is off. Any suggestions?

The problem is that your computer's monitor, or maybe the computer itself, is giving off radio waves that overpower the weaker signals. If you wrap as much of the monitor as you can with foil, being careful not to block the cooling vents, reception definitely will improve.

Likewise, a goodly number of computer users have discovered that monitors create interference that messes up their cable modems, and so they wrap the modems with foil.

While that foil-wrapped monitor or cable modem might look bizarre, it works to solve frequency spillover.

James Coates is a reporter for The Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. He can be reached via e-mail at jcoates@tribune.com.

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