Windows switch gets e-mail how you want it


November 13, 2003|By James Coates | James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

My e-mail inbox used to work so that any messages sent to me would come in automatically. Now I have to click on "send" and "receive" to receive e-mail. Is there a fix for this? I have Windows XP.

Most versions of Outlook Express e-mail software built into Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows allow a user to switch on and off whether the machine automatically reaches out for e-mail as soon as the software is opened. This enables folks with slow connections to shorten their waits when all they want to do is write a note or read past messages.

All you need to do with XP is to scroll down to Options on the Tool menu in the Toolbar at the top of the display. Click on the General tab in the next display and you will find a list of functions, including one to toggle the automatic send/receive.

I am running Windows 98 and Internet Explorer 6.0. When I click on a highlighted link on a Web page, a duplicate of the page appears. To get the link I have to copy and paste. Any ideas?

I think you may be tapping the wrong button to copy those hot links buried in Web pages. You are supposed to move the cursor arrow to a link and press on the right button to bring up the box that lets you copy a shortcut. Tapping the left button will open the link instead.

It may be that your mouse is set up the opposite from the default, so that the left button does right-button stuff and vice versa, a feature designed for southpaws. To see whether the left-hand mouse settings have been invoked, go to the mouse Control Panel by clicking Start in Windows XP, or Start and then Settings in other versions. Look for the Pointer tab in the control panel, and you will find the check box for switching buttons.

Another possibility is that your computer's Folder Options are set to open a file once you click it once and to highlight the icon as the mouse cursor passes over it. If it is set this way, it could trigger your problem if you so much as touch the wrong button.

Click on the My Computer icon and then pick Folder Options to find the command to change to the Web view of icons.

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