Microsoft-hijacked mail can be moved to Yahoo

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April 05, 2007|By Jim Coates | Jim Coates,Chicago Tribune

I need help to straighten out my e-mail after trying unsuccessfully to change from Microsoft Outlook Express to the Yahoo Mail site on the Web. I opened Microsoft Outlook Express and was asked if I wanted to change my default e-mail provider to Microsoft Outlook Express, and I answered no. Even after answering no, it still pulled all of my e-mail out of Yahoo Mail and put it in Microsoft Outlook. All new e-mail is going to Yahoo, but how do I get the e-mail that's in Microsoft Outlook back to Yahoo?

- Sue Jungen, Momence, Ill.

You need to do two semi-complicated things, and then all will be well. First, you need to use the Forward command in Outlook Express to re-mail those Microsoft-hijacked messages back to your Yahoo Web site e-mail area. Then you need to go to the Outlook Express Accounts tool and remove Yahoo's settings. This will be either easy or odious depending upon how many messages are involved.

Here's the drill: Open Outlook Express and go to the e-mail module and call up your inbox. Now, you want to select a bunch of these messages and then click on the Forward icon in the tool bar. This will bring up an e-mail message with each of the messages attached. Address the message to and send away. This will return the messages and let you search them using Yahoo's search tool, but it will not restore each message as a separate entry in the Web list of e-mails. I don't have any problems with this, since I always can open the forwarded messages and do a quick scan if necessary.

Let me offer a tip: If you select the top message and then go down to the bottom, hold down the Shift key and give the last message a click, all the messages will be selected.

Second, you need to remove Outlook Express from the equation. Click on Tools in the Outlook Express tool and scroll down to Accounts. Open this and open the tab for Mail in the menu that appears. Then give your Yahoo account a right-click and click the Remove button you will see alongside the account box. This will stop Outlook Express from wreaking any more mischief with your Yahoo Web account.

This is regarding your recent item about how some Web sites can be set so they cannot save a picture to a visitor's own computer because the author set it so that the right-click picture save is disabled.

I have found I can get images "restricted" from right-click saving by going to the browser's File menu and pulling down to "Save Page As ..." and then choosing "Web Page, complete." Admittedly one gets a lot of junk from the Web page, too, but somewhere in that folder of saved materials will be the graphics file I wanted.

- Larry Fiehn, Sycamore, Ill.

Let's start by noting that most of the time one can simply give an image in the browser a right-click and select Save As to grab a copy. There's a whiff of shoplifting when one captures a photo or other image from somebody's Web site and then stores it on one's own hard drive for future reference. But I take the view that as long as you keep those images on your own machine and do not distribute them, you are simply exercising the rights of fair use settled by courts in the past.

So I say that with your trick, there is no harm done. Obviously, a significant number of Web site owners disagree. But, hey, without tension it would be a dull world indeed.

Your solution draws attention to a great and little-used Web tool, which is the ability to store entire Web pages, complete with their graphics, on one's computer for future use while off-line or signed on. It is a researcher's dream come true.

Let me add in the spirit of free use that there are other ways to capture images as they are displayed on one's computer. If you display an item in a Web browser as large as possible, you then can copy it into the Windows clipboard. Hold down the Alt key and then tap the key usually labeled PRT SCR, or Print Screen, on the upper right of the keyboard.

Now, click on Start and All Programs and Accessories and open the Paint program that comes with Windows. Click on the Paste option under Edit. This will bring up a picture of the copied page with all its contents. You then can call up the rudimentary editing tools in Paint to select just a section of the page and use the Edit/Copy command to accept the cropping. Select File and New. When asked whether you want to save changes with the old picture, choose "no," and when the new copy of Paint comes up, select Paste again. This brings a cropped picture showing the captured image. You can then use Paint's Save As tool to save the picture as a JPG or other desired format.

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