helpful hints

HOW TO... BYPASS THE RECYCLE BIN

If you are sure that you do not want an item, you can bypass the Recycle Bin and permanently delete it.
Select the item you want to delete. Hold the 'Shift' key down and hit the 'Delete' key. The item bypasses the Recycle Bin and is permanently deleted.

ADD PROGRAM ICONS TO QUICK LAUNCH TOOLBAR

The Quick Launch toolbar can be opened on the task bar. It is used to hold the icons of programs you use most frequently. They are always visible and accessible on the toolbar.
To add a program icon from the desktop to the toolbar, drag it from the desktop to the end of the task bar near the 'Start' button. A copy of the program icon appears on the toolbar.

ADD PROGRAM ICONS TO THE START MENU

When you click 'Start' there is an area above the 'Programs' folder where you can store program icons that you use fairly often. To add an icon here:
Click 'Start', then 'Settings', then 'Taskbar and Start Menu'. The 'Taskbar and Start Menu' properties box opens.
Click the 'advanced' tab, then select 'add'. A 'Create Shortcut' window opens where you select the path to the program icon.
Select the icon and a 'Select Program' folder appears.
Select the 'Start' folder, and a 'Select a Title' Folder appears where you can rename the icon if you wish.
Click 'Finish' and the icon is added.

PROTECT YOUR PC WITH A SURGE PROTECTOR

This is an area that is critical to the continued operation of your PC. Power surges and lightning strikes can sometimes get coupled onto your PC through the power or phone line. These surges can damage your PC.
Surge protected power strips have snubber circuits that filter out these potentially dangerous power line transients.
In addition to AC line protection many surge protectors also have protected phone line connectors. Use these to protect your PC's modem:
a) Plug a standard telephone cable between the phone wall connector and the 'In' connector on the surge protector.
b) Use a second cable to connect your modem to the 'Out' connector.
Your modem and PC are now protected from dangerous phone line transients.
Surge protectors with these features cost around $20 and are well worth every bit of it!

ADJUST TEXT SIZE IN YOUR INTERNET EXPLORER

When viewing web pages in your browser the text size may not be suitable for you. This is easily changed.
Select 'View' on the menu bar found at the top of the browser. From the drop-down menu select 'Text Size' and another menu opens.
This menu has five options: largest, larger,medium, smaller and smallest. One of them is identified as the current option.
Select a size that moves the text size in the direction you desire and all body text on the current web page is accordingly adjusted.
Text that is explicitly set in the web page may not change size.

KNOW IF THE SHOPPING WEBSITE IS SECURE?

What is the difference between a secure and an unsecure web site?
A secure web site uses encryption and authentication standards to protect the confidentiality of web transactions whereas an unsecured site does not. It does this by encrypting information like credit cards numbers and other private data so that no third party can read the original information.
When accessing a secure site, your browser pops up a message stating that it is entering a secure site. When leaving a secure site it pops up a message telling you that it is leaving a secure site. These messages can also appear within the secure areas of an otherwise unsecured site, where personal information is entered.
A secure web page has two important features that identify it as secure:
1) The web page address in the address bar of the browser will begin ‘https’ rather than 'http'.
2) At the bottom of the web page an icon is displayed that looks like a small pad lock.