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User Help Page

   This is our user help page to help users with the more difficult set up and user options. Most help can be easily found on a programs help page and easily found things will not be covered.

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Slow Performance

    The most common complaint about computers is "my computer does not run as fast as it used to". Often it is found that programs are loaded on startup when you turn on the computer that are no longer used. You may have even tried to get rid of some of them but failed. Windows has a built in program to show you what is occurring at startup and to let you select what you want to run. It is MSConfig.exe. It can be found under c:\windows\system\ . Run the program and eliminate any duplicate entries. Click on the general tab, and the "create backup" button to make a backup. Next delete anything that you suspect is not a part of Windows or a device related program. Remember you can always put it back if you disable something. You should notice an increase in the speed of applications.

    Scan and defrag your hard drive. To do so go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and select "disk defragmenter". This can be a lengthy process but you can let it run in the background while you do other things.

    Empty the cache by going to tools in Internet Explorer. Click on "internet options". Click on "delete files" and dump the cache. 

    Next order of business is to empty your Recycle Bin. It should be on your desktop. Click on it then click on "empty recycle bin".

Your computer will run and operate much faster. 

Printers

    This example concerns Internet Explorer and its printer options. When you print a page the default setting for your printer is "normal". You can change the default to "econo" to save your print cartridge. For most printing "econo" will be the mode of choice. You can easily change to "normal" or "best" if you require better image quality, such as a picture. To set the default to "econo" follow these steps.

1. Click on Start in your Windows Taskbar.

2. Click on settings and choose Printers.

3. Click on your printer icon to bring up menu for your printer and go to        properties.

4. Select the options you wish to apply to all documents.

5. Click on OK.

Note: The settings you make will apply to to all documents. You can still change them for a print job if you wish.

Opening Images (jpg, gif, etc.)

    It's quite common for programs when installed to associate themselves with file types, sometimes without asking and alienating the programs you used to use. Uninstalling the offending application will sometimes fix the problem, but not always. However it is fairly easy to fix. The method varies slightly from Operating system to operating system. Assuming you have Win 95/98/ME find a .jpg .gif or other image file in Windows Explorer. While holding the shift key down, right click it. From the context menu you should now see an option to 'Open with' choose this. A pop up box appears now that allows you to choose which program you want to open .jpg files with. At the bottom left of this pop up box is a check box that says 'Always use this program' or something like that. If you check that box, your chosen program will always be used to open .jpgs.

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