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I would like to buy my granddaughter a computer for
Christmas. Can you tell me what the difference is
between a laptop and a notebook?
This is probably just the beginning of these kinds of questions. With the holidays quickly
approaching, you are all starting to think about what to buy for your family members and it's no
surprise that computers are on top of a lot of lists. Although computers are a more advanced gift,
they are very popular this time of year, because everyone could use a computer if given the
chance. So, let me answer the question at hand for you all.

In all reality, laptop and notebook computers are not much different from each other. Back in the
beginning years of manufacturing, laptops used to be a little less than 10 pounds and notebooks
were known for being even a little more light weight in size. But, in time, the sizes have worked
themselves out and come to find out, laptops and notebooks are now just about the same weight.
So, with that being the only difference there ever really was between the two types of computers,
they are very similar these days.

They both do a good job of giving you the all around computing experience you're looking for.
They are both convenient and capable of doing what you need to do with them. Laptops and
notebooks also work with an LCD screen, which offers up the most recent technology when it
comes to computer screens. The screens are getting thinner and flatter every day, which is good,
because the screen on your computer is one of the most important factors when you're using it.
Yes, the keyboard part is important too, but you pretty much do everything with the screen and
it's pertinent for you to have something you're comfortable with.

Laptops and notebooks are obviously more convenient than desktop computers. You can carry
them with you everywhere you go, so you can always have your computer when you need it. It's
a little harder to do that with desktops, because they are so much heavier. (I guess you could try
taking your desktop to a coffee shop or some place similar, but people might look at you funny!)
The light weight of laptops and notebooks is just so handy for computer users. Everyone can
benefit from that.

So, when buying a new computer, you don't really need to check into the differences between a
laptop and notebook, because they are very similar. Just make sure you look for one that has all
the features and accessories that the user is going to want. For example, if you're buying for your
granddaughter, she may still be in high school or college, so she'll need some word processing
applications for all the papers she has to write. She may also want some cool accessories like a
CD burner or a music player. Be sure to plan the features around who will be using the computer
the most.

Laptops and notebooks are so compact and they're perfect for a first time computer owner. They
will give you what you need when you need it and nothing could bring more convenience. Hope
this helps at least a little bit in your computer buying decisions. Happy shopping!

~ Erin

The Desktop
Many of the tips in our newsletter refer to the Windows desktop and I think we forget sometimes
that some of you may not be very familiar with that. If you happen to be one of those people, keep
reading and learn all about it!

The Desktop, basically, is where all your icons live (stuff like the Recycle Bin sit on the Desktop).

It's the background area you see when your computer first boots up, even before you run any
programs. If you're looking at your screen when your computer starts, you're looking at the

So, while we're talking about the desktop, do you have icons scattered all over and would like to
organize them?

Yes? Then just right click the Desktop and select Arrange Icons By. You'll be presented with a
sub-menu that's chock full of icon arrangement options. I personally use the By Type option
myself, since I have all sorts of different icon species residing on my desktop.

Hope you enjoyed learning about your desktop. Now, go explore! ~ Steve
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What is NTFS?
That's a very good question. You may run across this acronym from time to time in your daily
computing activities. So, if you don't know what it means, it could be rather confusing or just
simply make your curiosity run wild. Well, keep reading for a small explanation of what NTFS is!

NTFS stands for New Technology File System. It was the original file system on Windows NT
(now you know where the name came from) and the other operating systems of Windows 2000,
XP, Windows Server 2003 and Vista followed suit. Before NTFS came along, a file system of FAT
(File Allocation Table) was used. The FAT system no longer works in many computer
applications, so it is recommended to use NTFS with everything now.

This new file system boasts many improvements from the FAT days. It's more reliable, is more
secure with access control and it just simply has a better file management system, including file
system journaling. It also has improved support for metadata and it uses advanced data
organization, which increases the performance rate. There are five different versions of NTFS,
which are all found in different operating systems. Each new OS offers up even more features.

Although NTFS is much better, there are a few times you could still use the FAT system. This
would only take place in older versions of Windows (older than XP). Keep in mind though, if
you're going to use it, you should have a FAT or FAT32 partition as the primary part of your hard
drive. Despite the benefits of NTFS, as most XP users often discover, some older programs will
not work with XP. Such is the price of progress!

~ David (with additions by Erin)

Copy Excel Formulas Exactly
Ever have to create a column of formulas that are very similar? When you completed a copy /
paste, were you upset to find that the cell references were changed during the paste?
Would you prefer that Excel leave your formula alone and simply copy the formula from the cell
above without any changes?

The ability to force Excel to perform an exact copy of the contents from the cell above your
current location might just come in handy; so let's take a look.

To get an exact copy (no cell reference changes at all) of the cell directly above, simply use Ctrl
+ '. Yep, it's as simple at that Select a cell, hit Ctrl + ' and poof, the contents of the cell above
are duplicated immediately! ~ April

Fix Split Links in Emails
Don't you just hate it when the web link in an email is split? The first line is clickable, but
it goes nowhere. Try the old copy/paste and you still only get the top part.

Some readers suggest making the text smaller or the page bigger to display the whole
link. It's worth a try. But if that doesn't work, here's how to handle ‘em:

1. Copy and Paste the first part of the link into your web browser's address bar.

        2. Now, go back to your e-mail and Copy the second part of the address.
          3. Paste the second part right next to the first part and be sure to delete any
          extra spaces should they get between part one and two of the link.

          4. Hit Enter and you're whisked off to the page.

          Nope, it isn't the prettiest thing you've ever done, but it will get you to the
          web page you need :-)

          ~ Steve

Safe Senders List
Do you use Outlook 2003?

Tired of the right click to download pictures to e-mails that you know are safe? I mean, you don't
mind that the program is blocking pictures, but let's face it, most of them, we just don't want to
see. But on the other hand, there's some e-mail with pictures you always want to see (such as
the ones in you Computer Tips newsletter) and you're tired of right clicking everyday.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could tell Outlook 2003 to pick and choose? That is, let some pictures
automatically through while others are still blocked?

Well, if that's your wish, then I'm happy to say that it's one wish we can do something about.

Next time you go to right click on a picture to download, take a closer look at the menu that

See it? Yep, that's right. It says "Add Sender to Safe Senders List."

Choose this option and Outlook will let pictures from this sender in automatically.

Bye-bye right clicks. Well, bye-bye to at least some of them!

~ April
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