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How to access the web via Microsoft Calculator

Posted in Windows by Ed Ross on July 4, 2007

Here is a tip from special guest expert, James Saunders:

This is a simple trick on how to access the web via your standard
Microsoft Calculator. When your browser(s) is/are messed up for some unexplainable reason or your computer has had Internet Explorer locked down by an IT Admin:

  1. Open your MS Calculator. This is normally found in
    Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Calculator.
  2. Open the help-window by pressing the F1 key.
  3. left Click on the little yellow Question mark icon in the top left of the help window.
  4. Click “Jump to URL”.
  5. Enter URL address (e.g “”) and click OK.

The webpage will appear in the Help window and you can browse ad usual and use the back and forward buttons to navigate likewise.

Thank you James.


Remove viruses

Posted in Security,Windows by Ed Ross on June 26, 2007

There is a good article on how to remove viruses that you might want to study.

Of course, not getting them in the first place would be a better option!

Change which program opens particular types of file

Posted in Windows by Ed Ross on June 6, 2007

If you want to change the program that runs a certain type of file (make mp3 files open in Window Media Player, for example):

  1. Right click on a file of that type
  2. Go to the “Open with” menu, and select “Choose program”
  3. If the program you want to use is in the list, click it. If it isn’t, click “Browse” and navigate to the program
  4. Click the “Always use the selected program to open this  kind of file” check box
  5. Click “OK”

That should change the program used for the specified file type to the one that you want.

Getting programs to run in networks

Posted in Networking by Ed Ross on May 24, 2007

A new user was trying to run Lotus Notes at work today. An error message referring to “notes.ini” being missing kept on displaying when they started Notes, and then it would close down again. Even when running the Notes directly from the directory it was installed in, it would not run. I searched the hard drive for a “notes.ini”, and couldn’t find it.

I went to my computer, and compared what happened when I opened Notes to what was happening on the other PC. I use a shortcut that was already set up when I started using notes. I looked at the properties of the shortcut, and found that the “Start in:” box had a directory on the network supplied. In that directory, there was a “notes.ini” file.

I copied the address down and had the user enter it into the same place on their new shortcut. Notes then ran.

A few lessons:

  • Networks can make programs more complicated to support
  • If a program is running on one computer, but not another, see what the differences are between them.
  • Even if your actual job isn’t IT support, if you know anything about IT, you’ll be asked to help in times of need.

Thanks for reading.

Quickly enter today’s date in Excel

Posted in Excel by Ed Ross on May 23, 2007

To quickly add today’s date to a cell in Excel, click Control and semi-colon:

ctrl + ;
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