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Solutions: Create a new Internet Explorer shortcut

I recently had a virus hit my computer. That problem was taken care of, but now I no longer have Internet Explorer. Is there a way to get Internet Explorer restored back to my computer?

You are most likely just missing the shortcut pointing to Internet Explorer, as it can't be removed from the operating system. They are several ways to run Internet Explorer, but let's put a shortcut back on your Desktop: Right-click any empty spot on your Desktop and choose New, then Shortcut. Click the Browse button and navigate to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer and select the file iexplore.exe. Name the shortcut Internet Explorer and click Finish. If navigating through the Browse button is confusing to you, instead just type "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" (including the double quotes) in the Item Location box when creating the shortcut.

We have a Dell computer with Microsoft Vista and an HP Officejet 6300 printer. When I try to print from the computer, the print is very small. How can I make the printing larger and more readable?

Try doing a "Print Preview" (most applications you print from offer this feature) and manipulating the print size there to see if it makes a difference. For example, in Internet Explorer there are various print settings from custom expanded, shrink-to-fit, all the way down to 30 percent. Make sure that the setting is not defaulting to a reduced print size. If this is new behavior, try uninstalling and then reinstalling with the latest drivers from HP's support Web site. If this is a new printer, call HP and take advantage of your free warranty support.

I am an MSN subscriber and when I sign in, a window appears as MSN Messenger, saying a newer version is available and you must install before continuing, would you like to install? I always click No and then OK and it goes away, but comes back again and again until I am all signed in. I tried installing once and stopped — something didn't seem safe. It's annoying. How do I get rid of this?

It's just an update for Windows Messenger, and the easiest thing to do would be to just install it. You could alternatively open up Windows Messenger, choose the Tools menu, Options and then Preferences tab. Uncheck the "Run this Program when Windows starts" option and click OK.

Send questions to personaltech@sptimes.com or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: Create a new Internet Explorer shortcut 12/20/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 20, 2009 3:30am]
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