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Solutions: Creating desktop icon allows easy access to Internet Explorer

I am having trouble getting an icon for Internet Explorer. My computer came with it years ago, but I didn't like Internet Explorer at that time, so I deleted the icon. I now want to try it again as there have been improvements since I last tried it. I have Windows XP and am using Microsoft Security Essentials.

I am also getting a warning every time I log on from Yahoo saying that an error occurred while trying to access the "SocialView" plug-in. How do I fix that?

First, let's set Internet Explorer as your default browser. From Control Panel, click Add/Remove Programs and choose Set Program Access and Defaults button. In the "Choose a default web browser" section, select Internet Explorer. Click OK.

Now, let's put an icon on the desktop. Right-click any open area of your desktop, select New, and then Shortcut. Browse to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer and select the iexplore.exe file. Click next and name the shortcut Internet Explorer and then click Finish.

Finally, the "SocialView" plug-in error is coming from Yahoo Messenger. Uninstall it and reinstall if you still use it.

I have Microsoft Word 2003. Lately, when I create a new document, the right margin is defaulting to 5 even though the default shows all at 0.5. It is also defaulting to Landscape. It will not let me change the margins and it won't let me change the default to Portrait. When I attempt to do either, the following message comes up and won't let me proceed: "Increasing right margin causes last column to become too narrow in some sections having unevenly spaced columns." This is occurring only on new documents I create.

Sounds like a corrupted normal.dot file. This is the file Word uses as its default template for all new documents. Search for all occurrences of this file and rename it something different. When you open Word, it will create a new default normal.dot.

This is always a good idea when troubleshooting most Word issues. In some versions of Word, the normal.dot file is found in the C:\Documents and Settings\ \ Application Data\Microsoft\ Templates folder (substitute your user name in place of ).

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

Solutions: Creating desktop icon allows easy access to Internet Explorer 09/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 19, 2010 5:49pm]
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