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Solutions: How to print a Web page in type you can read

I have been having a most annoying problem with printing Web pages. The print is so small that it is difficult to read. This all started, I believe, after downloading Windows Defender. A large number of my computer club members are having the same problem.

Print scaling was one of the new options in Internet Explorer 7. Go to Print Preview from within Internet Explorer and adjust the Change Print Size setting to something that works better for you. It will most likely be set at the Shrink To Fit default settings. Clicking the down arrow will present you with options for expanding the print size. Another often overlooked feature is the Change Zoom Level control on the bottom right of the Internet Explorer window. This can increase the displayed size of a Web page to make it easier to read or to take a closer look at a graphic.

For several months we have experienced intermittent slowdowns of our computer. While surfing the Internet, the hard drive will start a continuous run and the computer will not accept any input or change screens until whatever is working finishes. The process takes up to 10 minutes. I have tried changing browsers (Firefox, Netscape and Internet Explorer). I have tried to see what is happening with Task Manager but cannot start Task Manager once the issue starts. I have checked the settings on Norton Internet security and Spysweeper. The two programs are up-to-date. I have run the Western Digital diagnostic on the hard drive.

I'm suspecting either antivirus activity and/or update downloads — but to make sure, start Task Manager (click Start, Run, type TASKMGR and click OK) before this happens. Make sure "Always on Top" under the Options menu is selected and then adjust the window size to make it smaller but still leaving the CPU percentage and process name for the top consumers visible. The next time your mystery process takes over you'll be able to see what it is.

I have a Dell 8400 running Windows XP. I have had a problem with Hotmail for months that their techs cannot solve and I am at my wits' end. Whenever I open my Hotmail account and click on a new e-mail, everything freezes. It says at the bottom "downloading …." If I wait, sometimes it will load after one to two minutes but sometimes it freezes everything and I have to physically shut down the computer. I do not have this problem from other computers. What suggestions would you have?

Certainly sounds mysterious. My first suggestion in solving Internet Explorer issues is to turn off any Internet Explorer add-ons as follows: Click Tools, Manage Add-ons, Enable or Disable Add-ons. From there try disabling the currently enabled add-ons one at a time, and then retrying Hotmail to see if it improves. If not, you can try resetting Internet Explorer 7 settings back to defaults as follows: Click Tools, Internet Options, Advanced tab and then click the Reset button. It will then display the warning window telling you exactly what this action does. It is also a good idea to empty your Junk, Deleted and Sent folder before trying any of these solutions.

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

Solutions: How to print a Web page in type you can read 07/27/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 2:10pm]
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