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Solutions: If needed, add-ons can provide spell check to e-mail

How can spell check be added to the Internet and an e-mail program for correspondence purposes?

Most client and Web e-mail programs such as Outlook Express, Gmail and Hotmail already have built-in spell check, and there are some browser add-ons that perform this function, such as ieSpell (www.ieSpell.com). Firefox and Opera also have built-in spell checkers. I'm not a fan of add-ons, or, for that case, Firefox or Opera, so please don't read into this that is a recommendation, but rather just mentioning some options that are available.

I have a 3-year-old Hewlett-Packard computer with Vista installed. I use Microsoft Works for word processing. Each time I bring up the Works program to write a letter, the font is set at Times New Roman, 10 points. I have tried changing the font to 12, and it will change it for that one application, but when I turn it on again, it is always back to 10. Is there any way I can make the font size 12 become my default size?

Microsoft says you can change your default font for Works as follows: Open a blank document in Works. Select the font and size that you want to use for all new documents. On the File menu, click Save As, and then click Template.

Type a name for the word processor template, click to select the Use this template for new Word Processor documents check box, and then click okay.

I went to www.processlibrary.com for a list to help me choose which to run at startup. I downloaded the "free" Process Scanner and it found 764 errors on my computer. When I clicked on "FIX ERRORS," I found I had to pay $29.95 to download the trial version.

I included ProcessLibrary.com as one of the references that can be used for looking up unknown process names on your system. Their process library reference is free, and I certainly didn't intend for anyone to download and run any programs found there.

Some sites I mention in my column have helpful free utilities and references, and they may also have other products for sale. That is just the nature of the game. I very rarely recommend any product that costs money, and if I do, I am very specific about any potential costs involved.

Everything you need to run a safe and efficient PC already comes built in to Windows or can be downloaded for free from a reputable source such as Microsoft, as in the case of Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus. I'm sorry you had that experience, and I will make sure if I use ProcessLibrary.com in future articles, I'll add the caveat that I'm recommending using just the free process reference.

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: If needed, add-ons can provide spell check to e-mail 03/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 7, 2010 6:01pm]
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