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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 ( 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 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 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 in future articles, I'll add the caveat that I'm recommending using just the free process reference.

Send questions to 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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