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Solutions: Use File Explorer options to take control of mail contacts

I use Windows Mail for e-mail. I am running Microsoft Vista Home Edition on my Hewlett Packard. I would like to set up a group to whom I may forward e-mail information, however, I do not have an option to establish groups. Is this because I have the Home Edition?

Click the Vista Start button and type Windows Address Book. You should see it come to the top of your list. Click it to open the program. It will look like a regular File Explorer window but it will have a different menu bar across the top. One of them will read "New Contact Group." If you don't see it, it may be due to some of your Windows File Explorer options. In that case, check out this site for instructions to turn it on: After creating and populating your new group, it should appear as an option when you click the To button when sending an e-mail. For people with Windows Live Mail (different than Windows Mail), it is a little trickier. Instead of the intuitive term "Group" it is the very unintuitive "Category" and is accessed from the small Contacts icon on the bottom left of the Windows Live Mail window.

My computer is 11/2 years old, and I am using Microsoft Vista Home premium. Someone is using my computer and viewing X-rated porn sites. Is there a way I can block these sites from being accessed on my computer? It is the only computer in the home, so I'm not able to put it off-limits to anyone. And of course no one will admit to it.

What you want to check into is "Parental Control" (Internet Explorer, Tools, Internet Options, Content tab). Rather than go through all the lengthy steps and features here in the column, go to Controls (this is a Microsoft website article for which I created an easier-to-read URL at Here you can learn how to set restrictions and activity reports, and you can regain a little control of your PC.

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

Solutions: Use File Explorer options to take control of mail contacts 11/14/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 15, 2010 7:48am]
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