How to change the size of the print on the monitor?

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I tried to change the size of the print on the monitor by going into the Control Panel to the Display icon. I changed the Freq. HZ ( at this time I am not sure which one) and OKd all popup boxes. I don't believe I hit the 'test' request? As a results the display screen is black with a blue box in the middle titled 'Out of Range' and blinking H FREQ- 81.2KHZ in red. The monitor is now frozen. I have tried to put the PC in 'safe mode' with the F5, F8 and the F10 key to change the freq. HZ back to the one I had before but it is not responding to these keys. I have tried to disconnect the power plug from the PC and the wall outlet several times while the PC is on. Every thing I have tried has not worked. Could you HELP me solve my problem. My email is listed above and my home phone is 623 266 3596. THANK YOU

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This question was answered on April 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

TIP: You should learn to "select, copy and paste" the info into Notepad or if it's long, any word processing application like Write, Word, WordPerfect, Works, etc You can then make any changes you care to, (e.g change font type and size) and then print from that document in the normal way Using this method you can also save the file on your PC harddrive for later use as part of a Masonic material collection for speeches, education, lectures, etc

TIP: "Select, copy and print selection only" is another quick, ink saving tip Highlight text or graphic, right click, copy and then File (top left of browser) print, print selection, viola

Q Great Idea! But how do I "copy and paste"?

A I might be creating a monster here, please don't use my email to send me all the things you are now going to be able to collect The right button on your mouse is power, study what it does and use it often In fact whenever in doubt, right click and see what options it offers Here goes: To copy and paste, you 'must' first highlight what you want to copy, here's how: Left click beside the text or graphic and holding down the left button, slide it over until 'all' what you want to copy is highlighted and then release left button Careful, click again or release before you have it all highlighted and you will have to start over again Hold the cursor over any part of the highlighted portion, right click and a window will pop up Click on 'Copy' Now you can print just the selected material, or paste the selected material into a word processing program, or save a graphic as a file on your harddrive.

TIP: If you click on 'cut' instead of 'copy' in a word processing program, you will remove or cut-out that highlighted selection, (not just copy it,) However, now you can place your cursor in a different part of the document, right click and 'paste', It will now reside there Handy for putting things in proper order without retyping.

Q How do I save "it" to my harddrive?

A If you never learn anything about your PC, at least learn this It provides you with the controls to manage your PC and makes life a lot easier.

First things first: C:\ Drive is the main harddrive or storage area on your PC and chances are, that is where you will want to save most of your files Treat it like a Storage Room where you will find File Cabinets, and in those Cabinets, Folders/Directories, and in the Directories, all your Files.

Files are everything! A graphic, a letter, a sound track, etc., each one of these things are Files.

Note: complete programs/applications, when "zipped" are one File, when "unzipped" they now become many Files A zipped Program will not work, the program Files must be unzipped or released into a Directory to work

Armed with this knowledge about files and the C:\ drive, you now have the basics and we can move on

To save a File you are first faced with the decision "where shall I save it?" If you just click on save, chances are it will slip into no-man's land or somewhere in the Storage Room and you will have to do a File search to find it So obviously we need control Here is how 'you' manage the Storage Room.

Click on 'MY Computer', click (dble click) on 'C:\ Drive' this brings up 'Windows Explorer' (this is different from IE Explorer the browser) Or another way of calling it up, you click on 'Start', 'Programs' and 'Windows Explorer' Make the window bigger or maximize it for better viewing.

Notice all the yellow Folders: These are called Folders, duh Actually these are in fact, Directories Double click on a Directory and you will see all the Files in that Directory.

Directories are the controls we have been looking for: We use them to store and organize our Files so we, and other programs, know where to find them.

Let's make a Directory 'Windows Explorer' is actually the Filing Cabinet that we just opened First click on the C:\ Drive to select/ highlight it, go up to top left corner, click on 'File' slide down to 'New" and click on 'Folder'.

A new Folder appears and it is highlighted within its box! Now you can give it a name Type in "Masonic Stuff" and click beside the Folder 'Masonic Stuff' is now a Directory and will appear along with the other Directories.

Note: if you click/highlight any Folder/Directory (instead of C:\) and then go to 'File and New Folder', it will make a Sub-Directory into the highlighted Folder You may keep Files in the Directory as well as Files in the Sub-Directory Even more control - isn't life great!

Caution: notice that are some other things in C:\drive that do not look like folders, these are Files and Execution Program Files Don't mess with them unless you know what you are doing.

Now let's make a File and put it into our Directory Go to the GLCPOO site and highlight some text and using the right mouse button, copy text and paste it into notepad, or any word processing program Now, 'and this is important', instead of just 'save' it, click on 'save as' and this brings up a window showing a default directory in the top window, click the side arrow and slide down, click on C:\ Drive, the Directories on your C:\ Drive will show, slide down and click on "Masonic Stuff" and then 'Open' Now give your File a name, change it from untitled to FirstStuff in the file name window, click on 'save' and viola! It is yours until you delete it You may now work on it, etc

To find that File again in a word processing program, open the program, go to File, click Open and browse your C:\ Drive for the proper Directory, Open Directory, find and click on the File and it will open in your program OR, and now comes the power, now that you understand Windows Explorer, you can open it up, double click on any Directory, or make a new Directory, and dble click on the Folder/Directory you want and it will open the word processing program automatically with that File already to go Great life, isn't it!

If it is a graphic you want to save, in your IE Browser, right click on the graphic and the window that pops up will give you several choices, click on save picture as, and follow same procedure What? Well because the window that opens when you clicked "save as" it is actually "Windows Explorer" and now that you know all about it and directories, etc, you now know how easy it really is

TIP: The reason for the difference between saving a graphic and saving some text, is simply that the graphic is already a file When copying text it must be placed in a word processor or notepad, then saved as a file before it can become a file Remember files are everything!

TIP: To change the name of a folder/directory or sub-directory use the magic of the right button Right click on the folder, in the window that pops up, click on rename, the name is now highlighted and can be changed Caution, do not change the name of Directories that programs, applications, etc have created for running their program, otherwise it will not be able to find them You can however change "Masonic Stuff" to something more profound, like "Masonic Great Stuff" by the way, don't use the quotation marks in the names you choose I know...now he tells me

Q How do I change the settings on my monitor so that webpages do not appear so large?

A Many monitors, are setup to display either a resolution of 640 x 480, or 800 x 600 and yet your graphics card may be able to handle a higher resolution To obtain the best (compact and smooth) picture, the highest resolution possible is preferred To change it try this.

Right mouse click on the desktop, and slide cursor to 'Active Desktop' then left click 'Customize My Desktop' In the opened window, left click on 'Settings'

Another way to get there is to click on 'Start', 'Settings', 'Control Panel', and double click 'Display'

After you have the settings window, in the bottom right of the window there is a slide bar for changing monitor resolutions It will show you the resolutions which your graphics card can handle The most common for best results on 14" to 17" monitors is 1024 x 768 Try it, the PC will probably want to restart, that's fine You can always change it back and forth.

Tip: You will probably have to resize your monitor as the icons and screen will look off to the side As each monitor is a little different, the time taken to learn how to adjust (center) yours will be time well spent.

Q Without increasing my monitor's resolution, is there a way of just having the page I want to read show up in the browser without the top and side frames?

A Sure Right click somewhere in the page, not on a graphic, click on properties, in the window that shows up, highlight the URL , right click and copy Now close the window and go to the white window URL bar and right click and paste the URL in that window click enter on the keyboard and that page alone will load in the browser.

IF you realize then you mistakenly deleted a file or folder from windows explorer or my computer, click undo from the edit menu before you do anything else The undo feature will restore the file, if you don't immediately realize that you need a deleted item, it's time to put the recycle bin to work Double click the recycle bin icon to display it's contents, right click the item you want, and clcik retore Window 's return the file or folder to it's original location.

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Posted by Ludens of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 23, 2004