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Wahoo's Computer & Internet Tips Newsletter - October 2005

In The News This Month...
Time sure flies when you're having fun! I can't believe it's almost Halloween! So do any of you dress up for Halloween? I have since our son started trick-or-treating, about 4 years ago. Hubby loves this time of the year because he can dress up too. Last year he was a gorilla, the year before that he was a viking and the year before that he was the devil. I can't tell you what he's going to be this year as it's a surprise. Same with our son. We found him one of his favourite movie characters and he's so excited about Halloween night. I, on the other hand, will be dressed up as a witch, for the 4th year in a row. Last night our son told me I should find something different to go as. But I make a perfect witch! I even got the laugh down pat.

Well, I'm going to cut this short as I've got books to do for a client to get them caught up for the month. If any of you dress up for Halloween this year, take a picture and send them in to Halloween Pics. Have a great weekend!

I have included 2 tips for your reading enjoyment this month. The first tip is a Windows Tip: Scanning For Wallpaper and the second is an Excel Tip: Quick and Complete Worksheet Copying. Hope you enjoy them!

That's that. Thanks for reading!
Wanda Clark
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Did You Know...?

In the 1700s personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread beeswax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told "mind your own bee's wax."

Windows Tip: Scanning For Wallpaper

How would you like to create your own wallpaper that you can proudly show to your friends and family? I'm not artistic at all but I can handle this. Here's how:

First you will need to know your screen resolution. If you don't know what it is, follow the 3 steps listed below.

1. Right click the desktop, select Properties from the menu.
2. Click on the Settings tab. You will see your resolution in the lower right hand area. It's probably something like 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 but it could be higher or lower.
3. Write down your resolution.

Okay, now that you know your resolution, you need to scan in your picture (horizontal pictures work best). Since I don't know what size picture you're scanning (or your screen resolution), I'm going to say use a 150 to 300 dpi scan. The smaller the picture, the higher you will need the dpi to be (for example scan in a 4" x 6" picture around 250 dpi to allow for a little cropping on a 1027 x 768 monitor). You should be able to adjust this with your scanning software.

Next, using your imaging software, resize the image (resize commands are usually found under the edit menu) to the same resolution as your screen. The horizontal number being the higher one.

For example if I was using an 800 x 600 screen resolution, I would set my horizontal size to 800 and my vertical size to 600. Keep in mind that if your picture isn't proportional to your screen, it may get distorted when you resize it. If that's the case, it's probably going to need to be cropped before you re-size it. So first try the re-size. If it doesn't look good, hit your Edit menu, Undo.

If the picture is horizontal, you will probably need to crop off the sides. If it's vertical, you will need to crop off the top and bottom.

That's it! If you want to do some image enhancement, now's the time. If you're done, save the file as a BMP image and put it in your C:\Windows directory. If you do it this way, it should show up on the wallpaper list in your Display Settings screen (right click the desktop, Properties to get to it). If you decide to save it somewhere else besides your Windows directory, you can but it won't show up in your wallpaper menu. To find it, right click your desktop, select Properties, Desktop tab, Browse to find the image.

Excel Tip: Quick and Complete Worksheet Copying

Have you ever tried to copy an Excel worksheet including the formatting, data, header, and footer? Most people who use Excel have tried at one time or another. Some have great success and others can only get the data copied. But the ultimate goal is to get the ENTIRE worksheet copied to a new sheet. Here's how you do it:

To begin an entire worksheet copy, move your cursor over the sheet name tabs located at the bottom of the worksheet marked Sheet 1, Sheet 2, and Sheet 3 and right click.

This will bring up a little menu. From the menu select the Move or Copy... option. The Move or Copy window will appear and offers you several options.

The top drop-down box allows you to choose where the worksheet, or it's copy, will end up. If you want a copy to be put into a different file, or "Book", you will need to open the other file too, before you right click.

The second box lists all the sheets in the current workbook. Select the sheet that you wish to copy. Then check the Create a copy box. (If you don't then the worksheet will be moved, not copied.) Click OK.

That's it! You will now have an exact duplicate of the worksheet in the file or sheet you selected. You will notice that the duplicate has a slightly different name than the original. Now it has the same name but with a "2" at the end. You can rename it if you want or just leave it.

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