PC Doctor November 29, 2010

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Dear PC Doctor:

            I just got a new iPad and while there are things I love about it, there are things I don’t love – like using that onscreen keypad.  I was going to buy a keyboard at the store but there is no USB slot on it to plug it into.  Do you have any of your usual helpful suggestions?


Dear Tom:

            I have to admit I feel the same way about my iPad and the lack of a keyboard was also one of the things I didn’t like.  You have to remember that the iPad is an Apple product so the connections are different than a PC.  You can purchase an Apple keyboard or keyboard dock (from which you can charge the iPad as well) from computer stores or online at the Apple store or Amazon.  It has made the iPad much more useful to me!

                        PC Doctor

Dear PC Doctor:

            Sometimes I would like to put my documents on a different size paper.  How do I resize it without going through and changing all the margins?


Dear Terri

            You can scale your document so that it will print onto various paper sizes much as a copy machine will enlarge and reduce depending on your needs.  To do this in Word once you have created your document and are ready to print, go up to ‘file’ and select ‘print’.  Look near the bottom right of the box that opens for ‘zoom’ and under that click the down arrow next to ‘scale to paper size’.  If you view the selections, you will see a variety of different choices for your approval.   Chose the one you want and then click ‘print’. 

            This will only work for this one print job as it doesn’t change your document formatting permanently.  If you feel that you want to do this type of printing every time, then go to ‘tools’ on the menu bar, select ‘options’ and the ‘print’ tab.  Check the ‘allow A4/letter paper resizing’. 

                     PC Doctor

Dear PC Doctor:

            I use Outlook for my email and lately it seems like I have to hit the send/receive button to get my email to go out.  Why do I have to do that?  Sometimes if I don’t remember, it just sits in the box until I return another time and do it.


Dear Dianne

            It’s a setting that can be easily changed.  Just open up Outlook and from the upper menu bar select Tools.  From the drop down menu choose Options and then click on the Mail Setup tab.  Under Send/Receive check the box in front of ‘send immediately when connected’.  Click the Send/Receive button next to that and another window will open and you want to check the two boxes that say ‘include this group in send/receive’ and ‘schedule an automatic send/receive every … minutes (where you select the number of minutes that you want to have things sent).  I usually select a short time period like 2 minutes.  Click the Close button and then the OK button.  Hopefully this will solve the problem.

                       PC Doctor

Until next time… happy computing!