PC Doctor January 10, 2012

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Dear PC Doctor,

One of my daily jobs is to convert some transcripts into a more readable format. When I get them all the words are typed out in capital letters. I need to turn them into normal structured sentences with only capital letters at the beginning of the sentence and a few other spots. Most of the time I just end up retyping the whole thing by hand in another Word document rather than try to fix the original document. Is there an easier way to do this!



Dear Michael,

That sounds pretty frustrating since depending on the length of the transcripts that could take a long time to retype. However there is something right in Microsoft Word that might help you save some time. Choose “Format” in the File bar, then “Change case” and then“tOGGLE cASE” is an option to change flip all the cases (lowercase and uppercase) in your document. Thus all the UPPERCASE letters in you document will become lowercase letters. Still, that doesn't fix everything because you'll still need to go and make the first letter of the sentence a capital letter along with other miscellaneous words. However it seems like it will make your work a little easier.

Good luck! 

            PC Doctor

Dear PC Doctor,

My eyesight isn't what it used to be; sometimes I find it difficult to even find my mouse on the screen! I already the resolution set high enough for me to find everything else, but my mouse just likes to hide. I have to shake my mouse a few times before I'm able to see it. Is there a way for me to somehow get my mouse to stay in the same spot always?


Dear Mandy,

The “hiding mouse syndrome” doesn't just happen to you! Unfortunately it’s small, and it's white of all things! I'm always losing that arrow. It blends right in with my desktop wallpaper, disappearing into the intricate pattern of clouds. Now, I could change my wallpaper to a nice, dark solid color, but that's totally boring. Plus it won't be of much help if the cursor happens to be off screen, to the side.

Fortunately there's a quick fix for this, right under your computer's Mouse Properties. Click Start > Control Panel > Mouse (icon is a mouse). Once Mouse Properties is open, click on the "Pointer's Option" tab. There will be several options displayed. All of which, I should say, can be quite helpful. However, the option in question is titled "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key." Go ahead, and check the check-box next to this option. Hit the OK button to close and to apply the setting change. To test it, hit one of your keyboard's Ctrl keys. Both buttons are in the bottom row of your keyboard; one being the first key from the left. Upon hitting the Ctrl key, a circle will flash around the location of your cursor, alerting you of the cursors exact location, even if it happens to be off screen.

PC Doctor


Until next time... happy computing!