Smart Fixes for Your Printing, E-Mail, and Audio Hassles

Save on costly printer, handle leftover Registry junk, and defeat a common Outlook annoyance. Plus: two cool volume-control tools.

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Nothing is more costly than replacing inkjet cartridges. In this month’s column, I’ll discuss the tips and tools I take advantage of to save lots of ink–and paper. I’ll also provide you with the lowdown on removing leftover Registry-clogging Class IDs, demonstrate how exactly to correct another irritating Outlook flaw, and provide two easy methods to control your computer’s volume.

Zap Ink-Slurping WEBPAGES THE TROUBLE: I take advantage of up way too many inkjet cartridges (and the costs are killing me), particularly when I must print full Webpages with big images and ads merely to get one type of useful text.

The Fix: I’ve lots of solutions that may cause you to happy. On Webpages, you can utilize your browser’s built-in Selection printing option. First select and highlight the written text you wish to print; then choose File, Print and click Selection in the Print Range portion of the Print dialog box.

Unfortunately, sometimes you’ll still scrape stuff off the page you do not need. So utilize the trick in conjunction with GreenPrint, a printing utility that automatically removes wasteful pages–say, people that have only headers and footers or smaller amounts of text, or totally blank pages. The tool is free (it’s ad-based), and it enables you to print from any application.

More interesting is HP Smart Web Printing Software, a freebie that provides you ways to grab selected text and graphics from Webpages, save them to a document, and print your customized pages. Using it requires more work, however the end result can be an almost perfect document.

Finally, you can utilize an ad blocker to banish big blocks of ink-guzzling ads. The best is Ad Muncher; you’ll constitute the $30 cost in ink savings alone. Read "15 Downloads WHICH WILL Block Annoying Ads and Pop-Ups" for other choices, including freebies. Each of the products mentioned for the reason that article work with WEB BROWSER and Firefox, and with all versions of Windows. But if none of these choices appeal for you, see "Where and How exactly to Buy Cheap Ink."

Quick tip: Rather than printing the document, save paper and ink by grabbing the written text you want, sending it to, for instance, your iPhone or BlackBerry, and reading it later. To achieve that, download ShifD, a free of charge Web-based tool, then slice and dice this content according to the fairly easy instructions, place it in ShifD, and read it on your own daily commute. If you are a Firefox user, install the Read It Later extension, a cool way to save lots of, sort, and manage Webpages you do not have time to learn immediately.

REMOVE CLSIDs THE TROUBLE: My Registry cleaner is listing a collection of CLSIDs. What exactly are they, and could it be okay to delete them?

The Fix: Class IDs (referred to as CLSIDs) hold information regarding specific program parts, namely COM objects and ActiveX components. If your Registry cleaner specifically identifies them as broken or invalid CLSIDs, it’s safe to send them with their doom; programs with sloppy uninstall routines leave these CLSIDs behind. (Use Revo Uninstaller to eliminate applications–it scours the Registry for uninstalled program remnants.)

But here’s the rub: Overly aggressive Registry cleaners might add a necessary CLSID within their set of problem entries, without labeling it as "broken" or "invalid." I’d leave those intact. For more tips and cautions on the Windows Registry, take a look at the "TOP Registry Dos (and Don’ts)" section in my own article "How exactly to Clean Your Windows Registry and INCREASE YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER."

Outlook Icon Stuck within an Endless Loop THE TROUBLE: Each and every time I launch Microsoft Outlook from a desktop icon, it sticks a fresh shortcut in my own Quick Launch bar. I delete finished ., and Outlook puts it again! That is driving me nuts.

The Fix: If you are within an endless loop, deleting and redeleting the same shortcut, try out this trick. Right-click the Outlook icon, choose Properties, and enter the next command in to the Target field (make sure you are the quotes and use Office12 instead of Office11 if you have upgraded to Outlook 2007).

"C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice11Outlook.exe" /recycle

The "/recycle" switch essentially tells Outlook an icon has already been in the Quick Launch bar; in addition, it forces Outlook to use a preexisting Outlook window, if one exists.

Tools of the Month: Control Your PC’s Volume

You’re rocking out for some newly ripped MP3s at home office when the telephone rings. It’s your boss, and you will need to lessen your PC’s volume–right away. Rather than fumbling with Windows Media Player’s volume control, grab the mouse, hover over the taskbar, and lower the quantity with the mouse wheel. I take advantage of Volumouse, a good little freebie that lets me handle my two volume issues: muting or unmuting and lowering or raising the quantity. As the tool appears in the taskbar, you can utilize it whatever application you’re currently employed in. Unless you like the appear and feel of Volumouse, try VolumeTouch, an identical product that uses either the mouse or keyboard combos to accomplish a similar thing.

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