Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How to Burn a CD using iTunes

Many people think iTunes is used only to synch their iPods, but it can do so much more.

iTunes is a FREE software program you can download and use to play your music.  iTunes also allows you to create Playlists and Burn CDs.

Playlists, simply put, are a compilation of music that you put together.  For example:  if you have five (5) different albums of music from five (5) different artists, but you only like two (2) or three (3) songs on each album, you can create a "Favorites" Playlist and place only your favorite songs from each album into the Playlist and Burn them to create a CD.  Playlists are also used to organize your iPod in the same manner.

To create a Playlist, choose File | New Playlist.  A folder called "New Playlist" will be created in the lower left side of your screen under "Playlists".  Simply type a name for the Playlist, such as "Jamies Favorites" and press Enter to Save.  Now you are ready to add songs to the Playlist.

To add songs, simply choose the songs from your "Music" folder and click and drag them to the newly created Playlist.

Once you have added all of the songs you wish to add, simply Right-Click the Playlist and choose "Burn Playlist to a CD".  Depending on the version of iTunes, a window will open asking you which format you choose to create.  If you will be using the CD in your car or an older CD player, you will probably want to choose "Audio CD".  An Audio CD will be able to be played by most CD players.  If you wish to create an "MP3 CD", some CD players may not have MP3 capability.

Choose OK and the CD will begin burning.  Once completed, you will receive a message on the screen and your CD will be ejected.  Make sure and label your CD and have fun listening!

As always, if you have questions, "Go Ask Debbie!"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Outlook Calendar Tip

Here's another way of moving around the Calendar that may be quicker for some users.

If you have a view open that shows the mini calendars, you can open a pop-up window that will allow you to move multiple months.

Simply click on the Month/Year Header and you will receive a pop-up window with the three (3) months prior and three (3) months after.  Scroll to select the Month you wish.

NOTE:  DO NOT release your mouse click, as the pop-up will disappear.

Play with it, you may find it's a faster way of moving around within Outlook.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

How Do I Delete MRU's?

Jerry, of El Dorado, Kansas writes: "How do I delete MRU's?"

MRU's are the "Most Recently Used" files that are stored within Internet Browsers.  These can include web pages and other files that used your browser to open them.

There are technical people that will tell you how to change the Windows Registry to clear these files.  I'm not a big fan of anyone, even people with some technical experience, changing or editing the Windows Registry in any way, shape or form.

Here are a couple of safer ways to delete MRU's.

1) If you'd like to delete ALL Recent Documents, including Recently Accessed Documents, Programs, and Web Pages, follow these steps:
  • Right-click on the Start Button and choose Properties
  • On the Start Menu Tab, click "Customize"
  • Click "Clear" on the "To remove records of recently accessed documents, programs, and web pages"
  • Click OK on this screen and the next screen and all MRU's will be deleted (or cleared)
2) Internet Explorer lets you view certain MRU's and allows you to delete them individually.  To do so, follow these steps:
  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click on Tools | Internet Options
  • Click on "Settings" in the Internet Browsing area
  • Click on the "View Files" button and Windows Explorer will open showing you the list of History and Cookies.
  • Simply look for the Domain Name of the MRU you wish to Delete.  Once found, click on the file and press the Delete Key.
Both of these can be a bit cumbersome, so my preference is to simply use your Favorites.  When you use your Favorites, you can save all of the important web pages that you prefer.  If you choose to use Favorites, then you may simply Delete your entire history in the Tools | Internet Options window.  This is much faster and easier, in my opinion.

If you have a question, simply click here to send me your questions.  I'll post as many answers as I can in the following Tips e-mail or on my Blog.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Go Ask Debbie - March 2010 Newsletter

Here's the link to the latest Go Ask Debbie Newsletter. With Go Ask Debbie, you'll find training and tips on many popular computer software programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Intuit QuickBooks, and more!

How to Delete Blank Rows in Excel