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Q: Could you please advise me how to change the default for HTML from Notepad back to Winword, as when I reinstalled Windows XP, it had changed?
A: The association is done from Windows and the wording on the dialogue boxes will vary a bit depending on the version of Windows.
A: There are many programs that can do this. I always prepare my photos using the 10 x 15 cm horizontal or vertical cropping as I do not want an automated process making the decisions on my behalf. I then send the cropped images for printing.
Q: I have heard that after editing and deleting from Word, the deleted information is still somewhere in the Word document. This must be well hidden as even governments have been caught out with embarrassing revelations. Is it possible for an individual to to remove this unwanted material?
A: Yes, it is. Although you mention governments, the user who sends out the Word file was not aware of the hidden dangers and no protocol was in place. There are many ways this can be removed. One is to use a tool provided by Microsoft for this purpose. See: microsoft.com/down loads/details.aspx?familyid=144e54ed-d43e-42ca-bc7b-5446d34e5360&displaylang=en for details and this works with all the current Office programs.
You can prevent these changes from accumulating by removing the Fast Save option by clicking on Tools, Options and Save, and remove the tick. Also ensure that you have not enabled Track Changes under Tools.
Saving it as plain text will remove everything, making the file smaller but you will lose most of your formatting and all images.
A: There are many shareware and freeware programs that can securely delete files but you have to find the folders individually. I am not aware of doing it all with one click. If you do not wish to use these, then delete your files, empty the recycle bin, defrag the drive, then copy a few CDs or DVDs onto the hard disk and then repeat the process. This will make recovery virtually impossible once the original contents have been overwritten.
Remember to clear out the history from IE. From the Tools menu, click Internet Options, Content tab and click Clear Forms. This will clear the forms that AutoComplete uses. To clear the entire history, click on Tools, Internet Options and, in the History section, click Clear History.
As for the size of the USB drive, for the average user, 256 MB will be more than adequate. Probably 128 MB will do unless you have a lot of mail. However, if they have a lot of photos, 1 GB will be the minimum. This is because normal documents can be compressed by at least 50 per cent using a program such as WinZip or WinRar but JPG images will compress only by about 2 per cent.