Computer Repair Q & A: Wireless Printers, Search Options & Bookmark Tips
Below, our Fort Lauderdale computer repair specialists tackle three of the common problems faced by computer and web users these days.
Organizing bookmarks on your browser, making a printer wireless compatible, and evaluating desktop search features are on today's agenda...
Q: When I add bookmarks in IE, I put them in a default Favorites list. The problem is that the list now includes several hundred entries, so I must scroll endlessly to locate bookmarks. Is there an easy way to put existing bookmarks into folders now?
A: Good news for you. To "folderize" bookmarks (or, as they are called, "Favorites," in Internet Explorer), all one has to do is open the Favorites menu and choose Organize Favorites. This will open a window in which you can create new folders and move, rename or delete bookmarks. The process is also the same if you use Firefox.
Q: We have four computers, all on a wireless network, along with a printer. But to use that printer, the PC it is connected to must be turned on. Is there a way to give the printer wireless capability, without having to reply on a PC as a go-between?
A: You can make almost any printer wireless with help from a wireless print server - an adapter that connects to a USB port on the printer. The print server accesses a wireless network the same way a wireless adapter does on a computer, and configures to allow any computer on the network to use the printer. No need to call for network support on this one!
Q: For years I've used Copernic desktop search program with Windows XP because the Windows search feature was so slow. I just got a new Windows Vista computer, and the built-in search seems to be pretty good. Still, I'd like to compare it to what I have been using. Can using Copernic and Windows Search simultaneously drag down your computer?
A: Very possible, as Google itself complained about the very likelihood this year. As both programs need to index files as they're created, all that indexing doubly takes a toll on overall system speed. If you decide you like Windows Search better, you can uninstall Copernic. If you opt for Copernic, just disable Windows Search. To do that, just go to the drop-down menu labeled "Startup type" and choose Disabled.
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