PC Doctor March 17, 2011

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Dear PC Doctor,

I would like to be able to install new fonts on my computer. I downloaded some from www.dafont.com, but I don't know how I can set it up so they show up in anything. I can't find them in Microsoft Word or Paint. I have Windows XP.

            Hilary

Dear Hilary,

Installing fonts is a piece of cake once you know how to do it.  Dafont.com is also my go-to website when I need a special font.  First, find where you downloaded the fonts.  They're usually automatically put in the “Downloads” folder inside “My Documents”.  Next, right click the icon or file for the font. A menu should pop up and from the list select “Install”.  An installation window should appear for the few seconds it takes to install the font.  After that, you're ready to go.  If you had Microsoft Window or whatever program you're using open, close it and restart the program so the fonts will get added to the list.

While you can use a variety of different file type fonts, the main ones you'll find are “.ttf” and “.otf” ones. TrueType Font is a legacy type of font while the OpenType Font is a smaller and newer type of font file. Both work perfectly on Windows XP and both are installed the same way!

            PC Doctor


Dear PC Doctor,

I use a lot of websites like Facebook and Twitter where I need to login every time I go to the website. It's becoming annoying to have to do this every time. I have Firefox so I've allowed Firefox to remember the logins but sometimes it doesn't automatically log me into the websites. Is there a way I can get it to remember every time?

            Paula

Dear Paula,

It is pretty annoying to have to type in your email address and password every single time.  At one time it became automatic because I was logging in so many times a day.  That was before I found LastPass. LastPass is a great extension that's available for many web browsers.  It will save every login you allow it to, so when you start up the browser running the extension, it will automatically log into the site. There's one big master password for LastPass so you only have to type in one password every time!  It is even possible to set it up so you don't need to log into LastPass, but that isn't secure at all, since anyone who has access to your computer will be able to access your private accounts as well!  If you use more than one web browser, you can also sync your LastPass account across Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Opera. There are even applications for mobile devices like iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android phones. Visit www.lastpass.com for more information.

            PC Doctor

Until next time… happy computing!

Posted: to Athol Library News on Thu, Mar 17, 2011
Updated: Thu, Mar 17, 2011

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