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Personal Tech

WordPad workaround will change font, type size

Published June 26, 2006

Using WordPad, I'm baffled by not being able to change the opening default type font and point size.

Since WordPad uses the system default font, there is no easily available way to have a different default. Here is a trick you can use that may be acceptable: Run WordPad and select the font and size you would like as the default. Enter at least one character using this font and save the file with a name of Wordpad.wri. Right-click on this file, choose Properties and change it to Read-only under attributes. Now instead of running WordPad, just click on this file or a shortcut pointing to this file and you'll have WordPad opened using your font. Since it is set to read-only, you'll be forced to specifically save it to a new file name for each document you create.

Adobe Web site details Elements problem

I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for my son, so he gave me his Elements 3.0. I keep getting an error after I start to tag my photos. It's a red circle and white X inside the circle and says ODBC ERROR. I called tech support, which wanted to charge me $39. I called again, and this time customer service said if I uninstall and reinstall I could start all over again. But I got the same ODBC error message.

If you check the Adobe support Web site (, you will find information regarding this type of error. It details a process of uninstalling and then reinstalling Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. While this may work, I find it an extreme measure. Some people have had success just executing the following from a command prompt: regsvr32.exe C:\winnt\system32\msjtes40.dll. You can also try downloading and installing a fresh matched set of ODBC modules from and search for MDAC 2.8. I would recommend first trying the recommended Adobe support procedures. It knows its product best.

Default action preventing complete shutdown

When I shut down (Windows XP Home), the system stays off from five to 10 minutes and then reboots. The only way I can shut off the computer is to wait for the shutdown and turn off the switch.

Shutdown problems can be among the toughest to solve. I'm going to guess that your system may not really be shutting down completely, and as a default action is rebooting. Try this: Right-click My Computer, select Properties, click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery. Under System Failure, view the Automatically restart check box. If the Automatically restart check box is selected, unselect it to clear it. Checking the Event log may also give you a clue as to what particular problem is causing the behavior. To check the Event log: Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer. Check the System log for any red error events. Also check the Microsoft Knowledgebase ( for shutdown-related troubleshooting procedures.

Tell One Button Checkup to ignore errors

I upgraded Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 to 2.0. Now, when I run Norton One Button Checkup, I receive 10 errors: "cannot access necessary file msvcr.80dll C:\ Widows Microsoft .net Framework v.2.0 50727 \APPLAUNCH.exe, \aspnet_ regiis.exe" and eight more .exe files. One Button Checkup claims to repair the errors, but next time they come up again. Under Documents and Settings, I find two shortcuts to .Net Framework 1. And under Windows, I find the File Folder .net Framework 2.0. I used the .Net Web site to repair .Net Framework 2, but it did not help. Do I need .Net Framework at all, and what does it do?

This is a known problem with Symantec's One Button Checkup. The solution (from Symantec) is to tell One Button Checkup to ignore the errors. In One Button Checkup, click view details, click Missing Files and then right-click on each of the 10 files and click Ignore Selected Problem.

Rename Flash video file with .flv extension

When I view a short video on the Web, one that opens in its own viewer, there appears to be no way to download the video. I browse to my temp Internet folder to find the file that is the movie I just watched. However, the file is not named with any known movie extension that I can just click on the file and view the video on my computer. I have tried to rename the file with known movie extensions, but to no avail. What can I do to save the file and view it later on my computer?

The file is most likely a Flash video file. You need to rename the file with an .flv extension, and then you can view it using the free Riva FLV Player 1.2, which you can download from in the Downloads section.

Send hardware and software questions to or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Selected questions will be answered only in the column. John Torro is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer. He has been writing for Personal Tech since 1997.

[Last modified June 26, 2006, 06:15:40]

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