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Setting the radio toolbar in IE5

By JOHN TORRO, Times Correspondent

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 8, 2000


Q: Is there a way to have the radio toolbar displayed when I open Internet Explorer 5.0? When I open it, I have to click on View, Toolbars, Radio to use this toolbar.
A: This can occur if you have not selected the "Always Show Internet Explorer Radio Bar" option. To turn this option on:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Multimedia section, click to select the "Always Show Internet Explorer Radio Bar" check box.
  4. Click OK.

Crystal Reports trouble

Q: When I run Crystal Reports, I get this error: "An exception OE has occurred at 0028:C003E321in VXD VREDIR (01)+

0000317 Called from 0028:C001CA48 in VXD IFSMGR (01)." What is this about?
A: This is a known problem in Windows 95 and has to do with Microsoft's distributed COM (DCOM), which extends the Component Object Model to support communication among objects on different computers, such as a local area network, a wide area network or the Internet. Crystal Reports is a business-oriented report writer that works with many database programs. Windows 95 SP1 and Windows 98 corrects the problem.

Balky defrag

Q: While trying to defragment my C drive, it goes only to 10 percent and stops. A message appears that says, "DRIVES CONTENTS CHANGED: RESTARTING." This keeps repeating and never goes above 10 percent.
A: Make sure you disable your antivirus program and turn off your screen saver before you defrag. In some cases, Advanced Power Management features may cause this problem. Try disabling Advanced Power Management features through Control Panel, Power.

Hiding recipient addresses

Q: Is there a way to send an e-mail with Outlook Express 5 to multiple recipients and have each person see only his name and not everyone else's too?
A: Try this: On the Outlook Express menu bar, click View, All Headers. This will open the BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy, address line. Use the BCC line for your multiple recipients. Recipients will see only their e-mail address listed when they read their e-mail.

Quick screen saver

Q: I upgraded from Windows 95 to Windows 98 SE. With the old system, when someone entered the room or when I wanted to stretch my legs, I could hit a hot key to make my screen go blank. I have searched the new system and can't find how to do this.
A: This is a feature of a particular screen saver, none of which is included by default with Windows 9x. There may be freeware or shareware screen savers that offer this function. One alternative would be to make a shortcut on your desktop to any .SCR file (Screen Saver file type) and then double-click this shortcut to immediately enter Screen Saver mode. For example, within Windows File Explorer, navigate to \Windows\System. Right-click and drag file 3-D Flying Objects.SCR to the Desktop. Release and select Create Shortcut Here. Now you can double-click this shortcut to enter Screen Saver mode.

Screen saver clock

Q: I saw the question on how to display the clock as a screen saver. I could not follow your instructions. I could not find the 3-D Text (Open GL) screen saver.
A: These screen savers usually are installed by default. To install them: Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, click the Windows Setup tab, click Accessories, then the Details button. Scroll down to Screen Savers, then click the Details button, click the OpenGL Screen Savers. You'll be prompted for your Windows 98 install CD.

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