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Helpful tips for April 2014
In this issue:
Articles of the day
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca
Here’s what we recently learned about those very hard working courier
They are often paid per drop off so what do they allegedly do in order to
puff up their pockets with more money for themselves?
They arrive at your door and do not even wait for more than a second before
placing a sticker on your door to say that they were there.
Then they scurry back to their vans and speed away leaving you with no
choice but to call the company for another drop off.
More often than not, they do not even ring your doorbell or your buzzer.
We had 3 persons vary these actions so the next time you find yourself
having to call your courier company to ask for the driver to return with
Keep these facts in mind!
Something about the number of times we yawn on average?
Well, it’s about 10 times per hour.
You would be surprised to learn that laminate and wooden floors attract more
germs than carpeted floors.
Now, here’s something interesting to know about the beauty industry:
This particular industry is a billion dollar one; about $260 billion to be
exact and you know what?
More people spend money on beauty aids than on education.
Having problems keeping up with those starched napkins for your table?
Well, here is a solution that works quite well.
Why not buy bandannas at the dollar store?
They are pretty and stiff and they never wilt.
You can wash them in the washer and they are still stiff and starchlike!
Some interesting stats about your annual colds:
You probably get about five of them per year and cold season is usually from
September to April.
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
How to Convert an Older Word Document to Word 2010 Format
By Dan Gookin
from Word 2010 For Dummies
Word 2010 easily opens documents created by older versions of the program.
It even saves them in the older Word formats, so normally nothing goes
But certain features available to newer Word documents, such as Quick Styles
and Themes, aren’t available to files saved in older Word formats.
To fix the situation, you must update the older Word documents with Word
In Word, give the Open command.
For example, you can use the Ctrl+O keyboard shortcut.
However you do it, the Open dialog box appears.
In the Open dialog box, locate an older Word document.
All Word documents, old and new, appear in the Open dialog box.
Select the older word document and click the Open button.
The Word document opens and is displayed onscreen.
You see the text [Compatibility Mode] displayed on the title bar, indicating
that you’re working with a document saved by using the older Word document
Click the File tab.
Ensure that the Info command is chosen from the File tab’s menu.
Click the Convert button.
A warning dialog box appears.
Click the OK button.
The document is updated – but you’re not done yet.
Save the document.
You have several ways to save the document.
For example, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S.
After you convert a document, only folks with newer versions of Word can
But Word 2010 and Word 2007 use the same document format; their files are
How to Avoid Viruses with Windows Defender
By Andy Rathbone
To combat the threat posed by viruses, Windows 8 includes a new version of
Windows Defender that incorporates Microsoft Security Essentials,
a security and antivirus program Microsoft formerly offered as a free
Windows Defender scans everything that enters your computer, whether through
downloads, e-mail, networks, messaging programs, flash drives, or discs.
If Windows Defender notices something evil trying to enter your computer, it
lets you know with a message.
(That same message can appear on the Start screen or the desktop.) Then
Windows Defender quarantines the virus, rendering it unable to infect your
Windows Defender constantly scans your PC in the background.
But if your PC acts strangely, tell Windows Defender to scan your PC
immediately by following these steps:
While you’re viewing the Start screen, type Windows Defender and press
When you type your first letter, the Start screen switches to the Search
screen and begins listing apps that match the letters you type.
When you finish typing Windows Defender, that word will be alone on the
list, so pressing Enter launches it.
Or, to speed things up, when you spot Windows Defender’s name on the list,
stop typing. Then click the adjacent Windows Defender icon to launch the
Click the Scan Now button.
Windows Defender immediately performs a quick scan of your PC.
Windows Defender normally doesn’t scan flash drives and portable hard
To include them, click the program’s Settings tab, click Advanced, and put a
check mark in the box called, Scan Removable Drives.
Click Save Changes to save the changes.
The program’s scans will take slightly longer, but the results are worth it.
But even with Windows Defender watching your back, follow these rules to
reduce your risk of infection:
Updates for Windows Defender arrive automatically through Windows Update.
That’s why it’s important to connect with the Internet often, so Windows
Update can keep Windows Defender working at the top of its game.
Only open attachments that you’re expecting.
If you receive something unexpected from a friend, don’t open it.
Instead, e-mail or phone that person to see whether he or she really sent
Don’t install two virus checkers because they often quarrel.
If you want to test a different program, first uninstall your existing one
from the Control Panel’s Programs area.
(You may need to restart your PC afterward.) It’s then safe to install
another virus checker that you want to try.