Which mouse for left-handed people?

Q: I'm left-handed. What mouse do you recommend I use?

A: Logitech MX 610 Left-Hand Laser Cordless Mouse is the only one I know of.

Based on my experience with Logitech, connect and try it first without inserting the software CD.

How to keep track of mouse on the screen

Q: I waste a lot of time looking for my mouse on the screen. Is there a way to change the look of the mouse's arrow, so I could find it more easily?

A: You want a bigger pointer that contrasts more with the normal colors on the screen?
  1. Go to Control Panel. Right-click on Mouse to Open.
  2. Click the Pointers tab. There's a drop-down menu from which you can select different schemes.
I recommend Windows Black (extra large).

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Another option is to display pointer trails, though I personally find it annoying. You can click the Pointer Options tab in #2 above and select Display Pointer Trails.

There's also an option there for showing the location of the pointer when you press the CTRL key. (With this option on, whenever you press the CTRL key, the mouse pointer is shown like the epicenter of an earthquake.)

How do I protect my computer keyboard?

Q: I keep getting potato chip crumbs and other bits of food stuck between the keys of my keyboard, and I know I'm going to accidentally pour coffee on it one of these days. I've seen those transparent covering on keyboards, but I don't know what they're called. Where can I buy them?

A: I've heard them called keyboard skins, keyboard dust cover and keyboard protector. Fellowes even makes custom-made ones to "snugly fit" your keyboard.

I don't know about beverages, but with cookie crumbs, after you turn off your computer, turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake it. Cover with a piece of cloth when not in use.

Know My Credit Score For Free?

Q: Is there a way to get my credit score for free?

A: I know only of getting your credit reports for free. But you can get a rough idea of what you credit score is by using FICO® Score Estimator, which is a free online tool for calculating your credit score.

Disable Error Reporting in Internet Explorer

Q: Internet Explorer always crashes on me and when it does, there's a message asking me whether I want to "Send Error Report" to Microsoft. I want to click "Don't Send" every time because I don't ever want to send a information to Microsoft, but sometimes I accidentally click the wrong button. Now what?

A: Now Microsoft has the information you were working on when the program crashed, be it Internet Explorer, Word, Excel or any thing Bill Gates had a hand in developing.

To prevent mistakingly clicking on the wrong button, disable Error Reporting altogether!

1. Click Start in the lower-left of your screen.
2. Right-Click My Computer and Choose Properties.
3. Click the Advanced Tab, then Error Reporting.
4. Disable Error Reporting.

If for some insane reason you only want to disable it for certain programs, click Enable Error Reporting and Choose Programs.