July 20, 2011

Kim Komando answers your online, computer questions


OSKALOOSA — Q. I saw a new version of Firefox was just released. I just upgraded to Firefox 4. Should I upgrade to Firefox 5 so soon?

A. Mozilla has moved Firefox to a faster release schedule. A new version will be out every six weeks or so. Each new version won’t add many features. Not being drastically different means upgrading should be less painful. However, it also means that Mozilla won’t be releasing security updates for previous Firefox versions. If you want a secure browser, you’ll have to upgrade. I definitely recommend keeping your browser updated. If you haven’t upgraded, go to Firefox button>>Help>>About Firefox. Then click the Check for Updates button. Follow the instructions.

Q. I want to show my assistant how her work appears on my screen. I need to capture an image from my screen. How can I do this in Windows?

A. Windows 7 and Vista both have the Snipping Tool. Go to Start>>All Programs>>Accessories and select Snipping Tool. It will let you select an area of your screen to capture. You can then annotate the capture, save it and share it. Of course, the Snipping Tool is somewhat limited. It also isn’t available in Windows XP. Fortunately, there are plenty of free screenshot tools around. Give something like Greenshot a try. It’s free at www.komando.com/news. It lets you set up shortcut keys for different kinds of screenshots. Managing the captures is also easier.

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