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How to Open a Corrupt Word Document

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If you come across this message when you try to open a Microsoft Word file: Word was unable to read this document. It may be corrupt then you have a couple of options.

The first is to try to open it via File/Open, as normal, but instead of opening the file by clicking on the Open button in the Open window, click on the down arrow button next to it and select the bottom option, Open and Repair:

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This may solve your problem. If it doesn’t, you have another option. From the same Open file window, select the file you’re trying to open, and click on the down arrow in the Files of type box towards the bottom of the window:

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A list of file types will appear. Scroll down until you find the one called Recover Text from Any File:

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Select that and Word will do its best to recover any text inside the document, as well as any basic formatting.

If that still doesn’t work for you, try opening the file in a different application, suggests this website.

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How to Restore Nokia Lifeblog

If you’re getting an error message Cannot Access Lifeblog Database on your Nokia phone preventing you from launching Lifeblog then you need to delete the database. This is how:

Download the free Y-Browser application from here. (You’ll need this, rather than the File Manager that comes with the Nokia phone, because the Data folder is hidden and won’t appear in File Manager.)

Install it on your phone via your Nokia PC Suite.

Launch the YBrowser application (probably from new folder called DrJukka.com):

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Locate the C: drive and open it:

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Locate the Data folder:

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Locate the Lifeblog folder:

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Select Options, File and then Delete

Once the folder is deleted launch Lifeblog and select Update Timeline.

Thanks to the Nokia forum and Darla Mack for some of these details.

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How To Use Shortcuts on the Stowaway Keyboard

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If you use the iGo Stowaway keyboard with a Nokia phone (or Palm OS devices), you’ll find the layout doesn’t readily lend itself to the keyboard shortcuts you might have been used to with previous keyboards (or Nokia’s own keyboard.) This means you usually have to complete some tasks via the phone’s keyboard or buttons.

But actually there are things you can do to avoid doing that. One is that the Stowaway driver (not the Symbian one that comes with the phone) contains a tab that allows you to reprogram shortcuts to load specific applications:

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This is useful, but it doesn’t help when you just want to send a message, say, or access the menu buttons in the bottom corners of the screen.

There’s no way that I can find to access the right hand menu button from the keyboard, but the Windows key (between the Ctrl and the Alt keys on the left hand side of the keyboard) will access the left hand menu, (so long as you’re not on the usual home/standby screen, for some reason). Moving through the menu and submenu items is then possible via the arrow keys (Hit Enter to launch the function.)

Yeah, I know it’s not the most exciting insight on the planet, but I was kind of excited to find out about it. and wish I’d known about it before.

PS: Don’t buy the Stowaway from the iGo website: It’s $150 there. You should be able to pick one up from Amazon or elsewhere for a third that price.

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How to Use Gmail Filters

Gmail’s filters are useful if you’re directing a lot of your emails there, but they require some experimentation. They’re fine for basic filtering but it’s worth spending some time honing your filter so it just grabs what you want. I, for example, wanted to ensure that my label for online purchases filtered out all the offers and other detritus that come from the same email address (think Amazon, eBay etc.). This

Click on the Create a Filter link at the top of your Gmail page:

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or, alternatively, select a message you want to include in your filter and select Filter messages like these:

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Then add a field and click on the Test Search button:

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Then keep adding keywords in the Has the words: (words that need to appear in the email to filter it in) and Doesn’t have: (definitely doesn’t want emails with those words in). Each time you add a word click on the Test Search button to see whether your result works. (In Gmail the ‘or’ function is represented by ‘OR,’ and the ‘not’ function is represented by a minus (-). You also can use quotes (” “) to specify an exact phrase.)

Here’s what my filter for ensuring purchases from Amazon UK and U.S. get through without all the other stuff:

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Only after I’d excluded the words still chance recommend ends gift holiday save free did I find that all my orders and significant other correspondence was filtered in, and all the offers were filtered out. 

Once you’re happy with the filter, click on Next Step to complete the filter process:

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How To Send SMS Messages From Your Computer

Some people like writing SMS text messages on their phone, but I hate it. Here is one way to avoid it.

If you’re using a Nokia (and the same is probably true of non-Nokia phones) connect to your computer using the provided Nokia PC Suite software and cable. (If you don’t have either, download the suite here and, in most cases, use an ordinary USB cable with the smaller standard end.

When the two devices are connected, a list of options will appear on your phone. select PC Suite mode:

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Once your phone is connected, launch the Suite on your computer:

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Double-click the Contacts option.

An Explorer window will load with the list of your contacts:

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Right click on the person you want to send a text message to and select New Message, and then Text Message

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A window will appear with the phone number already in the To field:

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You can add extra recipients by clicking on the To button.

Type your message in the message box below and hit the Send button:

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Once the message is gone you’ll receive a notification:

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You can reply to incoming messages by selecting the Inbox in the same Explorer window that you opened your Contacts list in:

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Right click on the message you want to reply to and select Message and then Reply:

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For an update on this, check out this post.

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