Ask Mr. Modem: Give Apple the message about piggyback advertising

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If you don’t mind, Mr. M., I’d like to comment about the silliness of the message, “Sent from my iPad/iPhone” that I see on so many messages I receive. I know it’s something Apple includes for advertising, but in my opinion, it’s really stupid. Thanks for letting me vent.

I have addressed this previously, but because so many people continue to serve as uncompensated advertisers for Apple, it warrants revisiting: Whether to display that message or not is a matter of personal preference. Fortunately, Apple does provide the ability to disable it — which is one of the first things I did when I got my iPhone and iPad. I always thought the message was a bit dopey. Why not have other email display “Sent from my Dell computer,” or “Sent from Outlook”? Who cares? Answer: Nobody. Most recipients couldn’t care less that you used your iPhone to send a message, and recipients who don’t have an iPhone and think you’re flaunting yours will hate you with the searing heat of a thousand suns. To remove the message, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Signature, then tap Clear.

I knew how to remove programs from previous versions of Windows, but how do I uninstall programs from Windows 8?

Windows 8 veers off the traditional Control Panel > Add/Remove programs path when it comes to uninstalling what we once knew as “programs,” but are now called “apps,” which is short for “applications.” To remove an app from Windows 8, right-click an app’s Start screen tile to view several relevant options. Bonus tip: If you select one of the larger tiles, tapping the “Small” option will shrink it to half its normal size, freeing up some valuable Start screen real estate.

If you are not sure you want to remove an app forever, you can dismiss it for the time being only. To do this, select Unpin From Start. The tile will disappear, but if you change your mind or suffer immobilizing separation anxiety, you can add it back later. To do that, search for the app, then right-click it and select Pin to Start. If you are absolutely, positively sure you will never use a given app again, select Uninstall to remove it completely.

When I go to print, it shows my current printer and two other printers that I have had in the past, but have been replaced. How can I remove the two old printers from appearing on-screen?

It varies depending on the version of Windows you are using, but try clicking Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes. Right-click any printer icon you want to remove and select Delete. As an alternative, click Start > Search and type in “printer.” Locate the area where your printer icons are displayed and delete as described above.

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