Ask Mr. Modem: Making a list and printing it once

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Mr. Modem’s sites of the week

Biology of B-Movie Monsters

Shrinking humans, giant reptiles and 50-foot women are all staples of the B-movie genre. This website, created by a biology professor with clearly too much time on his hands, looks at the biological facts behind the outlandish fiction. Read about the physiological restrictions of “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” the compromising bone density of King Kong, and the weak exoskeletons of giant ants. The author’s extensive knowledge, combined with his passion for the movies, make this site more fun than a barrel of mutant ninja monkeys.

Life Magazine Covers /

For more than 70 years, Life magazine set the standard for photojournalism. This site allows you to search more than 3,500 Life covers. Enter specific keywords (such as Elvis, Sinatra or historical events) and relevant issues will be displayed. Lots of wonderful nostalgia is waiting for you on this site.

Visual News

Visual News brings you daily doses of visual inspiration from around the world. To navigate, you can just scroll down the main page, and see the most recent featured additions. You can also browse by category by using the navigation strip along the top of the page. There you’ll find the categories: Art, Design, People, News, Technology and Visualization. When I visited, the main page featured a high-speed photo of a busy New York City subway platform with amazing detail. This is an interesting site that offers inspiration for new ways to think, dream or hallucinate. The choice is yours.

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I want to print my Gmail contacts, but I cannot find a way to do it. Is there any way I can do that? Thanks, Mr. M.

First, make sure you are in the Contacts section of Gmail. If not, click Mail near the top left and choose Contacts from the drop-down menu. Choose the group you wish to print, then click the More button and select Print. You will be given the option of printing all of your contacts or a group. Make your selection and click the Print button.

Depending on your browser, the Print Dialog box may open automatically, or you may just see a list of your contacts. If the dialog box does not open, click File in the top menu bar, then Print. Select the printing options you want, including number of copies and any formatting you wish to apply, then click OK or Print to begin printing your Contacts.

Why does “m-a-i-l-t-o:” appear in front of certain email addresses?

The “m-a-i-l-t-o:” (without the stitching) that you may occasionally see in front of email addresses instructs your computer to automatically open its default email program when the address is clicked. It usually appears in blue font, as a clickable link on Web pages.

Toward the top right side of my keyboard are the Prt Scr/Sys Rq, Scroll Lock and Pause/Break. Can you explain what each of these keys does, please?

Prt Scr is the Print Screen key. Pressing this key saves a snapshot image of whatever appears on screen at a given time to the Windows Clipboard. To use the captured image, go to your destination location, then right-click and select Paste. Whatever has been captured to the Clipboard will pop onto the screen.

While pressing the Prt Scr key appears to do nothing, pressing the “lower case” part of the same key designated as Sys Rq or System Request, actually does nothing. It’s a relic from another era — not unlike Mr. Modem.

Scroll Lock and Pause/Break are also relics from another era that you will probably never use. Long before Windows made its debut back in the primordial DOS (Disk Operating System) era, the keys were associated with pausing or scrolling text that appeared on screen.

Mr. Modem publishes “Ask Mr. Modem!” each week, featuring PC tips, tricks and plain-English answers to your questions by email. For more information, visit

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