Ask Mr. Modem: Clean up your tabs by removing a single check mark

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Mr. Modem’s sites of the week


The Dorcus Collection

A collection of men’s fashion photography from the ’50s, ’60s and polyestered ’70s. Caution: Some of the language on this website is a bit coarse, so sensitive readers, or those subject to chafing, should proceed at their own peril.


Song Facts

Song meanings and music trivia, including highest album and chart position achieved. Search by song title or artist. The trivia is quite interesting and links are provided to view a song’s lyrics, purchase the song, obtain the sheet music or purchase the ring tone for your mobile phone — something I can live without, but it is available, if you are interested.



This site promotes learning from anyone, anywhere by helping you connect with educators to learn whatever skill it is you are interested in learning. To get started, type in your email address and your ZIP or postal code, then click the cleverly named Get Started button. You will be whisked away to whatever educational opportunities are available in your area. Note: You may have to pay for some classes, so be sure to review Frequently Asked Questions in the Help area.

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I’m using Internet Explorer, but I don’t like all the tabs when I visit different websites. Is there any way I can disable the tabs feature?

You can turn off tabbed browsing in Internet Explorer by clicking the little gear icon in the upper right-hand corner and selecting Internet Options. On the General tab (how ironic!), next to the Tabs field, click Settings. Remove the check mark beside Enable Tabbed Browsing and click OK at the bottom.

If I decide to close most of the tabs for sites that I am not planning to revisit, it almost never fails that as I’m closing the final tab, it dawns on me that I am going to want to return to the site in the tab that I just closed. I hate it when that happens! Is there any way to undo that action. I tried CTRL + Z, the “Undo” command, but it didn’t work on the tabs. Thanks, Mr. M.

Instead of pressing CTRL + Z or throwing a hissy fit (my preferred course of action), press CTRL + SHIFT + T and your last closed tab will magically appear. This works in Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, so give it a try the next time you close one tab too many.

Is there any way I can search for a specific word or phrase on a Web page from within my Firefox browser?

Press CTRL + F (for Find), which works in virtually all browsers, not just Firefox. Enter a word to search for, then each time you press Enter or click the Find button, that word will be located and highlighted on the Web page you are reading.

CTRL + F is not limited to browsers. Give it a try the next time you need to find something on any page in any program. The worse that happens is nothing happens.

A friend was telling me that I can use my iPad as a GPS device. Is that true? If so, how can I do that?

It is true if you use the Maps app’s Directions feature. First, press the Get Directions button in the top left corner of the Maps app. Next, type in your current (starting) location, and your destination. Press Route and your iPad will lead you to the selected location.

The Maps app features three map styles: Standard, Satellite and Hyrbid. You can select which map style you want by tapping the map flap in the lower right corner to reveal the map’s settings. Try each map style to determine which you prefer.

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