Mr. Modem: Customize a Web page’s font so it’s fit to print

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Mr. Modem’s sites of the week

Assisted Living Directory

An attractive, easy-to-navigate site that lists numerous facilities and other senior-care options, organized by state, then by city. The site provides excellent advice, including the recommendation that if you are researching assisted living for yourself, a friend or loved one, that you physically visit a facility, as well as check health and safety records for possible violations that may have occurred. Make this site an early stop in your research.



One of the foremost online resources for consumer-driven advice dealing with everything from nonexistent customer service, to onerous cellphone contracts, to ever-shrinking (and ever-more-expensive) grocery products. The Consumerist is published by Consumer Media, a not-for-profit subsidiary of Consumers Union. It accepts no outside advertising.


Digital Photography Review

DP Review is one of the most influential and popular photography sites on the Internet. Here you will find in-depth reviews of all kinds of camera equipment, product announcements and tips from photography professionals in its discussion forums.

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Today, when I tried to print a Web page, it came out in what I call micro type, about 1/16th of an inch in size. Is there somewhere that the print size can be adjusted?

Yes, indeed. With whatever you want to print on screen, click File > Print Preview. At the top of the screen you will see a drop-down menu beside “Shrink to fit” (it varies by browser) that displays percentages. Select 125 percent for starters. You may have to experiment with different percentages to determine what works best for you.

I understand that software programs load into memory (RAM) when being used. But when a program is closed, is it removed from memory and returned to the hard drive?

In theory, yes; in reality, not quite. Memory works like a blackboard (or whiteboard) that is constantly overwritten with new data. The data stored in memory is temporary, which is why you must save data before turning off your computer.

When software programs are shut down, they are supposed to tidy up after themselves and remove everything loaded into RAM. Unfortunately, most programs leave a trail behind and don’t completely remove themselves from memory. Over time, this unsightly data build-up can cause your computer to become sluggish. To purge RAM completely, simply reboot (restart) your computer. If you normally leave your computers on 24/7, as I do, restarting the computer once a week should be sufficient.

When I start to type my name to log into Gmail, some incorrect sign-in names appear and it is aggravating to have to single out the correct name. Is there any way to delete the incorrect sign-in names? I’m using Firefox.

Yes, there sure is. Click Tools > Options > Security > Saved Passwords. Scroll down the list of sites and usernames (you can click Show Passwords if you need to view them) and click to select each incorrect username that you want to delete, followed by the Remove button. Click Close when you’re done. That will do it.

Is it possible to change the color of the text that appears under the icons on my Desktop to make it easier to read? I am using Vista.

Right-click the Desktop > Personalize > Windows Color & Appearance > Open Classic Appearance… > Advanced button > Item > Icon. Whew! You can change colors, text size, style and a host of other items. You will probably have to do some experimenting to find your optimum color, style, size, etc., so be sure to make note of whatever your current settings are, just in case things take a turn for the hideous.

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