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Q WHEN I used Internet Explorer 4, it would let me know whenever I was connected to the Internet - a little box would stay in the taskbar that enabled me to disconnect from the Internet very easily.

Now, whenever I want to disconnect, I have to close down the program and wait for a box to come up asking me whether I want to disconnect.

A THE option to show that icon is still there, but it's well hidden.

Open My Computer followed by Dial-Up Networking, then right-click your connection icon and choose Properties.

Click the Configure button at the bottom of the page, and a new dialog will appear.

Choose the Options tab of this dialog and check the box at the bottom labelled Display modem status, then click OK.

Q I HAVE keyed into an adult website, not realising the contents of this site, and would like to delete it completely.

How do I find it in order to delete?

A THE site will have made a few tracks on your computer.

First, in Internet Explorer, click the History button on the toolbar to open the history pane.

Find the offending site in the history list according to the day/week you visited, right-click it and choose Delete.

If you want to be really thorough, choose Internet Options from the Tools menu and select the General tab.

Here you can click Delete Files to delete the temporary files stored from every site you've visited recently. These will be gradually deleted over a period of time as you visit new sites anyway, so you may feel that this is unnecessary.

Q WHEN I click on search and type in anything, eg. arcade games, is there any way to remove these after I've finished?

If I make a new search which begins with the letter A, arcade games come back up.

A THIS autocompletion list is intended to save you retyping the same thing in future and can be useful at times.

The trick is to ignore it if you want to type something different, and just keep typing.

There doesn't appear to be any option to turn this feature off (unless you know better?)

Q THIS week I tried to do a letter in Spanish in Microsoft Word 97, but could not access any of the Spanish accents.

Is there any easy way of finding and using them?

Roy Wavell

A ON any Windows PC you can use the Character Map accessory on the Start menu.

To copy special characters to the clipboard for pasting into any document (not necessarily a Word document).

After clicking the character you want, you'll see a numeric code displayed at the bottom of the Character Map window, and you can use this to enter the character into a document: hold the Alt key and type the four-figure number on the numeric keypad (with Num Lock switched on).

MS Word has a similar built-in utility: choose Symbols from the Insert menu.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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