Friday, April 6, 2012

Word Processing Programs

As a writer, I depend on having an easy to use word processing program on my home computer. That is why I prefer and use Word Perfect by Corel.

My first computer was the Compaq Portable (portable? That thing weighed 30 pounds!). It was  based on the IBM operating system running DOS, and came with IBM’s Display Write as its word processing program.

My next computer was a Compaq Laptop, and this came with the DOS version of Word Perfect. It introduced me to Word Perfect and I’ve used versions of it since. After the DOS version, came one for Windows, Win 3 and then Word Perfect 7, and finally Word Perfect 12, which I still use. (The latest version is Word Perfect X5.)

There are several reasons why I prefer Word Perfect over Microsoft’s Word. First and foremost, the “Reveal Codes” function. By pressing Alt-F3, the internal formatting codes for each line of text are revealed. In this manner, you can see what codes are being used, alter or delete them and thus make easy and important changes in your document as you go. (Or afterwards, during the editing process.)

The second reason I prefer Word Perfect is the “Publish to” command, found in the drop down box under “File”. With this command, I can take a graph, figure, or table that I have copied from any other word processing document, a PDF file, or a Power Point presentation, and convert it into a “picture”, with a .gif extension, which I can then add to any document (or blog) to which I wish to copy it to. This is done using the “publish to” “html” command.

I can also convert any Word Perfect document into a PDF file, by using the “publish to” “pdf” command.

Thus, I can add pictures or graphics to my documents (or blog) and publish the product as a pdf file for anyone to save and use on their computer.

I also have Microsoft’s Word on my home computer. Since few people have Word Perfect, I’ve found that I need to convert my Word Perfect documents into Word in order for others to be able to open and read my work on their computers. However, because of it’s shortcomings, I rarely use Word as a primary source for my writing.

As some of you may know, I also own a netbook that I use occasionally when I travel. I  have  installed Open Office Documents (, a free word processing program, on it. It looks like Word in use, but stores documents in a strange .otf format, unless you specifically request that it store your document in Word or .doc format. This is what I do, then email the finished document to myself and open it and save it as a Word document on my main computer.(I can then convert it into Word Perfect if I have to do any additional work on it.)

 (I haven’t yet figured out how to install Word Perfect on my netbook, since it doesn’t have a cd drive. Anyone with suggestions?)

I haven’t as yet tried Google Documents, another free word processing program.

So, my recommendation to you, if you do any heavy duty writing (as I do), purchase and use Word Perfect from Corel. (An inexpensive version, called Word Perfect Office X5 Home-Student Version, can be purchased for about $50 at Staples.)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Why You Should be Using Crap Cleaner!

Crap Cleaner, otherwise known as CCleaner, is a FREE computer speed up software program. It can help you renew your computer like almost brand new by cleaning up all of  the unnecessary files that have taken up residence on your hard drive. It safely removes temporary files and cleans up useless files that have taken over your hard drive.

You can have a faster working computer similar to when your system was newly installed with just several clicks.

What's more, Crap Cleaner also protects your privacy. It removes cookies which track your online visits, browsing history, etc.

It is easy to use, foolproof, and absolutely free of charge. The program works on Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000. Including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Have a faster running computer and protect you privacy now!

To read reviews of this fascinating program, please follow this link:

And to download this free program, please follow this link:

I personally use this program every time I turn on my computer. I run the “analyze” portion of the program and if there is more than 10MB of files/data available to be removed, I  “run” the program to clean up my hard drive.

One note of interest, if you have self-filling user ids and passwords for certain password-protected programs, such as Twitter and Facebook, you might want to unclick the cookie box on the part of CCleaner that affects your browser, (in my case, FireFox, listed under the “applications” heading at the top of the program when it is opened. This only has to done once upon first installation.). That way, you won’t have to reenter your user ids and passwords when opening these particular programs.