WEBTV HANDY TIPS:
Last time updated was 12-17-2000

NOTE: Your WebTV, (terminal unit box), does not store any of your 'favorites', or 'e-mails' etc. The only info stored in your unit is the 'cache', (temporary memory like: 'recents', C/C/P, 'settings'), and the box I.D. If you have a Plus, the hard drive is only for saving the TV listings and related settings. All of your important information; (account info, favorites, e-mail, sig, and PageBuilder Web-Page), is stored on the WebTV computers, which is accessed by 'your' terminal. Your active terminal, has 'access privleges' to your primary users account. When you 'transfer' from one box to another, all you are doing is, transfering 'access privleges'. (Just be sure that your primary user has a password set, so if you want to transfer a box, you can just plug in the new box, and do the automatic 'transfer' yourself).


a) When writing e-mails or posts; do NOT use a return at the end of a line like a typewriter, (the line will automatically wrap to the next line); do NOT use spaces after a paragraph; use 2 'returns'. No need for indentations.

b) Want to know what an e-mail looks like that you will be sending to someone? Want to check out your new sig? Either send it to yourself first, or add your name to the address line.

c) If you have your name in the address book, then click on the blue 'To:' and choose the name; it will be added to any other name you had used in the 'To:' line.

d) To go to your Page Builder Index, erase the http:// from GoTo box, and type:    wtv-tricks:/pagebuilder 

e) To get a live person when calling WebTV @ 1-800-gowebtv (1-800-469-3288): Ignore all of the prompts until you get a live person; or try; Press 1 after hearing long greeting, then press 1, and then 3 to speak to a live rep.

f) After pressing "GoTo", you don't have to type "www." or ".com" when entering a web address, these are filled in automatically for most sites.

g) When writing to a fellow WebTVer, you don't have to type in the "@webtv.net".

h) To change background music, (if you have a Plus, and the plus keyboard or remote), press "view" twice. It will stop the WebTV background music and force the next midi to come up.

i) You can LEAVE an e-mail while composing one; it will be stored in memory if it is not too long to overwhelm the memory. This includes: 'send', or 'reply, or 'forwarding', or even 'posting to newsgroups' e-mails. You can return to this e-mail, to add to or edit anytime. (Do NOT use 'back' to leave the e-mail). When returning, be sure you 'return' to the same 'write', 'reply', 'forward', 'post', or whatever. If you go to the wrong one, it will appear to be lost. Even powering off or switching users, should not affect this.

j) To see how many total e-mails were 'received', 'saved', 'sent', and 'discarded', use this e-mail counter tool:
 http://www.wtv-zone.com/bflo/webtv/emailamtviewer.html 

The old method was:
In each of the four 'mail' areas, you could place the cursor over the top most e-mail (or the most recent); press CTRL & CMD together, and see how many total e-mails were 'received', 'saved', 'sent', or 'discarded'.

k) In most pop-up or drop-down menus; type the letter or word you want to go to instead of scrolling with the arrow keys.

l) CMD & W will bring up or remove the PIP, (Picture in Picture), even while trying to initially connect online. (Plus users only)

m) PIP TV channels can be changed using the numbers on the keyboard or remote, except when within a text writing area.

n) CMD & M : moves the WebTV PIP window left or right; or press "enter" on remote.

o) CMD & scroll-up/scroll-down takes you to the top/bottom of the page.

p) CMD & CTRL displays most Web address' URLs of the link that the yellow cursor box is currently on. Does not always show the complete URL.

q) In the 'mail' area, to write an e-mail, you can also press the 'send' key. After writing a message, you can click on the 'send' button at the bottom of the e-mail, or press the 'send' key.

r) For ALL discussion groups, press 'GoTo', then CMD & delete. Finally, type 'news:' and press 'return'. Or Click:    NewsGroups 
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/jdhardball/posts.html

s) In 'mail' and text-fields; to move around quickly within your message, use CMD & down/up arrow and CMD & left/right arrow.

t) CMD & G : in using C/C/P (cut,copy & paste), cursor goes 'down' to and highlights each next instance of that which you specified in the 'find' box. (same if you use the 'find' key and press return). CMD & B : will highlight the next instance 'above' the last. CMD & F is the same as hitting the 'find' key. This procedure is great for finding multiple instances of the same word or phrase. Searching out your posting in a newsgroup is one such use. You need only use a couple of letters in the 'find' box, but it is best to use the full word or phrase in order to eliminate other words or phrases that begin with the same first letters.

u) CMD & delete key erases entire line in text prompt. (place cursor to left of line to be deleted)

v) CMD & P : goes to 'print' screen

w) CMD & R : reloads one-time, the current page screen information. Reload can also be accessed with 'options' key on the cordless keyboard, or 'options button' on the remote. On a PM Plus remote control you can also use the 'reload' button, (one step). On the wired keyboard, use the 'flag' or 'windows' key in place of the CMD.

x) For Reporting of SPAM and abuse:

Report ALL spam to:
uce@ftc.gov
net-abuse@nocs.insp.irs.gov

Spam from anyone OTHER than WebTV users:
spam@webtv.net
spam@corp.webtv.net

Spam/Abuse from Webtv users:
abuse@webtv.net

If it's a chain letter or pyramid scheme:
pyramid@ftc.gov

If it asks for money through the U.S.Mail:
fraud@uspis.gov

If it offers a "great stock opportunity":
enforcement@sec.gov

If it offers a "snake oil cure":
lrd@cfsan.fda.gov

U.S. Customs - (Reporting Child Porn):
(click on: Enforcement)
http://www.customs.ustreas.gov

Anti-Spamming Tools: Let em' have it....
http://www.spamcop.com/
spamrecycle@chooseyourmail.com
http://www.spamrecycle.com/
http://www.hostedscripts.com/scripts/antispam.html

Spam Tracing & Tracking:
Click on 'more tools and more info on these tools'.
http://www.samspade.org/
http://www.spamcop.com/
http://www.spamrecycle.com/

y) When using C/C/P to copy long URLs, there maybe a space or break added to the URL during the transfer. Be sure to check that there is no break or space in the URL once you have pasted the URL.

z) CMD & A : Use to highlight a page with text that is hard to read, or if the links are hard to read. It often works; try it now, but be sure that you can 'see' your cursor on a link.

aa) If you want to change your 'primary users' name; make up a new 'secondary user' name the way you want, (if available), and call 1-800-gowebtv and have them 'switch' the names.

bb) WebTV Plus users: When on TV Home, try NOT to 'watch' TV via the 1/2 screen TV (that has the left sidebar), for longer than 10 minutes to prevent screen burn-in. Instead, click on the TV and it will bring up the full screen version. From there, you can use 'view' to go back to the web, or use 'back' to go back to TV HOME, or even 'home' to go back to TV HOME.

cc) Avoid those accidental huge phone bills. Be sure that you have your 'dialing options' setup for 'audible' dialing. This lets you 'see' and 'hear' unscreen, the number your unit dials, allowing you to see if your unit dials a toll number (long distance), or a local number.

dd) E-mail normally is saved in your 'saved' mail storage area. (if you made a storage area by going to 'mail', clicking on 'settings', then on 'extras'.) Each of your users has to set up the storage area.

You can also have a free e-mail service like
http://www.hotmail.com/   and just forward any e-mails that tend to plug up your regular e-mail area. Any e-mail with sounds, and images, and attachments, take up a HUGE amount of your mail storage. In fact, one e-mail can take up to 50% of your allowed 2MB of mail storage. Just forward these to another of your WebTV e-mail users, or to one of the free e-mail services for which you have signed up.

If you are saving any of these e-mails that gobble memory, but don't really need them, just click on 'cleanup' on the left side bar of the mail area, and 'see' which ones take up too much storage memory. Each e-mail will show up as a percentage of your total memory of mail storage. This allows you to discard (delete) the bad ones.......or forward them to your other user, or the free e-mail service.

There are ways you could save e-mail in 'favorites'. The best and easiest way is for you to have a website page with the e-mails on it, which in turn you can 'save' to favorites.

Just sign up for a free website address, and copy all of your e-mails using C/C/P, Best way is to have a separate webpage for each of your friend's or family's e-mail.

On most of my pages, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a link to Angelfire for 'Free WebPages'. There are many free webpage sites out there, and Angelfire is just one of them.

A website allows you to save at least twice as much mail than WebTV allows in their 'saved mail' area.

ee) To save your 'WebTV e-mails' at a free site hosting service:

     1) You first must learn C/C/P. Or be ready for lots of writing. To learn Cut/Copy/Paste, goto 'Home', and click on 'Help'. On the Help page, click on C/C/P under Quick Picks.

     2) Go through each e-mail you want to store at the free e-mail service, one at a time.

     3) E-mails with links; click on the links, use 'GoTo' button and click on 'show current' to get the page URL. Use C/C/P, and copy the URL. There are now two ways to save this URL.

           3a) GoTo 'write' mail, and paste it in an e-mail to yourself at your WebTV addy, and at the free -email addy; but DON'T send it yet. Push 'mail' button again, and go get another URL. (don't use the 'back' button. You will eventually have just one e-mail with lots of URLs. When done, send it to yourself to store at your WebTV mail area, and the free service.

           3b) If you know C/C/P and are confident with it; keep the first URL in cache memory, and get a second one by clicking on the link, using 'GoTo' button, and 'show current'. This second URL should now be showing. You still have the first one you copied in cache memory, so 'paste' the first URL in the same box next to the one now showing. Now highlight and 'copy' this box with both URLs. Get the next URL, and do the same process to add the third to the first two. You can have a lot of URLs kept in memory this way; the process is called 'harvesting URLs'. Now go to the 'write' mail and do as in 1a). It is easy to get confused and mess up this procedure. (don't do this unless comfortable with it.), and be aware that there is a limit to this memory cache. It will hold an awful lot, but if your cache is already full from other things, just do the longer process of 1a).

           3c) Another way to get a URL of a page or even the URL of a sound file, is to copy the information showing when you press the 'Info' key. (you can copy the whole thing and delete unwanted things when you paste the needed info. Or.... you can do partial copying of the info. To grab just the bottom URL:

           3d) Hold down CMD and tap the A key which will highlight all. Next, hold down the Shift key and tap the left arrow key one time. While still holding down the Shift key, tap the down arrow as many times needed to unhighlight the lines you don't want to copy. To unhighlight just a few letters or words, hold down the Shift key and tap the right arrow key once or more. (use up arrow or left arrow along with Shift to correct a mistake). Once done, all you have to do is hold down CMD and tap the C key one time for 'Copy'.

           3e) To reverse the procedure just described, (to unhighlight things from bottom to top instead):
Hold down CMD and tap the right arrow key, then the down arrow key, and the left arrow key. Now while still holding down CMD, you can tap the left arrow key one time for each letter/number or the up arrow key for each line you want to unhighlight. (That means that this procedure is to hold down Shift and tap the three bottom arrow keys, right to left).

           3f) Another way to get the URL of a sound file, is to press 'GoTo' and click on 'Show Last' while the music is playing; (if you clicked on a sound file to listen to it; otherwise use the above procedure for the Info key).

     4) The e-mails with just 'text' you want to save; just forward these to the free e-mail service using your new e-mail address. (Some services require you to access the account after receiving 10 e-mails because they will only hold a limited new e-mails. Just go there each time it is full, and assign them an individual folder. ie; 'Family e-mails', or whatever.)

     5) E-mails with both text and links; just get the URLs first, then forward the e-mail.

     6) Any e-mail with 'photos'; you should see a 'scrapbook' icon in the left sidebar, if you have opened a 'PageBuilder' site at WebTV. Just click on this 'scrapbook' icon, and the photo should be now saved. To open this PageBuilder, GoTo 'Home', click on 'Community', and then on 'PageBuilder', and follow instructions.

     7) Go through all the e-mails, and discard the ones you have now stored elsewhere.

Seems like a long process doesn't it? It is, but worth it to clear up your WebTV mail.

Be aware that these free e-mail services usually require you to visit the site at least once every five to six months, or they will cancel the account. In other words; your forwarded e-mails are not permanently stored if you do not seem to be around.

A more permanent solution to 'saving' e-mails more permanently, is to use C/C/P to put all of the text, and URLs on a webpage. Each site that you have pages, can have 4-11MB of storage rather than the 2MB that WebTV has.

ff) Even if there are 8 local possible dialup access numbers, your unit will never be programmed with more than 3 local possible numbers to call.

Some only have 1 or 2 local access numbers that their unit will call. To get it changed permanently, you can ask at 1-800-gowebtv (1-800-469-3288)

But if the number you like has already been programmed in, there's a trick you can use to make your unit call a particular number:

Watch the screen as your unit dials in on the first number. (must have audible dialing enabled). When the green 'heartbeat' line is about 2/3 of the way over and it says, "Connecting," then;

Lift your phone receiver and hit #5 repeatedly until it says "Preparing to dial" then "Dialing xxxxxxxx" (the 2nd programmed number for your unit will now be dialed).

Repeat until you get to the number you want. Typically, it will dial number 1, then 2, then 1 again, then 2 again, then 3 (assuming you have 3 possible numbers).

It's time consuming, (especially if you want the third number), but if you want in on a number your unit will dial, you can do it this way.

This tip came from a posting of: Saverio (Idyllwild, CA)

An alternate method:  I found that all dialing, and waiting for false connections, can be avoided simply by picking up your phone, and dialing the pound sign (#), (while your unit is trying to connect to WebTV service, but before it actually does). This produces a busy signal that does not stop, (when webtv "hears" it). It doesn't even try to connect - it just goes to the next number. You can get the third number (5 tries) in less than 30 seconds! It may help beginners to slow their "dialing speed" option until they are used to doing this! Hope this helps! from: calicuteguy@webtv.net

gg) To find out what your local access numbers are:
 Local Access Numbers 
http://vega.webtv.net/products/lookup/local_access.html

hh) The following method will enable anyone to have a one key access to the 'write an e-mail" page with all the addresses you want, already there, (along with a subject). Great for people who e-mail the same relatives, but just want to change the daily message.

First of all, you will need to have a webpage with the HTML on it; then you will need to assign a F-key to that page. Whenever you hit that F-key, the "write an e-mail" page will then automatically come up.

Here is the HTML to put on a webpage:

<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="refresh"content="0;URL=mailto:blackhawke@webtv.net,jdhardball@angelfire.com?subject=Test%20Mailing%20From%20Tip%20Page">
</head>
<body bgcolor="black">
<center>
<br><br><hr><br>
<font color="gold"size="7">
<b>
ONE MOMENT PLEASE
<br><br><hr></b></font></center></body></html>

You just change the e-mail addresses in the HTML code, to the list of the ones you want. (Tip: Don't use mine; I just used mine for the above example). Just be sure to put the comma between each one when using multiple e-mail names, and use no spaces. For the e-mail subject, just substitute your own words, with %20 between each word.

Click on this page for an example of the above:
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/jdhardball/quickemailcopies.html

That test page will be available for just a limited time.........

Do NOT click on 'SEND', because doing so will, send 2 blank e-mails to ME. Just use your 'back" key, when you have seen the test page.



Another similiar method is as follows. Goto your 'Mail' page, then click on 'addresses', then click on 'add'. In the top box for names, type something like 'My nieces and nephews'. In the lower box for addresses, type each address of the nieces and nephews, with no spaces and add a comma between each one. Now, click on 'Done'.

You can always add more names later, or erase names later. So now, when you goto your 'mail' WRITE area, you can click on the 'TO:' and then click on 'My nieces and nephews'. The whole list will now automatically be added to the e-mail for mailing.

You can now erase any of those addresses, or even add another. Just be sure there is a comma between each one. (You can also go back to 'addresses', and change the list).

This particular address listing, will not automatically put in your subject line greeting as the previous method will do.

ii)  CMD & Y will gain access to Instant Messenger, (IM).

jj)  Ctrl & M acts like a 'return' when cursor is on a link.

kk)  D & J & K together is same as F4 key.

ll)  Shift & Y & U is same as channel up button.

mm)  Shift & Y & J is same as channel down button.

nn)  Ever wonder who and what some of those e-mails are because you can't see all the information on the e-mail list page? Don't open up those 'unknown' e-mails, (most often resulting in spam). 'See' what the full address and title of the e-mails are, by using the C/C/P feature. Highlight the e-mail address line, (before opening), and C/C/P the info into your 'goto' box. If you got the whole line copied and pasted correctly, it should show the full info, letting you decide whether or not you should open the e-mail.

Even More Tips..........

1) When on a link, use the 'Tab' key to go directly down to the very next link on that page. Use 'Tab & Shift', to go up the page to the previous link on that page.

2) Hold CMD and R together for 6-20 seconds for super-reload. This often works when regular reload or multiple regular reloads will not........Especially good for those 'grey' or blank pages that don't work with one or more of the regular reloads.........WebTV refresh has a hard time on pages using Javascript code, so super-reload works best.

3) Use 'send' to save a post to e-mail rather than using 'save' to favorites. The post will disappear from your favorites when it expires from the board, even though it may appear to still be there.

4) save a folder within a folder to make your own F-key saver. One or more folders hold all your original favorite sites, and another folder holds up to 32 other folders which each then can be assigned their own F-key shortcut. (click on any folder, and when it opens showing you the list of favorites, press 'save', and put it in another folder). That means you can have folders within folders, within folders........all on one or more F-keys.....You must keep the original folder you had, with all of its' favorites for this to work. For more information on this Click: 
 F-key Saver Using Folder Within Folder 
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/jdhardball/tips/fkeyfolderinfo.html

5) If WebTV unit freezes, (no buttons or keys work), try pushing on 'find', 'info', and 'goto' buttons in very rapid succession continuosly for about 5-10 seconds. Do this before resorting to the manual 'reset' of unit which always works for most glitches etc. (unplug unit, wait 60 seconds, plug back in, and power up again). Be sure to check your settings area if you use the unplug method. Sometimes these settings will fall back to the default settings.

6) 'alt' key and 'space' bar together will add spaces in places where the regular space bar will not.........

7) The WebTV customer service toll-free number has letters and numbers in 1-800-go-webtv. The correct number is 1-800-469-3288. If you mistake the O for 0, you will get a porno company.

8) No need to usually click on a separate button when you have a box showing a URL, (if you have a keyboard). Just click on the URL itself. For instance; in the goto box, type in a URL, and press 'return', rather than on the 'go to page' button........The 'GO' button on the remote will not work for this; it just brings up your onscreen keyboard.

9) TV fanatic? If you use a Plus, then GoTo 'TV home' by pressing 'view' if you are on the Web. Pressing 'view' again, will take you right back to where you were on the Web. While viewing the 1/2 size center TV, (or after clicking on the PIP which brings up full screen), at 'TV Home', press 'recent'. You will see six of the TV stations that you have been to, each with their own PIPs, and can move from one to the other at will. Whichever PIP you move the cursor to will be the active one. Moving from one to another is like a fast scan of channels. Press 'recent' again, and all six PIP screens will be updated.

10) The little 'red' dot or little red rectangle at the bottom of the screen in the title/status bar, means you have the 'caps lock' key depressed or on........

11) ALWAYS unplug the WebTV unit power cord first before making any connections or disconnections to the unit. (including just fiddling with the wires or cords). And, NEVER plug in any cords or cables to the WebTV unit that have power or signals running through them. (in other words, be sure the WebTV unit is unplugged, and that anything being attached to it is powered off). WebTV chips are sooooooo very sensitive to stray voltages and static electricity, that they often burn out when making connections while the power is plugged into the WebTV unit......Many people know this by having to replace their units after not adhering to this warning.......

12) Be sure to have your TV adjusted correctly to avoid screen burn-in. This usually means lowering your 'contrast', 'picture', and 'brightness' settings. The problem with burn-in is caused by the brightly contrasted and non-moving images on the screen for long periods of time as in exceeding 10 minutes. You can GoTo my VORTEX page and click on the TV adjustment area link for further info: 
 Link VORTEX™ 
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/jdhardball/vortex.html

13) Getting cut off while writing long e-mails? This is WebTV's timeout feature. About every 7-9 minutes, just be sure to press 'goto' and hit return, and then click on 'continue'......

14) When you click on a link to goto a midi, and while most midis' are playing, you may push 'options', and you will see a control panel that lets you 'pause', 'stop', 'rewind/start' the midi. As long as this panel is showing, you can continue to play the midi, even though it has not been 'looped' and 'autostarted'.

15) Use 'GoTo' and click on 'show current', to get the URL of the page you are on. This allows you C/C/P the URL. You can also get most shorter URLs by using the 'info' key. Or even use my URL Retriever and HTML Grabber: 
 J.D.'s URL Retriever & HTML Grabber 
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/jdhardball/jdvalidator.html

16) Have a Plus? Want to connect directly to the Web rather than first seeing the TV Home? GoTo 'TV Home', click on 'settings', then click on 'dialing', then click on 'Power' button, and then check the box, and click on 'done'.

17) Whenever in need of help on a subject concerning WebTV things, go to the area in question, and click on 'help' in the left sidebar........

18) When using C/C/P , once text or a page is highlighted, pressing 'return' is the same as CMD & Delete. (deletes all highlighted text).

19) The 'find' function is NOT case sensitive. Use either lower case or upper case letters, Either work fine. ie; using 'McGraw' or 'mcgraw' will be the same.

20) While in a 'mail' area, click on 'cleanup' and you will see the 'size' and space that each e-mail takes up; based as a percentage of the available 2MB. Any e-mails with photos or video captures, or sounds, will take up an inordinate amount of space.

21) Need help with different areas? There is usually a 'help' button on every WebTV network page that will help you with whatever subject you are at the time. Want to know how to set up F-keys? On the page of favorites that list the 'shortcuts', (Click On: 'favorites'-choose a folder-'organize'-'shortcuts'-'help'), click on 'help' and learn all about it.

22) On Web 'Home', click on 'help', and find links listing all kinds of needful things.

23) To correct problems, (remedies): a) If having 'slow' problems, or things just don't work quite right, press 'options', and click on 'hang up'. Then hit 'return' or hit the middle 'go' button on the remote. CMD & powerbutton do the same thing. b) Try changing users, then back again. c) Try powering off, wait 60 seconds, and power on again. d) Use super-reload (hold CMD & R together for 6-20 seconds). If all else fails; e) Unplug unit, wait 60 seconds, plug back in, power up, GoTo settings and recheck all of your settings like dialing etc. If even this does not work, then perhaps the problem is either in the unit itself, or WebTV is having hic-ups again.......

24) Want to 'cancel' that mistaken 'back' button? Be quick and hit the 'options' key, or the 'recent' key on the keyboard. Hit the same key again and you should have stopped the action of the 'back' button. Just don't hit the 'back' button again instead. Actually, any of the 'action' keys with pop-up screens will work, but the 'options' or 'recent' keys are the easiest to hit quickly without making the same mistake twice in a row.

25) Want to search through a newsgroup to find your posts? Start on the first page of posts; press 'find' and type in the name you have that shows up after your email addy; hit 'return'. (just be sure that the page of posts has fully loaded first, by watching the green heartbeat line.) If you had a post on this page, the first instance of it will be highlighted; otherwise it will have a 'no find' pop-up. If you get the pop-up, hit 'back', and click on the + to go to the next set of posts. Do the same thing with each page of posts. Note: be sure to use the 'find' feature more than once on a page if it does find a post for you. Each time you use the 'find', it will go to the very next instance of whatever is in the 'find' box. See the 't)' tip on the  previous page 
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/jdhardball/tips/webtvhandytips.html

about using CMD & G and CMD & B. Use these anytime you have something in the 'find' box.

26) Want to 'quote' someone so that it shows up as smaller text? This is commonly called 'smallify'. There are two basic ways:
        a) starting at the bottom line of the text to be quoted; put the cursor at beginning of the last line, press delete, press return. Work your way up all of the lines of text in the same way, up to and including the top line of the text. At the beginning of the first line, put a >, if the line wraps (jumps down one line), do not put a > at beginning of the new part of the wrapped line. Work your way down and put a > at the beginning of all original lines. DONE
        b) Start at the first line and put a >, then press CMD and right arrow together, then press return. Put a > at beginning of all lines working your way down, even before the new wrapped ones, and use the CMD and right arrow together on each line. DONE
Be sure to try it out on yourself, by sending or forwarding one of your e-mails to yourself. For another opinion, click on 'Smallify' on this page:  Paul Erickson's C/C/P 
http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/8795/cutcopypaste.html

27) Need some additional help with WebTV? Then try here:

Paul Erickson's #1 Access Page

http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/8795/
Paul Erickson's #2 Access Page
http://home.pacbell.net/epaulnet/        or,
WebTV's Main Help Index Page
http://help.webtv.net

28) Sometimes using the 'back' button or key will work when you have a seemingly 'stuck' connection try, or the loading of a site. Just hit 'back' then start the GoTo, or click on the link again. This seems to speed up the connections at times.

29) Before replacing that color printer cartridge, be sure to use up the black ink in the color cartridge first. Just be sure you don't choose 'black cartridge' for text. This tip is to use after you have used up the colors of the color cartridge. Use the 'black cartridge' for normal text printing. For more help on all kinds of printing, GoTo the printer newsgroup which can be found on my NewsGroups List:   NewsGroups 
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/jdhardball/posts.html

30) Occasionaly check out your 'WebTV Privacy Settings', as described on  Saverio's Page 
http://community.webtv.net/IOM/doc2/

31) Can't figure out how to make forward and backward quotation marks? The one key on the keyboard for quotation marks, is used for both forward and backward marks. Disregard how it looks. They will be automatically used the correct way, depending on where you use them. HTML and URLs will look different on some pages, but be assured that using just the one key will do it correctly. Brackets, slashes, and others have their own separate keys.....

32) For beginners wanting to learn HTML; how to have music and sound in e-mail, or images displayed and so much more, use   Draac's Site   http://draac.com/

33) If you can NOT seem to get your remote or keyboard to work by programming or reprogramming your remote or keyboard, (even with new batteries), then: remove the batteries, and press each and every button. Then put the new batteries in, and program the remote using the remote codes, (not the keyboard separate codes), and program the keyboard using the keyboard codes, (not the remote codes). There often gets to be a glitch (due to static electricity), from dropping or shocking the remote or keyboard. Clearing the code area by the above procedure is the only way to erase the glitch. Also; be sure that each of the batteries are new, and each facing the correct direction, and that the battery clips are snug. Do NOT mix different types of batteries like one regular and one alkaline. All alkaline batteries are best.

34) To indent already 'smallified' text, use two >'s in front of the line to indent an extra time. Use three >'s in front of any lines you want indented even more.

35) Find that you have to replace keyboard batteries often? Then be sure that you do NOT leave your keyboard upside down, or something on top of it. Any key being depressed will send a signal thus using up the batteries. Riding the clutch will also use up the batteries readily.

36)  Having trouble with a sound or gif showing up in your e-mail even though it worked before? Be aware that some sites no longer allow linking to some of their things. You can still 'goto' them, but you may not link to them. Just transload them to your own site, or find links that will work. Also, be aware that they may seem to work once, but not later. This is due to having had the item stored in the cache when you first accessed the item. Then when you 'seemingly' use the link, it 'appears' to work, because you are actually only accessing the cache. Once you change users or power off, the cache is cleared, and so the link now is gone. Again, just be sure you have a true and usable link.

37) Need a page to be magnified so you can read it? Then try the   Page Magnifier 
http://www2.crecon.com/agent33/alter.page?main

The magnifier will only magnify the text of a site page, and will not work on WebTV Network pages such as your e-mail.

GoTo the 'Magnifier', and click on the 'options' icon on that page, and scroll down to the F-key info to set up the magnifier for one key use. When setup correctly on a F-key, you can hit the F-key whenever on a page needing magnification, and it will automatically magnify the text of that page.

Or, you can use the following address, adding your URL to directly goto and magnify the page wanted:
http://www2.crecon.com/agent33/alter.page?&URL=http://the addy here you want magnified.

If you want to magnify an e-mail text, or some other text that you C/C/P, then go here:   http://mimes.com/m/

38) WebTV no longer supports Javascript being used in your WebTV signature or your E-mail. Embeding a page in your sig or e-mail (that uses javascript), will not run the javascript. If you want something in javascript to work on your sig or e-mail, then just make a link to a webpage of yours that contains the javascript.

I would like to credit the following people for helping me compile these handy tips:
SecretAdmirer, Marcus Hollman, Oscarve,
and many others from:    news:webtv.users 

All Rights Reserved  © 1999 - 2000   VORTEX™ 
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/jdhardball/vortex.html 
     ® By the Keeper