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Issue #456: April 17–23, 2016

Q: My sister switched over to Windows 10 from Windows 7 the Windows mail didn’t transfer. Is there a way to get Windows mail back? Everything else transferred.

– Howard S.
Valparaiso, Florida

A: Windows Mail is a built-in part of Windows 10, so of course your sister has it. It may not look the same as it once did, but I promise, if she is running Windows 10, she has the current version of Windows Mail.

The thought strikes me that you may be talking about her e-mail account rather than the actual program. When Windows 10 configures itself, it will automatically set-up e-mail for whatever Microsoft account you used for the installation. So, if you have a 3rd-party account from your ISP, or Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, and so on, you might have to manually configure it. Microsoft has comprehensive step-by-step instructions on its website at that will tell you how. If, on the off-chance you were talking about Windows Live Mail (the program) you can go to to download the installer for it. Your sister will still need to manually set-up her e-mail accounts.

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 Q: I am working on a history document for a 50th anniversary for our private school. I have over 90,000 words in a Word Document. What is the simplest way to put it on a DVD (which we will sell at our event) – I want to have a ‘Search Bar’ at the top to make it simple for people to lookup info.

– Teresa F.
Odessa, Texas

 A: One easy way I can think of is to convert it to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In that format, it will display natively in any web browser, all of which have built-in search facilities.

This might sound like a daunting task, but getting started is quite easy. You can create a simple html document right from within Microsoft Word by selecting File->Save As… How you proceed from here depends on exactly what version of Microsoft Word you have. On some versions, there is a “Save As” dialog that comes up directly, on others you must click a “Browse” button to get it. On the dialog is a place to type in the desired filename, and under that is a drop list labeled “Save as type:”. Simply change the file type to “Web Page (*.htm; *.html)” and give it whatever name you like. Now, when you navigate to the file and double-click on it, your PC’s default web browser will open and the file will automatically load.

Now, web browsers do not have all the same features as a word processor such as Microsoft Word, so if you intend to display it this way, you may want to get one of the many free HTML editors available online and polish it up a little. You can add frames, navigation bars, buttons and more stuff that is way beyond the capacity of my little column to teach.

One thing that I will teach you is how to make your file display automatically when the disc is inserted into a PC. For the sake of argument, let’s say that you named your file “50th-Anniv.htm”. Before burning it to disc, use the Notepad app or some other text editor to create a separate file named “Autorun.inf”. Inside that file, put the following lines:


Burn this file to the root of the disc along with your converted document. Unless the target PC has the autorun capability disabled, whenever the disc is inserted in a PC, the default web browser will launch, and your document will automatically load and display.

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