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Understanding Default Settings
"Default" What is it? Is it important to understand it? Can I change it?
First, what is it? Default simply means preset or pregiven conditions. By way of example, When you start a new document without revising any settings, the style of the typing (called font) is preset. In most Windows programs, the font is set at Times New Roman. Various Windows have used Arial, Calibri, Segue UI, or Tahoma
Is it important to understand it?
YES. This question came up because of the way the Internet works. So lets discuss "Default" as it applies to this special case first.
Now lets look at default as it applies to setting preferences in a wordprocessor. There are 3 levels of wordprocessors. Simple ones like Microsoft Wordpad (supplied with all versions of Windows). Medium level programs like Microsoft Works that are included with many name brand computers and can be purchased as a software in 2 different packages. Works basic includes the Works wordprocessor and Works Suite which replaces the basic Works wordprocessor with Microsoft Word. Word is the top level as are Corel WordPerfect and Lotus WordPro.
For a comparison chart of features in the 3 levels of wordprocessors, click here.
In the above 3 examples, notice that a preview window shows what the change will look like.
Here is a tip: If you want to have a different set of preset defaults in any of these programs, create a document with the defaults you want and use it as a template. Works and Word both have premade templates and you can save your own. Wordpad does not allow for the use of templates, but you can use any document as a template.
Default: other uses:
Some programs save the default settings. Windows saves a bunch of information. Any changes you make to the Display settings in the control panel are saved as the current default. Some settings are saved immediately, some only when you shut down. Improper shutdown may lose some selections.
opening size may be a fixed default or may be selectable.
Note: Making Yahoo your default E-Mail client. I revised this 12-07 to reflect the latest info. The old method no longer works.
How can I make Yahoo! Mail my default email application? The Yahoo! Default Email Application is now a part of the Yahoo Toolbar download that allows you to set Yahoo! Mail as your default email application in Microsoft Windows. For example, in Internet Explorer it lets you access your Yahoo! Mail account from any email link on a web page, as well as from the "File/Send" menu or the "Mail" button on the IE toolbar. It also allows you to send a file using Yahoo! Mail directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It's perfect for Yahoo! Mail power users who would like easier access to their Yahoo! Mail accounts. To install the program got to this page Yahoo as default and follow instructions to do a custom install of Yahoo Toolbar. Be sure to check the box setting Yahoo as the default mail program.
Now in 2016 things have changed again. Maiking Yahoo the default client can be accomplished much easier. See this page for instructions.
The Yahoo! Default Email Application can be installed on a PC running any version of Windows and any version of Internet Explorer.
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