Change Gmail Default Font

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By Mr. Modem –

Q. I would like to make Verdana my default font for all messages sent using my Gmail account. How can I do that?

A. In Gmail, go to Settings > Labs (or select Labs under Quick Links) and enable Default Type Styling. Be sure to click Save at the bottom. Next, return to the General tab on the Settings page and use the font drop-down menu to change to your desired font type, style and size from the list of available fonts.

Q. I know how to use my iPhone’s camera, but it takes me about 15 seconds to unlock the iPhone, tap Camera, check to see whether it’s the front or back lens being used and whether I’m taking video or still photos. By the time I check all that, I miss the shot I wanted to take. Is it just me or is there a faster way to do this?

A. There is, indeed, a way to be a bit faster on the digital draw. First, unless you frequently take pictures of yourself or video conference, keep the camera set on the lens that faces away from you. Right off the bat, that’s one less thing to check. If you primarily take still photos, leave that setting as your default as opposed to video. Then, when you see something you want to shoot, even though your phone is locked, press the Home button twice fast, and then tap the camera icon that appears and you will be ready to shoot. This quick-draw technique is perfect for those occasions when you spot Bigfoot, a UFO or when those pesky unicorn dash across the road.

Q. My HP printer always prints the last page first. How can I change that so it prints the first page first?

A. Many users, myself included, have their printers configured to print last page first because it avoids having to manually sort multi-page documents. If you prefer first-page-first printing, there is a setting within some printer software that allows you to change that. The precise steps vary, but generally click Start > Settings > Printers or Start > Printers and Faxes, depending on the version of Windows that you’re using. Right-click your printer and select Properties > General tab > Printing Preferences.
Click the Features tab and look for the “Start printing from last page” option. Click to remove the check mark from that selection and click OK twice to save your changes and exit.

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Historical Timelines
History buffs can explore a long list of timelines in a variety of categories. Under Popular Culture, I selected the McDonald’s timeline and was presented with an outline containing fascinating historical McNuggets. For example, did you know that in 1955, total sales for the company were only $193,000? If I had only purchased stock instead of cheeseburgers…

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iPad Or iHype?

Ask Mr. Modem – Q. I have been thinking of getting an iPad. Do you have one and is it everything that it’s cracked up to be?

A. Yes and yes. I do have an iPad 2, with the optional 3G (wireless) service, and it definitely lives up to the hype. Mrs. Modem, who isn’t a big computing enthusiast (she’s 5’ 1”), recently purchased one and her impressions are typical of most users in that she is particularly impressed with how easy it is to use, how simple it is to install programs (called applications, or apps for short) and she loves that she doesn’t have to fuss with anti-virus or anti-malware protection. A free app also allows her to read Kindle and other e-books, so she also saved the price of a Kindle. In fact, her enthusiasm for her iPad is the reason I wrote the new e-book series, Mr. Modem’s Top 50 iPad Tips available on Amazon at

Q. In the upper right-hand corner of my keyboard is a key marked PrtSc/SysRq. I understand the PrintScreen part of it, but what is the SysRq used for?

The SysRq or System Request key is a relic from another era – not unlike Mr. Modem. Unless specifically programmed for a particular application, today the SysRq key is as useless as a Kardashian at a MENSA meeting. In fact, the SysRq key doesn’t appear on most new keyboards.

Q. This may be a silly question, but can you tell me the difference between a CD and DVD?

A. Other than the spelling, there are a number of technological differences between the two, but from a user perspective the primary difference is capacity. A typical CD can hold 700MB (megabytes), while a single-layer DVD can hold 4.7GB (gigabytes), more than six times the amount of data. While CDs are primarily used for data and audio, DVDs are primarily used for video.

Mr. Modem’s Sites Of The Month
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Bookshare –

Provides access to more than 125,000 digital books for the visually impaired. Out of copyright books are available to anyone; works still under copyright are available to Bookshare members. Individual, all-you-can-read, subscriptions are $50 per year and you must provide proof that you have a “print disability” that prevents you from reading regular books.

Compendium of Lost Words –
In order for a word to qualify, it must be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, but it must not appear anywhere on the Internet – except, apparently, on this website. A few minutes perusing Forthright’s Phrontistery will transform visitors from humble wordsmiths to knowledgeable, hypenemious aretalogers – and you can quote me on that.

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