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Old 12-01-2011, 01:48 PM   #1
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Dumb and dumber computer questions....

we seem to have a number of very knowledgeable, computer-savvy people in our group, here at dc. i may be the most extreme example, but i bet there are others who, like me, simply don't "get" computers. i'm hoping this thread will help us find answers to some of our often simple, but perplexing computer problems, from those in the know....

my immediate query has to do with a few hundred email messages that piled up while i was off line last week. how do i delete, or rather, zero out the numbers for the emails? i don't like seeing all those big, odd numbers showing...okay, so you already knew i was a bit anal, didn't you?

oh, also, when i started up my new computer yesterday for the first time, i was surprised to see that all my information seems to be intact. somehow, i was under the impression that i would have to pay a computer tech to transfer all my info from the old computer onto the new. what, if anything, have i lost from my old computer's hard drive? is there anything i need from that old computer that would justify a trip to the computer place? thanks.:)

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Old 12-01-2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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my immediate query has to do with a few hundred email messages that piled up while i was off line last week. how do i delete, or rather, zero out the numbers for the emails? i don't like seeing all those big, odd numbers showing...okay, so you already knew i was a bit anal, didn't you?

How you delete e-mail depends on what e-mail client you use. Outlook, gmail, yahoo mail and aol all have different interfaces. As far as I know they all have some scheme to do bulk moves to folder or make deletions. Not sure this was the sort of help your were looking for... ?
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I miss my IT person! I hate doing computer maintenance/setup, etc. I used to be much better at it, but now, well things have changed so much.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:37 PM   #4
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How you delete e-mail depends on what e-mail client you use. Outlook, gmail, yahoo mail and aol all have different interfaces. As far as I know they all have some scheme to do bulk moves to folder or make deletions. Not sure this was the sort of help your were looking for... ?
Exactly!

Highlite folder - Select All - Delete

That should get rid of all emails in that folder.

OR

Highlite folder - Select All - Move to folder (Pick the trash folder)

That will move them all to the trash.
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Okay--how to import 30 address books from a system that used XP to Outlook in Windows 7 without having to move each address book individually?
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How you delete e-mail depends on what e-mail client you use. Outlook, gmail, yahoo mail and aol all have different interfaces. As far as I know they all have some scheme to do bulk moves to folder or make deletions. Not sure this was the sort of help your were looking for... ?

i have managed to performed both moves and deletions of material (though i'm way too scared to delete hardly anything) from time to time. what i have looks like this: inbox(219). as i open the emails from the inbox, the numbers decrease one by one. what i'm looking for is a way to get that 219 number down to zero without the time consuming task of going through all that mail. i'm wondering, what do people do after their vacations, with all their accumulated email?
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i have managed to performed both moves and deletions of material (though i'm way too scared to delete hardly anything) from time to time. what i have looks like this: inbox(219). as i open the emails from the inbox, the numbers decrease one by one. what i'm looking for is a way to get that 219 number down to zero without the time consuming task of going through all that mail. i'm wondering, what do people do after their vacations, with all their accumulated email?
What email cliet are you using on your computer?
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Okay--how to import 30 address books from a system that used XP to Outlook in Windows 7 without having to move each address book individually?
Exporting address books from different systems can be tricky, but if you choose "Export" from within the host sytem and do so in a CSV format, then CSV (Comma Seperated Variables), should be a format that your new system can import from wherever you kept the file.

If you're sending it from work to home, some businesses block the export commands to prevent computer crimes, but you can still do it to a memory stick via USB.

How in the world did you get 30 email address books?
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What email cliet are you using on your computer?

at this time i have active e-mail addresses at both gmx and hotmail, tim.
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at this time i have active e-mail addresses at both gmx and hotmail, tim.
Ahhhhh, I see. You only use onine email (Webmail). Do you ever use anything like "Outlook" or any PC resident email clients?

You have a whole bunch of Webmail accounts?

Like several hotmail accounts? That sort of thing?
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