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This section of our WebsiteFAQs deal with How Do I... style topics. Please note, these are how to steps related to using the website. If you're looking for How To style questions and answers regarding specific software applications please visit our Learning Center or Search this website.

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Find Tutorials

Where do I find Tutorials on this website?

Good news: this entire site is in essence a collection of tutorials based on a question and answer type format. As such, we don't have a dedicated tutorial section on the site.

Instead we collect all the tutorial content in our Learning Center. Each Learning Center section is in essence a book. Each book contains chapters of related tutorial articles. If you're simply wanting to browse the list of available tutorials to see what might be of interest you can click on any Learning Center section; each section is a book on a given subject. Each subject is broken into chapters, and each chapter contains articles or pages which contain the tutorial content.

For example, the PowerCADD User section of the Learning Center contains an abundance of articles related to using that product. Each article is a mini-tutorial designed to address a specific question or workflow issue. The same approach holds true for other sections of the Learning Center.

Of course you might have been looking for a specific tutorial on a given subject. For example you may have found this article when searching this website for the keyword tutorials. Searching is likely the fastest way to find what you're looking for but instead of searching for the keyword tutorials try searching for a keyword or words related to the question you're trying to find a tutorial on. That will typically produce a list of related items you can then view.

For example if you were looking for a tutorial on how to Email a PowerCADD drawing as a PDF? file, you could search for Email PDF or Email drawing as PDF. If you don't find a specific tutorial match to your search, try a less specific (and therefore more generic) type of search inquiry: for example searching for PDF would turn up all tutorial articles containing the term PDF.

So, if you're searching this site for the word tutorial you are missing out on a great deal of content. Think of the entire site as a tutorial collection and conduct your search or browsing habits accordingly.

We hope that helps.

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Finding Recent or New Posts

How do I find the most recent, newest, or most recently changed posts on this website?

Finding the most recent posts on this website is only one click away, do this:

  1. Login with your user ID and password
  2. Cick Recent Posts in the Navigation area on the right of the screen
  3. A complete list of all recent posts are displayed
  4. Posts which you have not read have a red * next to their name
  5. Click on a link to read the post


  1. Posts which have been edited since you last read them also have a red * next to their name.
  2. If you have logged in, you will see all the premium and guest content.
  3. If you have not logged in, the list of recent posts displays only those items with guest access.
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Make Webpage Text Bigger


I find the text size on this website too small to read comfortably. How can I make it easier to read?


Any web standard compliant browser and Mac OS? X (same principles described below also apply in Windows)

That's a great question and it's a very easy fix.

All of the text on this site (or any website) can be made larger or smaller using standard features built into web standard compliant sites like this one, and build into web standard compliant web browsers like Safari, FireFOX and others.

To make the text bigger in Safari, do this:

  1. choose View menu > Make Bigger
  2. all text on the site will be larger, including text in the body of pages like this one and all the navigation items.

Notice that the content of the site reflows automatically to accommodate your larger text size. To make the text smaller simply go back to the View menu and choose Make Smaller

Hint:You can also add an icon to the Safari tool bar that let's you enlarge and reduce the size of text by clicking on an icon. To add Text Sizing icons to your Safari tool bar, do this:

  1. choose View menu > Customize Address Bar...
  2. a sheet will drop down from the Safari document window
  3. drag the Text Size icons from the Sheet onto the Safari Address Bar and press Done

Now you can change the text size up or down simply by clicking on the appropriate icon.

If you're using a web browser other than Safari, for example FireFOX, you're are going to be looking for menu items named something like Text Size. Typically those types of menu items appear in a web browsers View menu.

Hint: You can also use key command short cuts to do the same task, and they are often the same in man web browsers. Press Command + to make text bigger. Press Command - to make text smaller

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Show Your Support

How can I show my support for the help this website has provided, and for the time and money I've saved?

We're glad you asked that question Smile

Remember, to maintain our independence, we don't accept sponsorship from hardware or software vendors to run this website. In addition to all the hard costs associated with paying web hosting fees and such, a lot of time and effort goes into creating content and maintaining this website.

The advertiser links you see (provided by Google) are one attempt to try and generate revenue. Of course, they only help if someone comes across a page on this site, finds it wasn't what they're looking for, and there happens to be an advertiser link that might help them. We're not complaining -- every little bit helps. Since, under the terms of agreement with Google, we cannot encourage visitors to arbitrarily click on advertiser links we have come up with three alternative methods noted below Smile

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Buy us a Cup of Coffee

So, you read a few things here that helped you get through a little bump in the technology super highway. It might not have been a huge thing but it sure made your life easier, saved you some time and likely a few bucks too. Being the friendly sort that you are, if we worked just down the street from you, next door or upstairs, chances are you'd offer to buy us a cup of coffee or perhaps a beer to say 'thanks for the help'. That's great, we really appreciate the gesture and here's how you can make it happen.

In this online community we live in, the world has become 'right next door' so here's more about how to buy us a virtual cup of coffee to say "thanks".

Typically a large, traditional espresso style coffee at Starbucks or a similar coffee house goes for about US $5.00. If we went to Krispy Kream donuts we could get a large coffee and a couple of donuts for just about the same price but that might not sit well on our waist lines. Of course, if it was after 5 p.m. we might even share a 'wobbly pop' (aka beer or brewski) down at the corner Pub, again for about the same price.

So, if you'd like to buy us that cup of coffee then please click here and fill in the US $5.00 shareware fee field:kagi:. If you're so inclined, we'll even mail you the receipt for tax purposes, just send us an email with your mailing address and we'll put it in the mail (seriously). Smile

So, 'cheers' and thanks in advance for sharing a cup of coffee and helping support

ps. If you're prefer to just send us a check, please drop us an email and we'll pass along our mailing address and such.

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Buy us Lunch

Well, something here really saved you some time and money and helped you clear a significant hurdle! Wow, that's great, we're glad we could help. Being the gracious person that you are, you'd like to buy us lunch as a way of saying thanks for the help and here's more on how you can do that.

We know this great little Mexican place just down the road. They're family owned and operated and serve up great food at really reasonable prices (we like supporting the little guy)! They do breakfast too which can be kind of nice if we've been working late hours posting articles and how to tutorials and movies, and figure it's easier to stay up and go eat than go to bed 'cos it's so early in the morning.

Lunch typically goes for between $5 and $8 bucks. Toss in a drink and a small tip and it's so close to US$10 that we'll just leave the 10 spot on the table and call it even. So, if you'd like to buy us lunch (or perhaps breakfast) please click here and fill in the US $10.00 shareware fee, quantity 1:kagi: If you're really happy and would like us to take our spouse for lunch too then you're welcome to fill in a quantity of 2 for a total of US $20 which will cover the lunch tab including tip. If you're so inclined, we'll even mail you the receipt for tax purposes, just send us an email with your mailing address and we'll put it in the mail (seriously). Smile

Thanks for buying us lunch and helping support

ps. If you're prefer to just send us a check, please drop us an email and we'll pass along our mailing address and such.

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Buy us Dinner

The things you've read here have really helped save you and your staff a lot of time and we all know time is money. Gee, the boss is going to be thrilled with you (or maybe you're thrilled 'cos you are the boss!).

Now that we've helped you out and you're saving some money and hopefully having a bit more fun in the process (or you're less stressed out), dinner is what you're thinking is a fair trade. That's great, this seems like a win-win situation for everyone! Let's see how this might work.

What if we managed to save you 5, 10, 30 or even 60 minutes a week. Or perhaps we showed you something or answered a question that you just couldn't figure out that was worth hours or potentially even days of your time hunting and pecking to figure out how to make it work. If your charge out rate is between $60, $90 or possibly even in the range of $120 per hour you can see how the time and $'s can really add up fast!

Maybe we saved you, your company or the company you work for a pile of money because the answer we provided here was passed along to 3 or more staffers who now benefit from that same time/$ saving! Even if it was only 2 minutes per week it would still save you a lot of time and money over the course of a year whether you're an owner/operator, mid size or large firm.

The math can get pretty crazy, pretty quickly but it becomes apparent that saving time is saving money.

Now that we've made you some money by saving you time, we really appreciate the fact you'd like to buy us dinner as a way of saying thank you. After all, if we worked next door or down the street or upstairs you likely wouldn't hesitate since you really do appreciate good help and buying dinner just feels like the right thing to do. Well, in this internet age, we're all just down the street or upstairs so technology makes it easy.

There are many places to go for dinner here and they're all pretty good. A decent dinner at a middle of the road steak house can run anywhere from $50 on up. Other places have nice meals for the $25 range so there are plenty of choices. If we start to add in a bottle of wine then prices go up from there. If you were particularly thrilled with the level of help, education or support you received and how much money it saved you then we'd be remiss if we didn't point out we're partial to a nice after dinner drink (there is a particularly nice 25 year old single malt scotch that goes for $45/glass which we very much enjoy).

Ultimately we leave it up to you as to how much of a night out you'd like to share.

All you have to do is visit this link and enter the desired quantity in the $10.00 Shareware field:kagi: For example, if you'd like to buy us a nice $30 entree then enter a quantity of 3 for the $10 line item. That really nice steak dinner with all the trimmings would want a quantity of 5 for $10.00 line item. Of course if you'd like to include a nice single malt scotch to round out the evening then call it a quantity of 10 for an even US$100. If you like, we'll include a photo of us enjoying the evening along with the receipt for tax purposes -- just send us an email with your mailing address and we'll put it in the mail (seriously). Smile

We really do appreciate you're supporting our efforts here at You clearly understand the time=money equation and how much effort really goes into making something like this work!

Cheers and thanks again!

ps. If you're prefer to just send us a check, please drop us an email and we'll pass along our mailing address and such.

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Working with Bookmarks

How do I create and manage bookmarks?

Here are the general rules as they apply to working with bookmarks:

  1. Bookmarks are available to registered visitors only.
  2. Bookmarks are saved with your user name and stored on, not in your browser. This allows you to access your bookmarks from any computer, not just the computer you might use at the office, in the school computer lab, in an internet cafe or other location.
  3. Your bookmarks can contain links to pages or to any page on a different website.

For detailed, step by step, instructions please visit the links noted below.

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Adding Bookmarks

Quick Link an simple and efficient way to add a bookmark to any web page.

To add a bookmark to any page using Quick Link, do this:

  1. Login with your user ID and password.
  2. A special Bookmarks section appears in the navigation area.
  3. Open the page you want to bookmark and click Quick Link.
  4. The Create Bookmark Page opens. The default name of the page is automatically entered in the Title field.
    • Optional:Delete the default name and enter your own custom name.
  5. Do not change the default address entered automatically in the URL? field.
  6. Press Save; the bookmark is added to your navigation area.

To add a bookmark to a web page on a different website, do this:

  1. Click Quick Link to open the Create Bookmark Page.
  2. Enter a name for the page in the Title field.
  3. Enter the address in the URL field and click Save.
  4. The new bookmark is added to our navigation area.

Hint: It's easy to make a mistake when entering the address of a website. We recommend visiting the website, copying the address from the browsers Address field, then pasting that information into the URL field to avoid any data entry errors. Remember, some website addresses are case sensitive so be careful when manually entering addresses.

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Deleting Bookmarks

To delete a bookmark, do this:

  1. click on the Delete Icon next to the name of a bookmark
  2. The bookmark is automatically deleted

Caution:This operation cannot be undone.

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Managing Bookmarks

The same basic process for adding bookmarks is applied to managing a bookmark. You may rename the title of a bookmark, change the address (URL?) of a bookmark, or delete the bookmark entirely from your bookmark menu.

To manage existing bookmark, do this:

  1. Click Manage in the Bookmarks navigation area.
  2. Your personal list of bookmarks is presented.
  3. To Edit the name or address of a bookmark click Edit next to the bookmarks name.
    • Enter a new name or address and press Save
  4. To Delete a bookmark click Delete next to the bookmarks name.
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