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Getting rid of capitals - and relatives

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You are typing away and ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYTHING IS IN CAPITALS. A stray left little finger has hit the Caps Lock key and you have not noticed because you are desperately scanning the keyboard for the location of the next character. Unfortunately you cannot use the same trick for killing the Insert key, which I outlined a few weeks ago. I use a key remapping tool which comes with a free Microsoft download called Power Toys. I am having trouble locating it right now, even with http: //search. support. microsoft. com/kb/c. asp knowledge base search - you have to use the version for Windows 98 or 95 and it adds a Remap tab to the Keyboard section in Control Panel. The official line is that you must not do this, so I suppose, although I have not, you could try a little program called AntiCapsLock Lite at www. orionsoft. cz/ anticapslock/download. htm, or arrange an audible signal for when you have accidentally hit the key. You do this, I think, by using the ToggleKeys item in Control Panel/Accessibility Options and then assigning a warning sound under the Sound tab.

Phew! Enough techie stuff, because here is one great site for both you and your house-conversion clients. I think I have mentioned it in passing but it is a great site for your website to link to. It is www. upmystreet. co. uk and it is a guide to your local area. Naturally, the most interesting item is house prices but local restaurants and shopping, sport and leisure, entertainment and hotels are all there. Type in your postcode and there on the screen is a map of the locality, with your (or your client's) street in the middle. Then you hit buttons to get the other information. I tried it for my street and the information was not half bad. Mind you, that is in inner London, and before everyone from Bradford writes in denouncing southern bias, please do not bother - try it yourself. The best bit was camping sites - not many locally, but there is at least one to which I can direct those ghastly relatives when they next come down and stay in the Great Wen.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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