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Vista Mobile Device Center
If you’re using Vista and you synch your PC with a Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC, you know that the old ActiveSync program has been replaced by the Mobile Device Center. This makes connecting a mobile device and transferring files to and from it much easier. You can read all about how to use it here.

If your device runs Windows Mobile 6, you need to update the Mobile Device Center application on Vista to version 6.1. This will support new features in Windows Mobile 6 such as Information Rights Management to protect email messages and Office documents, HTML mail, certificate enrollment and more. It’s a free download from the Microsoft Download Center.

How to put symbol characters in email messages
Reyna R. wrote to say “I get emails from people all the time that have symbol characters like the copyright or trademark character. Or foreign words with accent marks. But how do I type those characters in my own messages? What I do now is save these messages that have the characters in them and when I want to use one, I go back to it and copy and paste. But there’s got to be a better way!”

There is definitely a better way. First determine what font you’re using, then do this:

  1. Click Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools and click Character Map or on Vista click Start and type charmap in the Search box.
  2. Select the font in the drop-down box at the top.
  3. Scroll through the symbols to find the one you want to use (for example: ©).

You can double click the character and click Copy, then paste it into your document. But a faster way if you’re going to use the same characters often is to note and memorize the keystroke shown in the lower right corner (for example, ALT+0169 for the Copyright symbol). Then when you want to insert that character in the future, just type the keystroke combination instead of going to the Character Map. Note that some characters are not available in some fonts. Note that this procedure works for most applications, not just email.

Deb Shinder