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This article was published December 7, 2012 at 3:45 a.m.

— DEAR READERS: A lot of people travel for Christmas and take gifts and food with them. Here are just a couple of friendly reminders about flying with wrapped packages, from the Transportation Security Administration:

When it comes to food, the same rules apply as the rules for liquids. If it’s more than 3.4 ounces, it needs to be put in checkedbaggage or shipped ahead of time. This includes jams, creamy dips, sauces, etc.

Wrapped gifts are allowed in your checked baggage, but if your bag is searched, TSA officers may and are allowed to unwrap the package. Plan to wrap gifts upon arrival, or ship them ahead.

I hope these hints come in handy, and I wish everyone safe travel this season!

P.S.: Please don’t fuss at TSA officers if your family’s favorite homemade salad dressing must be confiscated from your carry-on bag.

DEAR READERS: Did you know that when you delete a file on the computer, it may not automatically delete?It is temporarily moved to the computer’s recycle or trash bin. This is so you can recover a file that might have been accidentally deleted. Here are some hints about a computer’s recycle bin:

To recover files from the recycle bin, double-click on the recycle-bin icon. Find the file you are looking for. Rightclick on the file and select “Restore.”

To permanently delete files from the recycle bin, first open it. There will be an option on the toolbar to “Empty the Recycle Bin.” Select this option, and all files will be permanently deleted. (Be sure to look over the files first and make sure there is nothing worth saving.)

DEAR HELOISE: I purchased a wrist support to help when using my computer mouse. It wasn’t much good for its intended use - my wrist kept slipping off. I returned it and noticed a carwash spongeat the same store for $1. The sponge is about 6 by 9 inches and is covered with a very soft and fluffy wool-like fabric. It works great!

  • Doug in Louisiana

DEAR HELOISE: If you don’t have enough room outdoors for a potting shed, use an old, adjustable ironing board. It can easily be stored just about anywhere, is easy to set up at the level you need and can be cleaned off easily.

  • Dottie in Florida Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail

MovieStyle, Pages 36 on 12/07/2012

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