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HELPFUL HINTS

By HELOISE

This article was published March 22, 2013 at 2:28 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Do you know how to filter out “bad” stuff on your search engine when browsing the Internet? You can adjust your search settings to filter out “explicit images” and videos. Here’s how you do it:

Most search engines have a “gear” icon in the upper right hand corner. (If not, look for a “settings” or “preferences” option.) Click on this icon.

Next, select “search settings.” You may be automatically directed to the settings page.

Options will appear for “Safe Search.”

Choose the option you prefer, “Strict” being the highest level of filtering.

Scroll down and click “Save.”

Saving the selected settings will filter (meaning stop) unwanted junk! If you have children in the house who use the computer for homework, this is a protective effort! Anything you can do to prevent unwanted (pornographic/ distasteful) information from coming into your computer is smart.

DEAR HELOISE: I love to go on road trips with my friends and family, and I take my faithful sidekick, my dog.

I always make extra stops for him to use the restroom even if I don’t have to. A lot of people sometimes forget that their pets might need to stop more often than they do. So please remember your pets when traveling, and plan for extra stops. It doesn’t hurt to stretch your legs more, either!

  • Kayla in North Carolina

DEAR HELOISE: I read in your column how to add fragrance to talcum powder.My fragrance came in dusting powder, so I did not save your directions. Would you mind reprinting your suggestion?

  • Terry H. in Florida

DEAR READER: Start with plain talc powder, baking soda or cornstarch, whichever you prefer, and fill the old container. Spray or pour a little perfume on the powder. Seal the container tightly and leave overnight or longer. The powder will absorb the fragrance, and voila, scented dusting powder.

DEAR HELOISE: I had surgery and have difficulty sitting in hard chairs for longer periods of time. When we go to restaurants, they often have wooden chairs. I took a small chair cushion and placed it in a canvas tote. I keep it in my car. It is easy to carry inside,sit on and then take with me when I leave.

  • A Reader in Tennessee

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 Heloise@Heloise.com

MovieStyle, Pages 36 on 03/22/2013

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