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Helpful Hints

By Heloise

This article was published June 6, 2014 at 1:57 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Could you please reprint your hint on how to create new folders on your computer for those of us who need a little extra help?

-- A Reader in Illinois

DEAR READER: Organizing things into different folders can make them much simpler to find later. Here is how to do it:

• Click on the "Start" button and then click on "Computer."

• Choose one of your libraries (documents, pictures, etc.) and double-click on it.

• At the top of the screen there will be an option for "New Folder." Click on it, and a new folder will appear, which you can title whatever you want.

• Then just click and drag or cut and paste files into your new folder.

DEAR HELOISE: My family laughs at me, but when we stay at a hotel, I take a picture of the hotel and our room number. This way, I can decide if I want to stay there again or would rather have a different room because of noise, etc.

-- A Happy Traveler

from New Hampshire

DEAR HELOISE: I always carry a tube of lip balm in my pocket. I usually am pretty good about checking clothing before putting it in the laundry, but I missed a tube, and it went through the wash. I now have clothes with dark grease spots on them. Is there anything I can do to remove the spots?

-- L.S. in San Antonio

DEAR READER: You will need to treat each piece individually. Find the spots and rub each with a liquid dishwashing soap that has degreasing agents in it. Once you have pretreated all the spots, wash the garments on the hottest water setting that's safe for the fabric. Let air-dry, and see if the stains have been removed. You may need to re-treat. Laundry stains are a part of life, but they can be such a hassle. Another hint recommended by a reader is to treat the greasy stains with shampoo to remove them. Put on the spots and rub the fabric together. Wash and let air-dry.

DEAR HELOISE: I noticed someone has ideas about using the zippered bags that hold sheets, blankets and comforters. I use one of the bigger ones to put all my manuals and warranties (with the dates the items were purchased on them) so that when I need to find information, it is right at my fingertips.

When I give items to Goodwill, it is very handy to put small items, such as long necklaces, in one of the smaller zippered bags for pillowcases.

-- Doris M.,

Fort Jennings, Ohio

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

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