Now I’m Stranded

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Not to bore you all with my computer woes–I can’t even accurately explain what has gone wrong–but it’s always possible that someone might read this and offer a solution.

Basically, all my documents that I have to send to editors–my book chapters, columns, articles I’ve edited–are marooned in Microsoft Word and can’t be sent out. In trying to solve the email problem we had last week, my wife un-installed Windows Live Mail, with a view to re-installing it. Well, it didn’t re-install and now all my stuff is just plain stuck there.

She wrestled with it for hours today, to no avail. I’m no help because I got no sleep last night, I feel like death warmed over, and I don’t understand any of this stuff anyway.

So for now we’re just dead in the water, as far as submitting chapters and articles goes. Maybe tomorrow Patty will have some idea what to do. She’s really very good at computer trouble-shooting, but this one has stumped her so far.


About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

22 responses to “Now I’m Stranded

  • Phoebe

    Can you print the things out and fax them or FedEx Overnight them? Download them to a thumb drive and then upload and send them from a local library or other facility that has free computers?


  • UnKnowable

    OK. this clarifies matters quite a bit.

    I don’t know much about your email account from Verizon, but I’d bet my boots that there’s a webmail interface you can use. Also, if you have Word on your computer you almost certainly have Outlook, which is an email client and probably has more features than Windows Live Mail. Which version of Word do you have, Word 2003, Word 2010, Word 2013, word 2016? If you put you email account in Outlook, it should integrate with Word, seamlessly and you’ll be able to send without much, if any, hassle.


  • Linda Sorci

    Unfortunately, I don’t even know what Windows Live is. I just use an email program in my regular browser – there are plenty of free ones out there, like gmail, yahoo, Hotmail, outlook – Maybe your documents would attach if you just used a new email provider? You’ve probably thought of that already. I’m sorry I’m of no help, Lee. I’ll pray that someone out there is – and that your allergies improve.


    • UnKnowable

      Windows I’ve Mail is the default email client service on newer versions of Windows. I’ve set it up and found it to be a bit confusing in comparison to Outlook or some of the other email clients out there. Microsoft gives a lot of free stuff away in Windows, but it tends to be one-size-fits-all.


      • Linda Sorci

        Thanks, Unknowable 🙂 I have Windows 8.1 and still have no idea if I have that program or even if my computer uses it without me knowing. It’s not easy being computer illiterate lol


    • Watchman

      This would be a good work around solution, create a free gmail account and send it that way. Long term, If you can’t get Windows Live to work then consider switching to a different client, such as Outlook.


  • Laura

    You can manually email your files using your gmail address.

    Go into gmail and start a new email. Near the bottom you’ll see the Send button. To the right of that are several other buttons, including one that looks like a paper clip. Click that and it will allow you to access the files on your computer. Find the ones that you need to send (probably in the ‘documents’ folder), click on them, and they will be attached to your email.
    Then, send the email and voila 🙂

    Hope that works!


  • marlene

    Go can to & click on your service – eg Verizon, etc – and it will give you info on outages which you may not even know you have because Verizon and some others don’t tell you. I read that NJ is having problems with internet, phones, pictures, and documents.


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