Every computer user’s nightmare!

 

Yesterday morning I decided to put this picture on the computer as the wallpaper. But after I got it on, the words under the icons weren’t easily read (and we’re all about “easily read” any more!), so I went into “my computer” to see if I could just change the font of the words under the icons to black.  Ah, but as I was looking around, I found something about fonts being larger.  Ohh, all the better!  So, I clicked on it.

I could still see the computer “wallpaper” in the background but it was suddenly in blacks and grays, and then at some point it just disappeared.  But that was the least of my worries — I had hit a reallllly bad key or combination of keys somehow, because words were suddenly in big fat white letters on black background!  The letters were big enough that they didn’t all fit in a box, so (still in the “my computer” maze of long lists with drop-down boxes and click heres) it was very hard to even tell where I was, or read an instruction to see if it was the one I needed to click on to get the heck out of there!

Long (verrry long) story short, I found a choice where I could, and I don’t remember the exact words, “go back to original set-up” or something like that.  I clicked on it.  That click apparently put me back to the original settings (from 6 years ago!) for my computer, but with some big gaps!

When I look at my blog now, it is just words and pictures with just a few lines separating things.  I can’t see the header at all.  I called DD and she said  my blog looked fine, so I guess you are seeing this normally, but it’s very frustrating for me that I don’t see it normally!

This page where I “write a post”, as I look at it, is pretty much typing on a white page, with just a few black or light blue lines dividing the sections of the page.  It’s hard to explain but it looks verrrry different.  And the worst part is that at the top of this box I’m typing in are all the icons you can normally click on to do things, but most of those are now blank boxes!  For instance, to make something “bold” or “italics”, I luckily remember which of those blank boxes represent those functions, so I can use them, even though blank.

So this is probably my last post for a few days, unless there is some divine intervention and God suddenly makes me able to think more like a computer and figure out what the heck I did wrong.  Anyway, barring that, I probably won’t post again until after the Geek Squad comes sometime Monday.

    By the way, because it would bring back such bad memories I’ll probably never use the picture at the top for my wallpaper again!  Instead I’ve now put this one on.   It is one I took of our brick sidewalk in the rain a couple years ago for a photography class, and it’s always been a favorite of mine.  (And the words under the icons show up just fine on it!)

I told Hubby at some point during the very frustrating day that was yesterday, that no calamity hurts worse than one that you cause for yourself.  In this case, because I simply wanted to change  a font.  Rats.

(I know — the pictures aren’t at all necessary for this sorry little tale — but I thought without them this post would be just toooo depressing for you!)

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8 Responses to Every computer user’s nightmare!

  1. Chrissy Witt says:

    Hope you get it all back to normal very soon!

  2. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — You and me both! 🙂

  3. Suldog says:

    Jeez. Good luck. I know about as much about computers as I do ancient Sanskrit, so I’ll offer no advice.

  4. gigi says:

    Hi Sandra,

    I just finished reading all of your archives and am amazed at how far you’ve come, computer wise, in just a few years.

    I’m confident that the problem will be fixed soon and want to encourage you to not stop trying new things. Hard as it is to believe, computers are not as scary as they seem.

    🙂

  5. Tim King says:

    I hope you get your computer working, Sandra. But as a (former) software developer, I’ve always believed that if you can accidentally do something like that, the software itself is designed poorly. In fact, you might not have done anything; it might have been a bug in the software that caused it to screw everything up.

    -TimK

  6. Sandra says:

    Okay, Suldog. I forgive you for not being able to give me any usable advice that will help me — empathy and “poor babies” have sojme value too! 🙂

    Oh, Gigi, you sound sooo computer literate –“computers are not as scarey as they seem” could only be said by someone who can think like them! I do feel like I’ve come a long way, but boy do I have a long way yet to go! 🙂

    Tim — Thank you so much for those words of encouragement! I love the idea that “it wasn’t me” — although I’m afraid to hope! Hopefully, that’s one of the things I’ll find out when the Geeks come out on Monday! 🙂

  7. Hilary says:

    Sorry to hear about your computer woes. It’s a shame that it all began with such a lovely photo. I hope it’s resolved soon. I can usually find my way out of most Mac problems but Windoze.. it’s all geek to me.

  8. Sandra says:

    “Windoze.. it’s all geek to me”, Hilary? Really? LOL! When I think you couldn’t possibly top your last clever comment, you do! You make me look at words at a whole different level of “play on”. Thank you for enriching my life with your oh so clever mind, my friend. 🙂

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