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Hints From Heloise: Retooling your search engine

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. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



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

“Woof, woof” from Cabbie, our mini schnauzer. Remember, the size of the bladder matters! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I read in your column how to add fragrance to talcum powder. Well, silly me, my perfume fragrance came in dusting powder, so I did not save your directions. Would you mind reprinting your suggestion? -- Terry H. in Florida

Making your own scented powder is a great way to save money!

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, your own dusting powder. -- Heloise


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. No more uncomfortable meals. -- A Reader in Tennessee


Dear Heloise: My grandson comes over often and loves to help me in the kitchen. I bought a step stool so he could reach the counters and sink easily. The top was a little slick, so I got some inexpensive bathtub appliques (the nonslip type) and placed them on top of the stool. He can now stand on it without slipping. -- Kellie in Washington

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

, King Features Syndicate



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