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Turnpike Six contains many useful new features some of which are not obvious from Reading The Fine Manual and are only discovered in the course of using this new product.

This FNAQ contains a selection of "Useful Turnpike Six Tips" on such topics as:

Address Attachments Connect Editing
Folders Keyboard Lists Miscellaneous
Newsgroups Quoting Searches Sending
Sorting      
       

This FNAQ Last Updated:

28th October 2001

   
   
Address The email address of a message you are currently viewing can be added to the Address Book automatically by selecting "Add to the Address Book" from the Article (or Message) menu.
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  You can see the list of all addresses - including BCC - on a posted message by right-clicking and selecting Properties / Outgoing This is in alphabetical order so is especially useful when there are many addresses to search
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  To avoid seeing all the clutter in the Global Address Book, copy those correspondents you want to see into the Personal Address Book, and view from there.
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  You can remove unused addresses from the Global Address Book, by choosing View / Filter then select the radio button marked Show person entries for which there are no filed messages. You can then select all of the displayed addresses using standard Shift-click and delete them en masse. If any addresses are in your Personal Address Book, you will be asked to confirm the deletion of those particular addresses. You cannot delete addresses in another user's Personal Address Book.
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  You can address emails easily. Configure / options / editor / complete address automatically. Then start a new email. Type the first few letters - and Turnpike suggests the rest.
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  When you are searching for an address in the Address Book, you can set a filter to only show those addresses that match the search criteria by clicking the button with a funnel icon that you find two to the right of the Find window.
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  If you correspond regularly with someone, you can create a Saved Search of your correspondence with that person. If you then right-click this folder and choose New email, the new email window will open with the person's address already entered in the "To:" field.
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Attachments Outlook and Outlook Express have a problem if you include a file in the body of an email. They turn whatever follows the included file into an attachment then warn that it could be infected with a virus.

You can overcome this problem by ticking the box marked Insert at end of message when you are inserting the file.
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  The easiest way to save multiple attachments from the same email is to use File / Decode. This will decode them all to the same folder.
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Connect You can make a connect shortcut which allows you to hit one button and then walk off to have tea while Turnpike does everything and then drops the line without running Turnpike Explorer. This is achieved by putting /autodeliver on the command line.

Note that whilst TP Explorer is running, the "Deliver" button does a similar job.
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  You can make a shortcut to start Connect in browse mode, automatically connected and minimised to the tray, by putting /autobrowse on the command line.

If you have a permanent connection, this shortcut can be placed in Startup so that Connect runs like this as soon as you boot your PC.
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  You can change your connection mode after you have gone online by right-clicking on the Connect icon in the Tray area and changing the Deliver / Browse mode e.g. TP has dialled up in Deliver mode but you decide you would like to Browse instead and not be bothered by frequent disconnect alerts.
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  If, like most people, you connect via a modem, you can find your initial connection speed and IP Address in the main window of Turnpike Connect, in the top left-hand box next to the Big Yellow Telephone.
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  You can fire up Connect using the Deliver button, then once it's connected right click on the icon in the Systray and choose Browse mode on the pop-up menu.
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Editing When writing a message in Turnpike Six you can highlight text and drag it to a new position. If you hold down Ctrl while dragging you will get a copy of the original text.
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  You can simulate numbered lists, bullet points etc. by using "indent" tabs.

1)    Just type SHIFT-TAB after the "1)".
        Now the paragraph will be indented as you can see.
2)    The indent return is forgotten after RETURN is pressed.
3)    You can then move the indent around as you like by
        setting the position of the first tab.
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  If you make a mistake, you can undo the last action by pressing Ctrl Z.

Repeated presses will step you back through all your editing actions in Turnpike Six, including those of a runaway backspace key. If you go too far with your "undoing" then you can use Ctrl-Y for the opposite effect
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Folders If you create a spare folder in Turnpike Explorer, you can drag & drop it to create new folders without going through the wizard. You will then have to set the properties by hand afterwards.
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  You can visually rearrange the order of any columns displayed in list mode by grabbing the column header with a left-click and dragging to the desired location. A blue line where columns join will show you where it will be dropped.
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  You could make a folder to group suspended newsgroups. This can make it easier to organise groups which are suspended for long periods.
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  Whilst you are reading a message, if you want to consult another folder, you can start a second Explorer session to avoid losing the context of your message.
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  To avoid confusion in a "Filed" folder, you can select Disable 'File' within this folder from the Filing tag in the folder properties
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  You can change the order in which sub-folders are displayed by clicking on the parent folder (or the Turnpike icon in the left hand panel) and selecting Properties / Sub Folders then highlighting the sub-folder to be moved and clicking on either Move up or Move down .
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Keyboard You can use F6 to get from the body of a message that you are composing to the headers
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  Hitting F11 whilst in the main Turnpike window gives you a full-screen display and then you can right click the top bar of icons to auto-hide it, just like the task-bar. F11 will restore the window.

Note that this may not work on all versions of Windows and may also rely on the Windows Desktop Update having been applied.
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  If you use the space-bar to scroll through messages you can press Ctrl-space to jump straight on to the next message without further scrolling.
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  Keyboard shortcuts to display the context menu are either Shift+F10 or if you have a Windows keyboard, the key with a picture of a menu and mouse pointer.
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  You can use the "home" and "end" keys on your keyboard to move quickly from one end of a list to the other - much quicker than using the scroll bar.
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  You can move round Turnpike Explorer without using a mouse:
On the Tree  
To expand the tree Cursor arrow right
To collapse the tree Cursor arrow left
To move up / down the tree Cursor arrow up/down
In an article  
To Move to next unread article Ctrl spacebar (or just space bar if at the end of an article)
To move to the previous article Alt + Cursor arrow left
To move to the subsequent previously read article Alt + Cursor arrow right
To move to the next article in the thread Alt + Cursor arrow down
To move to the previous article in the thread Alt + Cursor arrow up
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Lists If you have a list of email addresses in a text file in the format:

Fred Smith <FredS@example.com>, Joe Brown <j.brown@2.example.com>, Sally Short <sal@3.example.com>

You can import them into the address book as a distribution list by following these steps:
  1. Get your list of addresses as a text file one address per line

    Fred Smith <FredS@example.com>
    Joe Brown <j.brown@2.example.com>
    Sally Short <sal@3.example.com>

  2. Prefix this list with a blank line and a distribution list line, which can consist of just the list's name and three commas like this:

    <Blank Line>
    My list,,,
    Fred Smith <FredS@example.com>
    Joe Brown <j.brown@2.example.com>
    Sally Short <sal@3.example.com>

  3. Import this file into the address book.
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  You can draw up a quick list of correspondence with someone by right-clicking one of their messages and selecting "Search On" --> From
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  You can sort lists by clicking on the column header corresponding to your chosen sort. A little triangle in the header shows the order in which the column will be sorted (ascending or descending).
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  You can display news in list view. Among other advantages, this means that if you lose your usernews file (and, therefore, your "read" markers) you can display the list in order of arrival date/time and, in many cases, work out the date up to which you have read everything. (Not a complete answer, but it does save most of the messages you have to look at to see if they were already read).
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  If you have a lot of e-mails making up a particular correspondence in an in-tray and you want to tag them all before filing, you can put the in-tray into 'threaded' mode. You can then select the relevant thread, tag all the e-mails in one go, then file them.
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Miscellaneous You can force Turnpike to display the login screen, even though it had been disabled, by holding down the shift key when you start Turnpike. This can be useful if you need to change the "paths" setting.
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  You now have the option whether or not Turnpike should empty the Waste Basket when you log out of Turnpike Explorer. To change the current behaviour, select Configure / Options / General / General Preferences and either tick or un-tick Empty the Wastebasket on Logout .
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  You can start a second copy of Turnpike Explorer by right-clicking on Explore and use them interchangeably. If one of them crashes, the other will continue to work.
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  If your system shuts down abruptly / crashes you should find any messages you were working on have been saved for you in the Drafts folder specified for the personality used to create the message.

If you do not find them in that folder, they may have been Auto-Saved, but not Auto-Recovered. In these circumstances, you may find them by pressing F3, entering Auto Saved in the Subject, and selecting All Email in the "Search In " drop-down menu.
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  Some people have found it useful to set their newsgroup personality to save drafts to the news stand - they find that this shows them any drafts in a more relevant context.

If you do this, you may want to add a Subject column to the news stand folder so that you can see what the draft message relates to. Otherwise, the draft article will appear as an icon with no other information visible.
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  Some people like to purge old messages that they had written from their newsbase.

This can be made easier if you create a personality for news postings and set it to file to a separate folder. When you want to purge old messages, you can view this folder in "list" mode and sort on date sent.

Purging old messages then becomes a simple matter of selecting all of the messages sent before your chosen date and deleting them en bloc.
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  You can re-create a 'Mailroom view' by conducting a search making sure that you select 'All Messages' in the 'Search in' field and leaving all other fields blank and then in the search dialogue using 'File / Save As' to save the search to a pseudo folder.
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Newsgroups Turnpike remembers your Newsgroup settings even after you unsubscribe, and after everything has expired.
When you resubscribe, back come the previous details (e.g. if the group was suspended or Browse only).
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  You can create additional folders to archive articles that you want to keep. Then you can drag a message into an archive folder, creating a copy that is easier to locate than one that has simply been kept in a busy newsgroup.
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  You can set up "saved searches" which give you a customised view of a newsgroup according to actual article content.
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  If you are looking through a Newsgroup that is set to Browse mode, and you have requested one or more articles, you can fetch them straight away by clicking on the "Deliver" button.
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  Some people have found it useful to set their newsgroup personality to save drafts to the news stand - they find that this shows them any drafts in a more relevant context.

If you do this, you may want to add a Subject column to the news stand folder so that you can see what the draft message relates to. Otherwise, the draft article will appear as an icon with no other information visible.
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Quoting Occasionally, you will find that another newsreader such as OE has messed up the quoting levels so that part of a quote may even appear as if it were original text. To repair this type of format error, you can highlight the text concerned, right-click and choose Equalise quoted text from the shortcut menu.
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Searches You can search for messages on many different criteria, for example subject, author, To/cc/bcc, date and many more. These can be combined to form a powerful and precise search.
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  You can save the results of a search. If more messages arrive that correspond to that search, they will be added to the saved list.
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  When you get the results of a search, right-click on one of the articles and select "find in containing folder". Turnpike will take you straight to the relevant point. You can then navigate through the thread/folder.
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  You can mark articles interesting / uninteresting or keep / don't keep within a search list without needing to go back to the "containing" folder.
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  You can create a search strategy of all messages you want to export, save the search then export them all in one go.
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  If you want to check your settings for a Saved Search you can use the "Redo search" function from the Tools menu. This will display the Search Messages dialog and show the search criteria settings currently applied.

Note that any changes you make in the Search dialog will not update your Saved Search" settings - you will need to save the Search again and either overwrite the old Search or create a new one.
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  When you are searching for an address in the Address Book, you can set a filter to only show those addresses that match the search criteria by clicking the button with a funnel icon that you find two to the right of the Find window.
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  When you are displaying messages relating to an address in the Address Book, you can choose whether or not you want to see deleted messages that are still in the Waste Basket
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Sending If you have started a reply to a newsgroup thread you can instantly change it to a private email reply to the author by using the Message Mode facility near the top of the Editor window: click on the down arrow to change from "follow-up" to "reply".
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  You can send files by email directly from other applications, such as Word Processors, WWW Browsers and Spreadsheets, by using the Send function in such programmes. This will start up TP6 (if it is not already running) with a new email window in which the document to send is already embedded as an attachment.

Note that for this to work, you must have Turnpike Six as your default mailer. This is normally set at installation, but could be overridden if you later install some other software.

Some people report difficulty with this feature in Word 97 and Word 2000
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  If you need to send an exact copy of a message you received to another person, you can use the "RESEND" facility. The message will then be re-sent exactly as received. The only change will be that Resent from: Resent-To:, Resent-Cc: headers etc. will be added.
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  You can also use the "RESEND" facility to send an exact copy of a message that you have written to another person. This is like adding an extra BCC after the original message has been posted.
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  If you want to send the same email to another person, or another copy to the same person, possibly with an additional comment, you can use the "Redraft message" facility by right-clicking on the message. A copy of the message will then open ready for you to make any changes you want or you can just re-post the message as is.
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  If you have sent a message to a group of people using BCC, you can find the list of people to whom it was addressed by right-clicking the message and selecting Properties / Outgoing
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  If you post a message, but then change your mind and do not want it to go out just yet, it is best not to just drag it from the Outbox as you would have done in versions 1 to 5.

This will stop the message being sent, but will leave it in a state similar to the 'posted' state, from which it would be harder to post it again. The better option is to edit the message in the Outbox, and then either close it, answering Yes to the prompt 'Save as Draft', or save it as a draft (CTRL-S) first and then close it.

This takes it out of the Outbox, and puts it in Drafts, or whatever 'draft' folder you have chosen, in an 'unposted' state.

Then you can Connect or whatever, without it going; later, you can Edit the message in Drafts or wherever, and Post it again, without this leaving an unwanted copy.
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Sorting You can rid yourself of forgotten attachments by sorting messages by size when viewing in List mode.
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  You can change the order in which sub-folders are displayed by clicking on the parent folder (or the Turnpike icon in the left hand panel) and selecting Properties / Sub Folders then highlighting the sub-folder to be moved and clicking on either Move up or Move down .
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