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Frequently asked questions

Technical questions

How can I make the Law Library website my homepage using Internet Explorer?

Open our homepage (or whatever other page you want to use, such as the Search Catalogues page, or the Tasmanian Legal Resources page)

  • Go to Tools Menu.
  • Choose Internet Options.
  • Under general tab, click on the button called Use Current.

How do I place a shortcut to a website on my desktop?

  • Open the internet to the web page you wish to create a shortcut for.
  • Right mouse click in the body of the page.
  • A menu will appear, choose (about half-way down) Create Shortcut.
  • A window will appear saying a shortcut has been placed on your desktop.
  • When you look on your desktop, an extra icon will have appeared. If you want to change the name, which appears below it, right mouse click and scroll down to rename.

How do I print part only of a large document?

  • Highlight the text you want.
  • From the Edit Menu choose Copy or Control + c.
  • Open a new Word Document.
  • From the Edit Menu choose Paste (you may have to use Paste Special if your selection contains internet links) or Control + v.
  • Then print from your Word document.

It is good practice to include the Web address, date, and a useful heading, for future information.

How can I stop documents on some sites from scrolling so fast? I'm finding it difficult to highlight, copy, and paste efficiently.

  • Highlight the beginning few lines of what you want, then press at the same time, the shift key and the down arrow.
  • Keeping the shift key depressed, press the down arrow repeatedly to move down one line at a time.

How can I download a case from Austlii with the authorised medium-neutral formatting?

  • Open the relevant case from one of the Austlii databases.
  • Click on the blue Download link from above the case name. This will allow you to download a copy of the case in rich text format (rtf).
  • To print the case select Print from your web browser toolbar.

This usually provides a better copy than printing direct from the HTML on the first screen you access.

How can I email a case from Austlii to a colleague?

  • Open the relevant case from one of the Austlii databases.
  • Click on the blue Download link from above the case name. This will download a copy of the case in rich text format (rtf).
  • If you have recent software, you can choose Send from your File Menu, wait for your email facility to pop up, and send.
  • If you do not have this facility, from the file menu select Save As, remembering to specify the drive/folder you wish the case to be saved to. It may be helpful to give the case a meaningful name using the filename dialogue box.
  • Using the Save As Type dialogue box it is possible to save the case as a word document or in rich text format.
  • Click on the Save button.
  • Open a new email message & add the case as an attachment.