Q. Instead of forwarding messages one by one in Outlook 2010, is there a way to send a bunch of separate e-mail messages as one big message?
A. Microsoft's Outlook 2010 program offers an easy way to round up different messages and combine them into one master message to be forwarded on to new recipients, which can be helpful if you need to collect all the mail related to a certain event or project. To do so, select the separate messages in your Outlook mailbox by clicking them while holding down the Control key.
Once you have selected all the messages, go to the Home tab, then to the Respond group, and click the Forward icon. Outlook then collects the messages you selected and adds them as an attachment to a new message that you can send. On the recipients' end, the forwarded mail can be read by clicking each subject name in the attachment area of the main message.
The process works similarly in Microsoft Outlook 2011 for the Mac. Those using Apple's own Mail program can also forward multiple messages as attachments by selecting them in the mailbox, going to the Message menu and choosing "Forward as Attachment." Selecting just the Forward option also corrals all the selected messages, but it combines them all into text blocks within the message body instead of making them attachments.
Using Java With the Firefox Browser
Q. Firefox has disabled Java on my Windows computer, but I still need it for certain sites I use all the time. Is it safe to just download Java and install it again so those sites will work?
A. Java -- a programming language often used to create games, applications and so-called applets that can be embedded within Web pages -- has had a number of issues within the last year, which has led some security experts to recommend uninstalling the software. As part of its own security efforts, Mozilla now purposely blocks some versions of the Java browser plug-in from running in Firefox.
The Java software itself is still probably on your computer, despite the browser's refusal to run it. However, Mozilla does allow you to reinstate Java for sites you regularly visit and trust.
Mozilla's site has instructions enabling Java again if Firefox is blocking it. If the Java browser plug-in is actually missing, you can find steps for reinstalling it on a Mozilla support page if you absolutely need to use the software.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.