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Bing Facts

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I’ll admit that I don’t usually go to Bing as my main search provider, but I was there just the other day and noticed that you can change the background image by clicking the little arrows on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

That’s neat, but you may also notice little squares that appear as you

Spybot Search and Destroy

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

This program is used for removing those pesky adware / spyware files on your computer. By now, most people understand the vast threat out there when it comes to malicious files that are sometimes tied to programs you download. If you are not aware of the potential threats I will give a bit of an overview.

Spyware is defined as a type

Manage Firefox Personas

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

By now, many of you know about Firefox personas (also called Themes), which allow you to add a little spice to your browser window. This tip shows you how to manage them. Continue reading

Lamar, from Los Angeles asks:

When using the Windows Search Programs and Files tool (under the Start button) is there a way to return to the answer display without having to start the search all over again?

This is a good question Lamar, and one that’s confounded me in both Vista and Windows

Clear Your Firefox Downloads List

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

If you’re anything like me, you have quite a few files you’ve downloaded via Firefox. How do I know this? Well, on my computer all I have to do is open up Firefox and click Tools>Downloads and this window pops up.

It looks pretty cluttered – and in need of a good clear-out, but I’d still like

Microsoft’s Bing Map Apps

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

You know, the more I use Microsoft’s Bing search engine, the more I’m impressed with it. Just the other day, I was messing around with the Maps feature and I stumbled across the Map Apps section. Here, I found apps for a food cart finder, parking finder, local events, roadside attractions and even an app to find urban graffiti installations.

Imagine the

If you share your computer with other family members, office colleagues or friends- you might want to restrict them from changing Windows wallpapers and screensavers. This is because you may want to keep a permanent wallpaper and screensaver on your desktop and prevent other users from installing their own wallpapers, which might be distracting at times.

In this article, we will learn

In my Civil War class this semester, we talked a lot about the building of the railroad across the country so, when I stumbled on this photo museum, I knew I had to share it with you.

To get started, click where it says to Click to Enter, be prepared for the very red background on the

Memory Sticks and Flash Drives

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Patrick from Olean, New York asks:

The USB MEMORY STICK is an amazing little thing, and so handy! My question? I have copied and pasted documents from My Documents without any problems. But from everything I read, you should download software in order to move this information from the computer to the USB Drive. So how am I

Cut, Paste, and Recover Files

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Greg asks:

What would be the difference between the cut/paste command to that of the delete command in terms of data recovery. e.g. if I delete something from my C: drive, I could usually get it back using recovery software providing it has not been overwritten. But if I cut a file from my C: drive and paste

Uninstalling a Stuck Program

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Babs from Michigan asks:

How do I remove MusicMatch jukebox 9 from my computer? It does not show up on my Add/Remove Programs area of my control panel.

Thanks for the question Babs. It’s frustrating when you want to uninstall a program and it won’t uninstall.

If MusicMatch Jukebox

Fix A CD Reading Glitch

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Pamela from Illinois asks:

My Dell computer, running Windows XP, cannot read CDs. When I put one in, I get the hourglass and nothing else. What could be wrong?

The first question; was it a commercial CD or a copied disc? Sometimes copies of CDs are not finalized correctly, and they won’t play in

Changing Your Windows 7 Taskbar

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

If you liked XP, Windows 7 offers many XP interface options. It also allows you to pick and choose from several individual options. For example, if you liked the XP taskbar, you can quickly adjust the Windows 7 taskbar to give it that XP appearance.

Just right click on an open space of the taskbar and select Properties.

Playstation Move and Motion Controls

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In the current generation video game wars, it’s hard to question to dominance of the Wii. As of 2011, more than 74 million Wii units have been sold worldwide; compared to about 43 million Xbox 360 units and about 38 million PS3′s. Another way to look at it is dominance by the inferior unit. The Wii’s graphics are primitive compared to the other two units, the gameplay is

Gaining Screen Space in MS Excel

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Do you struggle in a constant battle with Excel and your computer monitor?

Do you always feel like you can’t see enough at one time… whether the problem is a small monitor or a very large worksheet?

Either way, you want to see more without shrinking everything – the eyesight is bad enough – we certainly don’t need

Opening a Folder in a New Process

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Microsoft has done a great job with Windows 7 and it is by far the most polished operating system I have ever seen. There are no broken graphics, no glitches and no failures hiding to annoy you during your work. The best thing about Windows 7 is that it is an operating system for everyone. If you are a tech-savvy user, you can have as much

Setting Up Automatic Updates

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Ryan B. from Spokane, Washington asks:

I have a question about updates. I have an antivirus and firewall program installed and they always notify me when they have updated everything; I figure that’s good since they are the most important. I also have Windows Update. I am very busy and get tired of having Windows Update nagging me

A Shortcut to a Shortcut

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Keyboard shortcuts can be an almost indispensable tool, if they’re simple, and if the process they bypass is done often enough to justify remembering them. Also, to be worthwhile, they must be quick and effective. But some of them combine such a tangled combination of keystrokes, and are so awkward, that I sometimes feel like I’m playing a keyboard version of Twister.

White Balance for Better Pictures

Monday, October 4th, 2010

White balance is the key to good photography. The difference could mean inaccurate color reproduction and thereby lower quality pictures. Without white balance, pictures may have a yellow, blue or orange cast if they’ve been shot under different lighting conditions. For example, fluorescent lighting adds a bluish cast whereas tungsten (incandescent/bulbs) lights add a yellowish tinge to photos. In photography parlance, cool colors are shades of

USB Gadgets Effect on Laptop Batteries

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Gail from Oklahoma asks:

Will USB gadgets like the Chill Pad or Flexible light you sell make my laptop battery wear out sooner?

In short Gail, the answer to that would be yes. Think of your laptop battery in terms of a car’s engine. The harder a car works, the more gasoline it uses

If you’ve ever looked at a hard copy of a document and wondered “Now where did I save this?” then you want to know this one.

One of the most sure-fire ways to ensure that you know how you saved the file is to include the path (file location) and file name in the header or footer of the document.

Rachel asks:

I went to delete a file the other day and it just deleted the file without asking! Do you know why it would do this?

Hi, Rachel! I had that happen to me once and I thought I had lost the file; I about had a heart attack.

Converting Internet Images To Jpeg

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Tom from CA asks: 

When saving a picture, Windows always calls it a bitmap. How can I change it so it saves as a jpeg?

The real question here isn’t how your computer is SAVING the picture, rather in what format the picture was UPLOADED.

Many times, website creators will

OpenOffice: It’s All About The Keys

Many people much prefer using key combinations over the mouse when completing their work.

Some just find that it takes way too much time to keep removing their hand from the keyboard to accomplish something with the mouse. Mostly I agree, it seems that 9 times out of 10

The other day we took a quick look at the difference between Office 2007 and Office 2010 when it comes to easily saving a file in PDF format.

Today I’d like to look at a way you may even like better – and this one works on both versions!

What we’re going to do is to look at

Alanna S. Asks:
I tend to save a lot of websites to my Favorites folder. I looked today and there are tons that are out of date. How can I get rid of my old Favorites without having to go through every single one?

Hi, Alanna! I, too, save lots of websites (too many!) in my Favorites folder (they are technically

MS Word: Add Space Between Paragraphs

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Let’s talk about paragraph spacing in our Word documents…

Specifically, let’s discuss what happens when you need just a bit more space before a particular paragraph.

What do you do?

Do you track down the paragraph formatting in either the Format menu / Page Layout tab of the Ribbon? Make the change for just

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