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Multi-Tab Startup for Internet Explorer

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Learn how to make it so each time you start Internet Explorer all of your favorite sites are waiting for you! Continue reading

Here is a short tutorial on how you can eject or close your CD ROM using desktop shortcuts. Opening or closing the CD tray using these shortcuts can help you out if you have a faulty eject button on your CD ROM drive. You will never need to open windows explorer and right-click the CD ROM drive and then press eject. These two shortcuts will make your tasks

You’ve just found out that your buddy has discovered digital photography, the same hobby you’re passionate about. You have amassed a large collection of websites and would like to share the links. Here’s an easy way to email your Favorites files.

From the File menu, select Import and Export.

The Import/Export Settings dialog

Thomas J. says:

Sometimes when I’m browsing the internet, I like to do it in full screen mode. That’s great, but is there some way to get rid of the taskbar so that it can be completely full screen?

Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Say you’re having a problem with your PC and no matter what you do you can’t seem to get the point across to tech support as to what exactly is happening. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an all-encompassing screen capture/problem recorder you could use?

Wait. There is! It’s called the Problem Steps Recorder and it comes with Windows 7!

The Problem Steps Recorder was… Continue reading

Add Pictures to the Open Office gallery

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Previously we discussed the Gallery, the place where where OpenOffice keeps it’s pictures. Today we’re going to look at how to add your own collection to the Gallery.

After all, it’s much easier to grab a picture from the Gallery then it is to repeatedly use the Insert menu, Picture, From File over and over again. I have no desire to keep locating the pictures each time… Continue reading

Why does Outlook Synchronize Folders?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Ben from Columbus asks:

Why does Microsoft constantly synchronize folders in Outlook?

You may one day be in Outlook working away when all of a sudden a two envelope icon appears on your taskbar. When you put your mouse over it, it will say something along the lines of “Outlook is synchronizing

Finding Templates At

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Many of us love to use templates when we work.

I mean, what could be better than opening a file and having the setup right there ready to go?

So the first question you may ask with OpenOffice is, where in the program do I access them?

Good first question, and

OpenOffice: Help With A Bit More Contrast

Previously we took a look at the OpenOffice Help Agent and what he could do to make our days a bit easier.

One of the great things it does is to take us directly to the program’s help window and show

Disable User Logon In Windows XP

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Tired of logging into your Windows XP computer? Wish there was an easy way to turn this off? Don’t do anything rash until you’ve read this super-helpful article. It’s far easier than you think! Continue reading

Open Office Help Agent

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

So, have you seen this pop up from the corner of your eye yet?

That’s your friendly neighborhood Help Agent, compliments of the people at

He’s a crafty little guy whose only purpose in life is to help you out – specifically, he’ll appear when he thinks that you’re completing a task where you may need some assistance.… Continue reading

Windows XP Start Menu Icon Size

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Shawna S. asks:
I don’t know if this is weird, but I don’t like the icons in my Windows XP Start menu. I am not talking about the programs; I am talking about the part when your Start menu first pops up. Is there a way to make them smaller? Continue reading

Secure Your Wireless Network

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Many would like to have a secured network, however most have no inclination as to how they would accomplish such a goal. What they may not be aware of, is that there is two major layers of security to a network that protect computers against attacks. Each individual layer adds additional protection to stop people from gaining access to your network. More importantly, it prevents them from having access to… Continue reading

Here’s a handy little trick I stumbled across during my OpenOffice explorations…

When you use the OpenOffice icon to start the programs, you get the main screen where you choose which type of file to work with.

But what if you’re already working on a file in Writer, but also want to start a new Impress file?… Continue reading

Turn Off Windows Aero for Performance

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Windows 7 is certainly pretty, and Aero makes those open desktop windows look even better. But all that pretty takes up computing resources.

If you’ve installed Windows 7 on an older machine, or if you just want your computer to run more efficiently, there are two ways that you can reduce your graphics features. If you combine these methods, you can free up your graphics card to… Continue reading

Enable Your Guest Account in Windows 7

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Carl from Columbus asks:
I had a guest account set up in Windows XP. Is there any way to do this in Windows 7?

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Good question, Carl! Are you expecting any house guests this summer? Well, what if they want to use your computer and you’re a little paranoid of any… Continue reading

Open Office: Make a Custom Toolbar

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The other day we looked at a few quick ways to alter the toolbars found in the OpenOffice Suite of programs.

Well today I’d like to take that a bit further… all the way to creating a custom toolbar that contains any combination of commands of your choosing.

If you’ve ever wondered why the programmers didn’t just put a button on your toolbar… Continue reading

Alphabetize Your Favorites

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Donna, from California, asks:
I would like to alphabetize my Favorites. Is there a way to do that?

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Yes, there is, it’s really

What’s included with Open Office

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Since we regularly discuss OpenOffice and why you might want to use it, today I thought that it might be a good idea to go over what comes with your free OpenOffice download.

Once you’ve run the setup wizard and launched OpenOffice, you should bump into this:

From this

All About Open Office

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Well, with this being the first day of our OpenOffice Tips (found right here every Tuesday and Thursday) I figured that it was a good idea to go over the most important basics about the OpenOffice Suite.

First, the word “Suite” should clue you in that it’s

Windows 7 Action Center

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The Windows 7 Action Center is responsible for letting you know what’s going on behind the scenes, but it can get a little invasive at times. I mean, how much work is one expected to get done if there are little windows constantly popping up in the corner to let you know about various security and maintenance happenings?

So let’s turn ‘em

Windows 7 Calculator Extras

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Yeah, you read that right – turns out that the Windows 7 calculator has done a lot of growing up and now carries a host of features aside from the usual “add, subtract, multiply, etc.” we’re used to.

So type CALC into your Windows 7 Search Bar (located above the Start Menu) and hit Enter to bring it up.

Check out this handy Windows XP tip if you’re looking to add Notepad to your right-click send-to menu! It only takes a few moments to do and it can save you a ton of time in the future! Continue reading

Favorites Menu in Windows XP

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Is there any way to include my favorites on my Windows XP Start menu?

I don’t know about you, but I have about a billion favorites and go to my list quite frequently. To do this, I very obviously open my browser (Internet Explorer) and go from there.

I forgot that there is another quicker way to get your favorites without even opening your browser.… Continue reading

Number your Lines in MS Word

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Sometimes it’s just a good plan to have the lines of your Word documents numbered.

They could come in handy if you’re trying to communicate with someone about specific portions of the document or maybe they would be useful for your own editing notes.

Whatever the reason, sometimes it’s just a good idea to have them and that makes it an even better idea… Continue reading

Drag and Drop to Open in Windows 7

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Sometimes you might want to open a file with a specific program, but you don’t necessarily want it to open with that program every time. So what do you do?

Follow me, Windows 7’ers!

Just Right-Click on the program you’d like to use for limited file viewing (Notepad, in my case) and choose “Pin to Taskbar”.

Restore Quick Launch in Windows 7

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Learn how you can quickly restore the Quick Launch option to the Windows 7 toolbar! It’s super easy and you can learn how by reading this tip! Continue reading

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