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Control Windows 7 Notifications

Monday, March 15th, 2010

You know those little notification boxes that pop-up in the lower right-hand corner of your Windows 7 desktop? They tell you all sorts of stuff like if someone has just sent you an e-mail or that Windows is downloading some updates, but what if you just plain don’t care?

What if you want ‘em to all go away?

Just right-click on your taskbar and select Properties

Disable Microsoft Narrator in Window 7

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Rhonda from CO asks:

I’ve heard that Windows 7 was advanced and all, but my computer keeps talking to me! How do I make it stop?

Sounds like you’re dealing with Microsoft Narrator, which is part of Window’s accessibility options. For one reason or

Shut-Down Restart Windows Explorer

Friday, February 5th, 2010

My computer gets really slow when I’m browsing around large folders, but I hear that shutting down and restarting Windows Explorer can help this. Can you explain?

You might already know how to find the Windows Task Manager: the phrase (Ctrl-Alt-Delete) is probably the first advice you hear if something crashes. However, to reach the Task Manager directly

Random Text in MS Word

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

If you’re like me, there are just times when you need random text inserted into MS Word for demonstrations or just for testing the effects of different features in the program.

Whatever your reason, you need text and just typing random letters usually doesn’t behave like true text. Character strings tend to be too long so wrapping and other things just don’t work as they should… Continue reading

Easy Control Panel in Windows 7

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

So, most of our tips here at Worldstart that refer to the control panel require some form of instruction to get to the end result, (i.e. Start>Control Panel, etc.)

What if I told you there was a way to get it all in one place? What if I told you there was an Easy Mode in Windows 7 that would allow you to change, alter and otherwise… Continue reading

Create Crawler Text in PowerPoint

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Ever have a presentation to give and some information you’d like the participants to know as they are coming into the room and settling down? Information maybe along the lines of a welcome, your name, materials to pick up, whatever…

What did you do?

Did you create a slide with a list of information and just

Find Downloads in Firefox

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Cappy from Arkansas asks:

Help! I just downloaded something in Firefox and I forgot where I put it! Is there an easy way?

There sure is! In Firefox, we have the handy-dandy download screen which displays our recent downloads, but what if you need to find the folder where it downloaded to?

I’m a stickler for functionality, and although bells and whistles are nice to look at, if they don’t do anything to increase the performance of my computer, I don’t want ‘em!

For example, Windows 7 has a neat shrinky/growy animation whenever you minimize or maximize a window, but does it really help anything?

Nope.

Windows 7 Wallpaper Slideshow

Monday, December 7th, 2009

A long time ago, we introduced you to John’s Background Switcher right here in the Worldstart Computer Tips Newsletter. As you’ll remember, the program allowed you to set a group of photos to rotate as your desktop background so that you won’t get the same boring wallpaper every time you look at your desktop. Microsoft has now decided to implement the same idea in Windows 7!… Continue reading

Pin Control Panel to Taskbar

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Do you find yourself accessing the Control Panel often throughout your day? Well, if you’re using Windows 7, then you’re in luck!

Click Start and then type in “Control Panel” in the search box…

…and drag the control panel icon down to your taskbar.

Alternately, go to Start, click Control Panel and then right-click the Control Panel icon in your Taksbar… Continue reading

Re-Spell Check in MS Word

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Have you ever accidentally hit one of the Ignore buttons (especially the Ignore All button) when spellchecking an MS Word document?

How maddening is that?

Now, Word isn’t even noting the problem, and you’ve got to very carefully pick through the document to check for the problem, with no assistance from Word whatsoever.

When to Format?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Wayne from LA asks:

I’ve heard that people are advised to “format and reinstall Windows”. What does this mean? Is it a task to be performed habitually? When do I know if I have to do it?

Great question!

G-Mail Chat Emoticons

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Do you use G-mail Chat? Well, if you do, you’ll probably want to take a look at the awesome emoticons you can pull off in the interface! Here’s a list and what each emoticon does.

They’re even animated! Go ahead, jump into G-mail Chat and experiment!

~Andrew… Continue reading

Is there a program out there that will convert my old cassette tapes or vinyl records to CD?

The short answer is yes. There is a program out there that will record cassette tapes or vinyl records to CD. Today, I will show you how. If you have the right software

Windows Key Shortcuts for Win 7

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Just getting started with Windows 7? Well, here are 11 Windows key (pictured below) shortcuts that will start you off on the right foot with Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Let’s take a look!

Win + Up Arrow – Maximize

Win +

Lightning Photography

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Lightning is one of the most unpredictable forces of nature, so for most photographers, a lightning storm presents a wholly unique challenge. Powerful images of lightning in action have been published and have left many aspiring photographers wondering “how has this been done?”.

Listed below are a few tips for those who would like to capture this

Run Box File Path

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

It’s another one of those tips that I’m surprised I didn’t know about! I love these!

Have you ever needed to find the path of a file on your hard drive? Click Start / Run then drag and drop any file to it and the path of that file will appear.

Just drop it over for an instant location! Cool!

~Andrew… Continue reading

Install a Case Fan

Friday, September 11th, 2009

There are multiple reasons you’d need to install a case fan in your computer, but we can all agree that they are there for the sole purpose of making your PC all that much cooler. In my case, I’m installing a fan to keep my graphics card from overheating, as my previous card had overheated and burned out. This was probably due to lack of good airflow in the case… Continue reading

Spell Check in Firefox

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Most word processing programs have a spell-checker built right in, so what does one do for the web? I spend most of my time writing out form fields, contributing to forums and writing in blogs. Shouldn’t there be a way to spell check in my browser?

There is, actually, but mysteriously enough, it’s only for Mozilla Firefox. IE8 has yet to receive a built-in spell checker, but… Continue reading

Remove Pre-Installed Windows Games

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Would you like to play a game? No? Well, then let me show you how to delete the pre-installed games that come with Windows Vista and 7, then! I can’t think of any reason why one would want to get rid of stuff like Solitaire, Free Cell and Minesweeper, but then again I never play them, so there might be others out there that feel the

Disable NTFS Last Access

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Sounds dangerous, doesn’t it? Modern versions of Windows prefer NTFS to manage files on your computer, but did you know that there is a feature you hardly use that you can turn off to make Windows open stuff a little faster?

What’s happening is that every time a file is accessed, you

Re-open a Closed Tab

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Attention Firefox and IE 8 users! Have you ever closed a tab, only to realize too late that there was something important on there? What did you do? Re-browse to the site?

That’s too much work.

Next time you’re in this situation and you want to re-open the tab you just closed try the combination:

Ctrl+Shift+T

This will re-open the last tab you closed… Continue reading

Force Video With Text Mode

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Here’s a scenario. You’re studiously working on your laptop or desktop, when all of a sudden your screen goes blank. You can swear that the computer is still on, though! What do you do?

It might be a serious video error, or perhaps your display driver decided to go on a coffee break for a bit, but no matter what you

Rogue Software Screen Images

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Brody from KS asks:

When I am surfing the web I sometimes get strange message windows popping up. Windows Security Alerts or error messages saying that my computer is “infected” or “too slow”. How can I tell if they are real and what should I do about them?

File Associations in Vista

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

How do I set my file type associations in Windows Vista? It was so easy in XP!

This is a great question with a nice, easy answer! A lot of people lament the alternate routes they need to take to accomplish something that was once so easy in Windows XP. The biggest one I get has to do with file type associations. So, without any… Continue reading

The Previous Versions feature is actually nothing new from Microsoft; it existed on servers with the name Shadow Copies, which was an application that periodically backed-up and versioned folders and files on disks. However, with Vista and Windows 7, it is very easy for users to gain the benefit from this “versioning” of files. This means that if a file is deleted or updated, you can

Windows Activation Status

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Microsoft likes it when people activate their software. If you just got a new computer, chances are that when you first booted it up, Windows asked you to activate. It goes pretty quick, and in no time you’re off and running with your PC; carefree and without any activation reservations.

But what if you bought that Vista or Windows 7 machine

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