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Cannot Delete File

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Sometimes when I try to delete a file from my computer, it comes up with a “Cannot Delete File” error. Why does this happen and is there any way I can get around it? Please help!

Worry no more! I can help, I can help! And believe me, I feel your pain. I often get that same error message and let me tell you, it ranks… Continue reading


Friday, March 30th, 2007

Are you just starting to learn how to type? Or, how about this: Do you ever run into any difficulty when you’re typing? For instance, do you ever accidentally hold a key down for too long and suddenly, end up with a line of the same letter? (You know, something like mmmmmmm, etc). This kind of thing happens all the time, but luckily, there is a

Changing Firefox Colors

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Do you have trouble seeing the links that you have already clicked on when surfing the Internet using the Mozilla Firefox browser? Or, do you just not like that purple color? You know what I am talking about, that purple colored link that Firefox displays to let you know that you have clicked on that link before. Now, I love the blue color used for the links I have not… Continue reading


Friday, November 17th, 2006

When you delete a file in Windows, it’s gone forever, right? No, that would be wrong!

All that Windows does is delete the “pointer” to where the file was on your hard disk. It then allows that space to be used by another file at a later date. (Learn more here).

Well, for the

Create Your Own Icon

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Have you ever wanted to create your own icon for your desktop? Maybe you’re tired of all the pre-installed boring ones and you think it’s time for a change. Well, you’re in luck, because this article will help you create your very own icon. You’ll no longer have to use the ones that are available by default in Windows.

Just follow

End Key

Friday, July 21st, 2006

What does the “End” Key do?

The End key can actually do different things, depending on the program you’re using it with. Its main use though, is to help you get from the top of a page to the bottom quickly. For example, let’s say you’re browsing the Internet for some FAQs on a specific topic

Pie Chart Drives

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Do you ever wonder how much of your disk space is being eaten up by your drives? By drives, I’m talking about your C: drive, D:, E:, F:, etc. (depending on how many you have on your PC).

You can always look up that information by opening My Computer and then right clicking on the drive you want to view and choosing Properties, but that can be… Continue reading

Single Click to Open

Friday, April 7th, 2006

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For quite some time, the norm has been for computer users to double click every time they need to open something on their computer. Whether it be computer files, music files, documents, etc. For example, if you would like to listen to a music file on your PC, you double click on it to run the music… Continue reading

Printer Safety

Friday, March 24th, 2006

I’ve heard you talk about turning off computers every night for safety and to save electricity, but what about printers? Do those need to be turned off as well?

It basically comes down to how much you’re going to be printing. Most people usually use their computers off and on all day, so they leave them on all day and then just turn them off at… Continue reading

Performance Options

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Did you know that you can customize your settings, so your computer will run and look just the way you want it to? Well, you can and here’s how.

Click on Start>Control Panel and get to the Performance area. XP users need to click on Performance and Maintenance to get to this section. You’ll find this as it’s shown

The World Map of Viruses

Friday, March 17th, 2006

There’s a lot that goes into trying to stay on top of all the most recent security threats. Every day, there are new vulnerabilities, new patches, a new scam, a new Trojan, new virus or a rootkit, so it’s easy to keep busy with all of them. To make matters even more complicated, the viruses all have different strains that exploit systems

Desktop Linux – Make Your Move

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Ever heard of Linux? Ever wonder what exactly it is? Is it for real? Isn’t it hard? The applications I’ve come to love in Windows won’t work in Linux. How can I possibly switch? Well, here’s your explanation.

There’s lot of confusion out there about how suitable Linux is for the home user. Linux, which I prefer to call GNU/Linux (pronounced Guh-Noo Linux) admittedly started… Continue reading

VoIP defined phone internet service

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Megan from Ashtabula asks:

What is VoIP, exactly?

That’s an easy one, Megan!

In addition to being fun to say (go on, try it!), VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It’s a method for sending voice over the Internet using TCP/IP packets. You may have heard of VoIP phone service

Restore Defaults

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Have you made changes to a program or to your system that you don’t like?

Or do you want to go back to the way your computer used to be?

Look for a “restore defaults” button in that particular control panel or settings screen.

For instance, in Internet Explorer’s

Run vs. Save

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Timothy in Arkansas asks:
What’s the difference between “run” and “save” when I download a program?

When you are downloading a file off the internet you may get the option to “Run” or “Save”. Either of these options will lead you to the setup for the program and install it on your computer, but the difference lies in where the setup file opens from.

If… Continue reading

Email Security Scan

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Well troops, surprise inspection! Let’s see how secure your defenses are against mail-born threats. Think you’re up to the test? Then read on.

The problem with all the security holes that arise from day to day, is that it’s hard to keep up. “Am I protected?” you wonder, “I update constantly, I scrutinize all my

Make Your Own Wallpaper

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

Would you like to have one of your pictures as a desktop background? It’s easier than you think!

1. Figure out your screen resolution. Before you begin, you’ll need to figure out what size the final image needs to be. Fortunately, this is really easy. Just right-click a blank area on your desktop and select Properties from the resulting menu. Then, click the Settings tab on the resulting… Continue reading

Download: Belarc Advisor 7.0L

Monday, May 9th, 2005

This tip has been updated. Please click here for the update

Have you ever wanted to know detailed information about your computer? Have you ever been asked “What kind of motherboard do you have?” or “What version of Norton Antivirus do you have?” You’re in luck.

Belarc Advisor tells you everything and anything you ever wanted to know about your computer

Scan Individual Files for Viruses

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

We often recommend that when you download files you should scan for viruses. The same is true for attachments sent via email (although, if you have decent antivirus software this should be taken care of).

But do you need to scan your whole computer? No, you can scan just one file with most AntiVirus software.


Ohio Barns

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Ohio Barns

I know what you’re thinking, what’s this crazy girl doing bringing us a site on barns in Ohio? Well because they are really neat barns, and it’s not only barns-there are old gas stations, artistic tanks, murals, buildings, light houses, and much, much more.

The four main sections… Continue reading

Print Double Sided

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

How do I print double sided?

The short answer: flip your paper over.

Now for a long answer…

Load only one sheet of paper into your printer.

Pay attention to how the paper feeds through (which side did it print to?)

How Many More Work Days?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Ever need to calculate the number of workdays left until a deadline?

Did you pull out your ever-present calendar and begin counting?

Oops, lost count! Start over.

Or not.

What about letting MS Excel do the counting for you?

If you

Troubleshoot Start-up Problems

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Do you have problems when you start up your computer? Does it seem to take a long time or you get strange messages? Fortunately Windows has something called “Selective Startup” that will help you figure out what’s going wrong.

Hold the Windows key and press the R key ( Win+R) and type msconfig in the Run box that pops

Program List

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

In Windows XP, when I go to my programs it takes up my whole screen. Is there a way to make them into a list or something?

This has always been a pretty annoying feature in XP, but I discovered a remedy.

Right-click the Start Button and choose Properties.

Bigger Desktop Icons

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Is there a way to make my Desktop icons bigger?

You can use this tip to make them bigger or smaller. I’ll also show you how to change the label font and its size.

Windows XP:

Right-click the desktop and choose “Properties” Select the “Appearance” tab then click the “Advanced” button.

Under “Item”, pick “Icon” from the drop down list. Under “Size” use the arrow… Continue reading

Printing from Notepad

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

When I print a Notepad file, is it possible to change any settings, like the margins?

Notepad does let you control some aspects of printing. You can set margins and change your header and footer. I know it ain’t much, but what do you want for a plain text file creator?

Keep in mind that the changes you make will affect all docs… Continue reading

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