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Keep Your Folder View Consistent

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Do Some of your folders show big icons, some a list, and others have thumbnails? There is an easy way to make them all the same …

Open Windows Explorer (this may be a taskbar shortcut, desktop shortcut, or Start menu link to Computer, My Documents, or Libraries).

Using

Aren’t Those Characters Special?

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Have you ever needed a symbol or some other special character like the degree symbol, the small square checkbox, the copyright symbol, etc.? Well, they’re tucked away in a folder that, once you know where to look, is easy to get to and use.

Here’s How:

Hold the Windows key and hit the R key (Win+R). In the Run box that pops up, type charmap

This will work in all… Continue reading

Underlined Letters in Toolbars

Friday, November 12th, 2004

In many programs, I notice that certain letters in the toolbar words are underlined. Why is that?



These are keyboard shortcuts using the Alt key. For Instance, if the word File in the toolbar had a line under the letter F, then I could hold down Alt+F to open the File menu.

What Does that Program Do?

Friday, November 12th, 2004

You probably know that if you hover over a program in your Toolbar or on your Desktop, it gives you the program name. Some programs like Google Chrome and Word also give you a description.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have this for all your Programs? Great news… if you have Windows XP, Vista

Landscape Printing

Friday, November 12th, 2004

How can I print what appears on the screen completely? Many times it will cut off some of the right side of the material.

Many web designers are conscious of the fact that some people will want hard copies of their web pages. For these sites, you can just print in regular Portrait mode. At other sites, however, part

Liven Up Your Mouse

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

I’ve read about the FDA testing the effect of caffeine on laboratory mice, but that won’t help us here. Adjusting the speed of your mouse pointer and buttons can help liven up your mouse.

If you’re using XP, open Mouse in the Control Panel (click Start>Control Panel>Printers and Other Hardware>Mouse) If you’re using Vista or Windows 7, just type mouse into

Customize the XP Start Menu

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

You know about the Start button, right? It sits down in the lower left-hand corner of the toolbar waiting to be clicked whereupon it shall reveal its wealth of information. But what if you click it and you don’t like the way it looks?

Well, you can get some relief, and have fun, with the Start Menu properties. Just right-click Start and choose Properties.… Continue reading

Backing Up the Registry

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

If you’re planning on messing with your Windows Registry, it’s probably a good idea to back it up first!

Here’s how:

Click Start /Run and type in “regedit” (no quotes). (If you’re in Windows Vista or 7, just type it into the search box.)

Next, click the File menu, then ” Export“.

Select a location from the resulting box and give your backup… Continue reading

Printing System Properties

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Ever need a printout of your system info? It could be handy to keep, in case you ever have questions on your system settings – especially if the system is down for one reason or another. Here’s how to do it.

In Vista or Windows 7, type or copy msinfo32 into Start search and click the msinfo32 link in the results

Download: Cloudeight Stationery

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Are you a little tired of the boring, hum drum run of the mill emails you’ve been dealing with since you’ve been online? Did you ever use the stationery included with your email client and determined that it’s as exciting as talcum powder? Did you ever wish that there was a website with tons of different downloadable stationery and things to dress up your email? Wouldn’t it be nice… Continue reading

Download: The Cleaner

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Download of the Week: The Cleaner

This free utility for cleaning up your e-mail is extremely popular.

You know the drill. You get an e-mail from someone and it’s full of carets (>>>), badly formatted, and basically a mess.

Well, copy and paste that badly formatted text into this utility, click the smily face, and it will remove all

National Library of Australia

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

National Library of Australia

Why would I be bringing you this site? It’s quite simple really: for the fabulous exhibits. As you will see there is a long list of exhibits to choose from. Explore them all, or just as many as you like.

My favorite exhibit

National Gardening

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

National Gardening

I don’t know about you out there in reader-land, but here in Toledo, Ohio we’ve had a difficult winter. (Not that this is unusual, we come from the land of gray skies.) But it will soon be that time of year. So why don’t you start your garden planning with

Password Protect Folders in XP

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Do you share a computer with other users and want some extra security on your folders? There are two ways to password protect a folder built into Windows XP (for other Windows flavors, there are some freeware/shareware programs out there). If you’d like to password protect a flash drive, please read this tip.

If you have a log in

Command Prompt

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

I know that a command prompt has something to do with MS-DOS, but what is it?



A Command Prompt is where you enter text commands to the computer. This type of entry was used prior to graphical user interfaces (GUI). Although it isn’t often used in Windows, it is still the preferred method of input for certain operating systems like Linux and Unix.… Continue reading

Aquarium

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Aquarium

Welcome to the Shark Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium, full of fun videos, a live web cam of the sharks, and tons of cool shark facts. You’ll have your fins full exploring this exhibit. Whether you watch the Hula Dancers praise the Shark God with dance, or check out

Print Several Files Together

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Is it possible to print multiple files at one time, even if they’re different types of files?

You know the routine: you have several files to print, maybe even created in different programs. What do you do? Open each one and print individually? Yeah, I did that too-it’s pretty time consuming. Then I learned this neat little trick…

The Cluster Balloon Flight Page

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The Cluster Balloon Flight Page

“Have you ever dreamed of being carried into the sky by a giant bouquet of colorful toy balloons? That’s the idea behind cluster ballooning. The pilot wears a harness, to which a cluster of large, helium-filled balloons are attached. Control is

The Japanese Garden

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The Japanese Garden

Tranquil and serene are the words that come into my mind when I think about a Japanese garden. Here at this site you can learn all about Japanese gardens. From the elements that make up the composition to the styles of a certain period of time.

CPU Percentage

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004


I hit Ctrl+Alt+Del and looked at my running processes and it showed “System Idle Processes” at 90%. What does that mean?



When you click on the Processes tab in Windows Task Manager you’ll see a column marked CPU. This tells what percentage of your RAM is being used. The value of this column must always add up to 100%.

Don’t worry though; System Idle

White House 101

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

White House 101

Welcome to the White House Site for kids of all ages! Introduce your children to Washington with an array of fun facts, activities, games and much, much more! They can learn about the history of the White House, the traditions, even the pets that have lived there.

Windows to the Universe

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Windows to the Universe

Learn about our planet, the solar system we live in, astronomy and the universe. You also learn about Space Weather, Space Missions, Myths, Art-Books-Film, History & People, Geology, Life, Physics, and Images & Multimedia about Space. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Well let me break

Classic Gaming

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Classic Gaming

Welcome to Classic Gaming.com where you can reminisce about the games of old. I love classic games from Pacman to Pong. While you are here, be sure to check out the Console Museum, the Game Museum, not to mention the archive of articles. These can all be found on the left side of the screen, under Features.… Continue reading

The Butterfly Site

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The Butterfly Site

Welcome to the Butterfly Site, where you’ll learn everything you can imagine about butterflies, from gardening to biology, it’s all here.

Gardening – This section will tell you exactly how to make a butterfly garden. From

The USGenWeb Project

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The USGenWeb Project

“This is the home page for The USGenWeb Project. We are a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.”

Well their introduction tells you who they are and what they are doing, I can’t argue with that. So let’s check this site out… Continue reading

Are Your Shields Up?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Today I’m gonna tell you how to test your Computer’s security against outside threats from the Internet. To do this, we need the assistance of a great web-based utility called Shields Up. This handy little program probes your firewall for security shortcomings (vulnerable ports, shares, and browser Headers) and tells you about them in detailed, but easy to follow analysis.… Continue reading

Delete Wallpaper

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

I don’t see a way to delete wallpaper. Can I do it, or am I stuck with all of these pictures I’ll never use?

If you notice, when you go to Display Properties/Desktop in XP, or Personalize in Vista or Windows 7, you won’t find a delete button to prune the long list of wallpaper, but that doesn’t mean

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