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Solving a “Trayapp” File Problem

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Every time my computer boots, it starts to download some file called “Trayapp”. I have tried everything I know to find the program that “needs” this elusive file, but can’t find any information linking it to anything in my system. I have to manually “end program” every time I turn on my computer.

I know this problem must be

Annie from Texas asks:

Is there a way to send a shortcut to the desktop for the On-screen keyboard?

Thanks for the question Annie and, yes there is. For those not familiar with the Windows onscreen keyboard it’s, as the name states, a keyboard that appears on the computer screen. Typing is

Toggle Keys Explained

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Harry from Minnesota writes:

What the heck is a toggle key?

Harry, I’m really glad you asked this one! I ignored the word toggle during the first 5 years of using my computer because I had no idea what it was and was too embarrassed to admit it.

In the computer world, the word ‘toggle’ comes up a

Windows Special Editions

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

I’ve noticed there are different versions (N,K,KN) of Windows XP Pro and Windows 7 Pro & Enterprise. What are they and what version do we get in the usual OEM Windows pre-installed on computers?

Windows N, K, and KN: Microsoft Special Editions?

If you’ve browsed the Windows Operating

What Should I Read Next?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

What Should I Read Next

Have you ever finished a book and had trouble deciding what to read next? I know I have! This site gives you a recommendation on what you should read next, based on the title or author of a book you already like.

Five Advanced Google Search Operators

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Like many others, I use Google for searches, but it’s often difficult to find a result among the thousands of returns. Are there any ways to add more focus to a Google search?

Five Advanced Google Operators

We all use Google (well the majority of us do) more or less every time we sit

Would you like to know what’s happening in your Vista or Windows 7 computer right now? For a quick read on current activity and performance, follow the steps below.

First, open the Run dialog box, by holding the Windows key and typing R (Win+R).

In the Run box, type cmd and hit the Enter key.

In the News 4-6-11

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Take me out to the ball game…or not…

Major League Baseball has already started and the Pro clubs are pushing hi-tech upgrades to their parks to lure the fan that watches from his couch in his living room into watching from a seat live in the VIP box (or just from a seat live).

Synonym Finder

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Synonym Finder

While Microsoft Word has a built in synonym finder, I’ve found it doesn’t have a synonym for every word. That’s when I head over to this site and find a better and less repetitive way of writing what I need to write. This site is definitely

Imperial History of the Middle East

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Imperial History of the Middle East

This flash site offers an amazing look at who has conquered the Middle East over the last 5,000 years. To start it, just click play!

You’ll watch it be conquered from 3000 B.C.E to 2006

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Nick from Westerville, OH asks:

Is there a list anywhere of all the keyboard shortcuts for Gmail?

Nick, thanks for the question. And, guess what? You asked this question just at the right time. Google just recently came out with the newest list of Gmail shortcuts

Saving Files to Disk in Windows 7

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Carolyn asks:

Can you write something on how to save files to a CD in Windows 7?

Thanks for the question, Carolyn. While we’ve covered this topic on several occasions, I found no fully illustrated step-by-step directions in our archives, and no instructions at all specifically for Windows 7. However, while the look may

Feedbooks: Public Domain

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Feedbooks – Public Domain

Are you looking for free books to download to your e-reader or computer? Then, you should check out this site! Here you can download books for free that have gone into the public domain.


I use Windows 7, with Windows Live Mail. Can you tell me how to reset the default font size?

Resetting default font sizes for composing e-mails:

We recently covered resetting fonts to default settings for reading e-mails within Windows Live Mail (see earlier tip here). Unfortunately, performing


Thursday, March 31st, 2011


Animals are adorable! Welcome to Cute-a-Rater, a fun site devoted to picking the cutest animal! It’s easy to use, just click the vote for button underneath the image you want to vote for.

By default, it is set to All

Email Aliases in Hotmail

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Microsoft has recently introduced a new and innovative email feature for Hotmail users. Hotmail Email Alias, as it is coined, allows Hotmail users to setup aliases using their existing Hotmail account.

What is an Email Alias?

Email alias is an alternate email ID that is mapped to any existing email address. The

Capture and Annotate

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This new add-on, Capture and Annotate lets you markup web pages any which way you please, and then share them fast! Continue reading

Installing Audacity and Creating a Ringtone

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This article is going to show you how to get the best part of your favorite song as your personal ringtone! (Unfortunately, it can’t help you with your mid-eighties electro pop taste in music!)

That being said, it will hold your hand every step of the way, from downloading and installing a little program to help you do it, through to

Save the Words

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Save the Words

Did you know that most of our communication with words – spoken and written – only really consists of about 7,000 words? Help save disused words from disappearing by adopting one and using it in your conversations and writing today!

When the page loads

In the News 3-30-11

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

If you are one the seven hundred buh-zillion people that have an iPhone, then you know how many applications there are to download. Apart from the normal stuff like music and games, you can download things like Kidney Diets, Zoom to see the Sky kind of stuff, and even an app to

Retail Me Not

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Retail Me Not is a coupon site that offers a daily selection of coupons for popular stores, an assortment of local printable coupons, and even grocery coupons! Continue reading

Is there any way to get rid of the vertical lines on the left side of forwarded email?

Removing Blue Vertical Lines in Your Forwarded Outlook and Windows Live E-mail:

Ever try to forward a really funny or thought provoking e-mail, only to have the forward appear horribly mis-formatted due to a bunch of


Monday, March 28th, 2011


I love finding music sites! This lets you listen to your favorite music for free and helps you discover more music that you might like. How do you get started? It’s easy! Just type in the name of an artist that you enjoy, and start listening!

Helicopter Photography

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Photography on land is fun, but snapping in the air is sheer adventure. A bird’s eye view is completely different from a general view. Remember, helicopter photography is an art in itself. And knowing what to do, can make for some memorable helicopter photography. Here are some of the different ways you can make the most of your digital camera.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Have you ever booted up your computer and not been able to reach the Windows desktop? It may be because of corrupted Windows system files, or perhaps you inadvertently downloaded a virus. Either way, a terrible sense of panic begins to set in – trust me, I know. “All my photos and files are gone! I have no backups!” Take a deep breath and relax. Today

Moving Up and Back in Windows Explorer

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Chuck from TN asks:

When I’m in a folder in Windows XP, I see a button called Back and one called Up. What’s the difference?

One of these (the Up button) was a feature Windows discontinued in Vista and Windows 7, but if you’re navigating through folders and sub folders in XP and decide

Simplifying Replies in Thunderbird

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Using Mozilla’s Thunderbird email client, I field many of the comments and questions that are sent to WorldStart (and respond to them with intermittent success), including replies to the newsletter sent by subscribers. These replies often contain the entire newsletter, and I like to delete everything but the question/comment in my response. This is something that had been done manually, until an accidental discovery revealed

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