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Malcolm asks:

I have just migrated from Win 2k to Win 7 and really miss being able to use the keyboard shortcut (Win+U) to do a shutdown of my system. However, I don’t see any way to do this in Win 7. I know I can click Start and then click Shut Down

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

Resetting default font sizes for reading e-mails:

We recently covered resetting fonts to default settings for composing e-mails within Windows Live

Checking Internet Connection Speed

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Do you want to cross check whether you are getting the download and upload speed that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) promises?

Browsing the web, checking emails, or using Facebook does not consume a large amount of bandwidth. However downloading movies, large files or watching YouTube videos one after another, can consume a very large amount of bandwidth. If you aren’t on

Daily Mug Shot

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Daily Mug Shot

This site is inspired by a guy who a took a photo of himself every day for years and then made a video of them – the site creator thought it was cool and wondered what it would take to make it available to the public

ARKive

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

ARKive

This is a site devoted to helping spread awareness of the world’s endangered species, by putting together an amazing selection of images and videos from some of the top photographers, filmmakers, and conservationists.

There are a lot of interesting ways to navigate this site

Setting the File Preview Option

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Hailey writes:

I have a lot of photos in My Pictures folder. The thing is, I can’t see the little pictures of the photos for preview, I can only see icons. Can I change this so that I can see my little pictures again? I have Windows Vista.

Hi, Hailey!

Yep, you can change the icons to the

Adding Open With to the Right Click Menu

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I would like to know if it is possible to add an item to the ‘open with’ right click menu. It would be really helpful to add the program, A Smaller Image so that I can edit straight from My Pictures. Can you help please?

An indispensable tool in most versions of Windows, the Open with option

Magix FunPix Maker

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Have you ever looked at edited pictures posted on the internet and wondered, “How did they do that”?, or thinking,”Hey, I want to be able to do that!” Well you could turn to a program such as Photoshop to similarly edit your own images. But you basically have to be a master (with a wheelbarrow full of money) to create some of those images. On

Open Browser Search Results in a New Tab

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Okay. About the Back button.

I use it as much as the next person, it’s no big deal. I forget to write something that was on a previous page and need to go Back, I need to check something on a previous page and need to go Back, I

VideoETA

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

VideoETA

I love movies! With that said, who can afford to go to the theater anymore? I certainly can’t. Tickets are upwards of twelve dollars and when you add snacks, you’re looking at a very expensive bit of entertainment! So instead, I wait for the things I want to be

Password Protect Zip Files

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Harold from Austin, Texas asks:

In Windows 7, is there a way to password protect zip files?

A zip file is a file package that has been compressed to a specific format. ZIP, RAR, and 7z are common zip formats. You can also organize your files with data compression programs

Hiding Protected System Files

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Dave from New Albany, OR asks:

How can I keep the desktop ini icon from popping onto the desktop and other locations? I delete it and pretty soon it’s back.

Dave, thanks for the question. What you need to do is hide these icons (shown below).

In the News 3-23-11

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Planned terrorist attack in the works for the Netherlands discovered – in a bar?

That’s right, in a bar, with documents labeled Top Secret right in front of the terrorists. Only it wasn’t a real plan, and they weren’t real terrorists (although it was

Songs That Get You Pumped

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Songs That Get You Pumped

I’m starting you right out on the about page for this site, so that you don’t have any questions as to what is about or how it works. Basically, you register and submit the title and performer of a song that gets you pumped; then

Sometimes, your best subject could be yourself. It’s better to do it yourself rather than get others to pose for you. However, you need one prop to make it work best: a mirror. Any mirror. Here is how you can do it in many creative ways…

Make faces

Changing Folder Icons in Windows 7

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Lis asks:

I can’t change my folder icons in Windows 7, like I used to in earlier versions of Windows. When I right click on the folder and select Properties, the only tabs showing are, General, Sharing, Security, and Previous Version. There’s no Customize tab.

Lis

PDFescape

Friday, March 18th, 2011

PDFs are a great way to share documents on the web. They’re fast, easy, and lightweight. The only problem is that PDFs are on complete lockdown! Unless the creator makes a PDF a form, you cannot edit or annotate a PDF file at all. It’s time to liberate your PDFs – give them the freedom they deserve! The good news is: you don’t even need to

Finding Tabs in Spreadsheets

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Richard from San Antonio asks:

I create a large number of tabs in Excel 2007 spreadsheets, each with a distinct title. Is there a way to search for a specific tab within the spreadsheet? Some of the spreadsheets might have 100 or more tabs.

Thanks for the question

Snag Films

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Snag Films

Do you like to watch documentaries? What about watching them for free and being able to share them with your friends and family? If this sounds good, you should try Snag Films. I’d recommend that you start at the About page to find out just what Snag is

If you want to temporarily grant standard users elevated privileges in a Windows operating system, you can use the internal administrator account. Windows 7 and Vista come with a built-in administrator. By default, this built-in administrator is disabled. However, you can enable this account through the command line.

Move the cursor to the bottom of the screen and click the Start button.

Background-less Bing

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has made a name for itself on the Internet, not only by being one of the most used Internet searches, but also by being one of the prettiest. It seems that every time I navigate over, there’s always some new and Interesting background image for me to gawk at.

But maybe you don’t want a background image

Forces of Nature

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Forces of Nature



Welcome to National Geographic’s website devoted to the forces of nature. After the earthquake in Japan, and the tsunami it caused, this site seems even more interesting because you learn what these forces of nature are and how they work.

The Animal Detector

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Animal Detector

Welcome to The Animal Detector, a site where the author tries to capture video of the nocturnal animal activity in his neighborhood.

Navigation is setup blog style. So you just scroll down the page to see the previous entries. You’ll notice on

RootsMagic Essentials

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

RootsMagic is a really useful free program that enables you to lay out your family tree. It has many tools available for tracking information about your family and their ancestry. I found this program to very practical and loads of fun, right off the bat.

Upon initial installation, you’re asked to do an update to get the newest version of the

Creating Customized iPhone Ringtones

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The iPhone is easily the most popular smartphone on the market, but the built in ringtones are a little trite. Luckily, creating custom ringtones for the iPhone isn’t only easy, but quick.

Start by going into iTunes and picking out a song. When choosing, keep a couple guidelines in mind. It’s very important to choose a song that’s loud enough to be

Lead Free Kids

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Lead Free Kids



I watch a lot of investigation television. One night there were back to back episodes of investigations into suspected lead poisonings. There were kids eating lead paint chips and it was just awful, but it got me to thinking about the fact that I live

Disaster in Japan

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

As a rule, our In the News segment focuses on news of technological breakthroughs, or other news related to our digital world. Today, in acknowledgment of what we consider to be one of the most significant events in recent memory, we’ve included the following story.

Disaster in Japan

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