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Change the Icon Size in the Vista Start Menu

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Elaine from Dallas, Texas, asks:

I had small icons in my WinXP menu. Is there any way to get them in my Vista Start menu?



Hi, Elaine! Yes, there sure is. And it’s pretty easy, too.

To get small icons in your Start menu in Vista:

First, go to your Start button and right-click on it. Left… Continue reading

Delete Your iTunes Duplicates

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I’ve got a lot of music in my iTunes library – I’m talking thousands and thousands of songs from just about every kind of artist out there.

But keeping it all organized is giving me a real headache – especially when it comes to file duplicates. It can happen any number of ways. Maybe I ripped a CD twice, accidentally. Maybe I

Avast Free Antivirus

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I’ve been an AVG antivirus user for several years now, and will probably continue to use it on my own computers. However, after having some problems installing the latest version of AVG on someone else’s XP computer, I decided to try Avast instead. That’s one the beauties of the abundance of freeware available today. If you’re having problems with an uncooperative program, you can… Continue reading

Joy of Baking

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Joy of Baking



This site is my new guilty pleasure. I adore baking and the recipes here are just fantastic! I could easily make it my New Year’s resolution to bake the Top 40 Recipes from 2010, but I’m going to restrain myself and only bake things that

Using the Clipboard in MS Office

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

MS Office 2007 & 2010: I Thought That the Clipboard Could Hold More Than One Item?

You’re right – it can…
you were used to accessing something like this via the Edit menu in older
versions of MS Office:

A clipboard pane where all
the items that have been copied or cut, are stacked in a list… Continue reading

Regular PC Maintenance Tips

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Juan, from Albuquerque NM asks:

I like to perform monthly maintenance on my PCs and I’d like some advice from you regarding getting this task done? I’m using windows Vista and 7. I already clear temp files, cookies, and other basic items.



Juan, maintaining your computer is like maintaining a car. The more you look after it, the better it will run… Continue reading

In the News 1-12-11

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

This week: Cool gadgets that are “in the news”.



A refrigerator to tweet about?


Did you ever find yourself standing at the refrigerator thinking about how much you would love to tweet someone about what you are about to eat?

I am not joking.

Samsung has… Continue reading

Dog Tricks

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I was looking for new tricks to teach my dog Gypsy, and ran across this site in my search. She’s a wily Australian Shepherd/Beagle mix, and needs to be kept busy, or she finds all sorts of trouble to make. So far, she has stay, sit, high five, and lay down pretty well mastered, but I want to challenge her more

Indoor photography without a flash can be a challenging task. Particularly, if you have a point and shoot that has limited capabilities. These nifty tips should enable you to capture arresting portraits of people.

1. Go natural. Nothing like the light from the windows and doors to get the perfect light and shade you need on your subject. What’s… Continue reading

Using Windows Snipping Tool with Word

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In Windows 7, when using the Snipping tool, (one of the greatest features of Win 7), I can copy the snippet OK and place it in MS Word, but I cannot place the object right or center nor can I text wrap around the object. Any ideas?



Back in the days before the introduction of Windows 7 and Vista, if you wanted to take a picture… Continue reading

Website Safety Check

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I received an email from one of our readers about URL Void, a website she’d discovered that checks website safety, and I thought it was worth passing along to you.

At URL Void, just type an internet address (URL) into the field, click the Scan Now button and, within seconds, a report on the site comes back.… Continue reading

Web Sudoku

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Web Sudoku



My mom loves Sudoku! I was searching the net to find her more places where she could play. I really liked this site’s version, so I thought I’d share it with all of you too!

It comes in four different languages, with four different difficulty levels, and they’ve even included variations (I love the JigSawDoku!).… Continue reading

Add Information to Excel Formulas

Friday, January 7th, 2011

MS Excel: A Little Something
More to Say

Ever find yourself working
on an Excel formula and wondering how in the world the person you’re handing
this off to will ever understand some of the more complex calculations?

Short of writing lengthy
documentation, or spending a whole lot of time walking them through things piece
by piece, there… Continue reading

Creating an Email Desktop Shortcut

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Roger writes:
I have someone I e-mail a lot, and I get tired of opening and closing Outlook. Is there any way to e-mail someone without having to do that?
Hi, Roger!
If you want to e-mail a certain person quickly without opening and closing your e-mail client (such as Gmail or Outlook), there is one way you can do it, and that is by creating an e-mail shortcut for the person on your desktop. It’s easy; here’s how: Continue reading

Reducing the Size of Word Documents

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Thom, from Dallas asks:

Why do Word and Excel files get so large when the content is so small? As I make numerous changes and saves to a Word file, the file becomes bloated over time. If I open the large Word file and copy (Ctrl-C) and paste the content to a newly created word document, the file

Tiling Windows in XP

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We recently ran a tip about how to show multiple windows side by side in Vista and Windows 7 (click here for a look at that tip). However, many of our readers wanted to be able to accomplish this on their XP computers.

This is called tiling, and it can be done either vertically or horizontally. For this demonstration, vertical tiling was used. Depending on whether you… Continue reading

Nickelodeon Games

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Nickelodeon Games

Winter brings with it snow days, holiday breaks, and at times bored children. I think that this site can alleviate their boredom on any of those occasions.

I will warn you that on older or slower systems, these games may take some time to load. You will also need to have the latest version of… Continue reading

Disable the Zoom Slider in MS Office

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

So, here’s the scenario… you’re happily working in one of the newest versions of an MS Office program and things are progressing nicely.

Then suddenly it happens – the program window goes “wacky” and you find yourself looking at the file after a zoom in or zoom out.

What happened there?

To be quite

Google Site Preview

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Take a look at Google Site Preview and get a quick look at websites, without actually browsing to them. Continue reading

Read.gov

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Read.gov

Welcome to Read.gov – a site dedicated to encouraging reading by people of all ages. On the left hand side of the page, you’ll find links that break up the site by age level: Kids, Teens, Adults, and then Educators & Parents. That is a great way to get started browsing. Beneath those categories you’ll find even more categories under resources.… Continue reading

Auslogics Duplicate File Finder

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is a nice way to further clean up your computer. It is designed to find duplicate files on your computer that are taking up valuable space. It has the ability to search for many different types of files such as: image, audio, video, archived, and application files.

Not only is this program really useful, but it is really easy… Continue reading

Switching Views in OpenOffice Impress

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


When we create presentations,
the software can show us a variety of views – we can see each slide in
the Normal view for editing, we can access an Outline view of our presentation
content, there’s the Notes view where we can add our extra info that doesn’t
go to the audience… well, you get the idea.

There are a variety of… Continue reading

Customizing Desktop Icons

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Rosa from Oregon writes:

Is there any way to change an icon to something other than what Windows has? Do you know of any good sites where I could get some?

Hi, Rosa! I, too, like different kinds of icons.

There are sites where you can

Windows 7 Memory Diagnostics Utility

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


If you suspect that your computer has a memory issue, but it’s not being detected automatically, it’s best to make use of the Windows Memory Diagnostics utility that’s built-in to Windows 7.

Here’s how to access it:

Click Start, and in the Search Box type mdsched.exe. You can then either hit the Enter key or click the mdsched icon that appears… Continue reading

Finding Hidden Folders

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This tip describes how to hide, locate, and secure folders in Vista and Windows 7. Continue reading

Fed Up with School Lunch

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Fed Up With School Lunch

This is an amazing blog, that really sheds light on what kids are eating at school. Mrs. Q, the author of the blog, spent a year eating what the kids at school were being served and documented every grueling meal that was served. Her goal was to shed awareness on the food choices… Continue reading

Texting from Outlook

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Yep – that’s right – you can send text messages to phone using Outlook e-mail… or any other email client.

This is one of my favorite, but yet completely simple tips to use. I have a friend who you can only seem to reach by text and a sister that is easier to find that way as well. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the opportunity to pull

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