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What the Heck are ActiveX Controls?

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Are you puzzled by “ActiveX” controls? Well, here’s some info on what these little programs are and how you can avoid them if you want. Continue reading

Opening Display Write Files

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Have some old Display Writer files sitting around that you’d like to open? Here are some tools to do that if you don’t want to have to start trolling Ebay for a Display Writer console. Continue reading

What’s Up With The $$ Files?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

What about all those files with the $$ in front of them? Can I delete ALL of those? Will it help my computer to delete them? Continue reading

What Makes Screen Resolution?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Here’s an answer to a reader’s question explaining what ingredients go into making your computer monitor’s resolution. Continue reading

Audacity and Burning a CD

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Although Audacity cannot burn audio files, there are several free software programs that can. Continue reading

How Big is a Terabyte?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

KB, MB, GB… we’re starting to see a new player in town when looking at the memory capacity of new computers and it’s a terabyte (TB). Just how memory is that? Continue reading

Leave it On? Turn it Off? WHY?!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Problems and solutions with leaving your CPU and monitor on. Here’s an opinion on an age-old question. Continue reading

How to Enable DMA in Windows 7 Home Premium

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Here is a quick article that will show you how to enable DMA in Windows 7 Home Premium. Continue reading

Switching Processors

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Installing a new processor (CPU) on your motherboard. Note: this tip is for professionals only! Continue reading

Shut down nag screens and what they mean to you: part 2. This covers the “Other people are logged on to [your] computer” alert box. Continue reading

What are Google Attributes and Values?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Wondering what the heck Google Attributes are? Give this article a gander and wonder no more! Continue reading

I Can’t Do That, Dave…

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Windows loves to tout all the things it can do, and we, as consumers, love to point out all the things it can’t. Well, here’s a little “can’t” Easter Egg to try out… Continue reading

What is PowerShell?

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Basically, PowerShell is a command-line shell created for Windows. This program interprets text provided by the system administrator and then implements the text by telling the system how to respond to the given command. Continue reading

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

More Windows Elements Defined

Friday, February 25th, 2011

More Windows Elements Defined: Commands, Menus, Sliders, etc.

You know one of the best things about Windows? How it labels things. You’ll have something pop up that looks like a box, but is a window and you are supposed to know the difference. Who cares? (No offense.) As I have said before, I call it like I see it

Complete Guide to Windows Libraries

Friday, February 18th, 2011

With the advent of Windows 7, we got introduced to new feature called Libraries which in easy English can be termed as an improved version of Windows Explorer.

What is a Windows Library?

Library in Windows 7 is a set of folders within your computer to categorize things in a better way, with more control to

In some of my previous articles I have somewhat – um – whined about the differences between menus and lists and text boxes, not knowing for sure what each one was called. I call it like I see it; if it looks like a list, then that’s what I call it. If a menu drops down, then I call it a drop-down menu. Thus, many terms get kind

Hibernation in Vista and Windows 7

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

How to Enable or Disable the Hibernation Option in Windows 7



You may already know that Windows has a useful “Hibernate” option along with Shutdown, Restart and the Sleep mode. The Hibernate feature is especially useful when you want to save the current state of your operating system and do not want to restart, or shut down the computer.

For example… Continue reading

Screen Tips Explained

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Cameron from Durango, Colorado writes:

I was reading on a website the other day and they were talking about balloon tips. Then they were talking about pop-up descriptions on my computer desktop and didn’t call them balloon tips. I was just wondering if there was a difference.

Okay, Cameron, how can I explain

A PDF Refresher

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

With the launch of the new WorldStart book, Internet Security Survival Guide in .PDF, we’ve received a number of questions about the .PDF format. Consequently, we’ve decided to offer some information that may help answer some of these questions.

What is .PDF?

Adobe introduced

How to Turn Off IPv6

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

IPv6 is going to be the next big thing and there is a countdown on the number of days IPv4 is going to last. Some number it at around 150 days and that is quite scary. IPv4 has a much smaller network load and the end of IPv4 will result in a slowdown of the existing infrastructure of Internet for a few days initially. Not only this, the existing Internet… Continue reading

Print to File Explained

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Jim from Hernando Beach FL asks:

When printing, the box pops up for you to choose printer. In that box there is a little square to check that says “print to file”. How do you print to a file?

Why Print to File

Printing to a file is useful for documents… Continue reading

Mojibake: Gibberish Text Explained

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Surfing the internet, you’ll find quite a bit of talk that could be considered gibberish. Internet slang such as “noob,” words written in numbers instead of letters (“H3ll0!,”) and lots of acronyms that don’t make much sense on first viewing, if ever; lolz, wtf, rofl, smh, etc. While this type of “gibberish” could be researched for definitions/translations, there is another kind

Finding and Using the Run Line

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Sue from Oklahoma City, OK. asks:

Yesterday I saw an article that said another way to access Firefox is to do it by “typing the command Firefox in the Run line”. What does this mean? What is the Run line? Where do I find it?

You know, Sue (by the way, thanks for writing!), there are so many boxes and lines and commands and menus… Continue reading

Changing the Look of Your Boot Screen

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Robin from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:

The other day I was over at a friend’s house and when she started her computer it had a really pretty screen before the Windows screen – do you know what I’m talking about? Where can I get something like that?

Well, Robin, I do know what you’re talking about, and I can show you how to get it… Continue reading

How to Take Screenshots

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Screenshots (or screen captures), are images copied straight from your computer screen. Many of the tips here at Worldstart include screenshots to offer a visual counterpart to the text. For example, if a tip is explaining how to adjust text size in a Word 2010 document, it might include a screenshot like the one below. The accompanying text would then explain that clicking on the arrow to the… Continue reading

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