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
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
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tom, from Oklahoma asks:
I installed Ubuntu to try it out, but I had some problems, so I uninstalled it. However, when I boot my machine it still gives Ubuntu as an option. How do I clean this up? I am using XP SP3.
Note: Any procedure involving the MBR (Master Boot Record) is dangerous and can cause your computer to become inaccessible. While the steps
Note: This tip only applies to Professional editions of Windows. That includes Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista Pro, and Windows 7 Pro. This will not work on Home editions.
The Registry is the heart of a Windows operating system. Almost all Windows configuration settings and options are stored there.
The Windows Registry is accessed through a system application called: the Registry Editor. It allows… Continue reading
Claire from Ottawa, Canada writes:
I am almost ashamed to admit it, but I don’t know how to cut and paste or even what it means. I do know how to copy and paste, though, if that helps.
A long time ago, I got to talking to a representative from my local phone company about computers and copy and paste came up. I had… Continue reading
Larry from Sallisaw, OK asks:
Can you explain the difference between DVDs and DVD RAM?
DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc. It’s a type of data storage technology. There are two categories of recording formats in DVDs.
The first category is called Digital Versatile Disc Read Only Memory (DVD ROM). In this type of DVD, you can… Continue reading
Mona from San Diego, California asks:
A friend of mine called and said that she needs to reinstall Windows XP (she has the disk). She has done this before but she always used floppies; now she doesn’t have a floppy drive so she just uses her CD disk. She went to reinstall and her WinXP
Bernnae from California asks,
Is there a formula to easily convert megabytes into gigabytes?
Yes there is! You can do the conversion manually by using arithmetic or you can use software to do the conversion for you. First, let’s look at the formula for converting megabytes (Mb) into gigabytes (Gb).
Formula for Megabyte to Gigabyte Conversion
As shown… Continue reading
David from Queensland, Australia asks:
Could you please explain the difference between Microsoft Briefcase, Zip file, and file. What is the purpose of each and when we would we use each. I use Windows 7.
A computer file is the basic form of storage on a computer. Most people combine similar information into a single file and name it appropriately… Continue reading
Previously we’ve discussed the ability possessed by MS Office to save files in PDF format and at some time you probably also noticed that the file format XPS seems to be lumped with the PDF choice.
Most of us are very familiar with PDF since so much that we see online is in that format. Forms such as tax forms from the state… Continue reading
In easy English, “Delete” stands for removing while “Cut” stands for replacing the location of an item. Both are basic windows commands but they work differently when you apply them on the data stored in a document or on files and folders stored in your computer.
Imagine this – you are working on a word document and want to move a sentence to the earlier… Continue reading
Andrew from MI asks:
I keep getting the message \”need more virtual memory\”. I have tried a few different ways to increase it, with no success. Can I get a better graphic card and will that help? I have 4.00 GB RAM (3.25 usable) No problem with computer slow down. My operating system is 32 bits whatever that means. Is it possible to upgrade to 64?
OK, I’m going to have to be careful here. I could write a book about all the intricacies of RAM (speed, types, size etc), but for our purposes, we need to first set our focus to what RAM actually is – and why gobs of it nestled inside your computer will make your life oh-so-much better. So, I’ll sum it up in one little sentence… Continue reading