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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category



A problem with Java 7 put many of us who play games on Pogo.com out of commission. Thank goodness, it is resolved now, but here is the information on it, just in case a similar issue happens in the future. Continue reading

How Do I Change Icons in Windows 7?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Learn how to change icons on your desktop in Windows 7. Continue reading

Monitor With a Dark Half

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

If you have a monitor with one half darker than the other, there are a number of possibilities from monitor failure to cable failure, but there are some things that you can check. Continue reading

My Weather Widget Looks Terrible After Update

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

After a Windows update, Ray’s weather widgets look all wrong. We look at some possible fixes. Continue reading

Apps Battle Insomnia, Give Eyes A Break

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Learn about software that battle insomnia when you are using your smartphones, tablets and PCs Continue reading

How To Speed Up Windows: Part 2

Monday, August 26th, 2013

More tips for bringing Windows up to speed in part two of our series. Continue reading

Lynn says the text in AOL Desktop 9.7 is too small. We look at her options for taking care of the issue. Continue reading

Jeanne says the text on her tool bar is just too darn small and needs advice on how to make it larger. Continue reading

Jeanette wants to know how to change her mouse pointer in Windows 7. We go step-by-step. Continue reading

How To Resize Windows 8 Taskbar

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Hugh wants to re-size the Windows 8 taskbar. We give him the easy steps in this Quick Tip. Continue reading

Patty’s Taskbar and Start Menu got switched to a color she hates. We’ll explain how to turn it back to a shade she likes in a few simple steps. Continue reading

Spam From Friends? WHY?!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Are you getting spam e-mails from friends? The good news is that they’re not really from your friends. The better news is that you can stop them in their tracks. Continue reading

Is your “new folder” option missing? Learn how to restore it so you can create folders by right-clicking again. Continue reading

Help! My Icons Are Missing!

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Joshua writes: Steve, one of my computers has stopped showing icons. What should be a problem and what should be done. Joshua. Answer: There could be a really simple solution… Continue reading

If you’re getting a pop-up from Adobe saying that Flash needs to store information on your hard drive, this article will explain why and how to stop it. Continue reading

One thing that has bothered users of Windows 8 is the seeming disappearance of the Snipping Tool, the handy little program that lets you grab screenshots. This was particularly bothersome to me, since I recently purchased a Surface Pro and the tiny little keyboard doesn’t have a PrtScn key. The good news is that the Snipping Tool is still there, it just seems like Microsoft is trying to hide it from you. It’s now buried within the Windows System32 file, but there’s a really simple way to find it. Continue reading

Wanting to use an external hard drive to store stuff on from various computers? Great idea! Here are some pointers. Continue reading

How Do I Change Fonts In Windows 7?

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Valerie from Baronett, WI writes: Please tell me how to permanently change the font and font size on my PC. I am using Windows 7. Continue reading

Navigating 8

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Windows 8 is out, up and running. Here are some tips for navigating the first major overhaul to the interface in Windows’ history. Continue reading

Making Windows 7 Easier To Read

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

If you’re finding it difficult to read things on your computer because they look too darn small on your screen, there’s a quick way to make things easier to see in Windows 7. Continue reading

How Do I Add A Password To Windows 7?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Carl from Henderson, Nevada asks: How do I ADD a password in W7 that is required when I turn on my computer? Answer: A password is always a good idea. Here’s how to set one up. Continue reading

Software… Firmware… Hardware…

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

What are all of those “Wares” buzzing around your head? I’ll explain the difference between software, firmware and hardware and even through in bonus definitions for malware, adware and userware. Continue reading

Recyle Bin Vs. Permanently Delete

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Annie from Willet, NY writes: How do you get items to go directly into the “Recycle Bin” instead of being “permanently deleted?” I accidentally deleted family photos thinking they were going into recycle bin, only to finally read the statement “do you want to go permanent delete?” I tried looking at the recycle bin properties, but there are no options to put in the bin. I have Windows 8 OS. Thanks! Continue reading

My Taskbar Moved – How Do I Get It Back?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Question: My taskbar has gone from the bottom of the screen and is now in the vertical position on the right-hand side of the screen. The icons are in a block near the bottom and the Windows, Chrome and Firefox icons are at the top. How do I get them back to the original place, please? Continue reading

Help! Programs Missing From Start Menu

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Question: When I bring up my start menu, I don’t see my list of programs, like my word processor. Everything is gone, how do I get my word processor on the list, as well as my other programs that I use frequently? Answer: It’s a pretty easy fix, here’s how to do it. Continue reading

My Computer Ate The Taskbar Time And Date

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

My ‘puter ate the time & date…LOL! How do I get it back in the taskbar. I have Windows 7. Lise – United States Answer:
I hate it when that happens, Lise. Here’s how to get your computer to cough it back up. Ready? Continue reading

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