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Windows 7’s On-Screen Keyboard

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Everybody remembers our tip for the on-screen keyboard, right? Well, did you know that Windows 7’s on-screen keyboard blows the old version away?

It’s pretty cool! So, click Start and in the search box type, “osk”, minus the quotes and press Enter. You’ll see this:

Click “Options” under PrtScn in the cluster of keys to the… Continue reading

Empty Just Folder Contents

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

How many times has something as simple as deleting files wasted your time? Windows file management has progressed much since the old days of MS-DOS, but it’s still far from perfect.

Deleting files is easy in Windows; you just select the folder where the files are stored and press “delete”. But what if you had to delete a whole bunch of files while maintaining the… Continue reading

Google Drops Internet Explorer 6 Support

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

I heard Google is going to cut support for Internet Explorer Version 6. Is this true?

Yes, sad but true. Beginning March 1st, 2010 those who are still running Internet Explorer 6, will have to upgrade their browser if they want to maintain functionality with Google applications such as Google Docs and Google Sites.

Google Apps Senior Product Manager Rajen… Continue reading

Search Functionality in the Command Prompt

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

ou read that right – you can actually search for stuff in your Command Prompt, which surprised the heck out of me, too. Continue reading

Block Specific Websites on your Computer

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

You might have the knowledge of how to block and unblock selected sites in browsers like Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, but what about blocking specific websites on all browsers? If you block some websites on your computer, nobody can access them through any means unless you decide to unblock them. It’s easy, so let’s check it out!

The need to block sites arises due to different… Continue reading

Sort Start Menu and Favorites

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I love to drag and drop. I can put anything I want wherever I want it without having to copy/paste or “Send to”. If you would like to keep your Start menu or your Favorites in a certain order, then this tip’s for you.

To sort the Start Menu quickly, point to Start (very left side of your screen on the bottom), then left-click on All Programs… Continue reading

Windows XP Mode for Windows 7

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Awhile back we had mentioned that Windows 7 would have a special “Windows XP” mode which would allow users to run XP compatible programs if they didn’t work in Windows 7.
Click here to check it out again, if you don’t remember. .

Well, it’s finally here and available for download over at, but there’s a… Continue reading

Address Bar on your Toolbar

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Did you know that if you wanted to, you could just go directly to a website without even opening your browser?

Go to your taskbar (the bar that runs across the bottom of your desktop – see below). Right-click. A short menu will pop up and at the top you will see Toolbars. Mouse-over that and you’ll see a list with Address at the top… Continue reading

Flip 3d in Windows 7

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Remember Flip 3d from Windows Vista? It was a neat way to switch between open windows without clicking back and forth. It looked a lot like this:

How do you do it in Windows 7, though?

Easy! Just press and hold the Windows Key and Tab. You can scroll through with your mouse wheel or by releasing tab… Continue reading

Easy Control Panel in Windows 7

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

So, most of our tips here at Worldstart that refer to the control panel require some form of instruction to get to the end result, (i.e. Start>Control Panel, etc.)

What if I told you there was a way to get it all in one place? What if I told you there was an Easy Mode in Windows 7 that would allow you to change, alter and otherwise… Continue reading

Windows 7 Homegroup

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

If, like me, you’ve taken the plunge and upgraded to Windows 7, you’re probably wondering how some of these new features work. For instance, I had no idea what a “homegroup” was before I did a bit of digging. Here’s what I found.

A homegroup is a new function that allows you to share files between computers on the same home network. Whilst Windows users… Continue reading

Disable Windows 7 Startup Sound

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Let me put it to you this way: You know you pressed the power button on your computer, you know Windows is starting up, but does that necessarily mean you need an annoying sing-song chime to indicate that your machine has booted?

No, it doesn’t. So let’s learn how to make Windows 7 silent upon Startup!

Press Start, and in the Search Box type… Continue reading

Run As Administrator

Monday, December 14th, 2009

You know what I find frustrating? When I’m logged into Windows Vista or 7 as the administrator, but find that I still can’t run something because it says that I need “Administrative Privileges”.

What gives? Aren’t I the administrator already?

Well, some programs like the Command Prompt, Task Scheduler, and Regedit which haven’t been fully updated to work with Vista or 7, need elevated… Continue reading

Windows 7 Features

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Windows 7 in simple is making your PC simplified. It has better ways to find and manage files, help you speed through everyday tasks, and is designed for faster and more reliable performance. We shall explore through some of these features in this article.


You can share your music, pictures and documents from your home computers with HomeGroup that is available in Windows… Continue reading

I’m a stickler for functionality, and although bells and whistles are nice to look at, if they don’t do anything to increase the performance of my computer, I don’t want ’em!

For example, Windows 7 has a neat shrinky/growy animation whenever you minimize or maximize a window, but does it really help anything?


Windows 7 Wallpaper Slideshow

Monday, December 7th, 2009

A long time ago, we introduced you to John’s Background Switcher right here in the Worldstart Computer Tips Newsletter. As you’ll remember, the program allowed you to set a group of photos to rotate as your desktop background so that you won’t get the same boring wallpaper every time you look at your desktop. Microsoft has now decided to implement the same idea in Windows 7!… Continue reading

Magic Bean Key Finder

Monday, December 7th, 2009

It happens, we have our Windows installation disks, but the product key is nowhere to be found! Usually it’s located on a sticker stuck somewhere on our computer case, but what do you do in those other instances? Panic?

Nope, just look for a product key finder!

Your product key is actually located right within your Windows registry, and where… Continue reading

Pin Control Panel to Taskbar

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Do you find yourself accessing the Control Panel often throughout your day? Well, if you’re using Windows 7, then you’re in luck!

Click Start and then type in “Control Panel” in the search box…

…and drag the control panel icon down to your taskbar.

Alternately, go to Start, click Control Panel and then right-click the Control Panel icon in your Taksbar… Continue reading

Entertainment With Windows 7 Home Premium

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Windows 7 Home Premium delivers the best in class entertainment. You can have a home network and share all your favorite photos, videos and music. It also enables you to watch, pause, rewind and record TV. Both 32-bit and 64-bit discs are available with Windows 7 Home Premium that adds more convenience. You can have more work, more play and more of everything in between.… Continue reading

When to Format?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Wayne from LA asks:

I’ve heard that people are advised to “format and reinstall Windows”. What does this mean? Is it a task to be performed habitually? When do I know if I have to do it?

Great question!

G-Mail Chat Emoticons

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Do you use G-mail Chat? Well, if you do, you’ll probably want to take a look at the awesome emoticons you can pull off in the interface! Here’s a list and what each emoticon does.

They’re even animated! Go ahead, jump into G-mail Chat and experiment!

~Andrew… Continue reading

Windows 7 Taskbar Preview

Monday, November 16th, 2009

One of my favorite features so far in Windows 7 is the ability to take a look at what’s going on in the taskbar without actually having to click on or maximize anything. Want to know how? Great!

When you have programs present in the taksbar, just take your mouse pointer and hold it over the program you’d like to take a look at.… Continue reading

View Files in Your Internet Browser

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Internet Explorer and Firefox can do more than just surf the web! Use them to open all sorts of files.

Just drag and drop a file into your browser window and watch it open. It comes in handy, especially for looking at JPEG’s and GIF’s, but other files work, as well. It can also open text files, and… Continue reading

Restore Show Desktop Icon

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Are you missing your Show Desktop icon in your Quicklaunch bar? If so, you may need to use Notepad to create a new one! This works for all versions of Windows from 98, all the way up to Vista.

1. Open Notepad

– If you’re using Windows XP or below, copy and paste this text into Notepad:… Continue reading

Direct X 11 for Windows Vista SP2

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Direct X 11:

Microsoft has built Windows 7 features into Windows Vista with the latest Service Pack (SP2), which also includes a graphics technology upgrade. With SP2, users can access the new DirectX 11 package that brings the graphical power of the OS on par with Windows 7. Microsoft offers the platform update through Windows Update, if you’re interested.

Game Graphics:

Video game… Continue reading

Find The Version Number

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Okay, here’s a quick tip that may only apply to a few, but it’s one that anyone can try. If you’re ever in need of knowing the version number of a program (For example, 3.5.3 as seen below), then all you need to do is click Help>About(Program name).

Most programs have this information readily available and it comes in… Continue reading

Prevent USB Data Theft

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Would you like to prevent your employees from copying sensitive data?

Using a simple Registry setting, you can add an extra layer of defense to your computer and prevent anyone from copying your sensitive information with a USB flash drive.
This Registry setting will make all your USB ports read only, just like a DVD. This setting works on Windows XP and Windows Vista. You must… Continue reading

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