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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category



Adjusting Font Size

Friday, July 27th, 2007

If you want to increase the size of your font in Vista or Windows 7, it’s just a couple clicks away. To do so in Vista, right click your desktop and choose Personalize. Then in the left pane, click on the Adjust font size (DPI) link.

After you do that, a User Account Control warning might pop up asking for your permission to… Continue reading

Go Classic in Vista

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Go Classic in Vista

Have you recently started using Windows Vista? If so, are you having a little trouble navigating your way through the new setup of the operating system? At first, it can be quite confusing. Everything you were familiar with in Windows XP has been changed or moved to another location and that makes it really hard to get your work done, doesn’t it? Well, lucky for all… Continue reading

Maximize It Already!

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

When you open your Web browser, does it sometimes open in a smaller window than you’d like? If that happens, are you constantly going up to the Maximize button and making the screen larger? It’s happened to me before and let me tell you, it gets old real quick. So, what can you do about it? Well, allow me to give you a couple options. Read on!… Continue reading

Monitor Masterpiece

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Monitor Masterpiece

Do you ever have trouble getting your computer monitor to sit just like you want it? I mean, sometimes it can tilt too much or too little and if it’s not in the perfect position, the time you spend on your computer can turn into a real nightmare. So, I’m here to save the day with a few tips that will help you create the perfect monitor viewing… Continue reading

Vista Icons

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Ever since you upgraded or installed Vista, you’ve probably noticed that the icons on your desktop are a little bigger than the earlier versions of Windows. You’ve probably noticed also that the text that comes along with those icons is larger as well. Or, who knows, maybe neither of them are big enough to meet your preferences. So, how can you change them?

First, Right-Click on your desktop… Continue reading

Personalizing Windows Vista

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Q:
Can you give me some basic directions on how to personalize my Windows Vista? I’m talking about the desktop wallpaper, screensavers, etc.

A:
If you are using Windows Vista and you’re having trouble figuring out how to personalize it with your own wallpaper, etc., here are some simple instructions for you on how to do it. It’s not as hard as it may seem either… Continue reading

Web Site Shortcuts

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Web Site Shortcuts

How would you like to have a shortcut on your desktop that with just a double click, all of your favorite Web sites could be seen? And yes, I’m talking about any Web site that you visit on a regular basis (at least in Internet Explorer). How cool does all that sound? Pretty good, huh?! Well, it’s very easy to do, so if you haven’t done so… Continue reading

QuickStart Lock

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

QuickStart Lock

What is QuickStart?

To begin, QuickStart is an executable file that lets you immediately launch a screensaver on your computer’s desktop. By using QuickStart in conjunction with a password enabled screensaver, you have the ability to immediately and securely lock your computer. You can download QuickStart tools from a variety of sources on the Internet, but the one I use is the Stardust Screen Saver QuickStart, version 2.1… Continue reading

Lost Icons

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

How much do you depend on certain icons on your desktop? I’m talking about the icons from the likes of My Computer, My Documents, Network and so on. Those are a few of the icons that you probably used on a regular basis in Windows XP, so if they’re not there, or if you’re using Windows Vista or Windows 7, what are you supposed to do? Well, the best answer… Continue reading

Windows Desktop Search

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Windows Desktop Search

I’m sure you know the scenario: You are certain you sent an e-mail about that dinner appointment awhile back, but where is it now? Or you recall making out an agenda for the next club meeting, but can you find it? Not on your life!

Also, the longer you’ve had your computer, the more files you get and the harder it becomes to find what you are… Continue reading

Move the Taskbar

Friday, November 10th, 2006


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Are you fed up with where your taskbar sits on your desktop? Do you wish you could move it somewhere else? What about if you use more than one monitor and want to move your taskbar to the other side?

Well, good news! It’s super easy to move your taskbar to almost anywhere on… Continue reading

Refresh It

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Refresh It

We all use our desktops quite often when we’re working on our computers, don’t we? I mean, that’s where all of our icons are placed, that’s where we can change our desktop themes, our wallpaper designs and our screen saver choices. And that’s just the beginning of what we use the desktop for. There’s so much to be done on the desktop, we just can’t take the chance… Continue reading

Create Your Own Icon

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Have you ever wanted to create your own icon for your desktop? Maybe you’re tired of all the pre-installed boring ones and you think it’s time for a change. Well, you’re in luck, because this article will help you create your very own icon. You’ll no longer have to use the ones that are available by default in Windows.

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Shutdown Shortcut

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Shutdown Shortcut

Do you ever get tired of the repetitive process of shutting down your computer? You know, you have to go to your Start menu and then select Turn Off or Shut Down, whichever your computer has. Then you have to wait for it to actually shut down just to make sure it did it properly. Well, how would you like to bypass all of that and make the… Continue reading

Windows XP Splash Screen

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Have you ever wondered what happens in the background when the Windows XP logo is loading on your computer screen when you first boot up? I have often thought about that myself, so I thought I would tell you a little about this topic today. So, here we go!

During the startup process, you will see the Windows logo on the screen for a few seconds. But… Continue reading

Wallpaper Color

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Wallpaper Color

Do you like to use your own pictures for your computer’s desktop wallpaper? You know, as long as you have the picture saved on your computer, you can right click on your desktop, choose Properties, click on the Desktop tab and hit the Browse button to search for it. When you find the one you want, select it and then you just hit OK for the picture to… Continue reading

Shortcuts

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Shortcuts

You probably have them all over your desktop and you probably use them every day, but do you know exactly what a shortcut is? Yes, the name seems pretty self explanatory, but here’s a little more information on the world of shortcuts for you, just in case!

A shortcut, in reference to computers, is basically an icon you create that sits on your desktop for quick access to anything… Continue reading

Create a Show Desktop Icon

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Q:
You showed us the Show Desktop video this week, but how do you create an icon for that? I don’t seem to have one.

A:
After featuring the “Show Desktop” video tip this week, it’s come to my realization that some of you never had a Show Desktop icon to begin with. So, to be able to use that tip in all its glory, you first need… Continue reading

Eye Friendly Appearance in Windows XP

Do you have eye sight problems and is it sometimes hard for you to see certain things when you’re using your computer? Well, as a user with glasses, it has always been difficult for me to use Windows XP, because the default settings are all very small. I have tried to enlarge some of them, but they still looked small and caused my eyes… Continue reading

Date and Time Display

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Q:
Is there any way I can change the way my date and time are displayed in my system tray?

A:
There sure is! It’s always nice to change things up a little, even with your date and time display, so let’s go for it! Most computer users have the date shown as a long date format (day of the week, month, day, year) and the time usually… Continue reading

Taskbar Alert Messages

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Q:
How can I get rid of those alert messages that always show up in the taskbar? You know, the ones that tell me new updates are ready, etc.

A:
Well, those alerts are there to inform you of things that are going on within your computer, but I understand that they are sometimes annoying. Usually, these messages are telling you that there are updates available that you… Continue reading

Missing Clock

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Has your computer clock mysteriously disappeared from your system tray? Where did the time go?
Well, if you have ever ran into this problem, put this little tip to use and try to get it back!

Go down to your system tray (this is where your clock usually sits, along with your sound icon and you may even have other programs like your antivirus down there… Continue reading

Remote Desktop

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Remote Desktop

First of all, what is a Remote Desktop?

With the Remote Desktop feature in Windows XP, you are able to control a computer from another office, from home or while traveling. For example, with this feature enabled, you can use the data, applications and network resources that are on your office computer, without even being in your office!

Remote Desktop is the new name for the older Windows… Continue reading

Widgets

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Widgets

Welcome to the wonderful world of widgets! What are widgets, you may ask? Well, they are basically small applications that are attached to your desktop that allow you to have the Internet at your fingertips! What am I talking about? Well, widgets allow you to access different forms of multimedia, view local sports scores, check the weather and lots more. The best part is, you can do all of… Continue reading

Create Your Own Toolbar

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Create Your Own Toolbar

Do you access the same links daily and have a favorite search engine? If so, this tip will show you how to create a toolbar with all of your favorite links and more.

Chances are, you’ve probably have a toolbar in your Internet browser like one of these:

These are toolbars created by Google and Yahoo! to allow you quick access to their features. A… Continue reading

Mouse ClickLock

Friday, May 26th, 2006

The computer mouse, in all possible ways, like the touchpad for laptops and the graphical pen, has been an inseparable part of every computer user throughout the world. In fact, thinking about starting up your computer and doing all your tasks with the pure keyboard is like a nightmare! Especially when it comes to working in some complex environments like the Internet or getting busy handling some heavy computer operations… Continue reading

Change the Start

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Change the Start

We use the Windows Start menu quite often, don’t we? It has a critical affect on our daily computing activities. In fact, it would be basically impossible to operate our computer without the Start menu. Without it, it would much more difficult to access our favorite programs that we have installed on our computers. It would even be harder to run the essential Windows applications.

Imagine your… Continue reading

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