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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category



RSS Screensavers

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

RSS Screensavers

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge RSS fan and I’m so excited to tell you about RSS screensavers today!

If you don’t know what RSS is, here’s a quick refresher for you! RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it’s a type of feed that’s updated when a publisher posts a new blog or article on a Web site. With RSS, you can… Continue reading

Working Together: Vista and Google Calendars

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Working Together: Vista and Google Calendars

Windows Vista includes a built-in calendar application that’s pretty slick, but as a Google Calendar addict, I’d like to view my Google calendar on my desktop instead. And that’s where Vista’s “Subscribe To” calendar feature comes in pretty handy. Let’s see what we’ve got, shall we?!

To subscribe to your Google Calendar, you’ll first need to get the iCal link to your calendar. To… Continue reading

Vista Shutdown Shortcut

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Lately, I’ve been seeing one question pop up on a regular basis in my e-mail Inbox, so I figured it was about time I covered it! So, what’s the question? Well, it seems like several of you want to know how you can create a shutdown shortcut for Windows Vista. As many of you probably know, we here at WorldStart have told you how to do that for Windows XP… Continue reading

Power Up Your Quick Launch

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Power Up Your Quick Launch

You know how to use the little toolbar next to the Start button, don’t you? You know, the Quick Launch area that looks like this:

Well, I just made my Quick Launch toolbar a lot more powerful and I’m here today to show you how you can do the same! When you’re all finished, your Quick Launch toolbar will look something like this:

Google Desktop: A Deeper Look

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Google Desktop: A Deeper Look

Have you ever dreamed about an easier way of searching the Web? You know, maybe eliminating the log in process or perhaps not having to type in the address of the Web site you want to visit. Well, today, I will help you make that dream come true! Lucky for all of us, Google has come out with a feature called Google Desktop and it… Continue reading

Vista’s DreamScene

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Vista’s DreamScene

Have you heard of the Windows Vista DreamScene? If not, allow me to tell you a little about it!

The Vista DreamScene is a tool that allows people to use videos and other optimized animations as desktop wallpapers. It’s included with the Windows Vista Ultimate Extras package and it can be downloaded through the Windows Update service. The best part about DreamScene is the fact that it uses… Continue reading

Make Your Computer Talk

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Make Your Computer Talk

Did you know it’s possible to have a conversation with your computer? Yep, you can, but there is one catch: I can’t promise that your computer will be a very good listener! In all seriousness though, if you’re using the Windows Vista operating system, you’ve probably noticed that your desktop has some handy little gadgets on the side of the screen, right? Some of them look… Continue reading

Vista Shortcuts

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Vista Shortcuts

So, tell me, have you been using Windows Vista for awhile now? And are you still trying to master it? If you are, that’s perfectly normal. It’s not easy learning a whole new operating system and it will take some time. Luckily, there are some things you can work on to make the process go a little faster. I’ve already covered a few in past articles… Continue reading

Multiple Time Zones in Windows Vista and 7

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Nick from GA asks:

Is there a way to show multiple time zones in Windows Vista and 7?

Yes there is, Nick! Let’s check it out!

Setting It Up

1.) The first step is to right click on the clock in your system tray

RocketDock

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

RocketDock

“The single greatest piece of software. Ever.” At least that’s what you’ll see when you search for RocketDock with Google, because it’s the program’s tag line. And you know what? I simply have to agree with them. It’s pretty darn cool. Let’s check it out!

So, what is RocketDock? Well, before we go any further, let me ask you a couple questions. Do you ever get tired of your… Continue reading

Put the Taskbar on Top

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Q:
Have you ever needed to browse through any windows you currently have open on your computer? But, when you go to do so, you have to close out all your other programs just to access them?

A:
Well, more than likely, you probably don’t have your taskbar set to be on top. What exactly does that mean, you ask? Well, a taskbar is the… Continue reading

Compressing Your Vista Icons

Friday, November 9th, 2007

In my experience, I have observed a lot of users who place their frequent accessible programs as icons on their desktop. Sooner, rather than later though, the desktop craves for space and there is no more available for any new programs you may add to your computer. Well, luckily, there is a workaround for this issue and that lies within compressing your icons.

You can follow these steps to accomplish… Continue reading

Lost Recycle Bin

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Has your Recycle Bin icon ever disappeared from your desktop? Perhaps the icon was in place one night before you went to bed, but in the morning when you started up your computer again, it was long gone. Where did it go? What happened to it? But more importantly, how can you get it back? Well, there are a few things you can try to get

Dual Wallpaper

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Q:
I use two monitors with my computer and I absolutely love it, but there is one thing that bothers me about it. The wallpaper on both screens is always the same. Is there any way I can make them different? I’ve tried to do it myself, but I can’t get it to work. Can you please help me?

A:
Oh, I love this question! I honestly can’t… Continue reading

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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