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Missing Vista Recycle Bin

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I had yet another distressed Worldstart reader contact me yesterday to tell me that their recycle bin had pulled a Harry Houdini and escaped from their desktop. This is worrisome, to say the least, but, as always, there is a solution. Actually, there are a couple of solutions depending on your Operating System, so let’s get to them!

In Windows Vista and 7, RightClick on your Desktop… Continue reading

Hotkey Refresher Course

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Today we’re going to have a refresher course on Hotkeys! I bring this subject up because the article I wrote on determining 32 and 64 bit processors brought the Win+Pause properties shortcut to my attention. I thought this was so cool that I should take it a step further and list some more useful hotkey shortcuts! So, if your mouse ever breaks, or if you want to impress those around… Continue reading

Windows SteadyState Part 3

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This week is the third and final tutorial on Windows Steadystate. If you missed parts one and two, you can view them here: Part 1, Part 2 . Today we are going to cover the last two sections of SteadyState. These two area are called “Feature Restrictions” and “Block programs“. Lets dive in!

The first section is the “Feature Restrictions” tab. This tab goes beyond the options of… Continue reading

What is dwm in Windows Vista?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Q: What is dwm.exe and why is it running in Windows Vista?

A: Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) is the compositing window manager that gives you all those pretty effects in Windows Vista: Transparent windows, live taskbar thumbnails (that you can resize now), and even the Flip3D switcher that you can disable and replace with Switcher. What happens in Vista is that applications write the picture of their… Continue reading

Displaying Recent Documents in XP

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Quentin from WI asks:

How do I display “My Recent Documents” in the Start menu in Windows XP? I’ve searched all over the place!!

The solution is blindingly simple, but I’ll give ya credit for trying! To display your recent documents folder in Windows XP, follow these steps:


Screen Capture With Jing!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

It ends up that there are several options out there if you are looking for more than what the simple PrtScn button offers. Just a few months ago, I wrote an article about a program called Screenshot Captor. This is a good program for additional features and you can check it out here. Also, almost 3 years ago, we wrote an article about a… Continue reading

John’s Background Switcher

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

John’s Background Switcher

I love WorldStart’s wallpaper, but every month, I’m faced with a huge dilemma: which one to use as my desktop background. Do you know what I mean? After all, it’s the photo I’ll be staring at every time my computer boots up. Luckily, I recently found a program called John’s Background Switcher and I haven’t stopped using it since! Not only does it change your background periodically… Continue reading

Multi-Monitor Taskbar

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Multi-Monitor Taskbar

This one’s for all you dual screen users out there! I’ve had dual screen monitors for my Windows XP computer for about two years now and I love them. Most computer users usually keep two or three windows open in the background, but dual monitors allow you to keep them all in sight. It’s really neat! And today, I’m going to show you something I didn’t even know… Continue reading


Wednesday, September 24th, 2008


Are you looking for a way to jazz up your desktop folders? We here at WorldStart have taught you how to change the Windows interface in many different ways, but today, I’m going to show you how to spice up your folder icons!

We’ll be using a program I just recently discovered called Folderico. It’s so cool, so let’s get right to it!

1.) The download… Continue reading

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


Friday, February 22nd, 2008


“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

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?

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

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?

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

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