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Move the Taskbar

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Note: Video may contain information not found in written tip

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


Friday, August 4th, 2006


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

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.

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

Friday, July 14th, 2006

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

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

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

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.

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


Friday, June 23rd, 2006


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

Screen Saver Password

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Screen Saver Password

Have you ever wanted to add a password to your screen saver, but weren’t sure how to do it? Well, you’re in luck today. The process is simple and in minutes, you will have a password protected screen saver.

Go to Start, Control Panel and find the Display icon. Windows XP users need to make sure they are in the classic view of the Control… Continue reading

Run the Shortcut

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Do you use the Run command quite often to help you find different programs quickly? For example, you may use it to find your computer’s calculator or maybe the on screen keyboard. (Those are just a couple examples of what you can use the Run command for).

So, how do you usually get to the Run box? Do you go to Start>Run and then type in your… Continue reading

Quick Launch

Friday, April 7th, 2006

We have done a longer, more advanced tip on Quick Launch before, but I’ve been getting some e-mails from people asking just how to get icons down in their bottom toolbar, so I thought I would cover that again real quick.

The space where the icons sit in the bottom left side of your desktop (right next to the Start button) is called the Quick Launch Toolbar. You… Continue reading

The Calculator

Friday, April 7th, 2006

A lot of times I find myself looking for my calculator and forgetting that there’s a perfectly good one right on my PC already!

It’s practically impossible to lose this one!. Just go to Start, All Programs, Accessories and choose Calculator, or just type in “calc” into your search bar in Windows Vista and choose it above. A little calc will pop up and you just use… Continue reading

Stop the Saver

Friday, March 31st, 2006

I’m tired of my screen saver. How do I turn it off?


So, you have a really cool screen saver picked out and you really love it, but maybe you only love it for a little while. Or, maybe you just really love your wallpaper even more. So, what should you do to solve this little dilemma? Do you have to leave your screen… Continue reading

Move That Window

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Move That Window

Picture this: you’re sitting at your computer and you have a browser window open while you search the Web and you also have some sort of a document laid out on your screen. I’m guessing that you probably have them both open to their full size, don’t you? It’s just too annoying to not have it that way, right?

Well, what if you wanted to move that… Continue reading

Welcome Screen

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Welcome Screen

If you have Windows XP, you have two choices of how your computer logs you in each time you boot up your computer. You can either use the traditional method of using a username and password or you can use what is called the Welcome Screen to log on.

If you want to change the way your computer logs you in each time, you can either disable or… Continue reading

Performance Options

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Did you know that you can customize your settings, so your computer will run and look just the way you want it to? Well, you can and here’s how.

Click on Start>Control Panel and get to the Performance area. XP users need to click on Performance and Maintenance to get to this section. You’ll find this as it’s shown

Brightness and Contrast Control

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Brightness and Contrast Controls

Have you ever wondered what those little buttons on the front of your monitor are for? You may have played around with them and found that they are mainly used for the brightness and contrast controls for your computer screen. Adjusting these controls allows you to make your screen look the way you want it to look, whether that be with a darker or a lighter… Continue reading

Volume Control

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Ever lost your volume icon? You go to change your volume by using the little icon that sits in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop (right next to your clock) and the icon was somehow missing? What are you supposed to do now?

If you’re using Windows Vista, then right-click on a blank area of your task bar and select “Properties“. Under system icons, make… Continue reading

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