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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category



Reclaim the Recycle Bin!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Accidentally deleted your recycle bin? Bummer. But here’s a pretty easy way to get it back. Continue reading

Mary from Lake City, Fl writes:

I have a Windows XP and I right-clicked on the desk top so I could go to MS Office word to save a recipe and I accidentally clicked something else. Now all my icons on the desktop are highlighted and they have a check mark on them and I can’t figure out how to change them back. Answer: To make the icon texts look like they did before on your wallpaper, here is the fix… Continue reading

Windows XP Mode in Window 7?

Friday, October 5th, 2012

I am on Windows XP Pro and am very used to it, but I want to upgrade to 7. I understand that 7 has a “XP mode”, so if I upgrade how do I put it into “XP Mode” – and which version do I need to have? Continue reading

Learn about Windows 7 Starter Edition and the limitations associated with it. Continue reading

Setting Custom Text Size In Windows 7

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Text too small on your computer? Check out this article to see how to set your own custom text size in Windows. Continue reading

Reclaim the Games!

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Have your Windows games disappeared? That’s a bummer, but there’s a fairly simple way to get them back, and here it is. Continue reading

Windows 7 Password Hint

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Learn how to set up a password hint in Windows 7 with this amazing tip! Continue reading

Use this tip to change the icon images for any shortcut pinned to your Start menu’s taskbar. Continue reading

Military Time in Windows 7

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

If you are in the military, or just prefer a 24-hour clock to a 12 hour clock, here’s how you can change your Windows clock. Continue reading

The Windows operating system includes several options for changing the size of icons, images, and fonts on the screen. While this can be helpful, if you need text to appear larger, it may also cause problems if words and images become stuck in a setting that is too big or small. Continue reading

Change Windows 7 Background Color

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Ah, aesthetics! You work so hard to make that Windows wallpaper as cool as possible, but the color of the background just ruins the composition! Thankfully it’s easy to change the background color to whatever hue you like! Continue reading

Disabling Taskbar Thumbnail Previews

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Microsoft decided to include a “feature” (which for many is about as useful as a rock) that creates small pop-up previews of any window currently open when you roll your mouse over their taskbar icons at the bottom of the screen. Find out how to disable those preview pop-ups in Windows 7. Continue reading

The Case of the Listening Computer

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Dictating to your computer is fun and easy! Here’s how to do it without buying expensive software. Continue reading

Windows 7 Math Input Panel

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

“Math Input Panel uses the math recognizer that’s built into Windows 7 to recognize handwritten math expressions. You can then insert the recognized math into a word-processing or computational program. “ Continue reading

Are your Windows taskbar notification icons disappearing on you? Read this tip for a quick fix! Continue reading

Check out this tip to keep your windows always opening in “maximized” full screen mode. Continue reading

How To Enable Aero Snap in Win 7?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

This week a reader asks how to enable windows 7′s aero snap feature, which automatically pops windows to full size when dragged to the side of the screen. Read to find out how. Continue reading

Missing Volume Control Icon?

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Have you 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 it’s nowhere to be found? Get answers here! Continue reading

Ever wondered if you could use a HD TV as a computer monitor? Well you can! Check it out in this tip! Continue reading

Here’s a quick tip on how to change it so the day of the week appears in your time and date settings in Windows 7. Give it a look! Continue reading

If you dislike the Control Panel’s category view offered in Windows 7 and long for the days of icons found in the classic view, then here’s what you need to know to turn your wish into reality. Continue reading

What the Heck are ActiveX Controls?

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Are you puzzled by “ActiveX” controls? Well, here’s some info on what these little programs are and how you can avoid them if you want. Continue reading

How to use Adobe Acroba Professional and comment on slides using the Comment and Markup Tool function. Continue reading

Changing a Maximized Window

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Do you have a program that starts out full screen, but when you hit the little button to make it go back to normal size, it refuses to shrink? Check this tip out! Continue reading

Windows 7 Clock Decades

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Finding a date in Windows 7 is super easy – you just click the clock on the taskbar and you get an easy readout of the month. Clicking the arrows moves on to the next (or previous) month, but do you know what happens if you click on the name of the month? Continue reading

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