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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category



Changing Your Windows 7 Taskbar

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

If you liked XP, Windows 7 offers many XP interface options. It also allows you to pick and choose from several individual options. For example, if you liked the XP taskbar, you can quickly adjust the Windows 7 taskbar to give it that XP appearance.

Just right click on an open space of the taskbar and select Properties.

The Best Desktop Gadgets for Windows 7

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Desktop gadgets first appeared on Windows computers with Vista, but they have been updated and improved for Windows 7. Here are some of the best ones for having fun, staying informed, or for increasing your productivity. All of them are available to download free from the Windows Live Gadget Gallery.

1. Ultimate Explorer – This multi-functional tool can help you bypass your… Continue reading

Easy Wallpaper with Google Chrome

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Google chrome has fast become the favorite browser of many internet users, mainly because of its speed and small size. Though it possesses countless useful features, there is one basic feature that it desperately lacks. It doesn’t let a user change the desktop wallpaper from within the browser. Gone are the days when a user would save an image to the hard drive, spend 15 minutes locating the image in… Continue reading

Bailey from El Mirage, California asks:

When I send a link as a shortcut to the desktop, I hate the way it says shortcut right after the name of the shortcut. Do you know what I mean? I had heard you can get rid of this. Can you? I have Windows Vista.

Bailey, I am assuming you mean this kind of shortcut name annoyance:… Continue reading

Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Windows 7 has all kinds of useful desktop gadgets to enhance your productivity, or just to have some fun. There are calendars, puzzles, currency converters, clocks, slideshows and more. If you’ve always wanted to try using gadgets, here’s how.

Start by right clicking on an empty area of your desktop and selecting Gadgets from the context menu.

This opens up… Continue reading

Disable Taskbar Previews in Windows 7

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The taskbar preview feature in Windows 7 is extremely helpful in some situations and plain annoyance in others. Whenever we open a window, it comes up in the taskbar and has taskbar preview enabled by default. Taskbar preview shows us a miniscule preview version of the window. The window comes into view as we hover our mouse on the preview and gets active if we click the preview.… Continue reading

XP Classic View in Windows 7

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Pam from Ohio asks:

I recently went from XP to windows 7 -big big difference. Is there any way to make it act like classic view like you can do with XP? I got it to act like Vista which is better but would love the old way again.

Good question, Pam, and something that many people used to using XP would like to… Continue reading

Enlarge Text on Your Computer Screen

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Patsy from Winnsboro, Tx. Asks:

Several years ago, I found a tip in this newsletter about how to enlarge your entire emails. Since then I have a different computer and I am getting older and vision is worsening and I can hardly read the emails that I receive. Do you know how to change this?

It can be very frustrating when you have to strain… Continue reading

Removing the Name from Desktop Icons

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Gina asks:

I really like the look of a clean desktop. I don’t ever keep anything on it except the Internet Explorer icon, Recycle Bin, My Documents, and My Computer. It would be nice to not have any text under each icon. Can this even be done?

First of all, kudos to you, Gina, for having such a clean desktop! I have a terrible… Continue reading

Video Wallpaper

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Desktop wallpaper is a Windows element enjoyed by any computer user and there are many types of wallpapers available. However, video wallpaper may be a new experience for you, which makes it a pretty cool thing to try.

VLC Media Player is one of the most used free media players that allow you to play nearly any kind of media file types. We are going to need… Continue reading

Bringing Back Your Internet Connectivity Icon

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Learn how to get back a lost internet connectivity icon. Continue reading

All About the Quick Launch Toolbar

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Tyler S. asks:

With all of the work that I do on my computer, a friend of mine says that I could benefit enormously if I used the Quick Launch toolbar. What is it and how do I use it? I have Windows XP.

A:
Tyler, I personally wouldn’t even like being on my computer without the Quick Launch Toolbar. It sounds like… Continue reading

Restore Delete Confirmation

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Rachel asks:
I went to delete a file the other day and it just deleted the file without asking! Do you know why it would do this?

A:
Hi, Rachel! I had that happen to me once and I thought I had lost the file; I about had a heart attack.

Somehow your settings got changed (I never did find out how mine… Continue reading

Get Your Internet Notification Icon Back

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Have you lost your little Internet connectivity icon? This tip will teach you how to get it back! Continue reading

Here is a short tutorial on how you can eject or close your CD ROM using desktop shortcuts. Opening or closing the CD tray using these shortcuts can help you out if you have a faulty eject button on your CD ROM drive. You will never need to open windows explorer and right-click the CD ROM drive and then press eject. These two shortcuts will make your tasks

Windows 7 Character Map

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Have you ever needed a special character? No, I’m not talking about phoning up Charlie Brown and asking him to referee your kid’s soccer game -I’m talking about a special text character! Sure, there’s a bunch of Alt codes you can use to get results, but if you’re like me, you need a more visual approach.

So, in Windows 7 or Vista hit Start and… Continue reading

Rachel asks:

I went to delete a file the other day and it just deleted the file without asking! Do you know why it would do this?

Hi, Rachel! I had that happen to me once and I thought I had lost the file; I about had a heart attack.

Hide Desktop Icons In Windows 7

Friday, August 27th, 2010

I like to keep a relatively clean desktop. I have my frequently used icons situated just where I need them and I try to limit my amount of desktop shortcuts, but sometimes that’s just not enough for me. I mean, when I first installed Windows 7, all I had was a recycle bin icon and not much else to speak of!

How can one get that level… Continue reading

Thomas J. says:

Sometimes when I’m browsing the internet, I like to do it in full screen mode. That’s great, but is there some way to get rid of the taskbar so that it can be completely full screen?

Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Say you’re having a problem with your PC and no matter what you do you can’t seem to get the point across to tech support as to what exactly is happening. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an all-encompassing screen capture/problem recorder you could use?

Wait. There is! It’s called the Problem Steps Recorder and it comes with Windows 7!

The Problem Steps Recorder was… Continue reading

Uninstall Windows Sidebar Gadgets

Friday, August 13th, 2010

The Windows sidebar is a wonderful little featured introduced in with Windows Vista. It has programs for it (called gadgets) that allow you to see the weather, check the stock market and see how much strain you’re putting your computer under. That’s just the beginning, though, because there are tons more gadgets you can download online, too!

In fact, before too long your list of… Continue reading

Hide Your Control Panel

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Burt from Naples asks:
Is there any way to hide my control panel? I don’t like other people messing with my settings!

A:
If you share your computer with others, you know everyone loves to personalize their workspace.

They change audio and video settings, add or remove programs and generally reconfigure the computer to better suit their taste.

This… Continue reading

If your Windows XP Start menu is too long, you’ll want to check this tip out! Continue reading

Disable User Logon In Windows XP

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Tired of logging into your Windows XP computer? Wish there was an easy way to turn this off? Don’t do anything rash until you’ve read this super-helpful article. It’s far easier than you think! Continue reading

Windows XP Start Menu Icon Size

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Shawna S. asks:
I don’t know if this is weird, but I don’t like the icons in my Windows XP Start menu. I am not talking about the programs; I am talking about the part when your Start menu first pops up. Is there a way to make them smaller? Continue reading

Programs and Features Details

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Are you familiar with the Programs and Features window in Windows Vista and 7? It’s the place where you can uninstall programs and get information on stuff like the publisher, when the program was installed, its size and more.

…much more, if you use this tip.

So click Start and in the Search Box type “Programs and Features”. Now either click on… Continue reading

More Info From Desktop Icons

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Burt from Akron asks:
Sometimes when I hover my mouse over desktop shortcuts, additional information will show up. At other times, I can get nothing more to show than what is already on the screen. Is there a way to see the extra information any time I want to?

A:
Of course there is, And it only takes one quick left-click! How easy is that? Look… Continue reading

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