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
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
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.
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?
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
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
Burt from Naples asks:
Is there any way to hide my control panel? I don’t like other people messing with my settings!
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
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
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?
Of course there is, And it only takes one quick left-click! How easy is that? Look… Continue reading
Here’s an easy one for all you Windows 7 users out there! Say you want to rename something under your start menu – let’s say you want “Games” to be called “Entertainment”.
So click Start, and then Right-Click on Games.
Now Choose Rename and type in your new name for the section.
Ben W. Asks:
This is probably a ridiculous question, but I am always going into my Control Panel and would like to be able to access the contents from my Start Menu. Is that even possible? I am on WinXP.
You know, Ben, there are ridiculous questions, but this is not one of them. It’s a great idea – and yes, you can do it
I’ll be the first to admit it – when Microsoft announced that part of its Vista operating system was going to be a sidebar with “gadgets”, I was skeptical. After all, Yahoo already offered something similar called “widgets”, and the last thing that I wanted was something else cluttering up my desktop. As I explored the sidebar, however, and discovered that not only can you undock the gadgets… Continue reading
Windows 7 is certainly pretty, and Aero makes those open desktop windows look even better. But all that pretty takes up computing resources.
If you’ve installed Windows 7 on an older machine, or if you just want your computer to run more efficiently, there are two ways that you can reduce your graphics features. If you combine these methods, you can free up your graphics card to… Continue reading
Everybody loves their media player, right? Having all of your music at your fingertips instead of having to dig out a CD… you gotta love it.
So how convenient would it be to have a media player that lived on your desktop? Well, with media player gadgets for your windows sidebar, you can do just that.
For instance, you might choose the… Continue reading
When you delete something on your computer, it goes straight to the “Recycle Bin”. Have you ever wondered if you could change the name to something else? Today I am going to show you how to give the Recycle Bin a name that you like better.
WARNING: You will need to work in the Windows Registry to change the name of the Recycle Bin. It… Continue reading
We’ve come to expect certain things from Windows, especially in the installed games department. So if you’re running Windows 7, and notice that the usual game roster (Freecell, Solitaire, Hearts, etc) isn’t available, then this tip is just for you!
Click Start>Control Panel and click Programs. Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.
In… Continue reading
Windows 7 users can change their time zone easily by clicking on their clock, hitting Change date and time settings… and clicking Change time zone…, but did you know there’s an alternate way?
It’s called tzutil. Here’s how it works:
Click Start, and in the Search Box, type cmd. In the list the appears above, Right-Click on the cmd icon and select… Continue reading
There are times when we need to visit a webpage frequently. Web pages that inform about score updates of a game and stock rates for a company are good examples. To keep up with it all, we need to open the browser every time we wish to take the glance at the updates. In order to negate this repetitive effort, let us see how to view
Maybe you “Just don’t like it”, but for whatever reason, here’s a tip on how to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 in Windows XP and Vista.
Note: Before even attempting this tip, make sure you have another up-to-date browser already installed on your PC, otherwise you won’t be able to view content on some web pages correctly. Alternate browsers include: Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Google Chrome… Continue reading