Spice things up in the Command Prompt color department with this neat-o tip! Continue reading
Sometimes you might want to open a file with a specific program, but you don’t necessarily want it to open with that program every time. So what do you do?
Follow me, Windows 7’ers!
Just Right-Click on the program you’d like to use for limited file viewing (Notepad, in my case) and choose “Pin to Taskbar”.
You know those little notification boxes that pop-up in the lower right-hand corner of your Windows 7 desktop? They tell you all sorts of stuff like if someone has just sent you an e-mail or that Windows is downloading some updates, but what if you just plain don’t care?
What if you want ’em to all go away?
Just right-click on your taskbar and select Properties
Here’s a quick tip on how to change your user account picture in Windows 7.
Simply go to Start>Control Panel and click “User Accounts and Family Safety”. From here, you’ll want to click “Change Your Account Picture”. It looks like this:
You’ll be presented with a grid of different pictures to choose from. If you like one, all you have… Continue reading
When you click your Start button in Windows 7, you’re typically greeted with the usual “Pictures” and “Music” links, which when clicked upon take you to their respective folders. Well, question: what if I watch a lot of videos? Where’s the link for that Mr. Smarty Pants?
Oh, it’s right here…
To add a link for videos on your Start menu simply… Continue reading
Tell me, how often do you actually “shut down” your computer? More often than not, do you put it to sleep? Lock it? What if someone else consistently uses the computer after you? Wouldn’t it be nice to just log off?
That’s a lot of questions with one relatively easy answer! Continue reading
I personally like to keep my desktop clean with minimal icons on it and just change the wallpaper from time to time. After all, what is the point of having pretty wallpapers on your desktop if you are going to have ugly icons all over it? So in order to do this, while at the same time retaining high productivity, I classify all the frequently used shortcut icons… Continue reading
No, I’m not going to make you crepes, or anything, but I will show you how to reveal some different wallpapers and themes that are hidden within Windows 7.
As it turns out, during the installation process of Windows 7 it asks you some questions about time zone and currency format to identify what part of the world you live in. As such, the selection… Continue reading
It’s nice that Windows 7 keeps all of your system tray icons hidden under that little arrow next to your clock, but what if there’s a program in there you want to keep an eye on?
You can’t be going over there and clicking that arrow every time you want to look, now, can you? Sounds like a waste of time to me, but thankfully… Continue reading
Sure, you can hold the Shift key when you delete a file to skip the recycle bin just like this tip shows, but what if you’re really, really sure when you delete stuff?
Follow me, Windows 7 users!
Just right-click on your recycle bin and select Properties. In the resulting window you’ll see an option that says: “Don’t move files
This article is a guide on how to configure windows for visually challenged people (henceforth referred to in this article as VC). It describes a bunch of small changes/tweaks you can make to Windows in order to make it much more usable and simplify everyday tasks for those with a visual impairment.
Note: Some of these tweaks require editing the Windows registry. If you are… Continue reading
Windows 7 Touch Pack is a set of 6 multi-touch applications that are available with Windows 7. It is comprised of 3 games and 3 Microsoft Surface applications. These applications are made for the Windows 7 OS by the Microsoft Surface team and are created especially for touch-enabled monitors and computers. These applications literally put the entire world at your finger-tips, enable you to create well designed and… Continue reading
Have you ever lost your mouse pointer? I wouldn’t blame you with today’s content-rich websites and new-fangled programs with complex interfaces. It just happens, but thankfully Windows has a neat little feature that’ll locate your mouse pointer with a simple keystroke. Continue reading
Are you into privacy? Did our tip on private browsing make you smile? Well, here’s another tip for all of you secrecy fans out there, because today we’re going to learn how to start a program minimized!
It’s super easy. Just find the executable for the program in question and right-click on it.
Select “Properties”. Make… Continue reading
Everybody remembers our tip for the on-screen keyboard, right? Well, did you know that Windows 7’s on-screen keyboard blows the old version away?
It’s pretty cool! So, click Start and in the search box type, “osk”, minus the quotes and press Enter. You’ll see this:
Click “Options” under PrtScn in the cluster of keys to the… Continue reading
How many times has something as simple as deleting files wasted your time? Windows file management has progressed much since the old days of MS-DOS, but it’s still far from perfect.
Deleting files is easy in Windows; you just select the folder where the files are stored and press “delete”. But what if you had to delete a whole bunch of files while maintaining the… Continue reading
I heard Google is going to cut support for Internet Explorer Version 6. Is this true?
Yes, sad but true. Beginning March 1st, 2010 those who are still running Internet Explorer 6, will have to upgrade their browser if they want to maintain functionality with Google applications such as Google Docs and Google Sites.
Google Apps Senior Product Manager Rajen… Continue reading
You might have the knowledge of how to block and unblock selected sites in browsers like Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, but what about blocking specific websites on all browsers? If you block some websites on your computer, nobody can access them through any means unless you decide to unblock them. It’s easy, so let’s check it out!
The need to block sites arises due to different… Continue reading
I love to drag and drop. I can put anything I want wherever I want it without having to copy/paste or “Send to”. If you would like to keep your Start menu or your Favorites in a certain order, then this tip’s for you.
To sort the Start Menu quickly, point to Start (very left side of your screen on the bottom), then left-click on All Programs… Continue reading
Awhile back we had mentioned that Windows 7 would have a special “Windows XP” mode which would allow users to run XP compatible programs if they didn’t work in Windows 7.
Click here to check it out again, if you don’t remember. .
Well, it’s finally here and available for download over at Microsoft.com, but there’s a… Continue reading
Did you know that if you wanted to, you could just go directly to a website without even opening your browser?
Go to your taskbar (the bar that runs across the bottom of your desktop – see below). Right-click. A short menu will pop up and at the top you will see Toolbars. Mouse-over that and you’ll see a list with Address at the top… Continue reading
Remember Flip 3d from Windows Vista? It was a neat way to switch between open windows without clicking back and forth. It looked a lot like this:
How do you do it in Windows 7, though?
Easy! Just press and hold the Windows Key and Tab. You can scroll through with your mouse wheel or by releasing tab… Continue reading
So, most of our tips here at Worldstart that refer to the control panel require some form of instruction to get to the end result, (i.e. Start>Control Panel, etc.)
What if I told you there was a way to get it all in one place? What if I told you there was an Easy Mode in Windows 7 that would allow you to change, alter and otherwise… Continue reading
If, like me, you’ve taken the plunge and upgraded to Windows 7, you’re probably wondering how some of these new features work. For instance, I had no idea what a “homegroup” was before I did a bit of digging. Here’s what I found.
A homegroup is a new function that allows you to share files between computers on the same home network. Whilst Windows users… Continue reading