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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.

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?

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!

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

Multiple Start Menu Columns in Windows XP

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

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?

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

Windows 7 Jumplist Gesture

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I’d heard before that Windows 7 had some built-in mouse gestures, but aside from the Aero Shake and Snap features, I haven’t been able to unearth much else.

Until today.

So the next time you want to access the jump list for a program in the taskbar, do this:

Click on the program’s

Rename Start Menu Sections

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

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

Windows Sidebar Weather Gadgets

Monday, July 12th, 2010

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

Turn Off Windows Aero for Performance

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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

Media Player Sidebar Gadgets

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

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

Rename your Recycle Bin

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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

Enable Windows 7 Games

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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

Tzutil in Windows 7

Friday, June 4th, 2010

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

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