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Add Extra Toolbars to the Windows Taskbar

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

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

International Themes in Windows 7

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

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

Move your system tray icons

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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

Permanent File Deletion in Windows 7

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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

Disable Microsoft Narrator in Window 7

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Rhonda from CO asks:

I’ve heard that Windows 7 was advanced and all, but my computer keeps talking to me! How do I make it stop?

Sounds like you’re dealing with Microsoft Narrator, which is part of Window’s accessibility options. For one reason or

Configure Windows for the Visually Challenged

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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

Locate Mouse Pointer

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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

Run Minimized

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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

Windows 7’s On-Screen Keyboard

Friday, February 5th, 2010

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

Empty Just Folder Contents

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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

Google Drops Internet Explorer 6 Support

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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

Search Functionality in the Command Prompt

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

ou read that right – you can actually search for stuff in your Command Prompt, which surprised the heck out of me, too. Continue reading

Block Specific Websites on your Computer

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

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

Sort Start Menu and Favorites

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

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

Windows XP Mode for Windows 7

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

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, but there’s a… Continue reading

Address Bar on your Toolbar

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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

Flip 3d in Windows 7

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

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

Easy Control Panel in Windows 7

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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

Windows 7 Homegroup

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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

Disable Windows 7 Startup Sound

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Let me put it to you this way: You know you pressed the power button on your computer, you know Windows is starting up, but does that necessarily mean you need an annoying sing-song chime to indicate that your machine has booted?

No, it doesn’t. So let’s learn how to make Windows 7 silent upon Startup!

Press Start, and in the Search Box type… Continue reading

Run As Administrator

Monday, December 14th, 2009

You know what I find frustrating? When I’m logged into Windows Vista or 7 as the administrator, but find that I still can’t run something because it says that I need “Administrative Privileges”.

What gives? Aren’t I the administrator already?

Well, some programs like the Command Prompt, Task Scheduler, and Regedit which haven’t been fully updated to work with Vista or 7, need elevated… Continue reading

Windows 7 Features

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Windows 7 in simple is making your PC simplified. It has better ways to find and manage files, help you speed through everyday tasks, and is designed for faster and more reliable performance. We shall explore through some of these features in this article.


You can share your music, pictures and documents from your home computers with HomeGroup that is available in Windows… Continue reading

I’m a stickler for functionality, and although bells and whistles are nice to look at, if they don’t do anything to increase the performance of my computer, I don’t want ’em!

For example, Windows 7 has a neat shrinky/growy animation whenever you minimize or maximize a window, but does it really help anything?


Windows 7 Wallpaper Slideshow

Monday, December 7th, 2009

A long time ago, we introduced you to John’s Background Switcher right here in the Worldstart Computer Tips Newsletter. As you’ll remember, the program allowed you to set a group of photos to rotate as your desktop background so that you won’t get the same boring wallpaper every time you look at your desktop. Microsoft has now decided to implement the same idea in Windows 7!… Continue reading

Magic Bean Key Finder

Monday, December 7th, 2009

It happens, we have our Windows installation disks, but the product key is nowhere to be found! Usually it’s located on a sticker stuck somewhere on our computer case, but what do you do in those other instances? Panic?

Nope, just look for a product key finder!

Your product key is actually located right within your Windows registry, and where… Continue reading

Pin Control Panel to Taskbar

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Do you find yourself accessing the Control Panel often throughout your day? Well, if you’re using Windows 7, then you’re in luck!

Click Start and then type in “Control Panel” in the search box…

…and drag the control panel icon down to your taskbar.

Alternately, go to Start, click Control Panel and then right-click the Control Panel icon in your Taksbar… Continue reading

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