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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

Web Page Background in Windows XP

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

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

Uninstall Internet Explorer 8

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

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

Custom Folder Picture

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Here’s a tip on how you can change the pictures in your folder icons! Check it out! Continue reading

Windows Taskbar Options

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Check out all the stuff you can make your Windows Taskbar do! Continue reading

Shut Down, Restart, Hibernate and More!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I have heard that there is a way to shut down the computer right from the desktop. Is that true?

Yes, it’s true; and you can do it to reboot, log off, hibernate, and stand by, as well! Here’s how:

Let’s start with the desktop shortcut for shutting down the computer.

1. Right-click… Continue reading

Show AM or PM in Windows 7 Clock

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Learn how you can make AM or PM show up in your clock in Windows 7! Continue reading

Windows 7 Action Center

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The Windows 7 Action Center is responsible for letting you know what’s going on behind the scenes, but it can get a little invasive at times. I mean, how much work is one expected to get done if there are little windows constantly popping up in the corner to let you know about various security and maintenance happenings?

So let’s turn ‘em

Windows 7 Calculator Extras

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Yeah, you read that right – turns out that the Windows 7 calculator has done a lot of growing up and now carries a host of features aside from the usual “add, subtract, multiply, etc.” we’re used to.

So type CALC into your Windows 7 Search Bar (located above the Start Menu) and hit Enter to bring it up.

Windows 7 Sticky Notes

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Do you have something you need to be reminded of? What about your grocery list? Do you like to keep adding items to it throughout the week?

Sounds like you need sticky notes!

Just type “Sticky Notes” into your Windows 7 Search Box (Located above your Start button) and hit Enter. The Sticky Notes gadget will open up.… Continue reading

Check out this handy Windows XP tip if you’re looking to add Notepad to your right-click send-to menu! It only takes a few moments to do and it can save you a ton of time in the future! Continue reading

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