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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category

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

Entertainment With Windows 7 Home Premium

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Windows 7 Home Premium delivers the best in class entertainment. You can have a home network and share all your favorite photos, videos and music. It also enables you to watch, pause, rewind and record TV. Both 32-bit and 64-bit discs are available with Windows 7 Home Premium that adds more convenience. You can have more work, more play and more of everything in between.… Continue reading

When to Format?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Wayne from LA asks:

I’ve heard that people are advised to “format and reinstall Windows”. What does this mean? Is it a task to be performed habitually? When do I know if I have to do it?

Great question!

G-Mail Chat Emoticons

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Do you use G-mail Chat? Well, if you do, you’ll probably want to take a look at the awesome emoticons you can pull off in the interface! Here’s a list and what each emoticon does.

They’re even animated! Go ahead, jump into G-mail Chat and experiment!

~Andrew… Continue reading

Windows 7 Taskbar Preview

Monday, November 16th, 2009

One of my favorite features so far in Windows 7 is the ability to take a look at what’s going on in the taskbar without actually having to click on or maximize anything. Want to know how? Great!

When you have programs present in the taksbar, just take your mouse pointer and hold it over the program you’d like to take a look at.… Continue reading

View Files in Your Internet Browser

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Internet Explorer and Firefox can do more than just surf the web! Use them to open all sorts of files.

Just drag and drop a file into your browser window and watch it open. It comes in handy, especially for looking at JPEG’s and GIF’s, but other files work, as well. It can also open text files, and… Continue reading

Restore Show Desktop Icon

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Are you missing your Show Desktop icon in your Quicklaunch bar? If so, you may need to use Notepad to create a new one! This works for all versions of Windows from 98, all the way up to Vista.

1. Open Notepad

– If you’re using Windows XP or below, copy and paste this text into Notepad:… Continue reading

Direct X 11 for Windows Vista SP2

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Direct X 11:

Microsoft has built Windows 7 features into Windows Vista with the latest Service Pack (SP2), which also includes a graphics technology upgrade. With SP2, users can access the new DirectX 11 package that brings the graphical power of the OS on par with Windows 7. Microsoft offers the platform update through Windows Update, if you’re interested.

Game Graphics:

Video game… Continue reading

Find The Version Number

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Okay, here’s a quick tip that may only apply to a few, but it’s one that anyone can try. If you’re ever in need of knowing the version number of a program (For example, 3.5.3 as seen below), then all you need to do is click Help>About(Program name).

Most programs have this information readily available and it comes in… Continue reading

Prevent USB Data Theft

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Would you like to prevent your employees from copying sensitive data?

Using a simple Registry setting, you can add an extra layer of defense to your computer and prevent anyone from copying your sensitive information with a USB flash drive.
This Registry setting will make all your USB ports read only, just like a DVD. This setting works on Windows XP and Windows Vista. You must… Continue reading

Make Windows Vista Quicklaunch Icons Bigger

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Modern screen resolutions make it so all of our icons are a wee bit smaller than comfortable for us to look at. One of the main offenders is the Quicklaunch toolbar.

To make icons in your taskbar bigger in Windows Vista, just right-click a blank area on the Quick Launch part (LH side where the

Disable Auto Arrange

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Icons all locked up on your desktop? Learn how to free them from their confines! Continue reading

XP Solitaire in Vista

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Occasionally I waste a few minutes (or more) playing solitaire on my XP PC. I’ve tried the same game on my Vista machine, but dislike it. Is there anyway to include the XP version on my Vista machine?

This is a great question! After a little bit of digging, I found that it is possible to put the XP version of… Continue reading

Remove Pre-Installed Windows Games

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Would you like to play a game? No? Well, then let me show you how to delete the pre-installed games that come with Windows Vista and 7, then! I can’t think of any reason why one would want to get rid of stuff like Solitaire, Free Cell and Minesweeper, but then again I never play them, so there might be others out there that feel the

Synchronize Vista’s Clock Manually

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Did you know that Windows Vista synchronizes with the Internet to make sure your clock is set correctly? Did you also know that this only happens once a week? What happens if Windows can’t synchronize?

In that case, you take matters into your own hands! Here’s how to manually synchronize your Windows Vista clock!

1.) Click Start

Hulu Desktop

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

A while back, Amanda wrote about a coolsite called HULU is a site that allows you to watch all of your favorite TV shows without having to hunt around for them or do anything illegal. Here’s how it works:

All major TV networks these days put their newest TV shows on the internet. After a show airs on TV, they… Continue reading

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Have you ever installed a program, and upon your next reboot you discover that there’s a new icon in your system tray? When was I given the choice as to whether or not I wanted another icon down there? It’s crowded already! I need my space!

The main… Continue reading

Shrink Start Menu Icons

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Maybe you’ve got a whole bunch of stuff you want to see on your Start menu, or perhaps it’s a matter of personal preference. Either way, today’s tip is going to show you how to shrink your Start Menu icons in Windows Vista and 7.

Let’s give it a try!

First, Right-Click on a blank area of your… Continue reading

Side by Side Windows

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Often times I find myself with more than my fair share of windows minimized in my taskbar. Sure, it’s disorganized, but it becomes even more frustrating when I need to look at two of them at once! Minimize, maximize, adjust the size, etc!

It gets really repetitive!

Some people have two monitors for this, streamlining the process

Windows XP users are accustomed to having the balloon pop up that says” There are unused icons on your desktop”, right? But what if I like my desktop the way it is and don’t want to be bothered with these messages anymore?

In that case, I bear good news, everyone! You can turn it off!

Here’s how:

Right click on the desktop and… Continue reading

Attention, Soldiers! Today we’re going to learn how to tell time the right way! The military way!

This simple tip will allow you to view your Windows Vista clock in 24 hour mode, so you don’t have to worry about your a.m. and p.m. anymore!
Let’s get to it!

Click the Start button and in the Search

Change What Your Power Button Does

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

It’s time to think outside the box on this tip. The power button on the front of your PC; what does it do? It tends to put my computer at home to sleep when I press it, but what if you’ve got other stuff you’d rather it be doing?

What about just shutting the system down? Perhaps you’d like it to make your PC… Continue reading


Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I like nothing better than a useful program that doesn’t get in your way. Good thing the free download that I have for you today is exactly that. This program is called meminfo; it’s simple, as well as incredibly useful.

Have you ever noticed that throughout the day, you computer tends to get slower and slower? This type of problem is usually caused… Continue reading

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