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Classic Taskbar in Windows 7

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I was one of the many who upgraded to Windows 7 as soon as it was released in stores. The one thing I noticed straight away after I upgraded was the new format of the taskbar. Instead of long, rectangular buttons, Windows 7 features a space-saving small button design. To be honest, I don’t particularly like the new buttons, and would love to return to the old style… Continue reading

Favorites Menu in Windows XP

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Is there any way to include my favorites on my Windows XP Start menu?

I don’t know about you, but I have about a billion favorites and go to my list quite frequently. To do this, I very obviously open my browser (Internet Explorer) and go from there.

I forgot that there is another quicker way to get your favorites without even opening your browser.… Continue reading

Re-enable Sleep in Windows Vista and 7

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of sleep mode in Windows; especially when it comes to my laptop. I just set it sleep when I close the lid and wake up when I open it. So when I re-installed Windows 7 the other day and the sleep option was grayed out, naturally I became upset.

The reason for

Stop the Screen Saver

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

File this one under the “duh” category, because I should have thought of it sooner. The other day I was reading something on my computer monitor and taking some regular ol’ pen and paper notes when my screen saver popped on. I moved my mouse and continued.

A few minutes later it happened again…

Frustrated, I went in and turned my screen… Continue reading

Disable Aero Snap in Windows 7

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Anyone familiar with Windows 7 knows that if you drag a window to either the top or sides of your screen it’ll “snap” into place and expand accordingly.

…but what if you don’t want it to snap? What if you think it’s annoying?

Let’s learn how to disable Aero Snap in Windows 7, then!

Just type “Ease of Access&rdquo… Continue reading

Command Prompt Colors

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Spice things up in the Command Prompt color department with this neat-o tip! Continue reading

Drag and Drop to Open in Windows 7

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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”.

Restore Quick Launch in Windows 7

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Learn how you can quickly restore the Quick Launch option to the Windows 7 toolbar! It’s super easy and you can learn how by reading this tip! Continue reading

Control Windows 7 Notifications

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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

Change Windows 7 User Account Picture

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

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

Video Link on your Windows 7 Start Menu

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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

Customize Your Windows 7 Shut Down Button

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

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

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

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