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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Richard from Illinois asks:

Can you tell me the significance of the folder “everywhere” found under “owner – search” in the folder ladder diagram. I show 5000 items that consist of deleted e-mails,copies of still active files, and what appears to be programs. what is it for and can & should it be cleaned out?

Solving a “Trayapp” File Problem

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Every time my computer boots, it starts to download some file called “Trayapp”. I have tried everything I know to find the program that “needs” this elusive file, but can’t find any information linking it to anything in my system. I have to manually “end program” every time I turn on my computer.

I know this problem must be

Saving Files to Disk in Windows 7

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Carolyn asks:

Can you write something on how to save files to a CD in Windows 7?

Thanks for the question, Carolyn. While we’ve covered this topic on several occasions, I found no fully illustrated step-by-step directions in our archives, and no instructions at all specifically for Windows 7. However, while the look may

Setting the File Preview Option

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Hailey writes:

I have a lot of photos in My Pictures folder. The thing is, I can’t see the little pictures of the photos for preview, I can only see icons. Can I change this so that I can see my little pictures again? I have Windows Vista.

Hi, Hailey!

Yep, you can change the icons to the

Adding Open With to the Right Click Menu

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I would like to know if it is possible to add an item to the ‘open with’ right click menu. It would be really helpful to add the program, A Smaller Image so that I can edit straight from My Pictures. Can you help please?

An indispensable tool in most versions of Windows, the Open with option

Password Protect Zip Files

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Harold from Austin, Texas asks:

In Windows 7, is there a way to password protect zip files?

A zip file is a file package that has been compressed to a specific format. ZIP, RAR, and 7z are common zip formats. You can also organize your files with data compression programs

Changing Folder Icons in Windows 7

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Lis asks:

I can’t change my folder icons in Windows 7, like I used to in earlier versions of Windows. When I right click on the folder and select Properties, the only tabs showing are, General, Sharing, Security, and Previous Version. There’s no Customize tab.

Lis

The Vista Search Folder

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Marissa of Tallahassee, Florida writes:

I typed up some things for a project today, and had to look up a lot of things that were stored on my computer. This may not be something it’s possible to do, but is there any way to go back to searches without having to

Opening Unrecognizable Documents

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Beverly from St. Lucia asks:

When I’m trying to open some of my documents, I get the message: Select the encoding that makes your document readable Text Encoding: Windows (default); MS DOS; Other Encoding Everything looks foreign to me, please help.

Beverly, I replicated the message you got, by trying to open a PDF file from Microsoft Word. Before we

How to Set Defaults Successfully

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

No, I am not talking about loans, because if I were, this would be called “How to default on loans successfully”. No, I am talking about making sure that when you open a program, it opens the way that you want it to. Every time.

I decided to talk to y’all about this because I just went to open a video

Adding Send To to the Right Click Menu

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Hal from Chicago, Illinois, writes:

When I went to use the Send-to option on a desktop file the other day, it was gone! Can I get it back?



Hi, Hal! Yes, you can get it back. First off, let’s go through a couple of things for the folks out there who are unfamiliar with the Send To option.

When you… Continue reading

Split Large Files for Easier Transmission

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

If you want to transfer a file from one place to another, but don’t have sufficient capacity in your pen drive or any other external memory device, it is better to split the file into pieces and transfer the small files one by one and merge them later. HJSplit is the best freeware tool available to Windows users for this purpose.

It supports file sizes of… Continue reading

Control Your Windows Media Player Updates

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Adam, from FL asks:

I have a question regarding Windows Media Player. My media player keeps updating my music files with files I don’t need. And whenever they pop up, I delete them. For example, music files that have to do with system sounds and other ridiculous music files. How can I turn this off? Thanks for your

Regular PC Maintenance Tips

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Juan, from Albuquerque NM asks:

I like to perform monthly maintenance on my PCs and I’d like some advice from you regarding getting this task done? I’m using windows Vista and 7. I already clear temp files, cookies, and other basic items.



Juan, maintaining your computer is like maintaining a car. The more you look after it, the better it will run… Continue reading

Finding Hidden Folders

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This tip describes how to hide, locate, and secure folders in Vista and Windows 7. Continue reading

Navigating the Registry

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Thomas from Santa Clara, California writes:

There is something I have to do by going into the registry and it makes me nervous. I have never done anything with the registry before and all I hear is to stay out of it. Plus, I don’t know how to “navigate to a key” and I don’t even know what a key is. Can you help me with

Imagine this – you have multiple users in your family sharing the same computer and operating system. You don’t want other users of the shared computer to run each and every program that’s installed in Windows 7. Some of the programs which you have installed require knowledge, and you don’t want your kids and other shared members to tinker with the application settings or change the configurations.… Continue reading

The File Folders Padlock Icon Explained

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

In windows 7, when I look at user folders, I see some folders have padlocks on them and others do not, what causes this and how do I remove the “padlock”. When I look at the properties of each folder, I cannot detect any difference.

How to Get Rid of the Mysterious Padlock Icon From Your File Folder

Windows 7, as in previous version of… Continue reading

Copying Files Using DOS

Monday, December 27th, 2010

It’s great to know there are some people still hooked on DOS. I too use it for tasks that would otherwise be a nightmare to accomplish using the Windows GUI. Continue reading

Saving Windows Live Emails

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Does your day begin with an hour or more commute to work sitting in a bus, train, or taxi? Perhaps you’re flying across country (or to another country) on a business trip, with many, many hours to be spent in flight en route to your destination. Or maybe you’re planning a multi-day road trip in your own car, for a meet up with friends and family back home. Then again… Continue reading

Changing File Type Icons in Windows 7

Monday, December 20th, 2010

David asks:

In Windows XP, changing file type icons was possible in a couple of ways; unfortunately it is not the same for Window 7. I have found comments using the registry but would rather not go down that path. If you can assist, I would appreciate the help.

David, the only solutions I found that didn’t involve registry hacks, required third party software. The… Continue reading

Clearing Out the Clipboard

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Elaine from San Diego, Calif. asks:

I am currently in a job where I have to do a lot of copying and pasting images and text. My clipboard gets really full and I would like a way to clear it quickly. Do you know of any way to do this?

Yes, I do, Elaine, and you will be one happy camper when you get… Continue reading

Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest Windows release is the smoothest operating system I have come across in my entire life in terms of user experience. It has an easy to learn user interface that looks marvelous and does the job equally well. It is extremely snappy and has been done in great detail so that there are no loose ends. This has made Windows 7 a huge success over any earlier… Continue reading

June from Maryland asks:

I am so tired of having some of my programs open with no problem and some of them requiring Administrator rights. Is there any way to make it so that I can open any program with Administrator Rights? I have Vista.

June, do you remember the “good ole days” when you could just open a program and use it without… Continue reading

Ellen, from Columbus Ohio asks:

How do you delete a corrupt or unrecognized file from a flash drive?

Every now and again, for any number of possible reasons, a file can become corrupt, unreadable and, occasionally, seemingly impossible to delete from your USB flash drive. When these types of files appear, it can be frustrating attempting to rid your drive of the corrupt file(s) with… Continue reading

Windows 7 Troubleshooter

Monday, November 29th, 2010

If you’re having a computer problem, Windows 7 offers a quick route to a possible solution.

Just type the word Troubleshoot in the Start search box, and hit the Enter key, or select Troubleshooting from the list.

This will bring up the Windows 7 Troubleshooter. From there, you can choose from a list of potential problem… Continue reading

Sort By and Group By in Windows 7

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Organizing files in folders is easier when you utilize the Sort by and Group by options in Windows 7. You can sort and group files by name, type and date, but there are a whole slew of other ways to organize your files too. Here’s how to do it.

1. Open a folder with files you want to arrange. Then right-click on

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