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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Folder Lock

Monday, October 25th, 2010

George from Salisbury, MD asks:

My PC needs to go to the shop for repair. I hope there is something I can set on the PC so that my documents are protected. How can I accomplish that? Will you please give me step by step instructions? I also need the instructions to set it back to normal when it comes out of the shop please.

Disabling and Enabling the Registry Editor

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Note: This tip only applies to Professional editions of Windows. That includes Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista Pro, and Windows 7 Pro. This will not work on Home editions.

The Registry is the heart of a Windows operating system. Almost all Windows configuration settings and options are stored there.

The Windows Registry is accessed through a system application called: the Registry Editor. It allows… Continue reading

Adding Dropbox to Windows 7

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Dropbox is an online file backup service which offers users up to 2 GB storage space for free. Once you have set up your Dropbox account, you can sync the files (on Dropbox) across multiple computers. The Dropbox client can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile. Once installed, the client will automatically sync your computer with the cloud based service. This ensures you have all the files… Continue reading

Archiving Your Valuable Files

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Harvey asks:

Somewhere I remember reading about certain CDs that were recommended for archival information. My recollection is that they had some coating or thicker layers that would last longer. Do you know of such items? Also, are there special storage sleeves for CD discs that inhibit age related deterioration?

Well, Harvey, to begin with, the disc that most people recommend for archiving is… Continue reading

Using Windows Easy Transfer

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Ted from Diamond Bar, CA asks:

My existing computer is running Win XP Home Edition SP3, and I would like to transfer the data from this computer to a new computer running Win7. Is there any successful method for doing this?

Ted, the best way to do this that involves the least amount of effort is to use the Windows Easy Transfer tool. This… Continue reading

Alphabetizing Your Favorites

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Dot In Covington, VA asks:

Is there a way to alphabetize my favorites lists?

No matter how many favorites you have, they can become messy over time. One good option is to alphabetize them so you can find the website fast, and not have to sort through a bunch of sites before you find the one you are after. You can easily achieve this in… Continue reading

Bailey from El Mirage, California asks:

When I send a link as a shortcut to the desktop, I hate the way it says shortcut right after the name of the shortcut. Do you know what I mean? I had heard you can get rid of this. Can you? I have Windows Vista.

Bailey, I am assuming you mean this kind of shortcut name annoyance:… Continue reading

File Renamer Basic

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Writing download tips provides numerous opportunities to test new software. However, for many of the tips, I just download, test, and uninstall. This might be because the product doesn’t suit my needs, or it merely duplicates software I’m already using. Once in a while though, I run across something I’ll keep. File Renamer Basic is one of those. It shares a feature with another product I recently reviewed… Continue reading

Changing Your Computers Boot Sequence

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Mona from San Diego, California asks:

A friend of mine called and said that she needs to reinstall Windows XP (she has the disk). She has done this before but she always used floppies; now she doesn’t have a floppy drive so she just uses her CD disk. She went to reinstall and her WinXP

Moving Installed Programs to Another Drive

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Geezer from Ontario asks:

I just installed an external Hard Drive and would like to know if I can transfer programs by going to Program Files and moving the folder to the new drive. Will this work?

As you install more and more programs in Windows, the operating system drive gradually fills up with setup files that are required for an application to work… Continue reading

Opening a Folder in a New Process

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Microsoft has done a great job with Windows 7 and it is by far the most polished operating system I have ever seen. There are no broken graphics, no glitches and no failures hiding to annoy you during your work. The best thing about Windows 7 is that it is an operating system for everyone. If you are a tech-savvy user, you can have as much

Setting Up Automatic Updates

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Ryan B. from Spokane, Washington asks:

I have a question about updates. I have an antivirus and firewall program installed and they always notify me when they have updated everything; I figure that’s good since they are the most important. I also have Windows Update. I am very busy and get tired of having Windows Update nagging me

Remove Items from Your Start Menu List

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I like to have complete control over how my Start menu looks, but in the past the process for removing stuff was always a bit too involved for my liking.

That is, until Windows 7’s handy “Remove from this list” feature came along.

All you need to do is click your Start button, then right-click the Start menu program you don’t want displayed anymore… Continue reading

Vista Updates and Windows 7 Upgrade

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Jan, from Milaca MN asks:

Should I download service pack 3 and Windows 7? I now have service pack 2. I have a Vista Home Premium, 32 bit operating system.

Jan,to your first question, it is always a good idea to have your operating system as up to date as it can be, but there is currently no service pack 3 for Vista. There… Continue reading

Burning CDs and DVDs

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Marilyn from Canada asks:

I have a DVD player/burner and would like to know the proper way to burn CDs and DVDs. Also, what’s the procedure for creating a DVD you can add to later?

The process of burning CDs and DVDs used to be one that only professionals were able to do. Today, nearly every household has at least one CD burner, if not both… Continue reading

Easily Edit Your MP3 Information

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve downloaded or ripped a song, only to find that all the important info like the album, genre and such were not included! It’s frustrating, especially for me – a guy who likes to keep everything as organized as possible!

But thankfully, Windows 7 allows you to edit this info right in the explorer window!

Here’s how… Continue reading

Changing Windows Explorer Default View

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Ru from Kings Park, NY asks:

How do you make “List” your default View option in Windows Explorer?

To set the default view option, Windows Explorer offers the following choices; Thumbnails, Tiles, Icons, List and Details. This tip shows you how to make List the default view .

To reset the default view, perform the following steps:

Open Windows

Create and Move Folders in Windows Explorer

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Libraries is a place in Windows 7, located on your taskbar that contains Music, Videos, Documents, Pictures and other files. It’s a quick and easy way to keep track of all your files, without having to hunt all over the place. Continue reading

Show File Extensions in Windows 7

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I’m an old-school kind of guy who likes to know as much about the file he’s double-clicking on as possible. That means I like to know stuff like files sizes, where they’re located on my hard drive…and most of all, the file’s extension!

Is it a .txt file? Is it an .exe? Windows 7 hides this information if it’s a known file type, but I… Continue reading

Locate Link Browser

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Nancy from Champaign, Illinois asks:

When I click on a link in an email, an annoying dialog box pops up called “locate link browser”. What is it and how do I get rid of this?

Great question Nancy, and yes there is a way to get rid of the locate link browser popup. We bet you are using the Firefox browser. Nothing bad about… Continue reading

Save a Search in Windows 7

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Learn how you can save your search in Windows 7 with this handy quick tip! Continue reading

Flash Drive File Management

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Sandy in FL asks:

How do I delete stuff off my Flash Drive?

Thanks for the great question Sandy!

It is very common to have a flash drive sitting around, whether it be in your house or even on a key chain. They are great to hold your pictures, files, or music, but it doesn’t take long to fill them up. Thankfully… Continue reading

Rachel asks:

I went to delete a file the other day and it just deleted the file without asking! Do you know why it would do this?

Hi, Rachel! I had that happen to me once and I thought I had lost the file; I about had a heart attack.

You’ve just found out that your buddy has discovered digital photography, the same hobby you’re passionate about. You have amassed a large collection of websites and would like to share the links. Here’s an easy way to email your Favorites files.

From the File menu, select Import and Export.

The Import/Export Settings dialog

Windows 7 users know that when they go to their Windows Explorer, the first window that opens up is for Libraries. Well, that’s fine and dandy, but what if I want to start off someplace else? What then?

Today we’re going to learn how to change all that. So locate your Windows Explorer icon on your taskbar, or click Start and type Windows

Burn Pictures to a CD

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Judy from Arkansas asks:
I want to burn pictures to a CD or DVD. What’s the process?

A:
I’m glad you asked this question Judy, since I know many people have problems with this. My friend is a big fan of taking pictures and when she first got her computer, she was curious about burning pictures to a CD or DVD as well. The instructions… Continue reading

Windows 7 Search Options

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

If you’re a Windows 7 user, then you’ve probably noticed how awesome the Search Box is. You can find just about anything by typing a name into the box; be it files, programs, commands, etc, but did you know there are ways to customize your search?

Click Start, then in the Search Box type Folder Options.

Now click on the Search Tab

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