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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Stopped Downloads

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Q:
When I go to download something new on my computer, every once in awhile, it just stops in the middle of the process. Can you give me any reasons why this type of hang up happens? Any help would be wonderful!

A:
Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place! After receiving this question and reading back over it a few times, I actually came up… Continue reading

Where Downloads Go

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Are you constantly downloading programs and putting new items on your computer? If so, have you ever noticed that most of those download files go straight to your desktop? And after you realize that, have you ever wondered why they do that? I mean, why is the desktop such a popular place?

Actually, the desktop is a pretty common place on a computer. So, the best explanation… Continue reading

Travel With Your Backups

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Travel With Your Backups

We all try to do regular backups of our files, don’t we? (I mean, just wait until your computer crashes unexpectedly and you’ll see the results if you don’t!)

But, even though we do that, the problem is that in most cases, the backup you have is the current version of the file you have been working on. Now, that is fine, but say you would… Continue reading

More on Carets

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

More On Carets

Here’s a quick one for you! If you often save different versions of the same file in different folders on your computer, you should try using this simple tip. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

When you go to save the file, after the regular name, type ^1 behind it. This makes it a version one. To get the caret (^), hold down the Shift key and… Continue reading

A Special Order?

Friday, March 9th, 2007

A Special Order?

Have you come across a situation recently where you had to reinstall some of the drivers for your computer’s components? Maybe you had to completely reinstall Windows or even another operating system. Or maybe you just upgraded to a new operating system. Whatever it may be, you probably still had to reload some of your drivers again.

So, when you’re faced with that, do you wonder if… Continue reading

Document That Problem

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Have you ever run into a problem with your computer that happened to bring up an error message? I’m sure you have. You’re really lucky if you’ve never had to deal with that. Well, when that happens, wouldn’t it be nice if you could just capture that error message and send it to someone else so they could help you figure out what’s wrong? It sure would have saved me… Continue reading

Driver Signing

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Driver Signing

When you’re installing a new piece of software on your computer, do you ever get an error message that says something about Windows Logo testing? I’m sure it’s happened to you once, if not several times, but if you’re not sure what the whole logo testing thing is, read here before you continue on. Once that’s understood, allow me to explain what driver signing is and what… Continue reading

The Flash Drive Cycle

Friday, February 9th, 2007

The Flash Drive Cycle

Are you among the many who have converted to using a flash drive rather than a floppy disk or even CDs? If so, you are on the fast track of today’s technology. Flash drives have been getting rave reviews ever since they were offered to consumers. What they can do is amazing and anyone who uses one knows that. But, on the other hand, you may… Continue reading

Drive Rollback

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Q:
I just recently updated the driver for my scanner and ever since, it seems like my computer is running out of sync. Everything seems very unstable and just not like it used to be. Is there any way I can reverse this or do something else about it? Please help!

A:
The answer to your problem is actually much more simple than you probably think. It sounds… Continue reading

SWF Files

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Do you have the Adobe Flash program installed on your computer? If you do, you’ve probably seen some .swf files on your computer at some point. Have you seen them, but you’re not sure what they are exactly? That’s a fair scenario. Well, I’m here to tell you all about them today, so here we go!

SWF files always come in a graphics file format and… Continue reading

Device Manager

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Q:
You keep mentioning the Device Manager, but I’m still a little confused about what all it does. And besides that, I have no idea how to manage anything in there. Can you help?

A:
Well, you’ve come to the right place, because as a matter of fact, I can help! The Device Manager feature in Windows XP isn’t something we’ve gone into too much detail about in… Continue reading

Shared Folders

Friday, January 19th, 2007

For today’s quick tip, I’m going to start out with a scenario for you. Let’s say you have your computer included as part of a workgroup on a network. Now, all along, you have kept your files private and for your own use, but you’ve come across a situation where you need to start sharing those folders. How do you do that? Well, it’s quite simple, really.… Continue reading

Last Known Good Configuration

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Q:
Please explain what the Last Known Good Configuration is. I’m not quite understanding it.

A:
The Last Known Good Configuration is basically a copy of a computer’s hardware configuration and its driver settings. It is taken from the system’s registry readings when a computer has a good, clean boot up. This copy is made for whenever a computer fails to boot up successfully. When that… Continue reading

Contents of the Clipboard

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Contents of the Clipboard

With a mention of the Windows clipboard in another tip recently, questions about it have been rolling in. Most of the inquiries have basically been about what all goes on the clipboard. I’ve gotten several e-mails about this or that being saved on the clipboard or not. Well, I’m here today to help clear some of that up for you. Here we go!

First of all… Continue reading

File Management Basics

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

File Management Basics

Thought file management was only for paper files? Then you better think again! It’s just as important to keep the files on your computer organized and up to date. Just as with paper files, the goal of computer file management is to ensure that you can find what you’re looking for quickly, even if you’re looking for it years after its creation. The file management tips below… Continue reading

Organize Your Programs

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Organize Your Programs

If you are like me, you have installed many new and different programs on your computer over the years. Windows lists all of them as “All Programs” under the Start menu, but they unfortunately are not in alphabetical order. This sometimes makes finding a particular program a little time consuming, doesn’t it? I not only want to have each file’s title in its proper location in the… Continue reading

File Naming Rules

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Do you do a lot of work with documents that constantly have to be saved? Well, if you do, you should know that the first time you save a file, you should choose a “file name” for it to be stored under. Note that some programs will automatically put a file name in for you, but it is much better if you name your own files. That way, you have… Continue reading

Floppy Disk Space

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Floppy Disk Space

I know we’ve said before here at WorldStart that floppy disks are going out of style. Nowadays, everyone is using either a flash drive or a CD to save their data. Well, that all may be true, but that doesn’t mean there are still some of us out there that love our floppies! So, today’s quick tip is devoted to all the floppy users who remain!

Have… Continue reading

Flash Drive Backup

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Q:
Is there a way I can back up my folders with something other than a CD? What do you recommend? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:
We can surely help! That’s actually an excellent question, because in a world where technology is changing every day, it’s no surprise that you would ask this. It seems like just yesterday that floppy drives were the “cool” thing to… Continue reading

ABM Files

Friday, December 8th, 2006

ABM Files

Have you ever found any files labeled with the .abm extension? If you were to find some, they would most likely be in your My Documents folder along with all your music or photo files. ABM stands for album and this file format is created within both audio and visual files. They are mostly associated with the HitPlayer application, but can also be found with Windows Media Player… Continue reading

Faster Icons

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Q:
Whenever I try to use the contents in the My Computer folder, it takes forever for the icons to come up. Is there any way I can speed that process up?

A:
Lucky for you, there is and even better, it’s a surefire way that your icons will appear much faster! Every time you open the My Computer folder to browse through it, Windows XP… Continue reading

Format Your Documents

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

When I started working for the labor department in a Career Center a few years ago, I noticed that the file formatting of documents was causing a lot of problems among job applicants, clients, counselors and employers. Counselors reported that they would receive documents from clients through e-mail, but they would not open. Clients would bring in their résumés on portable storage devices that they had written at home in… Continue reading

SuperShredder

Friday, November 17th, 2006

When you delete a file in Windows, it’s gone forever, right? No, that would be wrong!

All that Windows does is delete the “pointer” to where the file was on your hard disk. It then allows that space to be used by another file at a later date. (Learn more here).

Well, for the

No More Indexing

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Did you know that Windows XP and Vista keep a record of all the files you have saved on your hard disk? Why do they do this? Well, it’s basically used for when you do a search for a particular file or folder on your hard drive. Since they both remember everything you have, it makes this process go much faster.

On the other hand though, there is a downside… Continue reading

Splitter Light 4.0

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Splitter Light 4.0

To begin, let’s say you want to copy a document that is approximately 2 MB in size from one computer to another. For this, you will probably look toward your USB flash drive or a CD. You can’t use either a a floppy disk or even zip it, because your document is too large. If you still tried to copy the file to a floppy disk, you… Continue reading

Smart Drive

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Smart Drive

Are you smart? Well, of course you are, but are you smart enough to be using a next generation flash drive? What am I talking about? Well, I happen to be referring to the new U3 Smart Drive, which is said to be the next big thing in the world of USB flash and thumb drives. What’s so great about it? Well, let’s take a look and find… Continue reading

Combining Adobe PDFs

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Combining Adobe PDFs

In business and personal computing, we are always trying to figure out shortcuts to make our work easier and more efficient. For example, instead of subjecting yourself to the horrors of retyping something in a word processor, we simply cut and paste the information we want from a document and edit it in our new document. Another way to improve efficiency and make your job a whole… Continue reading

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