Have you ever wondered what may be slowing down your computer’s performance? Here’s a free program called WinDirStat to help you analyze your drives to see where you could possibly free up some space. Continue reading
I went to do something the other day on my computer and it asked me for an “elevated prompt”. What is that?
Hi, Eleanor! Thanks for writing.
I don’t know how long you have been using your computer, but if it’s been more than 24 hours, you should have run across some
Nancy from Wisconsin, asks:
How can I copy a Google doc. into Microsoft Word?
Nancy, this is an interesting question. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways of copying a Google document into Microsoft Word. Let’s take a look at them.
Method 1 – Simple Copy and
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?
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
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
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.
Yep, you can change the icons to the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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