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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Document Lock Ups

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Document Lock Ups

Have you ever been almost completely done with an MS Office project when it suddenly froze up on you? Perhaps it disappeared or you just couldn’t do anything with it. That experience is a real downer, but there are some reasons why it might be happening. When a document keeps locking up, that’s usually a sign that something is corrupt within your document or that another program… Continue reading

New Release: Foxit Reader 2.3

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

New Release: Foxit Reader 2.3

Are you one of the many who use Foxit Reader? You know, the great little program that handles all of your PDF needs! If so, I have great news for you. On April 25, 2008 (just this past Friday), the people over at Foxit released a brand new version of the popular PDF file viewer. That’s right, Foxit Reader 2.3 was released and… Continue reading

Universal Document Converter

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

You’ve heard of PDF files, right? You may have even tried PrimoPDF, which converts your MS Word documents into PDFs. Well, there’s now an easier way to convert your files into any format you’d like. Let’s take a look!

What I have for you today is a nifty little plug-in called the Universal Document Converter (you can download it right here). So, what’s it do? Well, it… Continue reading

Creating a Shared Document

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Most of you Windows XP users have probably heard about shared documents, but do you know how to set one up? If that process has always confused you, have no fear, because that’s exactly what I’m going to show you how to do today! Now, just to make sure we’re all on the same page, allow me to give you a brief explanation of what a shared document is. A… Continue reading

Vista Shortcuts

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Vista Shortcuts

So, tell me, have you been using Windows Vista for awhile now? And are you still trying to master it? If you are, that’s perfectly normal. It’s not easy learning a whole new operating system and it will take some time. Luckily, there are some things you can work on to make the process go a little faster. I’ve already covered a few in past articles… Continue reading

Sharing Folders in Vista: The XP Way

Friday, March 7th, 2008

As you may know, Windows Vista includes a Share button on its Explorer toolbar, but it doesn’t work the same way it did in Windows XP. Instead, it pops up a wizard that tries to make things easier.

By default, the Share button in Vista will not let you choose the name of the shared folder. Even more so, if you want to… Continue reading

Don’t Defrag Your Flash Drive!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

I have accumulated several flash drives over the years and I was just wondering if I should ever defragment them. I know we have to do it for our hard drives, but are flash drives the same? Please explain!



The simple answer to today’s question is: you should never defrag a flash drive. Does that surprise some of you? Well, let me explain! Let’s first talk… Continue reading

Quicker File Transfers

Friday, February 29th, 2008

How would you like to boost the speed of file transfers in your Vista or Windows 7 computer? Luckily, there’s a fix that will allow you to increase the speed every time you need to transfer large files from one partition to another. So, how does it work? Well, let’s check it out!

Since one cause of slow file transfers in Vista and Windows 7 is the… Continue reading

Hidden Tricks in Vista’s Explorer

Friday, February 1st, 2008

When Microsoft redesigned Windows Vista’s Windows Explorer interface, a lot more functionality was included, compared to previous versions of Windows. While some of the new functionalities are noticeable, a lot of the built in hidden features are not easily found or recognized. So, that’s what we’re going to talk about today! One in particular is featured below.

Address Bar

If you’re not used to viewing the Explorer path as a… Continue reading

Google Gdrive Update

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Q:
Awhile back, you ran a tip about something called the Gdrive from Google. I remember reading about it and finding it very interesting, but I never heard anything else about it. Do you have any updated details on it? Any information you have would be a great help. Thanks!

A:
Ah, yes, Google’s Gdrive. That’s a name I haven’t heard in quite some time, but I definitely… Continue reading

Floppy Disk Maintenance

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Floppy Disk Maintenance

Here’s one for those of you who still use floppy disks! As you probably know, after awhile, floppies can become damaged or corrupted. That’s especially true if you don’t have a case or something to protect them with. The shutter on the disk, along with the ribbon and some of the other components, may become damaged, which can cause the disk to stop working properly. It can… Continue reading

Selecting Multiple Files

Friday, November 30th, 2007


Have you ever needed to open, move or delete several files all at one time? Well, if you have, I can show you a few techniques on how to select those files much faster and easier than what you may have done in the past. Let’s get to it, shall we?!

First off, I will show you how to open a couple files at the… Continue reading

RAID Hard Drives

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Q:
What is a RAID hard drive? I’ve been hearing about them quite a bit lately, but I have no clue what they are or if I should really consider using one. Please explain!

A:
Basically, in a RAID system, two or more inexpensive hard drives are put together to create one single large capacity storage device that also offers an enhanced performance. When the RAID system… Continue reading

The Unlocker

Friday, November 9th, 2007

The Unlocker

Has your Windows operating system ever bugged you with this error message:

And oh no, not just that one! I’m talking about any one of these pesky messages:

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied.

     

What You Can Do With Google Docs

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Q:
I’m new to using Google Docs and I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on some of the things I could do with it. I just want to learn everything about it that I can. Thanks for your help!

A:
First of all, welcome to Google Docs and Spreadsheets! In my opinion, it’s one of the best programs… Continue reading

Google Docs Redesign

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Google Docs Redesign

Are you an avid Google Docs and Spreadsheets user? (If you’re not sure what Google Docs is, you can read here for a complete explanation). Well, if you are, you probably already know about the redesign that took place a couple months ago, right? But, just in case it’s been awhile since you’ve used the program, I thought I would give you a… Continue reading

Copernic – Part 2

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Copernic – Part 2

Are you ready for Part 2? Here we go!

Yesterday, in Part 1 of this article series, we set up Copernic to index the files you wanted it to search and we left things at the point shown below:

Now, let’s move on a bit and see what other changes we can make!

When you first use Copernic, you will have icons in… Continue reading

Copernic – Part 1

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Copernic – Part 1

Do you ever find yourself asking, “Where did I save that e-mail to Uncle Bert telling him I was paying him a visit?”

Or, how about, “Where on earth are those pictures from last year’s holiday? I know I saved them somewhere on my computer!”

And, “I’m sure I saved those MP3s that Brenda sent me. Where are they?”

If you’ve ever experienced those frustrations, you… Continue reading

Pando

Friday, September 28th, 2007

You’ve now told us about YouSendIt, but what about Pando? I believe it’s the same type of program, but I don’t know much about it. Can you please fill us in? Thanks.

Excellent question! As you may recall, one of our freelance writers told you about a program called YouSendIt

Sending Large Files

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Sending Large Files

Sending large file attachments via e-mail can be tricky once you start heading north of 10 to 20 MB in size. E-mail clients often limit attachment sizes and any small businesses that work with large presentations, audio or video files that are hundreds of megabytes or larger in size have to resort to using FTP sites or overnight delivery. All of that just to send an electronic… Continue reading

Vista Explorer

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Vista Explorer

This article will inform you about some of the new features for Windows Explorer that have been integrated into Windows Vista. It is no longer a simple user interface for copying, moving or renaming files and folders. Instead, you’ll have endless possibilities with preview panes, a new search mechanism and even a couple ways to visually arrange your data. Let’s check it all out!

QuickSearch

In the upper… Continue reading

Resize Your Vista Partitions

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Resize Your Vista Partitions

Prior to Windows Vista, the ability to shrink and extend disk volumes has only been available through third party tools, such as Partition Magic. Although it’s not as full-featured as some third party partition management applications, the Windows Disk Management console allows you to shrink, extend, create and format your hard drive partitions. The new resizing features also enable you to shrink a single partition with… Continue reading

Firefox PDF Extension

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Firefox PDF Extension

How would you like to be a part of a brand new Firefox extension that allows you to download your PDF files with ease? If that sounds like a good idea to you, this tip is what you should be reading right now! Mozilla just recently came out with a new extension for Firefox called PDF Download and with it, you are able to view your PDF… Continue reading

Formatting Your USB Drives

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Have you ever formatted a USB drive? Well, whether it was on purpose or not, it would be my bet that some of you ran into a problem while doing so. Perhaps the USB drive wouldn’t function at all. That’s a pretty common one, but don’t worry about it too much. There is a simple fix for this problematic situation and it involves using the tools provided with any Windows… Continue reading

The Uninstallers

Friday, August 17th, 2007

The Uninstallers

Usually, when most people want to uninstall a program for some reason or another, they usually go to Windows’ own Add or Remove Programs utility right within the Control Panel. (If you’re not sure how to use that, here is an article you can read that will help you).

But, oh boy! Isn’t it a pain?! I mean, it takes forever to load up, it doesn’t… Continue reading

Lost Documents

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Have you changed your Internet Service Provider (ISP) lately? If so, during the transition, did you happen to lose some e-mails you wanted to keep? Or, how about this: you downloaded or saved a document and for the life of you, you can’t find it on your PC. Either way, don’t panic, because all is not lost! Actually, nothing is lost, because your documents are there somewhere. It’s just a… Continue reading

Fixing Your Flash Drive

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Fixing Your Flash Drive

I’m sad to report that one of my flash drives suddenly died today. Has that ever happened to you? It all happened when my Windows XP suddenly froze for some reason. After rebooting my computer, the device was dead. It just simply would not work anymore. XP detected it as a 0 MB device (and attempted to format it as such), but nothing worked. What could… Continue reading

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