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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Flash Drives vs. Thumb Drives

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Q:
What is the difference between a flash drive and a thumb drive?

A:
Flash drives and thumb drives have many similar qualities, but there are a few differences.

A flash drive is a compact USB memory drive that acts a lot like a portable hard drive. You can store data on it, as well as, transfer it from computer to computer. They are able to hold a… Continue reading

Single Click to Open

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Note: Video may contain content now found in written tip

For quite some time, the norm has been for computer users to double click every time they need to open something on their computer. Whether it be computer files, music files, documents, etc. For example, if you would like to listen to a music file on your PC, you double click on it to run the music… Continue reading

Care For Your CDs

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Care For Your CDs

How often do you use CDs? Maybe you use a software CD every day or you listen to music CDs all the time. Whatever you may use a CD for, it’s very important to take good care of them so they can perform at their best.

As you know, CDs are very fragile

Weekly Download: Windows Startup list

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Weekly Download: Windows Startup List

Everybody wants their system to operate responsively, boot quickly, and run applications immediately with no errors. Pruning your Startup List can be one of the greatest ways to help your system run without the burden of unnecessary programs.

Startup items are the programs that run when the PC first starts, using up system resources (usually unnecessarily). A couple of examples would be QuickTime… Continue reading

Stop lengthy Autochck at startup

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Q:
Every time I start up my computer, it says Check Disk and takes forever. How do I stop it?

A:

This seems to be going around. I’ve had several letters with this repetitive checking problem in the last two weeks. Sometimes this is the result of a previous improper shutdown, sometimes this is the result of an error on your disk. To find out if your disk is… Continue reading

How to Open .eml Files as Email Attachments

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

.eml Files often arrive in the form of an email attachment and are usually, by default, set to be opened by a Windows email client. However, that default can be changed, and we’ll show you how. Continue reading

System Compatibility

No, this has nothing to do with computer dating. Before buying or downloading, you should make sure your PC meets the program’s Minimum System Requirements. Sometimes just called Requirements, they’re written at the bottom of every software listing in our online software store. You can also find them on the back or bottom panels of most boxes or disk cases, usually in really tiny letters. They tell… Continue reading

Save Favorites in Internet Explorer

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Save your ghost stories and haunted houses. Let’s talk about a real nightmare: losing all your internet favorites. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of these. They’re organized by subject: photography, writing, travel, friends, online ‘zines, crafts, stores, humor sites, podcast pages and directories, sports, webcomics, cool stuff I plan to afford someday but like drooling over now -you name it. If they were lost in… Continue reading

Break in that new PC

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Everyone loves getting a new PC. Why not? It’s exciting and fun. However, there are a few things you might want to do before you plug it in and start surfing the web. These good practices include backing up data, taking care of online and physical security, and a few other ideas to help make the migration to your new system as seamless as possible.

According to Swedish security company… Continue reading

Troubleshooting Technical Difficulties

It seems like the majority of technical difficulties occur after business hours or on weekends. Sometimes you’ll be lucky, and we’ll have a tip in our searchable tip archive that already addresses your problem. If we don’t, here is another route to solving email problems. Most Microsoft programs have a similar help file under F1 that may link to the official MS help pages online. Just… Continue reading

View the Scheduled Tasks Log

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

What has your PC been doing automatically?

Sometimes, it’s just easier to schedule tasks to happen when you’re not using your computer, especially routine PC maintenance jobs. Don’t remember what you’ve instructed your PC to do on its own? Want to see if those tasks are actually being performed or if your PC was turned off at the scheduled time? XP users, just look at the Scheduled Task log!… Continue reading

Delete Screensavers (or uninstall them)

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Q:
My screen saver collection is taking up too much space in my computer. How can I delete them?

A:
They do accumulate, don’t they? There are two separate methods to removing screen savers, depending on how they’re stored in your system.

If you have installed screen saver collections from a disk or the web, you’ll recover more space if you uninstall the screen saver programs rather than… Continue reading

Sick of the two-step process of deleting objects and then having to empty the Recycling bin? Highlight the item you want to get rid of and Shift + Delete. One step! Just be careful, because it’s really gone!

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Thumb drives, mp3 players, and digital players cameras are becoming exponentially more popular by the day. It seems like everyone has at least one of these items, if not two. Today I’m going to show you some tricks you can do with this Flash Memory technology that I think are going to amaze you, at least a little.

Flash Memory is usually small removable memory storage devices, also called solid… Continue reading

When uninstalling programs, you may be asked to remove shared files. There are two schools of thought:
1. I can always get the dll file back if I encounter a problem later.
2. I don’t want to risk a problem, so I’ll keep the shared files.

If you’re like me and think along the latter lines, uninstall programs rather than simply deleting… Continue reading

Checking up on kids’ web use and clearing your web history

Want to know what sites the kids (or your spouse) have been visiting on the internet? Besides the #1 rule of internet parenting (No child should use the web without at least periodic living human supervision), you can check the sites in History. In Internet Explorer, the icon looks like a clock with an arrow going counter-clockwise.

The… Continue reading

Schedule Maintenance Tasks (ex. Disk Cleanup)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

I was amazed at how much space I freed up using Disk Cleanup! I’m terrible at remembering to do this sort of thing. Is there a way to make this happen automatically?

A:
You can schedule maintenance tasks like Disk Cleanup. First, see our tip for settings on Disk Cleanup that will avoid “throwing out” stuff you might need. Go to the Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories

What are .mp3s?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Q:
What are mp3s? I keep hearing about them.

A:
Audio files can be saved in different formats that have different file extensions, just like picture files (.jpg, .gif.). Loosely speaking, you can think of .mp3 as the .jpg of audio. It’s a format for saving sound files.

The .mp3 file extension stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3. MPEG, in turn, stands for Motion Picture Experts… Continue reading

Save a Windows Search

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

I know that I’ve often found myself searching for the same file over and over again. You’d think I would learn where I put it. What a hassle to go to Search and put everything in again. Well, did you know that you can save a search?

After your search is complete go to the File menu and choose “Save Search”. Give the file a name and choose a location… Continue reading

Mega Music Disk

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

If you have a DVD burner in your computer and a home DVD player that will play mp3 files then you can make a disk with about 50 hours of music!

Since DVD-R disks can hold around 4.7 GB of data, that means you can select about 1000 mp3 files through your DVD burning software and create one mega music disk.

This also gives you a back-up of your songs… Continue reading

Shared Folder Shortcuts

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

Q:
How can I make certain files available to other users on my network without putting the actual files in my Shared Folder?

A:
Well, you’ll still need to use the Shared Folder, but you can send shortcuts there rather than the actual file. Why would you want to do this? Well, since it is a shortcut, if you alter the original in “My Documents” or any other… Continue reading

Run vs. Save

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Timothy in Arkansas asks:
What’s the difference between “run” and “save” when I download a program?

A:
When you are downloading a file off the internet you may get the option to “Run” or “Save”. Either of these options will lead you to the setup for the program and install it on your computer, but the difference lies in where the setup file opens from.

If… Continue reading

Scratched CD-R/CD-RWs and thier uses

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Scratched CD-R/CD-RWs and thier uses

Remember the old days of 45′s? You’d put the record on the turntable and if any scratches were present you’d be greeted with a horrible noise accompanied by a “skip-trip-skip” that would make the music nigh unlistenable. Thank goodness we’ve moved on to CD media where – wait a second, we’re no better off, are we? CDs skip too, and when they do… Continue reading

Second Disk for Program Won’t Work

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Q:
When I put in the second disk for a program I get a message asking me what program I want to use to open it. Why can’t Windows see the right program?

A:
If you try to install a second disk that only contains data you might get a message when you double-click the drive asking you to choose a program.

Just cancel and open the… Continue reading

Icons & Labels for Removable Media

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

I have so many drives in my PC it makes my head spin—15 to be exact. I have to label them or I would be opening and closing all kinds of drives looking for what I want. You can also assign different icons to drives, or folders, which makes them completely customizable and unique.

What about Removable drives or CD’s? You can label CD’s, but wouldn’t it be cool to… Continue reading

Remove CD’s from the Drive

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Take CD’s out of your drive when not using them.

If you run Explorer or select File/Open, it will take longer when a CD is in the drive.

In addition, the heat can affect the disk.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas… Continue reading

Plain Folders in Thumbnail View

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Q:
Folders in “My Pictures” show little thumbnails on them. I just want a plain folder. Is there a way to do that?

A:
Sometimes you don’t want the contents of your picture folders displayed for all to see but you do want other pictures in the file to be thumbnails.

There isn’t a box to check that will make a folder plain when your picture folder… Continue reading

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