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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Download: FolderShare

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

I’ve done file-sharing programs before—some primarily handle a particular type of file such as Hello the image sharing program, or Grouper used for sending huge files back and forth. Well this download is also a file-sharing program, and like the others, this has its own features and attributes, some of which are quite impressive.

With Foldershare version 2.3.3 you can share, download and even synchronize folders… Continue reading

Most Windows components can be uninstalled by going to Add/Remove Windows Components in the Control Panel. But what about ones that you don’t find? You know that they’re on there somewhere, so how do you get rid of them? Well, it’s actually not too hard to bring these out of hiding.

Bring up Windows Explorer (one way is to right-click the Start button and select “Explore”).

Find your way to… Continue reading

Disk Quotas

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Tired of having your kids clog the hard drive with music downloads? Want more control over how much space users can access? Then you need to enable Disk Quotas in XP.

With Disk Quotas you can limit and monitor disk space usage on your drives. You do need to have the drive formatted in NTFS to do this.

From the “My Computer” window right-click any drive or… Continue reading

Customize Folder Toolbars

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

We have a tip about the “folders” button…
http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/1371

…but several readers emailed saying that they didn’t have that button in the toolbar. Good news! You can easily add it, and other buttons to your folder toolbar.

Open any folder and right-click in a blank area of the toolbar then select “Customize”.

You can then select items from left side to add to the toolbar: Delete, Properties, Copy… Continue reading

Change Where thunderbird Puts Email

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

You can save space on your C drive by moving your Thunderbird email storage folder to another drive or partition.

First, you need to find out where the folder is hiding. Go to Tools/Account Settings and click on “Local Folders”. You’ll see the location under “Message Storage” where it says “Local directory”. The path will look something like this…

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\ApplicationData\Thunderbird\Profiles\ID #\Mail\Local Folders

Note that the “ID #” folder… Continue reading

Q:
Is there any way to get my Outlook Express email to save on the “D” drive?

A:
Yes, you can move the storage folder for your email program to any drive or partition then point Outlook Express to the new location.

First you need to figure out where OE keeps all your messages. Outlook Express uses small databases to store your information. Once you figure out where… Continue reading

Hide Drives and Partitions

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Do you have data on a partition or hard drive that you don’t want tampered with or easily accessible to other users? Well, you can hide any drive/partition in Windows XP, NT, and 2000. That means that they won’t show up in Explorer or My Computer.

If you want access to that drive from your user account you should create a desktop shortcut before proceeding. Once hidden, you can still… Continue reading

Get Rid of Shared Documents Folder

Saturday, May 14th, 2005

A while back we told you about the “Shared Documents” folder in Windows XP. It can be used for files that you want accessable to other users on the computer or a network. Here’s more about it…
http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/1574

But, what if you don’t want to have such a folder? Well, you can make it go away in a few easy steps:

Go to Start/Run and type in… Continue reading

Scan Individual Files for Viruses

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

We often recommend that when you download files you should scan for viruses. The same is true for attachments sent via email (although, if you have decent antivirus software this should be taken care of).

But do you need to scan your whole computer? No, you can scan just one file with most AntiVirus software.

Just

Reactivate DLL’s

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

Q:
I keep getting a message that says a dll file is missing, but I did a search for the file and it was there. How do I get it to work?

A:
Somehow the .dll was deactivated. This can sometimes happen when new software or applications are installed. Thankfully, with Windows ME, 2000, and XP Microsoft made a way to re-activate the dll files called… Continue reading

It’s Nice to Share

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

With earlier versions of Windows you could navigate your way into the folders of other users and check out their files. Not so with Windows XP. Now what you keep in “My Documents” can only be seen by that user (and the administrator).

If you do want files, documents, music, or pictures to be seen by other users you can put them in the “Shared Documents” folders.

Just double click… Continue reading

Change Icons for a File Type

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

Are you tired of the icon associated with your Word docs? Maybe you want all JPEGs to have a unique icon. Well, it can be done. Yes, you can give custom icons to all files of a certain type.

First, if you don’t have any custom icons yet, check out Leo’s IconArchive for over 10,000 free ones to choose from…
http://www.iconarchive.com/

Save them to a folder, maybe… Continue reading

Move Your Temporary Internet Files

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

As you probably know, the pictures and pages from every website you visit are saved in a temporary internet file on your computer. This allows frequently visited pages to come up quicker since the browser grabs the cached data. Cookies, both good and bad, are stored there as well.

There are several reasons that I can think of to go into your temp files. One is to delete… Continue reading

Lost XP Unzip Function.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Q:
I have Windows XP and Instead of the easy built in unzip program I get this program that wants to open them now. How do I change it back?

A:
Sometimes zip programs come bundled with other software you install and it takes over whenever you want to open a zipped file. Win XP has a built in way to extract zip files that allows… Continue reading

Print Folder Contents

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Milford asks:

I am alphabetizing my music and would like to print a list of all the files in my music folder. It would be such a hassle to type each one into a document. Can I quickly print the names of all the files in that folder?

Thanks for the question Milford. This is one we get asked all the… Continue reading

Keep Files Anonymous

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Did you know that your name and other personal information may be included in files that you send to others? That’s right. Word processors especially put in the author’s name and more automatically. If you plan on sending a file to someone else, then you should remove this info.

Right click a file and choose “Properties” (or Alt+double click). If there is

The Invisible Character

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Do you have something that requires a name but you don’t want anything in it? You could just throw nonsense in there, but a blank space would be best. Well, guess what? There is an invisible character! This special character is the equivalent of a space.

Hold down ALT then type 0160 (Alt+0160) on the number keypad at the right side of your keyboard.… Continue reading

Quickie File & Folder Duplication

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Windows is known for offering many ways to do the same thing. Most of you know how to copy and paste files and folders from one location to the other, but here’s another way to duplicate a them.

On the desktop or in a folder hold down your Ctrl key while dragging what you want duplicated to another part of the desktop/window.

When you let go of the mouse… Continue reading

Program List

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

In Windows XP, when I go to my programs it takes up my whole screen. Is there a way to make them into a list or something?

This has always been a pretty annoying feature in XP, but I discovered a remedy.

Right-click the Start Button and choose Properties.

Easy Sub-folders

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Want an easy way to create subfolders?

When you are in a folder hold down the Alt key and type F, W, F (in XP) or F,N, F (in 98/ME) and a new folder appears.

Want more than one? Just keep the Alt key down and type F, W, F (or F,N,F) over and over again until all your new folders are created.

You can then go back and name… Continue reading

Saving to a New Folder

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Have you ever gone to save a file in a program like MS Word and wanted it in a different folder than the ones you have? The good news is that most programs allow you to create a folder when you save.

Next to the window where you select the folder you want to save in, find the icon that looks like a folder with a star… Continue reading

Compress Folders with Windows ME

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I know there’s a few of you out there with Win ME. In most cases the Win 98 tips work for you, but ME was also a testing ground for new features like System Restore and folder compression that became part of XP.

Although it is not installed by default, ME has built in folder compression so you don’t need WinZip or Stuffit to archive/zip or unzip folders.… Continue reading

Wild Cards

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

When doing a search you can use an asterisk (*) in place of letters or numbers. This is called a “wild card” and it really comes in handy.

Let’s say you’re looking for a file that starts with “ran” but aren’t sure what the rest of the name is. Just type in…

ran*

All files of any type that begin with “ran” will be found such as “randy.doc” or “rand-mcnally.exe”.… Continue reading

Folder Button

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

When you open a folder you’ll see the buttons in the toolbar at the top: Back, Forward, Up, Search, Folders, etc.

We’ve talked about “Back” and “Up” before and “Search” needs no explanation, but what about “Folders”?

Give it a click and find out. You’ll see that it brings all your folders, drives, etc. just like Windows Explorer. This makes for easy folder navigation.

Want to change back?… Continue reading

Add Items to Start Menu

Monday, January 10th, 2005

As you know, the Start Menu is the control center of your PC, accessed by clicking the “Start” button down in the lower left-hand corner or by tapping the Window key. Adding items to it isn’t that difficult.

Since there are two sides to the Start Menu, let’s start with the left…

If the item you want to add is a shortcut… Continue reading

Tell CDs What to Do

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Windows XP gives you even more control over CD autoruns. You can actually specify what happens when different kinds of CDs are put into your drive.

For instance, what if you want music CDs to always open in Windows Media Player? Or your picture CDs to open in Photoshop? Well, today I’m going to show you how to do this and more.

Head over to your CD drive (you may… Continue reading

Stop CD Autorun

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Q:
I don’t want my CDs to autorun when I put them in. Is there a way to permanently stop this feature?

A:
By default when you put a CD in your drive it will automatically start up (in most cases). But what if you don’t want this to happen? With Windows 98/ME it’s easy.

Right click “My Computer” and select “Properties”. Next you’ll choose the “Device Manager”… Continue reading

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