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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category



Doc Scraps

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Doc Scraps

Here’s a cool one. With this tip, you can stick a “scrap” of information on your Desktop. You can then take this “document scrap” and paste it into another application – without opening it up (although it doesn’t work on everything).

First, you’ll need to use a program that supports OLE2 drag and drop. Programs like Word, MS Paint, Wordpad, Corel WordPerfect, and most other popular programs will… Continue reading

Transfer Files to New Computer

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
My new computer doesn’t have a floppy drive and my old one doesn’t have a CD burner. Is there any other way to transfer files?

A:
If both computers have network cards, you could create a simple network , allowing you to use your old computer as an extra hard drive. You can bring up files as needed with your new system and leave them… Continue reading

Let’s Make a New Folder!

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Let’s say you would like to have some sub-folders (a sub-folder is a folder within a folder) in your “My Documents” folder. You could set one up for each member of your family so everyone’s stuff stays separate, or for specific jobs.

Here’s how:

Right-click the Start button, select Explore from the little menu that pops up. Windows Explorer

Zip XP Folders

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Zip XP Folders

Now that you know Windows XP lets you unzip folders with a simple drag & drop, did you know that you can also create a zipped folder?

That’s pretty easy too! Here’s how:

First, you need to create a compressed folder. Right click an empty area of your desktop and choose “New” then “Compressed (zipped) folder”.

You just created a new zip folder! See the cute… Continue reading

What are Zip Files?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
What are “zipped” files?

A:
A zip file is basically a “package” of one or more compressed files. If you download a lot of software, you’ll run across these all the time.

They are not difficult to work with. You’ll need an “unzipping” program in order to access them, something like Winzip or Winrar are both good choices.… Continue reading

Find Stuff

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Say you’re looking for something on a long web page with Internet Explorer or Firefox. You think it’s there, but you’re faced with seemingly insurmountable number of paragraphs, sentences, and words to hunt though.

Well, next time this happens to you, hit the Edit menu, Find (or CTRL-F for you shortcut lovers). You’ll get a handy little “find” box that lets you type in a… Continue reading

Dragging to Minimized Windows

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Do you know what I hate? Trying to drag something to a folder when the stupid thing is minimized. There you are, looking like an idiot with your finger down on the left mouse button with nowhere to drop. What can you do?

Easy—yell at your computer and curse at Microsoft.

After that, try this:

1. Grab the item and drag… Continue reading

Alphabetize Programs under the Start Menu

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
I wish there was a way to alphabetize all the programs under Start/Programs?

A:
Well, save your wishes for something good, because you can! Here’s how:

1. Click the Start button, Programs. Highlight any program group (i.e. menu item) that’s listed there.

2. Now, just right-click and select ” Sort by name ” from the resulting menu.

That’s it. Remember that you can still drag… Continue reading

Put that File in Several Places at Once

Friday, November 12th, 2004

It never fails, when I want to find a particular file, I look in the logical place, but it’s actually in a different folder. Or what if I want a document on my desktop AND in a folder? I’m sure this happens to you. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it in two places at once? Well, yeah, I know, you can always copy and

Keep Your Folder View Consistent

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Do Some of your folders show big icons, some a list, and others have thumbnails? There is an easy way to make them all the same …

Open Windows Explorer (this may be a taskbar shortcut, desktop shortcut, or Start menu link to Computer, My Documents, or Libraries).

Using

What a Briefcase is for.

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
What is the Briefcase for? How do I use it?

A:
You’ve probably had this file just sitting on your desk top and wondered the same thing.

I use this feature to synch the newsletter folders on my desktop with our server. It also comes in handy if you have a laptop and desktop that share files. I guess you could also use it if you… Continue reading

How to Download

Friday, November 12th, 2004

How to Download

So, you’ve found a piece of software you want to download but aren’t sure how to go about the whole process. Well, here’s a step by step guide:

#1 – Click the download link.

# 2 – Choose to save to disk and hit the OK button.

# 3 – Choose where you would like the file downloaded… Continue reading

Advice on Opening Attachments

Friday, November 12th, 2004


Q:
I got an attachment but I can’t seem to open it. How do I know which program to use? What if I don’t have the program needed?

A:
First off—before you open any attachment, make sure you know who sent it. Even if you do know the sender, if you aren’t expecting it, you might want to send a quick note to… Continue reading

Windows Searches

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Windows Searches

Do you have a particular folder you’re always rummaging through? Maybe your “My Documents” folder? Well, do I have a trick for you!

As you probably know (or will know here in a second), if you right-click a folder and select Find or Search , you’ll get a Find (or search) box that is automatically set to look in the folder you were just right-clicking.

Opening old files

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
I have old disks laying around with important stuff on them but the software that created them is no longer around. Am I out of luck?

A:
In many cases, the info on the disk(s) seems like it’s inaccessible with newer machines. Maybe the software that created it is no longer in existence, or it’s just an odd ball format.… Continue reading

Copy and Paste

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Michael from California Asks:

How do I “Copy and Paste”?

A:
First off, you’ll be glad to learn copying and pasting is easy. You can copy and paste just about anything your little heart desires: text, web pages, files, pictures, you name it. The idea behind the process is to take information from one place and deposit it into another.

For… Continue reading

File Sizes & Counts

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

File Sizes & Counts

Have you ever wondered how much space a set of files takes up? Or how many files were in a folder? Well, here’s how to figure it out.

If you’re interested in the number of files in a folder and / or the total size of the folder, just right-click it and select “Properties” from the resulting menu (you could also use Alt+double click ).

OK… Continue reading

What happens when you drag and drop.

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
When I drag and drop files, how do I know what is happening to them? Are they being moved, copied, or is Windows just creating a short cut?

A:
One day while dragging and dropping I actually paid attention and realized that Windows does tell you what it’s doing as you move the file. If you see a ” + ” sign in a little… Continue reading

Compress NTFS Files

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
How do I enable File Compression in Windows XP?

A:
If you are using Windows XP, chances are your hard drive uses the NTFS filing system. If you are in NTFS, you can save space on your hard drive by using File Compression.

First, open My Computer and double-click a drive or folder.

Right-click the file or folder… Continue reading

File Association Options

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
My JPEGs open up in my web browser, but I want them to open in the photo program I just installed. How can I make sure that files open where I want them to?

A:
You seem to be suffering from file association anxiety? This is common for people who have files open in the wrong program or a file type that isn’t associated… Continue reading

Folder Jumpin’

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Folder Jumpin’

I don’t know about you, but I’m always jumping from one folder to another. First I was here, then I was there, then I thought I was here when I was really there, then I took a break and found some aspirin.

During said break, I realized that the folders I was hopping between were the same two or three folders all the time. Hmm…

So, I decided… Continue reading

Save and Save As

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

What’s the difference between Save and Save As? Read this tip for some helpful information! Continue reading

Viewing File Extensions

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Are your file extensions hiding from you? Do you see file names but secretly wish you could see the extension too?

Maybe you have no clue what file extensions are or why in the world you would want to look at them. Well, take a gander at the link below for help:

http://www.worldstart.com/tips/computer-terms/termfileextensions.htm

Win XP Time Travel

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Win XP Time Travel

Have you ever made a change to your computer that messed everything up? A great feature of Windows XP is System Restore. You can go back to a previous setup without losing your documents, jpegs, emails, or other files. It keeps track of changes in your system and automatically creates what are called “restore points”. These points allow you to travel back in time to when… Continue reading

Deleting Unwanted Programs

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Do you have programs you no longer use taking up space on your hard drive? Maybe you didn’t like a particular program and want it off your computer, or worse, it messed up your system. Well, here are some ways to get ‘em out…

1. The first thing to do is click Start /Programs then hunt for the program you want to delete. Oftentimes, you’ll find an Uninstall program under… Continue reading

Program Arrangements

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
I would like to rearrange the order of my programs under the Start menu in Windows XP. How can do this?

A:
I get email all the time from readers who want to change the order of the programs in their Programs menu (Start button, Programs). You’ll be glad to know it’s easy as drag and drop!

Here’s how:… Continue reading

Move files to second hard drive

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
I just got a second hard drive . How do I move programs over to it?

A:
First off, the better way to go is to leave your programs on the C drive and move documents, pictures, and music files over to the new drive. These files can take up a lot of space, especially WAV, MP3, and JPGs. This also protects… Continue reading

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