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Archive for the ‘File & Disk Management’ Category

Clean up your start menu

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

I have Waaaay too much clutter in my Start menu. Some of it includes extra files and stuff I don’t need there. How can I clean the mess?

Easy, just right-click the icons you no longer want and select Delete from the resulting menu.


Here’s the second way to skin the cat – Right-click the Start button, Explore .

Explorer will open… Continue reading

Folder Toolbar

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

I found this one by accident. I was dragging a folder to the Recycle Bin but instead I dropped it at the top of the screen. Surprise! A toolbar appeared at the top displaying the contents of the folder. Pretty cool.

I noticed that not all the files were listed, then I saw a double arrow on the right side and clicked it… Continue reading

MS Word File recognition

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Help! I created a document in MS Word, but now Word doesn’t “see” it anymore. I can go to My Documents folder and it’s there, but when I try to open it in Word, I can’t seem to find it – or any other word document for that matter. What’s going on?

My guess? It’s a filter problem.

No, not… Continue reading

Want Detailed File Info? Put it in the Properties

I’m sure that you have a bunch of image files, music files, and document files on your computer. How would you like detailed information about the file to stay with it? I especially use this one for image files. For instance, if I see a picture online that I would like to use as a screensaver or wallpaper, I put the… Continue reading

Read Only Files

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

A read-only file can be opened and read but no changes can be saved over the original file. This comes in really handy for documents, spreadsheets, and other sensitive files that you don’t want messed with.

Files on a CD are read only since you can’t modify them while they are on the CD. If you want to change them you must transfer to your computer then uncheck “Read Only”… Continue reading

Password Protect Folders in XP

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Do you share a computer with other users and want some extra security on your folders? There are two ways to password protect a folder built into Windows XP (for other Windows flavors, there are some freeware/shareware programs out there). If you’d like to password protect a flash drive, please read this tip.

If you have a log in

The Future of Floppies

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

I heard that floppy drives are being phased out. Is there a way to copy my floppies to cd?

Most new computers don’t even come with a floppy drive anymore. Many options for data storage are on the market that have larger capacity than our familiar little disk: CD-R/RW, DVD, Flash Memory, portable hard drives, and USB keys (aka “thumb drives”). While a lot of us… Continue reading

Organize Your Documents

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Do you dump every file you create into your My Documents folder? Is it the digital equivalent to a messy 7-year-old’s room? Well never fear, the computer cleaner is here! Continue reading

Make folders more interesting with pictures

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Make folders more interesting with pictures

Guess what Windows XP users? You can make folders easier to find and more attractive by putting pictures on them.

In order for this to work, you must have “thumbnail view” selected for the folder that it is in (thus it won’t work on the desktop).

Just right click the folder you want to customize and choose “Properties”.

On the “Customize” tab, go down… Continue reading

Change folder & shortcut icons

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

I downloaded a bunch of icons, but how do I change them for folders or shortcuts on my desktop?

There’s not a whole lot to it.

Just Right Click the folder or shortcut you want to change and choose Properties.

Now choose the Customize tab for a folder and select the Change Icon button.

For a shortcut click the Shortcuts tab then select the Change

Column Size Fun

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Column Size Fun

OK, most of us know that you can resize the columns in Windows Explorer. You just grab the little black column separators at the top and drag them to the size you need.

Well, there’s actually a better way.

If you double-click in the little space between columns, you’ll find that the column automatically resizes itself so it shows the complete name of… Continue reading

See your Operating System

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

I have a 220 GB hard drive but my Operating System can’t see it all. Do I need some other software or something?

If you have an older computer or Windows XP using the FAT32 filing system, and your hard drive is over 32GB, you’ll need to split it into partitions . Even with the newer NTFS (Win… Continue reading

You Might Want to Keep those Shared Files

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

You Might Want to Keep those Shared Files

Sometimes when uninstalling a program a message comes up telling you that there are shared files that may not be needed on your system, “Would you like to remove?”

All of us want to conserve space on our hard drive, so of course, the natural impulse is to click “yes”. Guess what? You may have actually removed files… Continue reading

Shared Files

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

What are “shared” files?

Shared files are “general purpose” files more than one program can use. They usually come in the form of DLL files, and should be automatically installed with the software that needs them (assuming the setup program for the software includes them, most good setups will).

DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files are basically “support” files… Continue reading

Rename a file

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

How do I rename a file?

There are at least three ways to rename a file…

You could click the file name once to highlight, click a second time to make it available to change, then type in the new file name.

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