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Changing File Type Icons in Windows 7

Monday, December 20th, 2010

David asks:

In Windows XP, changing file type icons was possible in a couple of ways; unfortunately it is not the same for Window 7. I have found comments using the registry but would rather not go down that path. If you can assist, I would appreciate the help.

David, the only solutions I found that didn’t involve registry hacks, required third party software. The… Continue reading

Clearing Out the Clipboard

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Elaine from San Diego, Calif. asks:

I am currently in a job where I have to do a lot of copying and pasting images and text. My clipboard gets really full and I would like a way to clear it quickly. Do you know of any way to do this?

Yes, I do, Elaine, and you will be one happy camper when you get… Continue reading

Deafness in Disguise

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Deafness in Disguise

Have you ever wondered what they did for hearing loss before the invention of modern day hearing aids? Do images of ear trumpets come to mind? It’s something that I started wondering about over the last couple weekends because I was talking to my mom and the subject of her needing a hearing aid… Continue reading

Backing Up Firefox with MozBackup

Friday, December 17th, 2010

If you switch from one computer to another, one basic problem you face, if you’re a Firefox user, is that you lose all your add-ons, passwords, bookmarks and history. There is a Firefox backup add-on which can be used to back up your Firefox profile, but it is not so easy to use.

There is a tool known as MozBackup that not only backs… Continue reading

How to Use the Ribbon in MS Office

Friday, December 17th, 2010

If you made the transition to the Ribbon User Interface when Office 2007 was released, the upgrade to Office 2010 really wasn’t a big deal for you.

There are changes, but not in a way that gives you that “I’m lost” feeling so many people felt with their beginning efforts in Office 2007.

But, if you’re one of the many who didn’t use Office… Continue reading

Retrieving Your WiFi Network Password

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Mary, from Boston asks:

I lost the password to my WiFi network and can’t figure out how to get it back. Can you help?

With the advent of laptops and smart phones, wired internet is fast becoming a thing of the past. While it has not become obsolete completely, the widespread usage of Wi-Fi networks and the improvement in Wi-Fi technology has made it… Continue reading

Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts

Friday, December 17th, 2010

With all of the social media schtuff going on, I thought that people who “Tweet” and post schtuff to Facebook and strut their videos for YouTube and blog and share photos might like some keyboard shortcuts, so I looked and looked, found some, and now they’re yours.

Blogger Keyboard Shortcuts
Ctrl + B Bold Text Ctrl + I Italic Text Ctrl + U Underline Text Ctrl

A PDF Refresher

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

With the launch of the new WorldStart book, Internet Security Survival Guide in .PDF, we’ve received a number of questions about the .PDF format. Consequently, we’ve decided to offer some information that may help answer some of these questions.

What is .PDF?

Adobe introduced

Selective Formatting in Excel

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Ever find that you need the column width from one column transferred to others without all the data and other formatting?

Maybe the width you need is in a column formatted as bolded text and, while the width needs to be transferred, the rest doesn’t. In a case such as this the old Format Painter won’t help as much as we’d like it to, since it transfers… Continue reading

Ten Mini Tips

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I was looking through my files the other day and came across a variety of “mini” tips and I thought I’d share some of them with you. They include tips on operating systems, word processors, e-mail, browsers, and Windows Explorer. I hope you can get some use out of some (if not all!) of them.

Note: Even if a tip says it’s for “WinXP”, try it in… Continue reading

Types of Flowers

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Types of Flowers

I was doing a flower search to try and remember how to spell hydrangea for a list of my favorite flowers and I ran across this site. After browsing it, I knew I had to share it with you, because it’s pretty awesome.

There are several ways to browse this site. You… Continue reading

Inserting an Entire File in OpenOffice Writer

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

How many times have you found yourself copying/pasting most of one document into another?

I can’t speak for anyone but myself when I say that I feel like I’ve done that exact thing way too many times for my liking.

To help with that exact situation (and I’m sure a few others that you’ve come across) I present to you Writer’s ability to insert… Continue reading

Bob from Iowa asks:

I Have Windows 7 and would like to be able to bring up the option “Open with” at any time. Right-clicking doesn’t always work. I would like to be able to choose what program I use to open something up.

Windows operating systems generally ask you with which program you would like to open a particular file, unless the file is… Continue reading

Unblock a Facebook Friend’s News Feed

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

So, I blocked the newsfeeds of a friend on Facebook a long time ago. It was so long ago, in fact, that I can’t remember why I did it, exactly. The point is, that it’s time for forgiveness. It’s the holidays, after all!

So, here’s how you unblock a friend’s newsfeeds on Facebook.

First, log into your Facebook account and scroll all… Continue reading

Fixing the Vista Sidebar Clock

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Sharon, from Nevada asks:

I have the Vista Premium Home Operating System. I used to have a clock that I downloaded from the Microsoft sidebar site. It worked for about 1 1/2 years. Now all of a sudden, it won’t work. I have tried other clocks on my sidebar and experience the same problem. It sets up perfectly and within a few minutes it stops. Can you

Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve

I find steam-powered machines really interesting, so when I found this site that has tons of great pictures and information about them I had to share it with you. I recommend browsing this page by clicking on the links in the introductory text (the text of the link will be blue – just… Continue reading

Robert, from Stockton California asks:

I installed Microsoft Security Essentials, which shut off Windows Defender, and it won’t turn back on. Which one is the best protection?

Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender are both anti-malware software that are made by Microsoft.

What is the Difference Between Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender?

Windows… Continue reading

Enabling Macros in Word 2010

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Don, from Roanoke VA asks:

I’ve got a problem with the MS Word 2010 application. Every time I open the program I get a security warning just below the ribbon stating that macros have been disabled (click enable content.) Could you explain this macro, and how do I make this action enabled by default. I can’t seem to find a solution under the file tab>options.

Bullet Points in MS Word

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

When you’re at the end of a bulleted or numbered list, what do you choose to do?

I mean we all know what happens… you enter the last item and hit the Enter key… and there’s yet another bullet or number.

Most people I’ve watched in this situation start up with the Backspace key and often end up hitting it one too many times… Continue reading

Flash Website Storage Settings Panel

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The other day I was playing a Flash game online, but when I tried to go back and play some of the earlier levels, I found they were blocked. I tried to relieve this problem the usual way, by clearing out my web history, but that didn’t work.

Then, as if by providence, I stumbled across the Flash Player Website Storage Settings Panel. It’s online… Continue reading

Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest Windows release is the smoothest operating system I have come across in my entire life in terms of user experience. It has an easy to learn user interface that looks marvelous and does the job equally well. It is extremely snappy and has been done in great detail so that there are no loose ends. This has made Windows 7 a huge success over any earlier… Continue reading

My Shutter Count

Monday, December 13th, 2010

My Shutter Count

Have you ever wondered what the shutter count of your digital camera is? Well now you can find out with My Shutter Count.

It’s very easy to use too! Just click the Browse button, and select a photo on your computer that you shot with your digital camera, and then click open.… Continue reading

June from Maryland asks:

I am so tired of having some of my programs open with no problem and some of them requiring Administrator rights. Is there any way to make it so that I can open any program with Administrator Rights? I have Vista.

June, do you remember the “good ole days” when you could just open a program and use it without… Continue reading

OpenOffice Full Screen Mode

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Are you a person who primarily uses keyboard shortcuts instead of the toolbars and menus?

Want a little more viewing space for your documents?

If the answer is yes & yes then here’s a quick way to maximize what you see while you work.

The feature we’re using is the Full Screen mode.

It takes the normal program… Continue reading

Custom Facebook Friends

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The days are gone where you’d hear “I have more friends than you!”, when it comes to social networking. It’s all about taste now – and presentation, too. That’s why today’s tip is going to show you how to customize which friends appear on your Facebook page.

First, log in to Facebook, then click on Profile in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.… Continue reading

Snow Days

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Snow Days

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for you all to spend time making snowflakes with me at Snow Days! I feel like this has become our winter tradition!

Once on their site, click Create Your Own Snowflake.

Use your mouse to make cuts on the paper with… Continue reading

OK, so all of the MS Office 2007 & 2010 users have come to deal with the fact that the menu & toolbar system is gone and in its place we have the Ribbon.

It’s a rather large “gadget” and takes quite a bit of screen space.

Many have learned to live with it “as is” but others have learned to minimize it.… Continue reading

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