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Resetting the Default Search Engine in IE9

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

This article describes how to set Google as default search engine in IE9. It will also describe how to add Google, or any other, search provider to IE9 if it is not listed already.

In an earlier article on IE9, we discussed using the Address bar to search for anything you want. The article described how to disable search from the IE9 Address… Continue reading

Dimming Text in PowerPoint

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

If you’re a regular user of PowerPoint animations, then I’m sure that you’ve used some sort of effect when introducing a list of text.

You know what I mean… you’ve got a list of 5 things and each one will slide in on their own click.

This is great because your audience can’t spend their time ignoring you and reading ahead. (Well OK… the… Continue reading

100% Free Chess

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

100% Free Chess is just what the name says. Utilizing a simple, intuitive interface, it includes several free chess games, along with helpful tutorials for those of us who need all the help we can get.

Let me begin by saying that there will be no mention here of the outcome of the test games I played. I suspected that this wasn’t my… Continue reading

Driving Route Planner

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Driving Route Planner

I hate wasting time and gas while running errands due to construction or poor route planning. Now with Driving Route Planner, I can plan my errands ahead of time so that I’m not doing that.
It’s easy to use too! Just click Optimal Driving Routes to get started. Put in where you’ll be leaving from and what… Continue reading

Recipe Gold Mine

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Recipe Gold Mine

I am always on the hunt for fantastic recipe sites, and I am still finding them too! Welcome to Recipe Gold Mine, where you will find the mother lode of recipes!

On the main page, scroll down and you’ll find fantastic seasonal recipes! As well as the latest articles added to the site.… Continue reading

Adding Options to the Right Click Menu

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

One of the serious drawbacks regarding Windows file management tools is that there is no option to copy a file or folder directly from the right click context menu. Neither is there an option to move a file or folder from the right click context menu.

You have to copy / cut a file or folder, open the target directory and then paste it. This can be… Continue reading

Undo a Move in Outlook

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I tend to go through my e-mail messages and then “sort” them. You know, delete it or move it to some folder or another.

When moving messages, I simply drag and drop them into their new location using the folder list.

The problem is that I inevitably drop some into the wrong location.

Usually I… Continue reading

Changing the Look of Your Boot Screen

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Robin from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:

The other day I was over at a friend’s house and when she started her computer it had a really pretty screen before the Windows screen – do you know what I’m talking about? Where can I get something like that?

Well, Robin, I do know what you’re talking about, and I can show you how to get it… Continue reading

Find pi with Your Windows 7 Calculator

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I love Easter Eggs! They’re little tricks built into software that can do both useful (and sometimes useless) things. Well, today we’re going to learn about one for the Windows 7 calculator.

What you need to do is to open the Windows 7 calculator by clicking Start and typing calc into the Search box. Hit Enter or click the calculator icon that appears in the… Continue reading

Free Stuff

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The other day, I was reading online comments about software from an unhappy user. I have the same software installed in my computer, and it does what I need it to do, so I wasn’t particularly concerned with the specific issues described by the writer. What occurred to me though was that this software is free, and that fact was overlooked. I don’t have a problem with that omission, but… Continue reading

Site Jabber

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Site Jabber

I absolutely could not wait to bring you this site. How many times are you surfing the net, and you run across a site that looks like it will be amazing or offers a great service only to find out it is a scam and that they are trying to bamboozle you?

Well, thanks to… Continue reading

How to Use Your iPad for Photography

Monday, November 8th, 2010

If you are a photographer who loves to travel (or hates to travel, but has to anyway), you need to be able to upload and edit your images on the go. Having a device specifically for photos can prove useful, even if you already have a laptop. Maybe you’re not supposed to use your work laptop for personal photos, or just want a separate machine with… Continue reading

Spike, from Kimberley B. C. Canada asks:

When I used to go on Internet Explorer, I would start typing in what I wanted to find, and with each letter typed several possibilities would come up. Now I have to type in the whole word. What have I done wrong, and how can I get this feature back?

Spike, I think that what you’re talking about… Continue reading

Adjusting Home Page Settings in Firefox

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Eric from Laurel, Nebraska writes:

Is there any way to click on my browser and see the last website I visited instead of my home page? I use Firefox.

Hi, Eric! Thanks for writing!

Yes, there is! Sometimes I don’t know what I would do without it.

There are three things you can get when you open Firefox… Continue reading

How to Take Screenshots

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Screenshots (or screen captures), are images copied straight from your computer screen. Many of the tips here at Worldstart include screenshots to offer a visual counterpart to the text. For example, if a tip is explaining how to adjust text size in a Word 2010 document, it might include a screenshot like the one below. The accompanying text would then explain that clicking on the arrow to the… Continue reading

Shut Down Your Computer from Anywhere

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Have you ever left your computer logged into Windows and suddenly remembered you did so when you were far away from your computer? What’s worse, have you ever kept it logged on when you knew there were going to be many people around the computer’s vicinity and you were going to be away for a while? This scenario certainly could end badly. People could search your computer for files and… Continue reading

Old Magazine Articles

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Old Magazine Articles

Magazines provide a fascinating look back into history. When you read them, you can get a sense of what was going on at the time they were written, what the popular sentiment about certain issues was at the time, and get a glimpse into how people lived their lives.

This site provides old magazine articles… Continue reading

When you use MS Word, do you find yourself updating the exact same information in many different files?

For example, maybe you have a weekly sales figure that is put into several different Word files each week.

Do you open all the files and change the information in each and every one? Even with a copy and paste process it still can take quite… Continue reading

Import Settings to Google Chrome

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I know, I know; I’ve been writing a lot of Google Chrome tips recently, and up until a few weeks ago, I was against even installing it on my computer.

But now that I have, I see that it’s quite the browser. It’s fast, it’s simple…

…and importing all of my personal settings from either Firefox or Internet Explorer is a snap!… Continue reading

What You Own

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

What You Own

Welcome to What You Own, a site that offers free software that will help you inventory what you own. There are a lot of practical reasons to create an inventory of what you own. What if your house burned down? What if you were robbed? What if you’re moving and need a better way to know what you… Continue reading

Did you know that you can view multiple presentations at the same time in MS PowerPoint?

It’s not a bad thing to know when you’re trying to compare presentations, or moving items from one to another.

To accomplish this goal, we’re going to need to open all the presentations… obviously, the more you open, the smaller they’ll appear on the screen, so be sure… Continue reading

Finding System Information in Vista

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Dolores of Carson City, Nevada, writes:

The other day I went to install a program and it told me to make sure that I had Vista SP2, and that it wouldn’t run if it had Vista SP1. I don’t know where to look for that. In fact, I know nothing about my computer. Can you help show me where to go to find everything?

Selective Facebook Posting

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Facebook is a wonderful tool to connect with family and friends, problem is that some of the time we’d like the things we post to only be viewable by certain people.

For example, my wife (fiancée at the time) was trying to collaborate with some mutual Facebook friends on what type of wedding cake to surprise me with. She managed to get opinions, ideas and even a… Continue reading

National Apple Museum

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

National Apple Museum

I love apples! I can’t believe that I didn’t know about the National Apple Museum before now! Once I discovered it, I knew that I had to share it with all of you!

I suggest you start your journey by reading the Our Story text on the main page of the site. It explains all… Continue reading

WebinPaint

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

How to Remove a Specific Object or Person From an Image

There are situations when you may want to remove a specific object or person from an image. Say you have just found an old photo of yours and want to use it in some of your projects. The photo is all right, but there is a building which you want to remove, without distorting… Continue reading

A Quick Help Tip for OpenOffice

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

We all know how to access the Help menu, in order to get to the database of knowledge that goes with these programs.

It’s nice, you can find lots of information there… but you need to know what direction to move… without key words and a true sense of what it is you’re looking to find, you may just find frustration and little else.… Continue reading

Backing Up to an External Drive

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Duane from New Port Richey, FL asks:

I just bought an external hard drive and would like to copy my whole C-drive to it. How do I do this?

What you’re asking about here, Duane, is called a disc “image” or “mirror”. This is used to help you recover your Windows setup and all of your files in the case of catastrophic drive failure… Continue reading

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