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Locking the Taskbar in XP

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Stuart from Wisconsin asks:

All of a sudden my Windows XP Taskbar has a weird double line on top of it. What gives?

I’m sure there are a lot of XP users out there who have seen this oddity while traveling in the wonderful world of Microsoft. Turns out, though, that it’s nothing serious and extremely easy to fix.… Continue reading

Costume Idea Zone

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Costume Idea Zone

It’s not too late to figure out a nifty costume for Halloween! Whether you’ve gotten a last minute invitation to a costume party, need to find a costume for your kids for trick or treating, or just have put it off to the last minute like I did – this site has got costume ideas for you!… Continue reading

Restoring the Windows Boot Loader

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Tom, from Oklahoma asks:
I installed Ubuntu to try it out, but I had some problems, so I uninstalled it. However, when I boot my machine it still gives Ubuntu as an option. How do I clean this up? I am using XP SP3.

Note: Any procedure involving the MBR (Master Boot Record) is dangerous and can cause your computer to become inaccessible. While the steps

Analyzing Filtered Data in Excel

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

So, you like to use MS Excel’s AutoFilter to take a look at your data? (Click here to read about AutoFilters at WorldStart.com)

Ever find yourself thinking that it would be nice to see the filtered data as a graphic?

Did you try it?

Yes, you can create a chart of the filtered data to truly “see” what the… Continue reading

Adjusting Font Size for Printing

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Ruthanne from Florida asks:

How do you make the fonts bigger when you want to print something?

Increasing the font size on something you wish to print can be achieved in several different ways. However, the method used to make fonts larger will vary from program to program. Unfortunately, there is no one way to set… Continue reading

Read Receipts

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Judith from MA asks:

Is there any way for me to check to see if an e-mail I’ve sent had been opened / read?

Judith, each mail provider uses different protocols and procedures for everything, so I can’t be certain whether this advice will answer your question. But, we’ll give it a try.

What you’re talking about is a so-called “read… Continue reading

WinUtilities Free Edition

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I’m always looking for new products that will clean junk from my computer. As a result, after repeatedly installing new junk removing software, more junk accumulates. While I have kept, and still use, several other utilities, none seem to clean as thoroughly as WinUtilities. Most maintenance software misses or ignores certain items, including WinUtilities, but this one seems to find and correct more problems than any of the others. It… Continue reading

Halloween Howl

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Halloween Howl

Are you ready to throw a Halloween party? Do you need some help putting the party together? Well then, you’ve come to the right site. Halloween Howl is dedicated to helping you plan your Halloween party!

On the main page, you’ll find a listing of what’s new on the site, as well as a listing… Continue reading

Strip the Formatting in OpenOffice

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Ever find yourself looking over a document that you thought was finished, only to find that the formatting seems “off”?

It appears to be inconsistent, and not at all what you envisioned.

In this particular situation, I know that I find myself looking for a way to strip all the formatting from the text and then set the text formatting options to… Continue reading

Speed Up Your Sluggish Computer

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Jeremy from Washington asks:

When I close certain programs, mainly Internet Explorer and Incredimail, the program is still running in the background and eating memory. What’s causing this?

First of all, you’ll want to make sure your computer isn’t affected with some sort of virus. A computer virus is capable of causing programs to run incessantly or to completely ignore any commands you try… Continue reading

Google Patents

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Are you a tinkerer? An inventor? Maybe deep down inside there’s a mad scientist, just screaming to get out! Well, whatever the case, Google is here to make sure that an idea you’ve come up with hasn’t already been patented.

Yes, I said Google. The master of search engines doesn’t just search the web anymore. Now it also searches patents!

Here’s how… Continue reading

Advanced System Protector

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Advanced System Protector Personal Edition is a free spyware remover, available from Systweak. In addition to spyware and malware removal, it offers plenty of scanning options, including scheduling. However, the free version doesn’t provide any real time protection (referred to as shields). To download, click on the blue Download button. You will then be taken to a second page, and given the option to continue downloading the free version… Continue reading

Halloween Recipes 101

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Halloween Recipes 101

Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, or setting out treats for the kids, you’re probably looking for Halloween recipes. Well, look no further!
You’ll find recipes for popcorn treats, cookies, drinks, cakes, candies, and more here! You’ll even find recipes for whole meals with a Halloween twist!
This site is easy to navigate -… Continue reading

Remove the Duplicates in Excel

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Ever find yourself looking at a long list of data containing duplicates and it’s your job to remove the extras?

Sometimes there’s duplicate data for a darn good reason and sometimes it for not only a bad reason, but it’s unacceptable to boot!

If you’re in the latter situation and need to get rid of the duplicates, then you’ve got to be looking for… Continue reading

Comparing Computer Brands

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Rob from Knoxville, TN asks:

How do Acer / Gateway / E-Machine, stand in the rankings of Good Better and Best computers by support and durability?

Gateway Computers purchased eMachines at the start of 2004 and then was purchased by Acer in the fall of 2007. Even though these computers essentially belong to the same owner… Continue reading

Save Multiple Tabs in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Let’s say you’re doing some research on the Internet and it just so happens that you have multiple tabs on your chosen subject open at the same time in Internet Explorer.

Now quick – the kids need to be picked up from soccer practice, the dog needs to go to the vet and you’ve got a million other pressing matters to attend to, but you don’t want… Continue reading

365 Halloween

Monday, October 25th, 2010

365 Halloween: Spooky Halloween Fun All Year Long

Don’t think that after October 31st, you have to stop having Halloween fun! Welcome to the site that helps you have spooky fun all year long!

On the main page, you’ll find featured articles on recipes, costumes, décor, and more! I really loved the mummy dogs with green goo recipe… Continue reading

SD Memory Cards Explained

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The quick and simple answer: Secure Digital. Utilizing what’s known as nonvolatile memory, a Secure Digital memory card is very much like a small size USB flash drive, in that, just like a flash drive, a SD card will retain its data even without being plugged into a computer, camera, or other device to power it. The “Secure” in Secure Digital comes from the SD cards’ original goal of providing… Continue reading

Folder Lock

Monday, October 25th, 2010

George from Salisbury, MD asks:

My PC needs to go to the shop for repair. I hope there is something I can set on the PC so that my documents are protected. How can I accomplish that? Will you please give me step by step instructions? I also need the instructions to set it back to normal when it comes out of the shop please.

Gimp

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

GIMP

Looking for a free alternative to Photoshop? Well then you should give GIMP a try. It’s an image editing program that allows you to create and edit images, as well as touch up photographs. And best of all it’s free!

The thing I love about GIMP is that you can get free tutorials… Continue reading

Windows Live Mesh

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Windows Live Mesh is a cloud service from Microsoft by which you can keep your important folders synced across multiple computers. This tool is available for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac users.

You can also sync folders across SkyDrive synced storage (Windows provides 5 GB free space). It means you can access your folders from any computer you want through web. This is a step by… Continue reading

Repeating Text Entries in Excel

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

So, you’ve found yourself once again entering a bunch of text into an Excel worksheet… and once again, the text is getting repetitive.

Let’s say that you’ve got a list of employees and need to enter the department they work in for each one. This means that you’re in column B typing the same things over and over again – after all, there are a finite number… Continue reading

Repairing Internet Explorer

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Christa, in West Virginia asks:

I am using IE8. When I initially open it, I get 2 open windows. Also, if I have more than one IE window open, both windows will respond to the action I perform on the window in the foreground. Why is this and how do I stop it from happening?

Thanks for the question Christa. This is not a well-known issue… Continue reading

Chrome Resource Information Page

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Are you curious about the websites you visit? Have you ever wanted to check statistics and see which web element took the longest to load? Heck, maybe you’re a budding web developer and you want to keep track of potential bottlenecks that could sour the experience.

Whatever the case may be, if you’re using Google Chrome, then this tip is just for you!… Continue reading

Massive Music Quiz

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Massive Music Quiz

How well do you think you know music? I thought I was pretty good at placing artist names and song titles, until I played the pop music quiz on this site and was blown away at how much I didn’t know.

How does it work? Just pick a genre of music… Continue reading

Cut and Paste

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Claire from Ottawa, Canada writes:

I am almost ashamed to admit it, but I don’t know how to cut and paste or even what it means. I do know how to copy and paste, though, if that helps.

A long time ago, I got to talking to a representative from my local phone company about computers and copy and paste came up. I had… Continue reading

Adding Dropbox to Windows 7

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Dropbox is an online file backup service which offers users up to 2 GB storage space for free. Once you have set up your Dropbox account, you can sync the files (on Dropbox) across multiple computers. The Dropbox client can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile. Once installed, the client will automatically sync your computer with the cloud based service. This ensures you have all the files… Continue reading

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