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Finding Recent Files in MS Office 2010

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I can’t speak for everyone but I love to the recent files list… I mean what’s not to love?

You can bypass the whole Open dialog box and the sometimes complicated navigation, to actually pull up any recent file just by looking in one place.

If you’ve investigated in Office 2010 then, you know that the recent files list is found under… Continue reading

The File Folders Padlock Icon Explained

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

In windows 7, when I look at user folders, I see some folders have padlocks on them and others do not, what causes this and how do I remove the “padlock”. When I look at the properties of each folder, I cannot detect any difference.

How to Get Rid of the Mysterious Padlock Icon From Your File Folder

Windows 7, as in previous version of… Continue reading

Smart Carpet and McAfee In the News

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Caregivers get Smart.

Caregivers of elderly and disabled friends, relatives, and patients are eagerly looking forward to getting “Smart”, thanks to Mizzou University of Missouri’s electrical and computer engineering professor, Harry Tyrer, Jr.

The professor has invented the “Smart Carpet”, a computerized flooring system that uses embedded sensors to monitor walking activity and then sends the data to a computer that… Continue reading

Party Photography

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Parties are great fun. However, they are even more fun after the party is long over. How? When you take the time off to capture the happy and zany moments for posterity. Here is where some tips on party photography should help you a great deal in carrying on the party conversation over Facebook and other social networking sites. Not to mention, in your drawing rooms and offices.… Continue reading

I imagine that when the words animation and transition are used in reference to a slide show, we all know that they reference all the cool motions, entrances, exits and other exciting things we see while viewing the show.

The first question some may have is, what’s the difference between an animation and a transition?

An animation is the effects applied to individual elements… Continue reading

Suggestions for Seized Up Computers

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Royal V. from CT asks:

My computer seized up, and now it just shows a black page with white lettering. My problem: I had some very important papers (material for a future e-book) written in WordPad. Is there some way I can retrieve them?

Well, Royal, if you brought your computer to me for repair and asked this question, the first thing that I would… Continue reading

The 1900 House

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The 1900 House

Apparently I missed this awesome show on PBS, where a family volunteers to live in a house as though they were living in the year 1900.

There are several interesting ways to navigate the site. You can use the house icon, and click the different rooms, you can click on the picture of the family, or you can… Continue reading

Five Ways to Eliminate Eyestrain

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Let me just say that I am one of the biggest offenders when it comes to taking care of my “computer” eyes. I am on the computer a lot and forget to take breaks – well, I just don’t care about them. I find myself squinting and adjusting the monitor because all of a sudden it’s too dark or too light. Lately my eyes have started tearing up, but I… Continue reading

Change the Default Text Wrap Settings in Word

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

MS Word: Why Does Inserting A Picture Always Cause Such a Mess?

Okay, so maybe it’s not a complete “mess”, but if you’re not familiar with the interactions of text and pictures in a Word document then, it probably feels that way to you.

After you insert a picture, you suddenly find yourself looking at this great big huge gap between two lines of… Continue reading

YouTube Video Stats

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This is too cool not to share. I was clicking around on YouTube last night, when I noticed a button I hadn’t seen before. It’s called the Show video statistics button, and it opens up a whole new world, when it comes to stat tracking on YouTube!

All you have to do is browse over to and look for a video – any video… Continue reading

The Mind of Leonardo

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The Mind of Leonardo

Rather than looking at only one facet of Leonardo da Vinci and focusing on his genius in just that aspect, this site tries to correlate all the many different facets of his genius. I had a hard time trying to decide how to present this site to you. It is an amazing journey… Continue reading

Saving Windows Live Emails

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Does your day begin with an hour or more commute to work sitting in a bus, train, or taxi? Perhaps you’re flying across country (or to another country) on a business trip, with many, many hours to be spent in flight en route to your destination. Or maybe you’re planning a multi-day road trip in your own car, for a meet up with friends and family back home. Then again… Continue reading

Sending Distribution Lists in Outlook

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You know that person who e-mails everything so efficiently using distribution lists?

And… what are you doing?

Choosing each person individually for each message you send?

Maybe you’re searching out a previously sent message that went to the right group of people, creating a forward message, clearing out the old content of the message and then composing the new e-mail?… Continue reading


Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You’ve heard me talk in the past about how I use Yahoo! because it gives me all my news and views in one place, but that I also like to use Google as my search engine, right? Well, that was until I stumbled across iGoogle – a feature that has been around for a while which allows me to get the best of both worlds.… Continue reading

Paul Ecke Poinsettias

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Paul Ecke Poinsettias

Poinsettias for me are synonymous with Christmas. Growing up, the house would be filled with poinsettias at this time of year, in every possible color, and then my mom would keep them and nurse them through the year.

This site is devoted to teaching you all about poinsettias. I suggest you start… Continue reading

Ten Great Firefox Add-Ons

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

One of the reasons that Firefox has so many loyal users, is because of the countless add-ons that are available to extend the browser’s functionality. These free programs can increase productivity, boost performance, and amaze you with eye-popping graphics. Here are ten of my favorites.

1. AdBlock Plus – With over 800,000 downloads a week, this is undoubtedly the most popular add-on for Firefox users… Continue reading

Changing Text Cases in OpenOffice

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We’ve all done it… we’re typing a document, moving along at a great pace. We do the quick glance at the screen to verify that everything is as we thought it should be, and much to our horror, we find that somewhere along the way the Caps Lock key was bumped and now we have a lot of text in all caps.

Now what?… Continue reading

Getting Rid of HPTCS Error Messages

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Pat from Burlington, KS asks

I keep getting this error “HPTCS has stopped working”. I am trying to fix the problem but can not find a cure. Can you help?

This error is caused by the HP Easy Internet Setup application. This application comes pre-installed in many HP and Compaq laptops. The application is useful for people who do not have Internet set up on… Continue reading

280 Slides

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

280 Slides

One of the things that I spend a lot of time doing every semester is making PowerPoint presentations for class. PowerPoint can be very annoying to use, and it’s hard to make a decent theme without paying a ton of money for a good template. So boy, was I ever shocked when I found 280 Slides.… Continue reading

Sharing Large Files with

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Most people still rely on their email when it comes to sharing files with their friends or colleagues. However, free email providers usually have restrictions on the file size of attachments. For example, Gmail will not allow you to send files larger than 10 Mb.

GE.TT is a website which is built just for such folks. Although there are many file sharing websites on the internet, usually… Continue reading

MS Office: Think Twice, Cut Once

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Undo – Redo – Undo – Redo… I don’t know about you, but I find that I tend to use that cycle of events a lot when I’m putting finishing touches on things… especially on one of my “picky” days when everything has to be perfect.

Anyway, it’s a great feature, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one using it.

However, did… Continue reading

Emailing Photos via Right Click in Windows 7

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Kristin, from Indianapolis asks:

In the past, when wanting send photos by email using XP, I used to right click and get a dialogue box which handled the job with one click. I can’t seem to find a similar system in windows7. Can you please help?

How to E-mail Photos in Windows 7 via Right Click

With the release of Windows… Continue reading

Google Earth 6.0 and Google Body Browser

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

November 29, 2010.
Google Launches Google Earth, version 6.0.

Google Earth has come a long way since its inception in 2005. It still maps the earth by satellite and aerial photography, but it’s not all about the earth anymore. Now you can take tours of sites on the moon that are narrated by Apollo astronauts, go diving in an… Continue reading

Free and Fresh Desktop Wallpaper

Monday, December 20th, 2010

There is no dearth of wallpaper websites all over the internet. Likewise, there is enough choice available that you can change your wallpaper ten times a day for a whole year and still not repeat any of them. However, if you’re bored with the usual cars, girls, and babies wallpapers, then let me share three unique resources for wallpapers with you.

1. has thousands upon… Continue reading

Operation Letter to Santa

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Operation Letter to Santa: Wallpapers

Are you looking for a nice Christmas themed wallpaper to decorate your computer desktop? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Operation Letter to Santa, is a fantastic collection of Christmas themed wallpapers. Best of all they are free!

To navigate, scroll down the page and you’ll… Continue reading

Promoting Your Photography with Facebook

Monday, December 20th, 2010

How to be a Facebook Photographer

With Facebook capturing the imagination of many, it’s natural to showcase your photography skills on this social network. If your images are good, you could connect with like-minded individuals who might hire you for their work or better still, buy your ready made photo prints.

So here is how you go about promoting yourself as a photographer and… Continue reading

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

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