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Did you know that there’s a key you can press that will auto complete a path or file name in the Windows 7 Command Prompt? Yeah, me either – that is, until I was messing around the other day and stumbled across an article on Microsoft’s site detailing how to do it.

Here’s how!

Open a Command Prompt by clicking Start, then typing cmd

Understanding System Restore

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Note: While this tip is geared towards Windows 7 users, except for some minor differences, Vista users can proceed, using the same process.

Are you having computer problems that nothing seems to fix? Do you wish you could go back to an earlier time and undo something you’ve done? A time before you started having problems. A time before you installed that new software. A time when… Continue reading

Access Lost System Tools in XP

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Anna asks:

I seem to have lost a program in Windows XP called Systems Tools. I can find my Disk Cleanup, but I can’t access the Defragment program. Where could the the Systems Tools (and Defragment program) have gone to? How can I get it back?

Well, to start with, let’s take a look at the Systems Tools folder and what it contains.… Continue reading

Google Chrome and Gmail

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I’m an avid Gmail and Google Chrome user, but if there’s one thing I hate, it’s wasting time checking my emails every ten seconds while I’m waiting for an important one. I always seem to be checking my Gmail account, only to be greeted with spam or a cheery message, “No new mail!” In addition, since I use Gmail’s web interface instead of an email client such as Microsoft Outlook… Continue reading

Microsoft Introduces Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The brawl between browsers heated up on Wednesday, when Microsoft released the beta version of IE9. Whichever browser comes out on top, web users will be the likely winners, with improved speed, security, graphics, and lots of bells and whistles.

Of course, in order to test the new IE9 features, you must wade through the installation process, which takes a while

Amazing Photos from Tra Vinh, Vietnam

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Sometimes when I’m researching web sites to share with you, I’ll just look up a word in Google and see what comes up. That’s how I found this site. I typed in the words chom chom which among my circle of friends is used like om nom nom which to them refers to eating. So, holy cow, was I surprised when I found out that chom chom is a fruit!… Continue reading

Search Options in MS Outlook 2010

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

MS Outlook 2010: Where Did the Search Options Go?

So, if you’ve used the search box in Outlook 2007 to locate messages then you probably used the down chevron to open up a more detailed set of options for your search. Click here to view a tip on using the search feature from Outlook 2007.

If you’ve switched to Outlook… Continue reading

How to Get Rid of About Blank

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Ray asks:

What is “about blank” and how do you get rid of it? Do I need to?

Thanks for the question Ray! About:blank is a two edged sword, it seems. On one hand, about:blank is part of every browser. If you open your browser now and type about:blank into your address bar, you will most likely get a blank white page. If you… Continue reading

Launch Windows 7 Programs with Initials

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

One of the things I love the most about Windows 7 is the ability to just type in a program’s name in the search box rather than click through all that other stuff to launch it. So, if I want to launch Firefox, I just type “firefox” in the search box and click the icon that appears in the list above.

Well, did you know that in… Continue reading

Using the Delete Key in OpenOffice Calc

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Have you tried the Delete key when using OpenOffice Calc?

What happened?

Well, that depends upon where you were…

As in, were you in a cell or the formula bar editing content or did you have an entire cell(s) selected?

If you’ve got your cursor in the cell data (or the formula bar) editing the information then the… Continue reading

SketchUp Basics

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I’ve always found navigating through the three actual dimensions difficult. Numerous bruises and scrapes finally forced me to quit trying to walk and chew gum at the same time. My early attempts at navigating three virtual dimensions in Google SketchUp offered similar challenges (with fewer injuries). Once I got my bearings though, I found Sketchup to be a wonderful, user friendly tool. However, learning some basics helped make that transition… Continue reading

Medieval Bestiary

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Welcome to the Medieval Bestiary, a site devoted to showing you what animals they thought existed in the Middle Ages.

Navigation can be done through the links on the main page. They are: Introduction, Contents, Search this Site, Help with this Site, Contact, Chimaera: bestiary blog, Beasts, Manuscripts, Bibliography, Encyclopedia, Digital Text Library, and Articles. That’s a lot of stuff to check out, so let me point… Continue reading

Viewing the Week Number in MS Outlook

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Sometimes it’s helpful, or even necessary, to know what number a particular week is in a year.

There are occasions where it’s helpful for reporting information, appointments, etc. Heck, I even find it helpful for keeping track of pay periods. Instead of counting Fridays on a calendar I simply need to know if I’m paid on odd or even week numbers (being paid bi-weekly). Trust me, the… Continue reading

Here’s something I stumbled across the other day while playing one of my favorite games. It seems as though the sound coming from my game was overpowering the music I was playing, but since the game had no volume control itself, I clicked on the Windows sound mixer to see if there was anything I could do.

As it turns out, Windows 7 is nice enough to… Continue reading

Autoformatting with OpenOffice Calc

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Here at Worldstart, we’ve discussed autoformatting in MS Word, but did you know that it can also be done in OpenOffice Calc? Using the Autoformat feature, you can quickly enhance otherwise plain looking spreadsheets.

You start by selecting a group of cells.

Once you’ve selected the cells, go to the Format menu and choose Autoformat.

Clean Up Your PC Automatically

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Note: This will only work on Professional editions of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

Unwanted files and folders have been plaguing PC users since the first computers were made. And, it goes beyond operating systems.

Whether you’re using Windows, Linux or a have a Mac, excess files will always clutter your computer and consume precious hard drive space.

Every time… Continue reading

Craft Bits

Friday, September 10th, 2010

 
Welcome to one of my favorite craft sites! There are fun projects here that anyone can craft up!
 
On the main page, you’ll notice that are five featured projects. If you watch for a moment it will automatically scroll between all of them. When I was there, the crafts were a chenille scarf, an upcycled scarf, a mango scrub, a recycled pullover teddy… Continue reading

YouTube 101

Friday, September 10th, 2010

YouTube videos have become a regular source of entertainment and information for millions. They also provide an additional platform for our own informational services here at Worldstart. However, there are some tools provided by YouTube, that may not be familiar to all viewers.

The ones that will be discussed here are found in the video control toolbox. I was unable to… Continue reading

Pam from Ohio asks:

“Is there anyway to use outlook express in windows 7?”

The answer to that question is “Yes and no.”

Hope that helps.

~Randal Schaffer

Not enough?

Okay, then we have to start by talking about the behemoth called “Windows Live”.

Microsoft… Continue reading

We’ve all seen and used the standard PowerPoint handouts.

Without a doubt they’re often helpful for the audience but let’s face it, there are times when you want to give your audience a bit more in a handout without actually adding that information to the slide.

Given that situation, you’ve got to wonder if there’s a… Continue reading

Better Pictures with Your Kodak Camera

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Vicki from Wisconsin asks:

When I use my Kodak program to print pictures, they always turn out so dark! Is there any way I can reset the program?

Kodak has a number of driver, firmware, and software downloads. These are each available for many products Kodak carries. Upgrading a current printing program from Kodak can often solve many issues that might be occurring. Each upgrade offers… Continue reading

Run As Administrator Keyboard Shortcut

Friday, September 10th, 2010

It’s a fact that sometimes a program in Windows needs “Administrator Rights” to open up. Thankfully Windows 7 and Vista added a feature that when you right-click on certain programs, you’ll automatically have the option to “Run as Administrator”.

Well, did you know that you can also just hold Ctrl+Shift while left clicking on a program to achieve the same effect?… Continue reading

I Write Like

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Have you ever wondered if your writing is in the same style as that of a famous writer? I have to confess that I have. So when I found this application I thought I should share it with all of you because I had a lot of fun with it.

What you do is paste a few paragraphs of text into the blank… Continue reading

Google Instant Search

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Google, ever steadfast in trying to improve everyone’s Internet experience, announced something called “Instant Search” yesterday. It’s a snazzy new feature that automatically brings up search results as you type. So, instead of pressing Enter after inputting your search string, you now just type and the results appear at the bottom. It has to be seen to be believed!

So, go over to Google.com and type something… Continue reading

Windows Game Ratings

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Ever since the bloody first-person shooter, Doom, parents have been super concerned with the content of the video games their children play. Thankfully Windows Vista and 7 have the ability to pull ratings from the Entertainment Software ratings Board (ESRB) and assign them to games you install.

Now, to check the rating of a game installed in Windows you need to open the Windows Games… Continue reading

Install Flash Player

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Norma from FL asks:
How do I download and install Flash Player? I’ve tried a few times, but it just keeps giving me an error.

A:
Thanks for writing, Norma!

Adobe Flash Player is used to add video and animation to Web pages and is used mostly for advertisements, games, and interactivity on websites. Anyone that uses the Web needs to have Adobe… Continue reading

Selene from Georgia asks:

When are they going to discontinue Windows XP?

Good question! Microsoft designed the Windows XP operating system to work in desktop and laptop computers, as well as in media centers. It first made an appearance to the computer world in August 2001 and became one of the most popular versions of the Windows operating… Continue reading

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