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Archive for the ‘Windows Explorer’ Category



Geraldine noticed that she can’t see the whole screen of her computer. We help her fix it. Continue reading

Learn the trick that can almost hacker-proof you computer. How to set up a limited user account. Continue reading

Disable Search Indexing in Windows 7

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Learn the steps to remove search indexing from Windows 7. Continue reading

New Folder Options Missing In Windows 7

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Missing the new folder option in Windows 7? Learn how to get it back. Continue reading

Control panel is a helpful tool, but it can be confusing to remember which options lead to which results. So here is the first in a series of decision trees for Windows 7 control panel. Continue reading

MIcrosoft Word Previewer Problem

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

There is a known problem in Microsoft Office programs previewer. The good news is that, while Microsoft works on this, there is a work-around available. Continue reading

How To Speed Up Windows: Part 2

Monday, August 26th, 2013

More tips for bringing Windows up to speed in part two of our series. Continue reading

Secure and Nonsecure pop-ups causing a problem in Windows XP? We’ve got the solution. Continue reading

Can You Back Up Program CDs?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Dennis want a way to back up program discs, just in case. We look at a free and simple answer to his needs. Continue reading

Charlie from New Jersey writes: After removing a virus from my computer I’m unable to install anything. A message comes up saying: Windows Installer is missing….I’m using Vista, 32 Home Premium Version. Can you help? Thank you Answer:… Continue reading

Carl from Henderson, NV writes: Under COMPUTER I have a Removable Disk F. There is nothing plugged in to generate this drive info. I have no idea where it came from. How can I remove this in Windows 7? This tip shows how to remove a phantom drive letter appearing in the “Computer” menu. Continue reading

Is your “new folder” option missing? Learn how to restore it so you can create folders by right-clicking again. Continue reading

How To Turn Off Single Click

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Bonni from Florida writes: When I was having trouble with my mouse it was messing up and double-clicking (Dell Std. Equipment), Dell had me to reset something so it would only require one click to open a program. Now that I have a new mouse, (which solved the double-clicking problem) I don’t remember how to reset my programs to open with double-click. I’ve tried various places but to no avail. Can you instruct me? Answer: The setting your looking for is Specify single- or double-click to open. This setting can be found… Continue reading

Patricia from Buffalo, NY writes: An e-mail was sent to me with an attachment containing a photo. I would like to use the photo(of my grandson) as the Desktop background on my PC. How do I do that? I am somewhat computer illiterate. Thanks in advance for your help. Answer: To set a photo as your background, you want to start by saving the photo to your local computer. Right click on… Continue reading

James from Oklahoma writes: Yesterday I was doing a security scan of my wife’s computer and had noticed that after the scan finished it had 2,000,000 plus files, where are all these files coming from? How do I get files reduced? Answer: As you use your computer to browse the web, download e-mail, edit photos and all of the other daily tasks, many small files are created and stored in the process. These files… Continue reading

Vincent from Oakhurst, NJ writes: At one time if I selected “View Icons” (small, medium, or large, I would see the actual picture or graphic. However, over time I have downloaded and played with several media viewers, etc. Now, I don not see the photo or graphic. I just see a logo or some other graphic representing the viewer program. How can I restore things so that I again see the actual photo or graphic? Thanks – Vince Continue reading

Have you ever found yourself in Windows Explorer hell? You’re trying to copy a file from one directory to another, tabbing between windows or trying to drag and re-size Windows Explorer to fit? It only gets worse if you’re trying to follow instructions from a webpage while attempting to remember which window goes to which folder. Continue reading

Network Icon Lost – How To Restore

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Stan from PA writes: I used to have two little icons that looked like displays on my taskbar to indicate a connection to the internet. I lost them. How do I get them back? Answer: Your networking notification icon may be hidden. The easiest way to unhide the notification is to… Continue reading

SendTo-Convert: Convert Images Quickly

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Do you ever need to convert an image from one format to another? How about quickly resize a photo to shrink it down for posting on the web or including in e-mails? SendTo-Convert is a fantastic utility that adds this functionality to the Send to menu. With SendTo-Convert you’ll be able to… Continue reading

Mark from Hurricane WV writes: I just brought a new HP laptop with Windows 8 on. Is there away to have an app that I’ve been using on a regular basis show up in the start menu like it does in Windows 7? Answer: Your recently used applications should automatically show up in the third set of application tiles. If they are not… Continue reading

Move Those Photos!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Ever wonder how you can get your pictures from your computer onto a memory card? Here’s the answer! Continue reading

On April 8th 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP with critical security updates. This will make running XP quite dangerous due to security exploits and bugs that will be discovered but not patched. Many users are considering upgrading to Windows 7. To check if your computer and devices are compatible with upgrading to Windows 7 you can download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Continue reading

How To Add To Send To Menu

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Laverne from Omak WA writes: I had my Jigsaw program so I could right click on a picture and use the open with and open it in the Jigsaw, all of a sudden that is not in my “send to” right-click. I have the program but don’t know how to get it back in there Any suggestions? Thank you for your help. Continue reading

Task Manager File Menu & Tabs Missing

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Ray from SLC, UT writes: I don’t know why, but my Windows Task Manager doesn’t have the normal Address Bar up topm not the Menu bar of File/Options/View/Help and none of the tabs Processes or Services or Networking etc either. I hope you can help me bring back the full functionality of the Task Manager. Answer: If it’s what I think, the fix is really simple… Continue reading

Help! My Computer Won’t Stay In Sleep Mode

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Ken from Kimberley B.C. writes: I bought a store built desk top recently loaded with a new copy of 7, and right from new, it doesn’t want to stay in the sleep mode. I have gone through my power options and nothing seems to work. Even clicking on “sleep”, it only shuts off for a few seconds, then comes back on. Help! Continue reading

Peter from Kerrville, Texas writes: My system runs Windows XP, Service Pack 3. In the “Windows” directory there is a sub-directory labeled “Installer”. This directory is very large (2 GB) and contains many .msp and .msi files. My question is can any of these files be deleted in order to regain some disk space? Thank you in advance for your help and answer. Answer: The good news is… Continue reading

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