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Archive for the ‘Windows Explorer’ Category



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

Help! Programs Missing From Start Menu

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Question: When I bring up my start menu, I don’t see my list of programs, like my word processor. Everything is gone, how do I get my word processor on the list, as well as my other programs that I use frequently? Answer: It’s a pretty easy fix, here’s how to do it. Continue reading

Flash Drive: How To Format/Erase Everything

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Don from New Mexico writes: How do I delete all the information off a flash drive, so that I can put new information on it? Answer: Formatting a flash drive will wipe all the information off of the drive. Start by inserting the flash drive into… Continue reading

Do you have Windows 8? Are you frustrated with the new interface and how they moved and changed pretty much everything? In early testing Microsoft allowed (via a registry hack) users to re-enable the start menu but before the release of Windows 8 removed this feature. Thankfully some very creative people over at Classic Shell have released a freeware utility which can… Continue reading

Multiple Svchost.exe, Dangerous or Safe?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Shreekanta from Bangalore writes: I have a WindowsXP OS. The Windows Task Manager shows 5 to 6 svchost.exe would be running.Why is it so ? And could I safely cancel any of them ? Answer: Many people when they open task manager see the same thing you saw… Continue reading

Lost Windows 7 Disc – What To Do?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Charles from MA. writes: My HD crashed and I lost win 7 replacement discs. Is there any generic version of Win7 I can use? Continue reading

Copying Images From Word To A Folder

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Follow these steps to copy an image from a Microsoft Word document and save it to a Windows Explorer folder. Continue reading

TeraCopy: A Better Copy For Windows

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Did you try to copy a large number of files and have and error halfway though which forced you to restart again? Was copying slower than you thought it should be? Did you forget if you’ve selected a file and don’t want to keep copying if you picked the wrong ones? Well, with traditional Windows copy dialog, you’re stuck if any of the above happen. Errors stop you dead in your tracks and it’s an all or nothing slow process. Continue reading

Record Video/Screen Capture Like A Pro

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Have you ever watched a video where everything someone does on a computer screen is recorded so you can see step by step how something is done? Ever wonder how they do that? Ever want to make your own instructions or record someone showing you how to do something so you can replay it next time you need to? Continue reading

Do you have instructions that tell you to change the file name and extension? Well Willie from Florida wrote in asking that very question. Read here to get the answer. Continue reading

Add Paint to Windows Send To Menu

Monday, October 1st, 2012

In just a few short steps, Paint (or many other programs) can be added as a Send To option in a right-click context menu. Continue reading

Windows Anytime Upgrade

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Do you have Windows starter or basic included with your computer and need to upgrade? Find out how with this article! Continue reading

Scroll Here in Windows 7

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Need an alternative to grabbing and scrolling in Windows Explorer? Check this tip out for some insight on a new way! Continue reading

How to Stop Low Disk Space Warning

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Are you getting one of these annoying popups telling you that you have low disk space? This message can be helpful if you don’t know you’re reaching the capacity limit, but sometimes you’re aware of what you’re doing and don’t need a reminder.

So, how do you stop these popups? Continue reading

Totals On Selected Files

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Windows Explorer in XP had a line at the bottom of the display that (for the lack of the proper name) I will call the”information bar”. This area showed me how many files I had selected in a folder and the total combined size of the total number of files. Is there such information available… Continue reading

What the Heck are ActiveX Controls?

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Are you puzzled by “ActiveX” controls? Well, here’s some info on what these little programs are and how you can avoid them if you want. Continue reading

Windows Explorer – Just Type it In!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Think you know all there is about Windows Explorer? Well, guess again! Continue reading

Learn how to transform replace your Documents folder with your Dropbox. After this tweak, your My Documents folder will be available anywhere in the world! Continue reading

Let us take a quick look at Windows 8 Explorer and see what changes have been made from the previous versions. Here is a list of such 8 changes that are most significant. Continue reading

Restoring Open Folders on Restart

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Learn how set up Windows to automatically return to a location in the computer on restart, reopening folders from earlier work sessions. Continue reading

Tara writes:

I did a search the other day in Windows Explorer in Vista. When the results came up, for some reason I had the preview pane on the right side. I don’t want it there and can’t find out how to get rid of it. Can you help me?

Tara, there is nothing

Search Date Range in Windows 7 Explorer

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Want to learn how to search a specific date range in Windows Explorer? Here’s the tip! Continue reading

Complete Guide to Windows Libraries

Friday, February 18th, 2011

With the advent of Windows 7, we got introduced to new feature called Libraries which in easy English can be termed as an improved version of Windows Explorer.

What is a Windows Library?

Library in Windows 7 is a set of folders within your computer to categorize things in a better way, with more control to

Eric from Pacific Heights, California, asks:

Is there any way to start up folders in Vista and Windows 7 with File, Edit, View, Tools, etc. on the top?



Hi, Eric! Thanks for writing.

Believe it or not, there is.

Good ole Microsoft. I know that every operating system that they put out will always have changes (both major and minor), but when it comes to the… Continue reading

Adjusting AutoPlay

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Daniel from Kentucky asks:

For some reason, AutoPlay no longer works on my computer. Also, when I connect a thumb drive, the computer recognizes that it’s connected, but I can’t access it. Any idea what’s going on?

The simplest explanation for why AutoPlay no longer functions on your computer could be that this feature has been disabled. This could… Continue reading

Ten Mini Tips

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I was looking through my files the other day and came across a variety of “mini” tips and I thought I’d share some of them with you. They include tips on operating systems, word processors, e-mail, browsers, and Windows Explorer. I hope you can get some use out of some (if not all!) of them.

Note: Even if a tip says it’s for “WinXP”, try it in… Continue reading

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