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Archive for the ‘Windows Explorer’ Category

How to Mount a Drive in Windows 7

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Mounting is an advanced disk management technique by which you can map an empty folder on any other hard disk partition. Let’s say you used to work on an important folder present inside the C drive, but now the drive has no space left. Now you are unable to create or copy any new file inside the folder of C drive. By using the mounting feature, you can create new… Continue reading

Eliminating Pop-ups

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Aaron from Scottsdale, AZ. asks:

Is there any way to get rid of that little information box that pops up every time I hover over something on my desktop?

Irritating sometimes, isn’t it, Aaron? Thanks for writing!

For those of you who don’t know what Aaron’s talking about, take a look at the example below:

When your mouse pointer “hovers” over (you… Continue reading

Cut, Paste, and Recover Files

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Greg asks:

What would be the difference between the cut/paste command to that of the delete command in terms of data recovery. e.g. if I delete something from my C: drive, I could usually get it back using recovery software providing it has not been overwritten. But if I cut a file from my C: drive and paste

Finding the Run Command in Vista

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Anthony from Provo, Utah, asks:

When I had Windows XP, there was a Run line under the Start Menu. Now I have Vista, and there isn’t one! Why did they get rid of it? Where do I go to type commands in?

Hi, Anthony! Thanks for writing; this is an awesome question!

Here’s an awesome answer: Vista didn’t get rid of… Continue reading

Saving Emails to Disk

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Wim, from California asks:

How do I save an e-mail from MSN to an external hard disk or CD?

E-mail. Can you imagine a world without it? Even for those of us who grew up in the dark ages of handwritten letters sent via regular mail, trying to remember a time without a cluttered inbox, ever increasing spam folder, and gobs of messages marked for… 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.

Using Windows Easy Transfer

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Ted from Diamond Bar, CA asks:

My existing computer is running Win XP Home Edition SP3, and I would like to transfer the data from this computer to a new computer running Win7. Is there any successful method for doing this?

Ted, the best way to do this that involves the least amount of effort is to use the Windows Easy Transfer tool. This… Continue reading

Bailey from El Mirage, California asks:

When I send a link as a shortcut to the desktop, I hate the way it says shortcut right after the name of the shortcut. Do you know what I mean? I had heard you can get rid of this. Can you? I have Windows Vista.

Bailey, I am assuming you mean this kind of shortcut name annoyance:… Continue reading

Using Arrow Keys For Aero Snap

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Windows 7 has quite a few neat tricks up its sleeve! Today’s tip is not only useful, but fun to mess around with, too!

So, open up a program (just about any one will do), and hold your Windows key ( the Windows key is the one located between your Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard and has the Windows logo emblazoned on it).… Continue reading

Quick Scan in Windows 7

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

If you’re a Windows 7 user, what do you do when it’s time to scan something? Do you open the program that came with your scanner, fiddle with a bunch of settings, preview the scan and finally commit to scanning the item in question?

Sounds like there should be an easier way, especially if all you need to do is scan something for your records. It doesn’t… Continue reading

Thomas J. says:

Sometimes when I’m browsing the internet, I like to do it in full screen mode. That’s great, but is there some way to get rid of the taskbar so that it can be completely full screen?

Windows 7 users know that when they go to their Windows Explorer, the first window that opens up is for Libraries. Well, that’s fine and dandy, but what if I want to start off someplace else? What then?

Today we’re going to learn how to change all that. So locate your Windows Explorer icon on your taskbar, or click Start and type Windows

Disable User Logon In Windows XP

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Tired of logging into your Windows XP computer? Wish there was an easy way to turn this off? Don’t do anything rash until you’ve read this super-helpful article. It’s far easier than you think! Continue reading

Windows 7 Preview Pane

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Why wait for Windows Photo Viewer to load up when you can just use the preview pane? Continue reading

Always Show Menus in Windows 7

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

A feature I miss in Windows 7 that was in previous versions was the menu with “File, Edit, View, etc.” menu that hung around up at the top of each explorer window. I guess Microsoft didn’t want us to use it anymore.

Well, too bad, because today we’re bringin’ it back!

Just click Start, and in the Search Box type “ Folder

Show Empty Drives in Windows 7

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

By default, Windows 7 doesn’t show empty drives like card readers and what-not in the explorer window. As far as I know there isn’t really a good reason for this, so I keep it so everything shows up no matter what.

Here’s how:

Click Start, and in the Search Box (Located above the Start button) type “Change search options”. In the

File Check Boxes in Windows 7

Friday, March 12th, 2010

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When you’re selecting a bunch of files in Windows 7, what’s your method? Do you drag a box around them and hope you don’t ensnare anything extra? Do you hold Ctrl and click file after file?

Or do you just use check boxes?

How do I get… Continue reading

Add Folders to Favorites in Windows 7

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Windows 7 users may have noticed that there’s a “Favorites” section off to the left of the explorer window.

It looks like this:

So, let’s cut down on your file browsing commute by adding a favorite folder location! First browse to the folder that you want to make a favorite. Then you’ll want to right-click “Favorites” in the… Continue reading

Add Folders to Favorites in Windows 7

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Did you know that Windows 7 users can add folders to the Windows Explorer Favorites section?

It’s pretty easy, actually, just navigate to a folder that you want to add in Explorer and highlight it with a single click. Then, just right-clickFavorites” in the left pane of the window and select “Add Current Location To Favorites”.

This comes in… Continue reading

Here’s some great news for all of you Windows XP lovers out there. It was just announced this weekend that Microsoft has designed a ‘Windows XP Mode’ for windows 7! This feature will allow someone to run a windows XP compatible program if it doesn’t work on windows 7 normally. Microsoft is hoping that by offering this Windows XP mode, they will be able to convince more people to move… Continue reading

As promised I’m back with more function keys! This time we’ll be talking about extended combinations like ALT, CTRL and Shift, and how they alter each F-key’s function. Just to recap, the function keys are the line of “F” keys going across the top of your keyboard going from F1 to F12.
Today we’ll be covering F1 through F4.

Note: Do not expect all of… Continue reading

Displaying Recent Documents in XP

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Quentin from WI asks:

How do I display “My Recent Documents” in the Start menu in Windows XP? I’ve searched all over the place!!

The solution is blindingly simple, but I’ll give ya credit for trying! To display your recent documents folder in Windows XP, follow these steps:


What are Window Panes?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

What are “window panes”?

“Panes” are generally referenced when you have a split window, like what you would have in Windows Explorer. The “panes” are the individual sides of the window. In explorer the right side is usually called the “right pane”, the left side is the “left pane”.

Why not simply call them the right and left sides? Well, that would make SENSE now… Continue reading

Copy the Path

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q: Is there a faster way to open a file path? For example, can I copy and paste the line below somewhere and have the folder just open up?

c:\my documents\my folder\2001

I notice that many of your tips will tell us to navigate to a folder on our computer and it seems like it would be easier if we could just copy & paste the path somewhere.


Full Path

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Have you ever gotten a little lost while using My Computer? Before you get buried in another deep directory, tell Windows to show the full path in the title bar. I know, it doesn’t sound all that profound, but it really comes in helpful. Here’s how:

Open My Computer (or any folder) and click the Tools menu, Folder options .

What’s the address bar for in Windows Explorer?

If you drop it down, you’ll get a quick overview of the system drives and folders. This is especially helpful if you have a lot of folders on your C: drive. I normally have to do a ton of scrolling just to get down to where my CD ROM drive is, but by using Address drop down box… Continue reading

Exploring Thumbnails

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Exploring Thumbnails

Do you have folders full of pictures? I do, both from my digital camera and various scans that I have done. Figuring out which one of these pictures is which is like finding something lost in my daughter’s room—it’s frightening.

Fortunately, there is another way to view these files. Starting with Windows ME you can use “thumbnail view”.

From Windows Explorer or My Computer, click the View menu… Continue reading

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