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How to Create a PC Network Workgroup

A workgroup is nothing more than a collection of computers on a network. By isolating larger networks into workgroups, you can more easily access other computers. Your computer must belong to a workgroup [more…]

Understanding VBA Functions and Their Uses

A function performs a calculation and returns a single value. The SUM function adds the sum of a range of values. The same holds true for functions used in your VBA expressions: Each function does its [more…]

How to Edit a Picture in Paint Using Windows XP

Although the Windows XP version of Paint is usually used to create simple drawings, you can also use it to edit picture files. In Paint, you can crop your pictures, edit their colors, draw objects on them [more…]

Make Windows Vista Look Like Windows XP

If you’ve worked with Windows XP and like its appearance, you can make Windows Vista look like Windows XP. To make Vista look like XP, follow these steps: [more…]

Getting to Know the OSI Model for the CCNA Exam

The CCNA exam asks you to provide at least three reasons that the "industry" uses layered interconnection models. Examples of layered networking models include the seven-layer OSI model [more…]

How to Access a Wireless Network on Your PC

Wireless networking is all the rage. As long as your PC is equipped with a wireless networking adapter and a broadcast-networking signal is available, you too can do the wireless networking thing. Follow [more…]

JavaScript and HTML

You can think of JavaScript as an extension to HTML; an add-on, if you will.

Here's how it works. HTML tags create objects; JavaScript lets you manipulate those objects. For example, you use the HTML <BODY> [more…]

Free Software: Migrating Your Mail to Thunderbird

Thunderbird is a great (and free!) e-mail program that offers you much better security than programs like Microsoft Outlook. Because Thunderbird doesn't allow scripts to run automatically, attachments [more…]

Change Windows Update Settings

Windows Update allows Microsoft to automatically send you patches for Windows Vista. Patches fix things like security holes and theoretically make Vista run more smoothly. You can change the Windows Update [more…]

Formatting the X-axis and Y-axis in Excel 2007 Charts

When charting values, Excel 2007 isn’t always careful how it formats the values that appear on the y-axis (or the x-axis when using some chart types, such as the 3-D Column chart or the XY Scatter chart [more…]

Opening, Closing, and Hiding Forms with Visual Basic .NET

Having multiple forms as part of your Visual Basic .NET program may be nice, but when your Visual Basic .NET program runs, it normally displays one form. To make the other forms of your program appear [more…]

Securing Your Access 2003 Database as an MDE File

If you make an Access 2003 database for other people — especially people who may be a teeny bit clueless about Access — you may want to lock up your database to prevent other users from making changes [more…]

How to Access Another Computer's Disk Drives from Your Laptop

You can use your laptop to access another computer's disk drives over a network. To be more specific, however, you don't really access the entire disk drive. No, only specific folders on the drive are [more…]

Outlook 2007 E-Mail Formats: HTML, Plain Text, and Rich Text

Microsoft Outlook 2007 offers three formats for sending e-mail messages: HTML, plain text, and rich text. Here's a look at the pros and cons of the different Outlook e-mail formats, and some easy ways [more…]

How to Draw a Table Line by Line in Word 2007

The Draw Table command lets you draw complicated tables in your Word 2007 documents by using a simple set of drawing tools. This command is ideal for creating tables that aren’t a simple grid of rows and [more…]

Building Your First DataSet in Visual Basic .NET

A DataSet can contain all the basic elements of a database: tables, keys, indexes, and even relations between tables. So by creating a DataSet, you'll be discovering the structure of a database at the [more…]

Create a Pivot Table in Excel 2007

A pivot table is a special type of summary table that’s totally unique to Excel 2007. Pivot tables are great for summarizing values in a table because they do their magic without making you create formulas [more…]

Create Greeting Cards in Microsoft Word 2003

If you want to create something in Word that will just dazzle someone, try your hand at customized greeting cards. To set up Word to create a greeting card from a single sheet of standard letter-size paper [more…]

Creating a Report with Crystal Reports 10

When you start Crystal Reports 10, generally you want to do one of three things: create a report, modify a report, or run a report against the data in your database. Reports take data from a database, [more…]

Installing (or Reinstalling) Mac OS X Panther

In theory, you should only have to install Mac OS X once. And in a perfect world, that would be the case. But you may find occasions when you have to install/reinstall it, such as the following: [more…]

Making Scanned Documents Searchable and Editable

When you scan a document directly into a PDF file, Acrobat captures all the text and graphics on each page as though they were all just one big graphic image. This is fine as far as it goes, except that [more…]

An Introduction to C++

The C++ programming language consists of a vocabulary of commands that humans can understand and that can be converted into machine language fairly easily and a language structure [more…]

Designing Video Games

A video game is more than the sum of its pieces; a game has a synergy that, after the game is complete, makes it something unique. Creating this synergy takes a lot of technical know-how, as well as a [more…]

Using Built-in Add-In Programs in Excel 2007

Add-in programs are small modules that extend the power of Excel 2007 by giving you access to a wide array of features and calculating functions not otherwise offered in the application. There are three [more…]

Getting to Know the Parts of an Excel 2007 Chart

The typical chart (or graph) in Excel 2007 comprises several distinct parts, including the chart area, data series, axes, legend, plot area, gridlines, data markers, and more. The following list summarizes [more…]

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