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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

How to Find Your Laptop’s MAC Address in Windows Vista

If you access WiFi networks from your laptop, these networks may sometimes want to know your laptop’s MAC Address. Some wireless networks restrict access to only those computers they know. The MAC Address [more…]

Customize the Start Menu

You customize the Start menu to make it show the items you use frequently. You can customize your Start menu to add a favorite program’s icon or to purge an unwanted icon. Follow these steps to customize [more…]

Set Up a Wireless Router or Access Point

A wireless router or access point brings convenience because you’re not tethered to a wired connection. Setting up a wireless router or access point depends on the software that comes with the router or [more…]

How to Find Other Computers on a Network

After you’ve connected your laptop to a network and the software connections are made, the next thing to do is browse to find out which other computers are connected to the network. You can view not only [more…]

How to Add the CPU Meter Gadget to the Windows Vista Sidebar

You can keep track of how much memory and CPU your computer is using by adding the CPU Meter gadget to your Sidebar in Windows Vista. The CPU is simply a reminder that helps you monitor your computer’s [more…]

Share a Printer on Your Network

Because many households or offices have several computers but only one printer, you need to share the printer on your network. To let everyone on the network print on that printer, share it by following [more…]

How to Use Your PC’s Sleep Mode

Sleep mode, once known as Stand By or Suspend mode, saves energy but doesn’t quite turn the PC off. In Sleep mode, Windows saves what you're doing and then puts the computer to sleep — meaning into a special [more…]

Connect to and Share Files with Other PCs on Your Network

Even after you’ve set up your network, Vista stillmight not let you connect to and share files with other PCs on your network because of Windows security features. To connect to and share files with other [more…]

How to Protect an Excel 2007 Workbook

Excel 2007 includes a Protect Workbook command that prevents others from making changes to the layout of the worksheets in a workbook. You can assign a password when you protect a workbook so that only [more…]

Using the vi Text Editor in Solaris 9

In the world of Solaris, most files are plain text without fancy typographic material, whether text, shell scripts, Web pages, or even C programs. No bold, no multiple font colors, no included graphics [more…]

Mastering DOS Basics

You get work done on a computer by running a program. If you're lucky, somebody has set up your computer so that it automatically runs the program you need. Turn on the PC, and — zap! — there's your program [more…]

How to Configure Your Laptop for a Remote Desktop Connection

With Windows Vista, it’s amazingly easy to set up the Remote Desktop feature so that you can work between your laptop and desktop computers. Keep in mind that you should use Remote Desktop only in a secure [more…]

Set Up Windows Vista to Connect to a Wireless Network

After you’ve set up your wireless network, you must tell Windows Vista to connect to it. You begin to connect to a wireless network from Vista’s Start menu. [more…]

Vista’s Hidden Menu Bar

To help you keep track of your computer’s commands, Vista hides its menus inside the menu bar. In fact, Vista even hides every folder’s menu bar. To bring them back, press Alt, and they drop into place [more…]

How to Share Your Laptop’s Internet Access with Another PC

You can share your Internet access by connecting your laptop with a non-wireless computer. First, you need to connect your laptop with the other computer by using a standard Ethernet cable. [more…]

How to Synchronize Files between Your Laptop and Your Desktop PC

When you return from traveling with your laptop and modified files, you can use Windows Briefcase’s synchronizing feature to ensure that those files you modified on your laptop are now modified on the [more…]

How to Find Your Laptop’s MAC Address in Windows XP

If you access WiFi networks from your laptop, these networks may sometimes want to know your laptop’s MAC Address. Some wireless networks restrict access to only those computers they know, so the network [more…]

How to Move or Copy Files to Another Folder

Moving files and copying files to another folder are straightforward operations. When moving a file, you delete it from its original location. When you copy a file, you duplicate it in another location [more…]

Back Up Your Computer

Face it: Hard drives eventually die. To make sure your files, photos, and other important documents are safe, you need to back up your computer to another source [more…]

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