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How to List Your Laptop’s Hardware in the Device Manager

The Device Manager is a window listing all the hardware in your laptop, and it's extremely useful for troubleshooting. In fact, a quick glance at the Device Manager window is all it takes to determine [more…]

How to Move Information between Applications in Windows XP

You may find the need to move information from one application in Windows XP to another application. If, for whatever reason, you need to copy and paste [more…]

Printing a Web Page

Because of their graphics-rich content, you may be tempted to print a Web page. However, trying to print a Web page often provides a print that is somewhat different than what you see on-screen. [more…]

Finding Files and Folders in Windows Explorer Using Windows Vista

To open any file, you have to find it first; and finding files and folders in Windows Vista is quite simple, using Windows Explorer. If you know where to look, you can follow a path to any file in Windows [more…]

How to Access Your E-mail while Traveling with Your Laptop

When you leave home with your laptop, you can easily access your e-mail using a Web-based e-mail system. Most people pick up their e-mail by using an e-mail program. That program, such as Microsoft Mail [more…]

Composing Documents with Solaris 9 Writer

For many years, the most notable absence within Solaris was the lack of Microsoft Office or a compatible suite of applications that would let Solaris users share documents, read spreadsheets, view presentations [more…]

See What’s Inside a Folder in Windows Vista

To see what’s inside a folder, either in the Computer folder or on Vista’s desktop, just double-click that folder’s picture. A new window pops up, showing what’s inside that folder. Spot another folder [more…]

Edit a Movie in Windows

When you edit a movie, you should work with a copy of the movie, not the original. While editing your movie, you can play back your work at any time. [more…]

How to Delete a File

To delete a file, select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard. When deleting a file, you can also use the Delete command on the Organize toolbar button’s menu. Or, if you can see the Recycle Bin [more…]

Get a Web-Based E-Mail Account

Having a Web-based e-mail account allows you to access your e-mail from any Internet-connected computer. Getting a Web-based e-mail account is easy; many of these accounts are free. [more…]

How to Omit Your E-mail Password

When you are traveling with your laptop, you can make your e-mail more secure by omitting your password. At home or in your office, having Windows remember your Internet and e-mail passwords is handy — [more…]

Understanding What a Computer File Is

When you use your computer to create things, those things are stored in units of information called files. A computer file can be a document you write with your word processor. A computer file can also [more…]

Formatting a New Floppy Disk in Windows Me

Some new floppy disks don't work straight out of the box; your computer burps out an error message if you even try to use them fresh. Floppy disks must be formatted, and unless you paid extra for a box [more…]

Looking at Intrusion Detection in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4

Having unauthorized users entering your systems is definitely something that you don't want to happen. Of course you want to stop them before they get in. But before you can do something about keeping [more…]

Doing Page Layout in SUSE Linux 9.3

SUSE Linux comes with the OpenOffice.org suite of office applications that includes Writer for preparing documents. In Writer, page styles control the page layout, and each page can have its own style. [more…]

Troubleshooting a Frozen Linux Installation

When you're installing Linux, the installation may just freeze. If it does, wait a bit and make sure that the installation program really froze. (Sometimes, the software just takes a while to process information [more…]

Viewing More Information on Folders in Windows Me

Whenever you create a file or folder, Windows Me scrawls a bunch of secret hidden information on it: its size, the date you created it, and even more trivial stuff. To see what Windows Me is calling the [more…]

Save Your Edited Movie or Slide Show

When you’ve finished editing your clips, you’ll want to save your edited movie or slide show, and Windows Movie Maker can help. Click the Publish Movie button from Movie Maker’s toolbar. The program offers [more…]

Reduce Spam

Unsolicited e-mails are generally referred to as spam.Windows Mail’s spam filter helps you reduce spam. Unfortunately, you’ll never eliminate these e-mails completely, but you can reduce spam substantially [more…]

Installing Programs in Windows Me

Windows Me installs itself differently on different types of computers. As it copies itself over to a hard drive, it brings different files with it. If installed on a laptop, for example, Windows Me brings [more…]

Using the Recycle Bin in Windows Me

The Recycle Bin, that little oval wastebasket on your desktop, is supposed to work like a real Recycle Bin. It's something you can fish the Sunday paper out of if somebody pitched the comics section before [more…]

Searching the Internet in Windows Me

Face it. Windows Me's Internet Explorer comes with too many buttons and boxes. To help out, the Search button tacks a simple form onto Internet Explorer that plows through the Internet to find your particular [more…]

Is Your Linux Installer Frozen?

When you're installing Linux, the installation may just freeze. If it does, wait a bit and make sure that the installation program really froze. (Sometimes, the software just takes a while to process information [more…]

How to Delete a File or Folder in Windows Vista

Knowing how to delete files and folders that you no longer need will help you keep your Windows Vista computer from becoming too cluttered. Although most Vista computers have large hard drives, computers [more…]

How to Create a Shortcut to a File or Folder in Windows Vista

Creating a desktop shortcut to a file or folder in Windows Vista eliminates the need to work your way through Windows Explorer. In Vista, a shortcut is an icon that you can double-click that takes you [more…]

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