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How to Empty the Recycle Bin in Windows XP

You can empty your entire Recycle Bin on your Windows XP desktop at any time. Deleting items forever from your Recycle Bin frees up hard drive space, and Windows XP helps you out by deleting older items [more…]

How to Log Off or Switch Users in Windows XP

If someone else is going to use your computer, you don't have to shut down Windows XP. You just need to log out of your user account or use the switch user option so that another user can access his account [more…]

How to Run Windows Update in Windows Vista

Windows Vista lets you set Windows Update to automatically download the updates you need to keep your computer secure. Running Windows Update ensures that your PC has the latest security patches and changes [more…]

Change the Appearance of Windows Vista

You can change the appearance of Windows Vista through the Control Panel. The Appearance and Personalization area allows you to change the appearance of Windows Vista. As shown in this figure, you have [more…]

How to Add Excel 2007 to the Windows Vista Quick Launch Toolbar

If you want to start Microsoft Office Excel 2007 by clicking a single button, you can add the Excel icon to the Quick Launch toolbar. The Quick Launch toolbar resides to the immediate right of the Start [more…]

How to Create a Formatted Document in WordPad For Windows XP

WordPad for Windows XP is a free program in which you can create and format documents quickly. Use XP's WordPad to create simple documents, such as quick letters or basic reports. You can even use WordPad [more…]

How to Open Recently Used Items in Windows XP

You can quickly open recently used items in Windows XP, and you can access all of your recently used items in one place — regardless of the application you used to create them. Finding your recently used [more…]

Select Multiple Files or Folders in Windows Explorer

As you work in Windows Explorer, often, you’ll want to select multiple files or folders at the same time. You can select multiple files or folders at random, or you can select multiple contiguous files [more…]

The Windows Vista Navigation Pane

Windows Vista places your most frequently used items in the Navigation Pane. The Navigation Pane, shown in the following figure, is found along the left edge of every folder. [more…]

Save a Movie or Slide Show to a DVD with Windows DVD Maker

With Windows Vista, you can save a movie or slide show to a DVD with Windows DVD Maker. Saving a movie or slide show to a DVD in Windows XP required a third-party DVD-burning program. [more…]

Set Up an E-Mail Account in Windows Vista

Use Windows Mail to set up an e-mail account. To set up an e-mail account in Vista, you need these three things, all available from your Internet Service Provider [more…]

How to Set the Default Printer in Windows Vista

You need to name a default printer if your PC has access to more than one printer. The default printer is the one that Windows uses, for example, when you click a Print toolbar button. To set a printer [more…]

How to Set Up a Printer for Your Laptop

To use a printer with your laptop, you must first set it up. A few laptops still feature a printer port, but most use a regular USB port. [more…]

How to Copy a File to a Removable Media

It’s easy to copy a file to a removable media. The removable media can be a CD, DVD, or flash drive, for example. Follow these steps to copy a file to a removable media: [more…]

How to Use Real Virtual Network Computing from Your Laptop

A fine company in the U.K., RealVNC, produces a free product that lets you access and use your computer from any other location on the Internet. Yes, again, the product is free. It's easy to install and [more…]

How to Capture Screen Shots Using Windows Vista’s Snipping Tool

Windows Vista includes a neat tool — the Snipping Tool — that allows you to capture a screen shot of any object on your screen. Although capturing screen shots, or snipping, isn't a new concept, Windows [more…]

Cut, Copy, and Paste Selected Files and Folders

Cutting, copying, and pasting are basic file-management commands. You can cut, copy, and paste files and folders (and other things) in Windows Vista. Follow these steps to do so: [more…]

How to Add Applications to the Quick Launch Bar in Windows Vista

The Quick Launch bar in Windows Vista allows you to open programs quickly, but not all programs you'd like to launch may be located on the Quick Launch bar. To make sure your most-used and favorite programs [more…]

Changing the Firewall Settings in Windows Vista

The Windows Firewall stops harmful files (viruses, adware, spyware) from infiltrating your computer from the Internet. Change the firewall settings as needed to provide a balance between usability and [more…]

How to Organize the Start Menu in Windows XP

You can organize your Start Menu in Windows XP to include your favorite programs. You can also organize the Start Menu alphabetically so that finding the programs you'd like to open in Windows XP is even [more…]

Linux Smart Homes: Managing Your Media with MythTV

MythTV is an open source program that you can use with Linux. With the MythTV digital video recorder, you can watch TV, pause and resume live TV, schedule recordings, and do everything that a typical PVR [more…]

How to Use the Calculator in Windows Vista

You can use the calculator in Windows Vista just as you would a regular calculator. The Windows calculator can add, subtract, divide, multiply, convert fractions to decimals, figure percentages or square [more…]

How to Save an E-Mail Attachment

Saving an e-mail attachment is easy in Windows Mail. A paperclip icon alerts you that have an e-mail attachment. To save the attachment, follow these steps: [more…]

Your Computer’s Operating System

The most important piece of software inside a computer is its operating system. And the operating system is no slacker. The operating system has several duties: [more…]

How to Save Files in Windows XP

Saving your files keeps you from losing your work in the event of a crash or power failure, and lets you name your files so that you can easily find it again. You can also save the file in a format that [more…]

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