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Getting to Know DOS Directories

Computers are supposed to make life easier, not harder. Hard disk management is simply the way you use files on a hard drive. This concept involves some organization, and understanding that organization [more…]

Import Your Video, Pictures, and Music

You can import video, pictures, and music into your PC. To import video, pictures, and music, you must copy the footage onto your computer through a cable. Most digital camcorders connect to a computer’s [more…]

Install New Fonts

If you’re bored with the fonts that came preloaded on your PC, you can install new ones. Search the Internet for fonts and you’ll find scads of sites offering new, unique, and unusual fonts for purchase [more…]

How to Configure the Laptop Mouse

You can control the laptop's mouse hardware through the Mouse Properties dialog box. Here, you find the controls for configuring and setting up your laptop's pointing device. [more…]

How to Restart Windows on Your Laptop

Occasionally, you're directed to reset the laptop, which is often referred to as "restarting Windows." To do so, heed these steps: [more…]

How to Use the Device Manager on Your Laptop

You can use the Windows Device Manager to view the status of a device or diagnose a problem caused by one of your laptop’s systems. [more…]

The Windows Vista Details Pane

Vista’s new Details pane hovers like a low-lying cloud along the bottom of every folder. Just as the Details pane’s name implies, the little strip lists arcane details about the item you’re currently viewing [more…]

How to Add People to Your Contacts in Windows Vista

You can keep track of people you know by adding them to your Windows Contacts in Windows Vista. You can enter whatever information you know about them, such as e-mail address, mailing address, phone number [more…]

How to Access the Remote Desktop from Your Laptop

Once your computer is configured to accept a remote desktop connection, you can use another computer on the network — say, your laptop — to access that computer and use it remotely. [more…]

Write and Send an E-Mail

After you have set up your e-mail account, you’ll want to write and send an e-mail (or e-mails). Follow these steps to write and send e-mails to your friends and family: [more…]

Your PC Keyboard’s Modifier Keys

Four keys on your keyboard are modifier keys. A modifier key works in combination with other keys to do various interesting and unbelievable things. You can find these modifier keys somewhere on your keyboard [more…]

How to Resize an Application Window in Windows XP

The beauty of Windows is, well, the windows. When you want to display the content of more than one window at a time in Windows XP, you simply need to resize — make bigger or smaller — the windows that [more…]

How to Create Appointments in the Windows Vista Calendar

Creating appointments in Windows Calendar for Windows Vista allows you to keep track of your schedule and to remind yourself of what appointments are coming up. Being able to create, track, and remind [more…]

Cancel a Print Job

In some cases, you need to cancel a print job. Use your printer’s print queue to cancel your print job.

If you send a document to your printer in error, double-click your Printer’s icon [more…]

How to Control the Display of Your Laptop

You can control the way Windows looks as well as how your laptop's monitor is configured. To do this, you need to visit the Personalization icon in the Windows Vista Control Panel or the Display icon in [more…]

Locate a Missing File in Windows Vista

Vista gives you tools with which you can locate a missing file or folder. When you open a folder — or even look at your desktop — you expect to see everything it contains. But when something’s missing [more…]

How to Undelete a File

You can undelete a file if you accidentally deleted it or if you need to otherwise retrieve it. You undelete a file by removing it from the Recycle Bin, which puts it back it in its original location. [more…]

How to Download Software from the Internet

It’s easy to download a file from the Internet. But be careful! Do not randomly download files, and never download a file you did not request. Make sure you only download files from people and organizations [more…]

Using the Windows Networking Wizards

Both Windows Me and Windows XP have a wizard that walks you through the process of setting up your network; this wizard also sets up a shared Internet connection. Using the wizard means that you don't [more…]

How to Search for a File in Windows XP

Use the Search function in Windows XP to search for and find a lost file — you can search for a file even if you don't remember its entire name. Windows XP makes it easy to search for a file, which is [more…]

Adjust Your Printer’s Settings

Adjusting your printer’s settings includes choosing paper quality and selecting the pages to print. You adjust your printer’s settings in the Print dialog box. [more…]

How to Open Files in Windows XP

Opening a file is a must if you want to get any work done, and opening a file in any application in Windows XP is a cinch. If you figure out how to open files in one application in Windows XP, you can [more…]

Exploring KDE, the Default GUI for SUSE Linux 9.3

KDE (pronounced kay-dee-ee) is the default GUI for SUSE Linux 9.3. KDE stands for the K Desktop Environment. From your perspective as a user, KDE provides a graphical desktop environment that includes [more…]

How to Insert Objects into a Windows XP File

You can insert objects, such as graphics or information from other applications, into other files in Windows XP. You might want to insert photos or graphics into presentations, newsletters, or simply to [more…]

How to Launch Windows on Your Laptop for the First Time

When you first turn on a brand-new laptop, Windows goes through some gyrations and prompts you to set up Windows on your computer. You're asked certain questions, such as which time zone you live in and [more…]

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