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Open and Close a Document

You open a document, or file, to make changes to or print the document. When you are finished with your work, you close the document. Follow these steps to open and close a document: [more…]

How to Add Contacts in Your Windows XP Address Book

You can keep track of contacts by adding them to your Windows Address Book in Windows XP. You can enter whatever information you know about your contact, such as e-mail address, mailing address, phone [more…]

Save a Web Page

Because you might need to keep information on a Web page, you can save the page. Saving a Web site page allows you to view it offline, work with its information, and print it, for example. [more…]

How to Resize an Application Window in Windows Vista

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 Vista, you simply need to resize — make bigger or smaller — the windows that [more…]

How to Rename Files or Folders

You can rename any file or folder on your PC. You can rename a file or folder to make it more descriptive, or to give it a name that’s easier for you to find. [more…]

How to Rename a File or Folder in Windows Vista

You may need to rename a file or folder in Windows Vista to better represent the contents of that file or folder. Or you may want to add a date, your initials, or some other kind of identifier to the file [more…]

Parental Controls in Windows Defender for Vista

Parental controls let you dictate what a person can and can’t do on the Internet. To set parental controls in Windows Vista, you must own an Administrator account. The administrator can follow these steps [more…]

Searching for Workbooks in Excel 2007

If you want to open a workbook in Office Excel 2007, but can’t remember the filename or location, you can use the Search feature to find the missing workbook. To use Excel's Search feature, you only need [more…]

Logging In to UNIX

Whether you use a remote PC or a workstation, you have to get the attention of UNIX. You can tell when you have its attention because it demands that you identify yourself by logging in. If you use a workstation [more…]

The Windows Vista Security Center

The Windows Security Center has been improved in Windows Vista. The Security Center more closely resembles a large panel of On switches than a command post. It lists Windows Vista’s four main defenses, [more…]

How to Close Applications in Windows Vista

Closing the programs that you're not using in Windows Vista frees up system memory, helping Windows Vista to run faster. Too many open programs can make other functions, such as printing, saving, and moving [more…]

How to Change the Date and Time in Windows Vista

Set the date and time so that Windows Vista accurately time stamps your e-mails and files, schedules tasks, and records events. You can change the date and time in Windows Vista by following these few [more…]

How to Format Text in Windows XP

When you format text in Windows XP, you can change the font type, style, size, effects, and color. You can change the look of any document by making some text a different color, bold, and bigger or whatever [more…]

Print a Document in Windows Vista

After crafting your masterpiece, you often want to print your document. Windows Vista offers several ways that you can print your document.

Chances are, you’ll be using these printing methods most often [more…]

Compressing a Folder in NTFS5

Windows XP supports more file systems than any other Microsoft operating system, and each file system has its own set of features and foibles. Choosing the appropriate file system for a given situation [more…]

How to Leave Your E-mail on the ISP Server

When you’re traveling, you may want to check your e-mail but still keep it available to view from your desktop computer when you get back home. You can do so by keeping all your e-mail on your ISP's e-mail [more…]

How to Move Your Windows Briefcase to Your Laptop

Once you have added files to your Briefcase that you want to take from your desktop computer, you’re ready to move the Briefcase icon to your laptop. Moving files from your desktop to your laptop using [more…]

Switch Quickly Between Users

It’s easy to quickly switch between users when working in Vista. To switch between users, you use a Windows feature known as Fast User Switching.

To use Fast User Switching, hold down the Windows key [more…]

How to Search for a File in Windows Vista

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

Making a Startup Disk in Windows Me

Unless you grab a spare floppy right now, this information won't do you any good. See, Windows Me can make a startup disk for emergencies. When Windows Me refuses to load, you can pop the disk into your [more…]

Copy Your Files from or to a CD or DVD

Copy files from or to a CD or DVD to save the files for backup or to share the files with friends. You use two types of software to copy files from or to a CD or DVD: To create a CD that plays music, you [more…]

How to Use Passwords on Your Laptop

Windows lets you slap a password on your account and then requires you to type that password before you can use Windows. Though this is optional, and seems kind of silly when you're the only one around [more…]

How to Browse the Internet on Your Laptop During Travel

One way to browse the Web on the road, especially if you're away from an Internet connection for some time (such as on an airplane), is to save your Web pages! [more…]

How to Lock Windows on Your Laptop

If you plan on leaving your laptop for a moment, Windows has a unique locking command that you can use to keep out anyone who doesn't know your password. That way, even if you trust the other folks with [more…]

How to Open an Application in Windows Vista

You certainly can't do much unless you actually open a program in Windows Vista, but how do you just that? Actually, you can choose from several different methods to launch an application in Windows Vista [more…]

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