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How to Set Up the Windows 7 Text to Speech Feature for Excel 2007

Before you can use the Windows 7 Text to Speech feature with Excel 2007, you must first add the Speak commands to the Excel Quick Access toolbar. Once you've set up Excel 2007 to recognize Windows 7's [more…]

How to Change the Way the Start Menu Search Works in Windows 7

In Windows 7, you can also use the Start Menu to begin a search. When you type a keyword, the search engine will scour your computer looking for files. The Start Menu Search is effective on its own, but [more…]

How to Edit Word Documents in Windows 7 WordPad

Many people resort to using WordPad because they're having issues with Microsoft Word. And, if you really want and need formatting — and you don't have time to get Word straightened out — you can use WordPad [more…]

How to Customize the Windows 7 Taskbar

Microsoft has made huge changes to the Windows 7 taskbar. It also has made it possible for you to customize many of the options and settings on the Windows 7 taskbar. You can move icons where you want, [more…]

How to Add or Remove Parts of Windows 7

Just as you can install and uninstall programs, you can add or remove parts of Windows 7 to suit your needs. Thanks to a few lawsuits, Windows 7 gives your much more control over what Windows applications [more…]

How to Pin Taskbar Items to the Start Menu in Windows 7

Part of the Windows 7 redesign is to have the taskbar as your primary quick launch location for your programs. But you don’t have to leave it that way. You can pin taskbar items back to the Start menu [more…]

How to Customize Windows 7’s Search Settings

The Windows 7 search feature is a wonder compared to its predecessors. You can even customize Windows 7’s default search settings to fine-tune the results you get. These changes can speed up the process [more…]

How to Add Network Options to the Windows 7 Start Menu

If you tend to work with network settings quite a bit, you may want to permanently add the network options to your Windows 7 Start menu. The network options include Connect To [more…]

How to Publish a Movie in Windows 7 Using Windows Live Movie Maker

You have four choices when publishing a movie in Windows 7 using Windows Live Movie Maker. These choices determine how the final product will be saved. If you want your friends to be able to view your [more…]

How to Deal with Windows Activation Technology for Windows 7

If you start receiving Windows Activation Technologies warnings and errors, you need to know how to deal with the problem quickly to repair any loss of functionality. Windows 7 uses Windows Activation [more…]

How to Move Quick Launch Toolbar Icons to Windows 7 Taskbar

If you installed an older Vista (or Windows XP) program and it told you that it was putting an icon on the Quick Launch toolbar, you can track down that program’s icon and move it to the new and improved [more…]

How to Use Jump Lists in Windows 7

One of the big changes in Windows 7 is the redesign of the taskbar with its Jump Lists. You can use the Jump Lists like shortcuts to the files you use most frequently with an application. For example, [more…]

How to Pin a File or Folder to the Windows 7 Taskbar

In Windows 7, you pin a file or folder to the taskbar to have them available at a moment’s notices — well, sort of. Unfortunately, you can’t turn individual documents or folders into icons on the toolbar [more…]

How to Use Offline Browsing in Internet Explorer 8

You can use the offline browsing feature of Internet Explorer 8 to view your RSS feeds and Web page subscriptions. Offline browsing is especially beneficial when you’re using a laptop computer and can’t [more…]

How to Customize a Browser Jump List in Windows 7 to Include Favorite Web Sites

As you browse from Web page to Web page, your Windows 7 browser’s Jump List accumulates a list of your recent browser history. In Windows 7, you can customize your browser’s Jump Lists to include your [more…]

How to Customize the Windows Media Player 12 Jump List

When you right-click the Windows Media Player icon in the Windows 7 taskbar, you’ll see a jump list of the songs you listen to most frequently. You can customize the Windows 7 Windows Media Jump List so [more…]

How to Make Windows 7 Forget Your Windows Live Messenger Password

    Many Windows 7 users choose to have Windows Live Messenger remember their password when they're setting up Messenger. If you want to use Messenger with more than one user ID, you’ll need to go back [more…]

Game Cheats for Solitaire in Windows 7

Solitaire is the oldest of all the Windows games. This traditional game has captured the hearts and spare cranial cycles of millions. Yet, most people don’t know that there are game cheats they can employ [more…]

Windows 7 Multiplayer Game Basics

Windows XP shipped with several multiplayer games that allowed you to play opponents on the Internet. These disappeared with Windows Vista. In Windows 7, they’re back. You can once again play Windows multiplayer [more…]

Game Cheats for FreeCell in Windows 7

FreeCell, Microsoft’s first Solitaire variant, mimics the card game of the same name. Game play in FreeCell resembles “regular” Solitaire in many ways, as you use the cards to build suit stacks and sequential [more…]

How to Stop Windows 7 from Automatically Turning On Windows Live Messenger

When you install Windows Live Messenger on your Windows 7 system, Microsoft starts running it whenever you’re logged in to the computer, which can be very annoying. To stop Windows 7 from automatically [more…]

How to Delete Old Backup Files in Windows 7

Periodically, you need to take a few minutes to delete old backups in Windows 7 to make room for new ones. Creating backups of your data is easier than ever in Windows 7, which means that more people will [more…]

How to Restore an Image Backup in Windows 7

Another new feature in Windows 7 is the image backup, which is essentially a snapshot of all the settings and files on your hard drive. You can restore the image backup in Windows 7 to bring everything [more…]

Using the Scenic Ribbon with Windows 7

In an effort to improve the functionality and speed of Windows, Microsoft added what they are calling Windows Scenic. You’ll primarily notice Windows Scenic most when you use the Scenic Ribbons in Windows [more…]

How to Add a Shared Printer to a HomeGroup Network in Windows 7

Windows 7 is designed around networking. Consequently, Microsoft has designed it to be easy to add a network printer to a HomeGroup network using Windows 7. And thanks to HomeGroup networking, when you [more…]

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