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Creating COM and .NET Objects with Windows PowerShell 2

PowerShell 2 enables you to automate your Windows operating system, which entails dealing with objects: COM objects are created using the New-Object method with the [more…]

How to Create and Run a PowerShell Script

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, it helps to know how to create scripts that you may be able to loop and use more than once. The steps to create a script follow: [more…]

Commonly Used Automatic Variables in Windows PowerShell 2

PowerShell 2 helps you automate functions within Windows. Its automation functions include automatic variables, variables the system defines automatically that are given values based on the condition or [more…]

Commonly Used Comparison Operators in Windows PowerShell 2

As you use PowerShell 2 to help automate your Windows operating system, you use comparison operators to compare one value with another. Some of PowerShell 2's most common comparison operators are listed [more…]

Using Conditional Statements in Windows PowerShell 2

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, you use conditional statements to run different script blocks depending on a specific condition, usually using an [more…]

Performing Loops in Windows PowerShell 2

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, you can automate some of the script you need as well. Loops run the same script block multiple times — often on changing values. A few examples [more…]

Windows PowerShell 2 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

With the Windows PowerShell 2 scripting language, you can automate your Windows operating system. During that process, you may need to deal with automatic variables, comparison operators, COM and .NET [more…]

How to Speed Up Windows 7 on a Laptop or an Older PC

Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 love slick graphics, but all those smooth edges, dimensional effects, and fancy colors can bog down a laptop or an older PC. Follow these steps to speed up Windows 7. [more…]

How to Turn Off the Aero Peek Feature in Windows 7

Aero Peek is one of the new desktop enhancements in Windows 7; it's part of what makes Windows 7 look and feel different. But you do have the ability to turn off the Aero Peek feature in Windows 7 if you [more…]

How to Change the Desktop Background in Windows 7

To jazz up your desktop, Windows 7 covers it with pretty pictures known as a background. (Most people refer to the background as wallpaper.) You can easily change the desktop background in Windows 7 to [more…]

How to Choose a Desktop Theme in Windows 7

In Windows-speak, a desktop theme is simply a collection of settings that control the way Windows looks and sounds. When you choose a desktop theme in Windows 7, you could be changing the desktop background [more…]

How to Add Desktop Icons in Windows 7

Windows 7 can easily and quickly be customized to suit your needs. For many users, particularly those upgrading from Windows XP, one of the things you’ll want to do is add back some of the desktop icons [more…]

How to Use the Magnifier Feature for the Visually Impaired in Windows 7

One of the big improvements to the Ease of Access features in Windows 7 is the Magnifier. Windows 7's Magnifier feature, primarily used by the visually impaired, offers much greater control than earlier [more…]

How to Use the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 7

Windows 7 includes a major overhaul of the On-Screen keyboard feature. Now, when you use Windows 7's On-Screen Keyboard, you can adjust the settings by adding such tools as Prediction and Scan Through [more…]

How to Create a Desktop Wallpaper Slideshow in Windows 7

One of the new features in Windows 7 is the ability to customize your desktop with a wallpaper slideshow. You can easily create a wallpaper slideshow using the Windows 7 Personalization settings. [more…]

How to Use ClickLock in Windows 7 for Better Mouse Control

You can use the ClickLock feature in Windows 7 if you have trouble holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse at the same time — a common problem for notebook users. When you use the Windows [more…]

How to Pin a Hardware Icon to the Windows 7 Taskbar from the Device Stage

The Device Stage is Windows 7’s way of keeping track of the status of everything that’s plugged into your computer. When you want to know what is happening with a peripheral or want to interact with it [more…]

How to Create a Screen Saver Boss Key in Windows 7

In Windows 7, you can use screen savers to create a Boss Key — a key combination that you can press to make the PC immediately switch over to running the screen saver so your boss doesn’t see what you’re [more…]

How to Restore Default Settings in Windows 7

Sooner or later, you'll want to restore the default settings for a Windows 7 feature. If you want to return to the way things were before you started messing around with them, you'll need to know how to [more…]

How to Set Up Speech Recognition in Windows 7

The Speech Recognition feature in Windows 7 allows you to input data into a document using speech rather than a keyboard or a mouse. The Speech Recognition feature has been around for a while now, but [more…]

Changing What Happens When You Close the Lid on a Windows 7 Laptop

Closing the laptop’s lid means that you’re through working, but for how long? Are you done for the day, or are you coming back after lunch. Windows 7 lets you control exactly what happens when you close [more…]

How to Change Windows 7's Speech Recognition Settings

Windows 7 incorporates a lot of changes and improvements to the Speech Recognition feature. To get the most out of Speech Recognition in Windows 7, you’ll want to change its settings to suit your needs [more…]

How to Add a Toolbar to the Windows 7 Taskbar

One of the ways you can make Windows 7 work for you is by adding toolbars to the taskbar along the bottom of the desktop. The new and improved taskbar is one of the biggest changes in Windows 7; it's your [more…]

How to Change the Way the Power Button Behaves in Windows 7

Normally, a press of a PC’s power button turns off the computer, whether or not Windows 7 is ready. To avoid confusing Windows 7 with an unexpected shutdown, consider changing the way your power button [more…]

How to Create a Custom Toolbar on the Windows 7 Taskbar

Windows 7 makes it easy for you to personalize your computer by offering a variety of options for customizing the new taskbar. One of the ways you can make your Windows workspace truly unique is by creating [more…]

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