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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 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 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 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 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…]

How to Customize the Notification Area of the Windows 7 Taskbar

Windows 7 finally gives you the opportunity to customize the contents of the notification area of the taskbar. The notification area is the glob of icons down near the clock that used to be known as the [more…]

How to Change Screen Resolution in Windows 7

You can adjust the screen resolution in Windows 7 to control how sharp and detailed the images, words, and icons on your screen appear. At higher resolutions, things are crystal clear, but they're also [more…]

How to Add Gadgets to the Windows 7 Desktop

You can now add gadgets directly to a Windows 7 desktop. Windows gadgets are little desktop programs that can interact with you, with Windows, with files and folders, with your network, and with other [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 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 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 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 Restore the Quick Launch Toolbar to the Taskbar in Windows 7

One of the biggest changes you'll see in Windows 7 is in the taskbar. The old Quick Launch Toolbar is missing! However, if you don't like the change, you can restore the Quick launch Toolbar to the taskbar [more…]

How to Use Windows 7's New Taskbar

The biggest change in the way you use Windows has got to be the new Windows 7 taskbar. Windows 7 has made big changes to the taskbar that runs along the bottom of the screen. Microsoft completely redesigned [more…]

How to Customize the Windows 7 Start Menu

Windows 7 lets you customize your Start Menu to make it work the way you want it to. You can make a number of changes to the Start menu, from adding or removing items, deciding whether to display recently [more…]

How to Change the Number of Items in a Windows 7 Jump List

In Windows 7, Jump Lists, which appear when you right-click an icon in either the Taskbar or the Start menu, are intended to be your main jumping off point for accessing the files you’ve recently worked [more…]

Pinning Excel 2010 to the Windows Start Menu or Taskbar

If you use Microsoft Excel 2010 often, you may want to make its program option a permanent part of the Windows Start menu or taskbar. This enables you to start the Excel 2010 program with just a click [more…]

How to Customize the Windows 7 Desktop

Make your Windows 7 desktop your own by customizing the desktop background (aka, wallpaper) and the screen saver. Windows 7 even lets you choose multiple background images that change throughout your day [more…]
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