Files, Folders & Applications in Windows 7

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How to Create a Custom Library in Windows 7

Windows 7 introduces a new file storage option called libraries. Libraries enable you to group related folders and files together. Windows 7 has four default libraries — Documents, Music, Pictures, and [more…]

Launching Windows Live Messenger for the First Time in Windows 7

Once you've downloaded and installed Windows Live Messenger for Windows 7, you'll need to take a few minutes to set it up to suit you. If you take the time to do this when you first start Messenger, you [more…]

How to Create a Virtual Machine in Windows 7 Using Windows Virtual PC

You can create a virtual machine in Windows 7 using Windows Virtual PC. Although Windows 7 contains many of the popular features from other operating systems, you might have programs you need to use that [more…]

How to Install Windows XP Mode on a Windows 7 Computer

Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 lets you run older software that was designed for Windows XP. Windows XP Mode was designed specifically to run the kind of custom software that many small businesses use to [more…]

How to Access USB Devices in Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7

One of the key upgrades in Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 is the new ability to access USB devices directly from a virtual machine. The ability to access USB device in Windows Virtual PC means that you [more…]

How to Install a Program in Windows 7 Using Windows XP Mode

Installing an older program in Windows 7 using Windows XP Mode is not that different from installing it in Windows XP itself; you just need to install the program from within the Windows XP Mode window [more…]

How to Add Sound to a Movie Using Windows Live Movie Maker

In Windows 7, you can add sound to a movie using Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM). You can control WLMM so that it uses the sound that is already in each clip or superimpose a music file over the top of [more…]

Get Help with Computer Problems

Having trouble with your PC? Computer help comes from many sources: the manufacturer and local computer stores are just two. The Windows Remote Assistant lets a friend or trusted expert control your machine [more…]

How to Install iTunes on a Windows PC

Although it's designed by Apple, iTunes runs just fine on a Windows PC. To install iTunes on a PC, start at the download page for the free iTunes for Windows software at the [more…]

How to Use Windows Laptop Utilities

Portable computing has always had its drawbacks. The screens and keyboards tend to be smaller. But there are Windows utilities that make using your laptop a tad easier. They are called Ease of Access tools [more…]

How E-Mail Works

People use email every day, but don’t really understand how it works, assuming it is too technical. The concept of email is quite simple. Just as you don’t have to know how to fix a USPS delivery vehicle [more…]

How to Leave a Copy of E-mail on the Server

In the standard email scheme of things, whenever your email program picks up new mail, the mail is sent to your computer and then deleted from the server. This keeps the server “clean” no matter how many [more…]

How to Deal with Draft E-Mails

Most email clients feature folders into which you can stuff your email messages. The folders are named Inbox, Outbox, Sent, Deleted Items or Trash, Junk, and Drafts. It’s the Drafts mailbox that seems [more…]

How to Set Options for Emptying E-Mail Trash

The Deleted Items or Trash mail folder works like all other folders in your email program: It stores messages. The messages sit in the folder and aren’t deleted until you direct the program to purge them [more…]

How to Block an E-Mail Sender

Whether it’s unwanted email, spam, junk mail, or perhaps a persistent relative or acquaintance who won’t stop sending you “cute” stuff, most email programs have an easy way to block them. Perhaps the quickest [more…]

How to Unblock an E-Mail Sender

The Blocked Senders tool was a welcome addition to the email programs that ship with Windows. It worked! Sometimes, it worked too well. The biggest problem people had with it was blocking people they didn’t [more…]

How to Configure Junk Mail

Junk filters use formidable logic and magical incantations to identify the telltale signs of spam. Or, you can train them to identify email you don’t want. It all depends on how your email program implements [more…]

How to Create a Junk Mail Filter

Nearly all email programs feature a standard message-filtering system. You use this system to organize your email, such as by transferring business messages into a Work mailbox, but you can also use the [more…]

How to Edit a Junk Mail Rule

Rules may need refining from time to time. New rules are necessary for unwanted email; they not only make the junk mail filters more powerful but also help them rule out false positives. On the other hand [more…]

How to Repair Hyperlinks in Outlook Express

A problem that plagued users of Outlook Express for generations was the bad-hyperlink conundrum. Most sophisticated email programs display as a clickable link any text that looks like a web page or an [more…]

How to E-Mail a File

One of the simplest e-mail operations you can perform is to send someone a file. You don’t actually send a file. You create an e-mail message and attach the file to the message. When you send the message [more…]

How to E-Mail a Photo in Windows E-Mail Programs

The most common kind of file to e-mail is a photo and the easiest way to do it is overlooked by far too many people. Follow these steps to e-mail a picture file the easy way: [more…]

How to Choose the Right File Format When E-Mailing Photos

An important factor to note when sending an image is to send it in the proper graphics file format. Not all images have the same format. As computer graphics have evolved and various image editors developed [more…]

How to Save an E-Mail Attachment

A good chunk of the e-mail you receive will likely have attachments tagging along. Depending on your e-mail program, you may see the attachments directly in the message: The images appear, and perhaps [more…]

How to Open Windows Task Scheduler

Windows 7 and Windows Vista sport a feature-rich task scheduler called, amazingly, Task Scheduler. It shows you all the tasks scheduled in Windows — tasks you create yourself as well as system tasks. You [more…]

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