Files, Folders & Applications in Windows 7

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How to Make Your Task Folder in Windows Task Scheduler

You can take advantage of the power of Windows Task Scheduler to set up and run your own tasks. It’s best to place your own tasks into a special folder in the Task Scheduler window. That keeps them organized [more…]

How to Create a Task to Run a Program in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, Defrag, Backup, System Restore, and Check Disk are scheduled for you. So, it’s unlikely you will need to create a task for general maintenance. But, to illustrate some important [more…]

How to Create a Task to Send E-mail in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can use the Task Scheduler to automate the sending of an email. However, the email message you send is static: You cannot customize the message to relate any information [more…]

Create a Task to Display a Pop-Up Message in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can use the Create Task method in Windows Task Scheduler to create a task to display a pop-up message. Here are the steps to create a pop-up message task: [more…]

How to Confirm a Task Ran in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can automate a lot of tasks in the Windows Task Scheduler, but never assume that automation takes place. To confirm that a task has run and run properly, follow these [more…]

For Seniors: Close a Windows Program on Your Laptop

When you are through with a Windows program, close it to save computer resources. Closing a Windows program removes its window from the screen and the taskbar, and removes the program from memory. Before [more…]

For Seniors: Create Windows 7 Shortcuts on a Laptop

Shortcuts are icons you put on the Windows 7 desktop for quick access to programs or files you use frequently. On a laptop, shortcuts are especially useful for users who may have to get to what they need [more…]

For Seniors: Start a Windows Program on a Laptop

Before you can use a Windows program on your laptop, you have to start it (launch the program). Windows provides several ways to start programs; choose the method you like best. [more…]

For Seniors: Start a Windows 7 Program Automatically

If you use a Windows 7 program often, you can have it launch automatically every time you start your computer. Having Windows automatically start your favorite programs for you whenever you startup your [more…]

For Seniors: Access an Online Program Through Your Laptop

Online programs are complete applications that you can access with your laptop, from anywhere you have Internet access. The benefits of online programs are obvious — you save hard drive space on your laptop [more…]

For Seniors: Open a File on Your Laptop

Files contain data, and when you open them, you can make changes. One way to open a file is to locate it first in Windows Explorer/Computer (the file management program in Windows). [more…]

For Seniors: Search for a Windows File

Search for files you can't locate in the Computer window of Windows 7. Search can not only look through filenames, but also the contents of files to find a match. [more…]

For Seniors: Create Shortcuts to Favorite Files and Folders

In Windows, you can create shortcuts to your favorite files and folders to make them easier to open. Shortcuts to files or folders are placed on the Windows desktop where you can use them to open the file [more…]

For Seniors: Add a File to Your Windows Favorites List

The Favorites list in the Windows Start menu offers another quick way to access frequently used files and folders. Add favorite files and folders to the Start menu and to the Navigation pane in Windows [more…]

For Seniors: Find Windows' Gadgets Online

Windows provides gadgets through its Desktop Gadget gallery, although you can search for more gadgets online. Gadgets are useful apps, and you'll find a collection of them on Microsoft's website. [more…]

For Seniors: Using Windows Desktop Gadgets

Gadgets are little applications (such as a clock or a calendar) you can display as icons on the Windows 7 desktop. Using Windows gadgets, you can quickly check the weather, review your calendar, check [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Clock Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Clock gadget on your Windows desktop, you can easily keep track of time. The Clock gadget allows you to change clock styles and set different time zones if needed. A gadget, by the way, is a small [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Slide Show Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Slide Show gadget on your Windows desktop, you can display a continuous show of the pictures. The Slide Show gadget allows you to select the folder of pictures to use, the number of seconds to [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Puzzle Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Puzzle gadget on your Windows desktop, you can play a quick game and relieve mental stress. The Puzzle gadget displays a mixed-up picture; your job is to put it right again. You can even time [more…]

For Seniors: Add the CPU Monitor Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the CPU Meter gadget on your Windows desktop, you can track your laptop's performance. If your laptop is acting sluggish, the CPU Meter gadget can tell you if the CPU is working hard and if memory [more…]

For Seniors: Perform Calculations in a Microsoft Works Spreadsheet

Microsoft Works includes a spreadsheet program you can use to organize data and perform calculations. MS Works Spreadsheet can perform simple or complex calculations on the numbers you enter into a spreadsheet [more…]

For Seniors: Understand Microsoft Works for Your Laptop

Microsoft Works is a suite of multiple programs that often comes installed on Windows-based laptops. If your laptop includes MS Works, then you have a simple word processor, spreadsheet, database, and [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Microsoft Works Document

Microsoft Works includes a word processor for creating reports, letters, and such. The word processor in MS Works is simple to use; just create a new document and type some text. [more…]

For Seniors: Open an Existing Microsoft Works Document

After you create a Microsoft Works document and save it, you can open the file to add to or edit its contents, or to print it. With the Microsoft Works word processor, you can create anything from simple [more…]

For Seniors: Format Text in a Microsoft Works Document

You can format text in a Microsoft Works document in order to change how it looks. Format text to change its size, apply effects such as bold or italic, or change its font [more…]

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