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How to Add Gadgets to the Sidebar in Windows Vista

You can customize your Windows Vista desktop by adding gadgets to the Sidebar, such as news feeds, clocks, weather, and so on. Adding gadgets to your Vista Sidebar allows you to check out information quickly [more…]

Install a Wired Network

Installing a wired network comprises assembling the proper components. To install a wired network, assemble the cables, network adapter, and router, among other components. Follow these steps to install [more…]

How to Edit a Picture in Paint Using Windows Vista

Although the Windows Vista version of Paint is usually used to create simple drawings, you can also use it to edit picture files. In Paint, you can crop your pictures, edit their colors, draw objects on [more…]

How to Make an Application Start Automatically in Windows XP

Having programs automatically open when you start Windows XP is handy. It's nice to turn on your computer and have applications, such as e-mail, open while you're busy pouring your first cup of coffee. [more…]

How to Use Windows Briefcase to Move and Synchronize Your Desktop and Laptop Files

Windows Briefcase automatically synchronizes multiple copies of files. If you use a desktop computer at the office but work from home on a laptop, you can synchronize the files between your laptop and [more…]

How to Restart or Shut Down a Locked-Up Computer in Windows Vista

In some cases, Windows fails to respond to keyboard and mouse commands. This is known as a locked-up or frozenstate. To restart or shut down a locked-up computer, you can try pressing special key combinations [more…]

How to Shut Down Windows on Your PC

You can turn your computer off by shutting it down. If you want to shut down your computer, rather than making it sleep or hibernate, you can. Be in charge! Shut down your PC whenever you please. [more…]

How to Connect Your Laptop to an Unknown SSID in Windows XP

For security reasons, some wireless networks don’t broadcast their SSIDs. A wireless network not broadcasting its SSID doesn’t show up in your list of networks. [more…]

Place an Icon on the Quick Launch Bar

Place an icon on the Quick Launch bar so that you have easy access to it. You can place virtually any desktop icon on the Quick Launch bar.

The easiest way to put a program icon on the Quick Launch bar [more…]

How to Make an Application Start Automatically in Windows Vista

Having programs automatically open when you start Windows Vista is handy. It's nice to turn on your computer and have applications, such as e-mail, open while you're busy pouring your first cup of coffee [more…]

How to Encrypt Important Files or Folders on Your Laptop

If your laptop’s hard drive is set up with NTFS formatting, Windows can scramble or encrypt your files. (This feature may not be available in some versions of Windows.) Encryption provides extra security [more…]

How to Convert Currency in Windows Vista

The Windows Vista Currency Conversion gadget makes converting currency a breeze. After you add the Currency Conversion gadget to your Windows Vista Sidebar, you can easily access and convert your dollars [more…]

How to Add RSS Feeds to the Windows Vista Sidebar

Adding RSS feeds to your Windows Vista Sidebar lets you access current information from the Web sites you check most often. By adding RSS feeds to your Sidebar, at a glance you can check out the latest [more…]

How to Change Your Laptop’s Power Button Functions in Windows XP

In Windows XP, you can control what your laptop does when you close the lid, or press the power or sleep button. You can access the Power button controls by following these steps: [more…]

How to Empty the Recycle Bin in Windows Vista

You can empty your entire Recycle Bin on your Windows Vista desktop at any time. Deleting items forever from your Recycle Bin frees up hard drive space, and Windows Vista helps you out by deleting older [more…]

How to Create a New User Account in Windows XP

You can create a new user account in Windows XP for anyone: your spouse, your children, your babysitter, your in-laws . . . well, don't go too crazy. By creating new user accounts for the people who will [more…]

How to Restart Windows on Your PC

You need to reset or restart Windows in two instances: You restart whenever Windows tells you to restart (usually after you install something new or make some change), and you restart whenever Something [more…]

How to Access Network Printers from Your Laptop

Printers can be connected to other computers on the network, or they can dwell on the network directly. Either way, after your laptop is on the network, it can access those other computers. [more…]

How to Encrypt Your Files or Folders

To ensure the security of your files and folders, you can encrypt them. Encrypting a file or folder scrambles its content so that others cannot read it. You can encrypt your files or folders only if your [more…]

How to Run Windows Update in Windows XP

Windows XP lets you set Windows Update to automatically download the updates you need to keep your computer secure. Running Windows Update ensures that your PC has the latest security patches and changes [more…]

How to Add the Stocks Gadget to the Windows Vista Sidebar

You can add the Stocks gadget to your Sidebar in Windows Vista to access the latest stock quotes at a glance. No longer do you have to check out separate Web sites for your stock info; instead, up-to-date [more…]

Use System Restore

If your computer starts consistently misbehaving, you can use System Restore to return your PC to a point where it was working properly. System Restore works like this: Every day or so, Windows takes a [more…]

Create a Folder in Windows Vista

You can create as many folders in Windows Vista as you want. Create new folders in Windows Vista to organize your files, or you can also create a folder just to keep certain files separate from others. [more…]

How to Adjust Your PC Monitor’s Display

If you have the time, you can spend the better part of a day adjusting various features of your computer monitor’s display. How you adjust your monitor’s display depends on the type of monitor you have [more…]

Stop the Wrong Program from Opening a File in Vista

Windows Vista uses file associations to normally open the correct file. When Vista uses the wrong program to load a file, follow these steps to correct the problem: [more…]

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