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What You Can Do with Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop is a Windows Vista feature that lets you share work between your laptop and desktop computers. When the remote desktop is set up and connected, what you see on your laptop’s screen is actually [more…]

How to Open Recently Used Items in Windows Vista

You can quickly open recently used items in Windows Vista, and you can access all of your recently used items in one place — regardless of the application you used to create them. Finding your recently [more…]

Manage Your E-Mail Contacts in Windows Mail

Like most people, you will probably have multiple e-mail contacts. Windows Vista uses the Contacts folder to help you manage your e-mail contacts. (Windows XP used the Address Book.) The following figure [more…]

How to Use the Calculator in Windows XP

You can use the calculator in Windows XP to calculate anything you would on a regular calculator. You can add, subtract, divide, multiply, and even perform more complicated calculations using the calculator [more…]

Understanding the Different Kinds of Intellectual Property

Licensing violations are among the most prevalent examples of intellectual property rights infringement. Other examples include plagiarism, software piracy, and corporate espionage. [more…]

How to Put Your Laptop into Hibernation Mode

Hibernation is a useful power management feature that's often sadly ignored despite its great benefits. When you hibernate a laptop, you’re essentially turning it off. So, unlike Stand By [more…]

How to Create a Formatted Document in WordPad for Windows Vista

WordPad for Windows Vista is a free program in which you can create and format documents quickly. Use Vista's WordPad to create simple documents, such as quick letters or basic reports. You can even use [more…]

How to Disable the Windows XP Guest Account on Your Laptop

The Windows XP Guest account allows anyone to use your laptop. Even considering that the Guest account is highly limited, that's just enough for a data thief to get a foothold and start hacking away. [more…]

Troubleshoot a Network

At some point, you will need to troubleshoot your network. When troubleshooting your network, you will use a systematic approach to solving problems that occur. Follow these steps to troubleshoot a network [more…]

Set Up Internet Explorer for the First Time

To allow Vista to communicate with Internet Explorer, you need to perform an initial setup of Internet Explorer. Vista offers a wizard to guide you smoothly through the process of setting up Internet Explorer [more…]

Manually Add a Printer in Windows Vista

In Windows, you need to manually add a printer in some cases. To manually add a printer, click the Add a Printer toolbar button in the Printers window. [more…]

The Components of a Wired Network

It’s important to buy the right components when setting up a wired network. The primary parts of a wired network are the cable, network adapters, and router. These are described in the following sections [more…]

How to Switch between Running Applications in Windows XP

If you need more than one program open at a time, you can quickly switch between those running applications in Windows XP. The keystroke of genius presented here enables you to quickly and efficiently [more…]

How to Insert a Hyperlink into a File Using Windows XP

Inserting a hyperlink into a file allows others to double-click the link and automatically check out a Web site, document, or other information. Inserting a hyperlink into a file saves you time because [more…]

How to Set Up or Change a User Account

User accounts are set up or changed for various reasons. Your administrator is responsible for setting up or changing user accounts.

Follow these steps to add another user account to your PC or change an [more…]

Customize (or Get Rid of) the Windows Vista Sidebar

You can customize (or get rid of) the Windows Vista Sidebar. You customize the Sidebar so that you can be more productive. You close the Sidebar if it takes up too much real estate on your screen. [more…]

How to Empty the Recycle Bin in Windows XP

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

How to Log Off or Switch Users in Windows XP

If someone else is going to use your computer, you don't have to shut down Windows XP. You just need to log out of your user account or use the switch user option so that another user can access his account [more…]

How to Run Windows Update in Windows Vista

Windows Vista 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…]

Change the Appearance of Windows Vista

You can change the appearance of Windows Vista through the Control Panel. The Appearance and Personalization area allows you to change the appearance of Windows Vista. As shown in this figure, you have [more…]

How to Add Excel 2007 to the Windows Vista Quick Launch Toolbar

If you want to start Microsoft Office Excel 2007 by clicking a single button, you can add the Excel icon to the Quick Launch toolbar. The Quick Launch toolbar resides to the immediate right of the Start [more…]

How to Create a Formatted Document in WordPad For Windows XP

WordPad for Windows XP is a free program in which you can create and format documents quickly. Use XP's WordPad to create simple documents, such as quick letters or basic reports. You can even use WordPad [more…]

How to Open Recently Used Items in Windows XP

You can quickly open recently used items in Windows XP, and you can access all of your recently used items in one place — regardless of the application you used to create them. Finding your recently used [more…]

Select Multiple Files or Folders in Windows Explorer

As you work in Windows Explorer, often, you’ll want to select multiple files or folders at the same time. You can select multiple files or folders at random, or you can select multiple contiguous files [more…]

The Windows Vista Navigation Pane

Windows Vista places your most frequently used items in the Navigation Pane. The Navigation Pane, shown in the following figure, is found along the left edge of every folder. [more…]

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