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Save a Movie or Slide Show to a DVD with Windows DVD Maker

With Windows Vista, you can save a movie or slide show to a DVD with Windows DVD Maker. Saving a movie or slide show to a DVD in Windows XP required a third-party DVD-burning program. [more…]

Set Up an E-Mail Account in Windows Vista

Use Windows Mail to set up an e-mail account. To set up an e-mail account in Vista, you need these three things, all available from your Internet Service Provider [more…]

How to Set the Default Printer in Windows Vista

You need to name a default printer if your PC has access to more than one printer. The default printer is the one that Windows uses, for example, when you click a Print toolbar button. To set a printer [more…]

How to Set Up a Printer for Your Laptop

To use a printer with your laptop, you must first set it up. A few laptops still feature a printer port, but most use a regular USB port. [more…]

How to Copy a File to a Removable Media

It’s easy to copy a file to a removable media. The removable media can be a CD, DVD, or flash drive, for example. Follow these steps to copy a file to a removable media: [more…]

How to Use Real Virtual Network Computing from Your Laptop

A fine company in the U.K., RealVNC, produces a free product that lets you access and use your computer from any other location on the Internet. Yes, again, the product is free. It's easy to install and [more…]

How to Capture Screen Shots Using Windows Vista’s Snipping Tool

Windows Vista includes a neat tool — the Snipping Tool — that allows you to capture a screen shot of any object on your screen. Although capturing screen shots, or snipping, isn't a new concept, Windows [more…]

Cut, Copy, and Paste Selected Files and Folders

Cutting, copying, and pasting are basic file-management commands. You can cut, copy, and paste files and folders (and other things) in Windows Vista. Follow these steps to do so: [more…]

How to Add Applications to the Quick Launch Bar in Windows Vista

The Quick Launch bar in Windows Vista allows you to open programs quickly, but not all programs you'd like to launch may be located on the Quick Launch bar. To make sure your most-used and favorite programs [more…]

Changing the Firewall Settings in Windows Vista

The Windows Firewall stops harmful files (viruses, adware, spyware) from infiltrating your computer from the Internet. Change the firewall settings as needed to provide a balance between usability and [more…]

How to Organize the Start Menu in Windows XP

You can organize your Start Menu in Windows XP to include your favorite programs. You can also organize the Start Menu alphabetically so that finding the programs you'd like to open in Windows XP is even [more…]

How to Use the Calculator in Windows Vista

You can use the calculator in Windows Vista just as you would a regular calculator. The Windows calculator can add, subtract, divide, multiply, convert fractions to decimals, figure percentages or square [more…]

How to Save an E-Mail Attachment in Windows Mail

Saving an e-mail attachment is easy in Windows Mail. A paperclip icon alerts you that have an e-mail attachment. To save the attachment, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Save Files in Windows XP

Saving your files keeps you from losing your work in the event of a crash or power failure, and lets you name your files so that you can easily find it again. You can also save the file in a format that [more…]

Import Your Video, Pictures, and Music

You can import video, pictures, and music into your PC. To import video, pictures, and music, you must copy the footage onto your computer through a cable. Most digital camcorders connect to a computer’s [more…]

Install New Fonts

If you’re bored with the fonts that came preloaded on your PC, you can install new ones. Search the Internet for fonts and you’ll find scads of sites offering new, unique, and unusual fonts for purchase [more…]

How to Configure the Laptop Mouse

You can control the laptop's mouse hardware through the Mouse Properties dialog box. Here, you find the controls for configuring and setting up your laptop's pointing device. [more…]

How to Restart Windows on Your Laptop

Occasionally, you're directed to reset the laptop, which is often referred to as "restarting Windows." To do so, heed these steps: [more…]

How to Use the Device Manager on Your Laptop

You can use the Windows Device Manager to view the status of a device or diagnose a problem caused by one of your laptop’s systems. [more…]

The Windows Vista Details Pane

Vista’s new Details pane hovers like a low-lying cloud along the bottom of every folder. Just as the Details pane’s name implies, the little strip lists arcane details about the item you’re currently viewing [more…]

How to Add People to Your Contacts in Windows Vista

You can keep track of people you know by adding them to your Windows Contacts in Windows Vista. You can enter whatever information you know about them, such as e-mail address, mailing address, phone number [more…]

How to Access the Remote Desktop from Your Laptop

Once your computer is configured to accept a remote desktop connection, you can use another computer on the network — say, your laptop — to access that computer and use it remotely. [more…]

Write and Send an E-Mail

After you have set up your e-mail account, you’ll want to write and send an e-mail (or e-mails). Follow these steps to write and send e-mails to your friends and family: [more…]

Your PC Keyboard’s Modifier Keys

Four keys on your keyboard are modifier keys. A modifier key works in combination with other keys to do various interesting and unbelievable things. You can find these modifier keys somewhere on your keyboard [more…]

How to Resize an Application Window in Windows XP

The beauty of Windows is, well, the windows. When you want to display the content of more than one window at a time in Windows XP, you simply need to resize — make bigger or smaller — the windows that [more…]

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