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How to Leave Your E-mail on the ISP Server

When you’re traveling, you may want to check your e-mail but still keep it available to view from your desktop computer when you get back home. You can do so by keeping all your e-mail on your ISP's e-mail [more…]

How to Move Your Windows Briefcase to Your Laptop

Once you have added files to your Briefcase that you want to take from your desktop computer, you’re ready to move the Briefcase icon to your laptop. Moving files from your desktop to your laptop using [more…]

Switch Quickly Between Users

It’s easy to quickly switch between users when working in Vista. To switch between users, you use a Windows feature known as Fast User Switching.

To use Fast User Switching, hold down the Windows key [more…]

How to Search for a File in Windows Vista

Use the Search function in Windows Vista to search for and find a lost file — you can search for a file even if you don't remember its entire name. Windows Vista makes it easy to find lost files, which [more…]

Copy Your Files from or to a CD or DVD

Copy files from or to a CD or DVD to save the files for backup or to share the files with friends. You use two types of software to copy files from or to a CD or DVD: To create a CD that plays music, you [more…]

How to Use Passwords on Your Laptop

Windows lets you slap a password on your account and then requires you to type that password before you can use Windows. Though this is optional, and seems kind of silly when you're the only one around [more…]

How to Browse the Internet on Your Laptop During Travel

One way to browse the Web on the road, especially if you're away from an Internet connection for some time (such as on an airplane), is to save your Web pages! [more…]

How to Lock Windows on Your Laptop

If you plan on leaving your laptop for a moment, Windows has a unique locking command that you can use to keep out anyone who doesn't know your password. That way, even if you trust the other folks with [more…]

How to Open an Application in Windows Vista

You certainly can't do much unless you actually open a program in Windows Vista, but how do you just that? Actually, you can choose from several different methods to launch an application in Windows Vista [more…]

How to Set Program Defaults in Windows Vista

When you want to use a specific program in Windows Vista to perform a particular function (for example, say that you want to use Firefox for browsing the Web), you just need to set that program as the [more…]

How to Log On to Windows XP

You begin the Windows XP log on process by simply turning on your computer. Having to actually log on to Windows XP depends on whether you've created a user account or utilized the password protection [more…]

Remove Red Eye from Photos with Windows Vista

Windows Vista allows you to remove red eye from photos you’ve taken. Red eye is caused when the camera catches the blood-red retina in the back of the eye. [more…]

Rip Tunes from a CD

Ripping music from a CD you own is the most common way to get the music into Windows Media Player. Depending on your particular PC, there are several ways to rip your music. You can simply insert a music [more…]

E-Mail Your Photos

When you e-mail photos, you generally need to reduce them in size compared to the original photo. Vista allows you to resize your photos prior to e-mailing them. [more…]

Vista’s Start Button Menu

The Start button is your entry into Windows Vista. By clicking the Start button, you can open Internet Explorer, see your username, and view your existing network, among other things. Vista’s Start button [more…]

How to Print Documents in Windows XP

Before you print a document in Windows XP, you can choose what pages to print, how many copies to print, and depending on the application, you may be able to collate, choose what type of document to print [more…]

How to Locate Files and Folders in My Computer in Windows Vista

Using My Computer in Windows Vista can help you locate and open files and folders stored on your hard drive or storage media, such as a CD-ROM. But to open any file, you have to find it first, and accessing [more…]

Block Pop-ups

Blocking pop-up windows is a snap in Internet Explorer. To configure pop-up blocking on your computer to get rid of those annoying ads, follow these steps: [more…]

Save a Document

When you are finished working with a document, you will want to save the document. You can save the document to your hard drive, a CD, or a flash drive, for example. [more…]

Displaying a Document in Print Preview Using Windows XP

If you display a document in Print Preview in Windows XP, you see how your document will actually look when printed. Print Preview mode can save you the hassle of printing out documents that don't fit [more…]

Finding Locate Files and Folders in Windows Explorer Using Windows XP

To open any file, you have to find it first, and files and folders in Windows XP is quite simple, using Windows Explorer. If you know where to look, you can follow a path in Windows XP to the file that [more…]

How to Create an Effective Password for Your Laptop

If you travel a lot with your laptop or use it in an unsecured area, you should definitely add a secure password to your account in Windows, and change it regularly. [more…]

User Accounts in Windows Vista

User accounts allow several people to work on the same computer in Windows Vista. To access your user account, you log on and enter your username and password. The user account logon screen is shown in [more…]

How to Confirm that Your Laptop Uses the NTFS File System

The NTFS file format is more secure than older methods of formatting a hard drive. You should make sure that your laptop's hard drive is formatted using the NTFS formatting scheme. The how’s and why’s [more…]

How to Log out of Your Windows Account

When several people have accounts on the same computer, you can log out to keep the computer on, toasty, and ready for someone else to log on and use it. Logging out of your Windows account is pretty simple [more…]

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