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How to Edit a Picture in Paint Using Windows XP

Although the Windows XP 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 them [more…]

How to Add the CPU Meter Gadget to the Windows Vista Sidebar

You can keep track of how much memory and CPU your computer is using by adding the CPU Meter gadget to your Sidebar in Windows Vista. The CPU is simply a reminder that helps you monitor your computer’s [more…]

How to Synchronize Files between Your Laptop and Your Desktop PC

When you return from traveling with your laptop and modified files, you can use Windows Briefcase’s synchronizing feature to ensure that those files you modified on your laptop are now modified on the [more…]

How to Move or Copy Files to Another Folder

Moving files and copying files to another folder are straightforward operations. When moving a file, you delete it from its original location. When you copy a file, you duplicate it in another location [more…]

How to Cut, Copy, and Paste in Windows XP

You can cut, copy, and paste in Windows XP to move items or copies of items to other locations within a file, or to a different file or application. Using the cut, copy, and paste features allows you to [more…]

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…]

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…]

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 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 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 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 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…]

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 Use the Notes Gadget in Windows Vista

The Notes gadget in Windows Vista allows you to create multiple notes and even multiple sets of notes so that you can organize yourself electronically. These steps not only show you how to create notes [more…]

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

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

How to Send a Document as a Fax in Windows XP

Sending a document as a fax is a speedy and paperless alternative to traditional faxing — printing out your document and faxing it with a fax machine. Faxing a document, complete with a cover page, is [more…]

How to Set Up the Windows Sidebar in Windows Vista

Setting up your Sidebar in Windows Vista allows you to display the Sidebar in a specific location on your computer. Your Sidebar in Windows Vista is a valuable tool that allows you to access specific information [more…]

How to Move a File or Folder in Windows XP

You can move your files and folders in Windows XP. Moving a file or an entire folder (including its contents) allows you to organize your files better or create a more logical structure of files to navigate [more…]

How to Create a Text File in NotePad Using Windows XP

Use NotePad for Windows XP to create text files, such as notes for yourself. While NotePad is simple to use, NotePad for Windows XP has only very basic features. So if you want to create a text file that [more…]

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