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Crop Photos with Windows Vista

Vista allows your to easily crop your photos. Cropping a photo entails choosing a portion of an existing photo and turning that portion into the entire photo, omitting the rest of the photo. [more…]

How to Move a File or Folder in Windows Vista

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

How to Install Software in Windows XP

If you want to install software in Windows XP, just pop in the software CD. If the installation window appears — as it often does — click Next to run the software and follow the installation prompts. If [more…]

How to Uninstall Programs in Windows XP

Removing applications is generally the same in all versions of Windows. Just follow these steps to uninstall programs you no longer want to use in Windows XP. [more…]

How to Uninstall Programs in Windows Vista

Removing applications is generally the same in all versions of Windows. Just follow these steps to uninstall programs you no longer want to use in Windows Vista. [more…]

How to Switch between Running Applications in Windows Vista

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

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 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…]

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 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…]

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 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 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…]

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…]

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