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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

How to Create Appointments in the Windows Vista Calendar

Creating appointments in Windows Calendar for Windows Vista allows you to keep track of your schedule and to remind yourself of what appointments are coming up. Being able to create, track, and remind [more…]

Locate a Missing File in Windows Vista

Vista gives you tools with which you can locate a missing file or folder. When you open a folder — or even look at your desktop — you expect to see everything it contains. But when something’s missing [more…]

How to Undelete a File

You can undelete a file if you accidentally deleted it or if you need to otherwise retrieve it. You undelete a file by removing it from the Recycle Bin, which puts it back it in its original location. [more…]

How to Search for a File in Windows XP

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

How to Open Files in Windows XP

Opening a file is a must if you want to get any work done, and opening a file in any application in Windows XP is a cinch. If you figure out how to open files in one application in Windows XP, you can [more…]

How to Insert Objects into a Windows XP File

You can insert objects, such as graphics or information from other applications, into other files in Windows XP. You might want to insert photos or graphics into presentations, newsletters, or simply to [more…]

How to Launch Windows on Your Laptop for the First Time

When you first turn on a brand-new laptop, Windows goes through some gyrations and prompts you to set up Windows on your computer. You're asked certain questions, such as which time zone you live in and [more…]

How to Add Contacts in Your Windows XP Address Book

You can keep track of contacts by adding them to your Windows Address Book in Windows XP. You can enter whatever information you know about your contact, such as e-mail address, mailing address, phone [more…]

How to Resize an Application Window in Windows Vista

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 Vista, you simply need to resize — make bigger or smaller — the windows that [more…]

How to Rename Files or Folders

You can rename any file or folder on your PC. You can rename a file or folder to make it more descriptive, or to give it a name that’s easier for you to find. [more…]

How to Rename a File or Folder in Windows Vista

You may need to rename a file or folder in Windows Vista to better represent the contents of that file or folder. Or you may want to add a date, your initials, or some other kind of identifier to the file [more…]

Searching for Workbooks in Excel 2007

If you want to open a workbook in Office Excel 2007, but can’t remember the filename or location, you can use the Search feature to find the missing workbook. To use Excel's Search feature, you only need [more…]

How to Close Applications in Windows Vista

Closing the programs that you're not using in Windows Vista frees up system memory, helping Windows Vista to run faster. Too many open programs can make other functions, such as printing, saving, and moving [more…]

How to Format Text in Windows XP

When you format text in Windows XP, you can change the font type, style, size, effects, and color. You can change the look of any document by making some text a different color, bold, and bigger or whatever [more…]

Compressing a Folder in NTFS5

Windows XP supports more file systems than any other Microsoft operating system, and each file system has its own set of features and foibles. Choosing the appropriate file system for a given situation [more…]

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…]

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 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…]

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