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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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 Add Contacts to Windows Messenger in Windows XP

Adding contacts is critical if you want to use Windows Messenger. You need to add contacts to Messenger so that you can see which of your friends are online, see who's away, see who's too busy to chat, [more…]

How to Work with the Start Menu in Windows Vista

How you choose to access the Start menu, or work with the Start menu, just depends on your basic preferences. Here are two different ways to navigate the Windows Vista Start menu to get you started: [more…]

How to Find a Lost E-Mail Message

Eventually, you’ll need to find a lost e-mail among the hundreds (thousands?) in your e-mailbox. Windows Vista offers three ways to find a lost e-mail message. [more…]

How to Move Information between Applications in Windows Vista

You may find the need to move information from one application in Windows Vista to another application. For whatever reason you need to copy and paste or cut paste info from one application to another, [more…]

Send and Receive an E-Mail Attachment in Windows Mail

E-mails consist of more than just words. To send or receive a file with your e-mail, you send or receive an attachment. An attachment is a file that piggybacks onto an e-mail message. [more…]

How to Disconnect from Your Dial-up Account after Checking E-mail

When you're using a dial-up account from your laptop, keep in mind that you don't need to be connected to the Internet while you read your e-mail. Especially given how much power the modem draws, you should [more…]

How to Open an Application in Windows XP

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

How to Send All Your E-mail in One Batch

As you peruse your e-mail on your laptop, you read messages, reply to messages, and then click the Send button to send those messages. But rather than cause your e-mail program to dial in, connect, send [more…]

How to Skip E-mail Messages That Are Too Big

If you use a dialup modem, you probably don't want to waste time downloading huge files. Some e-mail programs have a settings option that automatically manages e-mails with large attachments. For example [more…]

How to Locate Files and Folders in My Computer Using Windows XP

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. Accessing [more…]

How to Move Information between Applications in Windows XP

You may find the need to move information from one application in Windows XP to another application. If, for whatever reason, you need to copy and paste [more…]

Finding Files and Folders in Windows Explorer Using Windows Vista

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

How to Access Your E-mail while Traveling with Your Laptop

When you leave home with your laptop, you can easily access your e-mail using a Web-based e-mail system. Most people pick up their e-mail by using an e-mail program. That program, such as Microsoft Mail [more…]

See What’s Inside a Folder in Windows Vista

To see what’s inside a folder, either in the Computer folder or on Vista’s desktop, just double-click that folder’s picture. A new window pops up, showing what’s inside that folder. Spot another folder [more…]

Edit a Movie in Windows

When you edit a movie, you should work with a copy of the movie, not the original. While editing your movie, you can play back your work at any time. [more…]

How to Delete a File

To delete a file, select it and press the Delete key on your keyboard. When deleting a file, you can also use the Delete command on the Organize toolbar button’s menu. Or, if you can see the Recycle Bin [more…]

Get a Web-Based E-Mail Account

Having a Web-based e-mail account allows you to access your e-mail from any Internet-connected computer. Getting a Web-based e-mail account is easy; many of these accounts are free. [more…]

How to Omit Your E-mail Password

When you are traveling with your laptop, you can make your e-mail more secure by omitting your password. At home or in your office, having Windows remember your Internet and e-mail passwords is handy — [more…]

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