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How to Remove Unwanted Toolbars from Mozilla Firefox

Removing unwanted toolbars in Firefox is much simpler than removing them from Internet Explorer. Perhaps scummy programmers aren’t as interested in subverting Firefox, or perhaps the Firefox design doesn’t [more…]

How to Remove Unwanted Toolbars from Internet Explorer

So you find a great little program to install on your computer and somehow, by the time the install finished, you found yourself with a strange new toolbar in Internet Explorer. It happens to everyone. [more…]

How to Remove Unwanted Add-ons from Internet Explorer

Many Internet Explorer problems are caused by add-ons. Unfortunately, removing unwanted add-ons from Internet Explorer can take some work. This is particularly true of the add-ons that you didn't invite [more…]

How to Increase the Paging Volume in Windows Vista

You can increase the speed and efficiency of your computer by increasing the paging volume in Windows Vista. Your computer comes with a certain amount of RAM, which it uses to keep things running smoothly [more…]

How to View and Use Your Computer's Windows Experience Index

Windows Vista uses a sophisticated, multitalented program called WinSAT, or the Windows System Assessment Tool, to determine its benchmark settings, which it calls the Windows Experience Index [more…]

Monitoring CPU Usage with Windows Vista's Task Manager

If you want to speed up your computer, you need to know how to use the Task Manager to monitor computer status in Windows Vista. Previous versions of Windows hid performance data in dozens of obscure nooks [more…]

How to Allow Access to the Public Folders in Windows Vista

Although you probably don't want random people looking through your personal files, there are some files that you will want to share with others in your home or workgroup. You can share these files by [more…]

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut in Windows Vista

To help you work more efficiently, you'll want to know how to create a desktop shortcut in Windows Vista. Think of your Windows desktop like your physical workspace. To keep your workflow efficient, you'll [more…]

How to Set Up Windows Media Player

The first time you run Windows Media Player, you need to take a couple of minutes to get things started on the right foot. By following these steps, you can ensure that you set up Windows Media Player [more…]

How to Run the Task Manager at Startup in Windows Vista

Although you can use the Task Manager to monitor when things are going wrong with your system, this isn't very useful if the system is so locked up that you can't open it. One way to avoid this problem [more…]

How to Generate an E-Mail Shortcut in Windows Vista

Say you have to e-mail a status report to the same people every day. Instead of creating a new e-mail from scratch each time, you can generate an e-mail shortcut in Windows Vista that, when double-clicked [more…]

How to Make the Windows Vista Taskbar Larger

The Windows Vista taskbar (that little strip at the bottom of your screen) is the one place you can get to quickly, easily, from any place in Windows, at any time. As a timesaver, the taskbar takes the [more…]

How to Share Programs with Other Users in Windows Vista

Vista is nothing without programs. Sure, Windows is nice, but your work (and play!) gets done inside programs — word processors, e-mail programs, spreadsheets, Warcraft XIX: The Prequel . . . you get the [more…]

Tips and Tweaks for Getting the Most Out of Windows Explorer

Underneath Windows Explorer’s docile exterior beats the heart of a powerful, adroit assistant. You need to do a bit of tweaking, but if you spend a few minutes to apply these suggestions, you can emerge [more…]

How to Assign a Template to a Folder in Windows Vista

Typically, Vista looks at the contents of a folder and then decides what kind of template to apply to the folder. But did you know that you can tell Windows Explorer to assign a specific template to a [more…]

How to Protect Your Privacy in Windows Media Player

It’s important that you take a minute to protect your privacy in Windows Media Player. The best option is to block as many of the privacy settings as possible when you set up Windows Media Player, but [more…]

How to Improve the Performance of Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player (WMP) 11 is a great media management tool, but you can make a handful of key changes that will improve its performance. These changes will save you no end of frustration and headache [more…]

How to Install a New Codec in Windows Media Player

Many media codecs are included in Windows Vista, but as technology changes daily, it is important to know how to install new codecs for the Windows Media Player. Codecs are important in the Windows Media [more…]

How to Create the Media Library for Windows Media Player

Having a state-of-the-art media player on your computer is great and all, but you need to know how to create the media library for Windows Media Player in order to actually listen to anything. Whether [more…]

How to Delete Temporary Internet Files in Windows Vista

Deleting temporary Internet files using Internet Explorer in Windows Vista is a great way to keep your computer from becoming cluttered and bogged down with unnecessary files. Windows Vista stores copies [more…]

How to Delete Cookies in Microsoft Internet Explorer

Part of cleaning up your computer and maintaining it efficiently is to delete cookies by using Internet Explorer in Windows Vista. There are pros and cons to allowing cookies to be saved on your computer [more…]

How to Collaborate with Windows Meeting Space

So you've heard that you can collaborate with others using Windows Meeting Space. But what does that really mean? It means that can set up an online meeting with friends and coworkers over a local area [more…]

How to Use Windows Vista's Snipping Tool

Although you can use the Print Screen button on your keyboard to capture what's on your screen, if you know how to customize the defaults for Windows Vista's new Snipping Tool, you can really customize [more…]

How to Request Remote Assistance for Windows Vista by IM

One of the easiest ways to request and receive Remote Assistance for Windows Vista is by instant messaging (IM). If you use one of Microsoft's instant messaging services [more…]

How to Create an Exception for the Windows Vista Firewall

Frequently, when a program on your computer can't receive necessary updates from the Internet, the cause can be as simple as the Windows Vista Firewall denying it access. To get your program running efficiently [more…]

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