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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 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…]

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 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…]

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 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 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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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 Set Up a Default Online Store in Windows Media Player

Setting up a default online store in Windows Media Player will allow you to purchase music and other media with just a click. With a default online store, you can use the toolbar buttons to jump straight [more…]

How to Adjust Sound Volume in Windows Vista

If you plan to view or listen to any media on your Windows Vista computer, it's a good idea to learn how to adjust the volume. In fact, in some situations [more…]

How to Create a Playlist in Windows Media Player

You can use Windows Media Player to create a playlist in Windows Vista. Playlist is simply a tool that tells Windows Media Player which are your favorite songs. You might want a playlist for each person [more…]

How to Use Internet Explorer’s Favorites Center

Internet Explorer's Favorites Center is more than just a list of links. If you how, you can turn the Favorites Center into a dynamic tool that can improve your efficiency. The Favorites Center includes [more…]

How to Sync a Portable Media Device in Windows Vista

If you use a portable media device, such as an MP3 player, in Windows Vista, you can use Windows Media Player keep that device's files up to date. When you synchronize [more…]

How to Connect to Remote Assistance in Windows Vista

Sometimes, the most efficient way to get your computer working again is to connect to Remote Assistance in Windows Vista. When you connect to Remote Assistance, you are allowing a tech support person [more…]

How to Rip Music from a CD in Windows Media Player

You can use Windows Media Player to rip music from a CD in your Windows Vista computer. This violent-sounding act really just creates a digital copy of the songs from your CD on your computer. And no, [more…]

How to Burn Music to a CD/DVD in Windows Media Player

If you know how to burn music to a CD/DVD in Windows Media Player, you can create mix CDs of your favorite music. Burning music to CDs or DVDs is also a great way to create a backup of all the music that [more…]

How to Add a Tag to a Photo in Windows Vista

If you're an avid digital photographer, you know how quickly the number of photos in your library can grow. A great way to organize them is to assign a tag to each photo in Windows Vista. The tags can [more…]

How to Play a Photo Slide Show in Windows Vista

A great way to share you photos with friends and family is to create and play a slide show in Windows Vista. With the Windows Vista Photo Gallery, you don't have to be content to just watch all the pictures [more…]

How to Fix a Photo in Windows Photo Gallery

The Windows Photo Gallery provides several tools for improving your digital photos. You can use these tools to get rid of the red-eye effect, crop a photo, and adjusting color and brightness. [more…]

How to Shut Down a Non-Responsive Application in Windows Vista

Learning how to shut down a non-responsive application in Windows Vista can save you from a lot of headaches. Nothing is more frustrating than waiting forever for your computer when it has locked up. Usually [more…]

How to Disable Auto-Starting Programs with Windows Defender

Auto-starting programs can cause computer problems ranging from pain in the neck to freezing up the entire system. The best way to gain control over auto-starting programs in Windows Vista is to use the [more…]

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