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How to Rename Several Files at the Same Time in Windows Vista

Do you have a bunch of files with meaningless files names, such as IMG_0671.JPG, IMG_0672.JPG, and so on? To make your files more useful, you need to give them names that mean something. You could rename [more…]

How to Sort Files by Grouping in Windows Vista

Wading through a large collection of files in Windows Vista can be time consuming. Whether you're looking at a huge list of search results or a large folder, such as Documents, you can save yourself some [more…]

How to Copy Music from an iPod to a Windows Vista PC

Transferring files to an iPod is easy using either iTunes or Winamp, but if something happens to your computer's music library, you'll find that those programs offer no help in copying the music from your [more…]

How to Use the Start Menu's Search Bar

The Search function in Windows 7 actually works. Most searches begin in Windows Explorer, but you can also use the Start menu to begin a search. When you click the Windows 7 Start button, you can immediately [more…]

How to Open a File that Won’t Open

You may occasionally try to open a file and find that it won’t open. If so, you probably see a dialog box instead. Before you go surfing around the dialog box, bear in mind a couple of things. [more…]

Search for Files in Windows

You made and saved a file in Windows. You thought you knew exactly where you saved it. But it isn’t there. If you’ve misplaced a file, Windows can help you find it. [more…]

Search for Files in Windows Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin isn’t normally searched by the Windows Search command. You may want to take a peek in the trash, er, Recycle Bin whenever the regular version of the Search command comes up empty. [more…]

How to Search for Files from the DOS Command Prompt

By opening a command prompt window, you can search for files that Windows truly doesn’t want you to know are there. It’s a little technical, but when you really, [more…]

What to Do When Windows Says a File Is Missing

Oftentimes, it’s not you who discovers that a file is gone. Sometimes, Windows notices that files are missing. The missing-file message — that you must troubleshoot — appears either when Windows starts [more…]

How to Change the Read-Only Attribute on Files and Folders

Read-only is a file attribute, or a characteristic that the operating system assigns to a file. In this case, read-only means that the file can be only opened or read; you cannot delete, change, or rename [more…]

How to Add Items to the Search Index in Windows

The Windows search command doesn’t actually search your stuff. Instead, it searches an index of your stuff. That’s because it’s much quicker to search an index than to search everywhere. Consider a book [more…]

How to Recover the Previous Version of a File

Windows 7 and Windows Vista use System Restore technology, as well as any backups you’ve made of your computer stuff, to rescue older versions of a file. For example, if you change a file, or if it’s overwritten [more…]

How to Hide or Show File Extensions in Windows

As it comes out of the box, Windows does not display filename extensions. Typically, only unassociated files reveal their extensions. Otherwise, when you peer into a folder window, you don’t see the extensions [more…]

How to Find Files on Your Computer

Finding files on your Windows Vista computer is easy, whether you're searching for a picture, a document, e-mail, or music. Search for and locate lost, temporary, or hidden files on your hard drive with [more…]

How to Move Files from an Old Computer to a New One


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