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Windows-based Applications - XP & Vista

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How to Cut, Copy, and Paste in Windows XP

You can cut, copy, and paste in Windows XP to move items or copies of items to other locations within a file, or to a different file or application. Using the cut, copy, and paste features allows you to [more…]

How to Encrypt Your Files or Folders

To ensure the security of your files and folders, you can encrypt them. Encrypting a file or folder scrambles its content so that others cannot read it. You can encrypt your files or folders only if your [more…]

How to Insert a Hyperlink into a File Using Windows XP

Inserting a hyperlink into a file allows others to double-click the link and automatically check out a Web site, document, or other information. Inserting a hyperlink into a file saves you time because [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 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…]

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…]

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 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 Make an Older Program Run in Windows Vista

Did you know that you can make older programs run in Windows Vista? Many programs are designed to run on a specific version of Windows. When you upgrade to a different version of Windows, those older programs [more…]

How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows Vista

Every once in a while, it’s good computer practice to create a system restore point in Windows Vista, particularly when you install some software or tweak some settings in Windows and things seem to be [more…]

How to Restore Directory Information for iPod Data Backed Up to a Windows Vista PC

If you've backed up your iPod to a Windows Vista PC, the files from the iPod will be a jumbled mess — having lost all the original directory and filenames. Not to fear. Although your files look as though [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 Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 8

The Internet can be a dangerous place — particularly for minors. You can use the Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 8 to protect kids (or anyone else) from inadvertently stumbling across something you [more…]

How to View RSS Feeds in Internet Explorer 8

RSS Feeds is an Internet Explorer 8 feature you can use to view the latest news updates to sites you monitor. Many kinds of Web sites are updated daily weekly, and news sites update headlines as soon as [more…]

How to Install iTunes on a Windows PC

Although it's designed by Apple, iTunes runs just fine on a Windows PC. To install iTunes on a PC, start at the download page for the free iTunes for Windows software at the [more…]

How to Run a Program with Elevated Permissions

Sometimes, you need to run a program as the administrator in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Running a program as administrator means that the program has more access to the computer when it runs: It has [more…]

How to Uninstall Software Programs in Windows 7 and Vista

Perhaps the primary reason people remove software from their computers is to make room on the mass storage system. But even when storage space isn’t a concern, you should feel free to evict any unwanted [more…]

How to Uninstall Software Programs in Windows XP

Perhaps the primary reason people remove software from their computers is to make room on the mass storage system. But even when storage space isn’t a concern, you should feel free to evict any unwanted [more…]

How to Remove Phantom Names from Installed Program List

Some uninstalled software refuses to leave the list of installed programs. Despite your efforts to remove it, and even if the program itself no longer exists on your PC, its name continues to show up in [more…]

File Association: How Windows Opens Files

File association is what Windows uses to know what program to use to open a specific file. The last part of the file’s name, the filename extension, is used by Windows to identify the file’s type. The [more…]

How to Open a File with a Different Program

Windows uses File Association to tell it what program to use to open a specific file. When you want to open an icon by using a program other than the one it is associated with, you can take advantage of [more…]

How to Create a File Association in Windows 7 and Vista

Some files extensions have not been associated to a program on your computer. When this is the case, Windows doesn’t know how to open them. You will have to tell Windows what program to use to open the [more…]

How to Create a File Association Files in Windows XP

Some files extensions have not been associated to a program on your computer. When this is the case, Windows doesn’t know how to open them. You will have to tell Windows what program to use to open the [more…]

Run Older Software in Newer Windows Versions

Microsoft tries hard to keep the current version of Windows compatible with older versions of software that runs on it. Hopefully, that goes off without a hitch. If not, you can try a few tricks to get [more…]

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