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Close or Move Windows in Windows Vista

You often need to close or move windows in Windows Vista to be more productive. You close a window by clicking its Close button. You move a window by dragging its title bar. [more…]

Opening Windows Vista Files with Online Help

Sometimes Windows Vista cannot open a file because the needed software is not on your PC. Microsoft offers a Web service to help you out when Vista cannot open a file. [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…]

Exploring Windows Vista's Help and Support Options

Sometimes the easiest way to get the information you need is to do a quick search, but other times, the questions or search terms you need to use aren't readily apparent. In these situations, your best [more…]

Understanding Windows Vista's Aero Glass Display

Microsoft spent a fortune tying Vista and Aero Glass together in the minds and pocketbooks of computer consumers. In fact, a large percentage of all Vista Home Basic users upgraded to Home Premium because [more…]

Understanding the All Programs Submenu in the Windows Vista Start Menu

To make the Windows Vista Start menu really work for you, you need to understand the All Programs submenu. This may come as a shock, but the All Programs submenu on your Start menu doesn't actually contain [more…]

How to Simplify the All Programs Submenu in the Windows Vista Start Menu

If you know how to rearrange the All Programs submenu, you can untangle and organize the mess in your Start menu. Every time you choose Start→All Programs, Windows reaches into four folders and assembles [more…]

How to Start Windows Vista in Safe Mode

Windows Vista's Safe Mode is a great diagnostic tool. When Windows Vista starts up, it loads all of the drivers and many of your most common programs automatically, and usually this is great. But if you're [more…]

How to Use Windows Vista's Resource Monitor

Monitoring Vista's CPU utilization can give you an insight into why your computer behaves the way it does, but only if you understand what you see. Fortunately, you can use the Resource Monitor to interpret [more…]

Essential Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows Vista

Sometimes, the easiest way to speed things up in Windows Vista is to use a few essential keyboard shortcuts, and Vista abounds with keyboard shortcuts. [more…]

Common Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows Vista and Office

Some people think of keyboard shortcuts as "old school" — the last vestiges of pre-Windows computing. Well they are — but there is a good reason why these common keyboard shortcuts have hung on, even in [more…]

How to Use the Windows Vista Quick Launch Toolbar

Are you tired of the Start→All Programs→Blah→Blah hunt-and-click routine in Vista? Do you have a small handful of programs you run every day? If so, learning to use Windows Vista's Quick Launch toolbar [more…]

Windows Vista Root Keys and What They Do

The Windows Registry may look like a file or a database, but it’s really a conglomeration of many different pieces of information drawn from several places. You can change some of the entries, but other [more…]

A Closer Look at the Windows Vista Registry

The Registry is Windows Vista's central repository for all sorts of different settings — the name of your keyboard driver, the size of your desktop, the location of the program that plays MP3 files, and [more…]

How to Force a System Restore if Windows Vista Won't Run

So something has gone terribly wrong with your system, and you want to get Windows back to the way it was a day ago (or, if you installed Uncle Billy Joe Bob’s Blaster Beta, maybe just a few seconds ago [more…]

How to Delete System Restore Points in Windows Vista

If you need extra space on your computer, you can delete the system restore points in Windows Vista. After all, Vista can use up to 12 percent of the total available space [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows Vista

Troubleshooting problems in Windows Vista is a breeze when you use the troubleshooting feature in the Windows Help and Support Center. The Help and Support Center contains a wealth of information about [more…]

How to Use the Windows Help and Support Center in Windows Vista

Getting help with computer problems is easier than ever when you use the Windows Vista Help and Support Center. The new Vista Help interface offers a more streamlined and intuitive experience compared [more…]

How to Retrieve Previous Versions of Files in Windows Vista

Ever changed a file and saved it, only to realize that the original was much better? Ever wanted to start from scratch from a document you changed last week? A new feature in some versions of Windows Vista [more…]

How to Turn ClearType Off and On in Windows Vista

If some of your fonts look a bit fuzzy or you have an older monitor, you might want to consider turning off ClearType for Windows Vista. Windows Vista enables ClearType by default because most Vista users [more…]

Getting Around Vista's Windows Media Center

Vista's Windows Media Center offers a lot of options and is a big improvement over Media Center XP. Take a few minutes to Explore Vista's Windows Media Center to ensure that you know all of its bells and [more…]

Choosing a User Account Type in Windows Vista

When you're setting up a Windows Vista user account (or even modifying your own), there are many things to keep in mind about the different kinds of user accounts available to you. Security’s [more…]

How to Adjust the Appearance of ClearType Fonts in Windows Vista

ClearType is a special anti-aliasing tool developed by Microsoft to improve the appearance of fonts in certain monitors, such as LCD flat screens. Because every monitor is a bit different, Microsoft gives [more…]

How to Adjust the DPI Scaling in Windows Vista

Did you know that you can adjust the DPI (dots per inch) scaling in Windows Vista to adjust the size of fonts and icons on your screen? DPI scaling is kind of like a zoom feature. Adjusting the DPI scaling [more…]

How to Improve the Appearance of Windows Vista for High-Resolution Monitors

If you have a very high-resolution monitor, you might have noticed a few limitations in the way Vista appears on your monitor. The good news is that there are ways to improve the appearance of Windows [more…]

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