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Change the Icon Size on Your PC

Windows operating system introduced the world of icons and they are everywhere now — on the desktop and taskbars, in the folders and start menu. You can resize these icons to make them easier to see. Conversely [more…]

Printer Driver Causing Your Printing Issues?

If you are trying to troubleshoot Windows PC printing issues, the printer driver might be the culprit. Like most things in a computer, your printer requires both hardware and software to function. The [more…]

Configure Your Monitor to Save Power

Your computer monitor is most likely energy efficient. That means it has a low-power mode designed to save energy. This mode is activated by a loss of signal from the PC’s display adapter. You can confirm [more…]

Make the Mouse Track Faster or Slower

You can adjust the speed of your computer’s mouse to be faster or slower by using the Mouse Properties dialog box in Windows. Here’s how: [more…]

Make the Mouse Pointer More Visible in Windows PCs

Having trouble seeing the mouse pointer on your PC’s screen? The Pointer Options tab in the Mouse Properties dialog box in Windows contains a host of options to help you make the mouse pointer more visible [more…]

Make Your Mouse Left-handed

If you’re one of the 10 percent of humanity who prefers using your left hand, there’s hope: Manufacturers make left-handed computer mice. You can also direct Windows to reverse the role of the main mouse [more…]

Set Your Keyboard’s Repeat Delay and Repeat Rate

You can control a few things about how your computer’s keyboard works. Two of them that are most crucial — especially if you are a touch-typist — are the repeat delay and the repeat rate: [more…]

Turn Off the Sticky Keys Warning on Windows PCs

A keyboard problem you may need to troubleshoot is the Sticky Keys warning that pops up when Shift is pressed 5 times in a row. Some video games use the Shift key as an action key, so learning to undo [more…]

How to Test your PC Speakers

If your PC speakers suddenly go mute on you, Windows has a tool you can use to troubleshoot the problem.

Your PC console has one, internal speaker. Sometimes the sound coming from an internal speaker is [more…]

Connect Speakers to Your Windows PC

Most PCs have an internal speaker. It’s a cheap, tiny speaker, and usually is barely audible. Thus, you will likely want to connect external speakers to your PC. Here are some of the options you may find [more…]

Troubleshoot PC Speakers when They Stop “Speaking”

The biggest issue with computer sound is not hearing anything. The solution is to follow a step-by-step process for eliminating the cause. [more…]

Test the Microphone on Your Windows PC

For a microphone to work on your computer, it must be plugged into the pink jack on your PC, unless it’s a USB microphone, which simply plugs into the USB port. [more…]

How to Troubleshoot the Laptop that Just Won’t Start

A laptop has several phases of “just won’t start.” The problem is compounded because a laptop has two power sources: When AC isn’t available, electricity is drawn from the laptop’s battery. So you know [more…]

How to Troubleshoot the Laptop that Won’t Wake Up

A wake-up problem arises when you put the laptop to sleep (in Stand By mode) or hibernate it. When you attempt to rouse the laptop, nothing happens. The cause may be power management issues or monitor [more…]

How to Clean Your Laptop’s Case, Screen, and Keyboard

All computers require cleaning, and laptops require more cleaning than desktops. That’s because you end up handling a laptop more than you do a normal computer. Here’s how to clean your laptop case, screen [more…]

Your Laptop and Airport Security

The airport security situation is becoming increasingly complex. Travelling with a laptop presents a special issue in the airport security line. Here’s what you need to know and do to get through airport [more…]

How to Clean a Printer

Whether you have an inkjet or a laser printer, giving it a basic cleaning will keep it printing longer. You don’t have to wait until your printer starts spitting out distorted print or smeared pages to [more…]

How to Clean a Computer Mouse

If you still have a trackball on your computer keyboard or a roller ball under the mouse, they may start performing erratically. That’s usually because they and the rollers beneath the balls need cleaning [more…]

How to Fix Your Printer

Sometimes computers stop talking to printers or the printer “freezes.” It's very frustrating because, of course, the printer seizes up only when you're in a hurry. A printer has a lot of mechanical and [more…]

How to Maintain Fax Machines and Scanners

Fax machines are usually trouble-free. The best way to keep your fax machine or scanner in top condition is to service it periodically, as recommended by the manufacturer. Use good paper that doesn’t leave [more…]

Scanning Do’s and Don’ts

Today’s scanning software helps make the scanning process easier than it was just a few years ago, but here are some tried-and-true guidelines to follow for the best results from your hardware: [more…]

What Happens inside a Scanner?

Most popular scanners now on the market have very few moving parts. Plus you don’t really have to know how your scanner does its job in order to use one. [more…]

What You Need to Know about Flatbed Scanners

The first thing you need to know about flatbed scanners is that if you're in the market for a scanner, a flatbed is the one to buy. On a flatbed scanner the top lifts up, just like a copy machine. The [more…]

Popular Scanner Features

When you are adding a scanner to your PC system, you need to know what to look for. Here’s a list of the minimum scanner features you need for home or home office use when you’re shopping for a flatbed [more…]

How to Capture an Image with Windows Photo Gallery

Scanner manufacturers ship a bewildering number of different capture (or acquisition) programs with their hardware, so there’s no single proper way to scan an original. However, scanners that comply with [more…]

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