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For Seniors: Close a Windows Program on Your Laptop

When you are through with a Windows program, close it to save computer resources. Closing a Windows program removes its window from the screen and the taskbar, and removes the program from memory. Before [more…]

For Seniors: Create Windows 7 Shortcuts on a Laptop

Shortcuts are icons you put on the Windows 7 desktop for quick access to programs or files you use frequently. On a laptop, shortcuts are especially useful for users who may have to get to what they need [more…]

For Seniors: Start a Windows Program on a Laptop

Before you can use a Windows program on your laptop, you have to start it (launch the program). Windows provides several ways to start programs; choose the method you like best. [more…]

For Seniors: Start a Windows 7 Program Automatically

If you use a Windows 7 program often, you can have it launch automatically every time you start your computer. Having Windows automatically start your favorite programs for you whenever you startup your [more…]

For Seniors: Access an Online Program Through Your Laptop

Online programs are complete applications that you can access with your laptop, from anywhere you have Internet access. The benefits of online programs are obvious — you save hard drive space on your laptop [more…]

For Seniors: Find Windows' Gadgets Online

Windows provides gadgets through its Desktop Gadget gallery, although you can search for more gadgets online. Gadgets are useful apps, and you'll find a collection of them on Microsoft's website. [more…]

For Seniors: Using Windows Desktop Gadgets

Gadgets are little applications (such as a clock or a calendar) you can display as icons on the Windows 7 desktop. Using Windows gadgets, you can quickly check the weather, review your calendar, check [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Clock Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Clock gadget on your Windows desktop, you can easily keep track of time. The Clock gadget allows you to change clock styles and set different time zones if needed. A gadget, by the way, is a small [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Slide Show Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Slide Show gadget on your Windows desktop, you can display a continuous show of the pictures. The Slide Show gadget allows you to select the folder of pictures to use, the number of seconds to [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Puzzle Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Puzzle gadget on your Windows desktop, you can play a quick game and relieve mental stress. The Puzzle gadget displays a mixed-up picture; your job is to put it right again. You can even time [more…]

For Seniors: Add the CPU Monitor Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the CPU Meter gadget on your Windows desktop, you can track your laptop's performance. If your laptop is acting sluggish, the CPU Meter gadget can tell you if the CPU is working hard and if memory [more…]

For Seniors: Perform Calculations in a Microsoft Works Spreadsheet

Microsoft Works includes a spreadsheet program you can use to organize data and perform calculations. MS Works Spreadsheet can perform simple or complex calculations on the numbers you enter into a spreadsheet [more…]

For Seniors: Understand Microsoft Works for Your Laptop

Microsoft Works is a suite of multiple programs that often comes installed on Windows-based laptops. If your laptop includes MS Works, then you have a simple word processor, spreadsheet, database, and [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Microsoft Works Document

Microsoft Works includes a word processor for creating reports, letters, and such. The word processor in MS Works is simple to use; just create a new document and type some text. [more…]

For Seniors: Open an Existing Microsoft Works Document

After you create a Microsoft Works document and save it, you can open the file to add to or edit its contents, or to print it. With the Microsoft Works word processor, you can create anything from simple [more…]

For Seniors: Format Text in a Microsoft Works Document

You can format text in a Microsoft Works document in order to change how it looks. Format text to change its size, apply effects such as bold or italic, or change its font [more…]

For Seniors: Check Spelling in a Microsoft Works Document

Before printing or sharing a Microsoft Works document, you might want to spell check it. Although MS Works' spell checker won’t catch every error (if you typed sore instead of soar, for example, the tool [more…]

For Seniors: Change Page Setup of a Microsoft Works Document

The page setup settings in Microsoft Works' word processor determines such things the margin size and page orientation. Change page setup in MS Works when you first create a document, or anytime prior [more…]

For Seniors: Print a Microsoft Works Document

MS Works is a suite of programs often installed on laptops, that includes a word processor. Printing documents you create with MS Works is easy, and you can even make a few adjustments right before printing [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Spreadsheet with Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works includes a spreadsheet program you can use to organize data and perform calculations. Microsoft Works Spreadsheet uses a grid-like structure for entering data [more…]

For Seniors: Format Numbers in a Microsoft Works Spreadsheet

Microsoft Works Spreadsheet helps you to organize data and crunch numbers. You can format the numbers in a spreadsheet to look like currency ($23.50), display a specific number of decimal points [more…]

For Seniors: Apply AutoFormats to a Microsoft Works Spreadsheet

You can format the cells in Microsoft Works spreadsheet manually, or with an AutoFormat. AutoFormat applies a set of number formats, fonts, cell colors [more…]

For Seniors: View an Image in Windows Photo Viewer

Windows Photo Viewer enables you to view digital photos. You can also use Windows Photo Viewer to e-mail or print photos, burn (save) photos to disc, or display images in a photo slide show on-screen. [more…]

For Seniors: E-Mail a Windows Photo

One way to share the digital photos on your Windows computer is to e-mail them. Photos you want to e-mail are sent as attachments, which the recipient can then save on their computer to view or print. [more…]

For Seniors: Play a Slide Show of Windows' Photos

You can play a slide show of photos on your Windows computer, displaying each photo one by one automatically. Slides shows of Windows' photos can also be saved and edited, if desired. [more…]

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