July 9, 2013 |

Larger Text for Tired Eyes in Windows

If you’re finding it difficult to read things on your computer because they look a little small on your screen, there’s a quick way to remedy this in Windows 7.

1. Open the Start Menu in the lower left and select Control Panel.

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April 23, 2013 |

Use Your Own Photos for the Microsoft Windows Desktop

Would you like to make one of your personal photos your MS Windows background? Its easy, and here’s how in Windows 7.
004desktop picNote:  First make sure you have saved the desired photo somewhere accessible like the Pictures Library.

  1.   RIGHT click somewhere on your Windows Desktop.
  2.   Left click on Personalize (not my spelling!)
  3.  Click the Desktop Background icon and then click Browse to select the folder where you saved the picture, click OK once you have located it.
  4. Your photos are now displayed so you can easily choose the one you want. Click the photo you want to use and then choose click on Save Changes.
  5.   The photo now appears as your Windows desktop – don’t like it? Just follow all the steps and go back to choosing one of the default Windows desktops.

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December 27, 2012 |

Tame the Windows Taskbar

Windows Taskbar Options

Here’s a list of things you can do with your Windows taskbar:

Firstly right-click a blank area of your taskbar and select Properties. In the resulting window, make sure the “taskbar” tab is selected and you will see the following options:.

Lock the taskbar – bbviously named. If this is selected, you cannot re-size or move your taskbar. This is perfect for folks who find their taskbar on top of their screen one day and can’t remember why.

Auto-hide the Taskbar – great for the neat-freak who wants a perfectly blank desktop. Select Auto-hide and your taskbar with only  peek out when you mouse-over the bottom portion of the screen.

Use small icons – if you think the icons on your Taskbar are too big, then select this option.

Depending on which version of Windows you have, there may also be an option to relocate your Taskbar on the screen (you can also click, hold and drag your taskbar to a different place, too!) as well as a drop-down box to set whether or not open Taskbar buttons combine when more than one instance of the program is open.

May 1, 2012 |

Windows 7 Clock and Dates

Finding a date in Windows 7 is super easy – you just click the clock on the Taskbar and you get an easy readout of the month. And clicking the arrows moves on to the next (or previous) month…. but did you know that if you click on the name of the month…it goes back in sequential steps to show the whole year and even whole decades?

Return back to the present date by clicking the current date across the very top of the window.


 

 

 

April 12, 2012 |

Electronic PostIt Notes in Windows 7

Do you like to use Post It/sticky notes to remind yourself of tasks?  Well why not pop them directly onto your Windows 7 desktop:

Just type “Sticky Notes” into your Windows 7 Search Box (Located above your Start button) and hit Enter.

The Sticky Notes gadget will open up (it looks just like a PostIt note).

Next just type your list or note and you’ve got yourself an instant desktop resident reminder! You can even change the color by right-clicking and if you wish to another one, simply click the plus sign.

April 3, 2012 |

Quick Way to Open a Program Twice

If you are running Windows 7 you have a super easy way to open a second instance of a program:

Just hold down the shift key and then click the program’s icon – in our example below this is opening a second copy of Microsoft Word by shift clicking the Word icon on the Task bar.

 

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March 19, 2012 |

Show Menus in Windows 7

Windows 7 no longer shows a menu across the top of Windows Explorer, however if you prefer to have it on just follow these easy steps :

1.         Open Windows Explorer.

2.         Click on Organize.

3.         Click and Folder and search Options.

4.         Click the View tab.

5.         Select ‘always show menus’ and then click OK.

November 18, 2011 |

Arrow Keys and Windows 7

 

You can easily use cursor arrows to manipulate open windows in Windows 7 with these simple steps:Hold your Windows key ( the Windows key is the one located between your Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard and has the Windows logo on it).

  • Windows Key + Left Arrow – Snaps the current window towards the left side of the screen.
  • Windows Key + Right Arrow – Snaps the current window towards the right side of the screen.
  • Windows Key + Up – Maximizes the current Window.
  • Windows Key + Down – Minimises the current Window. Once the window is minimized, you need to click on it again if you want to access it.

September 20, 2011 |

Remove Programs from Start List

Do you like to have complete control over how your Start menu looks in Windows 7 and find there are programs on it that you prefer not see?

All you need to do is click your Start button, then right-click the Start menu program you no longer want displayed and then select Remove from this list from the pop out choices.

If you want a program back on the Start List, remember it is as easy as browsing through your programs, right-clicking on the required one and selecting  Pin to Start Menu to put it back on your list

August 24, 2011 |

Alt&Tab: The Fast Way to Scroll Through Open Windows

While this is an oldie but a goodie, not everyone is aware of the delights of using they keys Alt & Tab.Say you have many different programs running on your PC at the same time. You might have email (plus a number of open messages) running, a Web browser window open (even two different types at once, say Internet Explorer as well as Firefox), a Word document or two and perhaps ITunes playing your favorite song for good measure.

With all of that going action the easy way to move between all those open windows is to hold down the Alt  key and start pressing the Tab key.

Each  press of the Tab key moves you across to the next open window.  When you land on the one you want simply let go of the Alt key.

When you want to swap programs/open window again, just repeat the process. It’s a simple  you to keep track of everything you have running and easily juggle different tasks.