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Create Multiple Virtual Desktops Using Windows 10

How to Create Multiple Virtual Desktops Using Windows 10

How to create multiple virtual desktops using Windows 10, easy steps, virtual desktop keyboard shortcuts, and more.

Change Windows 8 Start Menu Icons

How To Change Windows 8 Start Menu Icons With Something Better

Instructions for changing ugly Windows 8 Start menu icons with better-looking icons.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Using the Windows Key

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1 Using the Windows Key

The table provides a useful list of some Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows key on the keyboard in conjunction with other keys.



Windows Key on the Keyboard

Where is the Windows Key on the Keyboard?

Find out where the Windows key is located, what to do if you don't have a Windows key, and what the Windows key is used for.

How to Set Windows PC Time and Date

How to Set Windows PC Time and Date

These step by step instructions show you how to set Windows PC time and calendar date as shown in the taskbar.

Show the Windows Taskbar Time and Date

How to Show the Windows Taskbar Time and Date

The following instructions are for how to show the Windows 7 taskbar time and date if it appears to be hidden in the taskbar notification area.

How to Move the Windows Taskbar

How to Move the Windows Taskbar

How to move the Windows taskbar to the top of the dekstop or the sides of the desktop.

How to Take Screenshots

How to Take Screenshots

Simple instructions to take screenshots, edit your screenshot image in Windows Paint, and change the format from BMP.

How to Make a Desktop Shortcut

How to Make a Desktop Shortcut

Making a desktop shortcut is really easy using these simple instructions.

How to Show a Computer's Processor Speed

How to Show a Computer's Processor Speed

Simple instructions to find your computer's processor CPU speed.

How to Show Hidden Files

How to Show Hidden Files

By default Windows may not show you hidden files. Just like the hidden file extensions there is an easy way to change this.

How to Change Windows File Extensions

How to Change Windows File Extensions

How to change Windows file extensions is simply a matter of manually adding the extension to the icon text label.

How to Show Hidden Windows File Extensions

How to Show Hidden Windows File Extensions

How to show hidden Windows file extensions is simply a matter of making a simple selection inside folder options.

Make My Family Photos Into a Slideshow Screen Saver

Make My Family Photos Into a Slideshow Screen Saver

Explains how to take your photos and make them into a slideshow on your computer's desktop.

Use Different Folder for My Slideshow Screen Saver Photos

Use Different Folder for My Slideshow Screen Saver Photos

Simple instructions for how use a different folder than the default My Pictures folder for displaying a photo slideshow screensaver.

Start Windows XP in Safe Mode

Start Windows XP in Safe Mode

Easy steps for how to restart Windows using Safe Mode.

Icon Names to Show Background Color of Desktop

Icon Names to Show Background Color of Desktop

Simple steps to maintain transparent icon backgrounds on your Windows desktop.

Fix Windows Icon Label Text Letters

Fix Windows Icon Label Text Letters

How to make desktop icons text label backgrounds transparent in Windows.

Use Windows Safe Mode Key

Use Windows Safe Mode Key

How to find and use the Windows Safe Mode Key F8 duting system restart.

My Computer Freezes Randomly

My Computer Freezes Randomly

Simple steps that can help fix your computer if it freezes randomly.

Show the Windows Taskbar When the Taskbar is Missing

Show the Windows Taskbar When the Taskbar is Missing

In most cases the taskbar is simply hidden but not missing. If you mouseover the bottom of your desktop you should be able to see the taskbar popup. If it does not popup and appears to be missing, check the Taskbar & Start Menu Properties Window using the steps listed.

How to Change Icon Size in Windows

How to Change Icon Size in Windows

How to easily change icon size in Windows using the following simple instructions to resize desktop icons.

Windows Icons Appear Too Big

Windows Icons Appear Too Big

Icons that are too big could either be fixed inside your Display Properties Appearance, or within Settings Screen Resolution.

How Do I Change Windows Screen Resolution?

How Do I Change Windows Screen Resolution?

Steps for Windows Display Properties Screen Resolution.

How Do I Run Windows in Safe Mode?

How Do I Run Windows in Safe Mode?

Explains the F8 Safe Mode Key on your keyboard while your computer starts up or during restart.

Fix Windows Error: The application failed to initialize properly 0xc0000142

Fix Windows Error: The application failed to initialize properly 0xc0000142

Error: The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142) Click on OK to terminate the application.

Show the Taskbar Clock

Show the Taskbar Clock

Easy steps to display the taskbar clock on Windows XP.

Remove Malicious Spyware Infections

How to Remove Malicious Spyware Infections

After successful removal of all malicious spyware from my computer, I not only feel more confident that my personal information is protected, but I also noticed a significant improvement in my computer's overall performance.

Disk Cleanup Windows XP

Disk Cleanup Windows XP

Disk cleanup combined with defragging your computer on a regular basis, are recommended to speed-up your computer's performance.

Disable Programs at Startup Windows XP

Disable Programs at Startup Windows XP

There are many reasons why it’s useful to disable programs at startup in Windows XP. For example if your computer is freezing up or you want to identify potential issues with system performance, then it’s sometimes helpful to turn off programs at startup as a part of the troubleshooting process. Other reasons for turning off programs could be to free up memory to increase system performance, or to simply eliminate potential conflicts that might arise. There are other reasons not listed here.

Show or Hide the Time/Clock on the Windows XP Taskbar

Show or Hide the Time/Clock on the Windows XP Taskbar

Inside the Windows taskbar there is a clock usually located to the very right corner of the display. ou can show or hide this clock by following these simple instructions.

How to Save Text Using Copy and Paste Commands in Windows

How to Save Text Using Copy and Paste Commands in Windows

It's often useful to save text using the copy paste command in Windows. The example article shows highlighted text. When you click + drag your mouse across text it changes appearance. While text is still highlighted press the the keyboard keys Ctrl + C to copy.

Using the Windows Print Screen Key

Using the Windows Print Screen Key

Learn how to locate and use the Windows Print Screen Key.

How to Find Text You Copied

How to Find Text You Copied

The copied text is actually stored in memory and in what Windows calls the Clipbook Viewer.

Convert GIF, PNG, JPG to Different Image Formats for Free

Windows: Convert GIF, PNG, JPG to Different Image Formats for Free

Steps are explained how to convert images for free using Microsoft Paint included with Windows XP.

Defrag Your Computer Hard Disk (Windows XP)

Defrag Your Computer Hard Disk (Windows XP)

Defragging your hard disk on Windows XP is recommended and should be done frequently. A new computer will tend to store all programs and files in one general area within the hard disk which allows it fast and efficient access to data. Over time as you install and remove programs from your computer, information becomes fragmented and it takes longer for your computer's read-write head to access the data on the hard disk drive.

How to Edit Registry in Windows XP

Windows: How to Edit Registry in Windows XP

To edit the Windows registry you need to run regedit. Simply click on the Start Button > Run. Then type regedit and click Okay. Once this is complete RegEdit should open. Regedit is a program used to edit the Registry in Windows XP.

How to Backup Registry in Windows XP

How to Backup Registry in Windows XP

Windows comes with a Backup utility but first you will need to locate or install it. Quick seps for backing up your registry.

MS Windows Hardware Tips

 
Dell XPS 8700 X8700-2500BLK

Dell XPS 8700 X8700-2500BLK Desktop Unboxing

The following is the unboxing of the Dell XPS 8700 X8700-2500BLK Desktop, an Amazon bought computer system. The XPS 8700 series is considered one of Dell's higher end, performance series desktop solutions.

How to Replace a CMOS Battery

Instructions How to Replace a CMOS Battery

Typically a CMOS battery will need replacement every 3 to 5 years. You will often notice when your CMOS battery needs replacement if Windows displays an incorrect date and time on the Windows taskbar clock.

Top 10 Best Gaming PC Mini-Towers

Top 10 Best Gaming PC Mini-Towers

The top 10 best mid-tower gaming PC cases based on an analysis of reviews collected from the Internet on January 5th, 2014.

The Best Gaming PC Case

Choosing The Best Gaming PC Case for Graphics Intensive Gaming

Why you need a gaming PC case for running games at ultra high graphics settings and how to choose the best gaming PC case based on your unique system requirements.

How Much RAM Your PC Has Installed

How To Find Out How Much RAM Your PC Has Installed

How to find more detail about your RAM like how many RAM / DIMM modules are installed in your PC and how much memory each RAM module has for Windows.