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Right-click within a dialog box to gain access to a variety of file management tasks

One of less than obvious tools Windows offers is the right-click menu within file dialog boxes. Give it a try: open an application and then press Ctrl-O or click the Open icon to display the Open dialog box. Right-click any of the files or folders displayed in that dialog and you’ll see a context menu pop open.

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There’s no need to squint to view the icons on your desktop, you can resize them on the fly: Click an empty space on the desktop then hold down the Ctrl key and roll your mouse wheel forward to increase the icon size, backwards to decrease the size. This doesn’t change the size of the […]

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To quickly copy all the files in a folder in Windows 7 or Vista: Open the folder. Right-click the breadcrumb bar and select Copy Address. Minimise the open folder, right-click within another folder or on the desktop and choose Paste from the pop-up menu. A copy of the folder and all its contents will be […]

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The Send To option has always been one of Windows’ handiest shortcuts. It lets you copy a file – or a folder full of files – to another folder without having to navigate your way to that destination folder. Send To also lets you quickly upload, email or open a document. To use Send To, […]

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Display the Control Panel in My Computer

The Control Panel centralises access to Windows’ multitudinous settings. From the Control Panel you can adjust and tweak Windows’ appearance, performance, network connections, hardware settings and a whole lot more. While many of the settings in the Control Panel are also accessible in other ways – for instance, you can change the desktop appearance by right-clicking […]

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Why defrag?

Published on 03/02/2010 by in Pre-7 Windows, Windows

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Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows XP come with a collection of house cleaning tools, including ScanDisk, Disk Defragmenter and Disk Cleanup, to help keep your disk in peak working order. Why should you bother with the housework? A couple of reasons. First, disks are hard working, mechanical devices and, like all mechanical devices, prone […]

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In the olden days – about 15 years ago when Windows 95 first arrived on the scene – creating a home network was a fearsome task reserved for the knowledgeable or the courageous. That’s no longer the case. Windows XP makes setting up a network easy. The toughest part of the deal is physically installing the […]

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We all know cats have nine lives, but did you know files have three? When you create a file, it has its first bite at existence, an existence which continues until you, in your casual god-like manner, delete it. Deleting the file isn’t the end, though. All you need to do is open up the […]

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Customising Windows

Published on 02/28/2010 by in Pre-7 Windows, Windows, Windows 7

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Windows is malleable. It’s designed to be tinkered with, adjusted, customised. When you first run Windows – whether it’s Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP or even an earlier version – what you see is Microsoft’s idea of how the operating system should work and look. You don’t need to settle for that. In fact, you […]

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