This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Solving Weird Windows Problems
Sometimes, a Windows 7 computer will simply get confused. Reboots don’t solve the problem. All the pertinent program, networking and firewall configurations are right. But Windows just doesn’t work right — and functions that DID work don’t work now.
Such was the case with my wife’s PC recently. She’s running Windows 7 Professional on her computer, just as I am on all my other computers except my notebook and a cheap PC I’m using as a home theater PC client (both of which run Windows 7 Home).
The strangeness, in this case, had to do with networking. […]
- Choose the Programs that Windows Uses by Default
Windows 7 provides an easy way for you to select which programs it uses by default for which file types. It’s much more flexible in this regard than the selectors in earlier versions of Windows.
To get to this dialog box, start with the Control Panel. Then, assuing you’re viewing the Control Panel by Categories and not by Icons, click on the header Programs. Within the resulting dialog box, click on Default Programs.
You’ll see the following […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Adding the Run Command to the Windows 7 Start Menu
One of the things I’ve really missed with Windows 7 has been the Run command on the Start button’s menu.
The Run command has been available via the Start button’s menu for a lot of versions of Windows — but not for Windows 7.
- What’s a PDF and Why Do I Need One?
As I wrote in my weekly email newsletter, one of my subscribers wanted to know about a free program to let him fill in PDF forms.
The Portable Document Format (PDF) was created by Adobe to be a cross-platform document display tool. Whether the user is using Windows, Mac, Linux or some other operating system, if they are using Adobe Reader to read a PDF file, the displayed document will look the same. I wish we could say that about word processors, spreadsheets and presentation software…
Adobe had the sole control of the PDF world for a long time, with their free Adobe Reader program (originally called Adobe Acrobat Reader) and their flagship product Adobe Acrobat, which created the PDF files.
In today’s world, […]
- Control Panel Icon View vs Category View
In the earliest days of Windows, the Control Panel was only available with icons for the individual Control Panel applications. However, that changed with Windows XP.
Windows XP offered the option to show the Control Panel in a "Category" view. I fact, WinXP, Vista and Win7 default to the Category view of the Control Panel.
Windows also allows you to change back to the Classic View (icon view). Windows 7 goes further and drops the term Classic view to give the three alternatives of Category, Large Icons and Small Icons.
The main advantage of the Icon views is that you can usually jump directly to the topic that you want. However, that can also cause some problems […]
- A Look at ClickBook
ClickBook? That’s a funny name, but it’s the name of a neat little program that I use several times a week.
One of ClickBook’s primary functions is to create PDF files. When you install ClickBook, it sets up a couple pseudo-printer "devices" that programs recognize as actual printers.
However, if you print to the ClickBook Printer, the software printer actually captures the output and stores it in ClickBook’s working memory. So far, this is like every other PDF-printer software I’ve found, including Adobe Acrobat. At this point, all of them allow you to save the output as a PDF file. Some, but not all, will allow you later to combine multiple prints into one file. However, ClickBook does it in one step.
The difference and major benefit of ClickBook is that it allows you, […]
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