This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Windows 7 Power Options – When to Sleep and the Power Button
Windows 7, like earlier versions of Windows, has power-saving functions built into it and already activated by default.
For example, after a short period of time, the built-in screensaver will kick into operation. Not too long after that, the monitor will go blank to conserve electricity. Similarly, and again by default, Windows will power down the hard drive(s). Finally, Windows will put the computer to sleep. At that point, the computer’s motherboard is still awake. The computer will awaken if you press a keyboard key or move your mouse.
Fortunately, Microsoft also added features that allow us, as the users, to change when and if our computer powers down or sleeps. […]
- An Additional 1GB Download Required?
Subscriber Richard Fuller wrote from New Zealand with a question about an unusual requirement in a program he wanted to use:
I’m confused and hope you can shed some light. Using Macrium Reflect imaging software I wish to create a rescue disc, but the programme tells me it needs to download 1GB or more of the Windows Automated Installation Kit.
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- HOWTO: Removing Carriage Returns (Line Breaks, Form Feeds) from Documents
I wrote the original version of this article in June, 2007. This week, I’m expanding an article from mid-2007 —it seems that a lot of people want to remove carriage returns (form feeds) from their documents!
I bet that the most common time is when people want to forward an email that’s already been forwarded a couple times. The original email inserted carriage returns after 72 (or so) characters on a line. Then, when the email gets forwarded, each email program doing the forwarding inserts “> ” at the beginning of each line, so they get longer and longer, and get wrapped at column 72 again and again.
I had answered a question about Notepad++, a really nice — and free — text editor that’s designed for programmers of any type (but is much better than the regular Notepad for everyone).
[The article is continued below...]
The question was […]
- Turning on System Restore in Windows XP
By default, System Restore is turned on in Windows XP. If you have multiple hard drives, System Restore will grab 10% of each hard drive for its “restore point” storage.
Some people do not like System Restore or do not like it reserving large portions of their hard drive. Sometimes they turn off System Restore (which you can do for each individual hard drive partition) and sometimes they reduce the amount of space it can use.
There is another time you should turn off System Restore, at least temporarily. When you turn off System Restore for a drive, that act deletes all of the restore points for that drive. Then, you can turn it back on.
So, why would you want to do that? […]
- Opening a File with a Program Other Than It’s Default Program
New subscriber Debi wrote with a question that was specific to a particular type of file and two applications (programs) that could open it. However, it could easily have been any other file type that is recognized by multiple programs, so this becomes an important concept:
I’m wondering how I can use either plain PDF sometimes rather than PDF Converter Professional. Is there a way to choose. Thanks!
- Solving the Wandering Icons Problem
Subscriber Carolyn wrote to ask for help solving a problem on her Windows 7 desktop computer — her desktop icons would not stay where she put them…
Terry, I enjoy your website very much! I have a Toshiba laptop and use Windows 7.
I have all my icons on my desktop the way I want and each time I turn on my computer, they are not in the order I want them. I tried going to View etc,but it still moves things.
Do you know a solution? […]
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