This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- 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 destktop 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? […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Do I Need an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)?
Do I Need an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)? I’m beginning to think that I really do…
For a lot of years, I kept UPS’s supplying power to all of my family’s computers. I was concerned over power outages and their impacts on the data structure on my hard drives.
I wasn’t concerned with power outages causing damage to the computers themselves, or even to the physical hard drives. I was concerned over the possibility of data corruption, especially if the computer was writing to the drive’s data structure table at the time the power went […]
- Mixing 32-bit and 64-bit Computers on the Same Network – and Resulting Printer Problems
I answered a question recently in a mailing list to which I subscribe. The person asking for help was having problems connecting their shared computer on a 32-bit Windows computer to their new 64-bit Windows 7 computer.
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Unfortunately, at least in my experience, a 64-bit driver won’t communicate to a shared printer through the a 32-bit computer. I suspect that Windows File and Printer Sharing (at least in Windows XP) simply isn’t programmed to receive and convert the signal from the 64-bit driver to the 32-bit for its internal handling.
When I first started using Windows 7, I was using it on my 32-bit notebook […]
- Disadvantages of a Notebook Computer
I’ve mentioned many times that, for a long time, my main computer was my notebook computer. Sure, I had a desktop computer, too, I just didn’t use it very much. I also have my home theater PC and a Linux-based file server for backup. But, my Dell Inspiron 8600 was the real workhorse.
In my article Why Buy a Notebook Computer? I wrote about making the decision on whether or not to buy a notebook computer — and when to go for the cheaper models.
But, first, let’s consider some of the limitations of a notebook computer, as compared to a typical desktop computer […]
- Customizing the Windows 7 Notifications Area
Windows 7 made a number of changes to the way that Windows worked. It also made some small ones — for example, the Windows Taskbar’s Status Area is now called the Notifications Area. No matter what we call it, it’s the area that is at the bottom right-hand corner of the monitor (in the default location of the Taskbar).
In the past, we could hide unused icons. We could also hide individual icons, if the individual program added that function to the icon it installed in the status area / notification area.
Windows 7 gives us more control, if we want to use it […]
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