This week’s email newsletter article is:
- Windows’ "Open with" Trap
Windows has a great feature for handling unknown files — or even files that it does recognize.
When you right-click on the file, you can pick Open. If Windows has a program associated with that the file’s filename extension (e.g., .xlsx), it will open the appropriate program (e.g., Excel) and then open the file in the program.
But, if it doesn’t have an associated program for a file, you can still open the file in several ways […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
Remember the days of Windows 95, Windows 98 and even Windows XP — all of them benefitted from a fresh, clean reinstall occasionally.
Firetox does to. Sometimes, that seems to be the easiest, or only, way to solve a probem. So, when Firefox starts misbehaving, if you can’t solve it any other way, try a fresh, clean resinstallation.
There are a few steps, but most are aimed at being able to get back to the Firefox you had before. Although you could copy your Firefox profile and then use it, that’s probably where some of the issues are […]
Long-time subscriber Ed McDownell wrote recently that he was preparing an old computer for donation, and he wanted to wipe it clean:
I have an old XP machine that I plan to donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. It’s a good top end Lenovo ThinkPad and would run ok on the low end Windows 7 but I’m ready to dump it. I would like to format the hard drive and can’t seem find a way to do it. I know I could search the web but your advice has always been one that I could trust explicitly
Subscriber Steve Weiss wrote me to ask about Windows 7. The first question needs some images to make the process more clear (the other two are addressed in my article Windows 7 — How To Share a C: Drive):
I just installed win7 and it is so superior to vista. But i have a few questions:
1. How do I reorganize the start menu to create folders of categories of pgms (ie, multimedia would contain windows media player, vlc, etc)? […]
One of the subscribers to my free email Terry’s Computer Tips newsletter wrote to ask:
I just noticed that my 120gb external drive, which I have
partitioned into two drives does not seem to contain all the space it’s supposed to.
G: drive has a total of 78 gb available ( Used and free)
H: drive, contains a total of 21 gb available (used and free).
The difference is 21 gb which is a whopping amount of space
to be missing.
I could understand a few megabytes for allocation tables or
what-not, but 20 GIGA-bytes? […]
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