This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- How To Create Your Own Windows Theme
One of the things I like about Windows 7 is the Windows Theme concept. A theme is a combination of Windows Desktop background images (including changing backgrounds every few minutes), sounds, screen saver, and even selection of the border color and transparency.
Microsoft has a large number of themes that you can easily download and use. Even better, you can make your own themes easily, using your own images and digital photos.
To create your own Windows 7 Theme, for your own use or to share with others, the steps are easy […]
- Making Windows Require a Password When Waking Up
Windows by default guides you to set a password for each account that you set up. It does not force you to set a password, though.
Even if you set a password, Windows will allow you to change your settings to automoatically log-on without having to enter your password. Some people like that. Others want to keep their computer more secure and require a password. […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Easy Access to Windows 7 Configuration Options
When you want to make a change to one of the settings in Windows 7, one of the challenges is to find open the Control Panel and then try to find where that setting is controlled.
Fortunately, Microsoft set up a feature that we can use, although they did not make it readily available for users. Why not? Because the easy ability to change settings could result in a mess, especially if a new user started making changes just to see what happened, or if a child were to play with the settings.
For the rest of us, […]
- 3D Printers Are Really Available!
I’ve read about 3D printers (3-dimensional printers!) for a couple of years. They always seemed super expensive and more of a laboratory toy or high-end specialty modeling tool.[…]
- Speed Up the Feel of Windows
Windows has all sorts of cute animations such as fading menus into view and out of view. Of course, all of these tricks take time — time that we’re waiting while we watch (or tolerate) Windows doing its thing…
Fortunately, the versions of Windows all the way back to Windows 3 offered ways to fine-tune those visual effects.
We can make our computers feel more snappy — and be more snappy, for that matter — by changing from the default visual effects.
The controls are found in different places in different versions. For a long time, they were found by right-clicking the desktop, choosing Properties, and then were an Advanced button on the Windows tab.
In Windows 7, you can access the controls most easily by […]
- Replacing or Adding a Hard Drive
Almost no matter what our initial thoughts were about an appropriate size for a hard drive, we tend to out-grow them. With today’s huge available hard drive sizes, as well as today’s programming practices, programs are becoming bigger and bigger as well as more bloated with "features" that no one uses.
Windows is getting bigger and bigger, too. Then, there are the audio files and video files that we record that swallow drive space in vast amounts (DVD-quality video takes 8 GB of drive space per hour of recording).
The basic question becomes "Do I replace my hard drive with a larger one, or just add another hard drive to increase my available storage?" My usual choice is […]
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