This week’s email newsletter article is:
- Hidden Gems in Windows 8
There are a lot of hidden gems — great tools and accessories — in Windows 8, but they’re hidden away from most users.
First, there’s the interface design problem. Microsoft wants you to use the built-in search tool in the tiled interface originally known as Metro and then Modern and now just known as the Start Screen, so all you have to do is to start typing your search term. That works really well when you’re in the tiled interface — as long as you know what you to search for… and that’s the basic problem.
If you don’t know what you need, and don’t know what’s available, how can you search for it? The Start Menu is great from that point — it’s an organized way to find programs and accessories.[…]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
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 […]
I’ve been using a freeware file & folder shredder for a while. Every once in a while, I need to delete a electronic file that has personal information in it, such as a purchase receipt or perhaps old tax information.
Rather than just delete the file, I want to totally wipe it from the drive, similar in concept to shredding a paper file so that it can not be recovered.
The tool I’ve been using has been one of the many freeware programs from Moo0, which is a group of Japanese developers. Moo0 FileShredder (Free) is easy to use, too. Just start the program, and then drag-and-drop the file(s) and folder(s) that you want to shred into Moo0 FileShredder’s Drop Box […]
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few months, you should be well aware that there’s a major change in Windows XP’s status coming soon.
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will discontinue support of Windows XP SP3, the final service pack version. Support for earlier versions of Windows XP (without any service pack, or with service pack 1 or 2) have already been discontinued.
So, what does end of support for XPSP3 mean? Especially, what does it mean to me?
It means that Microsoft will stop doing updates for Windows XP, even security updates […]
Longtime subscriber Mike G. wrote to ask about a hidden directory on his computer. One of the cleaner utilities reported temporary files in a directory he could not find:
When using "cleanup software", such as CCleaner, The analysis frequently shows temporary files from the internet at "T:\temp\Temporary Internet Files\IE5….".
However when I open the windows explorer, the furthest I can get is "T:\temp\Temporary Internet Files" and do not see any sub folders. I do have the "show hidden files" checked in the folder viewing options.
So, why do I not see them, and how can I fix things so that I do see them?
I am running Windows 7, 64 bit, sp1. […]
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