This week’s email newsletter article is:
- Add a Shutdown Icon to Windows 8.1 Desktop
One of the first things I do with any new Windows computer is to get the Desktop working the way that I wanted. This was one of the major reasons I stayed away from Windows 8 until Windows 8.1 was pre-installed. Fortunately, Windows 8.1 Update was promptly available after I bought my notebook, so I was able to get its additional enhancements for Desktop users.
As I previously wrote, I added a Windows Start Button program, which gave me the Start menu functions that were missing from the Desktop. It’s easy configuration options also let me set Windows 8.1 to boot to the Desktop (I know that 8.1 could already boot to the desktop, but you had to go looking for the way to make the change).
The things I set up on all the Windows computers, customizing things that are not solely Windows 8 issues, are Shutdown and Restart/Reboot icons on the Windows Desktop.
I don’t like to […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
Subscriber Tim S. wrote about an oft-frustrating error in Excel. It’s not that an occasional error is aggravating. The problem is when you’re building a spreadsheet into which you’ll enter or paste data at a later time.
The calculations that try to use those cells that are currently blank, will often display Excel errors, such as the ones about which Tim wrote:
First let me say I love receiving this!!
Do you give tips on excel spreadsheets? I keep having “#VALUE!” appear in cells if and when the range of cells within the formula are blank. Is there a shortcut or tweak I can add to the formula […]
Subscriber David H. had a strange problem, or at least one that always seems strange when it happens to you:
Have a really weird situation on my XP machine — Outlook Express. Started last week — when I use spell check, the language is French?!?!?!
I went up to :
Tools-Options > Spelling
and sure enough, it is defaulted to French. When I use the drop down button, the only choice I have is French.
How could such a weird situation take place? […]
ew subscriber David wrote to ask if deleting a file really removed it from the hard drive.
I am new to your emails. Enjoy. My question is this:
I routinely delete personal files from time to time.
Someone told me that deleting files do not actually clean off the hard drive, the "system"” simply puts a character in the front of the name so that it does not show; folks (with knowledge) can go in and find all the deleted files and reconstruct […]
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. […]
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