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How to Add or Remove Items from Send to Menu
When you right-click on a file's name or icon, you can select to send that file to any target listed in the Send to menu. But what if your desired destination is not in the Send to menu? Also having too many items in the menu slows down productivity. More ...

Turn Off Windows 7 Taskbar Preview Thumbnails
Taskbar Preview Thumbnails are those annoying huge windows that popup over your document when your mouse pointer drifts over the taskbar while you're trying to work. If they annoy you as much as they annoy me, here's how to get rid of them. More ...

Windows 7 - Five Ways to Move or Copy Files or Folders
At its core, the PC is a device for working with and storing files. Two common things done with files is to move them or to copy them. Did you know that Windows provides at least five different ways to copy or move a file or folder? More ...

Remove My Recent Documents from the Start Menu
When you open the Start menu, it provides a menu item to display a list of all the files that you have recently opened. Although this can be handy if you want to work on those files again, it can also allow others who use your computer to trace your activities. More ...

Create a Shortcut to Task Manager
Unfortunately, it's very common for a Windows application to fail to respond or start hogging your computers resources. You usually can't shut it down by normal means. You can use Task Manager to force the offending application to shut down. I believe Windows applications misbehave so frequently that a shortcut to Task Manger would be very useful. More ...

Configure Recycle Bin to Immediately Delete Files
When you delete a file in Windows 7 it's not really deleted. By default it's moved to a special hidden system binary file at the top of each drive. But what if you're one of those people who, when they say "delete" they really mean delete? More ...

Diable Windows CD/DVD AutoPlay
When you insert a CD/DVD disc into the drive, it begins playing music, running an application, or installing software automatically. This action id provided by a feature called AutoPlay. Some experienced Windows users find Autoplay annoying. For example, sometimes I don't know what's on a cd/dvd and I don't want programs executing without my express permission. More ...

Change the Default Program for a File Type
When you double-click on a file name on your PC's desktop or in Windows Explorer, a specific application opens to handle that file. These are the default programs for those file types. Windows determines which application to open for each specific file by its file association. More ...

How to Use Windows 7 Built-in Speech Recognition
If you're a writer, or do a lot of keyboard typing (like I do), you might be able so save yourself a lot of work by using Windows 7's built-in speech recognition. The question is, will speech recognition save you some work? More ...

How to Write Protect a File
Write protecting a file prevents anyone, including you, from editing or accidentally deleting the file. Follow the steps below to write protect a file. More ...

Change the Windows 7 Desktop Background
One of the most popular things for people to do when they get a new PC is to get rid of the PC manufacture's, or Microsoft's desktop background. Windows provides dozens of beautiful images that you can select as replacement for your current image. Or you can choose an image that you found on the Internet or shot with your own digital camera. More ...

Synchronize Your Computer's Clock With an Internet Time Server
Your computer keeps it's internal clock updated with a clock circuit and crystal oscillator on its motherboard. Crystal oscillators, although incredibly accurate, do tend to drift over time. For this reason, you may want to occasionally synchronize your computer's clock With an Internet Time Server. More ...