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Disable Cutesy Effects to Speed Up Windows XP
You need to decide whether you want to be entertained by Microsoft?s dog and pony show, or if you want to be productive. If you choose the latter, disable all the animations, slides, fades, shadows, and translucent effects that hog system resources. More ...

Add the Undo Button to File Explorer in Windows 10
One of the most important things any operating system should provide for the human user is an undo function. In Windows 10, you can add a button to File Explorer to undo an action, such as moving, renaming, or deleting a file. More ...

Make PDF eBooks Read Themselves Outloud
Maybe you're visually impaired, or maybe you're just tired of reading so much. Adobe's free Acrobat PDF Reader version 6 or higher has an accessibility feature for the visually impaired. More ...

Google Apps vs Office 365
Google Apps is an online version of Microsoft Office. You get access to a suite of online web apps that let you edit documents, create spreadsheets, build presentations and more all from your web browser, nothing to install on your computer. More ...

Headphones: earbuds, on-ear, over-ear. What's the Difference?
Some modern sound circuits support changing their output impedance to better match the type of headphone that you plug into your computer. More ...

Make Your USB Drive Work Faster
USB drives operate slower than the PC's hard disk drive. One reason for this is because many people remove their USB drive by simply unplugging it. This makes it unwise to use a write cashe with a USB drive. However in Windows 7 you can configure a write cashe for your USB drive. More ...

Change Your PC's Name
A computer might have a default name provided by the individual who built it, or you may have inherited the computer from a family member or from another employee who changed positions or left the company. The computer's name may no longer apply. Fortunately, it's very easy to change a computer's name. More ...

Save Ink When Printing
Because of Unmitigated price gouging, printer ink is very expensive. An ink cartridge for a low end HP printer, containing only one tiny ounce of ink, costs a mind boggling $30.00! However, most printers provide a mode that uses less ink to use when you don't need a high quality print. More ...

Backup Your Windows XP Activation Files
Windows degrades over time and eventually you will be required to reinstall Windows XP. When you try to reactivate Windows XP, you will receive the message "Our records show that this product has already been activated" and you'll be required to call Microsoft. This article shows you how to backup your activation files to avoid this annoyance. More ...

Uninstall Windows Media Player 10 and Start Enjoying Your Media Again
Windows Media Player 10 has been full of bugs from Microsoft since they offered it as a download from their site. Windows Media Player 9 was nice and simple. Windows Media Player 10 is way too complex and feature-rich that it has taken away from the simpleness of version 9 and ruined itself. More ...

How to Restore Files from File History in Windows 10
File History automatically makes a copy of every file in your Documents, Music, Photos, and Videos folders. It copies all the files on your desktop, as well. And File History automatically makes those copies every hour. More ...

Change Internet Explorer's Default Search Engine
In Internet Explorer version 7, Microsoft makes it real inconvenient to change to a different default search engine. In fact, to do it, you are required to go to a Microsoft webpage. Here's How to Change Internet Explorer Default Search Engine. More ...

Use ReadyBoost to Improve PC performance
ReadyBoost is a feature of Windows 7 that allows you to use a USB flash drive or a secure digital (SD) memory card as cache memory. When a removable memory device is inserted, Windows checks to see if it's fast enough to work with ReadyBoost. If so, you're asked if you want to use the device to speed up system performance. More ...