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Where Did My Recycle Bin Go?
With the Recycle Bin, you can easily restore a file that you deleted. So you might agree that the Recycle Bin is an important utility to have on your desktop. But the Recycle Bin has been known to disappear from the desktop on occasion. Here's how to restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop. More ...

Display Control Panel Utilities in Windows 7 Start Menu
A quicker way to access Control Panel utilities is to configure the Start menu so that the individual Control Panel utilities appear in a sub-menu to the Start menu Control Panel menu item. More ...

How to Add and Remove Desktop Gadgets
Gadgets are little applications that you can place on your PC desktop. Some of them are gadgets that get information from your Internet connection, like stock quotes, news headlines, or whether information. Other gadgets get information from your computer, like the time, CPU utilization, or memory utilization. Many are just games. More ...

Disable Windows 7 Start Menu Display of Most Recently Opened Files
Windows 7 displays in the Start Menu lists of all recently opened files and applications. This allows you to quickly re-access those files and applications. But if you don't want others to know your PC use history, you may want to disable this feature. More ...

How to Deal With a Windows Firewall Alert
You'll see a firewall warning because you're using a new program that accesses the Internet, or because something sneaky is trying to access the Internet or get into your computer from the Internet. In either case the firewall will give you a warning. More ...

How to Repair a Damaged Excel File
Excel worksheets can get corrupt or damaged at any point of time. Just imagine working on important financial figures and power goes off. And when power comes back, you cannot access your worksheet or the excel file fails to open. Now what to do? More ...

Capture the Computer's Screen With the Print Screen Key
Have you ever wanted to keep a picture of your computer's screen or an application's window to show to someone else? This is amazingly simple to do. On the top row of keyboard keys, near the right side, you'll find a key labeled Print Screen. More ...

Turn Off the User Account Control
Although the User Account Control protects your system from hackers, there are situations where it's just an annoyance, for example if you're not connected to the Internet, or if you're trying to troubleshoot your computer. More ...

Increase Windows 7 Notifiction Display Time
By default a Windows 7 notification message appears for 5 seconds and then slowly fades away. It requires more than 5 seconds for me to fetch a cup of coffee and return to my PC. I may well have missed a notification message while I was gone. Fortunately it's very easy to increase the notification display time. More ...

Disable Taskbar Button Grouping
Have you ever had difficulty finding a window because its taskbar button was grouped with other window's taskbar buttons? You can easily prevent this annoyance. More ...

Put a Shut Down Button on Your Desktop
Regardless of which version of Windows you use, it requires several steps to shut the system down. It's like this frustrating system won't let you go without one final bit of frustration. Well, you can reduce shut down to one step by placing a Shut Down shortcut on your desktop. 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 ...

How to Determine if You have 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7
Knowing whether you have a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system is important because 64 bit drivers will not work with a 32 bit operating system and if you have a 64 bit operating system, your computers performance will improve greatly if you use 64 bit applications and drivers. More ...