Easy Tricks using Windows

How To Find Your Computer’s Name

Posted on June 26, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows, Uncategorized |

You can try typing in Computer Name in the Start Menu’s run box.

If this doesn’t bring up the right application go to Control Panel> System> Advanced> Computer Name tab

This will tell you your Computer name and whether the machine is in a workgroup or a domain environment. A work group is loosely associated computers, each of which is its own security authority. A domain is a group of computers that is tightly connected. It has a single authority (domain controller) that manages security for all the computers.

It is especially important that you know your computer’s name in order to use the command prompt or other computer resources.

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What To Do In Case of System Failure

Posted on June 26, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows, Uncategorized |

Clicking on Control Panel> System> Advanced> Advanced> Startup and Recovery settings.

This section allows you to choose what to do in case of System Failure.

You should choose – Write an event to the system log, Send an administrative alert and decide if you want an automatic restart.

Startup and Recovery is mainly for people who want to have 2 operating systems on the same computer (ie Windows and Linux) – if you only want one don’t worry about this.

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Using Window’s User Profile Feature

Posted on June 26, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows, Uncategorized |

Type in User Profile in to the Start Menu’s Run box and select it.

Identify your User Profile.

You can select it and then either delete it (if its corrupt),

You can Change type (Can change to roaming if a user is on a network and wants their preferences to appear on any machine they work at on the network)

Copy To copies a profile from one user to another (an exceptionally well set up template for example) to provide a standard configuration for other users on the computer.

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How To Find Your Computer System’s Information

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows |

From the start menu click on Control Panel. The first thing I would suggest doing after double clicking on the Control Panel, is to switch from Category View to Classic View or Large Icons. This gives you a complete list of all of the possibilities.

Click on the System icon in Control Panel. This is where you can get the most information about your system. Click on Windows Experience Index and then click View and print detailed performance and system information. This tells you exactly what your computer system is and helps determine what you may want to upgrade.

Another way to get system information is to type in msinfo32 in the Start Menu’s Run box.

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Cool Things About the Actual Window in Windows

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows |

Learning about the actual window in Windows:

Did you know that you can close a program by double clicking on the little icon in the left upper corner of the window (called the Control box).

Try it! Of course you can minimize and maximize from here too.

Also, if you have several windows open and are not sure which one is the active window (the one that will register your keystrokes) notice the color of the title bar.

Clicking on one of the windows makes it the new active window- notice how the title bar changes color.

Also if you maximize a window it loses its border- a restored window always has a border and a square maximize button in the right top corner. Remember that minimized windows (using the minus sign in the right top corner) are temporarily invisible, but they are still running. Just click on the file in the task bar to restore.

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Restore Deleted Files- Use Windows Recycle Bin

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows |

Double clicking the Recycle Bin icon allows you to view the objects (files) that have been deleted.

The recycle bin holds the items until they are emptied from there.

By right clicking on the recycle bin icon you can see how much space is allocated for the bin.

Larger files that can not fit will be erased without warning.

If you want to retrieve a file you have deleted then drag the file from the recycle bin to where you want to restore it, or you can right click the file and select restore (to its original spot).

If you want to permanently erase files (bypassing the recycle bin) simply hold down the shift key as you delete the file.

If you have deleted a file accidentally- check the recycle bin before it gets emptied!

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Easily Copy and Move Files Between Drives and Directories

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows |

Make sure you have the My Computer or Computer icon  on your desktop (to add it right click in middle of your desktop choose >properties or personalize >desktop >customize desktop or change desktop icons > check boxes. In Windows Vista and 7  you can also add these icons and others by choosing Start> Control Panel> Appearance and Personalization, and then click Personalization. Choose Change Desktop Icons.

If you double-click the Computer icon it displays a list of all the disk drives installed on your computer. To easily copy and move files between drives and directories select Tools or Organize> Folders and configure folders to open in a new window. If you right click on the My Computer icon or in the start Menu and select Properties you can view your machine’s configuration and hardware.

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How To Make Older Software Programs /Applications Work In Newer Windows Operating Systems

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows, Uncategorized |

Cool trick:

 If you right click on the icon representing your software program/application you can choose properties and you might have a compatibility tab that allows for backward compatibility.

So if you are running an older application (software program) you can run it in the mode of an older version of Windows.

You can also change display settings as might be required for the application.

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Using Windows Power Options To Save Energy

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows, Uncategorized |

Save power on your computer by trying the following:

If you want to power down your computer when not in use you can click on Start>shut down> choose standby or sleep.

To awake from standy or sleep you just need to press any key on the keyboard.

However, if a power loss occurs during standby or sleep  you will lose any unsaved data.

To prevent this you can hold down the shift key while clicking standby or sleep- this will save any information currently in memory before putting it in the low power mode.

This  is called Hibernation. You resume the same way, but it will take a little extra time.

To control how your computer saves power right click on the middle of the desktop and choose Properties or Personalize then click on Screen Saver. 

Here you will find a button or link that will take you to the Power Options and you can configure them to your preference.

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Using Windows Run

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Easy Tricks using Windows, Uncategorized |

 The Run feature is available on the start menu.

You can use it to start programs that don’t have an icon on your desktop.

Simply type its name in the open field or browse for it.

 In Windows Vista and 7 there is not a Run button, but you can simply type in the run command in the box provided.

It is useful for troubleshooting.

Try typing in these useful commands:

cmd to get a command prompt

msinfo32 to get system information

regedit or regedt32 to edit registry

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