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Create a Search Folder

Question: I want to have some searches saved so that the search will operate more faster. And how do I create a search folder?

Answer: You can find files faster by saving your most common searches. (This tip is for Vista users)
1) Go to the Index Search Explorer in Windows Vista by clicking ‘Start‘.
2) Create a search by typing your query in the search box at the bottom of the Start Menu. As you type, files from a variety of locations on your PC appear that match your text.
3) Once the search is completed, on the toolbar click ‘Save Search‘.
4) In the File name box, type a name for the search, and then click ‘Save‘. The search is saved in the Searches folders, which you can open by clicking the Searches link in the Navigation pane.

November 2, 2007 at 11:05 am 10 comments

Why simple bundled Windows software is good

A lot of software is shipped with our operating system. I find the most comes from Windows XP. However, apart from all those junk trail software where you can’t really use them without purchasing them, there are actually quite a lot of really useful programs. Most of these useful ones are not third-party programs, they are from Microsoft. One great example is ‘Paint’. Paint comes standard with Windows 2000, XP and Vista. Although it does not offer any serious pro tools but it is very easy to use and is enough for a lot of purposes. I use Paint all the time for doing Print-Screens and then copying it into Paint and then do a bit of editing with Paint and sometimes with Windows Live Photo Gallery. You can also do this job is Adobe Photoshop. However, you will have to spend a few hundred bucks and for starters, Photoshop can be very complicated to use and learn. So if you are one of those people who write-off simple applications like Paint that comes standard with your PC, I want you to try using them for some simple purposes and see how you go. 

October 17, 2007 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2007

Question: Should I upgrade to Microsoft Office 2007? Is it a worthy upgrade? What should I know before I upgrade and is my computer capable to run it?

Answer: There wasn’t much difference between Microsoft Office 2000 and 2003/XP. The user interface was very similar and only slight improvements in functionality. However, Office 2007 is a big change. In fact I think it is the only Office suite that is worthy to upgrade. Personally, yes, I do think you should upgrade. But please make sure that you qualify for the system requirements. I personally recommend 1GB of RAM and a minimum of 10-15GB of space hard drive space.
However, if you are a happy with what you have and don’t need anything more, you don’t have to upgrade. But I do recommend you to take Office 2007 for a test drive. This test drive is not a trail and you do not have to download anything. The free test drive is an online version of Office 2007 in which you can learn and test out the features and what you can do. This is the best way to determine whether you should upgrade or not. Click HERE to take the test drive.

October 3, 2007 at 8:41 am 3 comments

Review History of Installed Windows Updates

Question: How can I see a list of the Windows Updates I have already installed on my computer?

Answer: You can view a history list of the installed Windows Updates by doing the following:

Windows Vista: 1) Open Windows Update by clicking on the Start Button. Click on ‘All Programs‘ and then ‘Windows Update‘.
2) In the left sidebar of the Windows Update window, click ‘View Update History‘. There, you will be able to see a list of all Windows Updates installed.

Windows XP 1) Open Internet Explorer and click on ‘Tools’. Int he drop-down menu, click on ‘Windows Update’.
2) Wait for the wait to load and then choose ‘Custom‘. Wait for the page to load. Then in the left sidebar, click on ‘History‘.

October 1, 2007 at 1:56 am 2 comments

See calender with one click

Question: In order to save time, I want to have a look at the calendar with one or two clicks. Hoe can I do this?

Answer: There are two ways in which you can do with Windows Vista.

Method 1 – Just click on the time figure located at the right side of the Task bar. This is the best option.
Clock 1
Method 2 – Place a calender widget on your Vista sidebar. (To see how to add a widget, click HERE) To quickly view the sidebar just click on the sidebar icon in the Current running program icons. See picture below.
Running programs icons 1

September 29, 2007 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

Add widget to Vista Sidebar

Question: How do I add a widget to my Vista Sidebar?

Answer: To add a widget, click on the small plus/add button located at the top of the sidebar. In the pop-up window, you will see a range of commonly used widgets. To add a widget, double-click the widget.

NOTE: If there is a widget that you want that is not there, click the ‘Get more gadgets online‘ link. This will direct you to Windows Live Gallery which is a service where you can select different widgets for Vista and also other Windows Live Services.
vista widgets menu

September 29, 2007 at 9:27 am 5 comments

Drag widgets off sidebar to desktop

Question: How do I make a widget on the Windows Vista sidebar to appear on my desktop instead of on the sidebar.

Answer: To do this, you simply just drag the widget to anywhere on your desktop. It is very simple. Take a look at the screenshot below.

sidebar widget to desktop 1

September 29, 2007 at 8:44 am Leave a comment

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