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13 ways to use “Run as administrator” in Windows 10

In Windows 10, knowing how to run programs as administrator is very important. By default, apps and games in Windows 10 run without administrator permissions, to prevent unauthorized changes to your system. However, there are times when some programs require administrator permissions to work properly or to run specific commands. …

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7 ways to switch the user in Windows 10

Most people are not the only users of their computers and devices. Whether you have a little brother or sister, or one of your grandparents wants to experience the world of technology, they could cause real damage to your operating system because they are not familiar with your devices. That …

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7 best locations where you can download safe free fonts

Fonts are often underrated: although they can completely overhaul the way your documents, presentations, or websites look, many people do not consider them essential. However, looks usually have a significant impact, sometimes even more than your content, regardless of whether you like it or not. The good thing about the …

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4 ways to align text in Microsoft Word

One of the essential things about formatting text in any word processor is the ability to align text. Fortunately, whether you need to align pieces of text to the left, to the right, or center it on the page, Microsoft Word lets you do that easily. To make things even …

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10 ways to open the Device Manager in Windows 10

Device Manager is a useful tool that allows you to do things like: find unknown hardware devices, update drivers, disable hardware components from inside your computer, and so on. To use it, you must first know how to open it. To help you, we have compiled ten methods that you …

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The Complete Guide to the Windows 7 Start Menu

The Start Menu is one of the elements which remained unchanged for many versions of Windows. Windows Vista was the first to introduce some major redesign choices, some more inspired than others. Windows 7 marks another evolution but, this time, changes are more subtle. There are a small number of …

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How to Work with Desktop Gadgets in Windows 7

Desktop Gadgets are not something new to the Windows world. They were first introduced in Windows Vista, where they were fitted on the Windows Sidebar. Even if the idea itself was good, it didn’t have the success it might have deserved. With Windows 7, Microsoft slightly redesigned this feature and …

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Top 7 Desktop Gadgets for Windows 7

In my previous article, I have shown ow to work with Desktop Gadgets. Now it is time to continue this subject and share a list with the top 7 desktop gadgets you should install on your Windows 7 computer. They cover different functionality and I’m certain many of them will …

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How to Fix Windows 7 using Startup Repair

Windows 7 offers by default some interesting tools designed to help you fix certain system problems. I will continue the mini-series on the subject of recovery tools and show how to use the Startup Repair tool to scan and fix Windows 7 boot problems. What does Startup Repair do? Startup …

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How To Use the Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter

In Windows 7, Microsoft modified the inner-workings of the defragmentation process and redesigned the graphical interface of the Disk Defragmenter tool. This version provides great control over the process and, like previous versions, allows the scheduling of run times. To learn more about what defragmentation is and how to use …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Inside Out

You might have noticed our Windows 7 Inside Out give-away. Before we give the book as prizes, we’ve thought it would be good to also review it, so that our readers know more about what they will get. Therefore, this article will look in detail at Windows 7 Inside Out, …

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Restore Your Windows 7 System Using a System Image

We will continue the series of articles about Backup and Restore features and show how to restore your system by using a previously created system image with Windows Backup. How to Restore your System when Windows 7 still Boots When your computer stops working, you can use a system image …

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Connecting Remotely to a Windows 7 Desktop from Mac OS X

Computers running Windows XP Professional and certain versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 (nearly every version except Home, Basic and Starter) can be controlled remotely via the Remote Desktop Connection protocol. This allows a remote user to log in to the Windows-based computer and control it as if he …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Step By Step

Have you ever wished someone could explain Windows 7 in small steps so that you could be sure you grasped one concept before moving on to the next? Would you like to have a book that serves as both a tutorial and a reference to Windows 7? Microsoft Press has …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Up and Running

Are you just starting out with Windows 7, after having used another version of Windows? Would you like a compact book that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and explains just about everything someone encountering Windows 7 for the first time needs to know, without talking down to …

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Book Review – Windows 7 The Definitive Guide

When you have the words ‘definitive’ and ‘ultimate’ on the cover, and when a book begins with ‘Everything you need to know about Windows 7 is right here’, it’s quite normal to start the reading session with very high expectations. Now, let’s see if Windows 7 The Definitive Guide, by …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Annoyances

Has there ever been an operating system that wasn’t annoying? From the day I first used a keypunch machine to make cards for a wheezy old IBM mainframe, through the bizarre syntax used by Commodores, through CP/M’s “you don’t have to be a programmer to get this, but it helps” …

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Book Review – Windows 7, The Missing Manual

Have you ever walked through a bookstore or a public library and wondered why there are so many books that try to explain software and hardware? There’s definitely a reason for that. The printed manual is, for the most part, extinct. And people still want to know how things work. …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Plain & Simple

Never has this happened to me before: I start to review this book and I have the final verdict clearly shaped into my mind after only 3 minutes. Ironically, that only made the task more difficult, as I had to make a great effort to lose the preconception, stop thinking …

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Book Review – Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple

If you’ve been reading my reviews, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of the printed software manual and not at all enthusiastic about help files and manuals in.pdf format. And I’ve mentioned that Microsoft’s manuals used to be among the best. Microsoft’s printed manuals are no …

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Getting Started with Windows 7’s Tablet Input Panel

The Tablet Input Panel is a Windows 7 program that looks simple, but is actually quite sophisticated. Fortunately, as with most Windows 7 built-in software, even with its many options it’s very easy to use. You’ll find it in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. Like Windows Journal, …

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Training Tablet Input Panel to Work Even Better

In a previous tutorial, we talked about Tablet Input Panel’s handwriting recognition capabilities. If you’ve experimented, you’ve found that it works remarkably well on nearly all handwriting. But if it doesn’t quite understand how you write, or if you just want to make sure Tablet Input Panel works correctly every …

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Book Review – Windows 7 for Dummies

There’s a saying that goes something like “To err is human. To really mess things up requires a computer.” I think just about anyone who’s ever used a computer has occasionally felt like, well, a dummy—especially when confronted with something that only makes sense to computer programmers or high-level hardware …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Visual Quick Tips

Not everyone learns best in the same way. Some people like to see demonstrations. Some people like to have someone else explain new concepts. Some people like to read instructions and see everything laid out in illustrations. Since I’m in that last group, I’ve always been a fan of the …

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Managing Downloads in Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 brought plenty of changes, including a new interface for downloading files and managing them. Therefore, this tutorial will explain how downloading works in Internet Explorer 9, how to access and manage downloaded files, clear your download history and change the default download folder. Last but not least, …

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