dotTech » Windows Professional Technologians Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:02:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to customize hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts) on Windows [Guide] Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:01:37 +0000

Windows has various keyboard shortcuts, and you can also set up your own custom hotkeys. There are a few software packages that you can customize the keyboard shortcuts in Windows with. Among them is the freeware 7plus program for Windows, …

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How to hide or show taskbar with hotkey on Windows [Tip] Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:54:24 +0000

To hide the Windows taskbar, you would usually right-click on it and select Properties. Selecting the Auto-hide the taskbar option then removes it from the bottom of the desktop. However, with additional software packages we can toggle the…

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How to get Windows 7 taskbar-like on Windows XP and Vista [Tip] Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:50:01 +0000

Microsoft’s most notable addition to Windows 7 was perhaps the new taskbar. It gave us minimized window icons and options that pin programs to the taskbar. As the minimized windows are square, you can fit more of them on the taskbar. There…

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How to get a better Recycle Bin in Windows [Tip] Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:34:30 +0000

The standard Recycle Bin in Windows could have more options. For example, it doesn’t include a search box, JumpList support in Windows 7 or filter options to select items according to deleted time. However, RecycleBinEx includes all those…

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How to customize Alt + Tab switcher in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 [Tip] Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:30:39 +0000

This post covered how you can add a new Alt + Tab switcher to Windows. If you prefer to stick with the original Alt + Tab switcher, you can still customize it. With Alt + Tab Tuner you can adjust Alt + Tab switcher spacing, margins, thumb size etc.…

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How to add an uninstall option to Windows context menu [Tip] Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:59:12 +0000

To remove a program from Windows, you would usually select its uninstall wizard in the software’s folder, if it includes one, or remove it via the Control Panel. However, you can also remove software packages directly from their right-click…

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How to make Command Prompt transparent [Tip] Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:54:53 +0000

Microsoft have done little to revamp the Command Prompt window. Windows Aero adds transparency to the Command Prompt window border, but little else. However, with Glass CMD we can transform the Command Prompt’s window into a much more…

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Best slideshow software 2014: give life to your photos with 270+ cool effects thanks to SmartSHOW 3D Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:52:28 +0000

Photo slideshows have always been a hit with the public, and slideshow programs have made a significant progress by 2014. The best slideshow software is developing to offer more interesting and complex features, while remaining user-friendly.…

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How to customize Windows 7 toolbar [Tip] Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:08:21 +0000

The Windows Explorer 7 toolbar includes various option buttons to select from. You can add more options to the toolbar, or remove them, with suitable third-party software packages. Among them is the Explorer Toolbar Editor software.


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[Windows] Resize images using presets with Icecream Image Resizer Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:01:53 +0000

Most photo editors have a built-in photo resize tool but, what if you want to batch resize your photos using a pre-defined image size? Wouldn’t it be too troublesome for you to individually resize each photo just so you could upload them to …

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Useful hotkeys for Command Prompt in Windows [Tip] Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:42:00 +0000

The Command Prompt is DOS in a window. Those who make regular use of the Command Prompt should note that it has a variety of shortcut keys (hotkeys). The following are a few of the handy Command Prompt shortcut keys.


If you…

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How to get and save your system specs, for when you need troubleshooting help [Tip] Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:26:56 +0000

When you need help with a computer problem, one of the first things you will be asked for is your computer information (aka system specs). You can either go to System Information from Control Panel and manually copy down the information. Or you…

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How to get a transparent “glass” notepad to Windows 7 [Tip] Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:20:25 +0000

Aero transparency adds a little extra sparkle to windows in Vista and 7. However, the Notepad has very little transparency except around its borders. For greater transparency consider adding Glass Notepad to Windows Vista and 7.

Glass Notepad…

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How to change the window color in Windows 7 & Vista [Tip] Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:17:52 +0000

Windows Vista/7 window colors are open to customization. Both those platforms include a variety of options with which to customize their window colors. These are some of the options that you can select from.

Right-click on the Windows Vista…

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How to get Windows 8 Win + X menu on Windows 7 & Vista [Tip] Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:08:26 +0000

Windows 8 includes a Win + X menu that provides quick access to a variety of system shortcuts. For example, you can open the Device Manager, Task Manager, Command Prompt etc from the Win + X menu. You can also add this menu to both Windows Vista and…

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How to add software to My Computer right-click context menu [Tip] Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:04:24 +0000

There are various registry tweaks you can make to customize the Windows context menus. Adding software shortcuts to context menus is a great way to clear up cluttered Windows desktops. This is how you can add software shortcuts to the Computer…

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How to backup files and folders with Command Prompt in Windows [Guide] Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:59:04 +0000

Whilst you can back up your folders in Windows with third-party software, the Command Prompt also has backup options. Robocopy is a backup option that you can use from the Command Prompt. With it you can back up one folder to another destination.…

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How to batch uninstall software in Windows [Tip] Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:58:52 +0000

Windows really could do with a batch uninstall option. It would be an option that removes a batch of selected software package from Windows. Instead, we remove Windows software packages one at a time. But in this guide we will show you how to uninstall…

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How to add shut down, restart, log off and switch user options to Windows 7 taskbar [Tip] Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:50:23 +0000

You can pin almost anything to the Windows 7 taskbar. That includes the Windows 7 Start menu Shut down button. Thanks to the awesome JumpControl utility we can add a shutbutton to the taskbar from which to select its various options.


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How to stream YouTube videos from Android to PC [Guide] Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:22:50 +0000

Do you wish to know how to play the YouTube videos that you have on your Android device on your computer? Well, it’s not really that difficult to do. You just need to be aware of the correct process. So, if you’re all set, better proceed to the…

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How to close all open windows with one hotkey or shortcut in Windows [Guide] Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:53:38 +0000

When browsing files and folders, you might open multiple Windows Explorer windows. For a shortcut to close all those Windows Explorer windows, you can set up a hotkey that will close them. Although Windows doesn’t include options to…

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How to add Recycle Bin to My Computer [Guide] Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:32:47 +0000

This previous article told you how to add program and folder shortcuts to the My Computer window. However, you cannot add a Recycle Bin shortcut to the My Computer window as covered in that article. To add the Recycle Bin to the My Computer window,

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How to delete text from PDF files with PDF Eraser [Windows] Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:07:17 +0000

A file or document in PDF format can be easily viewed without requiring a particular type of software or application. As a matter of fact, you can view it directly on your web browser. It’s just that there’s also a downside to sharing such …

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3 powerful bootloaders to consider [Tip] Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:10:22 +0000

It’s about time we have the ‘talk’. The talk about Boot Loaders or as some call them Boot Managers. It is a very uncommon question and it has stumbled many of even the most savvy users. Truthfully, many people are unaware of…

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How to post photos on Instagram from PC [Tip] Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:40:32 +0000

There are different types of online and offline tools that you can use to view and download photos from Instagram. Now, what if you want to do the opposite? What if you want to directly upload your photos on Instagram using your PC? Is that even …

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How to copy and paste text in Windows Command Prompt [Tip] Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:44:10 +0000

The Command Prompt is MS DOS, the once prevalent operating system, in Windows. Those who use the Command Prompt to open software and files in Windows should take note of this tip. By selecting one option from the Command Prompt Properties window,…

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How to add new Start menu to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 [Guide] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:41:38 +0000

Are you searching for an alternative Windows 7 Start menu? Those with Windows 8 are probably just searching for a Start menu. Either way the freeware Start Menu Reviver 2 software adds a new Start menu to both Windows 7 and 8. With its tile-based…

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How to empty Recycle Bin with hotkey or one-click shortcut in Windows [Guide] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:35:10 +0000

The usual way to empty the Recycle Bin in Windows would be to click on its desktop shortcut, select File and Empty Recycle Bin. Or you could set up a keyboard shortcut that empties the Recycle Bin even if you do not have its window open. The only software

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How to upload photos to Instagram from a computer (laptop or desktop) [Windows, Mac] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:33:30 +0000

If, for some reason, you’re unable to use your smartphone or tablet to directly post photos on Instagram, then you can always look for alternative ways to do so. Speaking of which, Gramblr does the exact thing that you wish for. It lets you upload…

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How to frame photos with Microsoft Word Shapes [Tip] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:50:35 +0000

MS Word 2010/2013 has a variety of options for editing images. For example, you can select numerous frames to frame your fave photos from the software’s formatting tab. However, you can also frame your pictures with MS Word’s shapes.…

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How to create custom color scheme in Microsoft Office 2010 [Tip] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:36:44 +0000

By default MS Office 2010 has a blue color scheme. However, there are a couple of alternatives that you can select from. The alternative color schemes are silver and black.

To switch the default color scheme, open an MS Office application such…

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How to create a drop cap in Microsoft Word [Tip] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:12:39 +0000

Drop caps can be a great addition to any document. The larger size letters add extra emphasis to the document. They are usually used in newspapers and some magazines. Word 2007/2010 and 2013 all include drop cap options.

Open a Word document,…

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How to add random text (Lorem Ipsum) to Microsoft Word documents [Tip] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:08:24 +0000

Microsoft Word 2010/2013, and earlier versions, include a random text option. With that option you can add random text passages, of various sizes, to a Word document. However, it’s not an option that you select from the toolbar or menus.

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How to navigate open/save dialog box in Windows with keyboard [Tip] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:06:46 +0000

The open/save dialog box, in the shot below, is the window that opens when you click on File > Save As or Open in most software packages. There you locate document folder destinations. You can navigate this dialog box below with the keyboard

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How to add ligatures and stylistic sets to Word 2010 and 2013 OpenType fonts [Tip] Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:58:34 +0000

Microsoft added new font options to Office 2010. With those options you can further format certain fonts with OpenType ligatures and alternative stylistic sets. Here’s a quick look at Word 2010’s OpenType font options.

Note that Word…

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