dotTech » Windows http://dottech.org Professional Technologians Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:53:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 How to adjust desktop icon spacing in Windows Vista/7 [Tip] http://dottech.org/171139/how-to-adjust-desktop-icon-spacing-in-windows-vista7-tip/ http://dottech.org/171139/how-to-adjust-desktop-icon-spacing-in-windows-vista7-tip/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:53:10 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171139

If there are lots of icons on your desktop, you can add more space by reducing the icon spacing. You can adjust the spacing between the desktop shortcut icons on both the Windows Vista and 7 platforms. Those platforms have options for both vertical…

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How to display Windows 10 Store apps in full-screen mode [Tip] http://dottech.org/170809/how-to-display-windows-10-store-apps-in-full-screen-mode-tip/ http://dottech.org/170809/how-to-display-windows-10-store-apps-in-full-screen-mode-tip/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:49:57 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170809

One of the greatest and long-awaited features Windows 10 brings is that Windows Store apps run in windowed forms just like legacy Windows desktop applications. They have a tittle bar and even three buttons: minimize, maximize, and close.…

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How to enable the Charm Bar in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/169638/how-to-enable-the-charm-bar-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/169638/how-to-enable-the-charm-bar-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:35:24 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169638

As you are experiencing all the features in Windows 10, you’ll probably try to compare and contrast Windows 10 and Windows 7/8. You can tell that Microsoft made improvements on top of the features from Windows 8. In Windows 8, as you …

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How to use the new snap feature in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/170346/how-to-use-the-new-snap-feature-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/170346/how-to-use-the-new-snap-feature-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:32:10 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170346

Windows snapping is a great feature introduced in Windows 7. It allows you to snap two windows to each half of the screen so you can drag and drop files or compare information between them. This feature basically stays the same in Windows …

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How to hide the scroll bar in MS Word 2007 [Guide] http://dottech.org/170597/how-to-hide-the-scroll-bar-in-ms-word-2007-guide/ http://dottech.org/170597/how-to-hide-the-scroll-bar-in-ms-word-2007-guide/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:27:36 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170597

In a previous post, you’ve learned an interesting trick on how to customize MS Word 2007 to make it appear like a minimalist text editor. It’s a great option for users who just wish to focus on their writing without any distractions. Now, …

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How to split or cut MP3 files [Tip] http://dottech.org/170892/how-to-split-or-cut-mp3-files-tip/ http://dottech.org/170892/how-to-split-or-cut-mp3-files-tip/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:43:41 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170892

Another dotTech article told you about how to merge MP3 files. You can also do the opposite and split MP3s up into smaller files. MP3Splitter is a freeware package that you can add to Windows to split MP3 audio files.

Open this page and click the…

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How to highlight and drag without holding the left mouse button in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/170777/how-to-highlight-and-drag-without-holding-the-left-mouse-button-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/170777/how-to-highlight-and-drag-without-holding-the-left-mouse-button-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:02:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170777

To select text to copy, you would usually press and hold the left mouse button when dragging over it. However, you can highlight and drag without holding the left mouse button. Windows has a ClickLock option that enables you to hold the left mouse…

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How to remove redundant texts from documents in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/170644/how-to-remove-redundant-texts-from-documents-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/170644/how-to-remove-redundant-texts-from-documents-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:58:14 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170644

If you have a document filled with redundant characters and empty spaces, Text Cleanser could be an ideal package to remove them with. Text Cleanser is a freeware utility that deletes redundant characters. With the program you can quickly …

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How to put a background in MS Word 2007 [Tip] http://dottech.org/170482/how-to-put-a-background-in-ms-word-2007-tip/ http://dottech.org/170482/how-to-put-a-background-in-ms-word-2007-tip/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:53:57 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170482

By default, your MS Word document has a white background. Now, what if you want to customize its background? Like, for example, you want to change the background by uploading your own image? Is that possible? Well, it is.

If you still do not know…

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How to adjust the number of recent items to display in Windows 7 Jump Lists [Tip] http://dottech.org/170677/how-to-adjust-the-number-of-recent-items-to-display-in-windows-7-jump-lists-tip/ http://dottech.org/170677/how-to-adjust-the-number-of-recent-items-to-display-in-windows-7-jump-lists-tip/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:07:26 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170677

Jump Lists were one of the great new additions to Windows 7. With the Jump Lists you can open application files directly from Start menu software shortcuts. The Jump Lists include a list of recent items from which you can open documents and images…

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How to embed a YouTube video in MS Word 2007 [Tip] http://dottech.org/170479/how-to-embed-a-youtube-video-in-ms-word-2007-tip/ http://dottech.org/170479/how-to-embed-a-youtube-video-in-ms-word-2007-tip/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:01:26 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170479

In a previous post, you’ve learned how to add a YouTube video to PowerPoint. This time, you’re going to learn how to embed a YouTube video in MS Word 2007.

So instead of just providing a link and a screenshot, you can directly embed the YouTube…

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How to switch back to Google from Yahoo in Firefox [Guide] http://dottech.org/170710/how-to-switch-back-to-google-from-yahoo-in-firefox-guide/ http://dottech.org/170710/how-to-switch-back-to-google-from-yahoo-in-firefox-guide/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:00:27 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170710

One of the ways web browsers make money is by selling their default search engine spot (aka the search engine a web browser is configured to use out-of-the-box) to the highest bidder. For the longest time, that highest bidder was Google for Firefox…

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How to make Microsoft Word into a minimalist word processor [Guide] http://dottech.org/170550/how-to-make-microsoft-word-into-a-minimalist-word-processor-guide/ http://dottech.org/170550/how-to-make-microsoft-word-into-a-minimalist-word-processor-guide/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:56:45 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170550

Did you know that with just a little tweak, you can turn MS Word 2007 into a distraction-free minimalist word processor? With it, you do not need to look for another word or text editor with a minimalist interface. It’s a very cool and interesting…

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How to add global hotkeys for various music players in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/167997/how-to-add-global-hotkeys-for-various-music-players-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/167997/how-to-add-global-hotkeys-for-various-music-players-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:26:31 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=167997

If you have a variety of media players, you can set up custom global hotkeys for their play, skip forward and skip back options with Media Keys; and also for raising and reducing the volume. With that software you can register global hotkeys for

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How to add a YouTube video to PowerPoint presentations [Tip] http://dottech.org/170358/how-to-add-a-youtube-video-to-powerpoint-2007-tip/ http://dottech.org/170358/how-to-add-a-youtube-video-to-powerpoint-2007-tip/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:20:48 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170358

In PowerPoint, you have the option to embed local videos and images. Other than that, you can also embed YouTube videos to your presentations. It’s a nice alternative especially if you do not have any local video files available on your computer.…

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How to use middle mouse button to open programs and files in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/170522/how-to-use-the-middle-mouse-button-to-open-programs-and-files-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/170522/how-to-use-the-middle-mouse-button-to-open-programs-and-files-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:37:44 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170522

There are numerous app launchers that you can add to Windows for more direct access to programs, system options and folders. Those are largely additional taskbar or system tray app launchers. MouseExtender is a portable app launcher that

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How to add speech bubbles to images in Paint.NET [Tip] http://dottech.org/170442/how-to-add-speech-bubbles-to-images-in-paint-net-tip/ http://dottech.org/170442/how-to-add-speech-bubbles-to-images-in-paint-net-tip/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:32:00 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170442

Speech bubbles are an editing option with which you can add speech to your images. The freeware Paint.NET does not include any speech bubble option to select from, but you can add one to the program with a plug-in. The Dpy plug-in includes the …

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How to make background of images transparent in Microsoft Paint [Tip] http://dottech.org/170277/how-to-make-the-background-of-an-image-transparent-in-ms-paint-tip/ http://dottech.org/170277/how-to-make-the-background-of-an-image-transparent-in-ms-paint-tip/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:29:50 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170277

In MS Paint, you can usually create and edit images in quick and simple ways. The problem is it doesn’t fully support transparency. So if you want to crop an object from a photo and then place it on top of another image, you need to think of a way …

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How to copy file location from right-click menu in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166171/how-to-add-copy-file-path-options-to-right-click-menu-in-windows-explorer-tip/ http://dottech.org/166171/how-to-add-copy-file-path-options-to-right-click-menu-in-windows-explorer-tip/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:18:22 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166171

Copy and paste are handy options for copying file titles into documents. To copy a file title from Windows Explorer, you would usually select the Rename option and then copy the text. However, with the freeware Copy Path to Clipboard software…

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How to add a spiral text effect to images using Paint.NET [Guide] http://dottech.org/170127/how-to-add-a-spiral-text-effect-to-images-using-paint-net-guide/ http://dottech.org/170127/how-to-add-a-spiral-text-effect-to-images-using-paint-net-guide/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:10:41 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170127

You can add a variety of extra editing options to Paint.NET with plug-ins. One of the plug-in packs that you can add to the software is Dpy. That includes a variety of additional text editing effects among which is Spiral Text. With that option…

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How to use numeric codes to open apps and documents in Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/168959/how-to-use-numeric-codes-to-open-apps-and-documents-in-windows-guide/ http://dottech.org/168959/how-to-use-numeric-codes-to-open-apps-and-documents-in-windows-guide/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:21:42 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=168959

For an entirely new way to launch software and open documents, add ControlPad to Windows. This is a program that maps numeric codes to applications, documents and system commands. As such, with this freeware software you can open software

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How to delete files and folders without sending to Recycle Bin [Tip] http://dottech.org/169974/how-to-delete-files-and-folders-without-sending-to-recycle-bin-tip/ http://dottech.org/169974/how-to-delete-files-and-folders-without-sending-to-recycle-bin-tip/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:12:37 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169974

When deleting files, the first thing that you would think of is to send it to the Recycle Bin. From there, you get the option to permanently delete your files. Now, what if you want to bypass that process and just directly delete your files and folders…

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How to add wave text effects to images via Paint.NET [Tip] http://dottech.org/170030/how-to-add-wave-text-effects-to-images-via-paint-net-tip/ http://dottech.org/170030/how-to-add-wave-text-effects-to-images-via-paint-net-tip/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:12:10 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170030

This post taught you some tips on how you can add a circle text effect to images using Paint.NET. Speaking of which, you can also add a variety of other text effects to pictures with additional plug-ins. Among the effects you can add is…

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How to add additional buttons to window title bar in XP/Vista/7/8 [Guide] http://dottech.org/168565/how-to-add-additional-buttons-to-window-title-bar-in-xpvista78-guide/ http://dottech.org/168565/how-to-add-additional-buttons-to-window-title-bar-in-xpvista78-guide/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:06:09 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=168565

The windows in the Windows OS have just three buttons on their title buttons. They are Minimize, Restore Down and Close. That’s not a lot, but you can an extra buttons to their title bars with the freeware eXtra Buttons software. In addition,…

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Cool mouse trick for Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/167311/how-to-move-mouse-cursor-across-windows-desktop-without-stoppage-tip/ http://dottech.org/167311/how-to-move-mouse-cursor-across-windows-desktop-without-stoppage-tip/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:37:51 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=167311

When you move the cursor to the borders of the Windows desktop it stops. Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep moving it from the right-end of your desktop to the left? Well, now you can with the freeware Unlimited Mouse utility!

Unlimited…

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How to play animated GIFs in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/169976/how-to-play-animated-gifs-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/169976/how-to-play-animated-gifs-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:59:59 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169976

As you may have already noticed, newer versions of Windows cannot play animated GIFs. It can load ordinary GIFs (static GIFs) but not those that are animated. So if ever you have downloaded some animated GIFs on your computer, the best way to …

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How to add fire effect to photos and images for free with Paint.NET [Tip] http://dottech.org/170076/how-to-add-fire-effect-to-photos-and-images-for-free-with-paint-net-tip/ http://dottech.org/170076/how-to-add-fire-effect-to-photos-and-images-for-free-with-paint-net-tip/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:58:08 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170076

Flames can be a fantastic effect to add to some images. You can add fire to photo objects with the TrsFuego plug-in for Paint.NET. In addition, you can also try other plug-ins such as Fire.

To add the TrsFuego plug-in to Paint.NET, open this page…

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How to quickly delete blank rows and columns in Microsoft Excel [Tip] http://dottech.org/169403/how-to-quickly-delete-blank-rows-and-columns-in-excel-2010-spreadsheets-tip/ http://dottech.org/169403/how-to-quickly-delete-blank-rows-and-columns-in-excel-2010-spreadsheets-tip/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:07:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169403

If your Excel spreadsheet includes lots of blank rows you can delete them by right-clicking a row and selecting Delete. However, there’s another, and better, way to delete blank rows from Excel spreadsheets. 

To begin, simply select

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How to create flashcards in Microsoft Word [Tip] http://dottech.org/168586/how-to-create-flashcards-in-ms-word-tip/ http://dottech.org/168586/how-to-create-flashcards-in-ms-word-tip/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:03:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=168586

In a previous post, you’ve learned how to create flashcards in Android. This time, you’re going to learn how to create flashcards using Microsoft Office Word in Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.

By learning how to create flashcards, you can create…

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How to open any type of file using one software in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166626/how-to-open-any-type-of-file-using-one-software-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166626/how-to-open-any-type-of-file-using-one-software-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:23:11 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166626

Wouldn’t it be great if you could open a multitude of alternative file types with just one software package? Well, actually you can with the Open Freely application! Open Freely is a freeware application that opens any kind of image, …

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How to convert images to video using Picasa in Windows and Mac OS X [Guide] http://dottech.org/169790/how-to-convert-images-to-video-using-picasa-in-windows-and-mac-os-x-guide/ http://dottech.org/169790/how-to-convert-images-to-video-using-picasa-in-windows-and-mac-os-x-guide/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:16:08 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169790

You can set up video clip presentations for your photos with a variety of software packages. They are similar to slideshows, except that you can play back the videos with media players. The freeware Google Picasa 3.9, compatible with both the…

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How to set custom folder icons via right-click menu in Windows XP/7 [Tip] http://dottech.org/169598/how-to-set-custom-folder-icons-via-right-click-menu-in-windows-xp7-tip/ http://dottech.org/169598/how-to-set-custom-folder-icons-via-right-click-menu-in-windows-xp7-tip/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:06:17 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169598

This article covered how you can customize Windows folder icons with Iconmancer. However, you can’t customize folder icons directly from the context menus with that software. To customize folder icons from the context menu, add the

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How to merge text files into one in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/168859/how-to-merge-text-files-into-one-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/168859/how-to-merge-text-files-into-one-in-windows-tip/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:29:10 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=168859

This post covered how to merge PDF documents. In a similar fashion, you can also merge text (.txt) files with Text File Joiner. With that software you can instantly join two, or more, text documents together.

To get started, just add the software

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How to add additional text editing options to Notepad in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/167941/how-to-add-additional-text-editing-options-to-notepad-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/167941/how-to-add-additional-text-editing-options-to-notepad-in-windows-tip/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:24:28 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=167941

Notepad is one text editor that is short of options for editing text. However, with the Dolphin Text Editor software you can select a greater number of text editing options for Notepad documents, and those open in other applications, from its…

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How to batch rename, copy and move files in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/169754/how-to-batch-rename-copy-and-move-files-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/169754/how-to-batch-rename-copy-and-move-files-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:33:22 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169754

There are a number of utilities with which you rename multiple files with. Among them is the freeware File Grinder. What sets that apart from alternative packages is that you can rename files with file templates based on their meta tags such …

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