dotTech » Windows Professional Technologians Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:00:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to enable the status bar in Windows 7 Notepad [Tip] Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:00:33 +0000

The Windows 7 Notepad does not include a status bar at the bottom of its window. A status bar provides some stats for number of lines and current column location. Nevertheless, you can still add a status bar to the Notepad with a registry tweak.…

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How to add a recycle, delete and shred file gadget to desktop in Windows Vista/7 [Tip] Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:55:04 +0000

There are three ways to delete a file. Firstly, you can delete it to the Recycle Bin. Of course, as it isn’t really deleted you can delete a file by pressing the Shift + Del hotkey. Alternatively, you can also shred a file with third-party

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How to get a menu-based application launcher in Windows [Guide] Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:08:43 +0000

Most application launchers add a taskbar, or something comparable, to the Windows desktop. However, with Quick Cliq you can open your software, websites, documents and URLs directly from a menu. The program also includes a clipboard utility…

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How to convert images to Polaroid photos in Windows, Mac OS X [Tip] Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:06:16 +0000

Polaroids are instant cameras that capture photos with borders around them. To add a polaroid effect to your photos, add Poladriod to Windows or Mac OS X. That’s a software package that converts your photos to polaroid pictures with

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How to merge files from the Windows Explorer right-click menu [Tip] Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:06:16 +0000

This article covered how to merge MP3s. You can also do that directly from the Windows Explorer context menu with JoinExt. With that you can join MP3 and text files together.

Open this page and click Installer – Exe to save the setup wizard.…

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How to take screenshots with hotkeys in Windows [Tip] Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:01:16 +0000

PrtScn SysRq is the key you can press to capture screenshots in Windows. In addition, you can also capture shots with the Snipping Tool, which is more flexible. To further enhance the Print Screen capture key, add Greenshot to Windows XP, Vista,…

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How to make a curved text in Paint.NET [Tip] Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:56:31 +0000

Circular text is not an option included with Paint.NET. However, with plug-ins we can add extra options to the photo-editing software. One of Paint.NET’s plug-ins is CircleText, which adds circular text effects to images.

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How to fix Internet Explorer homepage (browser) hijacking [Guide] Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:28:51 +0000

When you open your web browser, you expect your default homepage  to show up for you, but sometimes instead, your homepage is changed to some random unknown website and embedded with pop up ads. You are frustrated with the chaos of your…

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Cool new Start Menu features in Windows 10 [Tip] Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:22:51 +0000

If you’ve already downloaded and installed Windows 10, the first thing you want to know is how it looks different from Windows 8. That’s the first thing I did after I entered the new interface of Windows 10, you know, just to look…

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How to remove Win32.PSWTroj.OnLineGames.73775 virus [Guide] Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:20:38 +0000

If you are a seasoned online gamer  (World of Warcraft, DOTA 2, and League of Legends, etc,) you might have spent tons of money on the equipment for your game character, and one day as you log on your account you found that all your valuable equipment…

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How to slide all opened windows across the desktop at once in Windows [Tip] Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:13:43 +0000

Microsoft added Aero Snap to Windows with which you can quickly adjust two open application windows. However, there’s no way to move all the open application windows across the desktop at once. Nevertheless, if you add Desktop Slider

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How to add multiple toolbars with custom themes to desktop in Windows [Guide] Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:59:49 +0000

There are a number of ways to add shortcuts to Windows, and with third-party packages you can further expand the number of software, document and file on the desktop. Gizmo Central is a software that enables you to add multiple toolbars to the…

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How to add Aero system folder glassy effect to desktop icons in Windows 7 [Tip] Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:51:46 +0000

The Windows 7 desktop icons do not have Windows Aero effects. However, we can add Windows Aero shortcut titles to the Windows 7 desktop with AeroTile. That’s software which adds transparent tile shortcuts to the desktop.

To add AeroTile …

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How to install Windows 10 in VirtualBox for free [Guide] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:10:21 +0000

If you were on the look out for Windows 9, forget it.  Microsoft has skipped straight from 8 to 10, and there is now a preview version of Windows 10 available for download and the full final release of Windows 10 will be available sooner rather …

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How to extract multiple ZIPs or RARs with one click in Windows [Tip] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:37:04 +0000

Zips are compressed file formats that you usually need to extract to open their content. You can extract them by selecting the Extract All option from the context menu. However, the context menu doesn’t include any option to extract

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How to automatically sort different file types into separate folders in Windows [Tip] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:33:17 +0000

Sort My Files is a handy software package for organizing files. That’s a program which organizes music, photos, document, software and compressed files into subfolders for each file type. Consequently, it will set up all the subfolders…

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How to use mouse wheel to change sound volume in Windows [Tip] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:29:36 +0000

NirSoft have a few handy system utilities for Windows. Among them is the freeware Volumouse software with which you can adjust the volume levels by rolling the mouse wheel. The program provides multiple scenarios for you to trigger the volume

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How to hide open programs from taskbar with a hotkey in Windows [Tip] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:23:42 +0000

Lots of open app windows reduce the amount of space on your taskbar. Instead of closing the app windows, you can temporarily remove them with various software packages. Among those packages is Magic Boss Key, a software which enables you to …

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How to add an extra desktop to Windows [Tip] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:19:48 +0000

If shortcuts clutter your desktop and taskbar, check out the SlideSlide software. That’s software which adds a desktop extension to Windows. Then you can add a variety of program, file, folder and URL shortcuts to a new mini-desktop…

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New copy and paste feature in Command Prompt of Windows 10 [Tip] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:18:49 +0000

Have you ever been disturbed by not being able to copy a long command to the Command Prompt with a simple “Ctrl + v” command  in Windows 8, 7, and all the previous versions of Windows? Especially when you want to navigate to a specific…

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How to create multiple desktops in Windows 10 with Task View [Guide] Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:16:43 +0000

If you ever used a Linux system you must have experienced multiple desktop view. I always enjoyed checking out my workstation, entertainment, open documents, and online surfing at the same moment. It’s kind of like the feeling…

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How to customize the Start Menu in Windows Media Center [Guide] Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:51 +0000

The Windows Media Center Start menu includes a variety of menu strips from which you can access various media items such as pictures, video, etc. Windows Media Center doesn’t have many Start menu customization options. However, you…

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How to add a file and folder drop zone to desktop in Windows [Guide] Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:56:15 +0000

DropIt 8 is a utility for Windows that automates a variety of file management operations. It’s a program that adds a dropzone to the desktop, which then performs a pre-set action when you drag a file or folder to it. For example, if you drag…

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How to download and install Windows 10, for free [Guide] Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:03:43 +0000

If you are a big fan of Windows operating systems, you must be  anxious about the new OS — Windows 10. Good news: Microsoft just released the Windows 10 Preview (Technical Preview) last month which you can download and install …

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How to organize Start Menu by categories in Windows [Tip] Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:06:15 +0000

The Start menu does not include any software categories to add your folders to. If it did, we could group software folders into more specific categories on the Start menu to organize them better. However, with Handy Start Menu you can still add…

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How to delete log files in Windows using Command Prompt [Tip] Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:03:21 +0000

Log files are one thing that many cleaning tools don’t remove from your system. They are files that keep a record of things such as browsing history. Many of those log files remain in the Windows directory where utility tools can’t…

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How to password protect documents with Microsoft Word [Tip] Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:00:21 +0000

By protecting your document with a password, you can prevent others from viewing what’s inside it. If they can’t view your file, they can’t copy it. So whether you’re working on a new project idea, a research or even a simple homework,…

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How to create custom brushes in Paint.NET [Tip] Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:59:03 +0000

With plug-ins you can add extra options to the Paint.NET image-editing software. Among the plug-ins for the program is CustomBrushesMini. With that plug-in you can set up custom brushes with image files. So let’s get started.


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How to compare two files and find the difference from right-click context menu in Windows [Tip] Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:02:21 +0000

Do you have a couple of documents that need to be compared? If so, you can add Compare later and Compare to options to the context menu. When selected those options will then open the DiffMerge, which is a file comparison utility.

For this you’ll…

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How to make desktop float on top of all windows with a hotkey [Tip] Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:50:14 +0000

Windows 7 has a Show desktop option, on the right of the taskbar, that minimizes all open windows so that you can select shortcuts on the desktop. Alternatively, you can press the Windows + D key; but neither restore the previously opened app …

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How to add new background skins to Media Center 12 library in Windows 7 [Tip] Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:40:52 +0000

Windows Media Player 12 doesn’t have many customization options. Aside from its skins, there’s not a lot else you can customize. However, with the WMP12 Library Background Changer software, you can add new library background to Windows…

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How to adjust window size and position on a grid in Windows [Tip] Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:36:48 +0000

To resize and position windows on the desktop, you would usually drag the borders and title bars. However, with the Windy software you can resize and move windows to predefined positions on the desktop. That software has a grid with which you…

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How to add background themes to text documents in Windows, Linux and Mac OS X [Tip] Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:09:18 +0000

To add background themes to text documents, you’ll need a text editor that has theme options. Forget about MS Word, and almost any other alternative package, and add Qute to your desktop or laptop. Qute is a freeware word processor that…

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How to delete malware Internet Explorer desktop shortcuts created by viruses in Windows [Guide] Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:51:18 +0000

Have you ever run into the situation that you tried to delete icons (usually they are Internet Explorer icons linked to malicious websites or ads) on your desktop repeatedly but with no success in the end? Then you try to restart your computer…

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How to reduce taskbar clutter in Windows [Tip] Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:14:11 +0000

There are a number of software packages that you can clear up a cluttered taskbar with. With some programs you can minimize windows to the system tray instead of the taskbar. Multi-Tabber is an application that also reduces the number of windows…

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