dotTech » Windows http://dottech.org Professional Technologians Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:59:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 How make Start Menu transparent in Windows XP, 7, and 8 [Tip] http://dottech.org/167154/how-to-add-a-transparent-start-menu-to-windows-7-and-8-tip/ http://dottech.org/167154/how-to-add-a-transparent-start-menu-to-windows-7-and-8-tip/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:16:55 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=167154

Windows Aero adds transparency to windows, but not the Start menu. However, you can still add a transparent Start menu to Windows, XP, 7 and 8 with StartMenu7. As Windows 8 doesn’t have a Start menu, StartMenu7 is an even better addition to …

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How to add sticky notes to app windows in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166992/how-to-add-sticky-notes-to-app-windows-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166992/how-to-add-sticky-notes-to-app-windows-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:45:47 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166992

Sticky Notes are one of the accessories included with Windows. With that accessory you can stick notes to the desktop. However, they don’t include any options that stick them to application windows. To add notes to software windows,…

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How to set up a 3D photo presentation in Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/166756/how-to-set-up-a-3d-photo-presentation-in-windows-guide/ http://dottech.org/166756/how-to-set-up-a-3d-photo-presentation-in-windows-guide/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:53:23 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166756

There are various ways that you can showcase your photos. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of software packages that have photo slideshow or collage options. With the Showcase image application you can set up photo presentations with a …

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How to add a blur or trail effect to images in Paint.NET in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166942/how-to-add-a-blur-or-trail-effect-to-images-in-paint-net-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166942/how-to-add-a-blur-or-trail-effect-to-images-in-paint-net-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:47:52 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166942

Paint.NET is a freeware package with loads of options that you can use to edit your pictures with. In addition, you can add quite a few more effects to the software with its plug-ins. Among the plug-in options that you can add to Paint.NET is…

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How to add a caption to a picture in MS Word 2007 [Tip] http://dottech.org/166880/how-to-add-a-caption-to-a-picture-in-ms-word-2007-tip/ http://dottech.org/166880/how-to-add-a-caption-to-a-picture-in-ms-word-2007-tip/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:40:40 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166880

In Microsoft Word 2007, you can insert objects and photos to your document. This will also help you explain or discuss any topic through detailed charts and illustrations. Of course, it will also be much better if you can add photos with captions.…

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What is a ‘Trojan’ virus and what does it do? [Guide] http://dottech.org/166151/what-is-a-trojan-virus-and-what-does-it-do-guide/ http://dottech.org/166151/what-is-a-trojan-virus-and-what-does-it-do-guide/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:14:36 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166151

Perhaps you’ve heard of Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world, the cause of the Trojan War in ancient Greece.  If you’re familiar with the story, you probably know that the city of Troy put up a good fight until they were defeated…

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How make windows transparent with hotkeys in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166159/how-to-adjust-foreground-transparency-in-windows-using-hotkeys-tip/ http://dottech.org/166159/how-to-adjust-foreground-transparency-in-windows-using-hotkeys-tip/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:58:24 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166159

Microsoft apparently added transparent windows to Vista and 7. However, those windows only have transparent borders. To add greater transparency to windows, check out the Peek Through utility. With that software you can also click-through…

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How to resize, move, and tile windows with hotkeys in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/165596/how-to-move-windows-on-desktop-using-keyboard-shortcuts-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/165596/how-to-move-windows-on-desktop-using-keyboard-shortcuts-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:52:41 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165596

This post covered how you can add new keyboard shortcuts to the Numpad. You can also add a few more with the  freeware WindowPad utilty. With that you can reposition active windows to alternative positions on the desktop by pressing hotkeys…

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How to translate text using hotkeys in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/167045/how-to-translate-text-using-hotkeys-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/167045/how-to-translate-text-using-hotkeys-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:59:03 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=167045

When browsing the Web, you’ll probably open a few sites that aren’t in English. Consequently, browsers such as Google Chrome have their own translator tools. However, the Google Translator doesn’t have a hotkey that …

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How to paste text with custom hotkeys in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166821/how-to-paste-text-with-custom-hotkeys-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166821/how-to-paste-text-with-custom-hotkeys-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:53:06 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166821

Ctrl + V is the standard hotkey for pasting text into documents. However, if there are lots of alternative text snippets that you need to paste into a word processor, one hotkey is not ideal. With Quick Paste you can add custom paste hotkeys to

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How to password protect (lock) any window in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166813/how-to-password-protect-any-window-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166813/how-to-password-protect-any-window-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:43:11 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166813

You can add passwords to document files, but when you open them in a window there is no password mechanism in place. However, with the WinLock software we can add passwords to active windows. Then you can vacate the desktop without closing a password…

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How to open recently closed folders and apps in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166964/how-to-open-recently-closed-folders-and-apps-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166964/how-to-open-recently-closed-folders-and-apps-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:35:38 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166964

Most browsers now include a reopen option that opens recently closed tabs. Yet Windows doesn’t have a comparable option to reopen recently closed software apps with. Nevertheless, you can still reopen recently closed programs and…

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How to create 3D planet images in Paint.net [Guide] http://dottech.org/166739/how-to-set-up-3d-planet-images-in-paint-net-guide/ http://dottech.org/166739/how-to-set-up-3d-planet-images-in-paint-net-guide/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:29:20 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166739

Paint.net is a flexible freeware software package that has plenty of options to edit your images with. You can also add additional Paint.net plug-ins to the program. The plug-ins add extra tools to Paint.net’s Effects menu. Among the…

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How to use CCleaner’s advanced features [Guide] http://dottech.org/166687/how-to-use-ccleaners-advanced-features-guide/ http://dottech.org/166687/how-to-use-ccleaners-advanced-features-guide/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:00:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166687

If you have read our previous article about CCleaner, you must be familiar with how to install and use CCleaner to clean and protect your computer through some easy steps. Like most other well designed cleaner programs on the market, you can …

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How to remove Exploit.CVE-2014-1761.Gen virus [Guide] http://dottech.org/166144/how-to-remove-exploit-cve-2014-1761-gen-virus-guide/ http://dottech.org/166144/how-to-remove-exploit-cve-2014-1761-gen-virus-guide/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:57:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166144

Perhaps you are constantly bothered by tons of junk e-mail, offers of free downloads, and fake web links.  It’s best to avoid these annoyances since they might cause you to lose control of your computer. A variety of computer viruses might…

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How to retain clipboard items after system reboot in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166549/how-to-retain-clipboard-items-after-system-reboot-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166549/how-to-retain-clipboard-items-after-system-reboot-in-windows-tip/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:17:56 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166549

The Windows Clipboard has a few limitations. First, you can only copy one item at a time to the clipboard. In addition, rebooting Windows erases copied items in the clipboard. However, with the ClipboardZanager 3 software we can both save multiple…

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How to add more options to Windows title bar [Guide] http://dottech.org/165245/how-to-add-more-options-to-windows-title-bar-guide/ http://dottech.org/165245/how-to-add-more-options-to-windows-title-bar-guide/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:15:23 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165245

When you right-click on a window’s title bar in Windows, a context menu opens with Restore, Minimize, Maximize and Close options. So there aren’t lots of options to select from the system window menu. However, with Moo0 Window

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How to add files, website shortcuts and system options to system tray in Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/165652/how-to-add-files-website-shortcuts-and-system-options-to-system-tray-in-windows-guide/ http://dottech.org/165652/how-to-add-files-website-shortcuts-and-system-options-to-system-tray-in-windows-guide/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:08:34 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165652

In a previous article, I told you about Tray Tools 2000, which is a package that we can add software and folder shortcuts to the system tray with. However, you can’t add file, website shortcuts or system options to the tray with that package.…

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How to convert text documents into 3D page-flipping ebooks in Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/166117/how-to-convert-text-documents-into-3d-page-flipping-ebooks-in-windows-guide/ http://dottech.org/166117/how-to-convert-text-documents-into-3d-page-flipping-ebooks-in-windows-guide/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:05:35 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166117

Flip pages worker for eBook is a software package that converts text documents into 3D page-flipping alternatives. As such, this package converts your static text documents into 3D book formats. You can add a freeware version to Windows that…

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How to add a middle-click context menu in Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/164160/how-to-add-a-middle-click-context-menu-in-windows-guide/ http://dottech.org/164160/how-to-add-a-middle-click-context-menu-in-windows-guide/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:01:06 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164160

The context menu in Windows is the one you can open by right-clicking on the desktop. Windows doesn’t have any middle mouse button (or scroll wheel) context menus. However, you can add a new middle-click context menu to Windows with the…

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How to open folders and document files in Windows with hotkeys [Tip] http://dottech.org/164472/how-to-open-folders-and-document-files-in-windows-with-hotkeys-tip/ http://dottech.org/164472/how-to-open-folders-and-document-files-in-windows-with-hotkeys-tip/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:58:09 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164472

Whilst you can add keyboard shortcuts to software in Windows, you cannot open document files and folders with hotkeys. However, EvoKeys is a hotkey manager that lets you add keyboard shortcuts to document files and folders as well as software.…

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How to customize keyboard shortcuts in Windows Media Player [Tip] http://dottech.org/165006/how-to-customize-keyboard-shortcuts-in-windows-media-player-tip/ http://dottech.org/165006/how-to-customize-keyboard-shortcuts-in-windows-media-player-tip/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:55:30 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165006

This previous article covered some of the Windows Media Player default keyboard shortcuts. However, you cannot customize the software’s hotkeys without the WMP Keys plug-in. That’s a global hotkey support add-on for Windows…

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How to add PDF tools to Windows right-click context menu [Tip] http://dottech.org/166646/how-to-add-pdf-tools-to-windows-context-menu-tip/ http://dottech.org/166646/how-to-add-pdf-tools-to-windows-context-menu-tip/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:37:50 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166646

The Windows right-click context menu doesn’t include any PDF options on it. Nevertheless, you can still add a variety of PDF options to the context menu with the Quick PDF Tools utility. Then you can open PDF documents, merge them, split…

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How to add Lock Icon to Windows right-click context menu [Tip] http://dottech.org/166242/how-to-add-a-lock-icon-option-to-windows-desktop-context-menu-tip/ http://dottech.org/166242/how-to-add-a-lock-icon-option-to-windows-desktop-context-menu-tip/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:35:12 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166242

Adjusting system settings can move your desktop icons out of position. For example, when you select an alternative desktop resolution the icons might not remain in their original positions. To ensure your desktop icons remain locked in position,…

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How to compare documents side by side in MS Word 2007 [Tip] http://dottech.org/166432/how-to-compare-documents-side-by-side-in-ms-word-2007-tip/ http://dottech.org/166432/how-to-compare-documents-side-by-side-in-ms-word-2007-tip/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:31:55 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166432

In Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can compare two documents while having a side by side view of the original, revised and compared versions of your files. If you wish to utilize such feature yet, you do not know how, all you need to do is to follow…

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How to add a wallpaper clock to Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166393/how-to-add-a-wallpaper-clock-to-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166393/how-to-add-a-wallpaper-clock-to-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:25:11 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166393

There are loads of websites that you can add desktop wallpaper to Windows from. However, can you find any wallpapers with clocks on them? No, didn’t think so; but with the Dexclock software you can add a variety of wallpapers to Windows…

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How to add an enhanced Run utility in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166365/how-to-add-an-enhanced-run-utility-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166365/how-to-add-an-enhanced-run-utility-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:19:38 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166365

Run is a handy system tool that you can open in Windows by pressing Win + R. Then you can open other system tools by entering some text into Run such as cmd. However, it could still have more options; and there are enhanced Run utility alternatives.…

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How to hide windows and icons from the taskbar in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/165752/how-to-hide-app-windows-and-icons-from-the-taskbar-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/165752/how-to-hide-app-windows-and-icons-from-the-taskbar-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:16:27 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165752

The taskbar includes a system tray, clock and app windows. You can remove any of those from the taskbar with the freeware Taskbar Hide software. The application provides a variety of taskbar options.

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How to create a photo mosaic in Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/166003/how-to-create-a-photo-mosaic-in-windows-guide/ http://dottech.org/166003/how-to-create-a-photo-mosaic-in-windows-guide/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:06:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166003

A photo mosaic is an assortment of smaller images combined to create one larger picture. You can set up photo mosaics with your own images, or other alternatives, with the Mosaizer Pro software. That’s a freeware package for Windows …

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What is CCleaner and how to use it? [Guide] http://dottech.org/165959/what-is-ccleaner-and-how-to-use-it-guide/ http://dottech.org/165959/what-is-ccleaner-and-how-to-use-it-guide/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:02:50 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165959

Have you ever noticed your computer running a little slower than usual?  Or perhaps you have been looking through your files or programs and noticed some objects that you can’t remember downloading or using.  You wonder whether those …

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How to add multi colored tabs to Windows Explorer [Tip] http://dottech.org/166073/how-to-add-multi-colored-tabs-to-windows-explorer-tip/ http://dottech.org/166073/how-to-add-multi-colored-tabs-to-windows-explorer-tip/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:07:55 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166073

In this article I told you about the Clover software that adds tabs to Windows Explorer. They are great addition to Windows Explorer, but they are not multicolored tabs. Consequently, to add multicolored tabs to Explorer install TabExplorer

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How to set up file lists in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/165995/how-to-set-up-file-lists-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/165995/how-to-set-up-file-lists-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:18:24 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165995

A previous article covered how you can set up a directory listing. However, with the Directory List and Print software your lists are limited to single folder directories. To set up a custom list of files from multiple folders, you should add…

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How to customize disk drive icons in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/165987/how-to-customize-disk-drive-icons-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/165987/how-to-customize-disk-drive-icons-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:16:16 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165987

This article covered how you can customize folder icons. However, Iconmancer doesn’t include any options for switching disk drive icons. As such, for that you should check out the freeware FolderiChanger software package.

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How to resize images with drag and drop in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166214/how-to-resize-images-with-drag-and-drop-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166214/how-to-resize-images-with-drag-and-drop-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:14:07 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166214

Almost all editing software packages have resize options to adjust image dimensions with. Resizing them usually requires entering specific values for width and height. However, with VarieDrop you can set multiple resizing profiles; and…

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How to add border themes to screenshots in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/166226/how-to-add-border-themes-to-screenshots-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/166226/how-to-add-border-themes-to-screenshots-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:12:37 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=166226

You can capture snapshots in Windows with the Snipping Tool, and there are also various screenshot utilities. However, few of those have options that add themes to the shots. RumShot is a freeware utility that captures small desktop screenshots,…

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