dotTech » Windows http://dottech.org Professional Technologians Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:04:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 How to add a settings panel in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164900/how-to-add-a-settings-panel-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164900/how-to-add-a-settings-panel-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:08:27 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164900

Windows has a multitude of settings most of which you can access via the Control Panel. To reach specific setting options, there are usually a few menus and submenus to wade through. As such, if you’re not sure exactly where specific settings…

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How to add desktop shortcuts for USB devices in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164604/how-to-add-desktop-shortcuts-for-usb-devices-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164604/how-to-add-desktop-shortcuts-for-usb-devices-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:25:16 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164604

Almost every desktop and laptop has USB (Universal Serial Bus) slots for flash storage devices. When you insert a USB stick, you must usually open Windows Explorer and click on the USB slot there to open files saved on it. However, the USB Extension

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How to create custom system tray shortcuts in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164931/how-to-create-custom-system-tray-shortcuts-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164931/how-to-create-custom-system-tray-shortcuts-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:20:29 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164931

The system tray is the section at the right of the taskbar in Windows that includes a clock and a few small icons. You can expand the number of shortcut icons in the system tray with Tray Tools 2000. That’s a freeware package that you can add

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How to download files from Command Prompt in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164679/how-to-download-files-from-command-prompt-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164679/how-to-download-files-from-command-prompt-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:58 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164679

Every modern web browser has a built-in option that allows users to download a remote file from a specific source. This is a good thing because you no longer need to install another software or program just to download some text files, PDF documents,…

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How to convert images from right-click menu with XnShell [Tip] http://dottech.org/164872/how-to-convert-images-from-right-click-menu-with-xnshell-tip/ http://dottech.org/164872/how-to-convert-images-from-right-click-menu-with-xnshell-tip/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:15:28 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164872

XnShell is a dynamic shell extension for the Windows 7 context menu offering users a variety of features directly from within this menu. This freeware program is extremely easy to use and setup and will surely offer users added convenience.…

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How to tweak and optimize Windows with Ultimate Windows Tweaker [Tip] http://dottech.org/164620/how-to-tweak-windows-with-ultimate-windows-tweaker-tip/ http://dottech.org/164620/how-to-tweak-windows-with-ultimate-windows-tweaker-tip/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:23:36 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164620

Ultimate Windows Tweaker offers users a plethora of tweaks which can used to alter the behavior of your computer. Read on to learn more.

In order to download this program click here. Below is a screenshot of the interface of Ultimate Windows

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How to apply random colors to photos in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164651/how-to-apply-random-colors-to-photos-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164651/how-to-apply-random-colors-to-photos-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:27:09 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164651

For a quick way to alter the colors in your photos forget about those photo applications packed with editing options. You should instead add the Color Surprise application to Windows XP, Vista or 7. The Color Surprise application is one with…

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How to use the reliability monitor in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164388/how-to-use-the-reliability-monitor-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164388/how-to-use-the-reliability-monitor-in-windows-tip/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:30:45 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164388

Okay guys, this is a short one but if you are having troubles with your Windows system crashing, this may be of help to you.

Windows Reliability monitor gives you a way of pinpointing applications that may be causing you gripe.

In order to access…

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How to get Windows laptop power efficiency report [Tip] http://dottech.org/164378/how-to-get-a-windows-laptop-power-efficiency-report-tip/ http://dottech.org/164378/how-to-get-a-windows-laptop-power-efficiency-report-tip/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:24:41 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164378

Over a period of time, your laptop battery life will naturally decrease. Other than changing your battery, there are measures which you can employ in order to try to get more out of your battery.

Windows 7 includes a hidden tool which you can use…

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How to make your computer boot faster… by disabling Windows splash screen [Tip] http://dottech.org/164646/how-to-make-your-computer-boot-faster-by-disabling-windows-splash-screen-tip/ http://dottech.org/164646/how-to-make-your-computer-boot-faster-by-disabling-windows-splash-screen-tip/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:41:44 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164646

This tip may be appealing to all of the ‘speed demons’ out there. By removing the Windows splash screen on startup you can fractionally decrease the amount of time it takes for your computer to boot. Keep reading to learn how.

In …

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How to automatically scan downloaded files with VirusTotal [Tip] http://dottech.org/164496/how-to-download-files-using-the-windows-command-line-tip/ http://dottech.org/164496/how-to-download-files-using-the-windows-command-line-tip/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:12:40 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164496

Nowadays, you need to be extra careful when it comes to the software and apps that you download and install on your computer. Who knows? You might be unknowingly installing a software that contains malicious programs and other .exe files that…

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How to extract icons from any file in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164564/how-to-extract-icons-from-any-file-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164564/how-to-extract-icons-from-any-file-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:12:04 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164564

Those searching for new Windows software and file shortcut icons can find them at websites such as Free Icons Webs. Alternatively, you can extract icons from any file in Windows with the freeware Icons from Files software. Icons from Files

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How to get Mac OS X style photo booth in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164508/how-to-add-a-mac-os-x-style-photo-booth-to-windows-7-tip/ http://dottech.org/164508/how-to-add-a-mac-os-x-style-photo-booth-to-windows-7-tip/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:07:48 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164508

Those with the Mac OS X platform will probably be familiar with the Photo Booth application. That’s a Mac OS X application with which you can take webcam snapshots, and adds some effects to them. Now you can also add that to Windows with the freeware…

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How to turn off monitor or laptop screen with hotkey in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164492/how-to-manually-switch-off-laptop-screen-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164492/how-to-manually-switch-off-laptop-screen-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:04:27 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164492

Whether you are doing this to conserve energy, battery life or for privacy, Dekisoft Monitor Off Utility allows users to completely shut off their laptop screens. If your laptop does not make provision for this functionality, Dekisoft Monitor

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How to add more features to built-in Windows Calculator [Tip] http://dottech.org/164354/how-to-unlock-the-full-potential-of-the-built-in-windows-calculator-tip/ http://dottech.org/164354/how-to-unlock-the-full-potential-of-the-built-in-windows-calculator-tip/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:32:50 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164354

I know that we have all been in the position where we needed to do some calculation which wasn’t incre difficult but the assistance of a calculator was needed. One of the most convenient choices is the Windows Calculator. We spend much …

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[Windows] Create and share screencasts with Recordit [Mac OS X] http://dottech.org/164383/windows-recordit-review/ http://dottech.org/164383/windows-recordit-review/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:33:48 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164383

Screencasts are often used for interactive tutorials and online seminars. Compared to screenshots, which only generates simple images, a screencast shows the actual activity that a user does on the screen. It’s great for demonstrating…

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How to select an alternative LibreOffice default file format [Tip] http://dottech.org/164275/how-to-select-an-alternative-libreoffice-default-file-format-tip/ http://dottech.org/164275/how-to-select-an-alternative-libreoffice-default-file-format-tip/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:56:43 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164275

LibreOffice is a freeware office suite that includes a word processor, spreadsheet and database application. The default LibreOffice file format is ODF. Unless you select an alternative from the file drop-down list on the Save as window,…

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[Windows] Create secure passwords with Master Password http://dottech.org/164237/windows-master-password-review/ http://dottech.org/164237/windows-master-password-review/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:39:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164237

Nowadays, having a simple password can make you the prime target of data and privacy breach. Before you know it, someone has already used your email, SNS or IM to send spam messages. Not only that, hackers and data thieves can also hijack the rest…

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[Windows] Get a portable notepad with screen capture and calculator with Super Duper Notepad http://dottech.org/164149/windows-super-duper-notepad-review/ http://dottech.org/164149/windows-super-duper-notepad-review/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:51:57 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164149

When it comes to notepad apps, you won’t run out of choices. It’s just up to you if you want a notepad for your browser, smartphone, tablet or desktop. Now, what if you’re always on the go? In that case, you might want to consider having a portable…

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How to resize and change window transparency with mouse scroll wheel in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/164186/how-to-resize-and-change-window-transparency-with-mouse-scroll-wheel-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/164186/how-to-resize-and-change-window-transparency-with-mouse-scroll-wheel-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:48:58 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164186

To resize windows in the Windows OS, you would usually select the Restore down option and then drag the borders. However, it’s better to resize windows with the mouse wheel, which is something you can’t do unless you have the freeware…

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How to find lost Windows product key [Tip] http://dottech.org/164068/how-to-find-a-lost-windows-product-key-tip/ http://dottech.org/164068/how-to-find-a-lost-windows-product-key-tip/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:11:33 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=164068

The Windows product key is a 25-digit code that comes with the operating system. It is required to activate Windows. As such, you cannot reinstall Windows without the product key. If you’ve lost your product key, this is how you can quickly…

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[Windows] Automatically save recently opened files to Dropbox or Google Drive with Filelize http://dottech.org/163928/windows-filelize-review/ http://dottech.org/163928/windows-filelize-review/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:27:18 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163928

Most of today’s cloud storage services support sync. Simply put, you get to keep a copy of your files on your computer while keeping another copy in your cloud storage account. This makes it possible for you to access your files on any platform…

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How to open frequently used folders and documents with one click in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/163830/how-to-open-frequently-used-folders-and-documents-with-one-click-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/163830/how-to-open-frequently-used-folders-and-documents-with-one-click-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:44:56 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163830

In Windows Explorer, you can open various files and folders by simply clicking on them. You can also sort them out or group them according their type, size, name, date modified, tags, etc. Now, what if you want to access your folders and documents…

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How to copy full file path to clipboard in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/163419/how-to-copy-full-file-path-to-clipboard-in-windows-vista-and-7-tip/ http://dottech.org/163419/how-to-copy-full-file-path-to-clipboard-in-windows-vista-and-7-tip/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:43:56 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163419

Here’s a quick tip for Windows. To enter full file paths into documents, you will need to open Windows Explorer and then locate the path. In Windows, Explorer includes a shortcut for copying files into documents.

First, open Windows …

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How to create factory restore (system recovery) partition in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 [Guide] http://dottech.org/163735/how-to-create-a-factory-recovery-partition-in-windows-xp-vista-7-8-and-8-1-guide/ http://dottech.org/163735/how-to-create-a-factory-recovery-partition-in-windows-xp-vista-7-8-and-8-1-guide/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:16:02 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163735

Some laptops and computers have a built-in one key system recovery program or partition. This helps you restore your damaged system to its previously backed up state, often back to “factory settings” (aka restoring your computer…

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How to download and run Android apps and games in Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/163684/how-to-download-android-apps-and-games-on-windows-xpvista78-guide/ http://dottech.org/163684/how-to-download-android-apps-and-games-on-windows-xpvista78-guide/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:27:20 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163684

Do you play mobile Android games? How about use Android apps? If you don’t have an Android device, you can now download and use Android apps and play Android games on Windows. You can do that with the freeware BlueStacks Android app emulator.…

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How to hide ZIP files inside images in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/163589/how-to-embed-zip-files-inside-images-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/163589/how-to-embed-zip-files-inside-images-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:09:28 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163589

Here’s a trick that merges Zip files with images. Images are read from the header down, and Zip files are read from the footer upwards. As such, you can merge them into one single file with the Command Prompt.

First, you will need to have …

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How to use the Hyperlink Bar to insert links in OpenOffice documents [Tip] http://dottech.org/163621/how-to-use-the-hyperlink-bar-to-insert-links-in-openoffice-documents-tip/ http://dottech.org/163621/how-to-use-the-hyperlink-bar-to-insert-links-in-openoffice-documents-tip/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:15:01 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163621

OpenOffice Writer includes a hyperlink option like many of the alternative word processor software packages. Whilst you can add links to documents with the Hyperlink button on the toolbar, there’s a better, quicker way to add URLs …

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How to find and delete empty folders in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/163485/how-to-find-and-delete-empty-folders-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/163485/how-to-find-and-delete-empty-folders-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:15:43 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163485

When you remove software from your desktop or laptop, empty folders might be left behind. Consequently, there are a number of utility packages that include options for locating and deleting empty folders. Among them is the freeware called …

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How to add cascading menus to Windows 7 and 8 context menus [Guide] http://dottech.org/163226/how-to-add-cascading-menus-to-windows-7-and-8-context-menus-guide/ http://dottech.org/163226/how-to-add-cascading-menus-to-windows-7-and-8-context-menus-guide/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:40:59 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163226

Previous articles have covered how you can add shortcuts to the Windows desktop’s right-click context menu. However, the articles haven’t mentioned how to add cascading menus (otherwise submenus with arrows) to the context…

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How to show all known file extensions in Windows Explorer [Tip] http://dottech.org/163182/how-to-show-all-known-file-extensions-in-windows-explorer-tip/ http://dottech.org/163182/how-to-show-all-known-file-extensions-in-windows-explorer-tip/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:26:58 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163182

By default Windows Vista, 7 or 8 doesn’t show all file extensions in Windows Explorer. As such, known file type extensions such as mp3, txt, avi etc aren’t shown after the titles. However, Windows Explorer does include an option…

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How to customize the OpenOffice toolbar [Guide] http://dottech.org/163280/how-to-customize-the-openoffice-toolbar-guide/ http://dottech.org/163280/how-to-customize-the-openoffice-toolbar-guide/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:47:10 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163280

OpenOffice is a flexible freeware software package. As such, there are a few ways that you can customize the software suite’s toolbars. You can add new options to the toolbars, new toolbars and select alternative icons for the options

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How to make VLC Media Player look like Winamp in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/163153/how-to-make-vlc-media-player-look-like-winamp-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/163153/how-to-make-vlc-media-player-look-like-winamp-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:36:36 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=163153

AOL shut down the Winamp media player in December 2013. It was once one of the best and widely used media players. The VLC Media Player is also one with plenty of options, and can play almost all media types. You can also add a Winamp skin to VLC Media

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How to find and delete duplicate files in Windows and Mac OS X [Tip] http://dottech.org/162910/how-to-find-and-delete-duplicate-files-in-windows-and-mac-os-x-tip/ http://dottech.org/162910/how-to-find-and-delete-duplicate-files-in-windows-and-mac-os-x-tip/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:02:26 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=162910

Duplicated files can take up quite a bit of space on your hard disk. There are numerous software packages that you can find and delete duplicate files with. Among them is the Easy Duplicate Finder utility, which is a freeware package.

This is …

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FREE Blu-ray player for Windows & Mac that plays all Blu-rays and DVDs http://dottech.org/162953/free-blu-ray-player-for-windows-mac-that-plays-all-blu-rays-and-dvds/ http://dottech.org/162953/free-blu-ray-player-for-windows-mac-that-plays-all-blu-rays-and-dvds/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:29:30 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=162953

“Is there a piece of region-free Blu-ray player software to play protected Blu-ray and DVD discs?” If you are the one interested in watching Blu-ray discs and DVDs from around the world, you may have such a demand –a region-free…

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