dotTech » Windows Professional Technologians Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:41:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to find and delete duplicate files in Windows and Mac OS X [Tip] Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:02:26 +0000

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.

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FREE Blu-ray player for Windows & Mac that plays all Blu-rays and DVDs Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:29:30 +0000

“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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How to get Windows XP classic system properties in Windows 7 & Vista [Tip] Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:42:47 +0000

The Windows XP System Properties window was one that included tabs for hardware, system restore etc. You can partly restore the classic Windows XP System Properties window on both Windows Vista and 7. Then you can open that XP System Properties…

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How to show directory listing in a spreadsheet in Windows [Tip] Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:51:02 +0000

Directory listings show all the files, and file details, within a specific folder. If you require some directory lists in spreadsheets or text documents, check out the Directory List and Print software. This is a freeware utility with which…

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How to convert PDF, Word or Excel documents to images in Windows [Tip] Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:45:35 +0000

If you’re sending documents to somebody who doesn’t have PDF viewers or office software, how are you supposed to share your PDF, Word or Excel files with them? Well, you could ask them to install a PDF viewer or office software package…

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[Windows] Securely view and send self-destructing files with Digify Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:49:33 +0000

Some files can be freely shared to others while there are also those that are only meant for private viewing. In such cases, you might to think twice before sending your confidential files. After all, your personal information is at stake. Speaking…

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How to change Windows 7 taskbar transparency [Tip] Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:48:10 +0000

The Windows 7 taskbar doesn’t have a huge amount of transparency, even with the Windows Aero themes. Yet we can still enhance the transparency of the taskbar with Taskbar Transparency. That’s a portable application with which you can

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How to add “Open in new window” option to folder context menu in Windows [Tip] Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:46:06 +0000

When you click on a folder in Windows Explorer to open it, it opens in the same window. An Open in New Window option would be a handy addition to the folder context menus. This is how you can add that option to folders’ right-click context …

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How to scroll any window without selecting it [Tip] Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:34:13 +0000

Usually, you must click on windows to scroll down their pages. However, with the WizMouse utility we can scroll through a page in a background window without selecting it. The software adds scrolling out of focus windows.

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How to add transparency and color to Windows right-click context menus [Tip] Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:01:09 +0000

Windows doesn’t have any options to customize the transparency and colors of its menus. Nevertheless, with the Moo0 Transparent Menu software we can do exactly that! That’s a freeware package available for Windows XP/Vista/7/8.…

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How to set a default folder for Windows 7 Explorer [Tip] Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:47:40 +0000

When you click on the Windows Explorer taskbar shortcut it opens in the Libraries folder by default. However, you can set up Windows 7 Explorer so that it opens in any alternative folder. Then you can skip to folders that you open with greater …

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How to change Windows clock’s AM or PM to something else [Tip] Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:10:39 +0000

The system tray clock on the right of the Windows taskbar includes AM and PM symbols. You can customize the system clock’s AM and PM symbols and its time format. Then the system tray clock can include any alternative text beside the numbers.

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How to add the iOS iPhone calculator to Windows [Tip] Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:14:07 +0000

Are you a fan of the iPhone? If so, check out the iCalcy software. It’s an exact replica of the iPhone/iPod Touch calculator for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

You can add iCalcy to Windows from this website. From there, just click on the Download

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How to password protect the BIOS [Tip] Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:34:27 +0000

The BIOS is the Basic Input/Output System which you can access when your computer boots up. Even if you have a log in password for Windows, the BIOS still provides a loophole for hackers. To close this loophole, add a password to the BIOS. This …

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How to remove all images from Microsoft Word document [Tip] Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:34:07 +0000

It is easy to add or insert images, shapes and clip art in Microsoft Word but how about removing them? Let’s just say that you are editing an existing document. Unfortunately, that document has a lot of images embedded in it that aren’t…

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How to add a Control Panel shortcut to the Windows 7 taskbar [Tip] Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:36:59 +0000

The Control Panel is stacked full of options, but you cannot pin its desktop shortcut to the Windows 7 taskbar. As such, to add it to the taskbar we must first set up a new desktop shortcut for it. Then we pin that desktop shortcut to the taskbar as…

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How to choose default action for CD, DVD, or USB drive in Windows [Tip] Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:14:17 +0000

When you insert a CD/DVD or other devices (such as cameras and tablets) into your desktop or laptop, the AutoPlay window will probably open so long as you have the Windows Vista/7 or 8 platform. That’s the window in the shot below that asks

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How to easily combine images for free on Windows [Tip] Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:43:52 +0000

Paint.Net is a freeware photography package, compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 platforms, packed full of editing options for your pictures. With its layer options you can combine, or merge, two images into one. This is how you…

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How to add custom items to the “New” right-click context menu in Windows [Guide] Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:41:35 +0000

The Windows desktop context menu includes a New menu from which we can select various file types. Selecting a file type from that menu creates new shortcuts on the desktop. From the registry you can add a greater number of file types to that menu,…

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10+ useful hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts) for Windows Media Player [Tip] Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:28:54 +0000

Windows Media Player is the media player included with Windows. Like most media players, it has a set of keyboard shortcuts to provide quicker access to options. These are a few of the Media Player’s handy keyboard shortcuts.

How to set a 3D user picture in Windows 7 Start menu [Tip] Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:22:00 +0000

Windows 7 & Vista Start menu includes a user account picture at the top. That is a flat, 2D user account picture. However, with the freeware 3D User Picture we can add a more dynamic 3D alternative.

You can add 3D User Picture to Windows 7/Vista…

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How to set up a Windows 7 password-reset disk [Tip] Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:56:44 +0000

If your Windows 7 user account has a password on it, you might forget the login details for it. To ensure that you can always log into Windows 7, even if you enter an incorrect password, set up a password-reset disk. With one of those, you can reset…

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How to record mouse clicks on Windows XP/Vista/7/8 [Tip] Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:54:36 +0000

Wouldn’t it be great if you could record macros in Windows as you can within the OpenOffice and MS Office applications? With them you can record a selection of a series of options. Well, with the MouseController software you can also record…

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How to change font for Command Prompt in Windows [Guide] Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:05:04 +0000

The Command Prompt includes just two default fonts. That’s not a great variety to select from. However, you can add more TrueType monospace fonts to the Command Prompt.

To add more fonts to the Command Prompt, you must first have some …

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How to set up a backup admin account in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Vista [Tip] Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:46 +0000

If you only have one Windows account, consider adding a backup admin account. Then you will still be able to log in even if your primary account becomes corrupted in any way. Alternatively, you could enter a seemingly accurate password only …

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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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