dotTech » Windows http://dottech.org Professional Technologians Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:45:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 How to extract embedded images from documents in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172121/how-to-extract-embedded-images-from-documents-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/172121/how-to-extract-embedded-images-from-documents-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:45:36 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172121

To obtain JPEG images from documents that you don’t already have on your hard disk, you would have to save each of the pictures in them separately. Although you could also add deJpeg 2.0 to Windows. That’s a freeware program which…

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How to record GIF screencasts in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172104/how-to-record-gif-screencasts-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/172104/how-to-record-gif-screencasts-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:42:40 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172104

You can capture desktop snapshots with the PrtScn key. With additional software you can also capture screencasts, which are digital recordings. You can capture a recording of the Windows desktop with the GifCam software.

GifCam captures…

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How to add Recycle Bin to Control Panel in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/173115/how-to-add-recycle-bin-to-control-panel-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/173115/how-to-add-recycle-bin-to-control-panel-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:39:08 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173115

The Control Panel in Windows includes shortcuts to numerous system tools and options. However, the Recycle Bin is not included. You can add a Recycle Bin, and other shortcuts to the Control Panel with My Computer Tweaker that has numerous customization…

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How to open a window of the same program in separate desktops in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/172360/how-to-open-a-window-of-the-same-program-in-separate-desktops-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/172360/how-to-open-a-window-of-the-same-program-in-separate-desktops-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:01:05 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172360

I know this title is a little difficult to understand. So I’m explaining it more detail here. Suppose you have a Chrome window opened in Desktop 1. When you are in Desktop 2, you want to open another Chrome window just for this desktop, so you …

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How to create strikethrough, subscript, superscript, vertical and inverted texts in Microsoft Word [Tip] http://dottech.org/171980/how-to-create-strikethrough-subscript-superscript-vertical-and-inverted-texts-in-ms-word-2007-tip/ http://dottech.org/171980/how-to-create-strikethrough-subscript-superscript-vertical-and-inverted-texts-in-ms-word-2007-tip/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:56:14 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171980

Did you know that you can create different text styles in Microsoft Word? This includes strikethrough texts, double strikethrough texts, shadowed texts, subscript texts, superscript texts, vertical texts, inverted texts and a whole lot…

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How to use check boxes to select multiple files in Windows 8 & 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/172354/how-to-use-check-boxes-to-select-multiple-files-in-windows-810-tip/ http://dottech.org/172354/how-to-use-check-boxes-to-select-multiple-files-in-windows-810-tip/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:12:37 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172354

Since Windows 8 introduced to public, there are more and more device with touch screen available in the market. However, not all Windows elements, especially the Desktop, are fully optimized for your fingers. For example, traditionally,…

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How to disable window shadow in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/172749/how-to-disable-window-shadow-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/172749/how-to-disable-window-shadow-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:09:53 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172749

Windows 10 not only brings a lot new features but it also makes visual changes on desktop environment. If you’re familiar with MAC OS X, you’ll see now Windows 10’s window is kind of the same with borderless windows and huge shadow effect…

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How to clear the recent file list in MS Office 2010 [Tip] http://dottech.org/172723/how-to-clear-the-recent-file-list-in-ms-office-2010-tip/ http://dottech.org/172723/how-to-clear-the-recent-file-list-in-ms-office-2010-tip/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:04:16 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172723

The MS Office applications keep a handy list of recently opened files that you can open by selecting the File tab and Recent. However, it’s not so handy when it starts to include lots of documents you no longer need to access. This is how you can

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How to disable animations in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/172756/how-to-disable-animations-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/172756/how-to-disable-animations-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:02:04 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172756

Among new features, Windows 10 also got many upcoming redesigned interface. In the most recent build (9879), the windows are now borderless and have shadow effect underneath. There are also new animations when you open, close, maximize and…

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How to smudge and blend colors in images with Paint.NET [Tip] http://dottech.org/170300/how-to-smudge-and-blend-colors-in-images-with-paint-net-tip/ http://dottech.org/170300/how-to-smudge-and-blend-colors-in-images-with-paint-net-tip/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:26:23 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170300

Paint.NET is a freeware image-editing application that you can add a variety of editing options to with plug-ins. One plug-in you can add to Paint.NET is TechnoRobbo’s Smudger V2.2, which adds a tool to smudge and smear your favorite…

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How to use a hotkey to add labels to taskbar windows in Windows 7 [Tip] http://dottech.org/168209/how-to-use-a-hotkey-to-add-labels-to-taskbar-windows-in-windows-7-tip/ http://dottech.org/168209/how-to-use-a-hotkey-to-add-labels-to-taskbar-windows-in-windows-7-tip/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:34:42 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=168209

Minimized app windows on the taskbar included labels prior to Windows 7. However, Microsoft added icons to the taskbar windows to replace labels in Windows 7. Nevertheless, you can still restore the labels on the Windows 7 taskbar windows…

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How to use the Snap Feature in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/169440/how-to-use-the-snap-feature-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/169440/how-to-use-the-snap-feature-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:29:17 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169440

Previously we talked about several new features in Windows 10 such as the resizable start menu, desktop-view, command prompt, and so forth. It is great fun for users to discover more and more new functions in Windows 10 as we are exploring…

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How to create MP3 audio files from videos in Windows, Linux and Mac OS X [Tip] http://dottech.org/172128/how-to-create-mp3-audio-files-from-videos-in-windows-linux-and-mac-os-x-tip/ http://dottech.org/172128/how-to-create-mp3-audio-files-from-videos-in-windows-linux-and-mac-os-x-tip/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:35:10 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172128

If you’ve found a video with a great background soundtrack, you can extract that into a separate audio file with a few software packages. Among them is the freeware video editor Avidemux. With that you can save video audio as MP3 and other…

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How to turn text suggestion On or Off in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/172110/how-to-turn-text-suggestion-on-or-off-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/172110/how-to-turn-text-suggestion-on-or-off-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:27:01 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172110

As some of you may know, Windows 10 borrows many features from Windows Phone, such as Storage Sense and Battery Sense. Another feature that’s from the mobile OS finally appears in Windows 10 is system-wide text suggestion in on-screen keyboard.…

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How to easily set up a movie library in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/168110/how-to-easily-set-up-a-movie-library-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/168110/how-to-easily-set-up-a-movie-library-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:51:54 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=168110

If you have a huge collection of movies, on or off your desktop/laptop, you can keep track of them with a movie catalog (or database). Sure, a movie database could be set up with application software such as Access. However, with My Movie Library

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How to switch back to Metro View in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/169450/how-to-switch-back-to-metro-view-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/169450/how-to-switch-back-to-metro-view-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:44:47 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=169450

If you have read the article about the cool new Start Menu features in Windows 10, then you probably have an idea of how Windows 10 looks. Whether you are a big fan of the new interface of Windows 10, or you are prone to using the Metro View of Windows…

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How to compress JPEG images in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172074/how-to-compress-jpeg-images-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/172074/how-to-compress-jpeg-images-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:31:22 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172074

Images can take up quite a bit of disk space. As such, compressing images is good way to free up disk storage if you have lofts of saved pictures. With the freeware VJC you can compress the JPG image format.

To add the software to Windows Vista, 7 …

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Best data recovery software for Android: restore your files with Tenorshare Android Data Recovery http://dottech.org/172518/best-data-recovery-software-for-android-restore-your-files-with-tenorshare-android-data-recovery/ http://dottech.org/172518/best-data-recovery-software-for-android-restore-your-files-with-tenorshare-android-data-recovery/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:30:33 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172518

Best data recovery software for Android: get back 8+ types of Android files with Tenorshare Android Data Recovery

Owning and using an Android every day, it’s just so easy to suffer from Android data loss from time to time. Once the text messages,…

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How to get the early build of Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/170458/how-to-get-the-early-build-of-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/170458/how-to-get-the-early-build-of-windows-10-tip/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:26:23 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=170458

Windows 10 is now in the public testing stage which means new build coming out to testers – called Windows Insiders – every few months. At the time this article written, Windows 10 Technical Preview is at build 9879. …

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How to protect your computer with custom pattern lock in Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/172155/how-to-add-a-custom-pattern-lock-in-windows-guide/ http://dottech.org/172155/how-to-add-a-custom-pattern-lock-in-windows-guide/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:47:06 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172155

Windows has a user password page, but you can also add extra locks to your desktop or laptop with third-party software. The freeware security application Eusing Maze Lock is one that shows notable innovation. With Eusing Maze Lock you can add…

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How to change file attributes in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172139/how-to-change-file-attributes-in-windows-command-prompt-tip/ http://dottech.org/172139/how-to-change-file-attributes-in-windows-command-prompt-tip/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:42:07 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172139

Those who often use the MS Command Prompt can edit file attributes with it. For example, you can select attributes such as Hidden, Read-only and archiving for specific files by entering attribute switches in the Command Prompt. This is the …

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How to pin any item to Home in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/172115/how-to-pin-any-item-to-home-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/172115/how-to-pin-any-item-to-home-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:37:11 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172115

Being a public testing product as Windows 10 means new features change time to time; sometimes they couldn’t make it to the final version. One of the controversial changes in Windows 10 is the Home location. This location shows your recently…

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How to batch compress PDF files in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172168/how-to-batch-compress-pdf-files-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/172168/how-to-batch-compress-pdf-files-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:26:20 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172168

One of the best ways to free up disk space without deleting anything is to compress files. This article covered how you can compress MP3s. You can also batch compress PDF documents with ORPALIS PDF Reducer Free.

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How to compress PNG images in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/171920/how-to-compress-png-images-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/171920/how-to-compress-png-images-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:20:20 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171920

PNG image files can take up quite a bit of hard disk space. One of the best ways to reduce their file storage is to compress them. You can both convert and compress PNG images with the freeware PNGGauntlet.

This is the PNGGauntlet website from which…

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How to change disk drive name or label in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172068/how-to-change-the-disk-drive-name-or-label-in-command-prompt-tip/ http://dottech.org/172068/how-to-change-the-disk-drive-name-or-label-in-command-prompt-tip/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:11:22 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172068

Each of your drives in Windows have titles (or labels). However, you can add entirely new labels to the C drive and others. This is how you can do that with the MS Command Prompt.

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How to pin any file, folder or program to Start Menu in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/171908/how-to-pin-any-file-folder-or-program-to-start-menu-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/171908/how-to-pin-any-file-folder-or-program-to-start-menu-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:00:09 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171908

As you know, Start Menu in Windows 10 is one of the most wanted features in this new operating system version. It’s a combination of the familiar Windows 7’s Start Menu and Windows 8’s Start Screen. Therefore, it’s expected that this…

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How to reduce the file size of MP3 files in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/171879/how-to-reduce-the-file-size-of-mp3-files-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/171879/how-to-reduce-the-file-size-of-mp3-files-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:54:03 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171879

Audio files can take up a few megabytes of disk space. So adding lots of them to your hard disk will hog quite a bit of storage space. However, with MP3 Quality Modifier we can reduce the bitrate of MP3s; and that will then reduce the file sizes to …

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How to burn CD and DVD from right-click menu in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/171887/how-to-add-a-burn-to-disc-option-to-windows-explorer-context-menu-tip/ http://dottech.org/171887/how-to-add-a-burn-to-disc-option-to-windows-explorer-context-menu-tip/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:32:09 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171887

There are plenty of CD/DVD burner software packages that you can burn audio/picture files to writeable CD/DVD. However, few of those add shortcut options to the Windows Explorer context menu. To burn audio or pictures to CD/DVD directly from…

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How to move a window between desktops in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/171986/how-to-move-a-window-between-desktops-in-windows-10-technical-preview-tip/ http://dottech.org/171986/how-to-move-a-window-between-desktops-in-windows-10-technical-preview-tip/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:29:22 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171986

Multiple desktops is one many new features introduced in Windows 10. Although it’s only at the preview stage, there are great functions provided. For example, you can create lots of desktops to manage your windows. There is a keyboard shortcut…

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How to delete duplicate audio files in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/171866/how-to-delete-duplicate-audio-files-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/171866/how-to-delete-duplicate-audio-files-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:25:38 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171866

The more music files you add to your collection, the more time will be required to clean out any duplicates that might sneak in. As such, check out the Similarity software package. With that you can quickly scan for and delete a variety of duplicate…

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How to add a laptop battery bar to Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/171896/how-to-add-a-laptop-battery-bar-to-windows-vista7-tip/ http://dottech.org/171896/how-to-add-a-laptop-battery-bar-to-windows-vista7-tip/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:29:36 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171896

The battery icon at the bottom right is tiny. It would be better to have a larger battery bar that makes the battery status clear. You can add exactly that to Windows Vista/7 with the freeware BattCursor software.

Add the software to Windows…

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How to use Storage Sense in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/171758/how-to-use-storage-sense-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/171758/how-to-use-storage-sense-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:26:35 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171758

Into the second public beta, Windows 10 has brought so many brand new features. It’s interesting that some of them were originally introduced in Windows Phone. This happened because Microsoft’s trying to create one Windows that runs …

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How to batch create new folders in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/171728/how-to-batch-create-new-folders-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/171728/how-to-batch-create-new-folders-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:02:11 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171728

If you often set up new folders and subfolders, New Folder Wizard might be a handy software package for you. New Folder Wizard is a program with which you can set up a batch of new folders. With it you can set up thousands of folders at once.

Head…

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How to create a mosaic in Paint.NET [Tip] http://dottech.org/171434/how-to-create-a-mosaic-in-paint-net-tip/ http://dottech.org/171434/how-to-create-a-mosaic-in-paint-net-tip/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:53:53 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171434

A mosaic is an art of creating images with an assemblage of colored stone or glass. You can add mosaic effects to your own images with Paint.NET. That includes a Mosaic plug-in which generates mosaic effects.

You can add Mosaic to Paint.NET from…

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How to create OpenOffice presentation in Windows, Linux, Mac OS X [Guide] http://dottech.org/171222/how-to-set-up-an-openoffice-presentation-in-windows-linux-mac-os-x-guide/ http://dottech.org/171222/how-to-set-up-an-openoffice-presentation-in-windows-linux-mac-os-x-guide/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:18:58 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=171222

OpenOffice is a freeware office software suite. Among its software packages are a word processor, spreadsheet, database and presentation application. The suite’s presentation application is Presentation, and that’s the…

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