dotTech » Windows Professional Technologians Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:42:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 [Windows] Automatically shutdown your computer at a scheduled time with Airytec Switch Off, a portable program Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:06:04 +0000

Did it ever occur to you that you could lower your electricity bill by turning off your electronic devices right after use? While it’s always been a hot topic as to whether turning your computer on and off could shorten its lifespan, there…

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How to make Windows read outloud text copied to clipboard [Guide] Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:03:31 +0000

Wouldn’t it be great to have an option that plays a Windows clipboard text audio? With such an option you could check what text you’ve copied to the clipboard. This is how you can do just that!

Firstly, add the NirCmd software to any…

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How to create custom Jump Lists for all your software and files on Windows 7 and 8 [Tip] Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:00:49 +0000

Jump Lists were among the best new additions to Windows 7. They added another shortcut option, but you cannot combine multiple applications in one Jump List. That is unless you add Jumplist Launcher to Windows 7/8.

Jumplist Launcher is a portable…

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How to paste plain text into Word 2010 and 2013 documents [Tip] Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:59:12 +0000

When you paste text into Word 2010/2013, the copied text still includes all the formatting. As such, the copied text will probably not match the formatting of the rest of your document. However, you can instead paste plain text into your document…

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How to add check boxes for items in Windows Vista and 7 [Tip] Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:58:41 +0000

To select multiple files in Windows Explorer, you would usually hold down the Ctrl key. However, there is another way, a better way, that you can select multiple files. You enable check boxes for items in Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Click the …

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How to easily mute volume with a hotkey or shortcut in Windows [Guide] Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:15:00 +0000

Windows includes a speaker icon on its system tray from which you can select a Mute audio option. However, Windows doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut that mutes the volume. Nevertheless, with suitable software you can still add a mute …

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How to get classic XP ‘All Programs’ menu on Windows 7 [Guide] Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:07:11 +0000

The Windows XP Start menu was one that included the All Programs Menu which expanded across the desktop. Microsoft removed that from Windows Vista/7, replacing it with a program menu that remains within the Start menu. However, with a little…

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How to add watermarks to Excel 2010 and 13 spreadsheets [Guide] Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:06:11 +0000

Excel 2010/2013 doesn’t have any specific options that add watermarks to spreadsheets. However, you can still add watermark images and text to spreadsheets. Add the watermarks to the spreadsheets with Excel’s header and footer tools.…

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[Windows] Protect your digital privacy with beautiful Privacy Eraser Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:44:13 +0000

You may not be fully aware about it but the programs and applications that you use on your computer (and even your computer itself) are usually designed to keep a record of your activities which includes your browsing history, the photos and …

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How to eject CD/DVD/Blu-ray drives with hotkey or desktop shortcut in Windows [Tip] Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:41:50 +0000

You can add a shortcut to the desktop which ejects the CD/DVD drive. From that you can establish a keyboard shortcut for ejecting CDs and DVDs. There are various ways you can do that such as using the NirCmd command-line utility.

Check out this…

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How to add cover pages to Word 2010 & 2013 documents [Guide] Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:38:02 +0000

A cover page is a great addition to a document. On it you can add an abstract, title and subtitle for the document. Word 2010/13 have a variety of cover page templates for documents, and plenty of formatting options with which you can set up your…

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How to easily find files and folders using Windows search operators [Guide] Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:37:05 +0000

You can search for documents and software from the Windows search box in the Start menu or Start screen or regular search window. An effective keyword might usually find a specific file or software package, but not always. For more effective…

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Say goodbye to Windows XP forever, because doomsday has arrived Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:31:14 +0000

So it’s true. That trusty old Windows XP has bid us all goodbye—for good. If you’re still hanging on to XP, you have to prepare yourself and finally switch to the newer Windows platform or possibly Linux (or Mac).

It’s been 12 years since…

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How to change color of folders in Windows for free [Tip] Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:55:26 +0000

The folders in Windows don’t have a great diversity of colors. The standard folder icon is yellow, but you can change folders’ colors. All that’s required is the freeware Rainbow Folders software package.

Rainbow Folders…

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How to quickly change text case in Excel 2013 using a function [Tip] Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:47:57 +0000

If you have to change multiple cell cases in an Excel spreadsheet it’s not essential to delete and re-enter their content. Excel has three functions with which you can change the case of text. With those you can enter a function which converts…

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How to add page numbers to Word 2010 and 2013 documents [Guide] Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:46:51 +0000

If you’re creating a larger Word 2010/2013 document, which includes multiple pages, you should add page numbers to it. You can search and keep track of your documents more effectively with page numbers included in them, and they are an essential…

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Microsoft is waging war to kill annoying adware on PCs Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:44:38 +0000

One of the most annoying things that can happen when using your computer is being flooded with ads from adware programs — ones that you didn’t even know about or intentionally install. Thankfully, Microsoft knows this and is introducing…

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Who wants Blue Screen of Death in their car? Microsoft is bring Windows to inside vehicles, to battle Apple’s CarPlay Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:24:07 +0000

Microsoft is bringing Windows to the car, but this isn’t the first time. A number of companies like Ford, BMW and Nissan have used a version of Windows to power their car dashboard displays for years now. But at Microsoft’s Build…

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How to navigate directly from one table to another in Word 2010 and 2013 [Tip] Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:56:53 +0000

Word 2010/2013 includes a variety of options with which you can search your documents more quickly. If you have a document with lots of tables in it, you can jump directly from one table to the next. As such, the scroll bar is not essential to locate…

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“Did you know XP was running out of support?” [Humor] Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:39:49 +0000 Forget the humor story, you need to read this post just to read Vamien's first ever sensible commentary.]]> 1 How to customize right-click context menu in Windows without editing the registry [Guide] Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:02:51 +0000

Previous dotTech articles have covered how you can customize right-click context menus in Windows with the registry. However, with the freeware FileMenu Tools software you don’t have to open the registry to customize the context …

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How to add an alarm clock to Windows [Guide] Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:57:38 +0000

Alarm clocks always give you a handy reminder of a specific time. Whilst you can add alarm clocks with Windows system tools, there are also various alarm clock software packages. Among them is Free Alarm Clock which, as you might have guessed,…

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Top Windows wallpapers [April 4, 2014] Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:49:49 +0000

We search through tons of wallpapers daily to find the best wallpapers for your Windows PC. Check out our latest collection of today’s top Windows wallpapers.

dotTech and its writers do not own these wallpapers. Credit goes to the respective

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Microsoft is extending Windows XP support for another year… but only in the UK Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:46:00 +0000

The UK government has struck a deal with Microsoft that will see support for XP extended for a year after the April 8, 2014 deadline. The agreement cost the government £5.5 million, or roughly US$9.2 million.

The agreement was conducted by …

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How to make Start Menu and taskbar icons smaller in Windows 7 and Vista [Guide] Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:35:46 +0000

Are you looking for a way to resize the Windows Vista/7 Start Menus or taskbar? If so you should change the size of their icons which by default are larger alternatives. The options for smaller icons are not visible from the desktop, but this is…

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How to add Command Prompt to Windows right-click context menu [Guide] Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:32:11 +0000

The Command Prompt is the last remnant of DOS on Windows. You can add a shortcut to the Command Prompt on the Windows Explorer right-click context menu. Then you can right-click a folder, and select the Command Prompt to open in that folder’s…

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How to add captions to graphics (photos and images) in OpenOffice [Guide] Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:30:32 +0000

Whenever you add graphics to OpenOffice documents, you can also place a text caption below it which provides brief further details on what’s in the image. For example, if you add an application package screen shot to a document you could…

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Start Menu is officially coming back to Windows in a future Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft caves to consumer pressure Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:23:51 +0000

At its Build developer conference, Microsoft officially announced Windows 8.1 Update and its new features, many of which are designed to make using the OS easier with a mouse and keyboard. But what won’t be making it into the Windows …

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Microsoft is making Windows free… for mobile devices under 9 inches Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:19:44 +0000

During Microsoft’s presentation at its Build conference, the company announced that Windows is going free for devices with screens under 9 inches. The move is designed to allow manufacturers to offer more lower-cost and more accessible…

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The future is here: Microsoft’s universal Windows apps run on your PC, phone, tablet, and even Xbox One Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:18:40 +0000

Microsoft made a number of announcements during its presentation at Build, such as new features for both Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 and even the impending return of the Start Menu. But the most impressive and most exciting announcement…

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How to easily create logos and graphics with GIMP for free [Guide] Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:55:29 +0000

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free and open source alternative to Photoshop that is available on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, Mac OS X, and Linux; it provides huge network of extensions and add-ons. Today I will cover a useful feature…

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How to clear up your Windows desktop with a magic folder [Guide] Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:53:07 +0000

If you have a desktop cluttered with downloaded file shortcuts, and other shortcuts, there are a few ways that you can clear it. Sure, deleting the shortcuts will remove them; but consider clearing the desktop with the Windows freeware Magic

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How to hide and unhide rows and columns in Excel 2010 an 2013 [Tip] Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:48:26 +0000

Those who have very large Excel spreadsheets can reduce them in size by removing a few rows or columns. Excel 2010/13 includes Hide/Unhide options with which you can temporarily remove columns and rows from view. As such, you don’t have…

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How to customize Windows 7 Media Center startup [Guide] Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:47:07 +0000

The Windows 7 Media Center startup opens with an animation, and then goes to an index page from where you can open your pictures, videos, etc. However, you can add a series of switches to the Windows 7 Media Center’s target string which customize…

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Windows XP support ends next week, but 28 percent of web users are still using it Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:44:35 +0000

After supporting the operating system with updates for twelve years, Microsoft is issuing Windows XP’s last ever security update next week. Technical assistance will no longer be available, automatic updates will cease and even …

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