dotTech » Windows http://dottech.org Professional Technologians Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:58:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 How to adjust foreground transparency in windows using hotkeys [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 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/ 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 set up 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.

This is the publisher’s website …

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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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How to add an enhanced Open With menu to Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/165234/how-to-add-an-enhanced-open-with-menu-to-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/165234/how-to-add-an-enhanced-open-with-menu-to-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:38:14 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165234

Each file in Windows includes an Open With option on its context menu. With that you can select a specific software package to open the file with. To enhance the Open With menu, consider adding the freeware OpenWith Enhanced to Windows XP, Vista,…

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How to add folder tabs and bookmarks to Windows Explorer [Tip] http://dottech.org/165415/how-to-add-folder-tabs-and-bookmarks-to-windows-explorer-tip/ http://dottech.org/165415/how-to-add-folder-tabs-and-bookmarks-to-windows-explorer-tip/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:33:06 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165415

Browser page tabs eradicated the need to open separate windows to browse alternative website pages simultaneously. So why haven’t Microsoft added folder tabs to Windows Explorer? They would be a great addition to Windows Explorer,…

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How to find out if a software is 64-bit or 32-bit in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/165019/how-to-find-out-if-a-software-is-64-bit-or-32-bit-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/165019/how-to-find-out-if-a-software-is-64-bit-or-32-bit-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:08:44 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165019

Lots of Windows software packages usually have 32 and 64-bit versions. If you have 32-bit Windows it’s essential to be clear whether your new app is 32 or 64-bit. If the app is 64-bit it isn’t going to run on 32-bit Windows. So how …

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How to convert documents to audio files in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/165101/how-to-convert-documents-to-audio-files-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/165101/how-to-convert-documents-to-audio-files-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:05:18 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165101

There are various text-to-speech software packages that turn text documents into audio. Among them is the AudioDocs app that is an open source program. With AudioDocs you can convert your Word, txt and PDF documents into wav audio files.

Head…

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How to add a folder size column to Windows Explorer [Tip] http://dottech.org/165259/how-to-add-a-folder-size-column-to-windows-explorer-tip/ http://dottech.org/165259/how-to-add-a-folder-size-column-to-windows-explorer-tip/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:03:10 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165259

To check the size of your folders in Windows Explorer, you would usually right-click a folder and select Properties. That opens the Properties window which includes details for the folder’s size. However, with FolderSize we can check…

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How to add a tabbed toolbar to Windows and Mac OS X [Guide] http://dottech.org/165868/how-to-add-a-tabbed-toolbar-to-windows-and-mac-os-x-guide/ http://dottech.org/165868/how-to-add-a-tabbed-toolbar-to-windows-and-mac-os-x-guide/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:21:21 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=165868

There are various application launchers that you can add to the top of Windows. Among them is sTabLauncher that adds a toolbar to the top of the Windows desktop. Unlike some of the alternatives that toolbar includes tabs with which you can organize…

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