Personalize your Windows XP-based PC

We got a lot of feedback on the Customize your Start menu entry. Making your PC personal—and it is supposed to be personal—and friendly for you to use can go a long way toward improving your computing experience. I started writing some additional articles on how to customize your monitor, mouse settings, toolbars, and other…

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Save time booting up your computer

One of the most frustrating moments of my morning is getting to work and sitting there for 10 minutes while my computer boots up. Most mornings, I can get a cup of coffee and visit coworkers while my computer starts and Outlook, IE, and the other applications I use regularly open. My wait time is…

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Avoid sending e-mail messages by mistake

Have you ever accidentally sent an e-mail before you were done? Or sent something that you immediately wished you hadn’t? I had done this enough—and caused myself enough embarrassment—to think about ways to avoid it the next time. My first attempt was remembering to double-check my e-mail before sending it. This worked for a bit,…

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5 reasons to download IE 7

I don’t condone downloading and installing random programs just to try them. That’s a great way to expose your computer to security threats and performance issues–not to mention filling your computer with junk. But if something helps you get things done and improves your computing experience, then it’s time to download. That said, I highly…

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Save time collecting information from the Web

Microsoft Office OneNote is still relatively new in Office—it’s only been available for 3 years. I’ve had it on my computer since it became available, but only in the last year have I really started to take advantage of OneNote. To be honest, I don’t take great notes. I didn’t take great ones in college…

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My pros and cons of Word 2007

I’ve been using Word 2007 for a couple of months. And no, I don’t have to just because I work at Microsoft. I use Office all day, and I love to see what new features are coming. And in this release, Office has a lot to offer. It has by far more useful changes than…

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Back-up success story: Windows Live OneCare

There are a few things you should do regularly to maintain your computer. Making security updates and running performance tools are two things, and backing up your files is another one. Windows Live OneCare, which I’ve been using for two months now, can be set up to automatically do all of these things. Last week…

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Burn your own CDs

There are a couple of reasons you might want to save or burn files onto a CD. For example, you can: Store old and important documents on CD to have as backups. I regularly backup important documents for work and at home. Keep copies of all of your digital photographs. I’ve collected hundreds of pictures…

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Get your news on the go

It’s easy to find news on the Web. Whether you’re looking for national, international, technology, or just plain fun news, there’s no shortage of Web sites. The difficulty lies in finding enough time to scan all those sites to find the articles you want to spend time reading. A Windows Mobile powered device and a…

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4 fast ways to trim the size of your mailbox

I admit it. I get busy working, and I never really pay attention to the size of my mailbox. That is, until I get a nasty little reminder from the system administrator saying I’m over the limit and need to delete some mail. In hopes of changing my ways, I’ve decided to take a more…

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