Month: January 2008 (Page 2 of 5)

Windows Vista Shortcut Keys

When you want to get somewhere fast in Windows Vista, knowing which shortcut key to use can save a lot of clicks, and time. Here’s a brief list of helpful shortcut keys to get you where you want to go today faster.
Managing WindowsNote: Win stands for Windows Logo Key.
Alt+F4 Close the active windowAlt+Tab Switch to previous active windowAlt+Esc Cycle through all open windowsWin+Tab Flip 3DCtrl+Win+Tab Persistent Flip 3DWin+T Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live read more

TrustedInstaller Slows My Computer Down on Startup

TrustedInstaller on some Windows Vista systems can essentially hang for several minutes consuming 100% of the CPU cycles, which makes the computer unusable until the TrustedInstaller.exe process terminates itself. The purpose of TrustedInstaller is to act as the gatekeeper and protect essential system resources, such as files, folders, and registry keys, that are critical to keep Windows Vista stable. When a program installed on your computer tries to access system files, TrustedInstaller starts read more

Put Run Command on the Start Menu

To open windows and programs easier I like to use the Run command box, but some installations of Windows Vista don’t display the Run command on the Start Menu. Here’s how to enable the Run command so it shows up on the Start Menu.
Right-click the taskbar, then left click Properties.

Select the Start Menu tab, then click Customize.

Scroll down through the list, then check the box next to Run command. Click OK until all the windows are closed.

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Give Ownership Back to TrustedInstaller

Are you getting "Unable to save permission changes on file_name. Access is denied." error messages when trying to modify a file or change permissions on a file that has TrustedInstaller as its owner? It is possible to take ownership away from TrustedInstaller, and give it to your Administrative account, but it is not wise to mess with System Files. TrustedInstaller is a special service that manages “essential” resources (system files, folders, and registry keys) that are critical read more

Use Windows Mail for Gmail IMAP or POP Access

Gmail, provided by Google, is probably one of the best free email services in the world, not just because it’s free, or because it provides over 6.3 GB of email account space and growing, but because Gmail allows FREE access through the use of remote protocols like POP and IMAP. This means you can use an email client you already use to download and view all your mail accounts at once. Today we’ll walk through setting up Windows Mail on Windows Vista. These instructions could also be used for read more

Use Disk Defragmenter to Speed Up Your Computer

Windows Vista, like Windows XP, comes with a free Disk Defragmenter. Defragmenting the hard drive on your computer makes it faster by organizing the files that have been spread (fragmented) across the disk closer together to allow them to be found and used quicker. It’s best to set the Disk Defragmenter on a schedule so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself.
To open Disk Defragmenter go to Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> System Tools –> Disk Defragmenter
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Shortcut Keys to Search Page in Internet Explorer and Firefox

When it’s possible to save a few clicks, and a little time, I also make a not of it. Instead of clicking Edit –> Find in (or on) this page. You can simply use the shortcut keys Ctrl+F. This will work in both Internet Explorer…

and Mozilla Firefox.

Put a Shortcut on the Desktop

Sometimes you arrive on a web site that you absolutely want to come back to over-and-over again, but you don’t want to find it in a list of favorites. To get quick access to a web site you can put a shortcut on your desktop. When you are on the page you want to create a web shortcut to just right-click the page, and left-click Create Shortcut.

Now Internet Explorer will ask "Do you want to put a shortcut to this website on your desktop?" Click Yes.

There is a second way. Shrink your read more

Use Outlook 2007 as an RSS Reader

Outlook 2007 at the office can do more than mail and calendar tasks, it can also handle RSS feeds very nicely as well. This makes it easy to read NerdGrind at work while still looking busy doing office related tasks.
To subscribe to an RSS feed, just open Outlook and go to Tools –> Account Settings.

The Account Settings dialog box will open up. Click the RSS Feeds tab and select New. Next copy and paste the RSS URL of the feed into the address box then click Add.

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Use IMAP or POP with Gmail

The Google free email service Gmail has grown exponentially in popularity since it was first launched, and one reason for this is the ability to use Gmail any way you want. Gmail allows you to stay organized by giving you the ability to collect your email alongside any other email service using programs like Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Eudora, Netscape Mail, Thunderbird, iPhone, and more through the use of POP or IMAP. There are some differences between POP and IMAP. POP allows you read more

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