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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

Rather than opening Control Panel or other locations from the Start Menu and hunting for what you need, you might find it easier to access them in expanded view from the Start Menu. Here we’ll show you a quick tip to get it done.

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If you’re moving from XP to Windows 7, one of the new features you might be interested in is Media Center. In this tutorial we’ll walk through the process of configuring it for the first time and look at some of its default features.

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Dropbox is one of the coolest utilities available today to backup and share files and folders online. If you want easier access to it, you might want to add it to the Send To Menu in the Context Menu.

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If you ever have to read a long Word document, scrolling all the way through it to find what you need can be annoying. Today we look at using the Thumbnails Feature to navigate through them faster.

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Sometimes when you plug a USB drive into your machine you won’t see it in Computer or AutoPlay in Windows 7 or Vista. Today we take a look at how to change the drive letter so you can can access it.

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Unfortunately when installing Office 2010 not everything goes smoothly. Here is how to fix an Internal Error 2203 which we ran into during one installation of OneNote 2010.

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One new feature with the Windows 7 Taskbar is the Notification Area automatically hides certain icons. Here we’ll take a look at making it a bit more manageable.

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Sometimes you need to keep your important documents secure so only certain individuals can read and edit them. Here we take a look at how to restrict editing and encrypt your documents in Office 2010.

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When you’re traveling sometimes you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection available for your portable devices or need to share files with another wireless computer. Here is how to create a wireless ad hoc network in Windows 7 to solve the issue.

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There are a lot of new users to Windows 7 who are not happy with the new Start Menu and wish they could revert to the Classic menu. Here is how to at least get back the Classic “All Programs” Menu.

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There may be times when you don’t want “the man” knowing what your IM conversations are. Today we look at an Instant Messenger plugin that will keep your conversations completely private.

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Sometimes when you’re making changes to your computer sound card or upgrading editions of Foobar2000 you may get this playback error. The fix for this is simple and quick.

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If you have multiple user on your local machine or manage workstations in an office, you might want to enable or disable their password protection for added security. Today we take a look at how to do it in Windows 7.

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In the previous version of Windows Live Writer,  utilizing features was a simple process. Now things are placed in the Ribbon and at times more difficult to access. Here we’ll look at adding anything to the Quick Access Toolbar.

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The new Search feature in Windows 7 has greatly improved for navigating your PC. But how neat would it be to search the Internet from the Start Menu? Here we show you how to do it.

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If you’re the administrator of a shared computer or a few in the office, you probably want to have the users change their password periodically for enhanced security. Here’s how to do it in Windows 7 & XP.

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When you want to close an application window you “x” out of it or close it from the Taskbar right? What you may not know is, you can also close out of an application double clicking the icon on the left of an app window.

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By default when you right-click your desktop to get to the Context Menu’s New folder, there is a lot of items you probably don’t use. Here we look at how to clean up the menu for faster access in creating a new folder.

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Have you ever been listening to MP3 music files that were really quiet while others were really loud? It can be quite an annoying problem and here’s how to fix it.

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Microsoft has released a beta version of the next version of Windows Live Essentials, it includes tools like Movie Maker, Mail, Live Sync, and more for Vista and Windows 7. Here we’ll take a look at the beta suite and see what you can expect.

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In Windows 7 Explorer, changing the view of your thumbnails and other files is easy by clicking the Change Your View button in Explorer. What you may not have noticed is there’s an Extra Large view setting as well.

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By default you may notice that there is a slight delay when hovering your mouse over a Taskbar Thumbnail. Here is a neat registry hack that will allow you to speed it up.

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Carrying out complex operations & applying conditions on tables in Access are not that much easy as in Excel. Some users are still confusing it with Excel which is synonymous to belittling Access capabilities.

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It can be annoying when you’re using the default Command Prompt window settings and not being able to read everything easily. What you may not know is you can make it wider, and here is how.

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If you own a Netbook with an Intel Atom processor, you might be looking for an easy way to find apps that are optimized for it. Today we look at Intel AppUp Center which allows you to quickly find and install Netbook apps.

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