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If you are an experienced PC power user you might be annoyed with the balloon notifications popping up and telling you what you know already. Perhaps you don’t want to see anything in the notification area at all. Today we take a look at how to disable the notifications using Local Group Policy Editor.

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The new Windows 7 Search is greatly improved over previous versions and allows you to search for data on local and networked machines. Today we take it a step further and show you how to extend the search capability to sites on the Internet.

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WordPad and Paint are often overlooked accessories included in all versions of Windows since 95. They are still included in Windows 7 and now have a new look with some enhanced features. Here we will take a look at some of the new improvements.

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Looking for an easy way to deal with those annoying flash elements in webpages while browsing with Chrome? Now you can with the BlockFlash2 User Script.

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If you’re an administrator and trying to get work done quickly, having the Program Compatibility Assistant popping up constantly can be annoying. Today we take a look at how to disable this feature if you are tired of seeing the nagging messages.

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Looking for a wonderful image program for your children (or inner child)? Tux Paint makes a terrific addition to your family’s computer whether you are using Windows, Linux, or Mac.

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If you’ve ever encountered a problem where Windows seems to randomly assign the wrong icon thumbnails to your pictures, or sometimes they all show up with the same thumbnail picture for no reason. There’s a simple fix that almost always works.

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Are you wishing that there was a way to only print the material that you need in a webpage without all the other junk? Now you can do so quickly and easily with Printee for IE.

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Would you like to access Gmail automatically every time that you click on a mailto link in Google Chrome? Now you can with a little bit of extension magic.

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This guest article was written by Ciprian from 7 Tutorials, an excellent blog covering how to use Windows 7.

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Would you love to reduce the Bookmarks Toolbar to a single button in Chrome and have the extra screen real-estate? Now you can with the addition of a simple command line switch.

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A good way to get more functionality out of Internet Explorer is to install Add-ons.  Today we take a look at how to manage them and also determine if they are causing Internet Explorer 8 to launch slowly. 

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Looking to add some variety to your desktop instead of looking at the same wallpaper day in and day out? Have fun changing your wallpapers automatically with DeskSlide.

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While many think the new taskbar feature in Windows 7 is a great improvement, others may not want to use it.  Today we take a look at how to get the Vista style taskbar back on Windows 7.

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A necessary security practice is having Antivirus and other Malware protection utilities installed on your Windows computer, but they need constant updating to be effective against the newest threats.  Today we take a look at ThreatFire from PCTools which runs along side your current Antivirus utility to add protection against Zero-day attacks.

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In previous versions of Windows it can be a tedious task managing music, photos, documents and other files that are scattered in different directories on your hard drive.  Today we take a look at the new Libraries feature in Windows 7 that allows you to organize folders from multiple locations in one spot.

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Finding a way to easily access recently used files, folders, and websites could be annoying in previous versions of Windows.  Today we take a look at the new Jump List feature in Windows 7 that allows you to quickly access recently used items.

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We all go through several computers and other electronic devices over a lifetime and getting rid of them is not as easy as throwing them in the trash.  Today we take a look at how to dispose of your old machines in a secure and environmentally responsible manner.

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Windows 7 offers you location specific Aero themes based on the language and location you pick during installation.  Here we will take a look at accessing other hidden themes from different countries.

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Remember in Vista how it was an annoying chore getting it to recognize external devices like printers, phones, and digital cameras?  Well now in Windows 7 there is a cool feature called Device Stage that allows you to easily see and manage all of your external devices from one spot.

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Tired of the same old desktop wallpapers and wishing for something more artistic to suit your mood? Now you can enjoy turning your favorite wallpapers and pictures into works of art with FotoSketcher.

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One of the first things you might notice in Windows 7 is the addition of the new Gadgets and Screen Resolution items to the context menu. The only problem is that you might not really want them there—so we’ll explain how to get rid of them.

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If you just can’t see the point of the desktop Gadgets included in Windows 7, or even the Sidebar gadgets in Windows Vista, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily disable them with a simple configuration change.

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If you need a way to save some hard drive space one trick is to decrease the size or completely disable the System Restore feature.  We like to share all options on how to take control of your operating system, so for readers living on the edge this tip is for you. 

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One of the more annoying features of Windows Vista was UAC (User Account Control) popping up and asking permission for about everything.  Now in Windows 7 it is a lot more manageable and today we take a look at how to manage it or completely disable it too.

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