Crowd control for your desktop: Managing multiple windows in Windows 7

It’s not unusual—in fact, it’s typical—for PC users to keep a number of windows open on the desktop. My neighbor, Joe (not his real name), discussed this very issue with me at last Saturday night’s block party and barbecue. At his job, I learned, Joe must frequently answer questions on both the whereabouts and the…

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No rabbits needed: Pull these IE9 tricks out of your hat

Here, presented for your entertainment (and for the benefit of anyone who values your productivity, organization, or creative flair), are five downright magical tricks built right into Internet Explorer 9. Stash these tricks up your sleeve or in your hat, then pull them out as needed—and treat yourself (and anyone who’s watching) to a truly…

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How Internet Explorer 9 helps you browse worry-free

Stress is a fact of life, and I even read somewhere that a certain amount of it can be good for you. Internet Explorer 9, however, has no desire to raise your blood pressure or give you an ulcer. Instead, IE9 has a number of security and privacy features that take the worry out of…

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The Windows 7 Desktop Gadget Staff Meeting

Imagine a whole conference room full of highly visible Windows features, and you’ve got… The Desktop Gadget Staff Meeting Let’s listen in as some of the most popular Desktop Gadgets gather. CLOCK GADGET: Okay, great, thanks for being on time. We said we’d do a round-table this week—we can each just say what’s on our…


How Windows 7 prevents bad things from happening to good PCs

Even my pet crocodile Spike (a rescue from the pound) can’t give my PC the kind of protection he gives my home. Fortunately, Windows 7 wards off the evils and dangers that constantly threaten my PC’s well-being. Here’s how: 1. My PC’s watchman. User Account Control helps prevent undesirables from getting into my PC by…


With Internet Explorer 9, sites take center stage

The web has always been about the browser, yes? Browsers are our windows on the online world. And what everybody truly admires in a good window is… cleanliness. Clean is good on its own merit, but there’s another view here. With Internet Explorer 9, being clean means delivering a truly unobstructed view of the virtual…


A candid conversation with the Windows Action Center

Feature Interview: Want some action? Talk to this guy. He was walking so fast and keeping such a low profile I might have missed him, except for that unmistakable pennant fluttering over his head. "Action Center?" I called. "Got a second?" He accelerated—so I did, too, finally catching up just as he pulled on a…


Speed and performance: How Internet Explorer 9 makes for better browsing

Is faster always better? With Internet Explorer 9, it would seem so—even when the speed in question isn’t obvious. Case in point: Internet Explorer 9 is the first browser to take advantage of graphics processing power that used to go mostly unused by browsers. That means that now websites can perform more like applications installed…


Is your PC giving you the silent treatment? Fix it

If an unwelcome silence falls over the room when you boot up your Windows 7 PC, you’re not alone—but you’re not stuck, either. What to do? Follow these steps: 1. Is everything plugged in? I know, I know, that couldn’t be it, right? Still, check external speakers to make sure your cubemate didn’t unplug yours…


Five ways Windows 7 frees up your time

People like to become more productive for varying reasons. Some want to get to The Top, wherever that is, more rapidly. Others have a mission they fervently want to fulfill—the sooner, the better. And some of us just want to make more time for a workout at the gym, or quality time with the family….

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