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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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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Top-secret Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts unmasked

Simply because I can, I herewith expose little-known but potentially powerful forces at work—in this case, five keyboard shortcuts that could simplify or enrich all our lives. I leave it to the world to decide what to do with this declassified intelligence. + Tab: Desktop Cirque de Soleil. Hold down the key and begin tapping…

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Personalizing your Windows 7 PC, flying monkeys optional

There’s no place like home—where have I heard that before? Whether you live and work in Kansas or elsewhere, you’ve likely set up your home to reflect your own tastes and lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be great to experience that same, comfortable-as-an-old-pair-of-ruby-slippers feeling every time you fire up your PC? Sure it would. So come along!…

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