An Interview with the Windows 7 Start Menu

Another candid encounter with a Windows 7 feature. I can’t believe my good luck: last minute reservations at the hottest place in town—and I even get a Window table. My lunchtime interview with a genuine power broker in the Windows world—Start menu—gets the setting it deserved. He shows up right on time, checking his watch…


Fast forward to a happy ending with Windows 7 Search

Living in the moment has its joys – but for most of us, that doesn’t apply to searching for documents, folders, and other computer inhabitants. Mostly, we just want to get to the finding part as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Windows 7 uses its powerful indexing capability and some handy tools to help us reach…

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Windows 7 Taskbar: All news, all the time, and constantly underfoot

The Windows 7 feature interview series continues: Yesterday I hit the cafe down the street for lunch and almost tripped over the popular Windows celebrity feature, Taskbar. TB: Say, there, pal, watch your step, can you? JG: Hey, not my fault. You’re nearly always lurking down at the foot of things, and half the time…


Get organized with Windows 7 libraries

There are those among us who carefully lay out hierarchies of folders, each clearly named, in which to store the many documents we create. These folks can very quickly access, for example, the budget spreadsheets from Q2, three years ago, for the Southwest region engineering departments. Or whatever else they need. These lucky people probably…


Keep your Windows 7 machine in the fast lane

Windows 7 is speedy—this we know the moment we fire it up the first time. With use, however, any system can slow down, even with a powerhouse operating system installed. Fortunately, along with its blazing speed, Windows comes with tools and techniques useful for maintaining its efficiency and responsiveness. Here are some of the most…


Six handy keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7

Give hardworking mice the rest they deserve! Just about every Windows user develops a favorite set of timesaving keyboard shortcuts—but you may be a holdout. And, no, there’s no requirement to give two 10-minute breaks per 8-hour shift to your mouse. But consider what you might do with the time you save using just these…


Sleep and Hibernate in Windows 7: The Great Debate

And now, another instructive encounter with a Windows feature! Today I’m moderating one of the most eye-opening debates of the decade, between a pair of venerable Windows 7 features: Sleep and Hibernate. Let’s listen in. JG: Candidates, you each have a few seconds to respond to questions, and your opponent will be allowed a brief…

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8 tips for power-conscious road warriors

It’s Friday, and there’s just one thing between you and that fabulous ski weekend you’ve got planned: an assignment due to the boss at 5:00 today. You are, however, on a plane—and will be for most of the day. To meet the deadline and hit the slopes on time, you’ll need your trusty laptop for…

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Hey! How come this won’t print???

According to my informal survey around the office, the number-one nightmare suffered by modern workers includes three things. First, a deadline—rapidly approaching, or already past. Next, a document—presentation handouts, a budget summary, a performance review—that needs printing. And, finally, a printer that… Just. Won’t. Print. Let’s put this problem to rest before it has us…


New Year’s resolutions you can resolve with Office and Windows

It’s 2011, and if you’re like me, you know there are some things you should have mastered last year that you didn’t get to – so you resolve to tackle them when the calendar rolls over. Here are 65 popular tasks we frequently hear that customers want to learn – and which Productivity Hub can…