The new Windows 7 taskbar: a (deliberately) quiet revolution

Windows 7 takes the trusty taskbar—that multi-purpose stripe at the bottom of the display—and gives it some truly helpful new features. Let’s look. The first thing we notice is… Taskbar buttons. Hmmm, this is different. A button for each open program, easily identified by a hauntingly familiar icon, hangs out on the taskbar. By default,…


Windows 7: Recovering items lost in the shadows

Woe to those of us who have accidentally lost, altered, deleted, or corrupted a file. It happens to the best of us—and the rest of us, too—usually, when we’re in a hurry. Is there hope? There most certainly is—and you’ll likely find what you need in a jiffy, thanks to a nifty Windows 7 feature…


Staying organized with Windows 7 Libraries

Files and folders are great for keeping everything neatly organized, yes? But sometimes you might want to see or locate the items in those folders in different ways. As in: "I wish I could see all my Customer-related documents in one place." How can you do it? With libraries, new in Windows 7. These handy…


Counting sheep with Windows 7: Sleep and Hibernate

Snoozing on the job can be career-limiting—but not for computers, who all want to win green computing awards. To save kilowatts and battery charges, Windows 7 offers three power-saving modes. Sleep mode shuts down power-hungry gadgets like screens and hard drives, using just enough juice to keep your open programs and files in memory. You…


Ultimate power over your laptop: The Windows 7 Mobility Center

Chances are your office doesn’t allow pets (service animals excepted). Fortunately, laptops make wonderful pets. They’ll follow you anywhere, glow warmly up at you, and be generally obedient. And while you don’t need special kibble for this trusty pal, it does enjoy juice—the electrical kind, that is. To ensure your laptop companion has a long,…


Big screens and presentations—no sweaty palms required

Among other things, Windows 7 addresses the second-most prevalent human phobia: Fear of the Big Screen Not Working During a Presentation. No one wants to look like a dim bulb. That Big, Eye-Popping Projector-and-Screen (or gargantuan monitor) in your conference room or lobby will play nicely with your Windows 7 machine. You can connect with…


Keeping desktop clutter at bay with Windows 7

With multi-tasking, the lifestyle of choice in cube farms everywhere, most of us keep a virtual pile of programs and documents and shortcuts on our Windows desktops. We know where everything is—sort of. It’s on the desktop (somewhere). The trick is focusing on what we need for the task at hand, while blocking out the…


Help Search find your documents when you need them

Do you forget where you put things? I think most of us do, and it’s not because we’re getting older (although that doesn’t help). Most of us are busier than ever, and we’re so busy juggling projects that it can be tough to remember exactly where we saved a particular document or what we named…


What’s New in Windows 7— Wait, What?

I know, I know, this blog is usually about Microsoft Office, but knowing your way around Windows 7 is a great way to get more done with Office. So watch this space for our weekly intrusions, and learn how to take full advantage of the new OS. Today, let’s briefly stand back and stare at…