How to Customize the Ribbon in MS Word 2010

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One of the many gripes people have had about Microsoft products, at least in the past, has been the lack of customization regarding menus, which led to claims that Microsoft was out to tell us all what to do and how to do it all the time, rather than let us do what we want […]

Generate a System Health Report in Windows 7 to Check for Errors

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Among Windows 7’s more underused and unknown features is the Resource and Performance Monitor. With it, administrators can generate a system health report that indicates failure to pass a series of diagnostics. Learn how to check for errors in Windows 7 using a built-in Resource and Performance test. In addition, another great tool is the […]

Remove the Desktop Cleanup Wizard from Windows 7

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The Desktop Cleanup Wizard is a utility that ships with all versions of Windows 7 and is designed to help you keep your Desktop neat and tidy. The utility does this by recommending the removal of old, out-of-date, and unused files and shortcuts currently on your desktop. If you find the Desktop Cleanup Wizard annoying, […]

Edit ID3 Tags in Linux and Windows With EasyTAG

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Previously, we talked about ripping and encoding CDs; here, we’ll cover how to make sure those files are properly tagged.  We’ll do this using a program called EasyTAG. First, though, what exactly is tagging?  ID3 tags are little bits of text stored inside the MP3 file itself.  These tags are what make it possible for […]

Run Old DOS Games and Programs in Windows XP, Vista, 7/8/10

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Many improvements have come with the most recent versions of Windows. Unfortunately, along with these improvements, support for running certain DOS programs has been lost. For those who are attached to their old DOS software, there is hope. You can still run your favorite DOS programs using an open source DOS emulator called DOSBox. DOSBox […]

Create Keyboard Shortcut to Access Safely Remove Hardware Dialog

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If you use USB devices, such as USB thumb drives or external USB hard drives a lot, you are most likely very familiar with using the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray. You must click this icon to bring up a menu allowing you to eject external USB devices. We will show you […]

Editing Partitions with KDE Partition Manager

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Every time you install Linux, you’re given the option to partition your hard drive.  This is necessary because – in most cases – Linux needs its own partition to operate. Partitioning a hard drive is basically slicing the hard drive into separate, discreet sections, each of which is viewed by the computer as an individual […]

Prevent Users from Changing the Screen Saver/Lock Screen in Windows

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All users of Windows 7/8/10 have the ability to change the look and feel of their computing experience. This includes cosmetic changes such as the screen saver and lock screen in Windows 10. However, many administrators deny users access to some customization features to create a uniform environment in a work setting. Learn how to […]

Use FFmpeg To Easily Extract Audio From FLV FIles

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If you’re looking to extract the audio from Flash Video files (FLV format), there are a few options available.  Unfortunately, the choice many of them make for you is to encode the audio stream to a different format.  In some cases this isn’t a problem, but if you’re trying to keep the audio identical to […]

Make OpenOffice Writer Look and Function More Like Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word not only rules the roost when it comes to word processing, the software giant has pushed most of its competitors out of the market. OpenOffice Writer, however, is a free word processor from Oracle to which many home and office users have turned to get the functionality of a high-quality word processor without […]