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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Configuring the Windows Command Line tool

April 27, 2013 |

In this article you will be introduced to one of the most powerful tools available in Windows, the Command Line. This is a complex instrument that can be used for various purposes. In this guide we will start by explaining what this tool really is and how it can be used for customizing your operating system.


What is the command line? Before the existence of Windows, the most popular operating system was DOS (Disk Operating System). It was a text-based operating system that allowed users to run programs by manually entering commands. The launch of the Windows operating system has simplified the way people could use computers, as this process became more visual. Even though DOS has not been included in the latest version s of Windows, the command line tool is still distributed with this operating system, which is able to interpret commands that used to be accessible for DOS.

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How to Use the Character Map Tool

April 27, 2013 |

Perhaps you have sometimes wondered what you should do if you are planning to insert special characters into your documents which you cannot normally find on your keyboard. This is the moment when you should start using the Character Map application available in Windows 7. This allows the insertion of scientific notes, mathematical symbols, currency symbols and characters of some languages ​​such as Japanese and Korean. In this article you will learn where to find the tool and how to properly use it to insert special characters in your texts.

Where to find the Character Map application There are two ways to access the Character Map application. You can go to “Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Character Map.” Alternatively, you can also choose to search for “character” in the search box integrated into the Start menu and select Character Map from the list of results displayed. The character … Read More

How to Use Windows Task Scheduler

April 26, 2013 |

In this guide you will firstly find out what Task Scheduler is, then you will be presented with some information about how to navigate through its interface and benefit from everything it has to offer.

Features of Task Scheduler

Windows Task Scheduler allows us to plan activities that execute automated actions at specified time or when a specific event occurs. The application enables users to navigate between activities defined by them or by the operating system using a library of all program activities. A large number of details are available for each activity, giving users all the information needed to manage it. The task Scheduler Library enables disabling, modifying or deleting tasks.

In order to understand how Task Scheduler works you must know two terms: triggers and actions. A trigger is the cause / event that will cause the action to be executed. Possible triggers include putting the computer in sleep … Read More

How to Manage Windows Fonts

April 26, 2013 |

Often, a new font can make a document or a presentation you’re working on more successful. Although Windows 7 brings a wide range of fonts, you can opt for additional fonts offered by various websites, sometimes even for free. Once you download a font you will need to install it and, when you no longer need it, you can remove it or simply hide it. In this article you will learn exactly how to do this, so if you have never worked with fonts in Windows reading on can help you.

How to install fonts The first thing to know when installing a font is that you need to have Administrator rights to the machine you will be working at. A regular or a guest account is not enough because of the lack of privileges, so make sure you are using an Administrator account. Also, after you download the font you want you will … Read More

‘Box Office’ Means Popularity Not Money

April 26, 2013 |

The film industry used to depend on cinema revenue to survive and there are still records kept about the biggest grossing films. Increasingly the studios are realising that the consumer may want to watch their new releases without actually going to the cinema and have adjusted their strategies accordingly.

In the early days of home entertainment they realised there was a secondary source of revenue and that was the sale of video and DVD which was generally done after a period so that box office revenue could be maximised. It did lead to piracy but nevertheless legitimate videos and DVDs often produced really significant revenue for the studios.

Multiple Revenue Streams Exist Today

It is not just the sale of DVDs for home entertainment that has boosted the potential revenue a film can earn. Studios can also include the revenue available for making those films available for companies providing films through the Internet.

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How to Use the Disk Management Tool

April 26, 2013 |

Windows 7 comes with an included utility for managing your hard drive, which allows you to create, resize and delete partitions without having to resort to any kind of external disk utility. This may be useful because sometimes you would have to pay a lot of money for disk management tools, so before you do that it would be wise to give the Disk Management tool a go.

How to access the Disk Management utility

To open Disk Management in Windows 7, go to Start menu, right-click on Computer, and select Manage. The Computer Management tool will open. One the left side of the window, select Disk management under the Storage section, and you will see the following:

The size, name and type of each partition of your hard drive will then be displayed. Note that Disk Management can only manage file systems compatible with Windows operating systems, such as FAT16/FAT32 and NTFS. Although … Read More

How to Manage Your Windows User Accounts

April 26, 2013 |

Creating multiple user accounts allows you to share your computer with other people, while keeping a restricted access policy for your personal files and settings. Using a separate account for each person who uses the computer is a very good practice. Each person will access their account using a separate username and password and make changes that will not have any effects on other users. In the following lines you will be presented with a guide on how to correctly administer user accounts in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Before you start, note that some operations explained below can only be achieved if you log in with an Administrator account. If your account is a standard or a guest account, you can only change its password and image. Other settings may affect the security of the system and are therefore not allowed under a regular account.

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How to Properly Use Device Manager

April 26, 2013 |

Device Manager is an application that, with only a few clicks, allows you to do the following: view and manage devices installed on your system or devices for which drivers are not installed, or you can view and manage devices that are “hidden” and cannot be currently used.

How to launch Device Manager First, let us see how to open the Device Manager tool. The easiest way to do this is to type the word “device” in the search box on the Start menu. Then click on Device Manager, which will appear among the options chosen. Note that Device Manager can also be accessed as a separate section in Control Panel, under System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management.

The Device Manager window that opens is similar to the one above. All the hardware pieces installed in your computer are listed there. Note that components are grouped into categories. For example, … Read More

Top 10 apps to grow your business

April 26, 2013 |

Technology is a very big force in the world of business today. It does not matter whether your business is small, medium or a large one; you need technology to compete fairly for clients and services. Due to this importance of technology to your business, this article is dedicated to providing the top 10 apps that shall make your business grow a big deal. For the full list and details, continue reading…

Top 10 apps that your business really need to grow

Sales force mobile this is like a desktop program that allows you to have access to crucial business data including graphs, charts and any business related database. Your sales staff shall increase their performance as well as efficiency with this kind of gadget. It is what you need in client meetings where you cannot carry all the information needed in a hard copy. You are likely to impress your customers by flashing … Read More

How to Turn Windows Features On and Off

April 25, 2013 |

Each edition of Windows 7 and Windows 8 comes with a predefined set of programs, features and applications. You can customize Windows by removing features you do not need or adding those that you need, but are not installed by default. Also, when you choose to uninstall features, programs or applications, you can gain some space on your hard disk. In this guide you will be shown in detail how to add or remove features in both Windows 7 and Windows 8. All necessary settings are done in a window called Windows Features.

Windows 7 – How do I open the Windows Features window The Windows Features window can be opened only from the Add or Remove Programs (called Programs and Features). The easiest way is to type the word “add” in the search box on the Start menu and click on Add or Remove Programs. In the Programs and Features window, you will … Read More

All You Need to Know About Windows Action Center

April 25, 2013 |

Windows 7 gives all users a convenient solution to detect and resolve many security issues and system maintenance problems that may arise. This new Windows feature is called Action Center and is built on the foundations laid by the Windows Security Center, which was first introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and then improved in Windows Vista. In this article you will be explained all the features offered by the Action Center and you will learn how to configure it so that you only receive the notifications that you want to receive.

What is Windows Action Center?

Action Center is a Windows application that continuously monitors the security status of your system and if a problem is detected (e.g., your antivirus is disabled) you will soon get a notification, so that you can adjust it immediately. This tool also monitors a number of items related to the maintenance of the system.

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How to Get the Most Out of Windows Update

April 25, 2013 |

Windows Update is one of the applications that have been almost completely redesigned in Windows Vista. Instead of having to browse to a web site from Microsoft, the whole update process is now managed by the operating system. Windows 7 and Windows 8 keep the same approach and introduce a few changes in this process, mostly of cosmetic nature. In this tutorial you will be shown how to use Windows Update to search, select and install updates.

Where to find Windows Update In order to open Windows Update, there are several alternatives. The easiest one is to go to Start menu -> All Programs -> Windows Update. You will be presented with a window similar to the one below:

How to check for updates

By default, Windows 7 is scheduled to check for available updates every time you connect your computer to the Internet. However, you can change this so your machine only … Read More

What to Do If Your Windows 8 Apps Do Not Connect to Your Gmail Account

April 25, 2013 |

In some situations you may experience trouble with Windows 8 applications such as People, Messaging, Calendar and Mail. If any of these apps fail to connect to your Google account to access your contacts and calendar, then your problem may be solved by following the steps provided in this tutorial. Most often this problem occurs if you have the 2-step verification feature active on your Gmail account. Read on to find out more.

The description of the problem

After entering the login details of your Google account, you may sometimes see an error message similar to the following: “Unable to connect, please ensure the information you entered is correct.” Most applications will ask for information to be typed in the following fields:

Email address – your Google email address Server address – should be Domain – This field should be left blank Username – your Google email again Password – password for your Google … Read More