Thursday, October 3, 2013

Install a New Fonts on Your Windows XP

Install a new Fonts on your Windows XP system :

With the usual Fonts that come with Windows XP system you are able to perform almost all the text functions which you need to use in any of text editors such as Microsoft Word, Word Pad, Notepad and other softwares... If you want to decorate your text and add freshness to it with a different word writing style then you need to download some of the free fonts from the internet and install them on your computer with following this instructions below :

Step 1 : Find and download from the web Font which you want to install on your computer. To give you simple example I downloaded Font file with name Gabrielle and place it on my desktop.

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Step 2 : Open icon My Computer then on the right side chose Control Panel. When Control Panel menu is open do left click on Appearance and Themes.

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Step 3 : On the left side of the new screen from the menu "See Also" chose Fonts.

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Step 4 : You should now be in the window where you can see all the installed Fonts on your computer. Copy Font file which you downloaded from the internet end do right click / paste at Fonts window.

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Test : You can simply test if the Font which you just installed working. Go on WordPad program and from Font list try to find your new Font. My installation of Gabrielle Font as you can see on the next picture is completed successfully.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Make Windows XP File Search Faster

Make Windows XP File Search Faster :

Searching for a different files and folders is something very easy with Windows XP but it may take a long time especially on the new hard drives on which you can save even several terabytes of data. In this situation, there is an option which will allow you to browse your files faster and you will get resoults as soon as file is found. Normal settings of computer search scans your hard and other drives step by step which make searching much longer but that thing you can modify and make it faster with the following instructions :

Step 1 : Left click on Windows Start Menu and then again click on Search button (the same like we show you on picture below).

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Step 2 : When Search window is open, look in down left side and click "Change Preferences".

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Step 3 : Next thing is that from options which will shown you chose "Change files and folders search behavior".

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Step 4 : Switch search mode from Standard to Advanced and do left click at OK button.

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Step 5 : Now go back to your search and try to find some documents (I prefer option All files and folders) .

Conclusion : I did after this change and one simple test. With Standard search option I needed 7 seconds to find one basic text file. With Advanced option my computer needed only 2 seconds! Much faster what do you think?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Show File Extensions (Solution For Windows Systems)

Show File Extensions (Solution For Windows Systems) :

By default your Windows system hide almost all file extensions because it is sometimes very difficult to remember all the suffixs and visually it would not fit well into the workspace. For more advanced users and those who want to have control over the every computer file showing the extensions are really necessary. It is also possible to happen to download a file from the Internet but the system can not recognize it because it has no suffix. This problem you can solve with simple adding of extansion to your file. Some examples of filename extensions are : .jpeg (for pictures) .exe (for programs), .txt (for text files), .mp3 (for music)... Follow the next steps and learn how to check the option to display the extensions :

Step 1 : Enter in My Documents or at any folder that you make and in bar on the top of the screen chose Tools > Folder Options (like on this picture).

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Step 2 : On the new window which will shown at your screen change a card from General to View.

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Step 3 : When you enter at View card go down and uncheck with the left mouse click option "Hide extensions for known file types folder". After just confirm your choice with a click on OK button.

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If you've done everything right, you should be able to see extensions for almost every file on your computer. You can always rename extension of some file but remember that not all programs are designed to read all extensions. If you for example change some .txt file and rename it to .mp3 it will for sure not play a music and your media player will show you kind of error (or just block). To hide file extensions you can always do the same just make box "Hide extensions for known file types folder"checked.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bring Back Your Desktop Icons (Windows XP)


My Computer, My Documents and My Networks Places are the basic icons that allow you easier operation with Personal Computer and give you the ability to easily access at each point which you find that is important. Sometimes it happens that these icons are not on your desktop and you urgently need them. If you are in a similar situation and you are a novice with computers, do not panic and follow these simple steps for bringing back Desktop Icons :

Step 1 : Right click anywhere on your desktop background and from menu which will appear chose Properties.

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Step 2 : Swap the card on the top of window from Theme to Desktop and then click on Customize Desktop... button.


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Step 3 : In area Desktop Icons do check in boxes with a left click on the all three options (My Computer, My Documents and My Networks Places). To confirm, click OK and then again OK.

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Now your icons should be placed on the desktop ! Very simple ?!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

How to Change Folder Icons (Windows XP)

How to Change Folder Icons (Windows XP) :

Are you tired of the classical icon look which you can see on every new folder that you create ? If your answer is positive then there is an easy solution to change it and to chose some other icons from a Windows library or .ico file which you already downloaded from the internet. This will help you to recognize better your folders but also and to give some more life into your work environment.

Step 1 : Right click on any folder on which you would like to change icon and from the menu chose Properties.

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Step 2 : Swap the card on the top of window from General to Customize and then click on Change Icon button.

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Step 3 : Only thing you need to do in the next window which will appear is to select preferred icon with a left click from following menu. When you select icon press OK. Congratulations now you have your new folder icon !
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Optional Step : If you download some icon file (.ico) from internet then when you are at the Step 3 just click on button Browse... and find your icon. When you do that just press OK.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Capture a Screen Shot in Windows (Print Screen Button)

 Capture a Screen Shot in Windows (Print Screen Button) :

There are many ways to capture a Screen Shot like an image in all Windows systems but the most easy and classical way is with using the Print Screen button on your PC keyboard. This is a very interesting command that for me personally many times helped in the work and is probably familiar to most of people which using computer in everyday work but for you who do not know about it just follow the next steps :

Step 1 : Find at your keyboard Print Screen button and then press it once. Usually this button is situated in the same section as the break key and scroll lock key but depending on the style may be located elsewhere.

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Step 2 : Open program Paint. If you do not have Paint on your desktop you can find it easy with following this direction : Windows Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint (this direction is most common for Windows XP on other versions of Windows it can be placed in a different location).

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Step 3 : When window of Paint is open press Ctrl+V at your PC keyboard or simply do right click and then from offered choices select Paste.

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Step 4 : Your picture is now at Paint program screen but you still need to save it somewhere. To do that go on File > Save As... and save image in any format you like (.jpeg is the best for internet upload but .bmp have a best quality). There is always an option of downloading some Capturing Screen Software which will allow you more options for different situations.

Show hidden files and folders (Windows XP)

Show hidden files and folders (Windows XP) :

Windows XP except normal files that you can see all the time have and hidden files / folders which are usually very important for system and them you can see only if you activate option "Show hidden files and folder". This option is also very useful because it allows you to gain access to all the files that you own on your computer (lot of spy programs use hide option so you can not see them directly after installation and they usually can make a lot of problems on computer). To see hidden files follow the next couple of easy steps :

Step 1 : Enter in My Documents or at any folder that you make and in bar on the top of screen chose Tools > Folder Options (like on this picture).

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Step 2 : On the new window which will shown at your screen change a card from General to View.

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Step 3 : When you enter at View card go down and in "Hidden files and folder"section do left click and change check circle by selecting the Show hidden files and folder.

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If you did everything right you will be able to see all hidden files/folders from your computer. You can always change settings in the same section in the future if you do not wish to see this hidden files/folders anymore.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Change the Start Menu Look (Windows XP)

Change the Start Menu Look (Solution for Windows XP) :

When Windows XP was released many users and fans of the older Windows versions had a problem to integrate themselves into the some of new options including and Windows Start Menu which change its look. If you are old fashion lover like me maybe Classic Start Menu is right chose for your work environment and you can easily get it by the following of next two easy steps :

Step 1 : Left click on Windows Start Menu and then do right click on blue empty field like you see on the picture. When menu arrive do left click on only option Properties.
  
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Step 2 : In the menu will shown switch the option like on image below from Start Menu to Classical Start Menu and press OK button.

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That would be it ! Now you can enjoy at the new look of Windows Start Menu. Do not forget that you can always bring back normal style of menu at the same place whenever you want.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Create a New User Account (Windows XP)

Create a New User Account (Windows XP) :

It often happens that in the house you need share your computer with family or friends. It only creates unnecessary problems because you always sharing the same desktop and someone can accidentally delete some of your files or move some important things for you. To avoid that someone using your personal information there is always an option of creating more accounts at one PC with password or without.  

To create a new profiles follow next steps :

Step 1 : Open icon My Computer then on the right side chose Control Panel. When Control Panel menu is open do left click on User Accounts.


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Step 2 : In User Accounts menu chose Create a New Account.

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Step 3 : When next window is open you need to type a name for the new account. This name will be used for that new profile on this computer in the future. Because I just showing you how to open it I will write in the empty field simple word Test but of course you can chose your name, nick name or something else. If you chose name click on Next > button.


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Step 4 : Now is time to chose did you wont to be administrator of new account which you creating or you just wont to create limited one with restrictions for your guests, children or someone else. Keep in mind that Limited account can not install every software or change important data. When you chose what you wont click on Create Account button.


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Now you have your new user account on PC! To see it click on start menu and then Log Off button.

Sort Icons Alphabetically in Start Menu (solution for Windows XP)

Sort Icons Alphabetically in Start Menu (Windows XP) :

If you own a lot of installed programs at your PC this maybe is not such a huge trouble but the problem arises at the moment when you go to Windows Start Menu and then when you open all programs there wait you shock ! Tons of unsorted icons and folders deployed without any sense and order so that you can never find what you need. Example what I writing about you can find on this picture below text :

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How to make alphabetically order in all programs area and save yourself from even huger mass ? 

Well it is actually very simple and you can do that with following next steps :

Step 1 : Left click on Windows Start Menu then again on All Programs >

Step 2 : Right-click anywhere on the menu then left click on Sort By Name
 
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Thats all now you have all folders and files sorted by alphabetical order !

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