Despite Windows 8 having a lot of new features to the improvement in speed, you even speed it up further with two simple tricks. In this article, I will show you how to increase the speed of Windows 8 by making menus appear quicker. Of course some may argue that making menus appear quicker is not making Windows 8 faster, but surely no one will argue that making menus appear quicker gives Windows 8 the appearance of being faster… and appearance is often just as important as fact.
Take note these tricks involve editing two registry values, which is a very sensitive part of Windows. If you do something wrong, you may screw up your computer so it is recommended to a) pay close attention and do only what I tell you and b) back up your files before continuing. More »
Windows XP includes a feature that keeps track of all recent documents you have opened or used. The idea is that you can select Start/Recent Documents History and quickly reopen any document you have recently used. I use many documents each day and never use the feature myself. In my opinion, I can keep up with what I want to use without Windows XP doing it for me.
The bad thing about Recent Documents History is that Windows XP has to calculate what should be put there each time you boot Windows, which can slow things down. So, if you never use the Recent Documents History, it’s a good idea to disable it. Here’s how: More »
Using keyboard shortcuts can often cut the time it takes to do something on a computer in half. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use.
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert
Copy the highlighted text or selected item.
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert
Paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard.(Sometimes improperly referred to as the pasteboard, the clipboard is the location in a computer operating system such as Microsoft Windows that stores information that has been cut or copied from a document or other location. The clipboard will hold this information until it has been overwritten by new information. For example, a user may copy information from a word processor and paste that information into an e-mail message.)
Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would re-do the undo. More »
Many of us now have more than one PC, and maybe a smart phone as well, and increasingly we need to be able to access files and folders stored on one PC from another, or the mobile, especially if you are on your travels or out and about.
There are ways and means within Windows but here’s a simple, free one-stop solution for Windows, Mac and Linux PCs as well as iPhones, iPads, Android and Blackberry smart phones. It’s called Dropbox and it creates a special folder on you PC or mobile into which you put all of the files you want to be able to access from another device.
When you make changes to the saved files or add new ones, the Dropbox folders on your other PCs are automatically updated and as an added bonus there’s a facility to store your Dropbox files on the web, as an emergency backup. More »