Remove Shortcut Arrows from Desktop Icons in Windows

by File in: Windows Vista

In all versions of Windows, whenever you place a shortcut on the desktop, it will overlay an arrow in the bottom left-hand corner as a visual sign that it’s a shortcut. If you don’t care to have that arrow, you can remove it in a couple of different ways. In this article, I’ll talk about […]

How to Kill or Close All Running Programs in Windows Quickly

by File in: Computer Tips

Looking for a free Windows utility that you can use to quickly close all programs currently running in Windows? This can be quite useful, for example, when you have to shutdown all running programs before installing a new application. I find that quite annoying because I usually have 10 different apps running and I have to manually […]

How to Create Microsoft Outlook Shortcuts for Email and Tasks

by File in: MS Office Tips

Here’s a quick guide on how to create your own Outlook shortcuts (not Outlook keyboard shortcuts) on the desktop or Quick Launch bar so that you can easily create a new email message, add new notes, add new contacts, or create new appointments without having to open the Outlook window at all! I find these […]

Send Free Text Messages to Cell Phones from Your PC

by File in: Cool Websites

Have you noticed that when you try to use some of those free SMS online services, half the time they don’t work? Well, most of them never worked for me when all I tried to do was send a text message from my computer at home to my Verizon cell phone! Not only that, but some of […]

How to Automatically Move or Copy Files in Windows

by File in: Computer Tips

I’ve always wished Windows would come with features to automatically organize my files: automatically move or copy files based on the file name, size, extension, etc. Unfortunately, we have to rely on third-party programs to get the job done. In this article, I’ll walk you through a one of my favorite programs for automatically organizing files. So […]

How to Fix Access is Denied, File May Be In Use, or Sharing Violation Errors in Windows

by File in: Software Reviews

Ever try to delete a file and get an Access is Denied error? Or maybe you’re trying to copy or move a file or folder and you get a message stating the source file may be in use? This type of error can occur for several reasons: you do not have ownership of the file […]

How to Hide a Drive in Windows Explorer

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You’ve probably read a bunch of posts on how to create hidden folders, secure folders, locked folders, etc, in Windows on many occasions! Heck, one of the most popular articles on this blog used to be on how to create a secure and locked folder in Windows XP. However, hiding a folder is a tricky proposition and […]

How to Change the Last Modified Date, Creation Date, and Last Accessed Date for Files and Folders

by File in: Computer Tips

It’s amazing how many times you will find yourself in a situation where you have to change or modify the dates for a file or folder, such as the creation date, last modified date or the last accessed date! I’m not really going to wonder WHY anyone would need to do this, but based on […]

Fix "There are no Active Mixer Devices Available" Error in Windows

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I recently worked on a client’s computer that was giving him the error “no active mixer devices available” whenever he clicked on the volume icon in the taskbar. This problem came up out of nowhere and it was almost as if the computer never had sound before! In the Sound and Audio Devices or Sound applet in Control […]

How to Save Your Desktop Icon Layout in Windows XP, 7, 8

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This post was born from the fact that I really enjoy customizing the layout of the icons on my desktop, such as placing system icons at the top left, moving all application icons to the right side of the screen, etc, but I hate it when all of the icon positions get messed up whenever I […]