Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows is the chosen operating system for any PC based computer. 

Explore how to customise your Microsoft Windows experience to make your daily tasks smoother and faster. 

See how you can create folder structures, set a custom picture as your desktop background image, back up important data, improve computer performance and more.

Articles cover Microsoft Windows 10, 8 and 7.

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How to subscribe to your favourite websites using RSS

How often do you check back on your favourite website to see if new content has been uploaded? How would you like to automatically subscribe to your favourite websites? If you are like me, then the answer to this question ...
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How to create a folder shortcut on the Taskbar

Last week one of my clients experienced a hardware failure on their main computer. It's a computer users worst nightmare and occurred in the middle of an important week of work. Long story short, a new hard drive was sourced ...
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How to crop an image using Microsoft Paint

This week I had a request to show participants how to crop an image using Microsoft Paint. Most of the Microsoft Office products include a cropping tool but it only crops the image within that specific program. Microsoft Paint can ...
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Backing up your data

Back up data using Windows Backup and Restore

In an earlier post titled Backing up your files – a vital step to securing your data, I outlined the basic information needed for any user to begin the process of backing up data on a regular basis. In this post, ...
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Backing up your data

Backup data using File History (Windows 10)

In an earlier post titled Backing up your files - a vital step to securing your data, I outlined the basic information needed for any user to begin the process of backing up data on a regular basis. In this post, ...
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Customise Windows 8.1 to display the desktop at Start-up

A common complaint I hear about Windows 8 and 8.1 is the fact that the computer does not display the desktop at Start-up. Instead, it goes straight to the new Start Screen. Windows 8 saw the introduction of the start ...
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Set a login PIN for Windows 10

A great feature of Microsoft Windows 10 is the ability to login to your computer using a PIN, or Personal Identification Number. In August 2014, Australia saw a change from using signatures to authorise credit card transactions to using a ...
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How to upgrade to Windows 10

In October 2015, I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my laptop to Microsoft Windows 10. I only started using Microsoft Windows 8.1 in June 2015 and was thankful to be able to customise the system enough to suit ...
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Customise the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

I don’t think I need to discuss in depth the issues that users have had when migrating to the Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 operating systems. It was meant to be a new approach and unfortunately, users were just not ...
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Use Windows Disk Cleanup

Free up disk space using Windows Disk Cleanup

Microsoft Windows includes a great tool which allows you to easily perform a clean-up of your computer’s hard drive. The Disk Cleanup tool will help you to free up disk space on your computer and will assist with performance issues ...
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Open any Microsoft Office product

How to open any Microsoft Office product

For those starting out using Microsoft Office and even for those familiar with the programs, our computers can sometimes be a treasure trove full of so many programs that it's impossible to find the one we want. Being able to ...
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How to resize a photo to use as your Desktop Wallpaper

How to resize a photo to use as your Desktop Wallpaper

As a follow-up to my previous post, how to set your own photo as your Desktop Wallpaper, I’m going to show you how to adjust the size of a photo being used as your desktop wallpaper. By resizing a photo you ...
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How to set your own photo as your Desktop Wallpaper

Let’s talk wallpaper! Just to be clear, I’m not referring to the type which you might find stuck to a wall, I’m talking about that desktop area of your computer which you can customise with your favourite photo or piece ...
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Adjust the brightness of your computers screen

Adjust the brightness of your computers screen to avoid eyestrain

With us spending more and more time at our computer screens, it’s important that you adjust various aspects of your working environment to minimise issues relating to Work Health & Safety (WHS), formerly known in Australia as Occupational Health & ...
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Display Multiple Clocks in Windows 10

How to display multiple clocks in Windows 10

A great feature of Microsoft Windows 10 is the ability to display multiple clocks from different locations at the same time within the system clock area. The way in which you can add additional clocks to your Windows 10 clock display ...
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How to create a screenshot using Office or Windows

For years I have been creating screenshots for various reasons; for use in training courseware; to illustrate to a remote user a button I want them to press; to relay information about a technical problem or error, and the list ...
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Improve performance of your Windows 10 computer

Improve performance of your Windows 10 computer

Over time any computer regardless of how new or old it is will begin to decrease in its performance. Many factors contribute to this degradation including how much software you have installed, how much disk space is being used, and ...
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Using Parental Controls to manage your child’s computer use

A topic which is high on most parents’ agenda is the way in which we can manage our children’s computer use. Personally, my 6 year old daughter has become quite computer savvy, and not through my own teachings but through ...
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Backing up your data

Backup your files – a vital step to securing your data

There is nothing worse than pressing the “on” button on your computer to find no response, no lights, and no sounds, nothing, zip, zilch… I have had this happen before, and in fact, my husband’s computer has decided to do ...
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Easy ways to move between windows

Easy ways to move between windows

Let’s face it, we are a population of multi-taskers and when we are on our computer it is no different. I always have multiple windows and applications open at once, it is rare for me to use just one or ...
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GodMode: Computer Maintenance Heaven

GodMode: Computer Maintenance Heaven…

Now let’s be honest, the title of this post got you a little intrigued right? I remember the first time I heard about a hidden feature of Windows called GodMode I thought for sure it was a joke, but then ...
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Create a shortcut menu in Windows 10

Create a custom toolbar menu in Windows 10

Generally, I like to try and keep an organised desktop area and where possible keep my files in a somewhat organised fashion. I have files which I use on a regular basis such as budgets, accounting files, and other such ...
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Pin an Application

Pin an application to the start menu

One of the first things I do when I set up a new computer, or rebuild my computer, is customise! One of the ways that I achieve this is by sticking, or “pinning” the applications I use the most to the start ...
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Windows Calculator

The Windows Calculator – More than just a basic calculator

The built-in calculator available through Microsoft Windows has been around for a long time. It gives you the same general calculator features you could get in any hand-held device. However, in Windows 10 the calculator has lots of extra features ...
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