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  • 8 things about windows 8: advanced search

    I had someone ask today about advanced searches in Windows 8 and I can honestly say I hadn’t tried one yet.  Here is an example of what I would consider a simple search:  I know I have a file on my computer with “W7” in the title.  Press...
  • windows rt tip - how to recreate a recovery partition

    ADVANCED TIP FOR THE TECHNICALLY INCLINED: Assuming you didn't jump right in like me and delete your recovery partition on a Windows RT device (haven't tested this on an OEM Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro machine - yet here's the official guidance - http...
  • use the powerpoint 2010 action feature to touch enable your next presentation

    In PowerPoint 2010 there is a Hyperlink and Action feature that allow you to navigate to a certain slide when a word (hyperlink) or area/section (action) is touched by the presenter (on a touch screen) or clicked with a mouse.  I have found this...
  • students involved with technology 2014

    January 24th Mr. Chuck D was on the Arsenio Hall show. Arsenio was discussing his old show "We talk about my old show...I fought for groups like you and NWA and one situation I lost a fight with Paramount because your song was called 'By the...
  • windows rt tip: regain an extra 3.5 gb of space

    WARNING: This is an advanced tip for users that understand the ramifications of deleting a recovery partition. If you have problems in the future and did not back up your recovery files, you will likely need to visit a Microsoft Store. I'm going to do...
  • 8 things about windows 8: windows key + prt sc

    I discovered this one by accident (thought I was pressing ALT + Print Screen) - in Windows 8 the Windows key + Print Screen takes a screen shot of the entire screen and creates a sequentially named file in the Pictures Library under a Screenshots folder...
  • paint desktop version registry key

    typically there is version information displayed in the lower right hand corner of windows in pre release versions, but there is a quick way to display the desktop version information on your computer by changing a registry key. windows 7 service pack...
  • powerpoint 2013 tip: using smart art and actions to touch enable your next presentation

    We have a great deck showcasing 8 things about Windows 8, but like many PowerPoint decks, it is designed to be given in a certain order.  Wouldn’t it be great if someone asks you about slide 3 – how Windows 8 connects you to the cloud to jump right...
  • sam - my first personal beta tester

    when sam (my son) was 3 he was running windows xp in beta with a simple web game i had created for him (webpages with shapes, colors, letters and numbers - hyperlinks below the correct answer and a sound file to ask a question ("find the 6, sam"). it...
  • did you know: show windows stacked, cascaded or side by side

    someone asked me if there were ways to vertically maximize more than two windows using aero snap (snap one window to the left hand side of the screen and a second to the right hand side dragging the windows or using the windows key + left and right arrow...
  • lorem ipsum and another microsoft word trick discovered

    I love my job – Friday I was introduced to the term Lorem Ipsum and not knowing what it meant I typed it into Bing. And then after reading a bit about it on Wikipedia – I discovered another Microsoft Word trick!  This is good enough to share with...
  • pranks on computers–the outcome!

    Eva suggested I wait to come home to prank my son Sam and boy am I glad I did!  Sam loves to use the computer – Youtube, games, homework (possibly in that order) are all activities he uses the family computer for.  About the only time he isn...
  • upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8

    I’ve just finished my second upgrade to Windows 8 and I’m very impressed with how well the Consumer Preview checks for compatibility, has you uninstall anything that will cause problems and then either migrates your apps, data and settings...
  • almost got to test remote wipe on my windows mobile device...

    we've been on vacation for a few days and at some point on the second to last day i left my cell phone and thought i had lost it. fortuntately it's a windows mobile device so 1) no one can get to my email, contacts or phone functions without a passcode...
  • …back at it–fall preview

    It’s been over a year, but this fall seems a fitting time to return to regular blogging. I’ve still been involved with the Chicago Windows User Group (CWUG) and now work at the Chicago MTC (Microsoft Technology Center), but with the job change came some...
  • 25 apps for christmas–office, itunes and zune

    no list of applications would be complete without microsoft office.  i have always used this on windows and had a chance to check out office 2004, 2008 and 2011 on the mac.  the latest versions of office (2010 for the pc and windows phone, 2011...
  • windows to go - the windows 10 post

    I found a great post on setting up Windows To Go with PowerShell. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6991.windows-to-go-step-by-step.aspx#z6 - this information works but assumes that you only have the USB device attached to delete...
  • office 2013 tip: touch mode for windows 8 tablets

    The Office Ribbon is a huge improvement, but on a touch screen what if these options are a little too close together? In Office 2013, there is a touch mode to give you a little extra real estate for you finger. from the customer quick access toolbar...
  • february post

    i haven’t had a formal post in almost a month, so this one has some information that’s been accumulating in my head or other places on the internet.  on february 11th i presented the keynote at sit (students involved with technology) .  i showed...
  • applocker on windows 7 professional

    a question came up today at one of the it pro windows 7 sessions today about applocker - whether you can setup an applocker policy on windows 7 professional. here's the answer - straight from the windows 7 professional help for applocker (you can setup...
  • pranks on computers–the modern version…

    Earlier this week a friend Sjonia posted a comment on Facebook…  First you should read this All postings are provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confer no rights. The inclusion of any key sequences does not imply endorsement by Microsoft to press...
  • how many blog posts in the last 6 years?

    365

  • windows vista and windows 7 – shrink and expand partitions on the fly

    first – even though you can use these procedures on a running, active windows vista or windows 7 operating system, if you care about your data, back it up – somewhere else – please!  critical personal data i synchronize it using windows live mesh...
  • windows 7 wednesday – remote desktop to another windows 7 desktop or laptop

    ever want to connect to another computer running windows 7?  i’ve got a desktop at home running 8 gb of ram, so i configured remote desktop services to allow connections from a work laptop. the first thing i had to do was configure my new desktop...
  • boot from vhd – setup windows 7 64 bit from 32 bit

    boot from vhd is a great new feature of windows 7 enterprise.  it allows you to start an operating system configured in vhd file.  i have been using this to run 64 bit builds of windows 7 on a system that is natively running the 32 bit version...