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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Replay: Ultimate power over your laptop, the Windows 7 Mobility Center

    Here's a classic tip you might have missed: Chances are your office doesn't allow pets (service animals excepted). Fortunately, laptops make wonderful pets. They'll follow you anywhere, glow warmly up at you, and be generally obedient. And while you don't need special kibble for this trusty pal, it does...
  • Blog Post: The new Windows 7 taskbar: a (deliberately) quiet revolution

    Windows 7 takes the trusty taskbar—that multi-purpose stripe at the bottom of the display—and gives it some truly helpful new features. Let’s look. The first thing we notice is... Taskbar buttons. Hmmm, this is different. A button for each open program, easily identified by a hauntingly familiar icon...
  • Blog Post: Get organized with Windows 7 libraries

    There are those among us who carefully lay out hierarchies of folders, each clearly named, in which to store the many documents we create. These folks can very quickly access, for example, the budget spreadsheets from Q2, three years ago, for the Southwest region engineering departments. Or whatever...
  • Blog Post: Personalizing your Windows 7 PC, flying monkeys optional

    There's no place like home—where have I heard that before? Whether you live and work in Kansas or elsewhere, you've likely set up your home to reflect your own tastes and lifestyle. Wouldn't it be great to experience that same, comfortable-as-an-old-pair-of-ruby-slippers feeling every time you...
  • Blog Post: Find stuff more easily by customizing the Start Menu in Windows 7

    With just about any task done with a PC, getting started means finding programs, documents, and other files. Windows 7 makes getting started easy with its flexible Start Menu—and customizing it for your work style is absolutely worth the few moments it will take. So go ahead! Grab your mouse, right-click...
  • Blog Post: Managing devices with Windows 7

    These days, walking down the street can require advanced juggling skills. It takes real coordination to make sure your phone, digital camera, MP3 player, camcorder, and 3D glasses are all functioning correctly and attached as required. And, chew gum too? Only the talented few. Fortunately, working at...
  • Blog Post: Earn an advanced degree in Folderology on Windows 7

    Students, you've worked hard for your diplomas, but now it's time to reach for that next level. Here at the Windows 7 Institute of Folderology, we've put together a quick curriculum for your next advanced degree. Take your seats, and we'll begin. Lesson 1: Changing folder options. Everyone seems to have...
  • Blog Post: 8 tips for power-conscious road warriors

    It's Friday, and there's just one thing between you and that fabulous ski weekend you've got planned: an assignment due to the boss at 5:00 today. You are, however, on a plane—and will be for most of the day. To meet the deadline and hit the slopes on time, you'll need your trusty laptop for a few hours...
  • Blog Post: Bluetooth, your laptop, and you

    There you are in the coffee house, savoring your usual tall Americano with room, when your cell phone starts buzzing and blinking. It's the boss, who needs an up-to-date status report—pronto. Good thing you've got your trusty Bluetooth-enabled mobile office to help you bang out that report without straying...
  • Blog Post: Big screens and presentations—no sweaty palms required

    Among other things, Windows 7 addresses the second-most prevalent human phobia: Fear of the Big Screen Not Working During a Presentation. No one wants to look like a dim bulb. That Big, Eye-Popping Projector-and-Screen (or gargantuan monitor) in your conference room or lobby will play nicely with your...
  • Blog Post: Maintain order and balance in the Windows 7 notifications area

    Over there on the right side of the taskbar... proudly displaying their current frame of mind, or just quietly existing, or maybe even hiding from you altogether... there exist a friendly, helpful collection of notification icons. There are a lot of these little graphic marvels. The ones that you've...
  • Blog Post: Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7

    Remember the first time you took that shortcut to the office supply store? The one that cuts behind the nursery and requires a quick jog right where the dry cleaner used to be and is now a coffee place? Chances are, that first time you tried saving time this way, things didn't feel all that fast. Maybe...
  • Blog Post: Speed and performance: How Internet Explorer 9 makes for better browsing

    Is faster always better? With Internet Explorer 9, it would seem so—even when the speed in question isn't obvious. Case in point: Internet Explorer 9 is the first browser to take advantage of graphics processing power that used to go mostly unused by browsers. That means that now websites can perform...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in Windows 7— Wait, What?

    I know, I know, this blog is usually about Microsoft Office, but knowing your way around Windows 7 is a great way to get more done with Office. So watch this space for our weekly intrusions, and learn how to take full advantage of the new OS. Today, let’s briefly stand back and stare at Windows 7. Looks...
  • Blog Post: New Year's resolutions you can resolve with Office and Windows

    It's 2011, and if you're like me, you know there are some things you should have mastered last year that you didn't get to - so you resolve to tackle them when the calendar rolls over. Here are 65 popular tasks we frequently hear that customers want to learn - and which Productivity Hub can help you...
  • Blog Post: Find what you need faster in Windows 7

    Those of us who dream of a faster, more efficient search experience—and who doesn't?—are seeing our dreams come true with Windows 7. First, we're all waking up to search that runs much, much faster than with previous Windows versions. I could go on and on about the carefully engineered, constantly updated...
  • Blog Post: Let your devices take center stage with Windows 7

    If you've ever plugged a printer, music player, camera, phone, or other device into your PC and wondered what to do next, you're going to like Device Stage . This clever but unassuming tool works with your devices to give each its own "device home page," complete with a customized status and...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Taskbar: All news, all the time, and constantly underfoot

    The Windows 7 feature interview series continues: Yesterday I hit the cafe down the street for lunch and almost tripped over the popular Windows celebrity feature, Taskbar. TB : Say, there, pal, watch your step, can you? JG: Hey, not my fault. You're nearly always lurking down at the foot of things,...
  • Blog Post: Keeping your Windows 7 favorites within reach: jumping and pinning

    If I had a dollar for every hour I've spent navigating to files, folders, and programs I use all the time ... I'd have one heck of a high-value Starbucks card. How many lattes would you be able to buy? To streamline and simplify your computer-based tasks, Windows 7 gives you some handy tools for calling...
  • Blog Post: Hey! How come this won’t print???

    According to my informal survey around the office, the number-one nightmare suffered by modern workers includes three things. First, a deadline—rapidly approaching, or already past. Next, a document—presentation handouts, a budget summary, a performance review—that needs printing. And, finally, a printer...
  • Blog Post: Counting sheep with Windows 7: Sleep and Hibernate

    Snoozing on the job can be career-limiting—but not for computers, who all want to win green computing awards. To save kilowatts and battery charges, Windows 7 offers three power-saving modes. Sleep mode shuts down power-hungry gadgets like screens and hard drives, using just enough juice to keep your...
  • Blog Post: Sleep and Hibernate in Windows 7: The Great Debate

    And now, another instructive encounter with a Windows feature! Today I'm moderating one of the most eye-opening debates of the decade, between a pair of venerable Windows 7 features: Sleep and Hibernate . Let's listen in. JG: Candidates, you each have a few seconds to respond to questions, and your opponent...
  • Blog Post: A candid conversation with the Windows Action Center

    Feature Interview: Want some action? Talk to this guy. He was walking so fast and keeping such a low profile I might have missed him, except for that unmistakable pennant fluttering over his head. "Action Center?" I called. "Got a second?" He accelerated—so I did, too, finally catching...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Replay: Big screens and presentations—no sweaty palms required

    Here's a classic tip you might have missed: Among other things, Windows 7 addresses the second-most prevalent human phobia: Fear of the Big Screen Not Working During a Presentation. No one wants to look like a dim bulb. That Big, Eye-Popping Projector-and-Screen (or gargantuan monitor) in your conference...
  • Blog Post: Crowd control for your desktop: Managing multiple windows in Windows 7

    It's not unusual—in fact, it's typical—for PC users to keep a number of windows open on the desktop. My neighbor, Joe (not his real name), discussed this very issue with me at last Saturday night's block party and barbecue. At his job, I learned, Joe must frequently answer questions on both the whereabouts...