Microsoft Office Technical Support

The Windows 7 Taskbar

Friday, November 27, 2009

One of the most attracting features of Microsoft Windows 7 is its enhanced taskbar. It is also known as the Superbar in some circles. But a question here arises that is it really all that super.

In Microsoft Windows 7 taskbar you can easily pin any programs or folder for quick and easy access. You can follow this advice to make the Windows 7 taskbar more like Vista's.

Jump List is the most interesting feature of Microsoft Windows 7 Taskbar. The appearance of Jump Lists on the Start menu is a little different than those on the Taskbar, although they provide the same functionality. So lets start with the Jump List in the taskbar:

Jump List is really a time saver. For example, top jump to a particular directory very quickly, you can pin folders to the Windows Explorer icon. It also shows the last documents opened in Word icon. You can also pin documents to the Jumplist. You will find yourself using this feature all day. It is sure that ISVs will find many handy ways to make this function more useful and in future, it will turn out to be a killer feature.

The Quick Launch toolbar has also been enhanced and the taskbar buttons are also united into one both tasks directed towards making Taskbar the Superbar.

How to Fix Computer Startup Problem?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This post describes how to troubleshoot computer startup problem that may occur when you try to start Windows XP computer. The steps are written for advanced computer users. If you are not sound with advanced troubleshooting, its better to ask someone for help or contact technician.

If you recently uninstall a program or a Windows component from your Windows XP computer by removing it manually, related information that is still available on your computer can lead to computer startup problem. To remove the application or component, first reinstall it, and then use the Add or Remove Programs utility.

To remove a program from your Windows XP computer, follow these steps:

STEP 1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
STEP 2. In the list of programs, click the one that you wish to remove, and then click Change/Remove.
STEP 3. Click Yes when you are prompted with the question Do you want to remove the program?

You can use Device Manager to trace and change software configurable devices. If your hardware device uses jumper pins or dip switches, you must configure the device manually. If you find any device suspicious immediately disable it.

To disable a faulty device in Device manager, take the following steps:

STEP 1. Double-click the branch that contains the device you want, click the device, and then click Properties.
STEP 2. On the General tab, click to select the Disable in this hardware profile check box, and then click OK.
STEP 3. Restart your computer.

You can use the System Restore utility to return your Windows XP computer to a previous working state. System Restore takes a "snapshot" of critical system files and some program files and stores this information as restore points.

Note: You should also examine CMOS/BIOS settings are correct.

Display a Photo on Your Desktop

Friday, November 20, 2009

To display photos on your desktop, follow these steps:

1. Firstly, click & select a photo in the Sample Pictures folder.

2. Now, to open the context menu and choose Set as Desktop Background, you need to click the right mouse button over that photo.

3. Now click the 'Show Desktop' button which is to the right of the time in the taskbar or you can also press Q+D from your keyboard. The photo will appear as your desktop background.

4. To see the Sample Pictures folder, click the Show Desktop button again. These steps work with any picture or photo.

Edit Photos Using Paint

1. To make changes to a photo, you can use the Paint software. You can also make a picture smaller using this accessory. click and select a photo in the Pictures library and then click the triangle which is next to Preview and choose Paint from the menu. The selected photo will open in Paint. Now select Open>Paint in Windows Photo Viewer to open the photo which you are previewing.

2. Consider saving a copy so you have the original and the changed version before you make any changes to this photo. You may not need to do this for every photo, but this gives you some insurance if you don't like the changes that you have done in your photo. Now you need to click the File menu button to the left of Home and click Save As. Unless you know you want a particular file type, you can neglect the menu of file types that pops out to the side when you hover over Save As. The Save As dialog box opens.

3. Now to create a new copy of this picture, change the name in the File Name field and click Save. As you are editing the new copy, so the original file is still there under the original name and will remain unchanged.

4. Now in the Image panel, click Resize. If you want to shrink the width and height of the photo to a particular size, enter a percentage less than 100 without the percent sign in the Horizontal field which is in the Resize and Skew dialog box. The value in the Vertical field changes automatically to the same number that you type. You can change the size of photos before inserting them into documents, such as in WordPad or before attaching photos to e-mail. Now click OK and the size of the photo has been changed.

You can also undo each step by clicking the 'Undo' button which is above the Home tab or you can also press Ctrl+Z from your keyboard.

5. Many photos can be changed by keeping just part of the photo and by cutting out distracting elements. This is known as cropping. To concentrate on the most important part of the photo, you can crop photos. To crop, click Select in the Image panel above the photo and then click and drag a box over the area you want to keep. Everything outside this box will be deleted. Now click Crop and the selected area is all will remain.

6. Now, if you want to save the changed photo, click the Save button from file menu or press Ctrl+S from your keyboard and close Paint.