How-To

Erase Scratches in Photos with the GIMP’s Heal Selection Tool

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Using a scanner to archive old photographs can be a rewarding experience. You bring your old snapshots into the digital age and have the chance to fix them up as well. Image editing software such as Photoshop and The Gimp have a lot to offer, including cropping, straightening, enhancing an images’ color saturation and brightness, […]

Change Desktop Icon Size in Windows 7

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There are a lot of differences between Windows XP and Windows 7, a lot of which are pretty minor, but make you stop and think for a moment. One of those differences is how you go about changing the size of desktop icons. I have gotten so used to doing it in Windows XP, that […]

Merge Two Partitions in Windows 7/8/10

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One common complaint that I get from friends and family is that their computers with default system configurations from Dell, HP, etc. often make the C partition too small and therefore force them to figure out ways to extend the partition in order to get more free space. Unfortunately, when you search about merging partitions, […]

Run Notepad as Administrator to Avoid Access is Denied

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One really good and really annoying feature of Windows is that by default a lot of files are off-limits when it comes to editing. For example, if you try to edit the HOSTS file in Windows using Notepad, it will give you an error message saying Access is Denied. And if you try to save […]

Remove Lock Icon on Folder in Windows 7

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Windows XP had a few ways to share a folder and it was always a little confusing dealing with NTFS permissions and Share permissions. Now in Windows 7, it’s even more confusing! Yes, that’s because they now have Homegroups and you can share files with a homegroup, which is separate from sharing with the rest […]

How to See/Find All Your Likes on Facebook

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One of my friends was recently asking me how they could see everything they have ever liked on Facebook. I asked the obvious question, why, and got some convoluted answer about being a friend with someone who is no longer a friend, etc, etc. Anyway, if you want to see all your likes on Facebook, […]

Disable Aero (Permanently or Temporarily) in Windows 7

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In Windows Vista and Windows 7, the older Luna interface was replaced with a new default theme/interface, called Aero. Aero uses a number of features, such as transluscent windows and title bars, live thumbnails, and other eye candy to create a more pleasing experience for users. The problem with Aero (and other compositing window managers), […]

Fix Unidentified Network and No Network Access in Windows 7/8/10

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Recently, I was helping a client with Windows who was unable to connect to his home wireless network one day even though it had been working fine for a few months. When he went to Network and Sharing Center, he had the following listed: Instead of his normal network connection, it said Unidentified Network and […]

Move a Window with the Keyboard in Windows 7/8/10

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So for those of you who do not like to use a mouse, it would be pretty cool if you could move a window using just the keyboard in Windows 7 right? Well, there are a couple of ways to do this and even though you may not need to do it very often, it […]

Troubleshoot Windows 7/8/10 Random Freezes

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I’ve worked with a lot of clients and one issue I’ve seen consistently in Windows is random freezing. It doesn’t seem to matter which program you are running, how long Windows has been running or anything else, Windows will just randomly freeze and you have to either kill the computer or do some other undesired […]