Computer Basics Tips
  1. You can create shortcut icons for your disk drives. Double-click My Computer and then right-drag the desired disk icon to the Windows desktop and choose Create Shortcut(s) Here.

  2. You can make the Windows taskbar larger. If the taskbar is in its normal location (at the bottom of the screen), drag its top edge up to make it larger.

  3. If the Windows taskbar is taking up too much screen space, tuck it out of the way. Right-click a blank area of the taskbar and click Properties. Click Auto Hide and then click OK. To bring the taskbar into view, roll the mouse pointer to the edge of the screen where the taskbar is hiding.

  4. Make your own taskbar toolbar. Drag a folder from My Computer over a blank area of the taskbar and release the mouse button. The folder is transformed into a toolbar, and every icon in the folder becomes a button on the toolbar. To turn off the toolbar, right-click the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and click the toolbar's name.

  5. Master the most common shortcut keys.

  6. Alt+double-click the My Computer icon to view important information about your computer, including the Windows version, the type of processor, and the amount of installed memory (RAM). Click the Performance tab for more details.

  7. Cheat at FreeCell. If you're about to lose your next FreeCell game and don't want to mess up your stats, press Ctrl+Shift+F10, click Abort, and then play any card.

  8. Have your favorite program run on startup. Right-drag the program icon over Start, Programs, StartUp, and over the StartUp menu. Release the mouse button and click Create Shortcut(s) Here.

  9. To quickly copy a file to a diskette in your computer's floppy drive, right-click the file, point to Send To, and click Floppy A.

  10. Send a greeting card over the Internet. Go to and follow the instructions at the Web site.

  11. Make a quick Web site right on the Web at Here, an online Wizard leads you step-by-step through the process of creating your own Web site.

  12. To find out how much storage space is left on your hard drive, right-click its icon in My Computer and click Properties.

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