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Sunday, August 10, 2014

1515. Different Folder Views

When my computer displays the contents of a folder why is my format different ib different folders and also
When I look at folders in Windows some look different than others. Some folders show me a list of files and their sizes and some just a list of files. I was at a friends and some had a view of the huge thumbnails images. How can I make my computer look like that?

Well I don't know how to make them look HUGE but there are many ways you can customize how the folders will display.

Use the Folder Options in the Control Panel and you can change the way your files and folders function as well as how they display.

Use the Start button in Windows 7 or earlier to get to the Control Panel or simply click on the Windows button and start tyoing "Folder options" and select and you will have a dialog that allows you to modify your folders.

The View TAB will get to details like Always show Icons, Always show nmenus, Display the icon on Thumbnails, Display the full path in the title bar.

You can customize many settings and you may find these options that you can never live without.

These settings can be applied to all folders or individual folders.

My suggestion is to go to the Folder Options and go through each one turning them on and off to try them all. You can always click the reset default if you decide you liked it better the old way.  

There is an advanced section that you should also give some time to experience.

1516. Windows HomeGroup?

Everytime I install Windows on a new computer the installation always asks me if I want to join a Windows Home WorkGroup. I don't even know what a Home Group is?

There are three ways in Windows to organize computers on a network. A domain is usually only used in networks greater that 10-15 computers. Every computer on a home network will belong to a workgroup. Each computer can also belong to a HomeGroup. 

A workgroup is a common name for a group of computers on a network. If you do not specify the workgroup name you will be default belong to a workgroup called yes here it is "workgroup". You an change your workgroup name at any time. But if you want to easily share resources with other computers the workgroup name needs to be the same.  

A homegroup is a workgroup but is easier to set up and has a group password. The workgroup does not have a group password.

Once you do this you can share folders and files, printers, and other resource with the other computers.

Other people can't change the files that you share, unless you give them permission to do so.Read the details using the link on our website and you will find details on how to decide whick group you want to use.

1517. Windows Printer Sharing

I have a friend with a small home network and an old printer that doesn't support any kind of wireless sharing. He would like other home members to print to that printer that is directly connected to his computer. Is there someway to share his computer with others when his printer is not on the network?

The new printers you buy today have at least an ethernet connection and most have a wireless connection. that would allow all computers on the network an easy way to connect to the printer.

Printers older than a couple of years may have had an ethernet connection but before that printers had to be connected to a computer with a USB cable or yes even an old LPT parallel cable.  

How did we survive?  

Well we did. Windows has a function that is called a workgroup and now it is often called a homegroup. This allows computers on the network to talk to other computers on the same network with the same group name to share things like printers, disks and other resources.  

So if you have an older printer that works and it does not have a wired or wireless connection then all you have to do is join both computers to the same group and the computer with the printer can share it so others in the group can use that printer.  

It works and the only real negative is the computer sharing the printer must of course be turned on. The user of that computer does not have to be logged in but the computer must be on.

How did we survive. Someday we will have a tip about floppy drives. It will amaze you. 

1518. Hidden Files on the Windows Desktop

I turned on my computer the other day and fold a new file on my desktop that I didn't expect to see. It is called Desktop.INI and it shows a little gear icon. Why is that there and how do I get rid of it.

Ken, this is a required Windows system file so it has always been on your desktop and if you delete it, it will reappear.

The question is really why did it suddenly appear and that can only be because someone changed your Folder Options. If the options were changed to Show system files then you would start to see this file. It s the only system file that is located on your desktop.

You should not normally have system files displayed. It becomes too easy to accidently delete these files. Fortunaely if you do delete the desktop.ini it will be created the next time you boot. Or you could just changed the folder options for the desktop folder.

1519. Using Windows File History

A friend recently went on and on about how great Time Machine is on the Mac. It provides constant, contemporaneous backups of the entire computer’s contents. Time Machine also saves multiple backups of files, so that if you make a mistake and need to back up to a previous version, it’s easy to do that. I use Windows, and would love to see that same functionality. Is there anything like that for Windows users?
First of all, it is possible to use Time Machine with a Windows computer (here’s the information:, but managing and configuring Time Machine without at least one Mac on your network probably isn’t worth the effort. But it does work!
On the other hand, if you’re running Windows 8.1 (and we hope you are), you can take advantage of the new File History feature. This feature works much like Apple’s Time Machine, making it simple to keep multiple backup copies of files. It’s easy to configure, and it’s easy to use. It does, however, require you to be running Windows 8.1 (or the Windows 8.1 Update).

Windows File History can backup files in your Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders, as well as the Microsoft OneDrive files that you have synced with your computer. To get started, type Windows Key+S, type File History (to search for the File History application), and follow the prompts. You will need an external hard drive (or a networked hard drive) to set things up. We’re big proponents of having three backups of all important files (on the Web, local, and somewhere offsite), and Windows File History makes it easy to set up a local backup that’s always current. For more information, check out this site for setup instructions: Check out this site for usage instructions: 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

1514. Windows Mobility Center

Often when I first open my laptop in a new location there are a bunch of settings I want to changethe screen brightness or the volume, or some wIfI SETTINGS, Is there some single utiliY that allows me to change all of these settings at once.\?

Ken it sounds like you are not a Windows Mobility Center guru. If you are using Windows 8.1 it is about time to start using WMC.

The core system allows you to instant access to fom 6-12 settings that would otherwise require you to click through the Control Panel, System Tray and other places. These settings include speaker volume, display brightness, battery status, wireless network status, external display connection  settings, external display and presentation settings.

One way to get to it is to right button on the start button (yes Ken start button is actually used to do some things in Windows 8.1 contrary to some belief that the start button is no longer used.  Another way is to use the E|Windows key + S and start to type Mobility  Select Windows Mobility Center and you now have the power of Windows 8.1.  Each block allows you to adjust settings like brightness, volume and other from one central location.  Must faster that any way in Windows 7. 

There are ways to customize what functions that are available in the Center.  OEM's can add tiles to it that are directly used to show off their features.  

So if people would stop complaining about not having a start menu and start using the new tools they may find that some change is good.  

Check out our links for more information on WMC Windows mOBILITY cENTER.

1513. Unlimited Photo Storage Space

I’m always filling up my phone with photos, and would love to have some simple way to store them online without taking up any space on my phone—that way, I could get to them if I need to, but they wouldn’t take up all the space on my phone.

The trick is to discern between the photos you want to keep on your phone and those you don't. If you need the photos on your phone no matter what, there’s not much you can do besides keep a conscious eye on the photos you have taken, and delete the ones you don’t need. On the other hand, there are photos you take that you just want to share or have on the Web somewhere, when you need them. And for that purpose, there is an easy app named Shutter from StreamNation (available for both Android and iOS).

Shutter provides free, unlimited storage for your photos (to get unlimited storage, you have to invite 5 friends—otherwise, you start with 5GB of storage, which should be plenty for most folks). Any photo you take with the Shutter app is immediately uploaded to your content on the StreamNation site. You control who can see your photos, and they take up no space on your device. Shutter seems like a really useful service, and you can learn more about it at