WindowsTips 2013 Archive (Table of Contents)

Summary: WindowsTips is a weekly newsletter that provides tips on how to best use the Windows operating systems. At the beginning of every year we put together an archive of all the tips published the previous year. Here is the complete table of contents for the archive for the WindowsTips newsletter for the year 2013.

WindowsTips 2013 Archive includes 208 valuable tips. The following is the Table of Contents for the archive:


  • A Word About Versions and Authors
  • Need More Tips?
  • Sharing this Document

General Tips

  • Should I Leave My Computer On All the Time?
  • Selecting Objects
  • Selecting a Window
  • Switching between Program Windows
  • Moving and Sizing Windows Using the Keyboard
  • Understanding Shortcuts
  • Creating Shortcuts
  • Changing Shortcut Properties
  • Deleting Shortcuts
  • Customizing the Send To Menu
  • Understanding Properties
  • Quick Screen Clear
  • Using the Magnifier
  • Understanding the Recycle Bin
  • Restoring Items in the Recycle Bin
  • Changing the Characteristics of the Recycle Bin
  • Understanding Virtual Memory
  • Specifying a Time Server for Windows to Use
  • Displaying a Calendar
  • Hiding the System Date and Time
  • Changing Your System Date and Time
  • Deleting Additional Clocks

Start Menu, Taskbar, and System Tray Tips

  • Understanding the Start Menu
  • Understanding the Start Menu Search Box
  • Displaying the Start Menu Using the Keyboard
  • Moving the Taskbar to a Different Edge of the Screen
  • Hiding the Taskbar when It is Not in Use
  • Changing the Size of the Taskbar
  • Locking and Unlocking the Taskbar
  • Adding a Toolbar to the Taskbar
  • Choosing an Icon Size for the Taskbar
  • Creating a Flip 3D Taskbar Shortcut
  • Pinning a Shortcut to the Taskbar
  • Understanding the Notification Area
  • Controlling the Display of System Icons in the Notification Area
  • Getting Rid of Notification Area Icons
  • Understanding Action Center
  • Adjusting Sound Volume
  • Understanding Jump Lists
  • Modifying the Number of Jump List Items

Personalization Tips

  • Changing Your Screen Saver
  • Changing the Default Desktop Icons
  • Arranging Desktop Icons Automatically
  • Changing Icons
  • Locking Icons on the Desktop
  • Renaming and Deleting Icons
  • Changing the Size of Icons Used by Windows
  • Using Desktop Themes from Around the World
  • Changing the Start Screen's Theme
  • Adding a Tile to the Start Screen
  • Removing a Tile from the Start Screen
  • Removing a Desktop Gadget
  • Changing a Computer's Name
  • Changing Regional Settings
  • Using Flip 3D
  • Turning Off Aero

Multimedia Tips

  • Using Media Player
  • Creating a Media Player Playlist
  • Creating an Auto Playlist
  • Editing a Media Player Playlist
  • Deleting a Media Player Playlist
  • Changing Media Player Skins
  • Using Media Player to Burn an Audio CD
  • Changing Sounds Associated with Windows Events
  • Playing DVDs On Your System
  • Using Windows with a Projector
  • Understanding the Videos Folder
  • Moving the Videos Library
  • Understanding Windows Slide Show
  • Stopping Windows from Creating Thumbs.db Files
  • Grabbing a Screen Shot
  • Capturing a Screen Shot
  • Understanding the Pictures Folder
  • Transferring Pictures from a Camera
  • Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card
  • Scanning Pictures with a Scanner
  • Understanding the Music Folder

Web and Online Tips

  • Changing Your Internet Home Page
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Resetting a Web Browser to Its Default Settings
  • Moving Your Downloads Folder
  • Creating a Desktop Shortcut for a Favorite Web Page
  • Understanding Your Hosts File
  • Modifying Your Hosts File

Tips about Accessories

  • Using Notepad
  • Using the Snipping Tool
  • Using the Narrator
  • Using Sticky Keys
  • Using Windows CardSpace
  • Using Toggle Keys
  • Using Windows Easy Transfer
  • Adjusting Display Magnification
  • Using an On-Screen Keyboard

Tips for Working with Programs

  • Organizing the All Programs Menu
  • Uninstalling a Program
  • Understanding Compatibility Settings
  • Changing a Program's Compatibility Settings
  • Assigning a Shortcut Key to a Desktop Shortcut
  • Assigning a Shortcut Key to a Start Menu Item
  • Understanding the Task Scheduler
  • How to Run a Program when Windows Starts
  • Starting Applications Automatically when Starting Windows
  • Scheduling a Program to Run on a Schedule
  • Modifying or Deleting a Program's Schedule

Tips for Files, Folders, and Drives

  • Understanding the NTFS File System
  • What are the Limits on File Names?
  • Understanding File Paths
  • Copying Files or Folders
  • Moving Files or Folders
  • Deleting Files or Folders
  • Permanently Deleting a File
  • Displaying File Extensions
  • Making a File Read-Only
  • Changing User Permissions for a File
  • Ways to Combine Two (or More) Text Files
  • Changing a Folder's Icon
  • Assigning a Picture to a Folder
  • Understanding Compressed Folders
  • Understanding ZIP Folders
  • Seeing which Files are Compressed
  • Using the DiskPart Utility
  • Determining If a Drive Should be Defragmented
  • Determining How Much Space the Files in a Folder Require
  • Mapping a Network Drive
  • Breaking a Network Drive Mapping Association
  • Changing the Default Program for a File
  • Removing a File Type Program Association
  • Opening a File with a Program Other than the Default
  • Using the ChkDsk Utility
  • How to Change Drive Letters
  • Removing a Place from the Recent Places List
  • Getting Rid of a Built-in Windows Library
  • Restoring the Built-in Windows Libraries
  • Controlling the Size of the Windows Page File
  • Moving Your Page File
  • Creating a Bootable USB Flash Drive
  • Repairing Your System Using a System Repair Disk
  • Understanding Storage Spaces
  • Combining Drives in Storage Spaces

Tips about Devices

  • Adding a Printer
  • Printing a Test Page
  • Specifying the Default Printer
  • Changing Your Printer Settings
  • Deleting a Printer
  • Using a Dvorak Keyboard with Windows
  • Adjusting the Mouse Double-Click Speed
  • Changing the Mouse Pointer
  • Adjusting the Mouse for Left-Handed Users
  • Improving Text Sharpness with ClearType
  • Using the Device Manager
  • Finding a Device Driver's Version

Power Management Tips

  • Changing How the Power Button Behaves
  • Differences between Hibernate and Sleep
  • Choosing a Power Management Plan
  • Creating a Custom Power Management Plan
  • Deleting a Power Management Plan
  • Generating a Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report
  • Wielding the Power

System Administration and Protection Tips

  • How to Choose between 32- and 64-bit Windows
  • Determining if You Have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows
  • Understanding Data Execution Prevention
  • Modifying How Windows Notifies You of Impending Changes
  • Changing User Permissions for an Entire Drive
  • Displaying the Command Prompt Window
  • Reviewing the Windows Update History
  • Removing an Update
  • Printing a Process List
  • Customizing What Appears on the Right Side of the Start Menu
  • Adding the Administrative Tools Option to the Start Menu
  • Putting the Control Panel on the Desktop
  • Understanding Event Logs
  • Viewing Event Logs
  • Deleting Events in Your Event Logs
  • Adjusting the Size of an Event Log
  • Changing How Event Log Overruns are Handled
  • Creating a Custom View in the Event Viewer
  • Filtering Event Logs
  • Using the Event Viewer to Examine Remote Event Logs
  • Displaying the Windows 8 Control Panel
  • Displaying the PC Settings Screen
  • Displaying the Command Prompt in Windows 8
  • Understanding the Lock Screen
  • Changing the Lock Screen's Background Picture
  • Changing Lock Screen Apps
  • Getting Rid of the Lock Screen

User Account Tips

  • Adding a User Account
  • Understanding User Account Types
  • Changing a User's Account Type
  • Adding a Password to a User Account
  • Changing an Account's Picture
  • Using Your Own Picture as an Account Picture
  • Deleting a User Account
  • Understanding the Guest Account
  • Getting Rid of Your Windows 7 Password
  • Understanding User Account Control
  • Changing How User Account Control Works

Tips about Backup and Restore

  • Restoring from a Backup
  • Understanding System Restore Points
  • Creating a System Restore Point
  • Deleting All Restore Points
  • Increasing the Number of Restore Points
  • Creating a System Image
  • Creating a System Repair Disc
  • Creating a System Repair Disk on a USB Flash Drive

Registry Tips

  • Editing the Windows Registry
  • Editing Registry Values
  • Finding Information in the Registry
  • Creating Registry Keys or Values
  • Adding Items to the "New" Context Menu

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