WindowsTips 2012 Archive (Table of Contents)

Summary: WindowsTips is a weekly newsletter that provides tips on how to best use the Windows operating system. 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 2012.

WindowsTips 2012 Archive (Table of Contents)

WindowsTips 2012 Archive includes 100 valuable tips. The following is the Table of Contents for the archive:


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Desktop Tips

  • Using Desktop Themes
  • Changing the Desktop Background
  • Using Your Own Pictures as Wallpaper
  • Arranging Desktop Windows
  • Moving and Resizing Windows
  • Maximizing a Window to Fill the Entire Screen
  • Minimizing All Open Windows in One Step
  • Quick Ways to Get Back to Your Desktop
  • Customizing the Start Menu
  • Changing How Tasks Appear on the Taskbar
  • Understanding Desktop Widgets
  • Adding and Removing Desktop Widgets
  • Finding New Desktop Widgets

Mouse Tips

  • Finding the Mouse Pointer
  • Controlling the Mouse Pointer Speed
  • Making the Mouse Pointer More Visible
  • Swapping Mouse Buttons for Left-Handed Users

Tips for Files, Folders, and Drives

  • Understanding File Types and Extensions
  • Creating Your Own File Folders
  • Renaming or Deleting File Folders
  • Turning On the Display of File Extensions
  • Displaying Hidden and System Files in a Folder
  • Understanding and Using File Attributes
  • Displaying All the Files in a Folder using Windows Explorer
  • Displaying All the Files in a Folder using the Command Prompt
  • Recovering a Deleted File
  • Permanently Deleting Items
  • Changing the Program Associated with a File Type
  • Creating and Using Compressed Folders
  • Where Is that File I Just Downloaded?
  • Displaying Details about a Graphics File
  • Displaying Details about an Audio File
  • Displaying the Number of Files or Folders within a Folder
  • Using the Disk Cleanup Wizard
  • Getting Rid of Hidden Thumbs.db Files
  • Customizing the Explorer's File List Display
  • Refreshing the Explorer Window
  • Accessing a Network Drive
  • Sharing Resources on a Network
  • Creating a Disk Partition
  • Checking a Disk Drive for Free Space
  • Tips for Using USB Drives
  • Changing a Disk Drive's Name
  • Backing Up Your Files
  • Configuring Windows to Do Backups on a Schedule
  • Understanding Libraries
  • Creating a Library
  • Deleting a Library
  • Saving Search Queries
  • Deleting a Saved Search
  • Understanding the Search Index

Multimedia Tips

  • Adjusting Speaker Volume
  • Hiding and Displaying the Volume Control
  • Changing Behavior for Audio CDs
  • Ripping Songs from Audio CDs
  • Burning an Audio Disc
  • Copying Files to a CD or DVD
  • Creating a CD/DVD Archive

Configuration Tips

  • Understanding Windows Aero
  • Changing Screen Resolution
  • Understanding the Windows Experience Index
  • Understanding Regional Settings
  • Renaming Your Computer
  • Using Two Monitors with Windows
  • Adding and Deleting Fonts
  • Changing Font Size in a Command Prompt Window
  • Understanding Windows Update
  • Configuring Automatic Windows Updates
  • Understanding and Changing AutoPlay Settings
  • Resizing the Recycle Bin
  • Clearing Items from the Recently Used Documents List
  • Using the Control Panel to Remove Programs
  • Running a Program as Administrator
  • Running Older Programs in Windows 7
  • Changing Your Windows 7 Password

Tips for Controlling How Windows Starts

  • Modifying the General Startup Process
  • Modifying What is Started when You Start Windows
  • Modifying Windows Startup Services
  • Using the System Configuration Utility
  • Using Windows in Safe Mode

Task Manager Tips

  • Regaining Control of Your System
  • Understanding the Task Manager
  • Understanding Processes in the Task Manager
  • Ending a Process Using the Task Manager
  • Evaluating System Performance Using the Task Manager

Registry Tips

  • Backing Up the Windows Registry
  • Exporting a Portion of the Registry
  • Importing a Portion of the Registry

System Protection Tips

  • Understanding Windows Firewall
  • Understanding Windows Defender
  • Removing Spyware with Windows Defender
  • Setting a Restore Point
  • Restoring Your System from a Restore Point
  • Understanding Remote Assistance

Miscellaneous Tips

  • Stopping or Deleting a Print Job
  • Creating Additional Clocks
  • Performing Simple Calculations Using the Calculator
  • Performing Complex Calculations Using the Scientific Calculator
  • Using the Character Map
  • Defragmenting a Hard Drive

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