WindowsTips 2017 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 2017.

WindowsTips 2017 Archive (Table of Contents)

WindowsTips 2017 Archive includes 156 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

  • Using the Contact Support App
  • Creating a Selection Set
  • Picking a Desktop Icon Size
  • Moving and Resizing Windows
  • Minimizing All Open Windows in One Step
  • Quick Ways to Get Back to Your Desktop
  • Displaying the Windows 8 Control Panel
  • Adding and Deleting Fonts
  • Hiding Fonts
  • Using the Control Panel to Remove Programs
  • Ending a Frozen Program
  • How To Enable Jump Lists
  • Clearing Your Jump Lists
  • What is Bluetooth?
  • Changing Time Settings
  • Understanding Notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center
  • Permanently Deleting Items
  • What is a Desktop.ini File?
  • Changing the User Interface Language
  • Disabling Automatic Updates
  • Disabling Automatic Reboot after a Windows Update
  • Using the System Information Tool
  • Using the System Configuration Utility
  • Understanding Computer Names
  • Improve Performance by Turning Off 3D Effects
  • Starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode
  • Modifying the General Startup Process
  • Modifying What is Started when You Start Windows
  • How the Registry is Organized
  • Understanding Registry Value Data Types

Start Menu, Lock Screen, and Taskbar Tips

  • Adding the Administrative Tools Option
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
  • Understanding the Start Menu Search Box
  • How to Remove Cortana's Search Box
  • Creating Additional Clocks
  • Getting Rid of the Lock Screen
  • Changing Lock Screen Apps
  • Changing the Size of Start Screen Tiles
  • Removing a Tile from the Start Screen
  • Pinning a File to the Taskbar

Tips about Accessories, Apps, and Utilities

  • How to Find Apps Faster
  • Changing App Notifications
  • Checking the Size of Apps
  • Understanding ReadyBoost
  • Performing Simple Calculations Using the Calculator
  • Performing Complex Calculations Using the Scientific Calculator
  • Everything
  • How to Password Protect a File or Folder via Zip
  • KeePass Password Safe
  • Dropbox
  • Launchy
  • Cathy
  • DesktopOK
  • Toggl
  • AutoRuns
  • ConFavor
  • Xplorer2
  • WizTree
  • Agent Ransack
  • Using Maps
  • WizMouse
  • M8 Free Clipboard
  • CutePDF Writer
  • SyncToy
  • Using Resource Monitor
  • Understanding Process Monitor
  • Using Process Monitor
  • Process Explorer

Web and Online Tips

  • Understanding DHCP
  • Using a Blank Page as your Browser's Home Page
  • Resetting a Web Browser to Its Default Settings
  • Understanding IP Addresses
  • Using the Hosts File to Block Content
  • Scanning Your System for Open Ports

Multimedia Tips

  • Creating an Auto Playlist
  • Understanding Types of CDs
  • Understanding Types of DVDs
  • Understanding ISO Images
  • Using Windows DVD Maker

Drive and File System Tips

  • Checking a Disk Drive for Free Space
  • Freeing Up Disk Space by Deleting Old OS Files
  • Resizing a Disk Partition

File and Folder Tips

  • Understanding File Types and Extensions
  • Changing the Program Associated with a File Type
  • Understanding and Using File Attributes
  • Editing File Properties
  • Renaming Files Using the Command Line
  • Using Offline Files
  • Using File History
  • Displaying Hidden and System Files in a Folder
  • Understanding the Pictures Folder
  • Understanding the Music Folder
  • Understanding the Videos Folder
  • Resizing the Recycle Bin
  • Rebuilding the Search Index
  • Changing the Hidden Attribute for a File
  • Understanding Indexed Search
  • Adding Locations to the Search Index
  • Adding File Types to the Search Index
  • Removing Locations from the Search Index
  • Saving a Windows Search
  • Creating Your Own File Folders
  • Using Folder Templates
  • Encrypting a File Folder
  • Working with Compressed Files and Folders via Zip
  • How to Encrypt a File or Folder via NTFS
  • Working with Compressed Files and Folders via NTFS Compression

Robocopy and XCopy Tips

  • Understanding Robocopy
  • Copying Data with Robocopy
  • Using Robocopy to Copy Entire Directories
  • Using Robocopy to Mirror Directories
  • Checking the Archive Attribute with Robocopy
  • Specifying a Copy Schedule in Robocopy
  • Using Robocopy with File Sizes and Ages
  • Logging Robocopy Operations
  • Copying Data with XCopy

Command Line Tips

  • Changing Font Size in a Command Prompt Window
  • Copying Files Using the Command Line
  • Moving Files Using the Command Line
  • Understanding the Command Line For Loop
  • Displaying All the Files in a Folder using the Command Prompt
  • Using the Task Scheduler from the Command Line
  • Introduction to Regular Expressions

Tips about Devices

  • Updating a Device Driver
  • Choosing How to Use Multiple Monitors
  • Connecting to an External Screen
  • Disabling a Laptop's Touchpad
  • Limiting when Others Can Use Your Shared Printer
  • Creating a Printer Pool
  • Understanding XPS Documents
  • Creating an XPS Document
  • Finding the Mouse Pointer
  • Swapping Mouse Buttons for Left-Handed Users
  • Controlling the Mouse Pointer Speed
  • Connecting a Bluetooth Device
  • Checking for Faulty RAM

System Administration and Protection Tips

  • Switching between Users in Windows
  • Using the Sign Out Feature
  • Limiting the Number of Login Attempts
  • Getting a List of User Accounts
  • Recovering a Forgotten Administrator Password
  • Understanding Windows SIDs
  • Determining the MAC Address for a Network Device
  • Changing the MAC Address for a Network Adapter
  • Changing Your Windows 8 Account Picture
  • Using Windows Defender Offline

Batch File Tips

  • Creating a Simple Batch File
  • Using Batch Files, Part 1
  • Using Batch Files, Part 2
  • Using Batch Files, Part 4: The CALL Statement
  • Using the FOR Statement
  • Using the SHIFT Statement
  • Running a Batch File at a Scheduled Time
  • Passing Parameters to a PowerShell Script
  • PowerShell Input and Output

Event Log Tips

  • What is the Purpose of the Security Event Log?
  • What is the Purpose of the Application Event Log?

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