How to Switch to Portrait Orientation in Windows 7

In a traditional setup your monitor is displayed in the landscape orientation, where the bottom and top edges of the screen are longer than the sides. But your situation might dictate that a portrait orientation would be better, so you might be wondering if that’s possible. Fortunately Windows 7 can be modified to display your […]

How to Turn Off Autoplay in Windows 7

When you insert a CD or DVD into the disc drive on your Windows 7 computer, it probably launches a program based on the type of media on the disc. This might be a music player if there are audio files on the disc, or it could be a DVD player if it’s a movie. […]

Where Did My Desktop Icons Go in Windows 7?

Are you accustomed to navigating your computer and its files largely from the desktop? This is a convenient location where you may save your important files, and where you might access your favorite programs via shortcut icons. But it’s possible for these icons to be come hidden, which could make your typical computer using experience […]

How to Lock the Screen After Inactivity in Windows 7

Locking your computer when you are away from it is an effective way to make sure that others can’t use it without knowing your password. In many corporate environments you are required to lock your computer whenever you step away from it as a security precaution, but it’s easy to forget to do it. Fortunately […]

How to Change a Printer Name in Windows 7

It’s possible that you have more than one printer¬†installed on or connected to your computer. If you have ever gotten a new computer, or used your computer in a different place, then you may have had reason to print to a different computer. Windows will not delete that printer when it is no longer visible […]

How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 7

The desktop icons on your Windows 7 computer provide a convenient way to access your programs, files, and folders. But those icons can vary is size, and you might find that the current setting on your computer is either too big or too small for your liking. Fortunately this is a setting in the operating […]

How to Restore Items from the Windows 7 Recycle Bin

Many of the files that you delete in Windows 7 aren’t actually removed from your computer. Some files are deleted permanently, such as very large files, but Windows will alert you that it needs to permanently delete files in those situations. Deleted files¬†are sent to a location called the Recycle Bin. This behavior serves as […]

How to Start the Print Spooler in Windows 7

While there are a lot of different issues that can come up when you try to print a document from your computer, one that you might often take for granted is the communication between your computer and your printer. Much of this interaction is handled by a service called the Print Spooler. But if you […]

How to Open A Desktop Shortcut in Your Non-Default Browser in Windows 7

The default browser on my main computer is Google Chrome, as I generally prefer to use that browser. But occasionally a certain site will work or look better in a different browser. This happens a lot with older Web apps that were specifically designed to work in Internet Explorer, and might be problematic when you […]

How to Hide File Extensions in Windows 7

File names are very important when you are browsing your computer and looking for something in particular. When you couple this with some shortcuts to rename files, you can create a Windows 7 environment that is very organized. But changing the name of a file can be more difficult, or potentially harmful, when the file […]