Saturday, August 14, 2010

Basic PC Faq

How can I get the list of common tasks on the left side of every folder window?

In Windows XP or Me, select Tools => Folder Options..., then click "Show common tasks in


How can I control whether "My Computers", "My Documents", "My Network Places",
and "Internet Explorer" are displayed on my desktop?

Right-click on the desktop, select Properties. Click on the Desktop tab, then click Customize Desktop. Click the items in the list to add to or remove from the desktop.


How can I view details of files in a folder, such as size, type, and date created?

Select View => Details. To select which details to show, select View => Choose Details.


How can I view thumbnails of photo files in a folder?

Select View => Thumbnails. Works in Windows XP, Me, and 2000


How can I control how long my computer sits before turning off the monitor, etc ?

Right-click on the desktop, select Properties. Click on the Screen Saver tab, click Power....
and select an appropriate Power scheme from the menu. Typical settings for a desktop system:
15 minutes, Never, 30 min, 1 hour. For a laptop: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 20 min, 3 hours.


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