How To Customize Desktop Themes In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

PersonalizationWindows is a versatile operating system when it comes to customizing the way it looks. You can easily change lots of visual aspects like the desktop backgrounds used by your theme, the sounds played when different events happen, the colors used for displaying windows on the screen as well as their transparency level, the screensaver and so on. While all these can be changed individually, you might prefer to select a new theme and change everything. Windows themes include some or all of the above personalization aspects packaged together in one file that you can install with a single click. Here's how to customize any theme in Windows:

How To Enable The Favorites Bar & The Favorites Center In Internet Explorer

Internet ExplorerSome people frequerntly use the favorites/bookmarks feature in their browser and have a pretty complex system for organizing them. If you would like to start using them too in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, then you should know how to enable the Favorites Bar and/or the Favorites Center. We will show you how to that, in this tutorial:

Enhance The Lock Screen Of Your Windows Phone With Tetra Lockscreen

Lock ScreenAs a Windows Phone user you have access to a beautiful default lock screen on your smartphone. Furthermore, its default appearance can be personalized in many ways and there are a few apps available for that in the Store. Not too long ago, we looked at Microsoft's Live Lock Screen app and the features it offers for customizing our phones' lock screens. Soon after that, the guys at Microsoft Garage released another lock screen app, called Tetra Lockscreen. This is the first Windows Phone app that lets users add widgets to their lock screens and we were really anxious to see how it works. If you are too, read on to find out!

How To Disable Third-Party Cookies In All Major Browsers

cookiesThird-party cookies are pieces of data that are saved in your web browser by the website you are currently visiting but their origin is on another domain. Most of the time, they are used by ad services with the purpose of offering you targeted ads based on your browsing history and on your web searches. However, they can raise privacy concerns as they can also be used to store your browsing history across websites that use the same ad services. This is the reason why, in this article, we will share how to disable third-party cookies in all the major web browsers for Windows: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 16 - 22 November 2014

This week was quieter than the previous one but even so, some interesting things did happen. For example, Microsoft has announced that they will change the kernel version starting with Windows 10, which is a very bold step. They also announced a new firmware update for Surface Pro 3 and the release schedule for the Lumia Denim firmware update that's coming to Nokia Lumia smartphones. Bing has also received a few welcome changes while Xbox One has enjoyed some very good sales in the UK. Read this week's recap to learn more about what happened in Microsoft's ecosystem.

Tech Lolz: How To Destroy A USB Flash Drive In 10 Steps

usbUnfortunately, you won’t hear a USB flash drive saying "This flash drive will self-destruct in 3… 2… 1" using the voice of Inspector Gadget. Nor will it just explode like the Howler in Harry Potter. It would take quite some creativity and a tiny bit of fairy dust to get them to do so. Or just a lot of engineering. However, there are people who would like this feature on their USB flash drives. Why is no one thinking about them? Well, I am. And, in consequence, will try and create a list with the top 10 ways of completely destroying your flash drive. Stay tuned!

How To Filter, Group & Search Files & Folders In Windows/File Explorer

Windows ExplorerWhen you work with lots of files and folders it may be difficult to find a specific file or set of files. That’s why both Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and File Explorer in Windows 8.1 include several options for filtering, grouping and searching files and folders, using all kinds of criteria. In this article we will share how to use them, so that you can be more effective in finding what you are looking for.

How To Set Windows 8.1 To Display More Tiles On The Start Screen

Start screenIf you have a high-definition tablet or hybrid with Windows 8.1, like the Surface Pro, you may want to have more tiles on the Start screen so that you don't have to scroll a lot in order to access all your main apps and desktop programs. Luckily, Windows 8.1 has a setting that allows you to do this. However, it is available only on devices with touch screens and not on classic desktop PCs. Here's how it works:

Reviewing The Nokia Universal Portable USB Charger

Nokia Universal Portable USB ChargerWe have reviewed all kinds of devices here at 7 Tutorials, but never a portable USB charger. I recently had to go on a trip from Europe to the United States and I knew I would need one with me. Microsoft was kind enough to share their Nokia Universal Portable USB Charger for this trip so that I could use it and test it together with my Nokia Lumia 930. Learn how well it worked from this review:

Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 Duo Review - An Affordable Dual-SIM Smartphone

Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DuoAfter reviewing our first Prestigio tablet with Windows 8.1 - the MultiPad Visconte 3, it is time to review our first Windows Phone smartphone made by the same company - Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 Duo - a 5" device with dual SIM, a quad core processor that is going to sell at for about $200, without a contract. We tested this device for about a week, and we are now ready to share our conclusions, in this review:

How To Set Multiple Sites As Homepages For Internet Explorer

Internet ExplorerWhenever you open Internet Explorer, the default homepage is automatically loaded. The homage is a website or a web page and it can differ based on your settings. Generally, Internet Explorer uses MSN.com or Bing as its default homepage. Not many users know that you can set multiple sites or pages as the homepage for Internet Explorer. For example, when you start this browser, you may want it to load 7 Tutorials, your inbox and your Facebook account. Here’s how to configure Internet Explorer so that it does that.

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