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High quality tutorials and how-to guides for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone users.

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.

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:

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.

How To Use The Taskbar In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

TaskbarWindows 7 introduced a major redesign of the taskbar which packs a lot of improvements. The list includes features such as Aero Peek, overlay icons and progress bars, jump lists, pinned items and so on. Most of them are still working in Windows 8.1 so in this article we’ll show you how to use every feature of Windows Taskbar in both operating systems.

How To Remote Control Your Windows PC From Your Windows Phone

remote controlDid you ever wonder if it was possible to control your Windows PC or laptop using your Windows Phone? Wouldn't it be really nice to sit on your sofa and make your computer play a video or music without touching it? How about turning off your computer without getting out of your bed? All these and more are possible if you use a remote control app. Fortunately, the Windows Phone Store offers quite a few apps of this kind. And the best of them is PC Remote. That's why we decided to take a closer look at it and see how it works.

How To Use The Task Scheduler To Launch Programs Without UAC Prompts

Task Scheduler, UACDo you need to frequently run applications which require administrative permissions but, each time you run them, you have to go through the UAC (User Account Control) prompt? If that's the case, there are several solutions to bypass these prompts, some more complex than others. They allow you to run these programs without going through UAC prompts and without turning off UAC. In this article we will demonstrate a quick and simple solution that works in all cases and it involves using the Task Scheduler.

5 Great Download Locations For Free Windows Themes

PersonalizationThere are many ways to personalize your Windows device and make it look unique. In some of our articles we presented the best download locations for icons, mouse cursors schemes and many other visual elements. In this article we would like to present five great download locations for Windows 7 and Windows 8 themes. These websites provide many good looking themes, for free. Some of them provide original content and they feature works by photographers and illustrators. Let's get started:

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