Productivity

What does it mean to use technology productively? How do you use devices and computers with Windows, Android, or iOS? Which gadgets make your work easier? How to personalize the operating system and the gadgets that you are using?

Set Up your Own AdBlock in Internet Explorer 9

One of the things missed in previous versions of Internet Explorer is having an ad blocker, such as the famous AdBlock extension which has versions for Firefox, Chrome or Opera. With Internet Explorer 9, the functionality required to block ads is...

Book Review - Windows 7 for Dummies

There's a saying that goes something like "To err is human. To really mess things up requires a computer." I think just about anyone who's ever used a computer has occasionally felt like, well, a dummy—especially when confronted with something that only makes sense to computer...

Internet Explorer 9 - Showing Tabs on a Separate Row

If there's one thing I 'hated' about Internet Explorer 9 since day 1 is the fact that, by default, it shows both the address bar and the list of opened tabs on the same row. This translates into one crowded top row which quickly becomes unusable. How do you solve this...

Tablet Input Panel: Using Gestures for Speed and Convenience

In previous tutorials about Tablet Input Panel, I've shown how to use it and how to personalize it so it's in tune with your handwriting.There are a few remaining things you can do to make it even easier, like using special pen movements to speed up and simplify text...

Training Tablet Input Panel to Work Even Better

In a previous tutorial, we talked about Tablet Input Panel's handwriting recognition capabilities. If you've experimented, you've found that it works remarkably well on nearly all handwriting. But if it doesn't quite understand how you write, or if you just want to make sure...

Windows 7’s Tablet Input Panel: Text Entry and Handwriting Recognition

Tablet PCs are becoming more popular these days, and for good reason. They're compact and easy to use and can be every bit as powerful as their cousins with keyboards. They're designed to let you write on the screen with a stylus the same way you'd write on paper with a pen....

Getting Started with Windows 7’s Tablet Input Panel

The Tablet Input Panel is a Windows 7 program that looks simple, but is actually quite sophisticated. Fortunately, as with most Windows 7 built-in software, even with its many options it's very easy to use. You'll find it in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and...

Book Review - Microsoft Office 2010 Inside Out

In my review of Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple, I noted that that book took a bare-bones approach, and there were other books that could give a more complete look at Office 2010 for those of us who wanted a lot more information. So—is a simplified book not...

Configure the Windows Explorer Viewing Templates for Libraries

In previous articles, we've shown how to edit a viewing template and how to apply it to any folder and its sub-folders. To complete the picture, we will show how to edit and change the viewing template used for any library in Windows 7.

Step 1: Configure the Viewing Template...

Book Review - Windows 7 and Office 2010 For Dummies, Book + DVD Bundle

Windows 7 and Office 2010 for Dummies - Book + DVD Bundle, a book for the user who doesn't want to spend too much time in front of the computer and just wants to finish his work quickly, in order to "move on to something more important".That's what the authors say in the...

Book Review - Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple

If you've been reading my reviews, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of the printed software manual and not at all enthusiastic about help files and manuals in.pdf format. And I've mentioned that Microsoft's manuals used to be among the best. Microsoft's printed manuals...

Book Review - Windows 7 Plain & Simple

Never has this happened to me before: I start to review this book and I have the final verdict clearly shaped into my mind after only 3 minutes. Ironically, that only made the task more difficult, as I had to make a great effort to lose the preconception, stop thinking about how...

Book Review - Windows 7, The Missing Manual

Have you ever walked through a bookstore or a public library and wondered why there are so many books that try to explain software and hardware? There's definitely a reason for that. The printed manual is, for the most part, extinct. And people still want to know how things work....

Book Review - Windows 7 Annoyances

Has there ever been an operating system that wasn't annoying? From the day I first used a keypunch machine to make cards for a wheezy old IBM mainframe, through the bizarre syntax used by Commodores, through CP/M's "you don't have to be a programmer to get this, but it helps"...

Book Review - Network Your Computers & Devices, Step By Step

There's an old joke that goes: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. For many people, setting up a home network is truly the elephant in the room. It's nowhere near as difficult as it used to be, when you had to buy extra software and hardware and learn a lot...