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Customizing the screensaver in Windows Media Center

Q: I often run Windows Media Center on my computer. When I’m not using it, Windows Media Center’s screensaver begins showing my photos as a screensaver. I’d like to keep some of those photos private. How can I choose which photos Windows Media Center displays as its screensaver? A: Some versions of both Windows Vista […]

Why does Windows show my file names in green letters?

Q: My friend sent me a folder with zipped files. When I opened it on my computer, Windows showed the files’ names in green letters, rather than the normal black. And when I tried to copy the zipped folder, Windows sent me this error message: “Confirm Encryption Loss. Do you want to copy this folder […]

Preserving your privacy in Windows

Q: I sometimes visit sites that I don’t want others to know about. How can I hide these from other people who may visit my computer? A: The more you work with your computer, the more your computer knows about you. In fact, Windows probably knows a lot more things about you than you suspect. […]

Removing old photos from Windows XP’s Photo Printing Wizard

Q: I just received an e-mail with an attached photo. When I tried to print the photo with Windows XP’s Photo Printing Wizard, I found other, older photos that looked like they’d come from the Internet rather than e-mail. How do I delete those old, unwanted photos from the Photo Printing Wizard? A: Windows Photo […]

Clearing your recently opened documents history in Microsoft Word

Q: When I open Microsoft Word 2007, it lists the last documents I’ve opened. How do I clear those entries? A: Microsoft Word, like many programs, keeps track of your most recently opened documents. That’s often quite handy, as you usually open the same document several times before finishing and moving on. But when you’re […]