Tips & Tricks

How To Change Your Computer’s Screen Resolution:
Normally, a computer’s screen resolution is at its maximum by default, but in some cases, you need to change it manually to get the most out of your computing experience. If you don’t have an exceptionally slow machine, it’s definitely worth the effort.

Here’s how to change your screen resolution:
Go to your Windows XP’s desktop and right click on an empty space. Select “Properties”.
In the “Display Properties” window that appears, navigate to the “Settings” tab on the right.
Move the slider in the bottom-left corner of the window to change your computer’s screen resolution: left for lower resolution, right for higher resolution. Try moving it to the far right for maximum resolution. Press “Apply” and see if everything works.


A dialog box will pop up after your screen adjusts itself. If everything’s OK, press “Yes”.
If your screen looks stretched or has a lot of lag, press “No” or wait 15 seconds to revert to the old settings. Find a resolution that you like.

A Faster Way To Shut Down And Log Off Your Windows XP:

If you’re experiencing slow shutdowns and log offs on your Windows XP, this trick will help you.

Instead of accessing the shutdown menu via Start->Turn Off Computer, open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete.


Press “Shut Down” at the top of the Task Manager and choose what you want your Windows XP to do:

  • Stand By
  • Hibernate
  • Turn Off
  • Restart
  • Log off
  • Switch User

The task will be performed in a matter of seconds.

Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts:
Do you want to cut down on your keystrokes in internet explorer when you are entering an address into the address bar such as: ??
You can save a lot of keystrokes through the year by trying these....

Add "http://www." to the beginning and ".com" to the end of text in Address Bar CTRL+ENTER
Add "http://www." to the beginning and the website address suffix you have specified to the end of text in the Address Bar* CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER
Open the website address that is typed in the Address Bar in new tab ALT+ENTER
View list of previously typed addresses F4

Defragment your hard drives and speed up your Windows:

If your Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7 is getting slow, a wise thing to do is to defragment your hard drives!defragment
The defragment program is built into Windows. Just click on the Start Button/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Defragmenter.

Select which drive you want to defragment, this is usually the (C:) drive.
And then click on the 'Defragment' Button.
And, before you defragment, it is best to close all other programs on your computer.




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