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Capture Screenshots Using built-in Windows Tools [How To]

Posted by Rich On December - 18 - 2012

There are a number of ways to capture screenshots without any additional software in Windows. You can:

  1. Capture the whole screen (and automatically save it if you have Windows 8)
  2. Capture a part of the screen or a window
  3. Capture a series of screenshots in a document

This guide covers the tools built in to Windows and how to use them.

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If you store photos on your home PC and don’t back them up, I really recommend you do. Hard drives fail all the time yet I still get many emails and PMs asking for help with data recovery. Even if you use an online backup solution, I still recommend taking an inexpensive local backup on optical media periodically.

I have my photos synced on two hard drives at home, on a remote server (RAID 10), and with a third-party storage provider. I’m still paranoid about losing my life’s memories in photos so I like to take a snapshot of my photo data every two years. By making a biannual backup, you’ll always have 3-5 viable sets of discs (they don’t last forever) with your important files—should you ever lose or overwrite them. Hopefully this guide is helpful and gives you something to do with the remaining 88 of the 100 DVDs you purchased on sale three years ago…

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Get Your Computer to Say What You Type [How To] [Updated]

Posted by Rich On November - 15 - 2012

XP, Vista, 7, and Windows 8 come with a built in voice database, which you can access via the Microsoft SAPI (Speech Application Programming Interface); in this guide, you’ll learn how to get your computer to say what you type using one of three methods.

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If you’re using Windows 8 and are primarily in the desktop view, you may find yourself jumping to the Start screen often to launch common applications like the Control Panel, the Command Prompt, or Device Manager. To save the jumping around and work a little more efficiently, Microsoft have provided a shortcut menu, accessible from both the Start screen and the desktop. This menu provides quick access to:

  • Programs and Features
  • Power Options
  • Event Viewer
  • System
  • Device Manager
  • Disk Management
  • Computer Management
  • Command Prompt/Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc)
  • Control Panel
  • File Explorer (Windows Key + E)
  • Search (F3 from the desktop)
  • Run (Windows Key + R)
  • Desktop (Windows Key + D)

Note the underlined letter on the menu. Pressing Windows Key + X and then typing the underlined letter will save you a mouse click. Want to access the Control Panel quickly? Windows Key + X, followed by P.

Looking for some more Windows 8 shortcuts? Check out Windows 8 shortcuts for non-touch screen users.

Note: A right click on the Start area will also launch this menu

Windows 8 Poll: pointy haired boss read an article…

Posted by Thomas On November - 7 - 2012

As promised last week I would publish the results of our little poll on Windows 8. Thank you for participating. From what I can see, our readers are early adopters. 52% Have installed Windows 8, and 39% use it as their only OS. Only 13% reported to have deleted the OS all together. Here’s a summary of what you think:

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[Survey] Windows 8 has gone viral – Have you ?

Posted by Thomas On October - 29 - 2012

What are your inital thoughts on the new and improved OS? Do you like it? Love it? Hate it? Did you delete it?

We would love to hear your thoughts on the new OS. I’ve put together a short survey that I hope you will take your time to fill out. All answers will be published (anonymously of course) next monday.

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