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Basic Computer Skills

Basic Computer Skills Category Archive

Need basic computer skills? Below are the posts at Basic Computer Information. Learn how to use Windows, customize your desktop, create, delete and rearrange desktop shortcuts, plus how to use files and folders.

Basic Computer Skills Subcategories

The Basic Computer Skills category archive of posts has been further divided into the following subcategories:

How to Create a Screenshot

Learn what a screenshot is, how to create a screenshot, how to edit a screenshot and how to use your screenshot.

Delete a Desktop Shortcut

At times your desktop can get cluttered with desktop shortcuts and program icons making it hard to find things on the desktop and generally makes it cluttered.

When your desktop gets to a point where it is suffering from “desktop clutter” it’s time to delete a desktop shortcut or two.

Arrange Desktop Shortcuts

Continuing with our desktop shortcuts series, now that you have created a custom desktop shortcut, you are probably wondering how to organize all the desktop shortcuts you have.

Rename Desktop Shortcuts

When you create a desktop shortcut, by default Windows adds Shortcut to in front of the file or folder name the shortcut is for.

If you decide to use Auto Arrange to arrange the desktop shortcuts on your Windows desktop, all the icons with Shortcut to will be grouped.

Also, with Shortcut to added to the beginning of the name of the shortcut, the name of the file or folder the desktop shortcut is for may not be visible. By default, Windows only allows a certain amount of space below the desktop icon for it’s name.

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut

In this second article about desktop shortcuts we will cover how to create a desktop shortcut for a file or folder on your computer and one for a web page on the Internet.

Desktop Shortcuts

Ever noticed when you install a program an icon appears on your desktop? These icons are desktop shortcuts, which when clicked, open the program associated with it.

You can create your own desktop shortcuts also.

Schedule a Task in Windows

We keep being reminded to do things to keep our computers in tip top shape (backup our data, defrag the drives, update our virus programs, etc.) but some just don’t seem to get around to doing these things on a regular basis. This is where Task Scheduler, available with Windows, can help you out with […]

Saving Downloads

You can spend hours searching the internet for documents and programs that you need to learn more about a topic or increase the productivity of your computer use. You find a program to try out that seems to meet your needs or a document that you will need to reference in the future and want […]

Back Up Your Computer

Have you ever had your computer crash? Been infected with a virus, spyware or trojan? Or made the silly mistake of overwriting an existing file when you shouldn’t have? Installed a piece of hardware or software that made your computer malfunction? These type of things happen to everyone, experienced computer user or not. If any […]

Folder Details View

Sometimes when working with files it would be nice to see file details like file name, file size and date last modified. This can be done by changing the Folder view to Details. The Folder Details view can be adjusted to show as much or as little file information as you like. Setting Folder View […]