Articles in Category: Windows User Interface
It’s useful to know the names and functions of the various parts of an application window.
The Problem Steps Recorder is a useful way to capture and share the exact steps you take when a problem occurs.
When transferring NTFS-formatted disks from one machine to another, permissions can restrict access. I’ll cover both Widows GUI and command line solutions.
Sometimes a file cannot be deleted because it has invalid characters in its filename. Here’s what to try.
Windows Explorer is the workhorse behind the Windows user interface. I’ll cover what to look for when it crashes.
It’s easy to search for files on your machine. Learn about the settings that dictate which parts of your machine get searched.
Files and folders can be undeletable for a variety of reasons. I’ll review several techniques to try when faced with the issue.
Not every problem is worth solving.
Windows has long had settings to control certain aspects of the user interface. I’ll guide you to a couple of them and explain what the most common settings do.
Gray text is a problem for many people. Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution, though there are some (very) ugly ones.
There are several ways to adjust the size of text and items on your screen.
User Account Control is an important security feature. Here’s what to do if you run into it.
Sometimes windows can get positioned offscreen where your mouse can’t reach. The keyboard interface, on the other hand, can.
Use Process Explorer to identify windows or message boxes that appear without any obvious indicator of what program they’re from.
Blue screen errors are less common than they used to be, but they can still happen for a variety of reasons. I’ll review what to do and when.
On returning from a screensaver, Windows can ask for a password. That’s a security measure that can be turned off… but be sure you should first.
You can create a shortcut to open Windows File Explorer on the directory of your choice.
Changing the order of Startup items in Windows isn’t supported. Any techniques to attempt to do so are risky and error prone.
We’ll look at why Windows asks you for administrator privileges even when you are the administrator, and what to do when it does.
Using multiple desktops can be a great way to organize your work, and keep you focused on the task at hand.
What appears to be multiple copies of the same file may be something else: one file simply appearing in more than one place.
The Downloads folder isn’t meant for long-term storage. Here’s how to avoid losing files you downloaded and want to keep.
Print to file is an option on many older print dialogs that sends printer output to a file rather than the printer. It’s of extremely limited use these days, if it’s even available at all.
The single biggest complaint about Windows 8 and 10 is the tiled Start menu. Don’t like it? There’s an app for that.
Occasionally, the Windows taskbar can end up on either side (or even the top of) your screen. I’ll show you how to move the taskbar bar back to the bottom.
A simple setting I’d assume to be on by default, wasn’t. As a result, the text on my screen looked … ugly.
In theory, pasting text is the same as typing it. Except when it’s not.
Sometimes the clipboard behaves mysteriously. Let’s look at why.
The Windows desktop was intended to hold shortcuts to files located elsewhere, but it’s not limited to that.
Deciding how you want to open a file depends on knowing what the file contains and knowing what program will understand that.
I’ll show you how to locate the Startup folder and put a shortcut to your program there.
It’s easy to make the Windows taskbar smaller or larger – perhaps too easy, since it can happen by accident. I’ll show you how to change it and how to lock it.
How to kill Cortana for good (and bring her back if you change your mind).
There are ways to disable Cortana “under the hood”, but in most cases, simply turning a number of options off will do the trick.
The Windows taskbar is a very flexible piece of screen real estate. There are many things about it you can change to adjust taskbar space.
It’s easy to fix the recycle bin: just delete it, and Windows handles the rest. I’ll show you how to find it and how to delete it.
Creating shortcuts to programs and web pages on your desktop is relatively easy, as is setting a custom icon for those shortcuts. I’ll show you how.
By default, Windows hides certain files and folders. We’ll look at how to change the setting to display hidden files and folders in Windows Explorer.
The Recycle Bin is a handy safety net when you accidentally delete something. However, the Recycle Bin isn’t always there.
Changing the background image of the Windows 8 lock screen is relatively easy, though it does require a short trip into the registry.
Changing the background image on the Windows 7 login screen is simple. It’s also very obscure. I’ll show you how.
This is a very common question. The answer’s a bit buried, but it’s actually quite simple. And for the most part, it applies not only to Windows 8, but Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows Vista as well.
Protecting a computer from its user can be difficult, verging on near-to-impossible. But there are a few ways to minimize the damage.
A lot of thought really does go into decisions around feature design. You may think it’s silly, but you have to look at the big picture.
Starting up Windows is incredibly complex. While you may not be able run a completion sound, you might be able to add one near the end.
In most cases, it’s Windows, not the application, that handles whether or not something is pasted in from the clipboard or is typed in. The program receiving the data usually doesn’t know or care.
Depending on how you look at your disk, the amount of space used can appear quite different. We’ll look at some of the possible reasons.
The “Safely Remove Hardware” icon can occasionally disappear. It turns out there’s a simple workaround to safely remove hardware anyway.
The Start Menu can grow over time to be exceptionally large. Armed with a little knowledge there are easy steps to control or organize its contents.