Suppose you have your contacts information saved into a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet and you want it to open using Outlook or any other similar program, sadly, it won’t open readily. However, this small issue can be overcame by simply importing the information. Follow the easy steps below to import your contacts.
Let’s admit it, we’ve all been faced with an awkward situation when some unwanted an annoying ad or a website gets opened while browsing the Internet, whether in the office or sitting at home. This, however, isn’t always critical, but can be really annoying at times. Now there are multiple ways to get rid of these annoying websites ranging from browser extensions to hardware proxies. However, the most simplest way to eliminate these websites is already loaded onto the operating system (Windows) by default. In simple words, the whole solution is in the Hosts file.
Now a hosts file is an ordinary file in the system with a rather special role to play, it maps the hostnames to IP addresses for the operating system, it’s just a text file often named ‘hosts’. Editing this file is not everyone’s cup of tea and can often leave the user confused. This article will show you how to edit the host files, and get rid of the ads for good, doing so also results in faster load times for websites.
While cleaning up your Windows by yourself, ever came across some empty folder, or files that are no longer useful? Most of the times these files or folders of the remains of the applications we once uninstalled, For example, let’s say you installed a game, or a music player which you didn’t like and then uninstalled it, the installation of these programs creates directories in which all the necessary executable files and logs are saved.
However, when you uninstall a program, the files often remain undeleted, even when the program is no longer in your hard drive. Few people have a knack of installing a lot of applications, and it’s common to have a lot of undeleted files and folders left when they finally decide to uninstall the specific program. These files are nowhere near harmful, but they can make your hard drive look like a cluster bomb (Not to be taken literally) and if you’re planning to clear them manually, you’re looking at a lot of brainstorming since they’re not always at one place, and since Windows doesn’t provide any way to search and delete these empty folders it becomes a bigger hassle.
After Microsoft introduced UAC (User Advanced Control) in Windows Vista, it also enhanced the security of main system files by indurating ‘Effective Permissions’. Often times, to replace, or to rename a system file or folder under the root drive C, you need to take ownership of the desired file or folder. Windows files and folders are owned by ‘Trusted Installer’ in Windows 7 and above. This even restricts the members of Administrator’s group from altering the files or permissions unless they have the ownership.
After the release of Windows 8, the method of taking ownership has been changed a bit, confusing several people who were accustomed to the old method. However, the difference isn’t much. Follow the steps below to learn how to take ownership of system files in Windows 8.
Do you get an annoyingly large number of Facebook apps requests from your friends to join them in games like Farmville, Mafia Wars or Candy Crush etc?
There’s a very simple way you can block all these requests and have get rid of such distractions once and for all.
Such games on Facebook work on the principal of ‘Social Sharing’ and sending out requests to your fellow friends on Facebook sometimes is a necessity rather than a choice for users playing a particular game. So it’s probably not your friend’s fault completely, but let’s face it; these requests keep on piling up to the extent that your privacy feels violated.
JKDefrag (JKD) is a completely free defragmenting program that not only defragments your hard drive, but also optimizes it for better performance. JKD is based on the same defragmentation API that Microsoft uses, so it’s 100% safe for most any 32 or 64-bit version of Windows (i.e., 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, and 7). JKD can defragment anything that your computer recognizes as a disk, however, as discussed in a recent article, Schedule Hard Drives to Defragment Automatically, it is not recommended that you defragment a solid state drive, which includes flash drives.
Ripping DVDs is a fairly common task. A lot of people will do it the old copy-paste way. It’s true that you can simply copy the entire DVD to your hard drive, and it will work just fine most of the time. But are you aware of the fact that it’s actually eating up a lot of space in your hard drive?
One of the many purposes of ripping a DVD is trimming the file size without losing the video. Based on your preference, video quality can be lowered, but even at high video quality your file size will still be significantly smaller compared to the original DVD files. Then comes the question how do you rip a DVD?
Ripping a DVD isn’t an advanced task. You just have to be familiar with how a particular DVD ripper works. Today, I’m going to walk you through a free DVD ripping software called HandBrake. HandBrake works on Linux, Mac and Windows, and it’s an open-source project, so it’s also free.
Blogging can be a brilliant way to express your thoughts and share it with other people on the internet. People make blogs for many reasons, two of which are usually either are for a hobby or for earning.
Many times, a blog created as a hobby can lead eventually towards a money generating business. But regardless, blogging provides a simple and effective platform for people to share their experiences with others.
In today’s fast paced world of digital media and online marketing, it’s always good to have a blog or at least have some kind of a basic knowledge of how to create your very own blog.
So here’s a very basic tutorial on how to create a free WordPress blog.