What Do the Performance Values in Windows Task Manager Represent?

If you’ve ever taken a look at Windows Task Manager, you’ve undoubtedly wondered what all the numbers mean. This guide briefly explains each value and helps you familiarize yourself with what these values represent. The performance information is broken down into four categories: CPU Physical Memory Kernel Memory System CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) usage [...]

Windows Guides Wallpapers

I’ve been wanting create a few Windows Guides Wallpapers for a while now. I’ve finally come around to it, and here’s the results thus far. Hope you like them. Mintywhite Collection Vol.1.       Get FREE books (Password: mintywhiteBooks) © Windows Guides, 2012. Rich Robinson | Windows Guides Wallpapers

Access Your Desktop Files, Internet Favorites, Folders, and Websites from the Windows Taskbar [How To]

If you want quick access to the items on your desktop, any website, or you Internet Explorer favorites, you can add them to your Windows taskbar. Learn, in this guide how to add these toolbars and how to create a custom toolbar. To enable the Desktop, Address, or Links toolbars on the Windows Taskbar, right [...]

Replace Windows Alert Sounds with Visual Cues [How To]

If your hearing isn’t what it used to be or you’re in a noisy environment, you may find you’re not hearing audible notifications when you’re using Windows. If, when a sound would normally notify you, you’d like to be visually notified, you can turn on visual cues alongside audio cues. Enable Visual Cues for System Notifications To [...]

What Resolution is My Screen Running? (Desktop Wallpaper) [Beginner Tip]

If you’re looking for desktop wallpaper, the best way to make sure you’re getting wallpaper that will fit, not blur, and show the complete image is to get wallpaper at the right resolution. What is Resolution? Screens are made up of tiny addressable squares or pixels. If you look closely at your monitor, you’ll see these [...]

Create a Shortcut to a Program or Folder on Your Desktop or Start Menu [Beginner Tip]

Most programs put a shortcut on your start menu or desktop when they’re installed. However, if you accidentally remove this shortcut or need to create a shortcut to a commonly used folder, this guide will show you the basics: Create a shortcut on your desktop Create a shortcut on the start menu Hint: If you’re not [...]

Run Windows Explorer in Full Screen Mode [Quick Tip]

If you want the maximum viewing area in Windows Explorer, simply press the F11 key (or hold CTRL when you click the maximize button—if not already maximized.) To return to the normal view, press the F11 key a second time. The F11 key is also be used for full-screen mode in popular web browsers such [...]

Download Shortcuts to Useful Windows Applications

Recently, we updated our guide on run commands to open Windows applications. If you don’t want to use the list (or commit it to memory), I’ve put together a zip file with useful Windows shortcuts. You can add one or all of these to your desktop for easy access: Shortcuts included in this pack: About [...]

Terabytes and Tebibytes: Hard Drive Capacities Explained

You probably have a hard drive in your home that’s one terabyte or more. If you open Computer (Windows Key + E), you’ll see your terabyte hard drive might only show a capacity of around 930 GB. Where did all those extra gigabytes go? Aren’t there a thousand gigabytes in a terabyte? If you have [...]

Use Compressed Air to Clean Your Laptop and Keep it Cool [Quick Tip]

Over time, dust and dirt build up inside your laptop; thereby, restricting airflow, increasing heat, and putting a strain on your laptop’s fans. A hot laptop is not a happy laptop. In fact, most modern processors (CPUs) reduce their clock speed when temperatures get close to 80C (think of it as a “survival mode” for [...]