How To…


I wouldn’t recommend trying to read this page straight through.

This page is full of quick little how-to instructions that I can link to with #anchor tags from my articles so I don’t have to explain how to get to a certain option over and over.

How to… Get to your Power Options settings.

Windows XP:

Start—>Control Panel—>Power Options

Windows 7/Vista:

Start—>Type ‘Power Options’ into the search field, or Start—>Control Panel—>Power Options

How to… Change your screen resolution.

Windows XP:

Right click empty space on desktop, choose Properties. In the Settings tab, use the slider to find the best resolution for you. Do not click Yes to the “Your desktop has been reconfigured. Do you want to keep these settings?” prompt until you like the settings.

Windows 7 & Vista:

Type ‘Screen Resolution’ into search, or right click on your desktop and choose ‘Screen Resolution’.

How to… Stop recent items from appearing in your Jump Lists.

Windows 7:

Right click on the taskbar, choose Properties, and go to the Start Menu tab. Uncheck “’Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar’.

How to… Add a Folder to a Library in Windows 7.
  1. Decide where you want to store the data. I recommend a second internal hard drive for this task, but a portable hard drive will also suffice. (Just understand that the data that appears in your Music Library, but is physically stored on the External drive, will not be available to your computer when the drive is disconnected) Create a folder on this drive, call it anything you like ‘Music’, ‘Tunes’, whatever.
  2. Fill this new folder with all the music you want to get off your primary Hard Drive!
  3. Press the Windows Key windows-key, and E to open Explorer, then click Music to open your Music Library. Click up top where you see “Includes: 1 location”. A window called Music Library Locations will open.
  4. Click the ‘Add’ button, and browse to the folder you made in step 1. Click ‘Include Folder’, and ‘OK’.
  5. Done! This second location will now be indexed by Windows along with the rest of your Music.

How to… Add a Library to Windows 7.

Right click on ‘Libraries’ in the left pane of an Explorer window, and choose New—>Library

How to… Reset your WMP12 library.
  1. Shutdown Windows Media Player 12.
  2. Stop the media sharing service.  Press the Windows Key+R to launch the Run box. Type Services.msc and hit enter to launch the Services panel.
  3. Scroll down and right-click on the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service and select Stop.
  4. Navigate to %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player.
  5. Delete the file(s) named CurrentDatabase_*.wmdb and the file(s) named LocalMLS_*.wmdb.
  6. Back in the Services panel, right click and choose start for Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service. Close the Services panel.
  7. Open WMP. It should start building your library again.

These instructions may work with earlier versions of WMP with small adjustments, but I have not personally tested it.

How to… Show hidden files and folders.

Windows 7 & Vista:

Press the windows key to open the start menu, search for ‘Folder Options’. In the View tab, look down apprx. 6 items to ‘Hidden files and folders’. Change the radio button from ‘Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives’ to ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives’. Hit OK.

Windows XP:

Double click ‘My Computer’, click on the ‘Tools’ menu pull-down, and click ‘Folder Options’. In the View tab, look down apprx. 8 items to ‘Hidden files and folders’. Change the radio button from ‘Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives’ to ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives’. Hit OK.


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