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Microsoft Windows

How to Really Delete a File

Just about everyone knows that when you delete a file in MS Windows, it goes into the Recycle Bin and stays there until you empty it, just like the wastebasket in your home.

However, there may be times when you would like to really delete the file and skip the step of leaving it in the Recycle Bin so that anyone else who has access to your computer cannot look for, find and view it.

Before you follow the steps below, please know that once you delete a file in this manner, it is GONE and cannot be retrieved. So, be certain before you delete a file in this manner that there is no way you would ever want it back. If you make a mistake and delete the wrong file with this method there is no reviving it.

Having said that, follow the step below to fullly and finally delete a file:

  • Make sure that you depress the SHIFT key when you delete a file and it will be permanently deleted.

That is all there is to it and it is gone forever!

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Microsoft Windows

Quick Notes with WordPad Scrap

Some folks use Notepad to create quick notes to themselves and then save the file on their desktop. While the process is pretty simple, there is an alternative that you may want to investigate. Creating scraps is as easy as a quick drag and drop operation and there is no need for all the steps involved in naming and saving the file.

Follow the steps below:

  1. Launch WordPad.
  2. Create your note.
  3. Select/highlight the text.
  4. Drag the selection and drop it on your desktop.
  5. Close WordPad and click No when prompted to save changes.

Once you drop the selection on your desktop, Windows XP recognizes the selection as an OLE object from WordPad and creates a scrap, complete with a special icon with a default title name of Scrap.

To make it easier to recognize, you can rename the scrap. When you want to view your note, just double-click it and WordPad will open the Scrap.

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Windows XP

Create Quick Notes with Wordpad in Windows XP

Some folks use note pads or Post Its to jot down quick notes to themselves and save them on their desk or stick them to their monitor.

Other folks, like the technologically savvy (geeks) use another alternative that doesn’t take them away from their computer. You may want to give this a try; it’s quite easy. The benefit is that creating scraps is just a click and drag session and you do not have to take the time to name and save a file!

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  1. Launch WordPad.
  2. Key in the text to create your note.
  3. Select (highlight) the text.
  4. Drag the selection and drop it on your desktop.
  5. Close WordPad and Click No when prompted to save changes.

Once you have dropped the selection onto your desktop, Windows XP recognizes the selection as an OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) object from WordPad and creates a scrap, complete with a special icon with the default title name of Scrap. You can always rename the scrap so that it is more intuitive for you.

When you want to view your note, just double-click it and WordPad will open it for you!

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Windows Vista

Automatically Start an Office Program When You Boot Vista

If you are anything like me, you use the same MS Office programs over and over again, so why not save some time and keystrokes and energy by having those programs open automatically when you turn on your computer?

Follow the steps below to learn how to work this particular magic:

In Microsoft Windows:

  1. On the Start menu, click on All Programs | Microsoft Office.
  2. In the list of available Office programs, right-click the icon of the program or programs you want to start automatically.
  3. Click Copy in the shortcut menu.
  4. In the All Programs list, right-click the Startup folder and click Explore on the shortcut menu.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
  6. To paste your selection quickly into the Startup folder, use CTRL + V.

The next time you start your computer, Windows will automatically run the program or programs of your choice.

In Windows Vista:

  1. Click the Office button. office-button
  2. Click Microsoft Office.
  3. In the list of available Office programs, right-click the icon of the program or programs you would like to start automatically and then click Copy on the shortcut menu.
  4. In the All Programs list, right-click the Startup folder and click Explore on the shortcut menu.
  5. In the window that opens, click Organize, and then click Paste or CTRL + V.

The next time you start your computer, Windows will automatically run the program or programs of your choice.

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