How to find the Windows mouse pointerFrom cleaning junk files off your system to zooming the display with a virtual magnifying glass, these 15 tips will make life with your PC a little easier.

1. How to find a hidden mouse cursor on your desktop

Here’s an easier way to find a lost cursor on your desktop: by turning on a setting that’ll make the pointer pulsate whenever you press the CONTROL key. Read more…

2. How to force a frozen program to quit

Been staring at a frozen program for a few minutes? It might be time to take matters into your own hands and force the stalled program to quit. Read more…

How to bring the Mac's virtual desktop "spaces" to a Windows PC

You can have up to 20 “virtual” desktops running on your PC at once, all with the help of a simple (and free) third-party app.

3. How to bring the Mac’s virtual desktop “spaces” to a Windows PC

A free utility called Dexpot will let you quickly switch between up to 20 virtual desktops, similar to the handy Mission Control feature on the Mac. Read more…

4. How to clean junk files off your Windows PC

Is your Windows hard drive feeling a bit cramped? A quick way to clear some hard drive space is to haul out the junk, and a handy Windows tool makes it easy. Read more…

5. How to evict unwanted notification icons from the taskbar

Have too many notification icons taken residence in the bottom corner of your Windows desktop? Well, there’s an easy way to nix the icons you don’t need. Read more…

6. How to boost the size of the mouse pointer

Want to save both your eyesight and your sanity? Here’s an easy way: by dipping into your system settings and boosting the size of the mouse pointer. Read more…

7. How to open a file or folder with just one click (and other folder tips)

Don’t want to bother with double-clicking to open a folder? Done. Also: How to simplify your folder view, and how to give each open folder its own window. Read more…

Take charge of the Power button on a Windows PC

Your PC’s Power button can do a lot more than merely shutting down your system.

8. How to take charge of the Power button

Think the Power button on your Windows PC is only good for completely shutting down your system? Think again. Read more…

9. How to zoom the display on your PC

Squinting at your computer screen? You can zoom the entire display on your PC, a handy trick for anyone with iffy eyesight. Here’s how. Read more…

10. Add a web address bar to the Windows toolbar

Want quick access to the web, even if you don’t have a browser window open? A quick tweak to the Windows toolbar is all it takes. Read more…

11. How to back up your Windows PC

When it comes to backing up your personal data, better late than never. Read on to learn how to back up your system with the built-in Windows 7 backup tool. Read more…

12. What “sticky keys” are for—and how to turn them on

Having a tough time maneuvering your fingertips around multi-key combos like SHIFT + ALT + DELETE? The “sticky keys” feature can help. Read more…

5 ways to customize the Windows taskbar

Want the Windows taskbar on the side of the screen rather than the bottom? No problem.

13. 5 ways to customize the Windows taskbar

Don’t want the Windows taskbar at the bottom of your desktop? Wish it were smaller, or even gone? Read on for 5 ways to make the taskbar do what you want. Read more…

14. Sneak a peek at your Windows desktop with Aero Peek

Want to take a quick look at the files and folders on your desktop without minimizing all your open windows? It’s easy, thanks to a handy Windows 7 feature. Read more…

15. 6 ways to take charge of the Windows Start menu

From pinning a program to your list of recent items to changing what the “Shut down” button does, read on for six key ways to tweak the Windows Start menu. Read more…

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