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Windows 7, Vista and XP Tips & Tweaks

  • Disabling Windows Vista And Windows 7 Login At Startup

When you start your Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, by default the system makes you enter your password to log in. Here’s a way to get around it.


When you first install Vista or 7 and start using it, you are required to enter in a password for your account. But after that, you’re not really given a choice to remove the password if you don’t want it. You’re just sort of stuck typing it in every time and that can get old rather quickly!

If you’re not the only one who uses your computer, consider leaving it this way. It is a good security feature and it helps to keep all of the different accounts, files and preferences separate from each other. But if you’re the only one who ever uses your computer, you should be able to get rid of the password prompt if you want.

If you’d like to bypass the Windows Vista and 7 log on process and remove your password, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start, Control Panel.
  2. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.
  3. Next, click on the User Accounts link.
  4. Under the “Make changes to your user account” section, click on the Remove Your Password link for your account.
  5. On the next screen that comes up, enter in your current password.
  6. Click on the Remove Password button to confirm everything.

Close out of all the open windows and restart your computer. That will allow you to test the system to make sure your password really was removed.

From now on, when you start up your Vista Or 7 computer, you will be taken to your desktop automatically and you will no longer have to worry about a password.

  •  Speedier mouse

To speed up mouse-pointer movements in Windows 7, click Start followed by Control Panel then click the ‘Hardware and Sound’ link and finally Mouse. Select Pointer Options and use the Motion slider to alter the speed.

  • Removing Internet Explorer 9

To remove IE9 from Windows 7, open Control Panel, click Uninstall a program and then click on the ‘View installed updates’ link. Choose IE9, and click Uninstall. IE9 will still be listed as an important update in Windows Update, so deselect it.

  • Prevent display rotation

In Windows 7, right-click the Desktop and choose Graphics Options then Graphics Properties. Deselect the ‘Enable rotation’ option in the Rotate tab.

  • Adjust program volume

To adjust a particular application’s volume in Vista & 7, right-click the volume icon in the Notification Area then click Open Volume Mixer. Now use the sliders to control each application’s sound level.

  • Organise backups

To keep backups in chronological order, use the date ot name the file- starting with the year(so ’2010-05-01-backup.zip’.for example).

  • Remove unwanted wireless networks

In XP, right-click the Notification Area’s wireless icon then choose View Available Wireless Networks. Click ‘Change advanced setting’ then Wireless Networks. Select the unwanted network and then click Remove.

  • Shake for clarity

In Windows 7, click and hold to ‘grab’ any open window’s title bar, then shake it around and all other open windows will minimise to the Taskbar.

  • Convert units

Windows 7?s Calculator application has a Unit Conversion option on the View menu. You will also find mortgage and leasing tools on the Worksheets submenu.

  • Restore previous file versions

To restore previous file versions in Windows 7, right-click a file and then chose Properties. Select the Previous Version tab, choose a version and then click Restore.

  • How to Turn Off Windows Help & Support

Windows has a built-in “Help & Support” feature that allows it to provide beginning users with hints and tips. Windows automatically starts these features using a Service every time the computer is booted. Services can use up system resources and CPU power if they are running, even if you are not currently using their features. If you are an advanced or intermediate user who does not need the “Help & Support” features of the Windows operating system, you can disable them by disabling the service that automatically starts them.

  1. Open the Start menu. Click on “Run” and enter “services.msc” into the “Open” dialog box. Press “OK.”
  2. Locate the Service named “Help and Support” in the right side of the window. Double click on the service.
  3. Set the “Startup type” to “Disabled” with the appropriate radio button. Press “OK.”
  4. Close all open windows and reboot the computer to put the changes into effect.
  • Monitor audio recording

In Windows 7, click Start, type sound and click the Sound icon. Click on the Recording tab, right-click the recording device and choose Properties. Click the Listen tab and tick ‘Listen to this device’.

  • Desktop slideshows

For Windows 7 slideshows, click Start, type desktop background and click ‘Change Desktop Background’. Click Browse, find an image folder and click OK. Tick the desired photos then click ‘Save changes’.

  • Create DVD slideshow

To burn slideshows to DVD in Vista and 7, click Start, type windows DVD maker and press Enter .Drag and drop photos and videos onto the windows, click Next, choose a menu style and add a soundtrack if wanted . Insert a recordable DVD and click Burn.

  • Aero Snap Shortcuts

In Windows7, hold the Windows key and tap the right or left arrow keys to have the current window set to the right or left edge of the screen.

  • Sort folders

Favorite files or folders can be kept at the top of the sort order in Windows Explorer by renaming them to start with either the ‘#’or’~’ symbol – just tap F2 to rename.

  • How To Save Word Documents (.docx) As PDF Documents; By using this Add-on

You can now easily save your Word Documents as PDF Documents; all you need to have is Microsoft Office 2007. This extension is not available for Microsoft Office 2010 because it already has another built-in extension for converting Word To PDF! So, if you’re a MS 2010 user; then you don’t have to download this extension as it is already there for you…
For Microsoft Office 2007 users, You need to download the “SaveAsPDFAndXML”extension to do this…
Microsoft Office 2007 Users; Click Here To Download!

  • Ultimate Control Panel

Expert Vista and 7 users can create a folder that contains all Control Panel tools. Click Start Followed by your username. Click New Folder(or from the File menu) button and name it ‘GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-9971204E01C}’.Double-click to see the Control Panel tools, Note this should not be used in 64-bit versions of Windows as it’s known to cause problems.

  • Add Desktops

Add additional named Desktops to Windows using the free Virtual win program.

  • Disable Caps Lock

In Vista or 7, click Start, type keyboard and then click Keyboard. Choose Key Settings, scroll to the CAPS LOCK entry, select it and then click Configure/Edit. Tick the ‘Disable the CAPS LOCK key’ box then click Finish, then OK.

  • Fix unrecognized USB memory keys

If a USB memory key isn’t recognized, click start, tight-click(My) computer then choose Manage. Click Disk Management and look for an entry that lacks a drive latter: right-click it and choose ‘Change Drive Latter and Paths….’. Click Change and choose the drive latter from the dropdown menu.

  • Permanently delete files

To securely delete files, download the free Eraser program, Once installed, press Control(Ctrl) and N to create a new task .Select ‘Run immediately’ and then click Add data. Select Unused disk space and click on OK.

  • Free up disk space

For a bit of extra disk space in any version of Windows, click Start, point to All programs followed by Accessories then System Tools and click Disk Cleanup and follow the prompts to remove unwanted junk.

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Point of Sale (POS) Security Tips: For Preventing/Reducing Fraud and theft in stock.

Point of Sale (POS) Security Tips: For Preventing/Reducing Fraud and theft in stock.The introduction of the Cashless Society into the Nigerian economy has brought about attendant benefit of easy audit trail for Nigerian Business Men and Women. Nearly 50% of retail business pilfering and stealing comes from employee theft. This poses more risk thank retailers think and it’s something every business owner should take seriously.

As a plan to maximize the potentials of POS for easy audit trail using POS Software, follow the following ediaro.com security tips:

  1. Require store managers to review register transactions every day – look for excessive openings of the drawer, small cash refunds, returns, etc. (Important Tip: Make sure your employees can see you or a manager reviewing this information. Don’t hide in the back room because just by letting them watch you can reduce more theft than anything.)
  2. Look at your “voided/cancelled/deleted sales report” every day.
  3. Look at your “returned transactions” report every day.
  4. Use common system passwords. Traditionally, POS systems are configured using standard/vendor supplied passwords to simplify ongoing support, from the operating system’s administrator password to the account used to log into the POS software. The issue with using standard passwords is the challenge of changing those passwords when an employee is terminated or if the password is made public. Ensure you change default system passwords.
  5. Do not share passwords so your cashiers can logon with a different username – each user should have their logon username and password.
  6. Add password protection/security to all areas of your software and ONLY allow employees to access what they really need.
  7. Unneeded services and user accounts should be turned off with a few clicks to instantly remove their associated security implications.
  8. Look at your “inventory adjustments report” every day.
  9. Look at your “profit margin reports” every day. If your margins are low in a certain category for that day, then you should do a little research to find out why.
  10. Keep your inventory count accurate.
  11. Make it common knowledge with your employees that your stock is constantly monitored in your POS system.
  12. The POS device should always stay within the merchant’s control, especially for Portable POS.
  13. Secure the access to your customer’s personal information in your POS software… particularly, their credit card information!
  14. Clerk/merchant staff should be very vigilant of their surroundings to prevent “Shoulder surfing” from other people standing nearby in your store – which could brew bad customer perception about your store.

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20 Tips to Improve your Laptop Battery Life

Improve Laptop BatteryLaptops have an advantage over smaller electronics when it comes to the battery. They have more room to put a power source in a laptop than phones or portable media players.

But as applications become increasingly demanding and your work requires more and more mobility, it’s very possible that your laptop battery still isn’t up to your expectation. Try the following ediaro.com Hints & Tips to improve battery time on your Laptop, so that you can stay mobile and flexible for longer:

  • Reduce your Screen Brightness. Your laptop screen eats up power relentlessly. If you use your laptop in a well lit area or outdoors on a sunny day, try setting it at two or three bars. You can dim the brightness of your screen using the function keys on your notebook to greatly reduce battery consumption.
  • Turn the volume level down, or mute it, if you do not plan to use it.
  • Keep your laptop battery cool. Battery power saps more quickly when the battery is hot. Keep vents clear and don’t put your laptop on a pillow or other surface that will cover vents and trap heat.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Batteries rely on basic chemistry and will die faster at extreme temperatures. Try to charge and use the battery at room temperatures.
  • Don’t keep your laptop plugged in. If you rarely unplug your laptop, you’re leaving it in a state of perpetual charge at 100 percent. That’s bad for the battery’s long-term health. Unplug it on occasion and let the battery drain.
  • Put your computer to sleep when not in use. If you’re taking a break, let your computer take one as well.
  • Shut down or hibernate the laptop rather than using standby. If you plan on not using it for a while. Standby continues to drain energy to keep your laptop ready to go when you open the cover.
  • Remove the battery if you’re working at your desk for a while. When you remove it, don’t store it fully charged. Aim for the middle: between 40 and 50 percent.
  • Buy an extra battery. Keep a spare battery on hand in case you can’t get to a power outlet.
  • Close nonessential programs. The more your computer does, the more battery power it requires. Close any programs or background applications you’re not using.
  • Avoid using a CD or DVD. If you store a copy of data you need on an optical disc, copy it to your laptop’s hard drive or a flash drive before traveling. Optical drives consume large amounts of power to spin up CDs and DVDs. Try to avoid applications that keep your hard drive or optical drive spinning. Need to play music? Try to use your Mobile phone or MP3 player, rather than playing songs on your computer while on battery. Playing songs on your computer will keep the hard drive working which uses energy. Turn off the auto save feature on MS Word or Excel. In addition, eject the external devices like pen drive, DVD, Hard Disk etc. if not in use constant saving will keep your hard drive turning and using energy.
  • Disable wifi. Obviously there are times that having wireless internet is required, but for your next presentation or writing marathon, save your battery (and your focus) by turning it off.
  • Turn off Bluetooth. Turn off your laptop’s Bluetooth when you’re not connected to a phone or other peripheral – to avoid draining your laptop’s battery.
  • Disable screen savers. Complex moving images are tough on your battery. Don’t opt in for them.
  • Change power options. Macs and PCs have built-in functions to help you maximize battery life and efficiency. You can set the computer to effectively balance features like auto-sleep and screen brightness to make sure you’re productive at your laptop all day without worrying about the battery.
  • Use a cooling pad when using a notebook computer on your lap. But if it’s a USB pad then don’t use it as it will most likely use up more battery rather than to conserve it.
  • Learn to single-task. PC memory that is in-use takes more power to hold data. Also, using more memory might mean using more swap or virtual memory space on your laptop’s hard drive. All of this puts an additional drain on your laptop’s battery. Instead of leaving multiple applications and windows open, use only what you need at any given time. If your laptop has plenty of memory, then keep multiple applications open to avoid loading repeatedly from the hard drive. Close all the applications that run in the background on your computer like your PDA syncing software or USB hard drive backup software.
  • Keep it clean. A laptop with blocked air vents will generate more heat thus reducing the life of the battery. Clean the air vents regularly to keep operating temperatures low. Allow for open space around the vents for air to circulate freely. Keep the area around the laptop clean to avoid entry of dust.
  • Try a third-party power management tool. Such as TuneUp Utility

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22 BlackBerry Hints & Tips

Blackberry is now an essential part of our life in recent time, by default blackberry are usable straight out of the box, Blackberry hints and tipsbecause all you need to do is press the Menu key to get the main options on every screen – but the BlackBerry operating system hides a huge number of clever tricks and shortcuts that makes it faster and simpler to get things done.

By following this ediaro.com Hints and tips, you would be taking your BlackBerry to the next level? In this list, you’ll find some of the most awesome tips, How-TO and guides for the BlackBerry, making it easy for just about anyone to become a power user.

  •  Skip Symbol

If you’re typing an email address into a field that expects an email address, don’t bother looking for how to type the @; just hit space and BlackBerry with put the @ in for you. Press space when you need the . in the middle of the email address and it will fill that in, too. Do the same for URLs in the browser; pressing space fills in the periods faster than typing them by hand.

  •  Faster Email

Check your emails faster by going inside of an email, and then hitting the “N” button. This will take you to the next message quickly and easily.

  •  Fast select

There’s a Select command on the menu for choosing what to copy and paste – but you can make a selection just by holding down the Shift key as you scroll the trackball.

  •  Stop a Page from Loading

Press the Escape button to keep Web pages from loading.

  •  Video Converter

Download the BlackBerry Video Converter to watch all your favorite videos directly on the phone whenever you want.

  •  Keyboard shortcuts

Save on scrolling by using’t’ to get to the top of any email message, web page or other long screen and ‘b’ to get to the bottom. There are specific shortcuts for all the built-in apps like using the Mute button to pause videos or music or skipping to the next or previous track by pressing and holding the volume up and down keys (which also zoom in and out in the camera – although many apps use I and O to zoom); there’s a list in the Help tool.

  •  Fast search

You can search for contacts, messages and inside files and web pages – press S to search in contacts and messages and F to search in other apps.

  •  Colour-code messages

If you get both work and personal email on your BlackBerry, you can change the colour of either set of messages. Choose Options > Security Options >Information> Message Outline Colours and either Enterprise Messages or Other Messages.

  •  Menu multi-tasking

BlackBerry has had multitasking for years but it’s subtly done; apps stay running so you can switch back to them (unless you run out of memory when they’re closed automatically). To get back to another app, press and hold the Menu button to get the task switcher.

  •  Lock with mute

Some BlackBerrys have both a lock and a mute button on the top edge, others – like the original Bold – only have a mute button. You can always lock the screen by scrolling down to the Lock icon but it’s faster to just press and hold mute until the screen locks (do the same to unlock it).

  • Three-Way Calling

Need to talk to two people at once? Hit the space bar in your first call, choose a contact to dial, and after the second caller answers, switch back and forth between the two or have them both join in with you.

  •   Real convenience

There are two ‘convenience keys’ – one on each side of the BlackBerry; you’ve probably found one of them by knocking it and hearing that irritating ‘say a command’ message. If you never use voice command, choose Options > Screen/Keyboard to change the buttons to something more useful – starting the camera, opening the music player or launching your favorite app.

  •  Tweak your trackball

Use Options > Screen/Keyboard and scroll to the bottom of the page to choose the horizontal and vertical sensitivity (how far it moves across the screen when you move it) and whether you hear a click as it rolls.

  •  Turn off speakerphone

The slightly confusing way to put a call on speakerphone is to use Menu > Activate Speakerphone; the even more confusing way to turn it off is Menu > Activate Handset – or you can use the $ key to turn it on and off. (And the $ key produces the $ sign in email, use Options > Screen/Keyboard > Currency key to set it to £ or your preferred currency instead).

  •  Say a command

Voice command does more than voice dialling; if you want to check your signal and battery strength you can wade through the Options menu or you can hit the voice command button and say ‘status’ or ‘check battery’ and ‘check signal strength’.

  •  Say it again

Voice recognition works quite well, but you can train it by reading a list of numbers and words; choose Options > Voice Dialing> Adapt Voice.

VOICE TRAINING: Choose Adapt Voice and your BlackBerry will ask you to read a list of sample names and numbers

  •  Hidden Help

The hidden ‘Help Me!’ screen shows the signal strength, battery level, device PIN, free space, space in use, IMEI, OS version, how long the BlackBerry has been on and some other info that can be useful for troubleshooting. View it by pressing Alt + Caps + H.

  •  Important Notes

Let’s say your friend has something important he or she is telling you, but you don’t have a pen and paper available. While still on the phone with your friend, click the track wheel, go to Notes and open it, then type your note and save it for later. Simple as that.

  •  Organizing Folders

You are not limited to the folders that come with your BlackBerry; you can create your own in just three steps and then edit them as you wish. Start by clicking on the menu option on your BlackBerry, and then select the option to add a folder; your BlackBerry will ask you to name the folder. From there you will be presented an option to choose a folder color. If you decide after you create your folder that you would like to rename it or change its color, all you have to do is scroll over it, select the menu button and choose the option to edit the folder. After creating folders, you can place your programs in them to reduce the clutter on your screen.

  •  How to delete multiple emails

It’s easy to delete emails en masse on a BlackBerry® smartphone. All you need to do is while in your email list is highlight a chosen date (rather that highlighting a given email message), press the menu key and highlight and select ‘Delete Prior.’ All e-mail before that date will be deleted.

  •  How to change your device’s password:

In the device options, click Security Options

Click General Settings > Set the Password field to Enabled > Press the Menu key > Click Save.

To turn off the BlackBerry smartphone password, set the Password field to Disabled.

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For over 5 years ediaro.com (a member of Fladio International Nigeria Limited) has provided web solutions and advertising for public and private sectors. Our main division is Computer and Information Technology. Thanks to our flexible approach towards the development of new solutions, we have often been at the inception of digital revolution and incorporating the most recent technologies. When you partner with ediaro.com, you are associating with one of Africa's best company for your ICT needs, we are the 1st Nigerian Company listed on the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) ECOBIZ computer session in 2010. Focusing on quality, reliability and design of our products and services has brought us customers and partnership with local and Multinational Companies such as United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Interswitch Limited, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc among others. Our current customer portfolio covers individuals, companies and Government agencies across the globe including Nigeria, India, United Kingdom, Mozambique and United States of America.

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