Windows Tools

Where to find the Accessibility Tools

The Accessibility Tools are some of the least known applications included in Windows XP. However, that doesn't mean they are not important or useful. Practically these tools are a life-saver for people with disabilities. The Accessibility Tools allows them to adjust settings that make it easier to see their computers, use their mouse and keyboard or other input devices.

In Windows Vista these tools were updated to provide more configuration options. Also, their location and some of the application names were changed.

Windows Sidebar - the complete guide

In this tutorial we will show you how to use the Windows Sidebar - a new application included in the Windows Vista operating system. You will learn how to tweak it, how to add or remove gadgets and where to find them on the internet.

Windows Sidebar is situated by default on the right side of your screen and initially it has three gadgets: Clock, SlideShow and Feed Headlines. It offers the following customization options: it can be hidden, kept on top of other windows, you can add and remove gadgets from it or detach gadgets to place them on your desktop.

Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes is a very small and easy to use application that allows users to create short handwritten or voice notes. The notes are arranged in a stack on the desktop, similar to paper sticky notes.

It was first included in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and it also made it to the Windows Vista Tablet PC list of components. To find it go to Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Tablet PC.

Windows DreamScene

DreamScene is a tool that allows people to use videos and other optimized animations as desktop wallpapers. It is included in the Windows Ultimate Extras package and can be downloaded using the Windows Update service. At this time Microsoft released a Technical Preview version as the final product is not yet ready.

Snipping Tool - taking screenshots is more fun than ever

I believe all of us had moments when we wanted to take a quick screenshot of something but we had no special tools installed or we didn't know exactly how to do it.

In Windows XP, the easiest way to take a screenshot was to press the Print-Screen key and then paste it in Paint. If you wanted to edit the picture and save only a part of the screen you had to lose more time. Paint is very OK for basic tasks but, if you want to do more, you really need a better tool. That means spending money on better software or loosing some time searching for a free or open-source tool.

In Windows Vista, taking a quick screenshot is more fun than ever. That's because Windows Vista includes a very cool tool called the Snipping Tool, designed only for this task.

How to burn a Video DVD using Windows DVD Maker

In this tutorial I will show you how to burn a Video DVD using only the functionality offered by the new Windows Vista operating system. Before we begin, I want to make some observations: making a Video DVD is not a difficult task and Windows Vista succeeded in offering a pretty good solution. However, there are many other software suites that offer plenty of features and make this job easier.

Nero and Roxio are two of the most popular solutions for burning CD's and DVD's. If you need more than just basic CD and DVD burning or you just want the “best there is”, then consider buying additional software like Nero or Roxio.

If you don't want to pay more money on software or you don't need more than just basic CD and DVD burning, then Windows Vista offers the perfect solution for you.

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