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Windows 7, by default, allows users to pin applications to the Start Menu and Taskbar to make using them easier.  However, applications are not the only objects we use on our computers every day.  This post gives the how-to on adding other objects such as a scanner or website link to the Start Menu and Taskbar.

 

Issue: Pin a non-application shortcut to the taskbar in Windows 7

System: Windows 7

Error Code: N/A

Solution:

  • Find the object you want to pin to the task bar (a scanner for example)

  • Create a new folder in Documents called TaskBarShortcuts

  • Right-click the option and choose Create Shortcut (this will either give you the option where to save the shortcut or it will save it to the Desktop.

-Save the new shortcut in the TaskBarShortcuts folder (if the newly created shortcut saved to your desktop, cut/paste it into TaskBarShortcuts)

  • In that same folder, right-click and choose New>Shortcut.

-In the Shortcut wizard, browse to the TaskBarShortcuts folder and choose the first you created.  In the location field, type Explorer (in front of the location path, for example "Explorer “C:\Users\Name\Documents\TaskBarShortcuts\xyz”".  Click next.

-Name the new shortcut to whatever works best for you.

  • Right-click on the new shortcut and choose Pin To Taskbar

  • Open the pinned shortcut to test.

 

For business computer service and support, call Gravity Systems, today!

 

Ross

Gravity Systems, Inc.
Business Computer Services
 

This post walks through the routine connection to a wireless network from your Windows 7 computer with a wireless network adaptor enabled.  Many offices and small businesses provide wireless networks for employees and guests to connect to the Internet without using cables.

 

Issue: Connecting to a wireless network

System: Windows 7

Error Code: N/A

Solution:

  • Start>Control Panel> Network and Sharing Center>Change Adaptor Settings

  • Right-click Wireless Network Connection, select Connect/Disconnect

  • In the Available Wireless Networks windows, select your desired network and choose Connect.

  • If prompted, enter the Network Security Key (passphrase, WEP/WPA key), click OK.

  • To verify the connection, click on the Wireless Connections icon in the bottom right corner of the display.  Your desired connection should show Connected.

 

Gravity Systems provides small business computer support including wired and wireless networks.  If your office is in need of professional computer support, contact us today!

 

Ross

Gravity Systems, Inc.
Business Computer Services
 

Office 2010 and Outlook 2010, specifically, have added a number of great improvements that increase productivity.  One such feature is the Quick Step.  Quick Steps in Outlook allow you to combine multiple actions, such as marking a message as read, moving the message to a folder, and create a task all into a single task option.


Issue: User wants to add more Quick Steps than can fit on the default Office 2010 ribbon
System: Windows 7 Outlook 2010
Error Code: N/A
Solution: Customize the ribbon!

  • Open File>Options>Customize Ribbon

  • Expand the Home (Mail) tab  Outlook 2010 Quick Steps Options

  • Find command groups that you do not need to show, such as Delete Group, Flagging Group, or Find Bar

  • Select OK to close the dialogue box

  • The Quick Steps box will grow wider to accommodate your additional steps.

  • To manage the order of Quick Steps, click the small arrow in the bottom right corner of the Quick Steps box, and use the up/down arrow buttons to change the order

In a small business, efficiency is critical.  Gravity Systems thrives on finding efficient and effective IT solutions for our small business customers.  If you need computer support to keep your business running smoothly, call us today!

 

Kent

Gravity Systems, Inc.

Business Computer Services
 
Many times our small business customers will call us with problems connecting to the internet.  Often there is an easy fix for this issue.  Simply enabling the network connection will usually correct the problem  We proceed through the steps below:
Issue: Local Area Connection (or Wireless Network Connection) is disabled
System: Windows XP
Error Code: Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
Solution:
The included video demonstration walks through the steps of enabling the network connection.
Gravity Systems provides small business computer and network support for the Austin and Central Texas area. 
Ross
Gravity Systems, Inc.