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Modify The Icon Of An Application Pinned To The Windows 7 Taskbar

Modifying the icon of applications that are pinned to your Windows 7 taskbar is fairly easy in most cases however there are various scenarios where it can be a bit more complicated. I noticed that one of my applications appeared to have a default Windows icon of some sort so I wanted to modify it so I would know what the application was. In my case I have pinned all of the applications that I use on a daily basis to the Windows 7 taskbar. This is one of the features I love of Windows 7 as it makes it really easy for me to not only launch applications but also to manage applications that are currently running. I am a huge fan of only a little icon displaying and when you hover over it you can see how many windows are open and more detail about those windows. Below I describe how to modify the icon of applications pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar and some hints of what to do if you are unable to modify those icons easily such as if the Change Icon button in the shortcut properties is greyed out or inactive.

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Insert Special Characters Or Symbols Into Any Type Of Document On Windows 7

I have been working with a couple people from over seas and some of their names include accent marks. While I have heard they would not think it to be disrespectful it still seems correct to include the accent mark over the letter in their name because they do so in their signature. There are various ways to accomplish inserting special characters into most applications but Windows 7 actually provides a way that is built into the OS to insert special characters into all of those same applications. Inserting special characters or symbols into any form of document is easy using Windows 7 or Windows Vista using an application built into the Operating System called Character Map. Below I describe how to insert special characters into various types of documents using Character Map on Windows 7.

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How To Insert An Accented E or é In An Email Message Composed With Outlook

Recently I have been sending a lot of emails to a colleague in Portugal whose name ends é. While I was told it is not so rude to simply not include the accent above the E I actually prefer to include the accent to display respect since he actually includes the accent over the E in his signature. Since I am using Outlook 2007 the below Outlook keyboard shortcut will provide the easiest method for you to insert an E with an accent over the top in emails that you compose. After information related specifically to the accent over the E I also discuss inserting other non English symbols into email messages composed with Outlook.

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Get The BIOS Version For A Windows 7 Computer

Getting the BIOS version for a Windows 7 computer can be completed by checking Windows System Information or by verifying it using the Registry Editor. Below we first describe how to open the Windows System Information window to verify your computers BIOS version which includes an example image so you know what to look for. After the System Information method we then describe how to check the Registry Editor to verify the BIOS version.

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Integrate Embedded Audio Player Into WordPress Site, WP Embedded Audio Player

I needed to add an embedded audio player into a WordPress site for a project I was working on so I started looking at various plugins. The most popular embedded audio player is a WordPress plugin called “Audio Player” which provides you with the ability to easily upload audio files to your WordPress admin site and have the audio files display and play in an embedded audio player on the front end of the WordPress site. Below I describe in more detail how to install the plugin and how to add audio files to your site after the plugin is installed.