How can I remove programs from the Start menu of my Win 7 computer?If your Start menu is looking increasingly like a NASCAR race car, Windows 7 includes a handy feature for just this purpose. To thin the digital herd, click the Start button, then right-click the Start menu program you want to vaporize and select “Remove from this list.” If you get carried away and remove too many items and later suffer the pangs of separation anxiety, you can always browse through your programs, right-click any one of them and select Pin to Start Menu to place a program back on your Start Menu. Sometimes I accidentally close tabs in my browser that I don’t mean to close. Is there any way to restore or resurrect a tab that I closed?Welcome to the club! For anyone who has had lots of open browser tabs and then decided to tidy things up by closing some of them, chances are you overshot the mark and accidentally closed one more tab than you intended. Oopsie! Before screaming and collapsing in a heap (my preferred method of dealing with this situation), click CTRL + SHIFT + T. The last tab will miraculously reappear. This “last-tab-undo” command works in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and possibly other browsers, so give it a try the next time you accidentally close a tab and begin suffering the debilitating pangs of TCR (Tab-Closer’s Remorse). When I download anything using Firefox as my browser, I can never find whatever I downloaded. Can you help, Mr. M?I always recommend downloading to the Windows Desktop so it’s easy to find whatever you download. But if you don’t choose to do that, Firefox provides a handy-dandy download screen that displays recent downloads which you can use to locate any downloads that are missing in action.To access this little-known feature, click Tools > Downloads, then right-click the download in question. Select Open Containing Folder and you will be taken to the location of your download. I purchased a song from iTunes. I then transferred the song to a CD, but the CD will not play in my car. Is there some technology embedded in certain songs that prevents making a copy and playing it on something other than the computer it was downloaded to?There are a number of reasons why your CD may not play in your car. Yes, indeedy, there are copyright restrictions and formatting issues, and iTunes in particular uses a proprietary format that can occasionally cause a gray hair or two. Here is a link to a helpful discussion titled, coincidentally, “CD Won’t Play in Car” ( http://bit.ly/15k1AQm) that appears in the Apple Forum. The discussion includes several items for you to check and a number of suggestions for resolving the problem you are experiencing.
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