Tablet Life & Arts

Ask Mr. Modem: Reader’s wish is to bring up Command Line on Windows

When I was using XP, I could click Start > Run to bring up the Command Line, but I can’t find that on my current computer. Can you help, Mr. M?

You didn’t mention which version of Windows you are currently using, so let’s run through this for Vista and Windows 7 and 8: In Vista and Windows 7, whenever you need the Command Prompt or “Run” line, press the Windows Key + R.

In Windows 8 you can access the Command Prompt via its shortcut on the Power User Menu, by pressing the Win and X keys together or right-clicking the Start button.

If you’re using a touch screen with the updated Windows 8.1, swipe upward to display the Apps screen. You can accomplish the same thing with a mouse by clicking the down arrow icon at the bottom of the screen. If you’re using Windows 8.0, the Apps screen can be displayed by swiping up from the bottom of the Start screen, or right-clicking anywhere, then choosing All Apps. Once you’re on the Apps screen, swipe or scroll to the right and locate the Windows System section, then press or click Command Prompt. (I think my head is going to explode.)

I really like Microsoft’s Bing search engine and tend to use that more than Google these days, but one thing I can’t figure out is how to clear my Search history. Thanks in advance, Mr. M.

On the main or Badda page of the Bing search engine (Badda Bing, get it? Oh, the wit!), there is a list of options along the top, Images, Videos, Shopping, etc. You will also see Search History. If you place your mouse pointer over it, a box will appear showing some of your recent searches. Click one and it will initiate that search again. From that location you can also clear your history or disable this feature entirely.

If you click See All, you will be taken to a new page where you can further manage your previous Bing searches. For example, you can view searches by day or quickly delete all searches before the subpoena arrives.


Candy Critic Reviews

If you enjoy candy, this site is destined to become a close personal friend for both you and your dentist. As its name implies, it is dedicated to the review of candy. You can search reviews alphabetically, geographically or by type of candy. Alphabetic reviews span sugary substances from Amaretto to ZUM, which is described as a “cross between a Chicklet and a standard piece of gum. If only the flavor had worked out, this could have been a great treat.” If only.

Cell Size and Scale

Have you ever wondered how big a cell is? How about how big a molecule of water is? No? Nothing? Well, for those who are interested, not only does this site answer those questions, but it also depicts relative size on a visual scale. To use the scale all you have to do is move the gray button across the slider bar and the image above will zoom in until you reach the tiniest component: the carbon atom. Viewing items in scale provides a fascinating perspective of just how large or how small they are.


Like FoodGawker ( and CraftGawker (, which feature food and crafts (Duh!), this Gawker focuses on the home. Here you will find amazing homes, designs and projects that you can do yourself. No, seriously. As with all Gawker sites, if you click a picture, you will be whisked away to the blog from whence it came.