Thursday, July 24, 2014

Match Your Taskbar To Your Desktop

Good Afternoon Folks,

I have another tutorial for you today. I make my own desktop wallpapers & give the away free to family & friends. I have had a number of Folks ask me how I get my taskbar to match my desktop wallpaper. I can't tell you about other operating systems but I can show you how to do it in Windows 7.

Personalize Your Desktop In Windows 7


Here is my current desktop.




Now right click anywhere on your desktop & choose Personalize



When the window opens choose Desktop Background
(at the bottom of the window)


---Note---Do not maximize your windows.
You want to be able to see the changes to your desktop as they are happening.





Now browse to the folder with the image you want to use.



Choose your image & click Save Changes.





Now you are back to the first window.
As you can see your desktop has changed.

Now click on Window Color to fix the taskbar.




Okay, this is the fun window.
First you need to open the Color Mixer.





Now this is where we get to play.
Select the basic color you want to start with.

You can enable transparency if you want. That will be optional.
Try it & if you don't like the result you can uncheck it.





Now just play with the sliders until you get a color you are happy with.
Don't forget to save changes.



Okay---on to the sound.
I don't usually do anything with this but you do have the option to change it.




Last but not least---the Screensaver




Select the screensaver you prefer from the drop down list.
Click OK







You are all done with your changes.
Now I would suggest you save the theme you just created.






If you change your desktop often like I do,
you need to save every new theme you create.

Give your new theme a name that describes it & then click save




Now when you want to go back to a previous theme you saved,
all you need to do is click on the one you want & Voila!




I make all my own desktop wallpapers so, as you can see,
I have a lot of themes saved & I like to change my desktop often
but I only go through this routine when I make a new desktop.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Feel free to email me if you are having a problem with it.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Adobe Reader Settings

Good Afternoon Folks,


It has been a busy morning at Mama's house. I am writing tutorials for some interesting little bits of info that people have asked me about. I frequently hear 'How do you do that?' & it's usually something I have searched endlessly to find out. Since I can't be the only one who doesn't know how to do this stuff, I thought I'd share what I've learned the hard way so you can do it the easy way.

---So here we go---

Adobe Reader Settings


Don't you hate it when you open a PDF file in Adobe Reader & it's so big you can't possible read it?
Oh Yeah---every one you open will be like that. Well, there is a way to stop that.

This screenshot doesn't look too bad but it took up the entire width of my 24 inch widescreen monitor.




Now open any PDF file in Adobe Reader.
Don't change anything---just let it be big for now.


Go to Edit/Preferences




In the window that opens choose  Accessibility in the categories box.
You need to check both boxes in the section that says 'Override Page Display'.



Now just choose the layout style you prefer.

I like the 2-up option but maybe you don't.


Now choose the Zoom setting you prefer.

I set mine to 75% but I have a large screen.

Maybe you'll want yours a little smaller.


Click OK & you are done.


I know---it is still way big---just close Adobe Reader & open any PDF file. 




Isn't that much better?

You can get the tutorial in both Word & PDF Here


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ruffled Petals

Good Morning Scrappers,


Well, the bunnies & squirrels are finished with their antics this morning & I am done with my coffee so i guess I can get to work. I didn't see the chipmunks out back this morning. That means if I walk into the living room I will see the cat watching out the window with his tail swishing back & forth. He loves to watch the chipmunks.

Okay--enough now--on with the my newest release.


Ruffled Petals



I had so much fun designing these pretty flowers. They originally started out as the skirt to my Ruffled Angels. I am always amazed at what can happen when you are 'just playing'. If this is any example, I need to go play some more with my Sinedots Filter. Who knew you make an Angels skirt look so pretty & then make a flower with it. You gotta' love designing & PSP.



A little inspiration



You can find Ruffled Petals here



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