Tutorials / How-tos


How to Adjust the Visual Settings in Windows 7 for Best Performance

Many PC users are not aware of the host of visual settings that are available in Windows 7. There are many animation effects, transparency settings, menu fades, and so on. In slower machines, these can be a drag on system performance. Also, not everyone is enamored of a lot of busy visuals.

Here is how to configure the settings to your own liking (some settings will be missing in systems that do not support Aero):

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How to Access Advanced Settings and Information for Your Chrome or Firefox Browser

Both Firefox and Chrome have pages with information and advanced settings that are available from the address bar by entering “about:X”, where X stands for a variety of possibilities.  A list of the possible entries can be obtained in either browser by entering “about:about” in the address bar (without quotes and with no spaces). Below are capsule lists of the available items for the “about” function. Take a look at some of these and you will be surprised at the kind of information that can be found.

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µTorrent Help: Selecting Files To Download In µTorrent


This guide will explain how to select in µTorrent which files to download within a torrent's associated content.

There are two sections in the guide, one for selecting before adding the torrent and the other for deselecting after the torrent has been added to µTorrent.  If you want to always have this option, then you will use the before loading section.  If you only want to do this occassionally, you should view the after loading section.

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µTorrent Help: Using µTorrent's Torrent Search


µTorrent has a built in torrent search engine that will search individual torrent sites through your browser.  The search sites included in this engine at default will not yield the results that most users want. 

This guide will give you information on how to use the µTorrent search engine and how to add torrent search sites to the µTorrent search engine to get the torrent search results you want.

For a listing of the other µTorrent (or BitTorrent) help pages here at Gizmo's Freeware, please see

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qBittorrent Help: Using the qBittorrent Torrent Search Engine

qBittorrent Torrent Search Engine Introduction

The search engine feature of qBittorrent is the best that I have run across in bittorrent clients.  I used to suggest to users to not use the built in search features, but rather go directly to the torrent search sites. 

With qBittorrent, my advice is the opposite:  use the search engine within qBittorrent rather than the torrent search sites.

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Vuze Meta Search: Adding Search Sites

Vuze Meta-Search Introduction

I have seen questions in various places around the web regarding the Meta-Search function of Vuze.  I put up this guide in an effort to explain the basics of this option and answer those questions. 

Vuze is one of the suggested clients at my Best Free Bittorrent Client review here at Gizmo's Freeware.

If you do not have Vuze, you can get it from the

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How to Find Help at Microsoft for Your Computer Problems

If you want help with a Windows problem, the ultimate source is Microsoft. There is a vast accumulation of information on the Microsoft website. Unfortunately, the site is huge and keeps changing. Finding anything can be like the proverbial hunt for a needle in a haystack. To help find things on Microsoft, I have put together a short list of some Microsoft links that may make it easier to get answers when help is wanted.

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How & Why to switch from Yahoo! Mail to GMail

It's a hard fact that All new Yahoo! mail sucks. This may be just personal but Yahoo gave me tough times with server errors on numerous occasions. For me GMail edges out Yahoo! Mail because of its speed and spam blocking. Yahoo! has too much spam, including IM span. Also POP access and disposable addresses require paid account. I'm afraid a day might come in the future when Yahoo won't allow access to your account even if you enter the correct ID and password. Once my Yahoo mail got hacked, I had enough with it.

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