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How to Map a Network Drive

Computers are mostly used on networks these days. In offices, in homes, the trend of office or personal network is increasing day by day. The central computer may not necessarily be a server, but can be a file server to safely hold important information of the users on the network. It is always wise to save your critical information on the sever rather than on the local machine because it could get deleted, stolen, or corrupt on the local machine easily, but on the server it stays safe because of the extra security measures taken to safeguard the server’s data. In such scenarios we get a share drive on the server which is a part of hard drive space on the server allocated to users. This portion or quota of the servers hard drive space is accessible by only the account holder and thus the data kept over there is quite safe, however, the network path to the folder allocated to users is at times quite long and hard to type every time you have to access the folder. Keeping this problem in mind I will discuss a simple way to assign a drive letter to such or any other network path, so that it could be easily accessed from your computer.

Assigning a drive letter to a network path is called as mapping a network drive, and it turns out to be very helpful while you save any file because now instead of opening the entire network path you just have double click on the drive letter and save the work. Let us see how to do the same.

Step 1: Open ‘My Computer’ or Windows Explorer and open the network folder which is assigned to you. It would be starting with some IP address then some sub folders, and then your folder. You will get to see this complete path in the Address Bar of the Windows Explorer or ‘My Computer’ window.

Step 2: Once you see this complete path, click in the Address Bar, select it, and copy the entire path. Make sure that you don’t miss on any back slash and copy the entire path correctly.

Step 3: Click on the ‘Start’ menu. Here you will have an option of ‘My Computer’ or ‘Computer’ depending upon the version of Windows you have. Right click on this option and then click on ‘Map Network Drive’ option in the context menu.

Step 4: This will open the ‘Map Network Drive’ window in which the first option will be to select a drive letter for your network drive. You can select any of the letters.

Step 5: Next box over there is to enter the folder location, so just click on it and paste the path which we already have in computer’s clipboard.

Step 6: Make sure that you select the ‘Reconnect at Logon’ check box so that it connects each time you login and then click on ‘OK’ or ‘Finish’.

Now open ‘My Computer’ window and you will see a new drive letter over there. This drive letter will be the shortcut to your network folder.

How to Clear the Thumbnail Cache in Windows®

Thumbnails are small representations of image files which are shown up Windows Explorer. These thumbnails replace the actual image icon and are displayed as icons, thus making easier for the user to identify the image without even opening it. Thumbnails are created by the Windows operating system automatically but this is done only for the Windows image file types or the global image file types. Some of the file types for which the Windows operating system creates a thumbnail are BMP, JPG, JPEG, TIF, GIF and few more. Whenever we chose to view the files and folders in thumbnail view the images icons are replaced by their respective thumbnails and the other files and folder which are not of image type display their basic icons. The information of these files and thumbnails is stored in a special file called as thumbnails.db which is created for each folder and it contains thumbnail information of files stored in that folder. Thumbnails.db is a system file and is hidden by default. Since every folder has its own thumbnail file so they may consume a lot of space on your computer during the course of usage. Purpose of these thumbnail files is just to load the Thumbnail view quickly whenever you select to, and there is no other use of this file. One can delete this file and this will in no way effect the working of computer. In this post I will let you know how to easily delete these files and free up some space on your hard drive. Before you continue reading the steps let me state that these steps are for Windows XP and earlier operating system. These thumbnails can be cleared automatically using the disk cleanup tool in Windows Vista and later operating systems.

Steps to clear the files manually

Step 1: Open ‘Control Panel’ and then open ‘Folder Options’.

Step 2: Once you have the ‘Folder Options’ window, click on the ‘View’ tab.

Step 3: Click on the radio button called ‘Show Hidden Files and Folders’ and then click on ‘Apply’ and ‘OK.’ This will make the thumbnails.db files visible.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Start’ Menu and then click on ‘Search’.

Step 5: Type Thumbnails.db as the file name to be searched and select the entire My Computer as the search location.

Step 6: Press Search and then Windows will search for all these files on the entire hard drive.

Step 7: Once you have all the files listed in the search results, you can select all of them and then press delete. If you wish you can keep the ‘SHIFT’ key down while deleting the files so that they can be permanently deleted.

Given above were some simple steps to clear the thumbnail files from any computer running on Windows XP or earlier. You can run the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows Vista or later. Here you will find a check box to select whether you want to delete the thumbnail cache while running the disk cleanup utility.

5 tips to increase productivity for Windows

Using Windows operating system effectively can definitely increase the productivity in your office or at any place.

There are so many hidden tips and tricks which you can use to increase the work effectiveness and productivity. These can be used in your workplace or at home as well.

Here are those 5 useful tips which can be used to increase the productivity in Windows operating system:

1. Print anything using Windows explorer:

Not many people know that print command can also be given from Windows Explorer.  Users generally use Windows Explorer to view and access files from computer but it is also place from where you can take print out from any file an document.

You do not have to launch Microsoft Word applications if you need to take print out of any Word document. You can simply open the folder which contains the file then right-click on the desired file. This will open a pop-up menu from where you can give the print command. The same step can be done for any other file like an image. You can simply browse through the image fiolder, then right-click on any image and give the print command. This will send the particular document to the printer.

2. How to Pin program to the Start menu:

Start menu is the place which is available all time and can be accessed while working on any application. You can also add or Pin any of your favorite application to Start menu.

Just select All Programs option from Start menu and then right-click and select Pin to Start Menu on any program which you want on the very first screen of Start menu.

The programs can also be raged and dropped to Start menu and you can also remove some programs from this list.

3. Customize Start Menu:

At times you might need to resize the text and icons of Start menu if you have large list of programs to be listed.

To make the icon size a bit smaller, you need Click on Start button, right-click on Start and select Properties and uncheck the option “Use large icons” (in Vista) and select the option “Small icons” in Windows XP.

4. How to search a folder:

Searching any specific file in folder can also be a tedious task at times. Windows Vista and Windows 7 user can use the Search option in Windows Explorer to search a specific file in the folder and Windows XP users can use the search function in that specific folder to search for a single file.

5. Send email attachment form anywhere:

It is not necessary to launch the email client and draft an email to send any file as an attachment.  You cam simply right-click on the file and select the option Send to/Mail recipient to send any file as an attachment. You must have one email client configured on your system to use this particular function.

Download FAR 2.0 Build 1698 Beta / 2.0 Build 1666

Managing folders and archives on your system is a very important task. It makes the file management very easier and effective. All the operating systems provides the in-built tools to manage files and folders and a user must be very clear to use that application such as Windows Explorer in Windows operating systems. However, these in built application have some limitations and cannot perform some special or customized tasks. For the same reason there are some of the third-party tools available in the market which gives some extra configurations and functionalities to manage files and folder on your computer.

FAR is one of the applications which give you all these extra functionalities to manage windows files and folder more effectively. The manufacturer,, has recently launched a new version of the same software with the name FAR 2.0 Build 1698 Beta / 2.0 Build 1666.

Download FAR 2.0 Build 1698 Beta / 2.0 Build 1666, through the links provided below:

Step1: It is available free to use at various websites.

You can download the free version from web links like:

Step2: Install the application after it is downloaded on your computer and start using the application.


It makes the navigation easier and effective in any Windows operating system. It provides a text mode console which provides convenient and ease to manage all kind of files and archive in any Windows operating system.

Using this, any user can view files and various directories and any file can be edited, copied and renamed accordingly.

The interface is designed in multi-language and is very easy to configure. Main function of the application is to extend the support for external DLLs and Plugins with the use of special interface and API.

The standard technologies where this application is very useful are: FTP client, archive support, network browser and temporary panel. It has also made the task of File system navigation as simpler task which can be performed by any normal computer users. It uses colors and highlighted colors to show all type of File system on the computer.


FTP server compatibility: This application allows you to work with FTP server where anyone can upload and download any files in FTP server.

Multi tasking

The interface is so rich and advanced that you can change and manage multiple files at the same time. FAR provides the platform where more than one file can be searched and replaced simultaneously.

Printer connectivity: FAR also works with peripherals and allows users to work with printers connected to local computer or a network printer.

OS Compatibility: As it is a text based console, it is compatible with all the versions of Windows operating system. This makes user to be on their current OS instead of upgrading operating system to any higher version.


The software is recently launched in the market and it is still to be tested but one flaw can be discussed right away. This is command line or a text based console which makes it very hard to understand and use for the user who is not comfortable using text based interface.

6 useful Windows tricks

It is always better to have complete knowledge of your computer hardware and operating system. The knowledge gives you the power to use the computer to it maximum performance. There are so many feature which any normal user cannot get to know until it is revealed by manufacturer of the user learns himself.

Here are 6 useful tricks for Windows operating systems:

1 Get the full screen view

At times, you may feel that your computer or laptop screen is small to view the pictures and videos because most of the space it filled with taskbar and headers.

The following steps will allow you to view full screen display on Windows Explorer and Windows Media player.

Step1: Open pictures from your computer or any video file on Windows Media player.

Step2: If you have Windows XP or Windows 7 OS, then simply press the F11 key from the keyboard. This will allow you to view picture or video without any headers and taskbars. You can also use ESC If you want to go back to normal view.

2 Customize your Navigation

The left pane on Windows Explorer or the Navigation pane is used to search for folders and files which represent links to common folders and components. It is also possible to move or copy any items from this list according to your preferences.

Step1: In Windows 7, select the option ‘Organize’ and then go to ‘Folder and search options’.

Step2: You will find a dialogue box ‘Folder Options’ in this screen. Now click on the option ‘General’.

Step3: If you want all folders to be visible in Navigation panes then select the ‘Show all folders’ option and click OK.

Step4: Select the option ‘Automatically expand to current folder’ and click on OK which will automatically expand the Navigation pane.

3 Pin a program to Taskbar

Taskbar is a place which provides you the information for currently running application. You can also add your favorite application in Taskbar and can launch such application quickly.

Step1: Right-click on program’s tab while the program is running or you can also drag the button to desktop and then select the option Pin this program to taskbar.

Step2: While the program is idle and not currently running, then you should click on Start button and search for the program shortcut or icon. Right click on the program shortcut and icon and select ‘Pin to Taskbar’.

4: Customize Quick Launch bar

Customizing Quick Launch is also a very simple task. You can add multiple items at this place and also remove unwanted items.

You can simply drag and drop any programs to this place from the Start menu program list or any icon or program shortcut from desktop items.

All you need to do it drag any desired item towards the Quick Lunch area and release the mouse and the program will be added oin the list. If you want to remove any items from Quick Launch then simply Right click on any item under Quick Launch and then select Delete option.

5 Arrange multiple windows

You can also have multiple windows on your screen side by side. This is mainly required when to analyze data from 2 different files.

In Windows 7, simply pull any applications Title bar towards left or right until you can see the other windows from behind. Now release the mouse and perform the same step for another window.

6 Organize files

There are various options to organize your files and folders in Windows operating system using the file arrangements into libraries is the best way in Windows 7.

Step1: Click on Windows Explorer option in the taskbar and click on any Library in the Navigation Pane.

Step2: Under Library look for the “Arrange by” option and click on it. If you are managing a music folder then you can manage it by various categories like Artist or Album and all the files will be orders in your desired format.

How to Burn DVD Without Any Paid Software

With amounts of information, needed for normal computer operation, being so big, and growing every day your HDD becomes full in no time. With every game nowadays bigger than 5GB and HD movie collections reaching 100GB, even modern terabyte disk can be overrun in no time. If information is not valuable to you, solution is easy – put it into the Recycle bin. But What if you want to keep it? Well, then you burn it on either CD (for small amounts of data – up to 700MB), or DVD (more than 4GB or more than 8GB, depending on what DVD you have bought). Few years ago, you would have to buy additional software to have full control over what to write and how to write it on the disk. Now, if you have Windows 7 – you don’t need anything else.

How to burn a disk using Live File System (LFS)

There are two standards supported by Windows 7. The live file system disk can be played on computers running Windows XP or later, and some more advanced consumer electronics devices. Its compatibility is not guaranteed, but as it is faster to burn, it is still good for data backups of any type of files, that you will use only on PC. It is simple to backup to DVD using this FS. When you insert the blank disk, Windows Explorer will pop up so called “AutoPlay” dialog. Click on “Burn Files to disk using Windows Explorer”, write your title. Select “Like a USB flash drive” – this selects LFS for burning, and then, after the disk format is completed, you will be taken to a window where you can put your files. Simply copy them to the empty windows the normal way you copy files using Windows Explorer. This completes the operation – yes, it is as simple as that. You may need to close the session after writing is finished – check our site for short how-to on that.

How to burn a disk using Mastered Format file system (MFFS)

MFFS has one main advantage over LFS – disks written using it, are playable on every standard DVD or CD player, as they comply with international standards set for such disks. It must be written all at once, you can not add files once you finish burning, but if you need disk that will surely work on a DVD player – this is your choice. Operations to write in MFFS are exactly the same as in previous mode, except that you must choose “With a CD/DVD player” instead of “Like USB flash drive” in mode selection box. You are then presented with the same empty Explorer window – copy and paste your files as normal. Bear in mind that you can not use this disk to write additional files once burn process is completed, so plan your burn and put everything you need written on this disk.

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