Site help and troubleshooting
Problems using some of the features on Top-Windows-Tutorials.com? Fear not, help is at hand!
We’re adding compatibility information to all our tutorials, so that you can see at a glance if a tutorial is relevant to your version of Windows. At the top of the page you may see the following icons:-
This icon means that the techniques and tools shown in the tutorial are relevant to Windows XP users. The tutorial may have been compiled using a different version of Windows, but the steps will be the same or virtually the same in Windows XP.
This icon means that the techniques and tools shown in the tutorial are relevant to Windows Vista users. The tutorial may have been recorded using a different version of Windows, but the steps will be the same or virtually the same in Windows Vista.
This icon means that the techniques and tools shown in the tutorial are relevant to Windows 7 users. The tutorial may have been recorded using a different version of Windows, but the steps will be the same or virtually the same in Windows 7.
Problems with video playback
We have moved all of our videos over to the new HTML5 standard. This will mean that they will play just as well on mobile devices as they do on desktop/laptop PC’s. For best results, we always recommend using an up to date web browser. At least version 9 of Internet Explorer or, if this is not available on your PC, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome will work well with our content. On mobile devices, please use the latest available firmware or software update for your device for best results.
Video content will appear automatically on certain pages. In order to play a video, simply click on it. You can pause (or resume) a video at any time simply by clicking on it. By moving your mouse over a video, the video control panel shown below will appear:-
The controls perform the following functions:-
Time elapsed:- Show the time in minutes and seconds that the video has currently played for.
Seek – The Seek control allows you to quickly move through the video. Drag the control to navigate through the video. Press Play to resume playback from the position you choose.
Time remaining:- Shows the remaining time for the video.
Volume:- Increase or decrease the volume of the commentary by sliding this control. Click to the far left of this control (on the white speaker icon) to mute the volume.
The video control panel will automatically hide itself if you do not use it. To show it again, simply move your mouse pointer over the video presentation.
Full screen mode – All our videos now support full screen viewing. On some platforms (e.g on Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod devices) the video content will automatically be set to full screen. On other devices, you need to click the full screen button if you want to view the video in full screen mode, this is located at the top right of the video window and looks like the icon shown below:-
Help! The videos are too big to fit on my screen!
Top Windows Tutorials.com is designed to work on a wide variety of devices from mobile screens all the way up to super high resolution monitors. If you are struggling to see all of the video window, please turn off any sidebars you might be running in your web browser (in Firefox, choose the “View” menu and then go down to “Sidebar” and make sure everything is un-ticked). Still struggling to see the video? Use the full-screen button at the top-right of the video window, as shown above.
You may have a screen saver enabled on your computer. A screen savers job is to blank your monitor after a period of inactivity in order to increase the life of your monitor and prevent static images being burned into the screen. The screen saver is less important these days as most modern computer monitors do not suffer from the problems of burn-in (unless perhaps, they are left showing the same picture for a period of several days).
If you are watching a longer video tutorial, your screen saver may activate thinking that because there is no keyboard or mouse activity you must have left your desk. Typically what happens then is the video you were watching disappears and is replaced with a screen full of stars, bouncing Windows logos or other animations, or perhaps blacked out completely, although the sound track will continue.
Because of this, you may wish to disable your screen saver while using our site. To do this, click here and follow this tutorial. Alternatively, simply move your mouse occasionally while watching a video to let your computer know you are still there.
What is RSS and how do I use it?
RSS is a technology that allows you to have live, automatically updated bookmarks directly in your favourite web browser, e-mail client or dedicated RSS reader. Unlike normal bookmarks, RSS feeds (also known as live bookmarks) update automatically as fresh content or news is added to a site. By subscribing to our RSS feed, you can always keep up to date with the latest information added to Top-Windows-Tutorials.com, without having to check the site every day. You’ll never miss new tutorials or other valuable free content ever again!
Our RSS feed is located here. By clicking the link, your browser will give you the option to subscribe to the RSS feed/live bookmark. Popular e-mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird also support RSS. There are also dedicated RSS reader programs available, as well as countless desktop widgets and gadgets that support RSS reading.
Still having problems?
If part of our website isn’t working correctly for you and the above troubleshooting tips didn’t help, we want to hear from you. Please contact us here. Be sure to let us know the address of the page you are having trouble with, as well as a detailed description of the problem and details of the web browser and operating system you are using.