Computer won’t wake up after going to sleep?

The standard power settings for Windows 7 are to put computers to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity.  Normally this isn’t a problem but some computers refuse to let the user wake them up again after they have fallen asleep.

A workaround is to change the power settings and stop the computer falling asleep in the first place.  To do this click on the “Start” button in the bottom left, then click on “Control Panel”.  Then click on “Power Options” followed by clicking on “Change when the computer sleeps”.  Select “Never” from the drop down list labelled “Put the computer to sleep” and finally click on “Save Changes”.

How to keep applications on your taskbar or start menu

If you have a set of programs you use regularly then you can make their icons stay on the taskbar or at the top of the start menu for easy access by pinning them.

To pin the application to your taskbar right click on the applications icon and select “Pin to Taskbar” and to pin it to your start menu select “Pin to Start Menu” instead.

As well as being able to quickly start any application that you have pinned to your taskbar you can also right click on its icon and be presented with a number of options specific to that application (e.g. a list of documents you have recently been editing in it).

To remove and application that has been pinned to the taskbar or start menu you just need to right click on its icon and select the “unpin this program from taskbar” or “Unpin from Start Menu” option.