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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category



Minimize Open Windows in Windows 7

Friday, January 21st, 2011

When working on a PC, it’s easy to wind up with lots of open windows. They clutter up your PC and affect your work flow. Sometimes it’s better to minimize the windows you’re not using and work on one at a time. Windows 7 provides many shortcuts to accomplish that goal.

To explain these techniques, I divided them in two categories. The first is to minimize all the windows except… Continue reading

Adding Send To to the Right Click Menu

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Hal from Chicago, Illinois, writes:

When I went to use the Send-to option on a desktop file the other day, it was gone! Can I get it back?



Hi, Hal! Yes, you can get it back. First off, let’s go through a couple of things for the folks out there who are unfamiliar with the Send To option.

When you… Continue reading

Change the Icon Size in the Vista Start Menu

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Elaine from Dallas, Texas, asks:

I had small icons in my WinXP menu. Is there any way to get them in my Vista Start menu?



Hi, Elaine! Yes, there sure is. And it’s pretty easy, too.

To get small icons in your Start menu in Vista:

First, go to your Start button and right-click on it. Left… Continue reading

Customizing Desktop Icons

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Rosa from Oregon writes:

Is there any way to change an icon to something other than what Windows has? Do you know of any good sites where I could get some?

Hi, Rosa! I, too, like different kinds of icons.

There are sites where you can

Adjusting the Size of the Taskbar

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Jan from Pinellas Park, FL asks:

How do I return my taskbar at the bottom of my screen to its Normal size of about 1/2 inch? For no apparent reason, it has gone to About 1 inch wide. I have tried shutting off the lock taskbar and Moving it down with the arrows that appear when I click my mouse However it just makes it totally disappear

Can you get rid of those balloon tips that pop up when my cursor is hovering over something in the start menu? Read on to find out! Continue reading

360Desktop

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Ever feel like you are just running out of desktop space? 360Desktop is here to save you from desktop clutter. This program allows you to dramatically increase your desktop space. There are many perks to this program, such as the ability to download custom widgets, and 360 degree desktop wallpapers. In the upper right corner of the image below, you can see the panoramic view of the full desktop with… Continue reading

Adjusting the Color on Your Monitor

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Wally from NC asks:

I normally use Picasa for all my photo viewing, etc. When I look at any of my photos using Windows Photo Gallery all the photos have a brown tint like ‘sepia’. Is there a setting I need to correct to fix this?

The off-color tinge is more commonly noticed by

CursorFX

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Have you ever used a computer that has one of those really cool cursors, maybe one that’s animated? Ever wondered how they got it, or where? I found a program that will allow you to change your cursor to many different themes. The program is called CursorFX, and it is totally free with the option to pay for an upgrade. The free version has multiple features

Free and Fresh Desktop Wallpaper

Monday, December 20th, 2010

There is no dearth of wallpaper websites all over the internet. Likewise, there is enough choice available that you can change your wallpaper ten times a day for a whole year and still not repeat any of them. However, if you’re bored with the usual cars, girls, and babies wallpapers, then let me share three unique resources for wallpapers with you.

1. Customize.org has thousands upon… Continue reading

Changing File Type Icons in Windows 7

Monday, December 20th, 2010

David asks:

In Windows XP, changing file type icons was possible in a couple of ways; unfortunately it is not the same for Window 7. I have found comments using the registry but would rather not go down that path. If you can assist, I would appreciate the help.

David, the only solutions I found that didn’t involve registry hacks, required third party software. The… Continue reading

Fixing the Vista Sidebar Clock

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Sharon, from Nevada asks:

I have the Vista Premium Home Operating System. I used to have a clock that I downloaded from the Microsoft sidebar site. It worked for about 1 1/2 years. Now all of a sudden, it won’t work. I have tried other clocks on my sidebar and experience the same problem. It sets up perfectly and within a few minutes it stops. Can you

Desktop iCalendar Lite

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Do you ever forget to get things done, forget birthdays, or just forget to do the most basic things? Let’s face it, we are all very busy and have a ton of things going on at any given time. So if you are looking for something to help you stay organized, I have something FREE that can help you with that.

Desktop iCalendar Lite is the best… Continue reading

Windows 7 Dreamscene Activator

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Dreamscene is a feature in Windows operating system that allows you to have animated desktop backgrounds. This is a great feature if you have a solid graphics card, and want to maximize your Windows experience. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for the “Ultimate” versions of Windows operating systems. Fortunately, you can enable Dreamscene on any versions of Windows by using the Windows 7 Dreamscene Activator. This program works for… Continue reading

If you share your computer with other family members, office colleagues or friends- you might want to restrict them from changing Windows wallpapers and screensavers. This is because you may want to keep a permanent wallpaper and screensaver on your desktop and prevent other users from installing their own wallpapers, which might be distracting at times.

In this article, we will learn

Restoring Desktop Icon Positions

Friday, November 19th, 2010

There’s little more frustrating to a computer user, than finding your icons scrambled all over the desktop. In addition, if your desktop is full of icons, you can imagine how annoying it would be to arrange them manually.

This problem usually occurs when you change your computer’s resolution. Changing the resolution, either manually or when installing drivers for your video card, can sometimes change the order and… Continue reading

Eliminating Pop-ups

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Aaron from Scottsdale, AZ. asks:

Is there any way to get rid of that little information box that pops up every time I hover over something on my desktop?

Irritating sometimes, isn’t it, Aaron? Thanks for writing!

For those of you who don’t know what Aaron’s talking about, take a look at the example below:

When your mouse pointer “hovers” over (you… Continue reading

Changing the Look of Your Boot Screen

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Robin from St. Paul, Minnesota writes:

The other day I was over at a friend’s house and when she started her computer it had a really pretty screen before the Windows screen – do you know what I’m talking about? Where can I get something like that?

Well, Robin, I do know what you’re talking about, and I can show you how to get it… Continue reading

Locking the Taskbar in XP

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Stuart from Wisconsin asks:

All of a sudden my Windows XP Taskbar has a weird double line on top of it. What gives?

I’m sure there are a lot of XP users out there who have seen this oddity while traveling in the wonderful world of Microsoft. Turns out, though, that it’s nothing serious and extremely easy to fix.… Continue reading

Changing Your Windows 7 Taskbar

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

If you liked XP, Windows 7 offers many XP interface options. It also allows you to pick and choose from several individual options. For example, if you liked the XP taskbar, you can quickly adjust the Windows 7 taskbar to give it that XP appearance.

Just right click on an open space of the taskbar and select Properties.

The Best Desktop Gadgets for Windows 7

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Desktop gadgets first appeared on Windows computers with Vista, but they have been updated and improved for Windows 7. Here are some of the best ones for having fun, staying informed, or for increasing your productivity. All of them are available to download free from the Windows Live Gadget Gallery.

1. Ultimate Explorer – This multi-functional tool can help you bypass your… Continue reading

Easy Wallpaper with Google Chrome

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Google chrome has fast become the favorite browser of many internet users, mainly because of its speed and small size. Though it possesses countless useful features, there is one basic feature that it desperately lacks. It doesn’t let a user change the desktop wallpaper from within the browser. Gone are the days when a user would save an image to the hard drive, spend 15 minutes locating the image in… Continue reading

Bailey from El Mirage, California asks:

When I send a link as a shortcut to the desktop, I hate the way it says shortcut right after the name of the shortcut. Do you know what I mean? I had heard you can get rid of this. Can you? I have Windows Vista.

Bailey, I am assuming you mean this kind of shortcut name annoyance:… Continue reading

Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Windows 7 has all kinds of useful desktop gadgets to enhance your productivity, or just to have some fun. There are calendars, puzzles, currency converters, clocks, slideshows and more. If you’ve always wanted to try using gadgets, here’s how.

Start by right clicking on an empty area of your desktop and selecting Gadgets from the context menu.

This opens up… Continue reading

Disable Taskbar Previews in Windows 7

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The taskbar preview feature in Windows 7 is extremely helpful in some situations and plain annoyance in others. Whenever we open a window, it comes up in the taskbar and has taskbar preview enabled by default. Taskbar preview shows us a miniscule preview version of the window. The window comes into view as we hover our mouse on the preview and gets active if we click the preview.… Continue reading

XP Classic View in Windows 7

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Pam from Ohio asks:

I recently went from XP to windows 7 -big big difference. Is there any way to make it act like classic view like you can do with XP? I got it to act like Vista which is better but would love the old way again.

Good question, Pam, and something that many people used to using XP would like to… Continue reading

Enlarge Text on Your Computer Screen

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Patsy from Winnsboro, Tx. Asks:

Several years ago, I found a tip in this newsletter about how to enlarge your entire emails. Since then I have a different computer and I am getting older and vision is worsening and I can hardly read the emails that I receive. Do you know how to change this?

It can be very frustrating when you have to strain… Continue reading

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