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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category



Turn Off Windows Aero for Performance

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Windows 7 is certainly pretty, and Aero makes those open desktop windows look even better. But all that pretty takes up computing resources.

If you’ve installed Windows 7 on an older machine, or if you just want your computer to run more efficiently, there are two ways that you can reduce your graphics features. If you combine these methods, you can free up your graphics card to… Continue reading

Media Player Sidebar Gadgets

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Everybody loves their media player, right? Having all of your music at your fingertips instead of having to dig out a CD… you gotta love it.

So how convenient would it be to have a media player that lived on your desktop? Well, with media player gadgets for your windows sidebar, you can do just that.

For instance, you might choose the… Continue reading

Rename your Recycle Bin

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

When you delete something on your computer, it goes straight to the “Recycle Bin”. Have you ever wondered if you could change the name to something else? Today I am going to show you how to give the Recycle Bin a name that you like better.

WARNING: You will need to work in the Windows Registry to change the name of the Recycle Bin. It… Continue reading

Enable Windows 7 Games

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

We’ve come to expect certain things from Windows, especially in the installed games department. So if you’re running Windows 7, and notice that the usual game roster (Freecell, Solitaire, Hearts, etc) isn’t available, then this tip is just for you!

Click Start>Control Panel and click Programs. Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.

In… Continue reading

Tzutil in Windows 7

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Windows 7 users can change their time zone easily by clicking on their clock, hitting Change date and time settings… and clicking Change time zone…, but did you know there’s an alternate way?

It’s called tzutil. Here’s how it works:

Click Start, and in the Search Box, type cmd. In the list the appears above, Right-Click on the cmd icon and select… Continue reading

Web Page Background in Windows XP

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

There are times when we need to visit a webpage frequently. Web pages that inform about score updates of a game and stock rates for a company are good examples. To keep up with it all, we need to open the browser every time we wish to take the glance at the updates. In order to negate this repetitive effort, let us see how to view

Uninstall Internet Explorer 8

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Maybe you “Just don’t like it”, but for whatever reason, here’s a tip on how to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 in Windows XP and Vista.

Note: Before even attempting this tip, make sure you have another up-to-date browser already installed on your PC, otherwise you won’t be able to view content on some web pages correctly. Alternate browsers include: Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Google Chrome… Continue reading

Custom Folder Picture

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Here’s a tip on how you can change the pictures in your folder icons! Check it out! Continue reading

Windows Taskbar Options

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Check out all the stuff you can make your Windows Taskbar do! Continue reading

Q:
I have heard that there is a way to shut down the computer right from the desktop. Is that true?

A:
Yes, it’s true; and you can do it to reboot, log off, hibernate, and stand by, as well! Here’s how:

Let’s start with the desktop shortcut for shutting down the computer.

1. Right-click… Continue reading

Show AM or PM in Windows 7 Clock

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Learn how you can make AM or PM show up in your clock in Windows 7! Continue reading

Windows 7 Action Center

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The Windows 7 Action Center is responsible for letting you know what’s going on behind the scenes, but it can get a little invasive at times. I mean, how much work is one expected to get done if there are little windows constantly popping up in the corner to let you know about various security and maintenance happenings?

So let’s turn ‘em

Windows 7 Calculator Extras

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Yeah, you read that right – turns out that the Windows 7 calculator has done a lot of growing up and now carries a host of features aside from the usual “add, subtract, multiply, etc.” we’re used to.

So type CALC into your Windows 7 Search Bar (located above the Start Menu) and hit Enter to bring it up.

Windows 7 Sticky Notes

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Do you have something you need to be reminded of? What about your grocery list? Do you like to keep adding items to it throughout the week?

Sounds like you need sticky notes!

Just type “Sticky Notes” into your Windows 7 Search Box (Located above your Start button) and hit Enter. The Sticky Notes gadget will open up.… Continue reading

Check out this handy Windows XP tip if you’re looking to add Notepad to your right-click send-to menu! It only takes a few moments to do and it can save you a ton of time in the future! Continue reading

Classic Taskbar in Windows 7

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I was one of the many who upgraded to Windows 7 as soon as it was released in stores. The one thing I noticed straight away after I upgraded was the new format of the taskbar. Instead of long, rectangular buttons, Windows 7 features a space-saving small button design. To be honest, I don’t particularly like the new buttons, and would love to return to the old style… Continue reading

Favorites Menu in Windows XP

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Q:
Is there any way to include my favorites on my Windows XP Start menu?

A:
I don’t know about you, but I have about a billion favorites and go to my list quite frequently. To do this, I very obviously open my browser (Internet Explorer) and go from there.

I forgot that there is another quicker way to get your favorites without even opening your browser.… Continue reading

Re-enable Sleep in Windows Vista and 7

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of sleep mode in Windows; especially when it comes to my laptop. I just set it sleep when I close the lid and wake up when I open it. So when I re-installed Windows 7 the other day and the sleep option was grayed out, naturally I became upset.

The reason for

Stop the Screen Saver

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

File this one under the “duh” category, because I should have thought of it sooner. The other day I was reading something on my computer monitor and taking some regular ol’ pen and paper notes when my screen saver popped on. I moved my mouse and continued.

A few minutes later it happened again…

Frustrated, I went in and turned my screen… Continue reading

Disable Aero Snap in Windows 7

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Anyone familiar with Windows 7 knows that if you drag a window to either the top or sides of your screen it’ll “snap” into place and expand accordingly.

…but what if you don’t want it to snap? What if you think it’s annoying?

Let’s learn how to disable Aero Snap in Windows 7, then!

Just type “Ease of Access&rdquo… Continue reading

Command Prompt Colors

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Spice things up in the Command Prompt color department with this neat-o tip! Continue reading

Drag and Drop to Open in Windows 7

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Sometimes you might want to open a file with a specific program, but you don’t necessarily want it to open with that program every time. So what do you do?

Follow me, Windows 7′ers!

Just Right-Click on the program you’d like to use for limited file viewing (Notepad, in my case) and choose “Pin to Taskbar”.

Restore Quick Launch in Windows 7

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Learn how you can quickly restore the Quick Launch option to the Windows 7 toolbar! It’s super easy and you can learn how by reading this tip! Continue reading

Control Windows 7 Notifications

Monday, March 15th, 2010

You know those little notification boxes that pop-up in the lower right-hand corner of your Windows 7 desktop? They tell you all sorts of stuff like if someone has just sent you an e-mail or that Windows is downloading some updates, but what if you just plain don’t care?

What if you want ‘em to all go away?

Just right-click on your taskbar and select Properties

Change Windows 7 User Account Picture

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Here’s a quick tip on how to change your user account picture in Windows 7.

Simply go to Start>Control Panel and click “User Accounts and Family Safety”. From here, you’ll want to click “Change Your Account Picture”. It looks like this:

You’ll be presented with a grid of different pictures to choose from. If you like one, all you have… Continue reading

When you click your Start button in Windows 7, you’re typically greeted with the usual “Pictures” and “Music” links, which when clicked upon take you to their respective folders. Well, question: what if I watch a lot of videos? Where’s the link for that Mr. Smarty Pants?

Oh, it’s right here…

To add a link for videos on your Start menu simply… Continue reading

Tell me, how often do you actually “shut down” your computer? More often than not, do you put it to sleep? Lock it? What if someone else consistently uses the computer after you? Wouldn’t it be nice to just log off?

That’s a lot of questions with one relatively easy answer! Continue reading

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