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Archive for the ‘Desktop Enhancement’ Category



Make Windows Vista Quicklaunch Icons Bigger

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Modern screen resolutions make it so all of our icons are a wee bit smaller than comfortable for us to look at. One of the main offenders is the Quicklaunch toolbar.

To make icons in your taskbar bigger in Windows Vista, just right-click a blank area on the Quick Launch part (LH side where the

Disable Auto Arrange

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Icons all locked up on your desktop? Learn how to free them from their confines! Continue reading

XP Solitaire in Vista

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Q:
Occasionally I waste a few minutes (or more) playing solitaire on my XP PC. I’ve tried the same game on my Vista machine, but dislike it. Is there anyway to include the XP version on my Vista machine?

A:
This is a great question! After a little bit of digging, I found that it is possible to put the XP version of… Continue reading

Remove Pre-Installed Windows Games

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Would you like to play a game? No? Well, then let me show you how to delete the pre-installed games that come with Windows Vista and 7, then! I can’t think of any reason why one would want to get rid of stuff like Solitaire, Free Cell and Minesweeper, but then again I never play them, so there might be others out there that feel the

Synchronize Vista’s Clock Manually

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Did you know that Windows Vista synchronizes with the Internet to make sure your clock is set correctly? Did you also know that this only happens once a week? What happens if Windows can’t synchronize?

In that case, you take matters into your own hands! Here’s how to manually synchronize your Windows Vista clock!

1.) Click Start

Hulu Desktop

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

A while back, Amanda wrote about a coolsite called HULU.com. HULU is a site that allows you to watch all of your favorite TV shows without having to hunt around for them or do anything illegal. Here’s how it works:

All major TV networks these days put their newest TV shows on the internet. After a show airs on TV, they… Continue reading

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Have you ever installed a program, and upon your next reboot you discover that there’s a new icon in your system tray? When was I given the choice as to whether or not I wanted another icon down there? It’s crowded already! I need my space!

The main… Continue reading

Shrink Start Menu Icons

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Maybe you’ve got a whole bunch of stuff you want to see on your Start menu, or perhaps it’s a matter of personal preference. Either way, today’s tip is going to show you how to shrink your Start Menu icons in Windows Vista and 7.

Let’s give it a try!

First, Right-Click on a blank area of your… Continue reading

Side by Side Windows

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Often times I find myself with more than my fair share of windows minimized in my taskbar. Sure, it’s disorganized, but it becomes even more frustrating when I need to look at two of them at once! Minimize, maximize, adjust the size, etc!

It gets really repetitive!

Some people have two monitors for this, streamlining the process

Turn Off Desktop Cleanup Warning in XP

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Windows XP users are accustomed to having the balloon pop up that says” There are unused icons on your desktop”, right? But what if I like my desktop the way it is and don’t want to be bothered with these messages anymore?

In that case, I bear good news, everyone! You can turn it off!

Here’s how:

Right click on the desktop and… Continue reading

24 Hour Time in Windows Vista and 7

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Attention, Soldiers! Today we’re going to learn how to tell time the right way! The military way!

This simple tip will allow you to view your Windows Vista clock in 24 hour mode, so you don’t have to worry about your a.m. and p.m. anymore!
Let’s get to it!

Click the Start button and in the Search

Change What Your Power Button Does

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

It’s time to think outside the box on this tip. The power button on the front of your PC; what does it do? It tends to put my computer at home to sleep when I press it, but what if you’ve got other stuff you’d rather it be doing?

What about just shutting the system down? Perhaps you’d like it to make your PC… Continue reading

MemInfo

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I like nothing better than a useful program that doesn’t get in your way. Good thing the free download that I have for you today is exactly that. This program is called meminfo; it’s simple, as well as incredibly useful.

Have you ever noticed that throughout the day, you computer tends to get slower and slower? This type of problem is usually caused… Continue reading

Make Your Blinking Cursor Bigger!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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Is your cursor a little too slender to see? Do you often times wish that it would eat a cheeseburger or two and gain a few pounds? Well, electronics typically don’t eat, so we’re going to have to go the traditional route, via the control panel!

For Windows Vista:… Continue reading

Disabling Errors in Windows XP

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Almost every Windows XP user has encountered some type of error while working on programs, files, etc. Needless to say that some of these errors feel unnecessary, and can get quite annoying at times. So, today I am going to show you how to disable those errors while still enabling critical errors to occur. Let’s get started!

1. First, right-click the My Computer icon in the Start menu.

2. Next… Continue reading

Windows 7 To Have ‘Windows XP Mode’

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Here’s some great news for all of you Windows XP lovers out there. It was just announced this weekend that Microsoft has designed a ‘Windows XP Mode’ for windows 7! This feature will allow someone to run a windows XP compatible program if it doesn’t work on windows 7 normally. Microsoft is hoping that by offering this Windows XP mode, they will be able to convince more people to move… Continue reading

Additional Clock in Vista

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Do you have a need for an additional clock on your desktop? Maybe you have a son or daughter in the service overseas, or perhaps relatives living in Europe? It’s always good to know what time it is where they are, so you’re not calling them at 3 o’clock in the morning and disrupting their rest. So, let’s learn how to pin another clock up today!

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Run Command in Vista

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Q: I miss the “Run” command from Windows XP. Is there any way to get it back in Vista?

A: Certainly! Windows XP users are used to having their Run Command, but when Vista came out this function was condensed down into the Search Bar. It works basically the same, but there are purists out there that miss the Run Command, proper; as it originally was in XP.

So let’s… Continue reading

Missing Vista Recycle Bin

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I had yet another distressed Worldstart reader contact me yesterday to tell me that their recycle bin had pulled a Harry Houdini and escaped from their desktop. This is worrisome, to say the least, but, as always, there is a solution. Actually, there are a couple of solutions depending on your Operating System, so let’s get to them!

In Windows Vista and 7, RightClick on your Desktop… Continue reading

Hotkey Refresher Course

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Today we’re going to have a refresher course on Hotkeys! I bring this subject up because the article I wrote on determining 32 and 64 bit processors brought the Win+Pause properties shortcut to my attention. I thought this was so cool that I should take it a step further and list some more useful hotkey shortcuts! So, if your mouse ever breaks, or if you want to impress those around… Continue reading

Windows SteadyState Part 3

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This week is the third and final tutorial on Windows Steadystate. If you missed parts one and two, you can view them here: Part 1, Part 2 . Today we are going to cover the last two sections of SteadyState. These two area are called “Feature Restrictions” and “Block programs“. Lets dive in!

The first section is the “Feature Restrictions” tab. This tab goes beyond the options of… Continue reading

What is dwm in Windows Vista?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Q: What is dwm.exe and why is it running in Windows Vista?

A: Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) is the compositing window manager that gives you all those pretty effects in Windows Vista: Transparent windows, live taskbar thumbnails (that you can resize now), and even the Flip3D switcher that you can disable and replace with Switcher. What happens in Vista is that applications write the picture of their… Continue reading

Displaying Recent Documents in XP

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Quentin from WI asks:

How do I display “My Recent Documents” in the Start menu in Windows XP? I’ve searched all over the place!!

The solution is blindingly simple, but I’ll give ya credit for trying! To display your recent documents folder in Windows XP, follow these steps:

Right

Screen Capture With Jing!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

It ends up that there are several options out there if you are looking for more than what the simple PrtScn button offers. Just a few months ago, I wrote an article about a program called Screenshot Captor. This is a good program for additional features and you can check it out here. Also, almost 3 years ago, we wrote an article about a… Continue reading

John’s Background Switcher

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

John’s Background Switcher

I love WorldStart’s wallpaper, but every month, I’m faced with a huge dilemma: which one to use as my desktop background. Do you know what I mean? After all, it’s the photo I’ll be staring at every time my computer boots up. Luckily, I recently found a program called John’s Background Switcher and I haven’t stopped using it since! Not only does it change your background periodically… Continue reading

Multi-Monitor Taskbar

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Multi-Monitor Taskbar

This one’s for all you dual screen users out there! I’ve had dual screen monitors for my Windows XP computer for about two years now and I love them. Most computer users usually keep two or three windows open in the background, but dual monitors allow you to keep them all in sight. It’s really neat! And today, I’m going to show you something I didn’t even know… Continue reading

Folderico

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Folderico

Are you looking for a way to jazz up your desktop folders? We here at WorldStart have taught you how to change the Windows interface in many different ways, but today, I’m going to show you how to spice up your folder icons!

We’ll be using a program I just recently discovered called Folderico. It’s so cool, so let’s get right to it!

1.) The download… Continue reading

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