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Two New Vista Tips

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Two New Vista Tips

I thought I’d give you a double dose of Windows Vista tips today. I hope you don’t mind too much. Keep reading for all the Vista action fun!

1.) Using Smaller Start Menu Icons

The new operating system of Windows Vista uses large icons by default in the Start menu. But what if you don’t like them that way? Is there a way to change them to a smaller size? Of course there is! And even though Vista does a good job of hiding the setting for this pretty well, we can still locate it!

Right click on the Start button and select Properties.

Then click the Customize button.

Now, scroll down all the way to the bottom. You should see a checkbox for Use Large Icons. Go ahead and uncheck that.

Ah, that’s much better, don’t you think?!

If you thought that Vista tip was great, make sure you keep reading for the next one. Here we go!

2.) Vista Power Buttons

The default action for the power button on the Start menu in Windows Vista is actually set to Sleep. Now, this isn’t necessarily useful for everybody. You can configure this setting easily by using the advanced power settings panel, but it’s a little tricky to get to. So, what will we do? Well, we’ll take a shortcut, of course!

Open a command prompt (type “cmd” into the search bar under the Start menu) and then type in the following information, exactly as you see it: powercfg.cpl,1

Now, you could also take the long route (Control Panel, Power Options, Change Plan Settings, Change Advanced Power Settings), but that’s up to you.

Once you get to this dialogue box, navigate down, as shown to “Power buttons and lid.”

From here, you can change the options:

  • Power button action – Changes the hardware power button action.
  • Start menu power button – Changes the power button on the Start menu.

You can change the power button to either Sleep, Hibernate or Shut Down (or even nothing at all). It’s your choice!

Hope you enjoyed these quick little tips that will help optimize your Vista computer to be its best!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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