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Best Windows Freebies and Guides 11Every month we take a look around some of the most interesting windows-related web sites. We collect the best free stuff and write tips to help you get more out of Windows. Below you’ll find wallpapers, icon packs, fonts, screensavers, and freeware we’ve found over the last 30 days. We’ve also put together our most popular windows guides.

Enjoy the overview of stuff you shouldn’t have missed in February 2009

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Customize Folder Icons in Vista Explorer

I use some folders as a dashboard to get to commonly used folders. A good example of this is my ‘Media’ partition. Here, I have my Music, Video, Pictures, and other folders. In this guide, you’ll learn how to customize your folder icons to achieve something similar to Figure 1.

Customize Folder Icons in Vista Explorer
Figure 1 – Customized Folder Icons

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There are so many fonts out there – but it seems you have to pay for all the good ones. Put your credit card away and enjoy these free fonts. Available to you are many more sets – linked below.

Check out more font collections on

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Select Multiple Files with Checkboxes in Vista Explorer

When you want to select multiple files, you need to hold the CTRL key; if you let go of it before selecting another file, you lose your entire selection. Windows Vista’s solution to this problem is allowing you to select check boxes next to files, so you do not have to hold the CTRL key. Learn how to enable this setting, by default, in this guide.

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Set Shortcuts to Commonly Used Folders in Vista Explorer

Windows Explorer has a great feature in Vista: the shortcut menu. This shortcut menu is customizable and can save you a lot of time if you frequently open and close files from specific locations. Learn, in this guide, how to modify this menu.

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Setting Views for all Folders

Windows Vista does a pretty good job at analyzing the content of a folder to determine how it should display the files. 98% of the time I just want to see the details of the files and I don’t care for thumbnails, tags, ratings etc. If you are like me and want to simplify Windows Explorer’s view, this guide is for you.

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