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If you want quick access to the items on your desktop, any website, or you Internet Explorer favorites, you can add them to your Windows taskbar. Learn, in this guide how to add these toolbars and how to create a custom toolbar.

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Replace Windows Alert Sounds with Visual Cues [How To]

Posted by Rich On March - 22 - 2012

If your hearing isn’t what it used to be or you’re in a noisy environment, you may find you’re not hearing audible notifications when you’re using Windows. If, when a sound would normally notify you, you’d like to be visually notified, you can turn on visual cues alongside audio cues.

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If you’re looking for desktop wallpaper, the best way to make sure you’re getting wallpaper that will fit, not blur, and show the complete image is to get wallpaper at the right resolution.

What is Resolution?

Screens are made up of tiny addressable squares or pixels. If you look closely at your monitor, you’ll see these tiny squares made up of (usually) Red, Green, and Blue lines. The Red, Green, and Blue lights mix to produce a colored light; the collection of these colors work like a huge patchwork quilt to produce the image you’re looking at right now.

Resolution is the number of these pixels wide by the number of pixels high that your screen displays.

i.e. 1920 x 1080 resolution is 1,920 pixels wide and 1,080 pixels high and is referred to as “nineteen twenty by ten eighty.”

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Most programs put a shortcut on your start menu or desktop when they’re installed. However, if you accidentally remove this shortcut or need to create a shortcut to a commonly used folder, this guide will show you the basics:

  • Create a shortcut on your desktop
  • Create a shortcut on the start menu

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Download Shortcuts to Useful Windows Applications

Posted by Rich On March - 19 - 2012

Recently, we updated our guide on run commands to open Windows applications. If you don’t want to use the list (or commit it to memory), I’ve put together a zip file with useful Windows shortcuts. You can add one or all of these to your desktop for easy access:

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On-Screen KeyboardIf the On-screen Keyboard pops up every time you log in to Windows and you want to disable this behavior, this guide is for you. I’ve had this question emailed to me a couple of times before; it wasn’t until it started to happen to me, that I thought it might be useful to put up a guide for the fix.

It’s likely that you brought up the on-screen keyboard on the Windows log-on screen at some point. When you do this, Windows changes its settings to enable the on-screen keyboard each time you log on to your computer (after a restart or log off.) It’s not really much hassle to close the keyboard but, after a number of times, it can be tedious. Luckily, there’s a simple “fix” to get the setting back to default.

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