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Tired of seeing your icons constantly re-arranged ?

Every time you swap between screen resolutions, or turn on (or off) your dual monitor, you will most probably experience that you have to re-arrange your desktop icons.

Many of the applications for dual monitor have a feature for saving and restoring the position (and layout) of your Desktop Icons. But if you don’t already have this functionality at hand, then this is for you.

How to Add the Save / Restore Icon Layout functionality to your Context Menu.

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Disable Fast User Switch in XP [Quick Tip]

Posted by Thomas On September - 11 - 2010

If more than one person is sharing  a computer, Fast User Switching in XP allows you to switch between accounts without having to log off. It’s handy if you need to quickly switch back and forth. However, if you’re the only one who uses your computer, it’s just another service that starts at boot up and uses resources. And it’s easy to turn it off:
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New to using the command prompt? Check out the Windows Command Prompt Beginner’s Guide

Earlier today, we looked at how to launch the command prompt in Windows and how to run it with elevated permissions as an administrator. Now, we’ll learn how to customize the user interface of the command prompt. Specifically, we’ll learn the following:

  • How to Customize the Command Prompt
  • How to run a Transparent Command Prompt

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Going Retro, using Windows 98 Plus! Themes

Posted by Thomas On July - 18 - 2010

These days ‘Going Retro’ is all over the place. Fashion, home design, artwork etc. If you’re all Retro Fan, or just feeling nostalgic,  by all means read on.

If you’ve been around computers a while, you should remember the good (well not good perhaps, but) old Windows 98. Back in the days a great piece of software. For the savvy home user, Windows 98 came with a really great enhancement: Windows 98 Plus! Which (if memory serves me right) had to be bought separately.

The Plus! pack was a set of themes to edit the appearance of your windows by changing the system colors, icons and screensavers – fun fun fun.

With Windows going on 8 we are getting used to the idea of changing themes and the graphic layout of our computer, but back then… this was as high-tech as we could get. Funny thing is – these “enhancements” still works today – on your Windows 7.

So if you feel like going Retro, or simply have a stroll down memory lane…

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XP USERS: Remove you Username from the StartMenu [How To]

Posted by Thomas On May - 14 - 2010

The XP start-menu displays your name (or the logged on user) on top. This is very handy in case you get amnesia and don’t remember who you are. But, it will also reveal who’s logged on, which can be a bad thing if you forget to remove the [Ed] *ahem* seedy content, or other non-work related stuff you’re doing on your computer. If you work at a high security environment, or just don’t want people to see who’s logged onto a certain computer, then this tip might just save your day.

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Move Windows Between Monitors with MonitorSwitch

Posted by Thomas On May - 7 - 2010

Do you have a multiple monitor setup ? I do – and I love it. I can’t begin to imagine how I ever managed without it.
As you know, moving windows between the monitors can be a tedious task, if you always drag them back and forth.

Now I’ve come across a freeware tool, that allow you to move windows between monitors with a single click.

It’s called MonitorSwitch and work on all Windows Platforms. And best of all it’s Freeware…

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