By default, Windows Vista has a 400 ms delay when opening menus; you can shorten this time to 200 ms without degrading performance. Learn how in this guide.
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I was playing with task manager, when I came across this simple trick, which lets you display any item from task manager as a ‘desktop widget’; learn how to make your task manager into a widget in this guide.
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.
Figure 1 – Customized Folder Icons
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.
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.
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.