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Changing desktop icon size

May 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Desktop_IconSizeI still remember when Windows Vista was released and I took my first look at it, the first thing I notice is that the desktop icon size has gone larger compared to the desktop icon size in Windows XP. Then I got some comments from my friends around saying that they don’t like the desktop icon size to be that size. It would be better if its size remains the same like Windows XP.

In Windows 7, as a successor of Windows Vista, this feature remains. By default, the icon size is set to medium size. However, each user can customize the icon size to their preference easily. Here’s how:

1) Right click on your Desktop

2) Move your mouse over the View and you can select your desired desktop icon size here.

Here, you can also set for:

  • Windows to arrange your icons automatically,
  • align icons to grid so that they look neat,
  • show/hide your desktop icons, and
  • show/hide desktop gadgets

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Categories: Windows 7

Microsoft Fix It Center

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

What is Microsoft Fix It Center?

Microsoft has released a beta version of a new tool called Microsoft Fix it Center. This tool provides one single point you can go to in order to run several different troubleshooters to solve the different issues you are having with your computer. Although currently in beta it already provides a multitude of automatic troubleshooters to you. If you are having problems not addressed by the tool, you can report your issue through the tools online center and hopefully Microsoft will follow up on it. The tool looks promising, especially for those of us that falls into the category of being the family and friends it-guy! Just make sure you have this installed on their machines – and you can easily guide them through its use.

System requirements

Microsoft Fix It Center can be installed on:

  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows XP Pro (64-bit) SP2
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

Note: You may need Internet connection to get started with Microsoft Fix It Center.

Installing Microsoft Fix It Center

First, you need to download Microsoft Fix It Center

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After the downloading is complete, run the setup file that you have just downloaded. You will then see the window below.

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After the installation has completed, you will be asked to set it up and personalized it for your PC.

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Based on your PC hardware and software, Microsoft Fix It Center will suggest additional troubleshooters it can download.

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Next, you will be required to create an account at Microsoft Fix It Center Online

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If you are creating a new account, you can use your current Windows Live ID to sign up.

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Then, Microsoft will ask for your permission to share some information about your system with the online service.

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Finally, you have successfully installed Microsoft Fix It Center on your PC.

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Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Keyboard shortcut with Windows Logo Key

December 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Getting to know about what are the shortcut keys that are available is very important as it will definitely increase our productivity. I will definitely not use the traditional “Search & Destroy” technique where we use the mouse to “hunt” for a specific button to click on. I would prefer more to use the keyboard shortcut as it is faster, and sometimes prevent me from clicking the wrong button next to the one I intended to click on. So, I hope these keyboard shortcuts below will help you improve your productivity.

Windows Logo Shortcut Key Description
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key Open or close the Start menu.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +D Display the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +M Minimize all windows.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+M Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +E Open Computer.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +L Lock your computer or switch users.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +R Open the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +T Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+Spacebar Preview the desktop.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Up Arrow Maximize the window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Left Arrow Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Right Arrow Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Down Arrow Minimize the window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Home Minimize all but the active window.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow Move a window from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +P Choose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +X Open Windows Mobility Center.

 

Source: The Official Windows 7 Shortcut Keys

Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Add internet search to Start menu

November 8, 2009 2 comments

Windows Search is a powerful search tool to help you locate your files easily. So, will it be better that you can also search the Internet directly from the search bar in the Start menu. Here’s how to do it.

First, go to Start ant type gpedit.msc in the search box. Then click on the program in the result pane to run the program.

Under the Local Computer Policy, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

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On the right pane under Setting, double click on Add Search Internet link to Start Menu

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Select Enable and click OK

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Now, you can search from the Start Menu and notice there is a Search the Internet link under See more results.

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Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Change desktop icon settings

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Desktop icons enables us to open folders or run an application easier & faster. However, there are some “special icons” that we can show or hide it. These icons are Computer, User’s Files, Network, and Recycle Bin. By default, only the Recycle Bin desktop icon are enabled in Windows 7. However, some of us might still need to use the other desktop icons. So, you can just easily enable them.

Control_Panel-Appearance_And_Personalization-Personalization-Change_Desktop_IconsStep 1:

Go to Control Panel > Appearance & Personalization > Personalization (or you can just Right-click on the Desktop and click Personalize).

Step 2:

On the top-left corner, click on the Change Desktop Icons link.

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Step 3:

Now You can choose the icons that you want to see on your Desktop by just checking on the check box next to the name of the icon. 

Finally, click OK or Apply to see the icons on your Desktop immediately.

 

 

 

Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Make Windows Live Messenger minimizes to System Tray

November 4, 2009 14 comments

If you’ve used Windows Live Messenger on Windows 7, you’ll probably notice that Windows Live Messenger minimizes to the taskbar instead of the system tray like in Windows XP & Windows Vista. So, the Windows Live Messenger icon always appears on the taskbar. However, there is a way that you can force Windows Live Messenger to minimize to the system tray like in Windows XP & Windows Vista.

To do this, you just have to do a little tweak with the compatibility settings for Windows Live Messenger in your Windows 7. This will make Windows Live Messenger to behave like in the previous version of Windows. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Make sure Windows Live Messenger is closed.

Step 2: Go to Start > All Programs > Windows Live then Right-click on Windows Live Messenger and select Properties

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Step 3: In the Compatibility tab, check Run the program in compatibility mode and select Windows Vista. Then click OK

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Now, try running the application and then minimize it. It will minimize to the System Tray.

Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Configure Disk Defragmenter schedule

November 3, 2009 1 comment

Defragmenting your computer’s disk is one of the way to prevent your computer from running slowly due to large percent fragmented disk. Therefore, you can schedule the Disk Defragmenter to defragment your disk while you are not using your PC. By default, the Disk Defragmenter in Windows 7 is configured to run once a week on every Wednesday at 1am. If you are always awake during that time, you might want to change it to some other time. To change it,

Step 1: Open the Disk Defragmenter. You can either search for Disk Defragmenter in the search bar in the Start menu OR Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter

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Step 2: Click Configure Schedule then select your preferred schedule (frequency, day, time, and disk to defragment) and hit OK

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Categories: Windows 7