[Ask dotTechies] Favorite Windows tips or tricks?

Lately I have been posting a few articles here and there on short tips and/or tricks, such as opening links in new tabs with the scroll wheel. A dotTechie, Damon, came up with a great idea: Why not have dotTechies share their favorite tips or tricks, allowing the rest of us to learn new things and potentially brainstorm some ideas for more articles.

So, let it rip — please share your favorite tips or tricks in the comments below. These tips and/or tricks can be as simple as a keyboard shortcut to get something done or as complex as modifying the settings of some program. Really this thread is for sharing whatever you want to share. (Note: Your favorites need not be something dotTech has posted about in the past — you can post about any tips and/or tricks you learned from any source.) Don’t be embarrassed to share your tip(s) or trick(s) thinking they are too simply and everybody must know them; many people, including myself, don’t know many seemingly simple tips and tricks and would appreciate anyone that educates us.

Let’s see what dotTechies can think of.

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  • acr

    This may not be anything great but I have had 3 or maybe 4 computer issues in the past where I went to Microsoft’s Fix-It center and had the problem resolved. For instance, I uninstalled iTunes and suddenly my computer could not recognize my cd drive. I went to Fix-It and was able to narrow down my problem, download a fix tool and it worked. Another time my MS Word 2007 was unable to open an older Word document. Fix-It was successful in this situation as well.


  • Ashraf

    There are very good tips and tricks mentioned here… kudos to everyone!

  • david roper


    You KNOW that MicroSoft could make all this easier for us than all this trickery. What a company!!!

    Oh, thanks for explaining for me. I knew there was a good reason at hand.

  • Patara

    @david roper:
    That’s correct because all it is is a replication of what is on the Desktop. Perhaps if you hide the Desktop Icons they would still show up in your Toolbar. Another way to tackle this would be to make a Folder on your Desktop to hold all these icons and then make that Folder a Toolbar. You can’t of course delete that on the Desktop otherwise your Toolbar Folder will be gone also. I have all my Major Folders as Toolbars as find it so convenient. I can access any file in seconds. I also have one that just holds all my Program Shortcuts so only need to click on the Chevron for a Fly out Menu to access every program shortcut.
    My Win7 Taskbar is two tier. On the lower level I have set up the old style Quick Launch Bar holding icons of my most used programs and all my drives along with major folder Toolbars like My Docs, My Pics etc.. On the top layer it is the newer style Win7 Icons that can be pinned to the toolbar, like CP, Browser, Email and normal working programs. This system works really well for me. I do have a 24 inch monitor so that helps.

  • david roper


    Thanks, I have enjoyed using the LINKS select more than DESKTOP selection. I was hoping somehow to use the Desktop selection menu to get rid of (clean up) my Desktop icons, but I cannot. In other words, if i delete my desktop icon, my same selection disappears in the list. The same cannot be said for the LINKS, ie I can create a d link on my desktop, move it to the links list and then delete the same desktop icon without hurting the link in the taskbar “>>” links.

  • Peeze

    @david roper: You made the toolbar Desktop visible on the taskbar. You can do this by right-clicking the taskbar and select Toolbar.

  • acr

    I tried this at no reserve amount and my chat client trillian kept disconnecting. I turned it back to 10% reserve and seems to have solved the problem.

  • ebony

    @DCTECHGUY: Good tip, did not know this. ^5s


    In Firefox, to close all tabs except your current tab, right click on your current tab, pull down the menu, and select “close other tabs”.

  • GeorgeIbiza

    @Peter Stern:
    Peter Stern JUST THE JOB!!
    DownloadThemAll FirefoxAddon for
    batch downloading embedded email images in firefox
    Ashraf ‘The Boss’ was also interested in this…and it’s FREE,
    fairly easy to use and more features for me to explore

  • Grantwhy

    these may not be useful for for everyone, and I am still on Windows XP, but I use these quite often :-)

    ALT + SHIFT + TAB (reverse cycle through open programs/windows)

    Most people will know that you can switch between Windows open/running programs/windows with SHIFT + TAB, with the order being the most recent program/window you’ve looked. By adding the ALT key as well you switch to the last program on the list.

    It may not make much of a difference if you only have 2-3 programs/window open, but if you are like me (open browser, open folder, open email, open 5-7 other things) you end up with quite a few thing open. By using ALT + TAB + SHIFT I can cycle through everything (one at a time) and look/check on them and see if they really need to be open.

    ALT + PRT SCR (takes a screen shot of only the active program/window)

    while there are many good screen capture programs out there, all I need (and use) is the Print Screen feature (button). By using ALT + Prt Scr I can take a screen shot of *only* the active window. I find this handy for things like an error message or a program’s popup message that I want to get a picture of.

    and not so much a tip as advice (that is good for any software that has an automatic update feature – or needs to be updated for security purposes *cough*flash/shockwave*cough*),
    every so often (say, the 2nd Wednesday of each month ;-), run Windows updates MANUALLY.

    Automatic updates are nice, but on more than one occasion I’ve gone to help someone with their computer and there are Windows (security) Updates that have been automatically downloaded but not automatically installed.

    Although, in the worst case I’ve encountered, that wasn’t Windows fault – the computer had been bought 3 years earlier with a trial anti-virus and the computer had been without AV protection for most of that time (inexperience users) – I wish I had kept a screen shot of the number things Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware found on it’s first run *shudder*

  • eering1

    Here’s a little trick I do not think has been posted yet. Have you ever tried to update windows and the updates failed. Try this. Click start-in the search box type cmd-right click cmd to run as admin.-at the prompt type (fsutil resource setautoreset true c:\ ) of course without the parenthesis. restart computer and updates should work. I am on a windows 7 64 and it works for me.

  • ebony


    Which version of Word? I checked the link, it does not indicate the version.

  • jayesstee

    Apparently Microsoft only allows us re-activate Windows 7 a limited number of times (10?). This applies to both ‘full’ and ‘repair installs’.
    However, there is a portable (no installation) app. called “Advanced Tokens Manager” which extracts, saves and after a re-install, restores the Windows 7 activation.
    To my mind it’s a no-brainer, it works with Vista as well.
    Available from: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/27341-Advanced-Tokens-Manager-The-Activation-Backup-Solution

    @Ashraf: Why not make this thread an option on the sub menu under “Tips ‘n Tricks”?

  • william

    Been using quicklaunch since win95 R2 and I really love that toolbar to access shortcuts. I have actually googled how to returned it back in Win7 but throw away the idea since the entire taskbar is already a quicklaunh area. I have just created another toolbar just for all of my shortcuts.

    However, for a clean desktop i prefer to use 3rd party apps. I like Stardock Fence until I found out Iconoid which is more customizable. It hides desktop clutter instead of removing all of your icons from the desktop in a pre-defined/customizable settings.

    I love to remove all icons from the desktop but there are times that desktop is still a better way to access shortcuts. You have a quick glance of all those shortcuts and have a quicker way of accessing it by typing the first letters of the particular item you want to open.

  • Bouteille

    Some programs I love and that are a little hidden:
    – Work Menu in Word see
    I find this the fastest way to access documents I use regularly
    – Lastpass in all my browsers : couldn’t live without it anymore
    – Snipping tool in Windows Vista : I also use this a lot to upload images in forums. You don’t need to resize;

  • Peter Stern

    There is a Firefox plugin called DownthemAll. You can filter the type of file you want to download, then use Ctrl+A to select everything on the page, check the files you want to download and choose Download Selection

  • ebony

    @albert otojunk: Excellent idea. This just goes to show you how smart dot techies are.

    I am still trying to figure out to capture and com all this info without doing a cut paste cut paste cut paste, whew, I am tired already just thinking about it.

  • albert otojunk

    This idea of posting our tips is great! The problem I see is that there are already so many that it will be hard to keep track as new tips are added. How about separate urls for Windows 7 tips, XP tips, Browser / browsing tips, utilities, etc., with cross-links near the top of the page?

    Keep up the good work!

  • WildCat

    Remember: ALWAYS back up your PC before doing ANY changes as
    I am NOT responsible if you *fudge* your computer up! ;)

    How to Increase USB Devices Maximum Transfer Size on Windows 7

    Microsoft released an interesting hotfix for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 able to increase the maximum transfer size/speed/rate on USB devices (such as external USB hard drives, USB flash drives, USB dongles, etc). For some USB storage devices, performance can be improved if the maximum transfer size is increased from the default 64 KB.
    This update supports this change when the hardware vendor provides a device information file (INF) to set this value for the USB storage devices. Note: This also applies to Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Go to this Microsoft Support page: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2581464
    Click: View and request hotfix downloads: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2581464 – located at the beginning of the page.
    Click the “I accept” button.
    Select the hotfix for your operating system and type your email address in the email field. This is mandatory.
    The download link will be sent to your email account. Download and install the patch. This is the first part of the process. You will now have to apply some change to your Windows registry.
    After you install this update, to increase the maximum transfer size of USB storage devices, follow these steps:
    Click Starts button, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.
    Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    Click Edit, point to New, and then click DWORDValue.
    Type MaximumTransferLength, and then press Enter.
    Click Edit, and then click Modify.
    In the Value data box, type a value to specify the maximum transfer size between 64KB and 2MB. For example, you select Decimal and type a value between 65535 (64K) and 2097120 (2M).
    Exit Registry Editor.

    VVVV represents device descriptor idVendor in hexadecimal.
    PPPP represents device descriptor idProduct in hexadecimal.

    If you’re still using Windows Vista ( blech! ) you can do the following:

    To Fix Slow USB 2.0 file transfer on Windows Vista

    1) First, click Start then double click Computer and when the Computer window is open, right click on the icon
    for the USB drive you have plugged into the computer, and then in the drop down menu click Properties, and
    then click the Hardware tab.

    2) Now, under All Disk Drives, click to highlight your USB drive and then click to select Properties.

    3) Next, click on the Policies tab and then select the Optimize for Performance and then click Ok to exit.

    You should now notice an improvement in the transfer speed of the USB hard drive or storage device.

    To Fix Slow USB 2.0 file transfer on Windows XP:

    In Windows XP USB storage devices can be optimized for either quick removal or performance.
    If optimized for quick removal, data transfer can potentially be reduced to a crawl.
    To optimize your USB drive for performance:

    Right click on the USB drive and select properties
    Select the Hardware tab
    Under All Disk Drives, highlight your USB drive and select Properties
    Select the Policies tab and select Optimize for performance.
    Press OK twice, and your transfer speeds should increase dramatically

    Note: When your drive is optimized for performance you’ll need to use the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the taskbar to
    eject the drive – otherwise you risk corrupting your data by just removing the drive from the port.

  • david roper

    @david roper:

    I found out how i did it. Right click in the TRAY and select TOOLBARS at top, then select LINKS and DESKTOP to start.

  • david roper


    Good Grief, ZAID, that little program has everything you could ever want to run in it. Thanks. Of course i had to convert the RAR to ZIP first. I knew how to do that. Thanks bunches. Everybody who reads this needs to download it and look at it one day when you have time. Now, do it, dotTechies.

  • Windows 7 in a box as the name implies is a neat little program which has all the useful windows 7 tools in a box for instant access.

  • david roper


    I’m using Win 7. $99 upgrade from Vista. It’s remarkable. NOW, and I don’t know how I did it, I have two “buttons” with “>>” in them, one labled LINKS and one labeled DESKTOP, together they hold a shortcut to each one of my icons and links on my desktop. i can get rid of all the icons on my desktop and have a clean desktop where I can see my picture/desktop now. Amazing.

  • ebony

    @david roper:

    I found this little gem over at the site Zain mentioned. You maybe aware of it but just in case someone else like myself had no idea that it existed in Win7, I will share. I thought it existed only in 3rd party SW.

    Inbuilt Screen Recorder

    Windows 7 comes with a in-built diagnostic tools – Problem Steps Recorder, that can be used internally to send feedback for a particular problem to someone to troubleshoot it. The Problem Steps Recorder provides a simple screen capture tool that enables you to record a series of actions.
    Open Start menu, and find “Problem Steps Recorder” to find the application.

    Only found out about GM by trolling the net and came across it on a site I trusted.

    Heck we need a section somewhere just on HIDDEN Win 7 features.

  • clockmendergb

    I have 7 ultimate and Increase bandwidth by tweaking QoS is there
    Mine already showed Zero so had nothing to change.
    Like the trick ctrl plus scroll wheel to change size if text in browser

  • Mags

    @william: To get the Quick Launch bar in Win 7 follow the instructions found here


    @david roper: Further to the Quick Launch bar, one can add folders and organize your shortcuts within the folders. To find out how to do this check out the instructions at the link below and they also provide a link for instructions on how to get the quick launch in Win 7


  • @ebony: Agreed. still there are so many features and utilities in Windows 7 that are yet to be discovered. none of the (official) guide/tutorial from MS shows these programs and useful features, like the ‘GOD MODE’ of Windows 7, this is something that people would love to know and use, but still very few are aware of this: http://goo.gl/YtDT3

  • david roper

    Ebony, you are not alone. I use WIn7 as well for over a year now and while I was good with DOS, I have no idea what features are in WIN7. I leave that up to ASHRAF and my dotTECH friends to tell me what I need.

  • ebony


    Thanks for this link. Found a lot that I had no idea about.

    Here is a question for MS, why are there so many HIDDEN features in Win 7. I like the OS but why HIDE features?
    Just saying. Wish I knew the proper place to pose that question.

  • Add programs to the Send To folder (Windows 7)

    Open windows Explorer
    Paste the following into the address bar
    Once the Send To folder opens, drag the icon for the folder into the Send To folder.
    Rename the shortcut Add Programs to Send To Menu

    From then on, you can add any program to the Send To options by right clicking on its shortcut and clicking on Send To, Add Programs to Send To Menu.


    Here is a challenge I would like to throw out there to the group — when using Firefox and looking at an eBay description page, and you print it, why is the image of the product missing? It prints fine in IE. Two other friends using different operating systems are having the same problem. As an eBay seller it is most frustrating as I print the first page of my listing and attach it to the product before I file in my inventory.

  • william

    @ david roper (comment #32)

    Which version of windows are you using? Are you talking about the quicklaunch part of the taskbar that is part of windows 98 to XP? I just can’t see anything like that in windows 7.

    In addition to your comments, as an alternative, right-click-hold and drag will give you that three options without having to click on the keyboard.

  • justplainbob

    Big brother is everywhere and getting worse (similar to more ads, more ads, more ads).
    So…as you know, the search engines keep records. And google is one of the worst (even though I have
    an email account there). Now google wants our phone numbers! I haven’t given it yet.

    So what to do? For those of you who would like to follow:
    1. Download Hotspot Shield. It assigns you a phony # so everywhere you go you have a new address.
    2. Make your default search engine Startpage at startpage.com They don’t keep ANY records of your
    Now I don’t do anything illegal, but I do detest big brother following us everywhere.

    So the first thing I do when I boot up is turn on hotspot shield. When the little shield at the bottom
    turns green, you are protected. You have a new address. If you would like to know what part of the
    country your new identity is, go to mail.com and it will give you the weather report for your new
    city and or country.

    Hotspot shield has lots of ads (since it is free) but admuncher takes care of most of them (after the
    shield turns green, I don’t use them anymore.)
    I live in Southern California, but my new address lately has been in Louisiana! (Hate their weather!)

    So…if you don’t like big brother either, do it! You won’t be sorry! Matter of fact you’ll be happy!

    Startpage.com is my startup home page (and search engine) and I activate hotspot shield first thing.

    BTW: I have been an Ashraff follower for several years now, but have never mentioned anything.
    This is my first post.

    Thanks to Ashraff and this site, I have gleaned lots of info and now do everything. I now call myself
    a dottechie!

    Happy New Year!!

  • this is a good idea to learn from readers. I’ve been following dottech from a very long time and learned so many things from here. I had been collecting windows 7’s tricks and hidden features since it’s release, and would love to share some here:

    1. Press shift key and any click any of the windows (default) programs which is running and click its icon in the taskbar, this will open second instance of the same program. Remember it doesn’t work on all programs but works on most of them, notepad, calculator, explorer, web browser etc etc.

    2. Open any window, browser or explorer, press Win key + right/left/up/down key with the combination and see the window being moved without using your mouse. win+down key will simply minimize the window.

    There are so many of these hidden features, and amazingly so many of windows 7 users are still not aware of them.

    Here is a list of all those tricks: http://www.tipsotricks.com/2010/03/10-windows-7-tips-and-hidden-features.html

  • Raeldin


    occasionally (firefox) windows get off screen and the only part you can see is the icon on the start bar. If you click the icon on the start bar so that the program is activated then press alt-spacebar, you will get the system menu, that contains move. use the arrow keys to highlight move then press enter and press an arrow key. This will lock the mouse to the window and you can drag it back to the desktop proper. Click the mouse when done.

  • dadante


    yes home edition … bummer , thx tho

  • ebony

    All of these are excellent tip and tricks, however, can we identify which OS version that the trick works with or does not work with.

    To make instructions easier to read and copy for later reference, can we list EACH instruction on a separate line.

    I am learning a lot here and watching this like a hawk.

  • justachump

    The one I find most useful is for uninstalling unused (in particular security) drivers which I find the need to do pretty frequently on any machine I maintain.

    How to show Hidden Devices in Device Manager (Proper Version)

    1. Go to environment Variables…..

    To get there hold the Windows Key + press Pause/Break. If your in Vista, then go to advanced system settings and click on Environemnt variables. If in XP click on the advanced tab. Then choose Environment Variables.

    2. Press New in the System/User variables, depending on whether you want it to be a system wide change or a just a user change.

    3. In Variable name box: devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices

    4. In the value box, type 1.

    5. Click Okay in that box.

    6. Click Okay again. If your in XP, you need to restart the machine. If in Vista continue to step 7.

    7. Then launch device manager and use the View>show hidden devices.

    Now if you scroll down to non plug and play which would have appeared now, you can open it up and see all these unused drivers (lightly shaded ones). Google any unused ones, then right click and uninstall them if you no longer need them. This tip is the one I find prevents most blue screens and so forth from ever happening.

  • Peter Stern

    To help with situations that require a lot of dragging on a laptop, such as painting, cloning or selecting large areas in graphics applications, I wrote a small application that traps the left mouse button. It sits in the system tray and uses virtually no resources. Briefly holding down F8 captures the left mouse button, so dragging can be done simply by moving your finger along the touchpad. It is not necessary to hold any button down. It should also work with a mouse, although I do not have one to test. Hitting ALT releases the button. The capture button can be changed if desired to any combination of SHIFT and CONTROL. If anyone is interested in trying it, reply to this message and I will see if it can be arranged to send the application to you.

  • MerryMarjie

    I use Chrome as my default browser but I find it’s easier to print pages or parts of pages when I use the IE emulator on Chrome.


    Running XP? Want to clean out your invisible startup programs? Install Microsoft Windows Defender, select “tools” then “software explorer”. You can see all the junk that starts up. Select each stupid program (adobe, real player, quicktime, etc etc etc, and then select “remove”. Reboot, voila!

  • david roper

    @david roper:

    …And you can rearrange them afterwards by dragging and dropping them.

  • david roper

    I have worried ASHRAF for months about cleaning up clutter on my desktop. Here’s how I finally did it.
    Look at your tray at the bottom of your screen. See the icons at the right side? At the left side of the group is a 1/4 inch X 1/2 inch vertical separator that has two arrow tips on it. Well, here’s the secret: Move your desktop icons to that tiny space and let go. It looks like nothing happened. Now click on the separator and you will see your shortcuts displayed. I have thirty of them on mine – all hidden inside the 1/4 inch X 1/2 inch square (>>) separator, Now, Delete them from your desktop and, yet, they are still living inside your secret space – ready for you at any time. This trick has enabled me to clean my desktop and still have my shortcuts too at the click of a >> . This is my greatest trick for cleaning off your desktop.

  • Suze

    To select a large contiguous list of folders/filenames (to either move, copy, or delete):

    1. Select the top (first) item
    2. Hold down the ‘shift’ key
    3. Select the last item

    => the entire list is now selected, and can be moved, copied, or deleted

  • alalata

    @tejas: Click this link, it show you what to do in windows 7 home premium: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/unravel-tweaks-hacks-buried-inside-windows-7-group-policy-editor

  • alalata

    @dadante: You can check this site that explains how to tweak for 100% bandwidth on xp:
    Increase bandwidth by tweaking QoS

  • Patara

    I find the Desktop Icons too large in Win7, even when set to Small, but I can easily resize to what I like by clicking on Desktop and using Ctrl+Mouse Wheel Scroll. This way they can be custom sized rather than use the normal choices of Large , Medium and Small

  • Frank

    Holding Ctrl while dragging files will copy the items instead of moving them. Holding shift will move them (if you’re moving the files to another drive the default action is copy) and alt will create shortcuts.

  • Dan


    VERY slick …. thank you!!

  • hatman

    If your Browser freezes, hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
    Select the browser from the list of running processes and close it.

  • meldasue

    First, a trick I learnt from dottech ages ago, but can never find the article when I need it (I finally put the instructions in a text file on my desktop): to move a window that opens partly off-screen, select ‘move’ from the toolbar (or right-click on the application in the taskbar if the toolbar itself is off-screen) and use the arrow keys to move the window to the location you want. Hit Enter.

    Second, a trick for those pop-up fill-in screens that open with the bottom part off-screen and can’t be scrolled or moved: zoom out until you can see the whole window. I had a horrible time trying to register a game with EA, and it didn’t occur to their web page help staff that people use many different resolutions, so tying a window size to pixels instead of percentage isn’t good coding.

  • GeorgeIbiza

    Ask DotTechies is such a great idea….
    Can anyone suggest a tip or trick for the following?
    How Can I Batch-Save Embedded Images From Emails
    I am using Gmail in Firefox on Windows 7

  • Regain control of your desk-top. For Windows XP (not sure about later OS versions) almost any “windows short-cut” sitting on your Windows desktop can be assigned a short-cut key combination of your choice. Just right click on the “windows short-cut” and select properties, there you will see a text box called “Shortcut key:” in which you can enter your chosen key combination. This includes folders too so you can create short-cut keys to go direct to important folders or even folders of short-cuts to other folders or applications. Note that actual files or executables stored directly on your desk top do not allow this trick, however its a bad idea to fill your desktop with anything other than Windows short cuts as this tends to slow down windows start up and shut-down anyway!

  • Emrys

    @buckoooo: Worked great on my tethered 3G connection. Hats off. You are the Geek of the Week!

  • buckoooo
  • Emrys

    @alalata: No joy. Unable to open on Wtn7 64.

  • lol768

    @dadante: I think gpedit only works in XP pro. Do you have the home edition?

  • dadante


    Hi I’m replying to alalata about the bandwidth and when I type in gpedit.msc , it says “windows cannot find gpedit.msc”. So what am I doing wrong here ? using os xp here .

  • Patara

    Ctrl+Shift+Esc is a quick way to bring up the Task Manager rather than Ctrl+Alt+Delete which now brings up a User Screen with options in Win7.

  • Damon

    Holding ctrl and tapping the + key increases the size of a webpage’s text and images. Holding ctrl and tapping the – key makes everything smaller. If you have a scroll wheel, holding the ctrl key and scrolling up or down also increases and decreases the size of text and images. (This works for Windows 7….not sure of the previous versions)

    ctrl + a selects all
    ctrl + c copies anything highlighted
    ctrl + v pastes
    (Once you develop a habit of this, it really speeds your work up.)

    Holding Alt and pressing tab toggles windows / apps. Also a good habit to get into.

    Lastly, for Windows 7 users. God Mode is a great trick to create a folder that gives you a easy access to many Windows tools.
    Just right-click on your desktop or any folder and select ‘Create New Folder
    Name the folder by pasting the line below exactly as it appears below (copy it first):

    If you don’t like the name ‘GodMode’ you can type any word in place of it, just be sure a . is in between the name and the string. You can find instructions for this and other strings

    Some examples:
    {00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33} – Regional Settings
    {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428} – Fingerprint Readers and Biometrics
    {025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D} – Power Management
    {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} – Notification Area Settings
    {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70} – Windows Credentials
    {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4} – Programs from network or online
    {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966} – Windows Programs for Tasks
    {1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43} – tlb files
    {1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87} – Wireless Network Order
    {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} – Network
    {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} – Computer
    {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D} – Printers and Faxes
    {241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B} – Manage RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
    {4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423} – Firewall
    {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC} – Performance

  • Waldemar

    My apology for a link error in my post #10.
    The proper link shoul be as:

  • Steve Kunkel

    @Steve Kunkel:
    I should point out that you actually change the folder’s icon by right-clicking, then choosing “properties,” then “customize,” then “change icon.” Doesn’t work with some system or network folders.

    Lastly, the location of SHELL32.DLL can usually be found by opening your windows browser and typing
    then press enter. errr… There should be a backslash separating %systemroot% and system32 but the forum keeps removing it…

  • Steve Kunkel

    I make my own folder icons in a graphics program, then I export the images as a bulk PNG, at the correct dimensions for icons (example: a bar of icons 1 high and 30 wide might get exported as “height 256 pix, width 7680 pix”). Then I bulk parse/chop them up with the cool freebie TileMage (by OrangeBright)
    Then I take the resulting folder full of 256×256 PNGs, and bulk-convert them into .ICOs using IcoFX (IcoFX is now Shareware, but you can find the last free version on the internet, such as here http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/page40.html)
    If you want, you can also use IcoFX to complile your resulting ICOs into a single DLL file.
    If you’re super-duper geeky, you might name your icon library “SHELL32xx.dll” and put it in the same folder as the built in Windows icon library, “SHELL32.dll.” Now you’ll have an easy to access alternate set of icons.
    Instead of clicking “Browse” and trying to find your ICO, just change the name of the file by adding the “xx,” (SHELL32.DLL will be there and highlighted by default), then press enter.
    FYI I’ve also posted this tip at the xplorer2 and DrawPlus forums in the past.

  • Ashraf, Heck of an idea!

    Currently running a dual boot system, winXP32 & winVista64. I save the tips to note pad and put them in a folder on a third partition so they are available to both operating systems.

    All the Best to All here in 2012.
    Happy Trails, . ..

  • Waldemar

    #3 njwood60
    There are many uses for Ctrl and other keys, like Ctrl+Z for Undo the last operation, or Ctrl+Y for Redo it. The most comprehensive list of shortcuts could be found here: Keyboard shortcuts

  • Jim-1

    One of my favorites is SyncToy (free from Microsoft). At home, I use it frequently to sync data among the computers on my home network. While traveling, my wife and I use two different laptops. To sync data between the two – without using a network controlled by a hotel or other facility (yes, I am paranoid about who might access my data!) – I use SyncToy to update my data onto a USB flash drive. Then I move the flash drive to my wife’s computer and use SyncToy there to update and synchronize the data between her computer and the flash drive. Repeat as frequently as desired. it is comforting to know that all data is backed up on the other computer, and the flash drive has a current backup of the data too!

  • ewsmith

    I tend to use shortcuts more often than the mouse. (I blame emacs)
    My favorites are:
    Windows Key + L : Locks current session
    Windows Key + Up Key : Maximize focused window
    Windows Key + Down Key : unMixmize focused window (or minimize if not maximized)
    Windows Key + R : Run dialog
    Windows Key + 1 – 0 : launches that program on the taskbar (or minimize/maximize if already launched)

  • Jake

    Hold NUM LOCK for five seconds, and enable toggle keys. (Alternatively, repeatedly press shift five times, [no to the sticky keys if you’d like], and open the settings from the dialog, and manually enable toggle keys). Every time you press the 3 locks buttons (CAPS, NUM, SCROLL), you hear a chirpy alert to let you know you’ve enabled it.

  • tejas

    @alalata: Win7 Home Premium doesn’t have gpedit. You wouldn’t happen to know how to change the setting without gpedit, would you? (I’m not afraid of the registry)

  • Steven

    A couple shortcuts for those with Multiple Displays.

    Windows + P = Switch between Single, extended and cloned desktops

    SHIFT + Windows + Right or Left Arrow = Quickly send active window to the left / right display

    And one that some people may not know,

    SHIFT + Tab – Moves cursor Back a field

  • Jim-1

    My XP computer is password protected, and it boots to show an icon that is a nuisance to click to be able to enter the password. Instead of clicking the icon, I tap the down arrow and the password box opens so I can then enter the password.

  • Ctrl Z
    best key combination ever! It undoes what you’ve just done. It seems to work in most programs – windows, browser, Word, dialog boxes etc.

    You know that sinking feeling when you’ve just overtyped something and you really need it back – hit Ctrl Z and whatever you just typed is undone.

  • alalata

    How To Have 100% Of Your Bandwith, A simple cool tweak thats easy
    By default Windows operating system uses 20% of your band width to remove this.

    1) Go to RUN and type gpedit.msc it will open a dialog box.
    2) Go to Local computer policy> computer configuration>administrative templates>network> Qos Packet Scheduler.
    3) On the right hand side you will find Limit Reservable Bandwith open it.
    4) Enable it and set the percentage to zero.
    5) And u have your 100% bandwidth.

    Have fun with this small tweak.
    I learn this tweak from netmasterz.

  • tejas

    Android / Fastboot users might like this:
    I have a shortcut on my Taskbar, that opens a custom Fastboot Command Prompt. It open within the Fastboot directory, it’s a custom size, has a white background, and large red text. It also has enhanced cut, copy, and paste. Here’s how;
    Visit this page http://johnbokma.com/windows/command-prompt-shortcut.html and follow his excellent tutorial. (Remember to enter the path of the directory, in the “Start in” input line. [C:moto-fastboot])
    After you’ve finished, you can copy, or move the shortcut anywhere you need it.