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  Sunday, February 07, 2010 – Permalink –

Onscreen Keyboard

Tap or Click?

If you would like to have a keyboard on your screen that can be activated with your mouse you're in luck

Type osk in Start Run

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  Monday, February 23, 2009 – Permalink –

Stars on Your Desktop

Space image wallpaper

NASA is wandering around space snapping photos with an advanced form of a Brownie SureShot.

Here is a collection of interstellar portraits and space art the can be used as wallpaper to be viewed as you warp thought the Internet.

Veil nebula

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  Monday, October 20, 2008 – Permalink –

Stop Program from Appearing

MFU list

To remove items from the Most Frequently Used Programs list, right-click Remove from this list. However, when you run the program again, it may reappear on the list.

You can stop a program from appearing on the Most Frequently Used Programs list. No mater how often you use the program it will never appear on this list.

  1. Click Start and select Run.
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. Look for the registry key:
  4. Under this key are a series of sub-keys representing the installed applications.
  5. Choose the executable you do not want to appear on the list. (for instance Excel.exe)
  6. Click Edit, point to New, and select String Value.
  7. Type NoStartPage for the value name.
  8. Close the Registry Editor.
  9. Restart the computer.

Microsoft Support:

Prevent a Program from Being Displayed in the Most Frequently Used Programs List in Windows XP


Start Menu (MFU) list is empty

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  Tuesday, January 15, 2008 – Permalink –

Cleanup Wizard

XP bother

XP has an annoying elf that tries to clean your desktop of unused icons. It pops up every two months.

To stop it:

  1. Right-click a empty space on your desktop and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Desktop tab.
  3. Choose Customize Desktop.
  4. Remove the check mark next to Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days.

Here are the instructions to change the interval between popups

Wizard Frequency

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  Thursday, November 15, 2007 – Permalink –

High-Res Wallpaper

Details apparent

Choose from a broad selection of free pictures to use for wallpaper.

Download sizes from 1920x1200 to 320x240.

Free High-Resolution Widescreen Wallpaper

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  Friday, July 20, 2007 – Permalink –

Put IE Back on Desktop

Regedit ahead

  1. Click Start, Run.

  2. Type "regedit.exe" (Without quotes).

  3. Navigate to the following registry key

  4. In the right hand pane, double-click {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} key.
  5. Enter dword value as 0 to enable the Internet Explorer icon on the Desktop.

Internet Explorer 7 Desktop icon missing

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  Sunday, July 15, 2007 – Permalink –

More Icons Deal

Forgotten tricks

Here's a simple way to display different icons on your desktop.
Right-click on a desktop folder and choose Properties.
Click the change Icon button. You'll see a few icons. For more icons look at:

PC magazine has this article:
Assign Custom Icons to Windows Explorer Folders.

PC World:
Change Icon v1.2.1

Creating Icons

Also see:
The Iconolog, the art of virtual (desktop) litter.

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  Monday, May 21, 2007 – Permalink –

Icon Title Opacity

See through

To make the background of desktop icons transparent, go to:

Control Panel > System > Advanced

Click Settings in the Performance section.

On the Visual Effects tab, check "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop".

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  Tuesday, March 20, 2007 – Permalink –

Clippy the April Fool

An unwelcome visitor

"Clippy is a simulated office assistant that, when ran, will hide in the background for 1 minute then popup in the lower right hand corner of the screen and say something useless. Every minute, Clippy pops up spouting useless nonsense about your computer.

That is not all! Clippy comes with a dozen or so default messages, but Clippy can be customized to fit your needs. You can create a clippy.txt file within the same directory as Clippy and when loaded, it will read this file to figure out which hints to blurt to the screen.

Move your mouse pointer to the TOP LEFT corner of your screen. This will stop the program from running in memory. If you have successfully moved your mouse in the correct position, the program will close and display an About Box Screen. Once you close this screen, the program will exit. Exiting the software will allow Windows to delete the file." Clippy

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  Monday, February 12, 2007 – Permalink –


Just some

There is a ton of free wallpaper out there. Here are some you might have missed.

Art. Lebedev Posters

Digital Blasphemy

Hubble Wallpaper

Visual Paradox

Prinz Online

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