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  Tuesday, September 15, 2009 – Permalink –

Thumbnail Sizing

Just right

You can change the size of your thumbnails by adding a new value to the registry. The range is between 32 and 256. Pick one that fits your prescription.

  1. Click Start and click Run.
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. Locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer. 
  4. From the Edit menu, point to New, and click DWORD Value.
  5. Type in ThumbnailSize and press Enter.
  6. Double click the new value. Enter in a hexadecimal value between 32 and 256.
  7. Close the registry editor.
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  Saturday, April 19, 2008 – Permalink –

Explorer Default

Choose your Folder

When you click the Windows Explorer shortcut on your Start Menu, you are probably used to the fact that it always opens in the same folder. For example the My Documents folder. Vista opens to your personal User>Documents folder.

You can arrange for it to open to the folder of your choice by editing the properties of the Explorer shortcut.

Open Windows Explorer and locate your Start Menu folder (if you are using Windows XP, this will be in the c:\Documents and Settings directory under your profile). Right click the shortcut to Windows Explorer and click Properties. From the Shortcut tab, change the target so it reads as follows:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e, c:\folder

where c:\folder is the path to the folder that you want Explorer to open.

If you leave off the /e switch, Windows Explorer opens in a single pane view.

Another switch is /n. It opens a new single-pane window for the default selection. This is usually the root of the drive that Windows is installed on. If the window is already open, a duplicate opens.

Explorer.exe Command-Line Options

Click OK. Now when you launch Windows Explorer from the Start Menu, it will open in the folder that you specified.

If Explorer is not one of the shortcuts, Right click the contents pane and choose New>Shortcut.
Enter the same instructions.

You could also Right click the desktop and create a new shortcut.

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  Thursday, January 10, 2008 – Permalink –

Rename Files

Add Info

When you download pictures from your digital camera, they end up with incomprehensible name such as IMG_0284.JPG, or _MG_2640.CR2.

To make them more useful:

  1. Select all those files from Xmas. You can use Ctrl to group them, or use Ctrl+A to select all the files in that folder.

  2. Right click the selection and choose Rename.

  3. Pick a descriptive title, such as 2007 Xmas Party.

  4. Hit Enter

  5. All of the selected files will be renamed "2007 Xmas Party.JPG”, "2007 Xmas Party.CR2”, "2007 Xmas Party(2).JPG”, "2007 Xmas Party(2).CR2”, "2007 Xmas Party(3).JPG” "2007 Xmas Party(3).CR2”.

    The extensions will remain the same.

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  Sunday, September 23, 2007 – Permalink –

Windows Explorer

Nee File Manager

A new Windows file management scheme appears to have been put on hold.

The next operating system will probably use a variation of the present method.

Here are a few suggestions and tips to use until we have to learn something new:

Vista Explorer

Explorer in Vista

12 Hidden Tricks

Shell team – Explorer

7 Tips to Manage Your Files Better
Manage Files

While you're at it:
Bremer Communications:
How to Organize your Desk

Also See:
Paperless Office

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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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  Monday, March 26, 2007 – Permalink –

Shortcut Controls

Switch them into shape

There are four ways that Explorer uses to display folders and file.

  1. It will open a single pane window (no Explorer bar).

  2. It will allow the user to navigate out of the folder (i.e. to the folder’s parent and beyond).

  3. The default is for none of the items in a folder to yet be selected.

  4. If there is already an open Explorer window displaying that folder, then the operating system will switch to that existing view, as opposed to opening a new one.

You can display the alternatives by usinf=g switches.
  • /n forces it to open a new window, even if it duplicates a window that is already open.

  • /e uses Windows Explorer view (multi-paned).

  • /root,X restricts Explorer to showing only the contents of file folder X (and its sub-folders).

  • /select,Y automatically selects Y (either a file or folder).

For a complete explanation, go to:

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