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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.
This tip was brought up by Lockergnome.com:
 Change The Size Of Your Thumbnails




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  Monday, August 31, 2009 – Permalink –

Print Folder Listing

Get an inventory


Microsoft left out some useful features that you can add back in.
Here's one that might be handy.

This article describes how to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Microsoft Windows XP and Vista. After you follow the steps that are listed in this article, you can right-click a folder, and then click Print Directory Listing to print a directory listing of the contents of a folder.


Support.microsoft.com:
How to add the Print Directory feature for folders



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I use a tool to Print Directory Listings called Print Directory.

Find Here : http://www.print-directory.com

 
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  Monday, August 03, 2009 – Permalink –

Change the View

Adjust how it looks


Sometimes the performance of Windows XP can be tweaked by adjustinga few settings.

  1. Right Click the My Computer Icon

  2. Choose Properties

  3. Go to Advanced>Performance>Settings>Advanced
Pick one of these options:
Let Windows choose what's best for my computer
Restore settings to Windows choice.
Adjust for best appearance
Turn on all visual effects
Adjust for best performance
Turn off all visual effects
Or uncheck these settings:
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
  • Fade out menu items after clicking
  • Show Shadows under menus
  • Slide open combo boxes
  • Slide taskbar buttons
  • Use a background image for each folder type
  • Use common tasks in folders




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  Saturday, March 28, 2009 – Permalink –

Forgotten Password

Still sign on, or not


Forgetting your password can be an annoyance or a catastrophe. Here are ways to get back to work.
Note If you have not created a password reset disk, and you have also forgotten the password for all user accounts, you cannot log on to your existing Windows installation for security reasons. This information applies to starting Windows XP typically, to safe mode, and to Recovery Console. In this case, you must perform a "clean" installation of Windows XP, re-create all user accounts, and then reinstall all your programs.

Creating a Password Reset Disk in Microsoft Windows Vista
How to create and use a password reset disk in Windows Vista


Support.Microsoft.com:
How to log on to Windows XP if you forget your password or your password expires

Petri.co.il:
Forgot the administrator's password?

TechTrax:
I Forgot My Administrator Password!

ComputerHope.com:
Lost or forgotten Windows NT / 2000 / XP password




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  Tuesday, March 25, 2008 – Permalink –

Repair Internet/Network connection

Before the service call


Loss of connectivity is usually solved by the big three:

  • Restarting the computer
  • Unplugging the router
  • Unplugging the modem


Vista has a built in feature that you'll usually find on the Task bar.
It indicates current connections, but if you right click you can find Diagnose and repair.




Repair your connection

Network Diagnostics Framework



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  Friday, February 29, 2008 – Permalink –

Search for Vista File Nits

Refine the questions


You can use Vista search to locate metadata information. Such as the date on the file:
date:>2/7/05<2/10/05>

Searches for a date in the Date property between the values 2/7/05 and 2/10/05, excluding the end dates.


Or all of the photos on your machine taken with a Canon:

Camera make

cameramake (cameramake:canon)







Advanced Query terms

HowToGeek - Date Search



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  Monday, February 04, 2008 – Permalink –

Tweak Vista

Tune-up suggestions


There are third party apps that you can use to improve Vista's performance. If you want to do it on your own, here are some Redmond suggestions:

  • Delete programs you never use

  • Limit how many programs load at startup

  • Defragment your hard drive

  • Clean up your hard disk

  • Run fewer programs at the same time

  • Turn off visual effects

  • Restart regularly

  • Add more memory

  • Check for viruses and spyware

  • Check your computer’s speed

  • Disable services you don’t need

  • Don’t settle for slow


Optimize Windows Vista

Also:

TweakHound

OptimizeVista



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  Tuesday, December 25, 2007 – Permalink –

Change Info Box

Make up your own


When you press the Windows key + Break, you'll see the properties window with the standard manufactures data/ad.
The How to Geek shows how to change this. There is also a registry file that can be downloaded to make the basic entries.



Customize support info



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  Thursday, September 06, 2007 – Permalink –

Vista Check Boxes

Select checks


Add check boxes to file views to make it easier to select several files at once, which can be useful if it is difficult for you to hold the CTRL key while clicking to select multiple files.


Step 1: Go to Control Panel>Appearance and Personalization>Click Folder Options.
Step 2: Click View tab and under Advanced Settings, Select Use Check boxes to select items





Enable checkboxes in Vista

Change folder views and behavior



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  Friday, July 06, 2007 – Permalink –

MS RSS Feeds

Eavesdrop on the experts


RSS feeds can give you a flow of new information.

Microsoft knows the value of these web casts and provides a list of links from Access to SharePoint Server:

RSS Feeds on Microsoft Office




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  Wednesday, May 30, 2007 – Permalink –

DNS Cache

Down the drain


Internet connection problems can, sometimes, be traced to a corrupted DNS cache.

Flushing this cache is an easy fix to many of these problems.

Here is how to fix that corrupted DNS cache in vista.


  1. Click the Microsoft Vista Start logo in the bottom left corner of the screen

  2. Click All Programs

  3. Click Accessories

  4. Right-click on Command Prompt

  5. Select Run As Administrator

  6. To view the DNS cache, type ipconfig /displaydns at a command prompt.

  7. In the command window type the following and then hit enter: ipconfig /flushdns

  8. You will see the following confirmation:
    Windows IP Configuration
    Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache
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  Thursday, February 22, 2007 – Permalink –

Vista Shut Down not Sleep

Change the default


In the old days of Windows, the shutdown option was not of great concern, because it remembered the last action and repeated it.

Vista is a little more stubborn.

The default action for the Power button on the start menu in Windows Vista is Sleep.

Many of my techy friends leave their machines on for years, but I prefer to shutdown at night.

Here's how to make the change:
  1. Go to Control Panel >Power Options

  2. Select Change Plan Settings >Change Advanced Power Settings

  3. Find "Power buttons and lid"

  4. Change the Start menu power button to either Shut Down Sleep, or Hibernate



The Power button action
Changes the hardware power button action.

The Start menu power button
Changes the power button on the Start Menu




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