Posts Tagged ‘Explorer’

How to forbid downloading files with Internet Explorer

Assuming that if a user of a given machine has chosen Internet Explorer as his/her browser, one can conclude that the user is not quite aware of hat he/she is doing. So just to be safe, it may be a good way to prevent the user from downloading any files from Internet if he/she is using IE.
Naturally, to force such a strange behavior we will use a good old registry tweak. First, we will open the Registry. Open the Start menu and enter regedit in the start menu searchbox:

and hit Enter. The Registry Editor will open:

Using the left-hand pane, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3:

Note: The next step is optional as the value 1803 may already exist.
On the right-hand pane click anywhere except the Name column and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value:

Name the new value 1803:

Double-click on it and a window will open. Enter 0 in the Value data textbox:

Click OK and close the Registry Editor. To revert to your old settings simply delete the value 1803.
Note: This trick works for IE 6 through 9.

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Change the Explorer startup folder in Windows 7

Normally when you open Windows Explorer via the button on the taskbar:

Explorer opens the Libraries by default:

Now, we find this rather strange and useless since the Libraries is not one of the most used directories. So in this short tutorial we will show you how you can change that behavior and choose a more appropriate folder as the default.

To change this, right click on the Explorer button in the Taskbar:

Right click on Windows Explorer and choose Properties:

A new window will open:

As you can notice the target of this shortcut is set to %windir%\explorer.exe

A better alternative to use as your default directory is Computer. To change the default directory to it simply enter %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} in the Target text field and click OK.

Now when you click the Windows Explorer button it will open Computer:

Note: Alternatively you can open Explorer properties from Start button > All programs > Accessories > right click on Windows Explorer > Properties:

Another alternative for the default folder of Windows Explorer is My Documents. To set it as default simply set the target to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

Basically you can use any folder as long as you know its Globally Unique Identifier (GUID), but expect more on GUIDs in a different tutorial.

Note: If you want to have some fun, why not change your colleagues’ default location to the Recycle Bin – simply use %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

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The clash of the browsers

There is a rule in software – the more choices the customer has the larger the chance to choose the worst option. Nowadays there is a large variety of anything, including browsers. Add the ease of access to the internet and as a result we get the Browser Wars II.

Today the most used browsers are Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Apple’s Safari. Basically, the only thing either of these browsers could do is to out-innovate each other.

At first IE held the dominant place, but its share has been shrinking thanks to the strong competition from Firefox and Chrome. However with the last release of IE – Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft got back in the game, by doing what won them the first Browser Wars – innovation and embracing (and implementing) new standards(in this case HTML 5 and CSS3).

In a recent benchmark related to HTML5, Firefox 3.7 and Opera are just a little faster than IE9 and extremely faster than Chrome. In terms of CPU, Firefox 3.7, Opera, IE and Chrome came with pretty much the same results. However, when it comes to JavaScript, Chrome and Opera are on the top.

In terms of HTML5 and CSS3, Opera and IE9 support a larger part of the standard compared to their competitors, however they don’t support WebGL like Firefox and Chrome.

To talk about a perfect browser is naïve and ridiculous. Each browser has its flaws and depending on the users’ needs each browser can be “the perfect choice”. It is up to us, the users, to choose the browser that fits our needs.

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How to manage the Open with menu in Windows

How often have you opened a file using the Open with menu or the Open menu in Windows Explorer.? Read the rest of this entry »

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How to disable Internet Explorer in Windows 7

Many users dislike Internet Explorer (me including) and some of them even want to remove it from their machine. Well this is quite easy in Windows 7.

First open Control Panel:
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How to import data from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome

There is one downside to picking a browser – you have to pick it very, very carefully. Cause most of the times when you decide “This browser sucks! I’m changing it!” you come to the realization that you will lose all your bookmarks, stored passwords, browsing history, etc. Well actually it depends. There are many tricks to export your personal data from one browser to another. In this short tutorial we will show you a quick and easy way to import all your personal data from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome. Read the rest of this entry »

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Change the default source viewer in Internet Explorer

By default Internet Explorer opens the source of web pages using Notepad. In lots of cases this does the work, but in some cases we need a more powerful text editor (like Notepad++ for example). Well, here is a little tweak which will make Internet Explorer use a text editor of our choice for viewing source. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to delete the Windows Explorer search history in Windows 7

You have probably noticed that Explorer saves your previous searches as a mean to speed up your next searches. Many users however, don’t want their searches to be visible to other people who use the same PC and user account and consider this option a privacy threat. So in this short tutorial we will show you how to clear the Explorer search history. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to hide or show libraries in the navigation pane in Windows 7

I never got used to using the new Windows 7 feature called Libraries. To be honest I find them quite pointless. Apart from the indexing feature which allows you fast searches, they have no other use. Not to mention that they fill way to much space in the navigation pane of Windows 7 Explorer. So, let’s hide them. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to disable the left navigation pane in Windows 7 Explorer

The Windows 7 Explorer navigation pane is comes in handy for quick navigations between partitions, devices, libraries, Desktop, etc. However if you prefer to use all the space of the window for showing the items in your folder you may consider removing it. Let’s see how this is done. Read the rest of this entry »

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