Posts Tagged ‘left pane’

How to disable Aero Shake in Windows 7 with a registry tweak

Windows 7 has a new feature which I find quite useful. Whenever you have many open windows grab one by the title bar and “shake” it around to minimize all other windows. However if you use a laptop, and you like using the touchpad the Aero Shake function may be a great annoyance, since it sometimes tends to be quite sensitive. Imagine trying to arrange a few windows and they keep minimizing. So we will disable Aero Shake with a little registry tweak.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to disable Aero Shake in Windows 7 using Group Policy Editor

The Windows 7 feature called Aero Shake provides a unique functionality. Basically when you have multiple windows open, you just grab one by the title bar “shake” it (left-right, up-down or diagonally) and all other windows are minimized.

However if you are a laptop user who prefers using the touchpad and often have multiple windows open, then you may find the Aero Shake feature annoying. So why don’t you disable it? We will show you how, using Group Policy Editor.

To open Group Policy Editor, open the Start Menu, enter gpedit.msc in the search box and press Enter:
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How to add Control Panel to the desktop right-click menu in Windows 7

Want to always have Control Panel at the tip of your finger? Don’t like using the Windows 7 Start menu? Well, why not add Control Panel to the desktop right-click menu? All it takes is a simple registry tweak.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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Add Control Panel to “My Computer” (Computer) in Windows 7

In Windows XP you were able to add the Control Panel to My Computer with a little modification of the folder settings. Unfortunately there is no such options in the Windows 7 folder settings, but with a little registry tweak we can achieve the same effect.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to disable/enable Task Manager in Windows 7

Did you know that you can disable the Task Manager in Windows 7? This is quite handy when you must leave your computer in the hands of someone who doesn’t know what he is doing (a child or a colleague who is not very good with computers, for example). Disabling the Task Manager is done with a little registry tweak and here is how exactly.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to disable the “Use the Web service to find the correct program” dialog

You have probably noticed, when using Windows, that when trying to open a file with an unknown extension the following dialog opens: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to remove the “Shortcut” from new shortcuts in Windows 7

There is one thing I find quite annoying in Windows 7 (and Vista) and that is that when you create a shortcut to a file the text “ – Shortcut” is added to the name of the shortcut. For example a shortcut to the file test.txt will be named test.txt – Shortcut: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to set the download location in Google Chrome

All files downloaded through Google Chrome are placed in a default folder on your PC. However you can modify this so that the files you download are stored in a different location. We will show you how to do just that in a few simple steps. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to clear your browsing data in Google Chrome

If someone else shares your PC or your account to your PC with you, you probably don’t want him/her to be able to see what sites you have visited, not to mention being able to log anywhere using your passwords. If you have accidentally saved one of your passwords or you simply want to delete your browsing history, Chrome provides this functionality. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to turn on/off shadows in Windows 7

Windows 7 has a nice new and shiny User Interface. However some users find some features to be annoying or way to expensive in terms of resources. We will show you how to turn off/on shadows in Windows 7.

First, right-click on Computer and select Properties:
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