Posts Tagged ‘Press’

How to change the number of suggestions in Firefox address bar

One thing I love about Firefox is the ability to tweak almost every aspect of your browsing experience. Another thing I love about Firefox is that once a tweak is discovered it remains valid in all the later versions. This little tweak I’m about to show you, I discovered in Firefox 3 and remains valid till this very day – Firefox 8.

So basically we will see how we can change the number of suggestions in the Firefox address bar:

And of course as a first step, type about:config in the address bar and press Enter:

Press I’ll be careful, I promise! and you will be redirected to a list of configurations:

In the Filter textbox enter browser.urlbar.maxRichResults

Double click on browser.urlbar.maxRichResults and you will be prompted to enter a new value (default is 12). Enter the new value:

And press OK. Close the about:config tab and you are done. You don’t even need to restart Firefox:

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Assign a static IP address in Windows 7

When it comes to home networks it is often harder to use DHCP than to give each PC its own IP address. In contrast DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) uses a different model – each computer requests an IP each time it is started.

For small networks using static IPs makes IP management a lot easier and fixing problems associated with a given machine is done faster because you don’t have to always check what IP it is assigned.

To set a static IP to in Windows 7, you first have to open the Network and Sharing Center. Enter network and sharing in the Start menu searchbox, wait for Network and Sharing Center to appear and select it:
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How to turn off the annoying Windows Explorer clicking sounds in Windows 7

Each time I browse my files on my PC I am forced to listen to the annoying clicking sounds of Windows Explorer. If you too feel that those sounds are driving you to insanity, here is how to disable them.

Open the Start menu, enter mmsys.cpl in the start menu searchbox and press Enter:
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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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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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Disable the annoying Filter Keys popup dialog in Windows 7

Not many people use the right Shift when working. Most people prefer to capitalize letters using the left Shift. But us gamers, we use the right Shift a lot. Sometimes we press it for more than 8 seconds. And I’m sure all of you know what happens then: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to select items in a folder using checkboxes in Windows 7

Let’s admit it, selecting multiple (and by “multiple” I mean “a couple of dozens”) files at the same time can be really frustrating. Normally we do it by holding down the Ctrl key (rarely the Shift key), but it is like a struggle against fate. A little move to the side right before releasing the left mouse button – you copy all the selected files, a little drop of the Ctrl key while selecting the next file – you have to start all over.

Not to mention the enormous battle going on inside of you – “Select at least one more!” vs. “Enough, you will mess up on your next click!”. So how do we fix this? There is a little known feature that enables checkboxes next to the name of the files and folders, thus allowing us to select items in a more humane way.

First, open the Start menu, in the search box enter “folder options” and press Enter:
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How to disable Caps Lock in Windows 7

Many people don’t use the Caps Lock anymore. It doesn’t actually provide any functionality that we don’t already have and I personally press it only by accident. If you don’t use your Caps Lock than here we will show you a quick way to disable it.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box and press Enter:
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