Posts Tagged ‘start menu’

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 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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Run applications in Administrator mode from the Start menu recent items and Start menu search box in Windows 7

By default, if you run an application in Windows 7 it will not run in Administrator mode (will not have Administrator rights). To run an application as an Administrator you need to right-click on it and select Run as administrator: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to reset the thumbnail cache in Windows 7

Sometimes, for no obvious reason Windows 7 decides to stop displaying the thumbnails of pictures, videos, etc. Whether it doesn’t display anything or some image that has nothing to do with the given media, it simply happens. So what do we do then? We clear the thumbnail cache. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to delete old System Restore Points in Windows 7

System Restore Points are a nice feature of Windows which lets you revert your system to a previously saved state. However, system restore points take up a lot of space and most of the times we need only our last system restore point. So why not remove the previous ones?

Open the Start menu and in the search box, enter cleanmgr and press Enter:
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How to print the contents of a folder to a text file in Windows 7

Printing the contents of a folder may be a useful way of tracking what’s going on on your PC. Using a few commands in the Windows command prompt we can easily do that.

First open the Start menu and type in cmd in the start menu search box:
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How to remove your personal folder from the Windows 7 Start menu

You have probably noticed that in the start menu there is button for your personal folder (right under your account picture). Whether your concern is privacy or you’ve simply chosen a rather stupid name for your account, you may wish to remove your username from the Start menu. Well this is a matter of a few clicks.

Right click on the taskbar and select Properties:
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How to forbid all access to the Control Panel in Windows 7

Control Panel provides the tools to “make or break” a system. But, if feel worried that someone else using your PC is more likely to break something if he has access to the Control Panel then why don’t you forbid all access to it?

First, click the Start button and type in gpedit.msc in the Start menu search box and press Enter:
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Disable the highlighting of newly installed programs in the Start Menu of Windows 7

Windows 7 has a feature that highlights in the Start menu newly installed programs. Many people find this annoying. I for example know when I have installed new software and do not need Windows to remind me of that. Not to mention that it removes one of my most used programs from the list of most used applications in the Start menu. Well let’s see how to disable that feature, shall we?

Click the Start button and right-click on an empty space on it, a context menu will open. Select Properties:
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Disabling the Windows 7 indexing feature

The Windows 7 indexing feature is a really cool feature which allows you to search rapidly for different types of files in different folders. But unfortunately there is one drawback. To have adequate indexes, Windows 7 constantly updates them. And that is not quite cheap in terms of RAM. So here we will show you how to disable the Indexing feature.

First open the Start menu and type in services.msc in the Search box:
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