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Increase Windows 7 Notifiction Display Time
By default a Windows 7 notification message appears for 5 seconds and then slowly fades away. It requires more than 5 seconds for me to fetch a cup of coffee and return to my PC. I may well have missed a notification message while I was gone. Fortunately it's very easy to increase the notification display time. More ...

Vista - Restore Deleted Recycle Bin
If you accidentally or purposely deleted the Recycle Bin icon from your desktop, or if it disappeared for unknown reasons, you can easily get it back. To restore the Recycle Bin icon to your desktop, follow these steps. More ...

My Favorite Windows 7 Tips and Tricks
Windows 7 is fast, stable and has a lot of very cool new features. I have a few tips and tricks to help me get the most from Windows 7, and I thought I would share some of my favorites with you. More ...

How to Add and Remove Desktop Gadgets
Gadgets are little applications that you can place on your PC desktop. Some of them are gadgets that get information from your Internet connection, like stock quotes, news headlines, or whether information. Other gadgets get information from your computer, like the time, CPU utilization, or memory utilization. Many are just games. More ...

How to Change Your Computer's Name
I purchased a non-proprietary PC recently, and the technician who set it up gave it the name happycustomerPC, a big presumption, and a poor name for a PC. In this article, I show you how to can change your computer's name. More ...

How to Hide Files in Windows 7
If you have files on your Windows 7 PC that you don't want anyone to see, you can easily hide them. You simply set the files hidden attribute. But first make sure your PC's Folder Options is set to "Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives. More ...

Swap Mouse Buttons
It's important to let left-handed people be as productive as possible because, on average, left-handed people are more creative than right-handed people. Fortunately, Windows lets you swap the functions of the mouse buttons. More ...

Configure the Start Menu
To configure Windows Start Menu for optimal performance, select Start | Settings | Taskbar & Start Menu settings. In the Taskbar & Start Menu settings dialog box, on the General tab, check and uncheck boxes as recommended here. More ...

Disable "Hard Disk Turn Off" to Speed Up Windows XP
By default, Windows xp is configured to spin down the hard drive after a short period of inactivity. It takes very little energy to keep a hard disk spinning. However, after you turn the disk off and let it spin down, it requires quite a bit of energy to rapidly bring it back up to 7,200 rpm. Conserve energy, improve Windows XP performance, and make your physics professor proud by disabling hard disk turn off. More ...

Put a Shortcut to Create a Restore Point on Your Desktop
Whenever you add or remove software or hardware on your computer theres a posibilty of something going wrong. It's very wise to create a restore point before you make any major changes to your PC. Why not put a link to the create a restore point button right on your desk top? More ...

Vista - Display Multiple Clocks on Your Desktop
You're working away at your computer and you decide to send a message to a friend or family member in another city. What time is it where they are? When will they actually find the message? Windows Vista has a feature called Gadgets, and one of those gadgets is a clock. More ...

Change Vista's Start Menu Shutdown Option
Unfortunately the Internet is riddled with complaints from people that their system doesn't work when they wake it, or it doesn't wake at all. Fortunately it's easy change Vista's default Start menu Shutdown to actually Shutdown. More ...