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Disable Opera mouse gestures

Friday, August 23, 2013 - posted by CSch

The Opera browser uses mouse gestures that allow the user to navigate through tabs and tab histories with the help of mouse-clicks and -movements. This can be a hindrance however if you are used to control the browser with its own graphical interface and often just play around with your mouse out of boredom.

To disable these gestures you simply need to open an Opera window and go to Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts and uncheck the Enable mouse gestures checkbox.

How to change Windows 7’s default fonts

Monday, August 19, 2013 - posted by CSch

Windows 7 has hidden away some features and options pretty neatly but nonetheless they still exist. Such as the option to change the system fonts. To get there try searching for Change window colors and metrics in the Start menu (metrics is also sufficient).

Hit enter if you have found it and you will be guided right to the fonts window where you can change the font and size of all the Windows fonts. And since we all love Comic Sans, why not use that on every option?

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Create ‘Recently Added’ playlist in Windows Media Player

Friday, August 16, 2013 - posted by CSch

To create a playlist in WMP that only plays recently added is pretty simple if you know how. Open WMP to get started and in the same bar that you find the Search panel in click on Create Playlist > Create auto playlist. A window will open where you can enter the name of the auto-playlist as well as the conditions that must be given move music into the list:

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Click on the topmost green plus-icon to add a condition and select Date Added - the player will automatically build it and set it to include everything that's been added to the media library in the last 30 days. You can edit that or leave it like this and by pressing okay create the playlist!

How to disable network file-sharing on Windows

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - posted by CSch

By default Windows computers participate in file-sharing of local networks - it recognizes other devices in that network such as other computers and printers and shares all data in the folders set to do so.

If you want to turn this feature off at all or partly you can do so through the Control Panel. Open it from the Start menu and head to Control Panel > Network and InternetNetwork and Sharing CenterChange advanced sharing settings.

Here you find two drop-down-menus where you can decide over public- as well as home-network specifics:

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Save changes afterwards!

Reveal hidden files and folders in Windows

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - posted by CSch

Windows hides certain files and folders by default to prevent the unexperienced users from messing with them.  In some situations however it is necessary to view them, e.g. to backup some data from the hidden App Data folder.

So to make hidden files visible, open the Control Center and head to Appearance and PersonalizationFolder Options. Open the View tab and under Advanced Settings check the Show hidden files, folders and drives checkbox. Confirm with Apply or OK and every hidden file and folder will be visible as transparent item in the explorer from now on.

View a list of all shared folders on Windows

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - posted by CSch

With preferences you make concerning single files and folders it's easy to lose track of which files you have currently set as whatever you needed them to be. This is especially important for shared files and folders since you don't always want them to be shared with everyone.

Good thing there is a list with all shared files hidden on your system - to get to it search for Computer Management in the Start menu.

On the left pane of the CM window, browse for Computer Management (Local)System ToolsShared FoldersShared:

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You'll get a list of items here that are shared by your computer with path and description given.

Disable “Check for solutions” dialog in Windows

Friday, August 2, 2013 - posted by CSch

When something crashes on Windows you will often see a dialog showing that Windows is checking for a solution of the problems. Frankly, Windows has never found a solution for my crashes itself and it made more sense to abort the search and go for it myself.

If you are feeling the same way you might want to turn the dialog off completely. To do that, left click the little flag icon on your task-bar once:

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Select Open Action Center and head to Change Action Center settings on the left side pane, then scroll down and click Problem reporting settings where you have the option to select Never check for solutions. Confirm with OK and you should be good to go.

Use Windows event viewer to track problems

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - posted by CSch

All of us know the situation where everything crashes around us (on the monitor) and you don't know what caused it. A nice way to track the problem on Windows is to use the event viewer - a program that lists all the events and information that are logged while the computer is powered.

To get to it, press Windows KeyR to open a Run prompt and enter eventvwr into it.

The window that opens offers you a nicely sorted overview over everything that happened - browse the left pane for the categories and click on an event in the middle pane to get information about it below:

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PrtScr key on a Mac keyboard on a Windows computer

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - posted by CSch

PrtScr is the key that is used on Windows keyboard to make screenshots - this key however is specific to Windows keyboards and does not exist on Mac keyboards. So if you attach one of those to a PC you will face a problem whenever you want to make screen shots.

Now a possible solution is given with the F13-F15 keys of the Mac keyboard which are sometimes mapped as different keys on a Windows computer. It is possible that one of those acts as the PrtScr key on your machine (most likely F13) - try and press them all and then pasting a screenshot into Paint to see if Windows has mapped one of them!

Windows explorer does not restart

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - posted by CSch

After some critical problems that might appear in Windows it can happen that its own explorer crashes - the Windows explorer is the process that generates the windows and the taskbar, so if it's canceled, those will no longer be visible.

The workaround in this case is pretty simple. Call the task manager by pressing CtrlAltDel and clicking the appropriate option (on Windows XP, it starts up right ahead). On the task manager, go to the Applications tab. On the bottom of the window click on New Task...:

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Run prompt opens that you can use to start programs and processes - type in explorer here and confirm. The taskbar and all stuff belonging to it should now start up again.