When you select an image file in a folder containing pictures and then click the Slideshow command in the toolbar or ribbon, slideshow always starts from the first picture in the folder. While there is no way to make it start the slideshow from the selected or current file, there are a couple of workarounds.
The Favorites menu in the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) is very useful especially if you’re someone who loves playing with the Registry Editor all the time. If you’ve noticed, the favorites menu in Regedit doesn’t have an option to sort the entries alphabetically. If you have many entries in the favorites menu, finding an item from the unsorted listing is a minor inconvenience.
It’s a nice feeling when you come across a hidden setting in Windows, be it a small tweak or a big usability feature. One such little feature is the Snapshot (screenshot) Sound Event that I’m going to write about today. In Windows, you can set a .wav file to play every time you use the Print Screen key for taking screenshots. Doesn’t that lovely camera shutter sound come to mind when talking about screenshots?
I’m sure most users would have more than one web browser installed in their systems. People may prefer Internet Explorer for browsing certain types of sites – say for official or intranet sites, and a different browser for casual web browsing. Double-clicking a .URL (website shortcut) always launches the browser that’s configured as the default. By adding different browser options in the right-click menu for URL files, you can choose a non-default web browser from the list and quickly launch the website in it. One way to make this possible is by adding the Open with… context menu option, which does not exist by default for .URL files. Apart from Open with… there are many ways to launch a website shortcut using a non-default web browser, of which some of the methods are covered in this post.
The Photos screensaver that comes in-built in Windows Vista and higher, can be used as the logon screensaver as well. The logon screensaver kicks off after the specified wait time in the logon screen when no user is logged on. There are instructions all over the web on how to apply the screensaver settings to the logon desktop in Windows 2000 and XP systems. The steps meant for Windows XP don’t work in the latest Operating Systems, and if you apply those steps for Windows Vista/7 and higher, all you get is a blank screen in the logon desktop after the wait time.
For Windows Vista and higher, implementation of the logon screensaver setting is slightly different. This post guides you through the process.