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This section contains articles regarding customizations for Windows XP.

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    This article tells you how to rename the Recycle Bin in Windows XP.

    As you may have known, Windows Vista includes the Add to Quick Launch option (seen when you right-click on a file), which adds a shortcut of the file to the Quick Launch folder automatically. This article describes how to implement the Add to Quick Launch feature in Windows XP.

    I had huge problems with Office applications on my last computer, after accidentally deleting the Office Setup Files, while using the Disk Cleanup Utility. Is there a way to permanently remove Office Setup Files as an option, on the list of things to be cleaned, so this can't happen in the future?
    When I search for a specific text inside .html files, the Search Results shows only 2 files. I enter *.html for Search for files or folders named, and I typed src= for Containing text field. "Look in" shows the folder I originally selected.
    When you right click on a file system object and choose Send To, the entry Desktop (create shortcut) may be missing.
    I am trying to use Run as... on a .CMD file using the context menu in Explorer, but I can only do that on .exe files. It was possible in Windows 2000, but since I upgraded to Windows XP that option is not available. It is possible though to do it in a Command Prompt window so the service is enabled and started. Does anyone know how to enable that in the context menu?
    This article tells you how to reroute the Windows XP Start menu Search link to a third-party search utility of your choice.
    I have changed the mouse settings for my profile to left handed, but I notice that the login screen after the machine initially boots still thinks that the mouse is right handed. Is it possible to change settings so that the initial login screen also uses left handed settings. I had a look in gpedit.msc but couldn't see anything under computer configuration that could be set. I'm using Windows XP Professional SP2.
    I would like to remove the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties button which is displayed there along with my drives which I would like to keep. Here is a screenshot of the My Computer window.
    When you perform a file search, and then click the Open Containing Folder in the context menu of the Search Results window, instead of opening the parent folder of the selected file, the Open With dialog may pop up, asking you to choose a program.
    The command-line Defrag program (defrag.exe) supports /a switch, which can analyze the specified volume, and notifies you if  defragmentation for that volume is necessary or not.

    Windows XP includes the Disk Defragmenter MMC, which helps you maintain the disk performance by defragmenting volumes that use the FAT, FAT32, or NTFS file system. However, the Defragmenter MMC, a GUI tool, cannot be used with Task Scheduler.

    When you double click a file containing no extension, the Open With dialog opens. In the Open With dialog box, you can click the program where you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
    Describes how to relocate the bitmap cache path to a different folder or drive.
    This article describes how to remove entries from the Remote Desktop Connection Computer box.
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