Desktop.ini file automatically opens when you start Windows

When you start your computer, the desktop.ini file may automatically open (in Notepad) showing the following contents: [.ShellClassInfo] [email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21787 This happens if the hidden attribute for the desktop.ini file in the Startup folder is somehow removed. Enable the hidden attribute for desktop.ini in your Startup and Common Startup folders to … Read more

Shell Commands to Access the Special Folders in Windows 10

The shell: protocol can be used to open a special folder directly from the Start, Search menu or from the Run dialog. For example, the command shell:sendto opens the “Send To” folder of your user profile. To launch the Documents folder of your user profile, you’d type shell:Personal. Below is … Read more

[Fix] .EXE Files Open in Notepad or Any Other Application when Double-clicked

.exe files open in notepad or any other application

Summary: Double-clicking .exe or .lnk (shortcut) files may open Notepad or any other application, displaying junk characters.

Did you accidentally use the Default Programs or Open With dialog to associate .exe file types with some application like Notepad? This causes every program to open in that chosen application. Unfortunately, Windows provides no option to reset the .exe file associations. You need to fix the association settings using a .reg file or script.Read more

Fix Send Page by E-Mail Option Grayed Out in Internet Explorer

When you try to send a webpage or link by email via the FileSend menu in Internet Explorer, the options Page by E-Mail… and Link by E-Mail… may be dimmed/grayed out. This happens if a default mail client is not correctly set. Use the instructions below to reset the default mail client.Read more

How to Open Elevated or Admin Command Prompt in Windows?

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Command Prompt is one of the most used tools in Windows. For tasks requiring administrator privileges, we need to start Command Prompt as administrator (“elevated”). This article describes different ways to open an elevated or administrator Command Prompt window.Read more

How to Fix Outlook Hyperlink Restrictions Error

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When you click a hyperlink in Microsoft Outlook or other Office applications, you may receive one of the following errors, depending upon the version of Office installed. Your organization’s policies are preventing us from completing this action for you. For more info, please contact your help desk. This operation has … Read more

How to Clear Customize Notifications (System Tray) Icons in Windows?

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Over time, many invalid or obsolete taskbar notification icons may appear on the “Customize notifications” or the “Select which icons appear on the Taskbar” page with invalid or missing icons.

Customize Notifications Dialog with obsolete entries

On Windows 11, the setting is called “Taskbar corner overflow.” It’s located under Personalization → Taskbar, in the Settings app.

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This article describes how to clear the past and current items list in the Customize Notifications dialog in Windows. Information and the script here apply to all versions of Windows, including Windows 10 and Windows 11.Read more