This post shows how to add “Explore” to the desktop right-click menu. This tip is especially for users who hide the desktop icons for a plain desktop but want to quickly access the Desktop folder when required, without toggling the Show Desktop Icons option in the context menu.Read more
Task Manager in Windows Vista and Windows 7 runs in non-elevated mode by default, showing only those processes running under the current user context. To be able to terminate or manage a process running under other user accounts, or to log off other users, you need to elevate Task Manager by clicking the Show processes from all users button in the Processes tab.Read more
After doing a fresh install of Windows, disabling unused Windows Services is one of the time-consuming tasks you perform. Once configured, you can back up the service startup state using a Script so that it can be used for subsequent installations or if you need to automate the task on several computers.
The User Account Control (UAC) elevation dialog is displayed on a secure desktop, and hence the Print Screen button wouldn’t capture it. If you’re a technical writer who needs to capture the User Account Control dialog to add it to documentation or help file, here are some ways to take a screenshot of the User Account Control (UAC) prompt.Read more
To lock a Windows 2000/XP/Vista workstation, most people use the popular WinKey + L keystroke. Whereas some (mouse users) prefer a shortcut that locks the workstation using the “
rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation” command.
Using the registry hack in this article, you can add the Lock Workstation command to the Windows XP Start menu, just below the Run command.Read more
If you’re wondering why Explorer shows certain files or folders with some icon sign in the corners, such as a white tick mark in a green box, or chevron in a blue box, or any other symbol such as a white tick in round green background regardless of the file type, then you’ll find this post helpful.
These are known as icon overlays, added by programs to provide additional information about the files or folders marked with the overlay symbol. For example, a backup program that you use may place an icon overlay for files and folders that are backed up, and a different symbol for files that aren’t included in the backup.Read more
Sometimes we come across articles on the web that have reference to Microsoft Knowledgebase Article ID with no hyperlink included. Then you have to do a web search for that article ID or look up the ID in MS-KB Advanced Search to view the article. To ease things, I created a menu extension that adds the MS-KB Lookup option to the right-click menu in Internet Explorer.Read more
The Export to Microsoft Excel context menu option in Internet Explorer helps you export tabular data in a Web page to Microsoft Excel. If for some reason the Export to Microsoft Excel option is not added after installing Microsoft Office, you can add it back manually.Read more
The right-click menu in Internet Explorer may get cluttered up when you install download managers, Toolbars and other browser add-ons. The items that you seldom use can be removed to tidy up the right-click menu.Read more