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This article was written by MysticGeek, a tech blogger at the How-To Geek Blogs.

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One of the most annoying pop up balloons I see when working on other peoples computers is the Desktop Cleanup Wizard in XP.  I really see no reason for this feature to be enabled by default.  Here is how to disable the annoyance.

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In the interests of exposing all of the secrets in Windows Vista, I’ve decided to explain how to create a shortcut that turns on or off the transparency in Windows Vista. I don’t find this especially useful, but I’m sure it will be relevant to at least one of the readers.

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Microsoft Word is a behemoth of formatting options only fully understood by a select few… for the rest of us it’s just plain confusing and often frustrating to deal with. I noticed a neat trick for selecting columns and felt the need to share it with everybody else.

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Has it ever bothered you that there isn’t an obvious way to remove the previous items in the Run box in Windows? It’s often very useful, of course… but if you are just a little bit paranoid you might want to clean out that list on occasion.

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The default behavior in Windows when connecting to a domain is to cache the domain credentials locally so that they can be used to login even when the domain isn’t available. You can set this value to 0 in order to disable logons to the computer while not connected to the domain.

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When you spend a lot of time in front of your computer, the annoying beeps start to drive you mad after a while. I really don’t need to be told that I hit the wrong key anymore, so I’ve compiled a list of how to turn off all the system beeps in Windows XP.

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Have you ever had an issue where you continually get DNS errors while trying to browse, but another computer on the same network is working just fine? The problem is most likely that you need to reload your DNS cache on that machine.

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If you are running out of space on your primary drive, you’ve probably considered moving your data to a second drive, but the built-in folders such as Documents are all located inside your user directory by default. Luckily Windows Vista provides a simple way to move these folders without causing any problems.

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If you use many search plugins for Firefox, you might be interested in a better way to organize them, rather than just choosing from a giant drop-down menu when you want to switch the search engine.

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