If you are a Microsoft Outlook user that regularly uses iGoogle as your dashboard, have you ever thought about combining the two? It's nearly trivial to add your iGoogle page to Outlook and make it the startup page.
If you are the type of person that never uses any applications in the system tray, you might be interested in this registry hack to turn it off entirely. I can't imagine using my own system this way, but we're all about providing information.
In the never-ending quest to rid your computer of unnecessary bloat, Windows Vista has a lot less options than prior versions, but you can still get rid of some of the extra Windows components that you don't need.
Do you ever find it frustrating that you can't make changes to the auto-complete entries in Microsoft Outlook? Even more annoying is the fact that items in your address book aren't immediately added to the autocomplete list.
The vast majority of people I know use a software like Nero to handle all their CD/DVD burning even though Windows Vista has built-in support for burning. So how do you get rid of the built-in Windows Vista burning features since you don't need them?
If your Windows Vista computer has encountered the dreaded "BOOTMGR is missing" error, you aren't alone. If the problem isn't hardware related you can fix it with relative ease as long as you have a Windows Vista DVD handy.
If you bought your computer with Windows Vista pre-installed, you most likely don't have a regular Windows Vista repair disc. What you do have is some crappy disc from the manufacturer that totally wipes your computer back to factory settings. What if you just want to run Startup repair off the Vista install cd without losing all your settings?
Did you know that Windows XP updates files with the last access update time when they are opened by any application? Seems to me that it's not entirely useful, so let's go through how to disable it.
I decided to upgrade my Mac Mini to Linux over the weekend with excellent results until I encountered an extremely annoying error in Firefox: "Additional plugins are required to display all the media on this page". Going through the wizard a dozen times didn't fix the problem, so what gives?
If you have never used the "Map Network Drive" dialog box, do you ever wonder how to get rid of it? Personally I only map drives from the command line so I never use it either... so I'm thankful there's a registry hack that can remove the menu items.
After writing the article last week about disabling Superfetch, my good friend Daniel Spiewak commented that SuperFetch "loads the wrong thing more often than not", which reminded me of a registry tweak... You can tell Windows to only cache the boot processes instead of everything.
It seems like everybody uses the free PuTTY client for accessing SSH from Windows, but the lack of a tabbed interface has kept me using the commercial SecureCRT application for years... until now.
If you've ever worked on a document originally created by somebody else, you'll most likely immediately be frustrated by their horrible choice of fonts and formatting. What you might not realize is that the search and replace functionality in Word allows you to replace more than just text.
Have you ever wondered why Windows XP had such terribly ugly wallpapers to choose from? On top of that, there's no way to easily change the list of backgrounds to a folder you might actually use... like your My Pictures folder.
If there's one thing that drives me crazy about using multiple operating systems, it's the inconsistency in keyboard shortcuts... when you hit the backspace key in Firefox on Windows it normally goes back to the previous page, but it doesn't on Ubuntu Linux.
One of the most irritating "features" in Windows XP is the popup balloon dialog that tells you to clean your desktop. I booted up an old virtual machine a few minutes ago and encountered it again, so I decided to write up how to turn it off.
The SuperFetch service in Windows Vista preloads your system's memory with the applications that you use most often. This makes launching of those applications much faster, but it might be an unwanted behavior for system tweakers or gamers.