Let me start by saying that I have no idea why anybody would want to do this, and it's perhaps one of the most useless articles I've ever written. That said, if you've ever wondered how to remove the username from the Start menu in Windows XP, this article is for you.
I've got a Wacom drawing tablet hooked up to my computer, and ever since I installed Vista's Tablet PC utilities, I've had this obnoxious onscreen keyboard on the welcome screen that just can't seem to be turned off through any regular settings. So how do I get rid of it?
If you use Outlook and you've noticed it being excessively slow or just having errors, you should probably scan and repair your Personal Folders file for any problems. It's sorta like checkdisk for your email.
In the pursuit for performance, making sure your drive isn't fragmented is a regular task. The problem is that Windows XP doesn't allow certain system files to be defragmented without commercial software. What about free solutions?
If you open up a lot of PuTTY windows just to keep connections open, you might be interested in an updated version that supports minimizing to the system tray. I find this very useful for opening tunnels that I wouldn't otherwise need to interact with on the desktop.
As regular readers know well, I'm a huge fan of using AutoHotkey to automate my entire computing experience... but in Windows Vista there's a serious limitation since you can't run a script as Administrator by default. This means that your hotkeys can't interact with windows running in Admin mode... so how do we get around this?
If you can't figure out how to turn on the Details or Preview panes in Windows Vista Explorer, you aren't alone. This question popped up on the forum the other day, so I decided to write up the answer for everybody's benefit.
One of the nicest features in Outlook is the way the list view handles "Compact Mode" when you use the reading pane on the right-hand side of the screen... it switches to double-line to show more information easily. But did you know that you can actually make it display even more fields?
The "Previous Versions" feature in Windows Vista is a major step forward for users, since it provides some built-in protection against losing important files. The problem is that the home versions of Vista don't give you an interface to access them, even though it's enabled by default!
One of our favorite readers wrote in today asking how to tell if his Word 2007 installation was running Service Pack 1, since he couldn't find the About dialog, which got me thinking... I bet most people don't know where it is!
If you've used Windows Vista for any length of time, you probably already know that using the Win + Space key combination will bring the Sidebar and all the gadgets to the front... but how do you send it back behind your open windows?
After installing Windows Live Messenger, I noticed a really annoying addition to My Computer... a new icon called "My Sharing Folders". So how exactly do I remove this icon I'll never use?
After installing a bunch of software required for work, I noticed that I had a new icon under "My" Computer that I hadn't noticed before. What is this Web Folders icon, and how do I get rid of it?
A reader wrote in this week asking why his folder pane in Windows XP wasn't working... it didn't display anything other than a gray background with nothing else. This is actually a common problem that I've personally experienced before, which I luckily knew the solution to.
I've always wondered why Windows doesn't allow you to set an arbitrary size for the filesystem cache. What if you have a slow hard drive in your laptop, but loads of available system memory? Shouldn't you be able to maximize that memory in order to speed up hard drive access?