Ever since Windows Vista came out, I've been trying to figure out how to increase the size of the tiny Windows Vista taskbar preview windows.
In honor of hitting the 10k subscriber mark here at How-To Geek, I've decided to deviate from the normal how-to articles and write up a short list of the smaller geek sites I read the most frequently that you might not have heard of.
If you've become addicted to using keyboard launchers like I have, you might have encountered the scenario where Katapult became extremely slow for no apparent reason.
Most people familiar with Linux have used the top command line utility to see what process is taking the most CPU or memory. There's a similar utility called htop that is much easier to use for normal tasks.
One of the greatest mysteries to me is why most file managers don't have tabs - it makes performing tasks so much simpler.
If you've been experiencing the problem where you can't add files to Windows Media Player's library no matter what you do, then you probably have a corrupted database.
For those of us that have to use Outlook 2007 at work, you should know that it not only handles mail and calendars, but also makes a very nice RSS reader as well.
One of the more irritating things about Windows Vista is that you can't easily get to your Network Connections list - at least not without clicking through half a dozen links in the control panel.
Word 2007 has a ton of great effects that can be added to pictures in your documents, and they are all quickly accessible via the Format tab on the Ribbon.
If you want to share a small part of your Excel worksheet but don't want to send an Excel file, you can copy part of the worksheet to the clipboard as a picture instead.
When you are including graphics in a Word document many times you want to place the image in a particular way or at a certain angle. Word 2007 has just the tool for the job.
If you like to use Windows Calculator to perform quick calculations while in Excel, you can save time by adding it to your Quick Access Toolbar.
Having switched from Ubuntu to Kubuntu recently, the first thing that irritated me beyond all reason was that single-clicking on a file or folder immediately opens it.
If you are a Firefox power user like I am, then you probably have dozens of tabs open all the time.
You have a directory full of log files that you want to import into Excel or a database so you can do some processing on them... but there are hundreds of files...
The default setting of showing all of your tasks regardless of date can be overwhelming for anybody that has a lot of tasks, and just isn't all that helpful.
Ever since my friend Daniel educated me on the great "Open Resource" feature in Eclipse, I decided I needed the same feature in Visual Studio as well.