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How to Temporarily Disable Your Keyboard with a Keyboard Shortcut in Windows

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-25-[17-02-45].png" />If you’ve got a pet or toddler, then you know that an unguarded keyboard is a recipe for disaster – deleted files, lost work, and hard-to-explain Facebook status updates are just the beginning. In this article, we’ll show you how to disable your keyboard at the touch of a button – and, of course, how to re-enable it.

How to Copy a Folder’s File List with a Right-Click

If you've ever needed to create a list of files in a directory, you've likely used a command from the prompt to pipe the directory listing into a file… but what if you could simply right-click on or in any folder and copy a list of the files to the clipboard?

How to Tweak ClearType in Windows for Better Screen Readability

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-13-1-23-32-54.jpg" />Would you like to make your fonts look nicer in Windows 7?  Windows 7 lets you easily turn ClearType on or off and tweak it to work best for your monitor, so let’s see how to make ClearType render fonts the way you want.

How to Display a Message During Windows Startup

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-26-[03-08-33].jpg" />Sometimes you might want to leave a text message for a user before they log into a Windows 7 computer. Today we show you a neat trick that allows you to leave a message they can read before logging in.

How to Disable Access to the Windows Registry

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-09-[19-00-51].png" />If you don’t know what you're doing in the Registry, you can mess up your computer pretty good. Today we show you how to prevent users from accessing the Registry and making any changes to it.

How to Change the Priority of Wireless Networks in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-08-28-1-00-20-26.jpg" />If you’ve got multiple wireless networks or you’ve got one of those dual-band Wireless-N routers that have two separate networks, you might wonder how to tell Windows what network to try to connect to first. Here’s the explanation.

How to Customize Folder Views with Windows’ Five Templates

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-06-[01-58-35].png" />Are you’re particular about the way Windows Explorer presents each folder’s contents? Here we show you how to take advantage of Explorer’s built-in templates, which cuts down the time it takes to do customizations.

Disable the Irritating Sticky / Filter Keys Popup Dialogs

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-05-17-[6].jpg" />Have you ever been doing something, like playing a game, and had that obnoxious Sticky Keys dialog pop up? You answer No and it goes away... and then shows up again the next day. Here's how to make it go away for good.

How to Add the Control Panel to Windows’ File Explorer

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-30-[01-55-50]-[1].png" />Back in the Windows XP days, you could easily add Control Panel to My Computer with a simple checkbox in the folder view settings. Windows 7 and Vista don't make this quite as easy, but there's still a way to get it back.

How to Add Recycle Bin to Windows’ File Explorer

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-07-1-06-09-31.png" />Have you ever wanted to add the Recycle Bin to your My Computer screen? Yeah, it’s probably not the most common request, but here’s how to do it anyway with a simple registry hack.

How to Disable the Search History in Windows File Explorer

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-21-[00-11-17].png" />The new search feature in Windows 7 has been enhanced greatly in this version of Windows, and by default it saves recent searches. If you are annoyed by this and want to turn it off, we will show you how using Group Policy Editor.

How to Make Your Taskbar Buttons Always Switch to the Last Active Window

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-29-[23-48-11]-[1].png" />The new Windows 7 taskbar's Aero Peek feature, with the live thumbnails of every window, is awesome... but sometimes you just want to be able to click the taskbar button and have the last open window show up instead. Here's a quick hack to make it work better.

How to Delete a User Account in Windows 7, 8, or 10

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-22-[20-22-50].png" />If you have a user account on your Windows 7 machine that you don’t need anymore, you may want to get rid of it. Today we take a look at how to delete a user account and save their files.