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    Windows 7 tricks

    Just a few tricks for Windows 7. I personally wrote the instructions, hopefully this helps some users.


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    Center taskbar icons [Preview: ]LightShot ? screenshot tool for Mac & Win
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    Go to documents, create a folder called CTI. Right click the taskbar, uncheck lock taskbar. Now right click the taskbar again, choose new toolbar then browser...
    Choose the CTI folder. Now right click the CTI toolbar, and choose to hide the toolbar name.
    Now drag the line on the right side of the toolbar, dragging it all the way to the left. now click the line from the left side, and drag it to the right, the icons will move to the right.
    When centered enough, right click the taskbar, and check lock taskbar.
    Note: It may take multiple tries to get it to the center. locking the taskbar pushs icons to the left slightly.

    |Usefulness| - This makes your desktop look more stylish, sorta making it easier to access your tasks.

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    Disable Windows update popup, forcing to restart [Preview: http://tinyurl.com/2wzv533]
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    Go to start, type in regedit, then enter. Go to the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Win dows\

    Right click on the Windows folder, then click new, key. Enter WindowsUpdate
    Right click on the WindowsUpdate folder then click new, key. Enter AU
    Click on the AU folder. In the empty space on the right side, right click, and click on new, DWORD (32-bit) Value. Enter "NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"

    |Usefulness| - Windows constantly asks to restart ones updates are downloaded. You can keep postponing it, but the popup will always come back. This completely removes it, letting you restart whenever you want. Shutdown is the same, and what I'd rather do.

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    Add control panel to My Computer [Preview: ]LightShot ? screenshot tool for Mac & Win
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    Go to start, type regedit then enter. Go to the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Wi*ndows\Cur rentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameS*pace

    Expand namespace, then right click on the folder, choose new then key.
    Enter the following manually:

    Icon view: {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
    Category view: {26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}

    Note: Icon view is recommended.

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    Add "Open with notepad" option to context menu [Preview:]LightShot ? screenshot tool for Mac & Win
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    Go to start, type regedit then enter. Go to the following: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell
    Now right click on the shell folder, then new key. Type in: "Open With Notepad"
    Right click the "Open With notepad" folder, then new key. Type in: notepad.exe %1

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    Speed up Firefox
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    [How to] Speed up Firefox - Pastebin.com

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    Stop auto load of flash, click to enable flash [Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0l_KHjXg_s]
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    Note: Applies for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

    1. Type "about:config" in the address bar
    2. Click "I'll be careful, I promise"
    3. Search for "plugins.click_to_play"
    4. Right click it and click "toggle"
    This should set it to "True"

    Note: to always allow flash on a specific page, click on the blue icon on the address bar: Screenshot by Lightshot then choose activate all plugins, then always activate plugins for this site.

    |Usefulness| - This stops flash from automatically loading on any page, making it so that you have to click on it to activate it. It's good for both bandwidth saving, and security, as some flash objects may infect you. Also, for Youtube sometimes you find yourself going back yo an old video to read the description

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    Uneeded Windows services
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    Uneeded Windows 7 services - Pastebin.com



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    The one about preventing the Windows Update is pretty useful, even if I have all those services automatically turned off.

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    I'd still like to know how to "hide" updates that are unwanted (specifically, the language packs that windows update offers). On XP and previous, there was an option to tick that was like "decline and hide" or similar - don't see that on 7.

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    You could always do what I do, nuke every service that has the word ' Windows ' in the description, nothing will ever bother you again.

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    This is a basic but time saving REGKEY that will allow users to select a folder to copy or move files to.
    Another basic tip is to highlight items for copying and type "c" to copy and "v" to paste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nes_player4LIFE View Post
    This is a basic but time saving REGKEY that will allow users to select a folder to copy or move files to.
    Another basic tip is to highlight items for copying and type "c" to copy and "v" to paste.
    Thanks for the tips! I haven't thought of writing "Basic" tips.
    My Basic tips would be:

    Easier file selecting:
    click on the top file, scroll down to the last file you want to select, then hold shift an click the last file. It'll select them all easily.

    Selective file highlighting: Hold ctrl, then click on the files you want to highlight. Only those specific files will be highlighted, which can then be dragged anywhere altogether.

    Easy file browsing:
    Click any file in a big list. the just start typing the name of the file or folder you're looking for. It'll automatically scroll down and highlight that folder, as soon as you type in the first letters.
    This works excellent for uninstalling programs, you can get to the program instantly without having to scroll.



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