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Hello lovely people :)

The fastest way to lock your computer screen is to use the keyboard shortcut Win+L. While some like to use the mouse to lock their workstation, I like to have both options, and I am guessing some of you would too.

So, in today’s edition of our computer repairs blog, I will show you how to easily create a shortcut to lock, Vista, Windows 7 and even Windows XP

Just right click wherever you want the shortcut to be placed – choose *New* and then *Shortcut*

Just enter the following text into the shortcut textbox. The screen will look different on Windows XP, but the text should work just the same.

rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation

Just enter the name you wish to use for the shortcut and click *Finish* – That’s all there is to it.

Over and out

MobileGeekette – your computer repairs lady :)

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Hello lovely people :)

In this installment of the computer repairs blog we will talk about using the “Up” keyboard shortcut.

Is everyone driven as insane as I am that Windows 7 and Vista do not have an UP button???? (Deep breath …another deep breath)

Fear not! We have found a keyboard shortcut replacement.

While I am in my x:wpmuwp-content directory I can usually click the “wpmu” part of the path and simulate the Up button, but it doesn’t always work, especially if I’ve tiled two windows beside each other or lowered the size of the window

This window is 600px wide; shouldn’t I have an easier way to go Up? Well, I do… if I just hit the following key combination:

Alt+Up

Now I’m in the parent directory – that is so much better!!!

This is also the fastest way to get to the Desktop folder – just keep pressing Alt+Up until you get to the folder you want.

Here are some other keyboard shortcuts for Explorer:

  • Alt+Right – Go forward
  • Alt+Left- Go back
  • Alt+D – Focus the address bar and select the current path.
  • F4 – Pop up the dropdown in the address bar, actually somewhat useful.
  • Alt+Enter – Properties of the selected file
  • Ctrl+Mousewheel – change the size of the icons
  • F11 – Put explorer into Fullscreen mode.

Well, there you go, fellow computer repairs DIYers.

Over and out

MobileGeekette

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You really need a decent video card when using the Windows Aero Glass interface in Windows 7 or Vista. So, you won’t be able to use it on an old *clunker* PC. For those of you who are more worried about your computers performance, sometimes squeezing every last drop means you’ll have to disable Aero

How to disable Aero on Windows Vista

To do this just right click on your desktop and choose *Personalise* – click the *Window colour and appearance* link.

 

Then in the next screen, click the link for *Open classic appearance properties for more color options* which will be near the bottom

 

By choosing Windows Vista Basic in this screen you should be able to disable Aero altogether

 

How to disable Aero for Windows 7

First, you’ll need to right-click on the desktop and choose *Personalise* from the menu.

 

Then you can simply scroll the themes down until you see the Basic themes.

 

 And choose Windows 7 Basic.

That’s it, but please call our computer repairs geeks if you have any questions.

Over and out

MobileGeekete

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I bet you are thinking – *But can’t I just make a shortcut :(* The answer is – of course you can! But, if you use this tweak you can actually recreate the *native Internet Explorer* icon the way it used to look in the good old days. You obtain two benefits from having the native icon #1 – you can right click on it directly which will take you directly to the internet Options panel and #2  it doesn’t have that annoying shortcut icon.

Please note – this doesn’t work in Windows 7 – you will need to create a regular shortcut instead.

Using the start menu search or run box, open up the regedit.exe and then browse to the following key

 [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer
HideDesktopIconsNewStartPanel]

Look for the key named “{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}” which will be on the right hand side, and then set the value to *0*. If this key does not work, then create a new 32-bit DWORD value with the same name. If you want to remove the icon set the value to 1 instead.

Please note – if you are using the Classic Start Menu you should create this under the ClassicStartMenu Key instead of the NewStarPanel key.

Remember, when in doubt

 Over and out

GeeksIQ

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One of the new changes in Vista and Windows 7 is that each user actually has their own *Home* directory that is both meant to be used and is easily accessible. In the 2K and XP versions there was a hidden home directory and you were NOT to mess around with it.

Some of the new features such as the Downloads directory are only accessible through your Home directory and for this reason it makes perfect sense to pop an icon for it right onto your desktop.

To do this click on the Start button and then right click on your user name. Chose the *Show on desktop* option.

Your home directory should now be showing on your desktop

Another way to achieve this is to right click on the desk top, choose *Personalise* from the menu and then the *Desktop Icons* on the left hand pane

On this screen you simply check the box for the user’s files and then add the icon to the desktop. If you prefer the human factor in computer repairs related matter and would much rather have some one else to thsi for you, we totally understand…. So call us on 1300 883 021 and one of our computer repairs gurus (that for some reason love this kind of stuff) will help you out.

Over and out

GeeksIQ

 

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One of the most visible changes in Windows 7 is the new *Dock style* taskbar which instead of showing buttons actually shows icons. With all the application windows combined into a single button, I’m pretty sure that the first question most people will be asking is – How do I turn it off?

This step by step how to guide will show you.

Please note that I am a fan of the new style and I’m not for a second suggesting you should go backwards, I think you should give it a go…. But we are about giving people options – so, here goes.

For those that haven’t seen the Windows 7 beta, this is what the new taskbar looks like:

 

Changing the Windows 7 Taskbar to XP/Vista Style

To change back to the older style, the first thing you’ll need to do is right-click on any open area of the taskbar and choose Properties from the menu.

From the Taskbar buttons drop-down menu, choose “Never combine”, which will make every window show up as a separate button on the taskbar, or you could choose “Combine when taskbar is full”, which does just like it says.

Now you should see the buttons show up with text labels like you are probably used to… but in the Windows 7 style.

If you want it to look more like Windows Vista chose the “Use small icons” checkbox in the properties screen this will cause the task bar to shrink down just like Vista

The only problem is that the *pinned* icons are still sitting on the taskbar, which isn’t the same as Vista or XP, but you can easily remove all of them by right-clicking and choosing *Unpin this programme from taskbar*.

Now the taskbar is looking and working similar to Windows Vista

If you wanted to be really different, you can choose the “Windows Classic” theme under the Desktop Personalise section… but that would be going a little too far backwards

Do to at least give the new Windows 7 taskbar a try… while it might take a little time getting used to it, it really is a nice move forward. Call computer repairs gurus at Mobile Geeks if you would like to get the explanation from a human :)

Over and out

Geeks IQ

 

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Whenever you delete a file Windows asks you * Are you sure you want to move this file to the Recycle Bin?* this is a good thing, don’t get us wrong, as it saves you from deleting things by accident. If however, you are doing a big file cleanup, you may find the constant prompting totally annoying.

While we definitely recommend that you leave it ON, there is a way of being able to turn it off – for those times when you simply could do without the constant interruptions.

Right click on your Recycle bin and choose *properties* from the menu

You can now see the *Trash Properties* dialogue and at the bottom the now you’ll see the Trash “Display delete confirmation dialogue*

All you need do here is just uncheck the box, and close the dialogue. You will now receive no more confirmation messages (and feel like a computer repairs expert to boot!). We do however, stress and suggest you still turn it back on once you have finished cleaning out your computer.

Over and out

GeeksIQ

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