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Windows XP and Vista Tips
From MaximumPC Magazine,
The following tips don’t discriminate – they will
improve your computing experience equally, whether
you’re rocking Microsoft’s new or old OS
Make Your Own Control Panel
We’re willing to bet you never use half the items in the
Control Panel, but did you know you can make a Control
Panel that reflects your particular habits? Here’s
how: Right-click the Start menu and select Explore.
Create a new folder and give it a descriptive name, such
as Custom Control Panel. Drag and drop only the tools
you’ll actually use from the original Control Panel into
your new one, renaming as you see fit. Change the icon
so it stands out in the Start Menu.
PICK ME! PICK ME!
Disable Highlighting New Programs
Every new program in XP and Vista get highlighted in the
Start menu as if to say “Hey, remember when you
installed me?” That’s great for those afflicted with
extremely short attention spans, but not much use for
the rest of us. To rid your Start menu of these
unsightly reminders, right=click the Start button and
select Properties, select the Start Menu tab, and click
Customize. In Vista, scroll down and uncheck “Highlight
newly installed programs.” You’ll find the same option
in XP under the Advanced tab.
DEMAND A NEW MENU
Add Entries to the Send Menu
Moving files with the Send To command can save oodles of
time, but it doesn’t do you any good if the destination
you’re looking for doesn’t appear in the menu. To add
your own destinations, select Run from the Start menu
(type Run in the search box on Vista) and type
she11:sendto. Create a shortcut of the folder or
program you want to appear and move it to the Send To
folder you just opened.