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Windows XP and Vista Tips

From MaximumPC Magazine, March 2008

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.


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.


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.

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