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How to make a Firefox profile link on the Desktop of a Mac?

I want to a link file on Desktop just like windows for: /Volumes/Mackintosh HD/Applications/Firefox.app -p -no-remote "politics_x64" In other words, please imagine there is a link file named 1.lnk ...
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SSD upgrade in Desktop and Laptop

Hey Super User community, I'm looking into upgrading 2 fairly old devices to SSD drives to give them speed boosts! The first device is a 2006 Dell Dimension E520 desktop which currently holds a ...
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Desktop microphone causes subwoofer to vibrate

I have a cheap desktop microphone and some Klipsch Promedia speakers. The microphone used to work with these speakers, but now when the microphone is on, it causes the subwoofer to vibrate, increasing ...
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Create and enforce a theme for every GUI app in an OS

Say I want to build a custom desktop environment (in QML) using the QtCompositor APIs. I can create my own components for the QML apps created for this particular environment, but it would be much ...
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Go to the Desktop on my Mac [duplicate]

I really want to go to my desktop on my Mac to find files. I'm new to the Mac, so I have been minimizing other windows to get there. What's the secret key combo?
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Windows 8.1 - How to Activate Multiple Machines

So, I work for a company that recently purchased around 50 HP slim line desktops (System Model: HP EliteDesk 800 G1 USDT). Each machine has Windows 8 already installed. The machines ...
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Sync Google Drive Desktop

I changed my google password, and desktop no longer syncs. I've seen some other posts that say to click on the google drive icon and 'quit', then log back in. I can't find the quit option anywhere? ...
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Google Chrome - change from metro mode to desktop mode [duplicate]

On one of our desktop computers Google Chrome suddenly opens in metro mode. The user does not remember to having changed that setting. How can I force Google Chrome to open in desktop mode again ? ...
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Shortcuts in W7 desktop launch the program from the shortcut at the top of the screen

I have a problem with windows 7 and desktop in my computer. Once on the desktop, if I want to launch a program from any of the shortcuts both on the desktop or the programs bar, it launches the ...
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How to make Windows 7 save new files on secondary desktop?

I have two monitors and when I save file on a Desktop, it saves on a primary destop. I need to tell system to arrange new files/icons starting with my secondary desktop. Any suggestions how to do it?
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Windows folder organized similarly than desktop

As far as I understand, the Windows desktop is just a folder in the computer. However, it has a special organization compared to normal folders (when you turn on the computer, not when you access to ...
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Desktop icons with check boxes

The icons on the desktop are displayed by default with a check box. Clicking on one of them will check the box, and a second click is needed to launch the app. Any idea on how to cancel this 'check ...
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Switching to the New Desktop in Linux

I followed a guide to install the Cinnamon desktop on my Kali (Debian-based) system. I installed everything: apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base cinnamon It went smooth with ...
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Processor doesn't heat up during boot

I've been trying to fix a desktop pc which doesn't heat up the processor (not getting connection to) during boot up/pressing power on button. This has occurred before and removing all components and ...
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Printing from my remote connection

My bookkeepers office is in a different city then my office. She has a pc with my quick books company info on it. I need to be able to access the information from time to time and print checks. She ...
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How can you put animated gifs on your desktop [duplicate]

How can you put animated gifs on your desktop? (in windows 7) I have wanted to do this for a long time. Whenever I put a gif on my desktop it never animates. Is there any software I could use? ...
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Move an off-screen window back on-screen on Mac [duplicate]

I met the problem on move an off screen window back on-screen on mac. The application is Adobe Element 11 Organizer. It can't be solve by adjust desktop resolution, or maximum the app window, or ...
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What a half height 5.25" drive bay for?

I bought a case, and it has the standard array of 5.25" 3.5" and a single 2.5" drive bays. It ALSO has a single 5.25" bay, however this bay is about HALF the height of a regular drive bay. What would ...
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Delayed Boot Time & Memory/RAM Issues

I have an older Gateway GT5662, I'm having two specific issues that I think are related. I'll explain each separately and hopefully someone has come across this before. Break down of booting issue ...
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Desktop application forcing applications position? [closed]

I would like to find an app that force applications position / size, a bit like a tiling window manager, but only for some apps. I would like to keep the posibility to move apps on the screen. ...
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Race condition: …systemprofile\Desktop unavailable error

C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable. is a well known problem which is deeply discussed in internet. I'm experiencing one of its variations ...
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Why do I have two desktop.ini files on my windows 8 desktop?

When I try to delete one of these two shortcuts, a message appears saying, "If you remove this file, Windows or another program may no longer work correctly."! I don't think that it is possible to ...
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Windows HotKey to go (focus)to the Desktop without minimizing all/any window(s)

I know the keys WinKey+D sends me to the Desktop in Windows. And Alt+Tab (since Vista) does the same as long as there is an Desktop icon on the Task Switcher. But these methods always minimize ...
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How can i make shortcuts to applications in desktop in Ubuntu GNOME?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 GNOME. I find it difficult to start an app by pushing the mouse pointer to the top edge. Is it possible to create shortcut icon in desktop just like windows icons? If so , what ...
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hp pavillion elite not booting beep codes

I'm trying to fix a hp pavillion elite. It won't boot, can't even get to the bios screen. I get one short beep, one long beep, and the screen never even turns on. Beep codes online say it's memory ...
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How to use a foreground and background desktop?

I'm looking for a program a bit similar to Mac OS X widgets or Photoshop layers but applied to Windows Explorer, where you can move windows in a foreground or background desktop. e.g. I want to move ...
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Getting Windows 8 to display different pictures on each display desktop

Until today, my computer has always run a slideshow on my dual screen desktop. Each screen would display a different picture, and would change alternately. In other words, if the picture was set to ...
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Downgrade from server to desktop - is it possible?

I inherited a Windows Server v2008 computer, which, from my very limited experience (I am not a server expert, in any way, shape or form!!!) is very basically structured. There are quite a number of ...
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turn desktop into side by side 3d

Is there a way to make a monitor side by side 3d so that I can do whatever in 3D when outputting video to my 3D TV. By that I mean I want to make it either seem like to monitors are there and ...
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Strange display issue occurring after a prior Internal disk error

One day I started my computer, it opened regularly, but the crashed, reading: "Internal disk error". I had encountered this problem before, and it turned out to be due to a faulty hard drive, but now ...
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Unable to launch “gnome-session --session=ubuntu” X session

Every time I get into my Linux VM (10.4, no choice in version, I know it is end of life), I get an error: : unable to launch "gnome-session --session=ubuntu" X session --- "gnome-session ...
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Can a complete blackout damage a computer?

just last night a blackout occurred while I was watching a video on the web. I've got my monitor and desktop computer plugged into an extension cord and then into a power strip/surge protector. Both ...
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How do we decide whether a screen resolution is valid or not?

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to know what is criteria upon which the validity of screen resolution like 640x320, 1024x768 etc is determined. I mean why are these only the few resolutions, is that ...
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Dual boot with SSD and hard drive

I have a PC with an SSD drive containing Windows 7 and a hard drive for files. The harddrive has about 500GB of free space. I want to install Windows 8 on a new partition. Can I setup the partition ...
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Why the shortcuts on desktop may be repainted at startup of Win 7?

At boot or startup of Windows 7, all of my shortcuts appear correct on the desktop, but after a few seconds they will change to white pages, and are then repainted with their original design. This is ...
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Can a power strip being turned off and on again damage a computer?

I have both my computer and monitor plugged into an extension cord and then into a power strip (I've checked, and both the extension cord and the strip can handle the load and have been handling it ...
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Bing Desktop not updating the wallpaper anymore

For some reason, first my workstation and then my tablet stopped updating the wallpaper. First I thought it was my company that was avoiding the app to work properly but then I started noticing that ...
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What are those white circles on the desktop in Gnome 3?

I have Fedora 20 with GNOME 3.10.2. On the desktop background (i.e. where the wallpaper is), there are five small white circles centered at the very bottom of the screen. The first is filled, the ...
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New windows looses focus

If I have a few open Windows open on task bar and then ask for Notepad to open all that happens is that the notepad flashes for a fraction of a second and closes. Notepad is now at bottom of stack ...
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Do chrome desktop apps use the proxy?

I have the chrome browser on my linux laptop, and Chrome starting supporting web apps that can run on your desktop, instead of in the browser. So in my browser I configured a proxy, which is working ...
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When I move files to desktop, I cannot open, delete or move them

I have just had a new problem come up with moving files to my desktop. I am running windows 7. If I move a file to the desktop I cannot open, move or delete it. Anything that was on the desktop until ...
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Sharing only a single folder on windows 7 starter

I want to share a single folder located on my desktop, and sync it via SyncToy to another pc on the network. However, when I make it a shared folder, the 'users' folder also becomes shared. Altough ...
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mild electric current on the table and case

I have a UPS to which the case, monitor, etc. are attached. The problem is that when I plug the case (SMPS) power supply cable into the UPS touching the case and the table (on which the computer is ...
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Show Desktop button too quick in Windows 7

Somewhere along the line, some PC performance app altered how the "Show Desktop" button in the bottom-right of Windows 7 works. By default, it takes a second to activate when you hover over it. But ...
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Computer shuts off at night and won't turn back on unless I play with it.

My desktop turns off when I'm sleeping and it won't turn back on unless I unplug the plug from the power supply or turn the switch off and back on. One of these combinations turns it back on. It stays ...
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Most common locations for shortcuts on Windows (Start Menu, Desktop, Quick Launch…)

I'm searching for the most common locations for a user's shortcuts, that are quickly accessible, like the Desktop, Start Menu and Quick Launch. This should work from XP on through to 8.1. I'm ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

I recently installed the Google Drive app onto my main PC which creates a Drive folder that syncs the files I have on Drive with the files in the Drive folder. Is there anyway to set up Windows 8 so ...
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Desktop changes automatically

I have a Windows 7 Desktop for which the Desktop icons change automatically on system restart and creates user account folders without creating user accounts.I have tried removing them but find that ...
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How to identify a Message Box on my Desktop

I have just noticed a little pop up input box on my Desktop that has no Close, Minimise or Maximise buttons in the top right, I was wondering where has this guy come from? I was in Outlook 2013 with ...
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PC Issue while gaming [closed]

lately i've been having issues in regards to whenever I try to play games on my desktop pc, mainly League of Legends (but has also happened in the past with battlefield 4, diablo 3 and wow but never ...