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Using Laptop Solely for VNC Connection to Desktop

Question: Would it be reasonable to use a laptop solely as a Virtual Network Connection (VNC) client of my main desktop's VNC server? If so, what would be the best method to use? Background: I have a ...
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How can I pin useful images (screenshots, color palettes, cheat-sheets) to the desktop in Windows 7 so they're actually visible?

I used to have half-a-dozen sheets of paper pinned up on the wall behind my screen - things like the .NET string format cheat sheet, Powershell quick reference, the hex codes for our corporate colour ...
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Alt+tab: How do I get the desktop to behave the same way as other windows?

It is not uncommon for me to switch between my desktop and a single window rapidly (don't ask :p), and I always use alt+tab to switch between two windows. However, for some reason, the desktop is ...
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Is there a way to display the Windows 8 Task Manager Performace tab data on my desktop?

I'm generally a mac user and when using my mac I use a little piece of software called iStat Pro that shows me what's going on with my machine at all times. I have come to love that. Recently I've ...
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Updating /usr/share/mime/ breaks ubuntu

I have Ubuntu 14.10 and I wanted to run a .swf file using the tutorial here (the one with the check), and I typed in update-mime-database /usr/share/mime in the terminal. It said the messages (found ...
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How to get windows to “fit” to corners/edges of screen on a Mac when dragging

I use both Linux (Xubuntu) and Mac (Yosemite) regularly. One of the features that I love in Xubuntu that I have been as yet unable to replicate on my Mac is the tendency of Xubunu to "grab" windows ...
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Fine tuning Windows visual aspects in Windows 8.1

I'm using Windows 8.1. I know that in Windows 7 I was able to adjust all (just about) all of the visual aspects of the window, and the desktop, such as the font in the title bar or even in desktop ...
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Why does desktop stay visible when Explorer process exits?

I've always wondered what subsystem in Windows is responsible for displaying desktop background image and icons even when the Windows Explorer process is not working. The common scenario is that some ...
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How to configure Fedora/Ubuntu desktop with a bash script?

The default appearance of Fedora desktop is not what I desire. So I will always change some settings through GUI-based "System Settings" after a new installation. However, I feel it is rather tedious ...
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Grain filter on windows desktop?

Is it possible to add a grain filter on top of the Windows desktop? This is similar to a realtime shader in DirectX or DirectShow filter in a video player. The grain filter would be applied on the ...
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surface pro 2 power icon missing after restore

I had to restore my surface pro 2 after it locked up tight. When completed my power icon was no longer on the desk top right corner. I've tried various things to recover it but no luck. Any ideas?
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HDD Desktop and Laptop Conversion

So I currently purchased a desktop. It's arriving in 10-15 days so this gives me time to think about anything I'd like to add on to it. I have this laptop that dates back to October of 2008 and I was ...
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Find active window with VBS script

I need to auto-refresh the desktop every 10 minutes. The only full-working way I found is using this VBS code. Sh.AppActivate "Program Manager" Sh.SendKeys("{F5}") But in this way the active ...
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HP desktop PC stuck at “Loading boot menu” or “Loading setup”

HP Pavilion desktop PC with Samsung 840 SSD (and original hard drive as D:), Win7 64-bit. PC is normally left on all the time. Tonight, went to PC and both monitors were dark while power was on; ...
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Where's the Windows menu command to advance the desktop picture to the next one

I seem to recall there being a command in the desktop context menu in Windows 7 that would advance the desktop slide show to the next picture in the sequence (when you have the desktop set up to show ...
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Northbridge Heatsink Fell Off Motherboard

I have an Asus CG5290 and the northbridge heatsink popped off, right after that it shut down. Turned it back on and it said the northbridge was hot then started it again and the other was saying hot ...
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Public Desktop icons plus more not showing

We have one user on one computer that all of the Public Desktop icons is missing from her computer, plus things like recycle bin. Her personal icons are showing as they should, just not the public ...
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Find current Windows 8 desktop background

When I had Windows 7, I used this thread to add a functionality that lets me right click the desktop and click to find the background that is currently being used. However, ever since updating to ...
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How do I change desktop background with a terminal command?

I'm trying to add to my OS X configuration script a command which sets the background to the plain dark grey, however, when applied, it only sets it to the main monitor and any additional monitors ...
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How to identify which process is drawing overlays on Windows desktop

I get random overlays as seen in the screenshot below - the boxes showing [191, 187] and [239, 172]. The numbers are never the same. They stay there even though all program windows are minimised and ...
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Desktop system doesn't always hit BIOS

I have a desktop system that ran fine for months, but now it doesn't even hit BIOS most of the time. I've replaced a battery on the motherboard (CR2032) and the power supply, and the behavior hasn't ...
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Desktop GUI Environment vs. Gaming Graphics

This quetion stems from my noticing that my Windows 7 Experience ratings for Aero Desktop Performance is significantly less than the rating for Gaming Graphics. I built an AMD 8-core APU. The Windows ...
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“Unable to decrypt password” in Remote Desktop Connection Manager v2.2

I can log in as the administrator and access the servers just fine but the problem shows when I try to log as a user - then I get that message: Unable to decrypt password How can I fix it? Doing as ...
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Horizontally invert desktop icons [duplicate]

Windows auto-arranges desktop icons to the top left. I was wondering if there was any way to arrange them to the top right instead, like OSX.
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Only require a password for remote desktop but not local use in Windows 8.1

Wait! There are similar questions but they are specific to windows 7 and XP. I want to set up remote desktop on windows 8.1 (easy to do) with a password BUT, I want to maintain the convenience of ...
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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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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 ...