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File just showed up on my desktop, but no virus

Yesterday, I turned on my PC to find three new files on my desktop named "emptyness.swf". If I remember correctly, they were actually "emptyness1.swf", "emptyness2.swf", and "emptyness3.swf"; maybe ...
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Bing Desktop local image folder

Bing Desktop used to store images at C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\BingDesktop\themes\. After the latest update to 1.3.395 the images are no longer stored there. Did anyone find the new ...
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Windows 8.1 Desktop Background Solid Colour - Add Some Text

I have a solid black windows 8.1 desktop background. I want to add some text in the top right corner that will stay there permanently. e.g. "MyPcName" or some other random text that I would type. Is ...
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Windows suddenly treats fullscreen as half of actual screen

Sometimes, after I unlock my computer, the windows are all half the size of the screen and when using the maximize button they do not expand to fill the whole screen. This also affects the Aero Snap ...
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Sharing Webpage to Social Network from Firefox

Firefox for Android allows me to quickly share the current page on facebook and other social networks. Is there any such option on Firefox for Desktop?
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Tile Windows vertically in Windows 8

I'm currently running win 8.1, mostly with "normal" (as opposed to metro) apps, and one things bugging me - Is there a way to tile two windows vertically like there was in 7? I've tried task manager ...
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In windows 8.1, is there a way to prevent the tablet version of apps from opening?

I use Windows 8 in desktop mode, but sometimes it wants to open pictures or media player in what I think of as tablet mode - the full-screen WinRT version of the app. I'm a developer, and that's ...
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Windows 8 Desktop Won't Auto Refresh

Recently, my desktop won't show any new files unless I press F5. This is a bit annoying, and none of the fixes on the Microsoft website help. What do I do?
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Mirror monitors 2 and 3?

I have an Asus laptop and two 24" monitors. One plugged into HDMI and the other VGA. When I go into my display properties I have 3 options Mirror 1 and 3 Mirror 1 and 2 Extend Desktop I've also ...
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Accidentally xkilled desktop and taskbar on linux

I was on CentOS with KDE, and I accidentally pressed Ctrl+Alt+Esc, and then clicked the desktop, and the taskbar. Only the mouse pointer worked now. My short research showed that this is xkill, and it ...
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Can I left-align desktop images on OS X Mavericks

OS X Mavericks has a few alignment options for desktop images. However, none serve my purpose. I would like to use a relatively thin image as a desktop background (e.g., a scroll), and I would like it ...
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Windows 8 Desktop Icons in Tile View

I appear to have some how placed my icons on my desktop in Tile View. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to restore the icons to their normal appearance. Any help is greatly appreciated. ...
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Can I change where win7 shortcuts sort in relation to folders?

If i have a group of folders, and somehow i need a shortcut to a folder to be "in the middle" sequentially, how do i fix that? Changing sort by type does not help, sorting by name does not seem to ...
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Preview image on desktop without frame

I am on a windows 7 machine. My image is a png with a transparent background. What I would like to do is show the image on my desktop without a frame. (preview, paint, browser). Not to say that ...
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BIOS settings changed unexpectedly

Here's what happened: Desktop working perfectly (playing SuperTuxKart on Linux Mint). Power down (computer left unattended, no one home). After about 3.5 hours - power up. Linux Mint starts up ...
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Windows 8.1 Desktop background turns black upon closing personalization settings w/ external monitor

I'm having some trouble changing the desktop background for my external monitor on windows 8.1. For setting the background on just my laptop, I can right click the picture and hit Set as desktop ...
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BGinfo not updating desktop

I have attempted every method of automating bginfo to run at logon unsuccessfully on my Windows 2012 R2 server. I though it was a scripting issue until I manually specified the path to write the image ...
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Desktop Icon-Text appears unreadable

My desktop appearance changed randomly today, it looks ugly and unreadable. I am on Windows 8.1 with 2 screens. Here is what i tried: Delete IconCache.db Restarting Changing ClearText Scaling (in ...
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Highlighted file names

I did something to my desktop (dragged a picture from a word document on the desktop, a window popped up saying something like "live desktop" or "active desktop", not sure) and now all the filenames ...
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Computers are getting faster, so why isn't the desktop experience? [closed]

In the past 20 years, desktop computers have exploded in computational power, but I feel that the desktop experience has been stagnating at best, and actually gotten slower in some places. What are ...
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Need to restart WAMP constantly

I'm building and testing HTML sites using WAMPP (apache and mysql server) in a desktop, a windows phone and an android tablet together. I can open my sites anytime in one of those devices, but the ...
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Adding Dropbox link on Windows 8.1 desktop

I have Windows 8.1. I use Dropbox for work. How do I get a shortcut to my Dropbox on my desktop? The Dropbox link right now is in my start menu. I have been unable to find Dropbox anywhere on my ...
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Computer Fan Spinning Faster, But Temerature Is In The Negatives

Recently my computer has been louder than it had been in the past, so I looked into it and I believe that my CPU's fan is working harder than it did before (it's definitely not due to dust build up, ...
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How to disable wallpaper changes on Linux Mint 12?

I'm looking for a way to disable the possibility of changing the wallpaper on a Linux Mint 12 install on a public computer. I searched the internet, but I didn't get any straightforward answer so far. ...
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Desktop fades when no activity

Recently, I corrupted my explorer.exe while modifying the icons. I had a backup of the original explorer.exe, so I went into elevated command prompt via Ctrl + File > Run new task in Task Manager ...
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Putting clickable text to launch programs on windows 7 desktop

I saw this desktop on one of my classmate's laptop and I forgot to ask him how he did this to his desktop. But it was simple text on the desktop. I would like to have just text instead of icons on the ...
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Windows 8 Desktop background lock orientation

I have chosen a desktop background and I am having a beef with it because when I rotate the desktop, so does the background. I wonder how its possible change settngs so that the desktop background ...
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How can I make the Windows 8 desktop scrollable?

My Windows 8 tablet PC has a small 1366x768-pixel screen. Many dialog boxes, windows, and widgets cannot be used properly because they are too large and get cut off the screen because they were ...
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Can't move icons on desktop

I found that I can't move icons across Desktop. When I start dragging of an icon, refuse cursor appears (black ring with single black diagonal strike) and nothing happens. Position of an icon does ...
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Desktop versus desktop enviroment [closed]

I was arguing with a friend who said that both terms means the same thing. In my opinion desktop is just the primary user interface(background image plus shortscuts,icons etc) while the desktop ...
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Use X desktop apps using another users on my own account, like with root

It's possible run apps from command line like root using "su root" , and later executing the app, like firefox, and works, using the data from root home. But why I can't do it with another users using ...
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How to restore desktop icons locations?

After updating video drivers and flipping screen resolution, locations of all my desktop icons are lost (again). However, I have a backup of the system disk. Is it possible to restore locations from ...
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How can I create a desktop icon with a custom context menu

Before when I used Windows XP I had a program (it is called SCCU but I am not sure where I got it from) that allowed you to create an icon on the desktop with a completely custom context menu, now ...
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Where to find / create an image / iso suitable for anonymous browsing in a VM

I'm looking for (as close as I can get) to a KVM or Virtualbox compatible system image I can run which will give me a basic desktop - by basic I mean contains only the minimal requirements for a web ...
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Desktop Background changing issues

My desktop background doesn't change, it seems that the ease of access option "remove background image (if possible)" is always checked, even after I uncheck it, it resets to checked, I managed to ...
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Samsung Series 5 BIOS not detecting any bootable devices

so I have a problem with my BIOS, it doesn't detect any bootable devices from the Boot tab. NOTE: I'm gonna refer to keys and tabs that show in my BIOS settings page for ease of explanation. Please ...
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How to toggle desktop icons' visibility in Windows 7 or 8

I want to create a taskbar icon which toggles the visibility of the desktop icons. If I click it while desktop icons are shown, they must disappear. If I click it while they are hidden, they must ...
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Linux Mint Mate system title bar features

I am using Linux Mint Maya with Mate desktop, and I am not happy about the system title bar because it is using so much space on my laptop screen. How do I autohide the panel in Mate? Or how do I ...
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Is there any way to make Windows 7 desktop look like Metro UI of Windows 8? [closed]

Imagine there is a slider in your desktop on Windows 7 and you can slide to right or left sides. Like an extended desktop. For example like 4000 x 1080 pixels. Is it possible? Any software that makes ...
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Desktop flashes, does not load

Almost every time I update my Windows 8.1, the whole thing breaks. After login (which takes an unusually long time), the taskbar will appear with only the Start button (mapped to Classic Shell). The ...
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Fake / virtual monitor in Windows 7?

I have a 1440x900 monitor and I want to do some video capturing at to 1080p, WQHD, 4K, etc using my same setup without having to fork out on higher resolution monitor. One idea is to extend the ...
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How to use remote microphone on Remote Desktop

I wish to connect to a remote Windows 7 PC that has a microphone, and use that local microphone (on the destination PC) in recording applications. Unfortunately whenever I connect on Remote Desktop, ...
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Gnome 3 application Icons disappeared

I edited my main menu settings (unchecked items inside a sub menu) when it happened that the window freezed and all entries on the left side disappeared (Office, System, Settings, Games, ...). I ...
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Change “Show Desktop” to “Minimize All”

I'd like to use Alt+Tab a lot when I'm programming under Windows. It's the quickest method to switch between windows. However, there's one annoying thing about this, and that is when I switch over to ...
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Windows 8.1 Program switches to desktop

I've got some weird issue happening since I installed Windows 8.1 when it officially came out. Every day, approximately within 10 minutes after boot of the system, the program (in all cases so far ...
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Is it possible to remove/hide Windows title bars?

I'm very used to my Linux desktop, but in my new job I'm forced to use Windows. For efficiency, I'm veeery used to minimize/maximize using keyboard shortcuts and move/resize windows using alt+mouse. ...
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ubuntu 13.10 terminal access error

When I try to access my ubuntus 13.10 terminal I get bash: /usr/bin/dircolors: Argument list too long. And I can't figure out what the problem means. I can't use of sudo su everything hangs
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How do I stop my files appearing at the desktop on windows 8?

Recently I've noticed that the files in my Desktop Section (within file explorer) are beginning to appear on the main desktop, which didn't happen before. It's beginning to annoy me as I have lots of ...
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Weird popup when I try to copy a file [closed]

Here is the popup I get: Now before I get this popup, It says something like:"Copying 39.785 files" and then immediatly shows me this. How come I get this and how can I make it stop?
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How to force Internet Explorer to keep its window size when being docked?

Using Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, the window size is being remembered, when the IE window is not docked/snapped to an edge. As soon as I dock IE to one side of my screen, close it and reopen ...