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how to disable desktop picture and desktop icons when a program is started? (in windows 8.1)

i have heard that if you disable the desktop background and hide the desktop icons, your pc will run faster. is there any way i can disable both the desktop background and hide the desktop icons when ...
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How can I return larger-than-normal UI text to its original size? [duplicate]

A couple days ago, text and buttons in title bars, menu bars, context menus, and even file names in explorer (and on desktop) became about 40% larger than they were before. I'm not sure what caused ...
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Mirror desktop icons (only) on multiple monitors

I'm trying to find a way of mirroring my main desktop onto my secondary monitor so that it shows the same icons on both. Anybody know of a way to do this?
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How can I make alias for desktop folder on XP?

I don't want other users save file to system drive, how can I make a direct link of desktop folder to another folder?
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How to customize a WM

I am looking to build my own GUI for suseLinux, and after digging around on how to customize a Desktop Enviroment (DE) I discovered I want to customize an alredy existing Window Manager... For example ...
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Newly made desktop will not turn on

I just finished building my first desktop. I have plugged everything in (or so I think) and when I go to turn it on for an instant the light on my cpu's cooler turns on and all the fans in the case ...
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Desktop Internet Explorer won't open in Windows 8 on Microsoft Surface Pro 3

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 running windows 8.1. Internet Explorer works in the touch mode but even though the desktop mode is running, I can't navigate to it. It shows as an icon on the taskbar ...
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How can I hide a Window from the task switcher (Alt+Tab)?

To make clear what is this question about, this is the Windows Task Switcher: The closest to hide a window from the AltTab Task Switcher that I have found is the Minime tool, but it hides too the ...
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Not able to connect over network

I have a desktop which is running Windows XP. For the last few days, the internet was working fine. Recently the internet stopped working. For some days it worked for only 2 hours a day, then the ...
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Does the amount of files on desktop affect computer performance?

I store thousands of files directly on the desktop folder. When I tell that to some people, they begin to yell "you're making the computer slower!" without any rigorous arguments whatsoever, just ...
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How to get URL of currently opened webpage of Chrome application desktop shortcut

A quick google on my need "How to get URL of currently opend webpage of Chrome application shortcut" give me nothing helpful. So what is the fastest get the URL of an Chrome application desktop ...
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Desktop PSU won't turn on after being turned off or unplugged, but flicking the PSU switch fixes it

(apologies if the wrong board) I have a new desktop computer I built, with all new parts (except for the case). For some reason, if I unplug/replug it in, or turn the PSU switch off for more than ...
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How do I use the PC's headset for smartphone calls, when connected through USB?

When my smartphone (Nokia 500) is connected to the desktop (Win7 x64) though USB, I want the smartphone audio to default to the PC headset for calls. How do I do that? Thanks.
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How to make the Extended Display desktop picture the correct size?

I am using a 24" Samsung Monitor (Connected via HDMI with a highest possible resolution of 1920x1080) to a Windows 7 laptop (Toshiba with a highest possible resolution of 1366x768). When I extend the ...
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Certain Windows 8.1 desktop apps will not start

I'm using a 64-bit Acer laptop running Windows 8.1. When I try to start certain desktop apps, I get the error message (translated:) This application could not be started because the Side-by-Side ...
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My PC freezes randomly [closed]

I just bought a Coolermaster case, a Storm Scout 2 Advanced, and I plugged everything by myself according to the motherboard manual. The thing is that in the middle of nothing the PC just freezes but ...
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Remote desktop server for home use: Is it a good idea?

I am trying to save money by making my old laptop last as long as possible, but today's applications are stretching its resources thin, so I have trouble running games, VMs, and other resource-...
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no display on. Asus graphic card [closed]

I have Asus 210 ddr3 1gb graphic card on this day its not showing display when I check graphic card going regular heat but no display after I check without graphic card showing display how to I fix it....
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How do I prevent desktop shortcuts from being made in Windows?

It is a common practice to have installers place shortcuts by default on the desktop, but most installers allow you to disable this by unchecking the appropriate checkbox. There are also installers (...
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Adding ssd to boost drive space

Simple question. I already own an SSD and I want to get more space on my computer. If I buy another solid state drive and install it, will it effectively add more space? Example: I have used up all ...
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Execute a .sh file from the desktop in intervalls

We've got a bad hoster, that only allows cronjob in 15 min. intervals. However sometimes we get time critical stuff and we need to do it in faster intervals. That said, the hoster allows an execution ...
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Remove Icons from Desktop / Windows 7

New to the site so any advice would be helpful. I am on a computer where the network admin runs some script that continuously puts 2 icons on my desktop. I can delete them and then in a few minutes ...
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Device to change which computer the input/output devices are connected to [duplicate]

I have a laptop and a desktop computer at home. I want to be able to switch easily between using my laptop and using my desktop with the same mouse/monitor/keyboard without having to plug/unplug ...
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my PC isn't reacting to the power button & not displaying anything

i've moved to another house , and today i just plugged in my pc's power cable ,then my pc (HP COMPAQ desktop) turned on as if i pressed the power button) ,but it doesn't show anything on the monitor ,...
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Is there a way to set unique applications in the Dock per Desktop in Mac OS X?

I have many applications open and all of them show up in the task bar. However I only use a handful per desktop screen. I want to find a way to only display applications that are active for that ...
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How to use local html page as desktop/background

On a windows 7 computer how might one set the desktop to be a webpage. I want to have a local html file that I can edit as needed. Then windows should show that file as the background for the desktop ...
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Know username who is working on remote desktop

We are a team of 20 people we have a machine that is used by everyone. We take remote desktop of that machine to work on. so if somebody is working and i want to take that i have to ask everyone in ...
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Blank monitor after installing GPU

I recently bought a factory refurbished Dell Inspiron 3000 Desktop. It's equipped with a Core i5 4460 CPU with 8gb RAM. The motherboard is a Dell model 088DT1. I'm running Windows 8.1 64bit. (link to ...
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Unable to Find Cause of Transparent Box with Border on Deskop

What is causing this transparent box with a border to appear on my desktop and how do I prevent it from coming back. I have tried dragging it, change the background, and anything I can think of to ...
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Desktop LCD monitor which allows backlight to be controlled in software

I would like to know if there is any standard or feature which allows desktop LCD monitors backlight control setting in software. I would like to know what I should be searching for. This is a pretty ...
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Can't open Trash: operation not supported

I messed up with some .h files some days ago and since then I have strange issues with my Linux Mint 17. I cannot open my Trash, I get an error saying something like "sorry could not display all the ...
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Switch between desktops in windows 7 when we pin many programs to taskbar

When we pin many programs to the taskbar another desktop window is added which we can switch between them as you can see in the picture: my question is how we can add them (without pinning the ...
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Windows 7 all icons dissapeared from desktop

I've got a vaio laptop that was working fine till yesterday ( the only problem is that the screen is broken so i always attach it to a monitor with hdmi) but when i opened it today only the wallpaper ...
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Win 7 Create Folder Junction from Desktop to inside Dropbox Folder

I'm not asking how it can be done, I already know how to; MKLNK /j C:\Users\<username>\Desktop C:\Users\<username>\Dropbox\Desk What I want to know is whether or not I should. I know ...
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Application to force a window clickthrough until a hotkey is pressed

Is there a way, or application, to allow a window (Such as CMD) to become transparent and click-through until a certain configurable hot-key is pressed? Details Open CMD Enable click-through and ...
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Turn off Wi-Fi scanning on Windows 8

A Windows 8 tablet keeps scanning for Wi-Fi networks even though it's already connected to a preferred one. I can see some other networks appearing and disappearing in the connectivity area on the ...
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Windows 8.1 clicking on any desktop window doesn't bring that window to the front

Not sure if this is a bug or a feature, but in my Windows 8.1 install, I can't seem to make any desktop window modal when I click on it. ie the window maintains its stacking order and doesn't come to ...
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Can I use any modern Bluetooth dongle with a modern headset on Windows 8.1?

I have a Logitech H600 wireless headset but have lost the USB dongle. I see I could buy a replacement dongle from Logitech for a reasonable price but I consider their postage cost unreasonable for ...
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I can ping computer on a another subnet but not vice versa

So I got two routers in my house one wireless(192.168.0.1) and another wired(192.168.20.1), I got my laptop(192.168.0.101) hooked up to my wireless router and my desktop(192.168.20.5) on wired router. ...
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Remote Support (Remote Desktop) Possible From Overseas?

bit of an unusual question here - I am a desktop support professional located in the US, whose clients are all in the US or Canada. Essentially my job entails taking remote control of PCs and ...
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Always on Remote Desktop Connection

Is it possible to have an unattended and always on desktop connection ? The real life need is to assist parents with frequent trouble shooting from my office without having to do anything extra ...
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Stop Word from randomly moving my documents around Desktop?

I have a busy Desktop with dual monitors. I place a Word Doc in a particular position, I open the document, and then Word moves it to a random place. When I close the document in Word, it takes me ...
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Why does my desktop PC wake up when I turn on my Laptop?

I have two Windows 8 PCs. One is a desktop computer and one is a laptop. Whenever I wake up (from sleep) my laptop, my desktop computer will also wake up at the same time. I have no idea why this is ...
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Windows 8 stuck at 100% update

My desk top has been at 100% update for hours. I can't stop it or shut it down. If I unplug it, it goes back to the 100% update on restart. Is there anything I can do to get in and stop automatic ...
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cant remote desktop with server name, but i can with ip

I'm trying remote desktop my server with server name by i cant, but i can connect through ip. Before it was working fine. I checked event viewer but no error related to this issue. windows server : ...
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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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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 ...