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Set desktop color in Windows 10 to white?

Is it possible to set the color of the desktop in Windows 10 to "white"? There is only a small set of predefined colors without white. Ok, I can just use a blank white JPEG. But is this really the way ...
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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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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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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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How can I make a transparent lock screen for Windows 7? [duplicate]

Okay I am wondering if there is a solution I can use that incorporates itself into the Windows log off, shutdown, restart, etc... menu. I am looking for this solution to add in the lock screen ...
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How to show/hide the My Computer icon on the desktop via the command line?

How I can show or hide the Computer (My Computer) icon on the desktop from CMD?
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Make system tray apps start up before going to the desktop

I have a couple of apps that start up and appear in the system tray. The one I'm really interested in is Steam. What I've found is that if I turn on the PC and login, but don't go to the desktop, ...
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Desktop shortcut icons all changed to Notepad icons

All of my desktop shortcut icons on Windows 7 have changed to Notepad icons. How do I get my old icons back?
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Desktop items not always keeping position on boot

I use my desktop like a real desktop and keep a small number of items on it that I'm currently working on arranged in a manner that makes sense to me so I can find what I want. Sometimes, after a ...
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How to forbid shortcuts deletion from the desktop

I'm looking how to forbid a limited XP user from deleting a shortcut from the desktop. I've been trying to set the Security permissions but I can't apply them to a shortcut. can someone help me on ...
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Show Folders on Desktop Like KDE?

Is there a way to show folders on the desktop in Windows 7 like in KDE?
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Windows XP right-click mouse option to send shortcut to desktop gone

Windows XP right-click mouse option to send shortcut to desktop suddenly gone
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How to mimic the “desktop slideshow” feature in Windows 7?

I've been using the Windows 7 RTM lately, and I love the new "desktop slideshow" feature that changes the desktop background at an interval. How can I mimic this behavior on other version of Windows? (...
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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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(Windows 7) Is it possible to reserve one monitor for a single application?

I'm looking for a means of 'Locking' an application to one monitor on my multi monitor display, so that only this single specific application is permanently docked there, and has exclusive use of that ...
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Windows tool to resize and place three windows

By pressing Win← and Win→ I can place 2 windows alongside each other, taking 50% of the available space. Is there a utility which can help me to place 3 windows alongside each other? Or maybe even fit ...
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Move Gnome 3 hot corner

I just added a 2nd monitor to the LEFT of my laptop, keeping my laptop screen as primary. The problem is that the hot corner in Gnome that switches to activities is now in the middle, making it hard ...
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Remote Desktop Control Over Serial/USB

Are there any other desktop remote control applications for Windows other than PCAnywhere that can connect to and control the PC directly over serial or USB connections? Clarification: I am looking ...
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Hide public shortcuts in desktop without administrative privileges

I've looked on the multitude of questions related to Desktop icons in Windows 7 but I haven't found the answer I'm looking for yet. The goal is to have Desktop icons on the Public folder such that ...
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How to open a program on particular desktop?

When I start GUI program, it's window appears on the currently active desktop (essentially, on a random desktop). How to make it appear on a specific desktop? For example, at startup I want certain ...
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Vertical alignment for desktop icons in Ubuntu

Is there a way to enable vertical alignment of icons (so that icons span to horizontal lines) on desktop in Ubuntu? Similar behavior can be found in Windows desktop. Please note, that horizontal ...
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How can I make windows not go beyond the edge of the desktop?

In Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, windows stick to the edge of the screen instead of going directly beyond it, is it possible to make them do the same in Windows 7?
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How do I disable the fade out/fade in effect when unlocking a Windows 7 workstation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to remove the fade effect between login? When I press Win+L, the “Locked” screen (with the password prompt) appears immediately. That’s nice, but not ...
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Is there a way to get a larger desktop than the screen?

Is there any freeware out there that will allow me to run the desktop that is larger than the resolution of the screen? My situation: Win XP, Dell Mini 10, iirc- Intel GMA950 I need to use a netbook ...
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Unable to extend desktop

I'm trying to hook up my TV to my computer as a gaming/multimedia center but I'm having troubles setting it up. I have a custom built machine running Windows 7 RC. It has an ATI Radeon 4800 video ...
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How to on Ubuntu multiple-desktop have apps remain their popups localised

I've set up my Ubuntu desktop (Gnome/Compiz) to have 9 virtual desktops so I can keep my open applications organised. However, I've noticed that e.g. when Eclipse is downloading/installing plugins and ...
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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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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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Reverse zooming Microsoft Keyboard MSPaint

A few weeks ago, I've bought a Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 set. On my keyboard, when I use the zoom in/out buttons, they're working fine. But in MSPaint, they're reversed ! When I press the zoom ...
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Desktop icons larger than 128px

I'm wondering if there's a way to break the limit of 128px for desktop icons in OSX Lion 10.7 (I have 10.7.5) by hacking some system files?
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Icons are broken

I have a problem after installing a program to remove the arrows on the desktop icons. Instead of removing the arrows, all my icons do not appear properly. It is like half is showing. It is hard to ...
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Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection - Keyboard Locale

I use Microsoft Remote Desktop connection (mstsc) to connect to work computer from home computer. They both have different keyboard layouts, One at office computer is European key board with keys ...
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Virtual monitor / desktop accessable through vnc only (windows 7)

I have the following challenge. I would like a virtual monitor / desktop on my windows 7 pc which is not neccessarily visible to me when i use the pc. Instead i want to access this virtual screen only ...
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Organizing My Windows Desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Organize desktop icons on Windows Short of dragging and dropping icons into "groups", what's the best way to organize the 40 Icons on my Windows XP desktop?
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Take Notes on the desktop in Windows XP [closed]

I like to take notes to myself throughout to keep track of the microtasks I need to accomplish. I normally do it by having a notepad open, but I hate doing it this way because it clutters my screen to ...
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How does selection reveal more details of a wallpaper?

How does the "Windows XP pirated edition" wallpaper reveal more details, when I draw a selection rectangle over it? See for yourself: Before: After: Unfortunately, I only own a Mac so I can't ...
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How can I make desktop.ini work on network locations?

I've got a simple desktop.ini file that applies a folder icon. I'd like it to work on a network location, as we have an external hard drive connected to our network. However, the desktop.ini seems to ...
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Are there any multiple desktops software for Vista? (similar to what is included in GNOME and KDE)

In GNOME and KDE, (and from what I hear, OS X aswell), you have a feature called multiple desktops. It allows you to have multiple screens of apps running, without having the same number of monitors. ...
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What is this blue bar on my Windows 7 desktop?

Normally I keep my Start Bar at the top of my screen. Some applications don't realize this and open underneath it. It means I have to move the start bar out of the way to get at the window controls ...
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CMOS Battery recharged [duplicate]

My pc was unused for several months(its a 5 year old acer desktop) and on boot up a screen came up indicating that the CMOS battery was low. Any time I restarted, as expected, the same screen came up ...
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How can I prevent applications from trespassing on my precious desktop space?

I like to keep my desktop clean. I have a single icon one my desktop: the recycle bin. Any other icon that shows up on the desktop quickly will end up in the recycle bin. When you install sensible ...
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Changing Desktop location in Windows results in wrong folder being linked

I'm dead confused, I followed the instructions here and set my desktop folder to D:\Pocket\desktop2. We can verify this in the registry: But desktop2 folder is not showing in D:\pocket. Instead, ...
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how do I make windows “show desktop” restore the same windows it minimized?

Oftentimes, I'll have my usual mess of programs open in windows 7, when at some point I need to open some file on my desktop. I'll hit the "show desktop" button, minimizing all the rest of my windows, ...
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Desktop icon missing from Windows7 Taskbar

Suddenly the desktop icon from my Windows 7 taskbar disappeared. Can someone tell me how can I restore the default icons of taskbar? Thanks.
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Where are those crapware desktop icons located?

My new Acer Aspire One netbook came pre-installed with Windows 7 Starter and lots of other promotional software. Some of them (like Norton and McAfee) I uninstalled immediately. Others (like the ...
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Why do my desktop icons resize themselves repeatedly?

I used ln -s (symbolic link) to link a folder to my Desktop on Mac OS X 10.6 to get Dropbox to sync it. I'm not sure if that's related to the symptom or not, but I did notice that shortly thereafter, ...
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Can I install LXDE or an equivalent desktop on Windows 7?

Okay, so this is probably going to be a really stupid question but... Is there any possible way to put on a Linux-based LXDE, XFCE or equivalent lightweight desktop for Windows 7? I'm looking to ...
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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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How can I show My Computer icon on the Desktop?

I want My computer shortcut on my desktop in Windows 7, like how it is present in Windows XP. What should I do to have these icons on my desktop ?
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Is it possible to completely turn off the TaskBar in Windows 8

I've been using Windows 8 for about 2 weeks now. I have found that, on Windows 8, the task bar really seems to get in my way. I have set it to auto-hide, however, I still find myself drawn to it to do ...