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How do you move a desktop icon offscreen?

I am using Microsoft's SyncToy in Windows 7 to do backups between several locations, including my desktop. Unfortunately, SyncToy stores metadata in hidden .dat files that it leaves wherever it backs ...
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How to access remote desktop (like SSH -X) in a windows system?

I've been struggling all around the interwebz and I couldn't find any useful answer. I have a computer with a Windows OS that has some software that I just can't run on GNU/Linux. But in GNU/Linux, to ...
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windows 8: How do I check if a tile is a live tile?

Is there some kind of property that I can check to see if the tile on my desktop is a live tile or not? On a related note, I wish to add a tile to display photos I have uploaded to flickr.
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'Mouse click' sound keeps randomly happening on Windows 7

My PC keeps making a mouse click sound that happens when you open a folder or click a link on the internet. Thing is- it does it when nothing is open and there is no user activity. It's almost like ...
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Check validity of “windows shorcuts”

Is there any simple, automatable method of check for a .lnk file validity? I mean I got a couple of directories whith these shorcuts to apps, and the only way I know if the executable file stills ...
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On Windows 7 Mutiple Wallpaper Scenario: How would I get the filename of the currently-displayed Wallpaper? [duplicate]

Given a Windows 7 Mutiple wallpaper setup. I'm talking about hundreds of wallpapers in a folder. Wallpapers on my desktop change every 5 minutes. Sometimes I see a wallpaper that I want to delete, ...
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Custom rule for Outlook 2010

Sorry if this is a repeat of others but none of the ones I read meets my specific need. I am trying to create a desktop alert to tell me that there is mail still in my Outbox. This would need some ...
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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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Green light running in Monitor bottom

I have LG 17'' LCD Monitor. From few days green light run in Monitor bottom under task bar. In the screenshot, I draw the green line myself. But the real green line run exactly in that place every ...
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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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Loading extension GLX : screen freezes

I installed Ubuntu Server edition 12.10 on a server (with 16 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk). The installation was successful, after which I tried installing GUI using the below command sudo apt-get ...
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Make your Screensaver as a Wallpaper in Windows 7?

I have an ASUS laptop, a G75V model. It has 16GB Ram, 2TB of HD space, and a 2GB 660M video card. It is also a 17" LCD at 1080 DPI resolution. It has an Intel i7 processor in it. So what I think I am ...
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In search of a tool to help me organize open windows based on tasks

I've always wanted a product where I can group running programs together. Say I'm working on 3 separate tasks at the same time and I have multiple programs running to facilitate the completion of ...
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Display Text File On Desktop [closed]

I am looking for freeware that will allow me to display a text file on my windows desktop. Hopefully some software that is lightweight, and will work on WinXP to Win8. I plan to use this freeware in ...
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usb flash drive contents replaced with a single shortcut

I was confused when I opened my flash drive all I saw was a shortcut with its target as C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe ~$WO.FAT32,_ldr@16 desktop.ini RET TLS " " You may refer to the images I ...
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Is there an easy way to automatically remove (or move) unused desktop icons (shorcuts) in Windows 7/8?

I often find people I'm helping have a bazillion unused shortcuts (icons) on their Windows Desktop. There isn't a good simple software program (that works on Windows Vista, 7, 8) that will do this ...
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.desktop file supported on which operating systems?

On which operating systems can we use the .desktop file from unix / linux? Is there a list of operating systems which support and use it? Do they all use he same syntax, settings and properties or ...
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Can I boot Windows straight to my homepage instead of the desktop?

I pretty much put Windows 7 in hibernate at the end of the day. What I would like know is can I change computer from going to desktop and instead go straight to my homepage.
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Changing desktop folder

I know that this question is replied thousand times but, I change Desktop folder of my Windows XP by Regedit, from HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders I ...
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Disappearing Taskbar & System Tray along with Black Rectangle on the Desktop?

On about three occasions, I have left my PC (Windows 7, 64 bit), only to return after half an hour to discover, that the taskbar & system tray at the bottom of the desktop has disappeared, ...
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Remote Desktop stopped working

I am running Windows Vista Business SP2 on my main PC connected to router by a cable and my wireless laptop runs Windows 7 Ultimate SP1. I installed additional Microsoft Office components and now ...
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Where is the “Experience” Tab on Remote Desktop Connection for Mac

I am working on an EC2 instance through RDC (Server 2008 R2 SP1). In many places, I hear the "Experience Tab" referred to. Here's my question: Where is the Experience tab or the equivalent thereof in ...
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Windows 8 desktop refreshes every 30secs

Desktop blanks every 30 secs or so for a second (icons and wallpaper) except for any active windows. Windows update had stopped working and I ran the windows troubleshooter to fix the problem. It did ...
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Using Windows 7 with Dual Monitors to access Headless PC via Remote Desktop

I work remotely and access a computer in my office. That computer is headless and I use cisco vpn and RDC to access it. (Both machines are running windows 7 pro) At home I have 3 monitors and when I ...
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Brightness on monitor

My Dell all-in-one seems to have a mind of it's own. The brightness pop-up comes on the screen and sets to zero, without me touching it. I have ran the diagnostic and it says my monitor is fine. But ...
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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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Issues with desktop icons on windows

I am using Windows Server 2012. I know it's a windows server and visual appearance isn't that important but I use the desktop a lot and some windows effects such as the drop shadow makes locating ...
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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 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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Desktop Icon's cannot be moved & Scrolling in excel does not work

I have a domain user running Windows 7 Pro and he is having an issue where his icons on his desktop get stuck and cannot be moved (Auto Arrange is unchecked). What's even more weird is when he is ...
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Windows 7 missing icons and taskbar

We are running Windows 7 on a notebook. After logging in with one account (it has Admin rights), empty desktop appears, with no icons and no taskbar. I can change desktop properties (e.g. Themes), I ...
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Entire Desktop Deleted

I have a question, and I am sorry if I don't perfectly articulate it and have any sort of propriety in doing so--I am frantic, right now! In my "downloads" folder, I had a desktop icon that I didn't ...
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Windows 7 tool to create desktops under different user account [closed]

At the moment I am looking for a tool that could be described as a cross-over between Desktops and NetExec. I'm convinced actual power users here will have fond memories of NetExec when it was still ...
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No more icons on the Windows 7 Desktop

I'm visiting my father-in-law, and he asked me to solve a problem he has with his Windows 7. Since 1 or 2 weeks, all the icons that were present on his desktop disappeared (even the trash, or computer ...
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Add a VPN shortcut to the desktop in Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create shortcut to dial VPN connection in Windows 8 I'm new here, so if I misplaced this question please don't bite :) I'm trying to add a shortcut to a VPN connection ...
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Remove the rectangle around desktop icon when selected

Is there a way to remove the rectangle around desktop icons, whithin the aero theme? Take a look at this icon. You can see the box around the icon when it's highlighted: Now, take a look at the ...
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How can I run an .app as a desktop background/fake it?

I'm using OSX 10.8.2 and I've been playing around with desktop background .plist files trying to run an app (specifically launchpad.app) on the desktop (replacing the usual background image) - it's ...
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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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How can I make taskbar and title bar un-transparent when maximize a window in Windows 7?

This way, I can be more concentrated on the window, not be disturbed by those transparency stuff in taskbar and title bar. Yes I know I can disable window transparency but this is not what I want. In ...
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Change the default icon allignment of windows desktop

When a file is created or moved or anything inside the desktop dir, the default alignment is from left-top to down: What I want to do is to assign a different default alignment, for example from ...
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How to remove program shortcuts on the desktop in window in Windows 7

I have a bunch of "Shortcut" icons on my Windows desktop folder which don't appear as .lnk files in the powershell view of C:/users/ME/Desktop nor in fact do they show up at all. They do show up in ...
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Is there a way to configure Windows 8 start screen to return to a running desktop App rather than launching a new one when I click a tile?

I find myself going back to the home screen naturally rather than going for the ALT TAB. Then if I click the desktop app shortcut tile it takes me back to the desktop and launches a new ...
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How to lock one specific icon to a location on your desktop?

I have one shortcut icon to a register that a update on a very regular basis that sits on my desktop in win7. I want to lock that icon so i know exactly where it is every time I flick to my desktop to ...
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Typing Break in Xubuntu 12.04

I installed Ubuntu 12.04, and loathe the new interface so much I've switched to Xubuntu with sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop. Very happy with that so far. But the typing break I always used to ...
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Why won't Win 8 Remote Desktop Connection connect to a workstation within a Win Server 2008 domain [closed]

We have Win 8 (not Win 8 Pro) laptops that will connect to our Win Server 2008 machine via the domain name (xxx.domain.com), an allowed user name and PW. But we cannot figure out how to get to any of ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen Shortcuts for Desktop Apps

I am facing an issue regarding Windows 8 shortcuts. My app is not getting pinned for all users for the installed desktop apps. If a user is installing that desktop app, then the shortcut of the app ...
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How could I find out the path to the current desktop image, for Windows 8

Having recently upgraded to Windows 8, my script to retrieve the current desktop wallpaper image has broken. For Windows 7, How could I find out the path to the current desktop image?, this works ...
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Metro UI - multiple snapped view on one monitor, desktop on the other one

I tried Googling that but I didn't get anything so now I post it here. How I can get multiple snapped view (multi-app) on my second monitor while running my Desktop app on the primary one? It would ...
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How do I get the Windows 8 Desktop to stop refreshing itself while I'm working?

I have an Asus touchscreen laptop with Windows 8, not RT. The best way that I can describe the problem is: when I am working on something in the desktop, the desktop/screen refreshes itself. It ...
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GUI Apps without a graphical desktop

This may be a stupid question - But is it possible to run GUI apps (Firefox for example) on a computer where I don't have a graphical desktop installed (like GNOME, Xfce)?