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Is there a Windows 7 shortcut to open Windows Explorer showing the Desktop?

Is there a Windows 7 shortcut to open Windows Explorer showing the Desktop? I know that WinD goes to Desktop, but I want to see it in the Windows Explorer. I also know that WinE opens the Windows ...
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How do you disable Icon grid snapping in Windows 7?

Remember the "Snap to Grid" context menu option when you right clicked the desktop? Well I was trying to arrange my icons in a certain way (like a brick stagger), and it was a no go. They just kept ...
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Create a desktop shortcut to the currently viewed web page in Google Chrome

Is it possible to create a shortcut to a web page on the desktop from Google Chrome? I remember that Internet Explorer had a feature like this, does it exist in Chrome as well?
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Gnome Settings - gsettings vs gconftool-2

In GNOME 3 desktop icons are hidden by default. I tried to show them up this way: gconftool-2 --set -t bool /org/gnome/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons true It didn't work. So I tried: ...
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Desktop icons change size and are aligned to the left after restart

I am trying to keep the icons size and position to the place where I've shutdown my computer. That is: Keep desktop icons to the right and at a small size. When I restart my computer, the get a ...
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Seamless mode for remote desktop software

Are there any remote desktop applications that make it possible to view [each window from one desktop] separately in another desktop (like "seamless mode" in Virtualbox?) I want to view each ...
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How do I change the default corner of the Desktop?

I'm using Mac OSX 10.6.8 and when I save things to the desktop, drop something there in Finder or take a screengrab with Cmd+Shift+3/4, it gets placed in the top-right corner. I tend to position my ...
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Wallpaper/background switcher for Linux?

I'm looking for a background switcher that has these features: Add folders to use as source of wallpapers (usually called 'monitor folder') Enable/disable those folders (not just add/remove) Crop ...
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Desktop icons arranged differently depending on where I'm logging in

When I RDP into my server from home, my desktop icons are arranged the way I want them; but when I log in from anywhere else, they're all bunched up on the left. I have no idea how this can happen; ...
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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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Consequences of physically moving My Documents folder to Desktop folder?

What possible consequences (i.e. system instability / some programs failing) I can get if I'd create a junction point that points from My Documents to Desktop\My Documents? Currently, I have two ...
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How to make Windows 7 desktop read-only?

I have Windows 7 Professional on my home computer, 1 windows account, multiple users and... huge mess on desktop. I want to force other household members to save their temporary files and documents on ...
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Constrain whole window within desktop borders in OS X Lion

Is there a way in OS X Lion to constrain my application windows to not pass outside the desktop borders? I hate it when I drag a window away to take a look of a window that's underneath and when I ...
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slow windows desktop keyboard shortcuts

I've got a couple of shortcuts on my desktop and on some of them I've configured the "Shortcut key" to a keyboard combination. For example I have a shortcut pointing to d:\documents\todo.txt and I've ...
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Windows 7 desktop icons randomly

After reboots, my Windows 7 desktop icons will randomly change size. I am referring to the icons with a gray border around them. A search has not yielded me a working resolution. How do I fix this?
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Software to 'stick' graphics onto windows desktop

There are plenty of sticky note software out there to put sticky notes on your desktop. But is there anything out there that allows you to do the same with photos? I don't want to just put an icon of ...
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One computer, two desktops?

Can I make my single computer run multiple desktops at the same time. I need one desktop that will work in the background until I decide to switch back to it from the other regular everyday desktop. ...
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Execute a program by double-clicking the taskbar and/or the desktop, Windows 7

It would be so useful, and not very difficult, because in fact I have Directory Opus installed (a very powerful windows explorer alternative) and it does exactly that, but only by double-clicking the ...
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Windows XP - who is connected remotely?

Is there any simple way to check who is currently connected to Windows XP computer using the command line? Information that I need is in Windows Task Manager/Users. I need to know Client Name, not ...
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Dashboard-like functionality for Windows (specifically, a directory list widget with custom sorting)?

Is there a good dashboard-like app for Windows? I mean the functionality that exists in for example MacOS or KDE, where you press a button, and a fullscreen window appears, on which you can manually ...
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How to automatically add a shortcut for removable media on Windows desktop, like some Linux distros? [duplicate]

I use sometimes some Linux distros, e.g. Ubuntu, and I like the feature they have to add a desktop shortcut to every removable device that is plugged in on desktop - for example, when a DVD is ...
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Missing icons/applications in windows 7

I just started a new session on my windows7 laptop to find everythings missing. My desktop is "empty" and everything in the windows menu seems to be missing. I can reach the apps (like google chrome ...
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A way to organize desktop icons?

I have already looked at Fences from another SuperUser post, but it doesn't really fit what I am looking for. I have noticed that some laptops (I am a desktop user) come bundled with little ...
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How can I switch tasks by keyboard search?

For many years, I've used a series of Alt+Tab commands to get the window that I want. Now that I've gotten the zen of iswitchb in emacs — telling the name of what I want directly — I'd like to do the ...
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Change location of RSS Dynamic Desktops

I'm currently using CCleaner to take care of my computer, but I also have a dynamic desktop background provided by Bing (I'm running Windows 7 HP) - and unfortunately the two conflict. Whenever I ...
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How do I Log on as Administrator using Remote Desktop?

As title says.. How do I logon as Administrator using remote desktop.. I have a laptop and 3 Dekstop PC's all running windows 7 etc.. I can create accounts on my Desktops and connect to them via ...
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Display Full File Name on XP Desktop

In Windows XP, if a file name on the Desktop is greater than eight characters, the name is truncated and an ellipsis ("...") appears. Is there anyway to always display the full file name?
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Benefits of clicking Refresh all the time on the Windows desktop

Some people seem to right-click Desktop -> Refresh all the time. They seem to think that it solves computer problems in general, or that one must do it in order to keep the computer working properly. ...
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Remote Desktop from UNIX to Windows

You know how you can enable x11 forwarding and through putty when you use a program on the remote UNIX machine, the visuals of it (GUI, etc.) appear on your end? What I'm trying to do is instead of ...
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In Windows XP, how do you create a shortcut to the desktop?

Running the command desktop brings up C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Desktop. This is different from the top of the hierarchy, "Desktop". I would like to create a shortcut or create a command ...
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Seamless desktop startup

I use Xfce + Compiz + Emerald. When the system starts up I see: Xfce starting up (desktop background, desktop icons, taskbar) Compiz startup (the whole screen goes black and everything rebuilt) ...
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Gif pictures on windows desktop

I have some animated gif that I want to put on my desktop. Do you know some sort of software to do this? I would like them to be in the form of movable panels (such as done in the "fences", but the ...
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how to remote desktop in amazon aws Ubuntu Server Cloud Guest 11.10 (Ocelot)

How can I connect remotely desktop or Gui to an Ubuntu Server Cloud Guest 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) server in Amazon AWS from a Windows Seven machine? Can some one give me a link to a complete tutorial? ...
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How can I have Windows 8 go to the desktop by default?

I've played around a smidge with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a VirtualBox VM and I think the improvements under the hood may be worth tolerating the Metro UI crap. I don't like that the entire ...
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As a helpdesk technician, do I log into remote machines with admin or user credentials?

I have recently started off as an IT Helpdesk Trainee, and it was my first day today. They were mainly just showing me the ropes today, but I have a question. From an technician perspective, when you ...
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Are there benefits for 'Hide Desktop Icons'?

I was wondering if the computer performance benefits in any way by simply hiding desktop icons. I'm not sure if they continue running in the background anyway or if they are sort of ignored thus ...
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When I move files from the desktop, windows automatically locks them. How can I stop this?

Just a random windows annoyance... when I move a file from one directory to another it works as expected. When I move files from the desktop, apparently that's Special™ and windows throws a little ...
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The Computer icon not functioning properly in Windows 7

When I left-click on the Computer icon on the desktop or in the Start menu (or right-click on the icon and then select Open), I'm immediately returned to the desktop. Speaking with MSDN tech support ...
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How can I move desktop icons freely in Windows 7?

Just been upgraded to Windows 7. How do I move the Desktop icons freely and how can I place them where I like?
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Moving a modal window's parent window in Win 7

One of my biggest frustrations with Windows comes about when a program opens a progress bar in a modal window. If I want to move the program's windows to the edge of my workspace so I can keep track ...
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GNOME 3 Ctrl+Alt+D (Show Desktop)

I recently upgraded my system to GNOME 3. In previous versions of GNOME, the key combination Ctrl+Alt+D would hide all open windows and show the Desktop. This shortcut was eliminated from GNOME 3 ...
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Routing desktop to webcam on a mac

My girlfriend would like to broadcast her desktop on ustream. We have tried camtwist, and being a PC user myself, I am totally out of ideas since that didn't work. (Flash could only detect the iSight ...
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Change background of a Windows 7 machine using Registry

I connected my machine to a work group. The settings to change the wallpaper is in server machine, so that all the machine will have same wallpaper. Now how can I change my machine's wallpaper using ...
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Strange issue in Running an application with remote desktop on Windows XP

An application that I have runs normally on the local computer, but throws error when running under remote desktop client. Specifically, this is an IDE that refuses to compile code when using it on a ...
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What environment does an application run in if started via desktop shortcut?

I have noticed that the environment variables I export in my .profile or .bashrc files are not available to applications started via a desktop shortcut. At least to my IDE. They are available if I ...
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Desktop background image appearing only when external monitor is on the 'right' of netbook

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. When I attach an external monitor the default is that the new monitor is placed to the right of the samsung n150 netbook I am using. This opens the desktop back ground on ...
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How to create a shortcut on the desktop with PowerShell

I have been referring to answer number three of this post to write my PowerShell script, but it doesn't appear to be working. $linkPath = Join-Path ([Environment]::GetFolderPath("Desktop")) ...
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Virtualized desktops for specific tasks

Currently my system needs a major reinstall. Running an ever slowing down Windows Vista it's time to do a format c: and start over. Since I don't want to re-install Windows Vista as my main OS and I ...
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Reset desktop icons on Windows 7

Few months ago, I played with space parameters (margin) between desktop icons (with TuneUP utilities), then uninstalled this application. Now I want to reset my custom desktop layout to default. How ...
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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.