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How to make desktop-notification in Google Chrome not topmost

I like Google Chrome's desktop notifications but don't want them to be in front of other windows than Chrome's mainwindow itself. I'm on a Windows-machine. Is that possible?
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Desktop icons on windows xp go back to unordered state after restart

I am using windows XP align to grid property. Then i arrange them in my order. But when i restart all icons again goes to their previous state. What should i do
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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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What do I need to do to add RSS Feed to desktop

Is there some program that put any RSS feed to my desktop?
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Reserve screen space for just one program?

I'm running Windows 7, and I've been working on the issue of reserving screen space for only one program for ~3 hours now. I need to reserve it for the Linux Mint taskbar running under VirtualBox in ...
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Recommended Connection Speed for Remote Desktop

I will be working remotely from India during my vacation there and am looking to get an internet setup there that will allow me to work from India when needed. However the internet connection speed in ...
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What are the desktop.ini files for?

My desktop has two hidden .ini files: desktop.ini (370 bytes): [.ShellClassInfo] LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21799 [LocalizedFileNames] Microsoft Office - 60 Day ...
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How to save our “desktop state”?

Every time I change my screen resolution, my "arranged desktop" goes unarranged. And even when I change back the screen resolution, it does not get "rearranged". I was wondering: Are there any ...
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Unremovable folder on Desktop

I am unable to remove a folder on my desktop named http. When I try to drag and drop something into that folder, another folder is created with a same name. Moreover, when I intend cut or copy ...
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Can't delete, move or rename some icons in Windows 7

Where are desktop file icons stored in Windows 7? I have three rogue icons which I can't delete, move or rename in any way - a file not found error is reported and the file size is 0 bytes. Searching ...
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Desktop icons are gone in Windows XP

My desktop icons are not showing up, and right click won't work, but the taskbar and all are there. This happened after I set up a active desktop. Now I have removed it and changed the theme as well, ...
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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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Is there a way to toggle Aero Peek after a certain amount of inactivity (like a screensaver) in Windows 7?

I'm basically looking for Aero Peek style functionality that triggers after a certain period of inactivity. Is there any way of achieving this?
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RHEL Desktop Recorders… Do they exist?

I've been searching a lot for a desktop recoder on RHEL 6 lately (for tutorial videos about how to use RHEL desktop for non-linux users) But unfortunately, I didn't find anything... Just some desktop ...
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RDP: replace remote host's desktop with local desktop

When I connect to a remote host via RDP, my local folders and drives are available on the RDP session under the \\tsclient connection, so that, if I for instance want to access a file that resides on ...
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Set font background color to transparent on desktop

I've already done this: Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on But I still get a color in the font ...
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Icon? file on OS X desktop

When I ls my Desktop from terminal (by using ls ~/Dekstop), I see a file, Icon?. As far as I can tell, it's empty (nano Icon? shows nothing). It doesn't show up on my actual Desktop, and open Icon? ...
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Desktop alarm clock/reminder/weather report application for Windows XP

I have a 7 inch netbook. I want to use it as a router. Windows XP installed on it. I configured everything and it is working as an access point now. I want to use its 7 inch screen as an alarm clock. ...
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How do I arrange my desktop icons in rigidly alphabetical order?

Currently, my desktop icons are divided into three groups: Upper left icons in the following order: Libraries Computer Recycle Bin Network Magic Continuing to read downwards and to the right: ...
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Can't set correct desktop resolution on Windows 7 after playing Mirror's Edge

Ever since I launched Mirror's Edge, my entire system seems to think that my monitor is 1600x1200, when actually it's 1920x1080. The game would only go up to 1600x1200, Windows will only go up to ...
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Some Windows 7 desktop icons have faint border

Some icons in my Windows 7 (desktop) have these strange borders: I tried changing the size, and it seems to be disappearing at some point (around 48 or even 32px.). Changing between ...
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Created files/downloaded files go to the top left of the desktop instead of the bottom right

I have an issue with my desktop icons on Windows 7. It seems that downloaded files or any files made by programs are sometimes placed on the top left of the desktop, shifting all of my existing ...
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Nothing on Ubuntu desktop but Ubuntu color home screen

I've installed Ubuntu 10.04 - my desktop loads up but doesn't have any search icons or system search. I can log in and also right click but that's all. Nothing on the desktop but the Ubuntu color ...
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Mac OSX equivalent of an Open Desktop dot-desktop file?

I am mostly an Ubuntu user. I like that it is very easy to create one-click launchers for apps by (in Gnome, at least) right-clicking on the panel and choosing add-to-panel->custom-app. I use this A ...
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Software for virtual desktops in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the best Virtual Desktop Manager out there for Windows 7 So is there an application that creates virtual desktops decently, that anyone would recommend, ...
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How can I remove the Dock in Mac OS X?

Does anyone know how to remove the Dock in Mac OS X? I was also wondering if I could move that bar to the right side of the screen.
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How do I remove the 'Recent Places' icon from my Windows 7 desktop?

How do I remove the 'Recent Places' icon from my Windows 7 desktop? I did something in Windows File Explorer and now it's just there. I can't delete it by right clicking on it or drag it to the ...
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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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Why can't I enable drop shadows on my Windows XP desktop icons?

I've been helping my grandfather maintain his old Dell for quite a while now, and every now and then something inexplicable will go wrong. The most recent issue is that the desktop icons refuse to ...
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Windows 7 icons blank and don't function on Desktop, Taskbar and Start menu

First I tried to download Starcraft 2 on Windows 7 and after the installer ran there was no way to launch it. I ran the installer again and then all my icons on the computer, on desktop, taskbar and ...
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“Show Desktop” sometimes sets a window to “always on top”

No worries, not another "where is my show desktop button gone" question. What I found under Windows 7, when you use the "Show Desktop" feature (I prefer the ⊞ Win + D shortcut) and then bring all ...
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Livestream desktop to Debian VPS via VLC

I want to stream my desktop to a VPS, where everyone can see it without additional software. My Computer runs on Win7, the VPS on Debian. I already set up VLC on the VPS, and the webinterface is ...
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is it safe to save files to the desktop in Windows 7?

I got a dell laptop and recently it got a lot of viruses, so I had to reformat the hard drive. I talked to the Indian dell tech support guy and he said that I shouldn't download things directly to ...
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Make desktop default downlaod location?

Is it possible to redirect a Mac download to go to the deksktop instead of the downloads folder? I use Firefox
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Are there any good tools for cleaning up a horribly complex set of Windows desktop shortcuts?

One of the Windows XP users I support (it's a Windows domain environment) has a huge, nightmarish collection of folders, files and shortcuts to folders and files on their desktop. This came about due ...
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How to prevent a new folder and files on desktop?

I want to ask you that, how to prevent a new folder creation in the desktop for a limited account user. I had changed the security and give privilege to Administrator only for C drive. But still it is ...
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Connecting through Remote Desktop from Windows 7 Ultimate to a machine running Windows 2003 server

So I have a machine running Windows Server 2003 R2 and another machine running Windows 7 Ultimate on the same LAN. What I'm trying to do is simply use remote desktop connection to connect FROM my ...
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Can Only Extend to External Monitor

I am trying to figure out how to make my external monitor the default display. I am able to connect the laptop with VGA to the monitor and extend display. But when I try to show desktop only on ...
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Looking for Windows XP “dual desktops” with dual monitors

I'm looking for some very specific features in a dual-monitor setup on Windows XP and so far have not been able to find what I'm looking for. The best way I can describe it is perhaps dual desktops or ...
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What's the best Virtual Desktop Manager out there for Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Virtual desktop(alt+ctrl+1,2,3,4,…) like linux on windows 7 Features that are important to me: Keyboard support Fast. Keyboard support Clean Keyboard ...
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How can I change the desktop color to black in Snow Leopard?

I'm trying to change the desktop color to black, but I can't seem to find how other than by creating a solid black image. In System Preferences -> Desktop & Screensaver, there are a few colors, ...
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Desktop Background Group Policy - Windows XP, SBS 2008

I'm applying a desktop background via a group policy on user's PC's. It works fine on most, except for two PC's on which the desktop background is only applied to 1/5th of the background. The rest of ...
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Hide desktop.ini for the desktop view only; still show hidden and system files

Is it possible to hide desktop.ini on the desktop, but show it when viewed in Windows Explorer? Essentially, I need to be able to see hidden and system files when using Windows Explorer, but I ...
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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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Least expensive way to convert to Virtual desktops

I have a small network with 6 users running on Windows server 2003. The workstations are antique and since all they do is transcribe medical records I'm considering replacing them with a thin client ...
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Ubuntu Linux Gnome Desktop Launcher Icon formats?

A few years back PNG graphics could be used as launcher icons. This does not work on Ubuntu 10.10, while SVG works. Is there any reliable documentation?
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How Windows arranges files by date

In Windows 7 if I have files arranged by date on the desktop with newest being last, then files are automatically places at the end (i.e. right bottom) as I update them. The exception seems to be ...
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How do disable Win 7 show desktop feature (when mouse is in the lower right corner)

My Win 7 is installed on my laptop. When I use my mouse I am not always on a flat surface (ie on a couch or something like that) when I let go of my mouse to type it often moves a bit. When it does ...
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How can I delete my alternate drive icon on the Ubuntu desktop?

I'm using a system with a Windows drive and an Ubuntu drive (both physical, not virtual). The Ubuntu Places menu lists a "320 GB file system" which is the Windows disk. The same drive also appears ...
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How could I find out the path to the current desktop image?

I have Windows 7 displaying random images every minute from all of my photo directories and every so often there is one I really want to see again. How can I either always display on the screen the ...