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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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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 get URL of currently opend 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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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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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 to open a program on particular desktop?

When I start GUI program, it's window appears appears on currently active desktop (essentially, on random desktop). How to make it to appear on the specified desktop? For example, at startup I want ...
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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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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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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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Loop pictures from a folder and display fullscreen slideshow

Need a Linux solution for looped slideshow from pictures in some folder. Pictures may be deleted and added, so it's a bonus if it doesn't stop/crash if currently shown picture is deleted.
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Samsung Series 5 BIOS not detecting any bootable devices

so I have a problem with my BIOS, it doesn't detect any bootable devices from the Boot tab. NOTE: I'm gonna refer to keys and tabs that show in my BIOS settings page for ease of explanation. Please ...
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Windows 7 resizes desktop when I switch of a monitor

I have a workstation with two monitors and the desktop extended over them. I have a lot of applications open (generally maximized), and I have a personal preference which application is on which ...
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Why do I have two desktop.ini files on my windows 8 desktop?

When I try to delete one of these two shortcuts, a message appears saying, "If you remove this file, Windows or another program may no longer work correctly."! I don't think that it is possible to ...
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My PC freezes randomly [on hold]

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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Windows suddenly treats fullscreen as half of actual screen

Sometimes, after I unlock my computer, the windows are all half the size of the screen and when using the maximize button they do not expand to fill the whole screen. This also affects the Aero Snap ...
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How can I restore a remote desktop session to the local console?

After I am finished with a remote desktop connection, I'd like to be able to restore the remote desktop to the local console so that the user doesn't have to re-enter the password and log back in. ...
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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 ...
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Northbridge Heatsink Fell Off Motherboard

I have an Asus CG5290 and the northbridge heatsink popped off, right after that it shut down. Turned it back on and it said the northbridge was hot then started it again and the other was saying hot ...
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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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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 to get Windows XP to snap windows to desktop like Vista?

You can drag windows in Windows Vista to have them snap to the sides, and have the window only take up half the screen, etc. Is there software for XP that mimics this functionality?
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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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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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Windows 7 hangs while loading desktop

I am facing a weird problem. My computer hangs while loading the desktop, and only the background shows up; no icons or bars load. If I power the system on and off about 4-6 times, I may be able to ...
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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 ...
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Windows 8.1 Desktop background turns black upon closing personalization settings w/ external monitor

I'm having some trouble changing the desktop background for my external monitor on windows 8.1. For setting the background on just my laptop, I can right click the picture and hit Set as desktop ...
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Dual-boot with only one desktop in a third partition

With a third partition, is there a way to make the Windows AND Linux to recognize a single folder in that partition as the default Desktop? If not, is there a workaround to make it closer from what I ...
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How to use remote microphone on Remote Desktop

I wish to connect to a remote Windows 7 PC that has a microphone, and use that local microphone (on the destination PC) in recording applications. Unfortunately whenever I connect on Remote Desktop, ...
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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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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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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Centos desktop look and feel?

I'd like to install an up-to-date Ubuntu distro (14.04 LTS) at home since it is much easier to get desktop applications; however, I'm using Centos 6 at work and I'm used to (and prefer) the desktop ...
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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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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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Sharing Webpage to Social Network from Firefox

Firefox for Android allows me to quickly share the current page on facebook and other social networks. Is there any such option on Firefox for Desktop?
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Desktop PC won't turn off the display automatically?

I set the power plan to both Balanced and High Performance and set the time to turn off display to 1 minute. However, no matter how long I wait, the display just won't turn off,let alone entering ...
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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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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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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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Can I change where win7 shortcuts sort in relation to folders?

If i have a group of folders, and somehow i need a shortcut to a folder to be "in the middle" sequentially, how do i fix that? Changing sort by type does not help, sorting by name does not seem to ...
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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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Bing Desktop not updating the wallpaper anymore

For some reason, first my workstation and then my tablet stopped updating the wallpaper. First I thought it was my company that was avoiding the app to work properly but then I started noticing that ...
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Is there a way to make a window semi-transparent and click through in unity

Essentially the title says it all, i want to play a movie full screen with transparancy on, while working normally with my pc in unity (ubuntu). I know about the compiz setting that lets me use ...
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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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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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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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Is it more memory/processor-efficient to open many windows in one desktop, or to make all these windows fullscreen? [closed]

I have many, many windows that must be open all at once (VM, Email client, browser, IDE, source navigator, issue tracker, notebook, etc...), and have often bumped up against my MacBook's 16GB of RAM. ...
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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 ...