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Is there a way to fake a dual (second) monitor

Is there a way to fake a dual monitor for testing. I have only one monitor and I have to make an application that is suitable for two monitors. The second monitor screen should appear as a window ...
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Organize desktop icons on Windows into categories or sections

I want to organize my Windows desktop icons by categories. Multimedia, system tools, editors, etc. I need to define rectangular areas of the desktop, then place the shortcut icons. They would stay ...
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Windows Split Desktop Utility [closed]

Is there such a thing? I don't want multiple separate desktops, what I'd like to be able to do is split my main desktop into two areas so that an application in one when maximized won't take up the "...
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1answer
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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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“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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Why do my shortcut icons get broken on Windows 7?

I have a strange problem. My icons seem to disappear randomly on my Windows 7. They were there a while back, now they ain't. It happens often and quite randomly. Anyone know a fix?
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How do I reduce the desktop icon size in Windows 7?

How can I reduce the size of my desktop icons if the video resolution is already on the highest setting?
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How do I remove a MyBook's “WD SmartWare” virtual CD from my desktop?

I recently got a Western Digital MyBook external hard drive to enable Time Machine. It has its software installed on a "virtual CD" called "WD SmartWare" which shows up on the desktop any time the ...
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2answers
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Icon? file on OS X desktop

When I ls my Desktop from terminal (by using ls ~/Desktop), I see a file named 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 ...
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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 ...
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Windows 10: Change shortcut keys to switch between desktops

In Windows 10, the shortcut keys for switching virtual desktop are ctrl + win + right / left arrow. I'd like to simplify it, by changing it to ctrl + right or left arrow key only. How can I do this?
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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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5answers
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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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1answer
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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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8answers
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Is that true that if you keep bulky files on the Desktop then Windows slow down?

A friend of mine keep telling me that if I keep bulky files on the desktop then Windows try to load them in cache and slow down? I'm (almost) sure that this is not the case but how can I demonstrate ...
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8answers
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Looking for an application that scrolls or pans netbook screens running Windows

I'm looking for a Windows 7 and XP compatible Windows desktop panning/scrolling tool. This is to solve a problem where some applications for example MSN have settings/preference Windows that are not ...
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10answers
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How can I get to the recycle bin without the desktop icon in windows 7?

I hate having anything on my desktop. I usually remove all the icons from the desktop, even the recycle bin. Occasionally I need to access the recycle bin, but having to re-enable the icon just to ...
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How to vertically split widescreen into two virtual workspaces on Ubuntu/Gnome?

My new laptop has a big 16:9 screen, and I'm finding it hard to fully utilize it during the 95% of the time that I'm not watching HD movies on it. I'd like to set it up as a kind of virtual dual ...
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Displaying wallpaper when desktop is locked in Windows 7

is it possible to lock the desktop in Windows 7 and have it continue to display your desktop wallpaper rather than the default Win7 locked-workstation screen?
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Is there a “save desktop icon arrangement” option in windows?

I normally work on Windows with a 1600x1200 or similar large desktop screen and have my icons laid out just perfectly so. Every now and then I need to hook up to a projector or do a WebEx at 1024x768 ...
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4answers
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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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3answers
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How to modify / remove the bottom bar in Mac OS X?

How can we remove the "bottom bar" (that has all the icons) in Mac OS X? : Also, is it possible to move it to the left or right side of the screen like how Windows taskbar does it? :
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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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Explorer (Desktop) Stops Refreshing

After using Windows 7 for a while (say, a few hours), Explorer always stops refreshing my desktop, and I have to close it and re-open it. E.g.: When I delete a file, it doesn't seem to go away even ...
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2answers
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windows 7 desktop icons: new icon placement

When moving/saving/etc a new file on the desktop, the icon appears second (just after "Computer"). I find it annoying, since I want my "special" icons to be first (such as the recycle bin, "Network", ...
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3answers
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How do I rotate Windows 8 screen?

Most mobile devices like tablets or smartphones have an orientation sensor that signals the OS to rotate itself when the device is rotated. But having installed Windows 8 on a desktop (or virtual ...
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How do I get a quick launch bar in Windows 7?

The pin programs to the taskbar is nifty, but I miss my old quicklaunch bar. How do I get a quick launch bar in Windows 7 like XP had ?
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1answer
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Is there a Windows tool for desktop divider (treating one display as two smaller displays)

I use two large LCD displays. I would like to treat one of the displays as two smaller displays. It would be the opposite of merging two displays to become one continuous desktop space. For example,...
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3answers
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Recover Windows Opening Off Screen?

Background: I have a three monitor setup, but sadly one of my monitors has died (control board is probably bad). I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with an ATI Radeon HD 5670 card. The third ...
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1answer
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Automatically show connected mass storage devices on Windows desktop

Is there way to automatically display connected mass storage devices on the Windows desktop, like most Unix-based operating systems are doing? I didn't find any native ways to do that, but maybe ...
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2answers
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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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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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0answers
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Hiding the desktop on Remote Desktop connection?

I have RDP currently set to launch a program upon connection but I don't want the user to be able to see the desktop at all, just run the one program. Any way to do this? RDP host is Windows Server ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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Can you change the location of the Desktop folder in Windows?

Right now the files on the desktop are located in C:\Users\Joseph\Desktop. So if I went to that folder in Windows Explorer and create a new text document, it would appear on my desktop. WhatI need is ...
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1answer
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Display full file name for icons on desktop

In Windows, if a file name on the Desktop is greater than a set number of characters, the name is truncated and an ellipsis (...) appears. Is there anyway to always display the full file name?
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3answers
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How can I find the file that is currently used as a wallpaper in Windows 7?

How can I find the name (and path) to the desktop wallpaper file currently used by Windows 7? I followed the registry for the desktop wallpaper, which showed a file called "TranscodedWallpaper.jpg", ...
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2answers
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Does ClassicShell.net truly lets one boot to the desktop on Windows 8?

Many people complain about the start screen of Windows 8, especially people used to desktop PCs, rather than tablets. I have read contradictory comments about ClassicShell letting one boot to the ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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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 ...
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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Use team viewer with different desktop

I have a computer with windows 8. Is there a way to access this computer from work with team viewer but using another desktop? I want the person at home to still be able to use the computer, watch a ...
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How to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?

Is there a way to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?
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Disable auto-refresh tabs in Chrome Desktop

Since a recent update in Chrome (Windows, desktop) if I change to some tabs, which haven't been opened for a longer time, Chrome automatically performs a refresh on the page. It only happens, when the ...
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2answers
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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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Windows 8 Desktop Icons in Tile View

I appear to have some how placed my icons on my desktop in Tile View. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to restore the icons to their normal appearance. Any help is greatly appreciated. ...
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Why do my desktop icons get re-organized when I Remote Desktop in?

Whenever I remote into my work computer from home or vice-versus the shortcuts, folders and files get reorganized which is extremely frustrating since I often group things into clusters on my desktop. ...
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Active desktop for Windows 7 (Vista)?

Active desktop for Windows 7 (Vista)? Does anyone know how to install it on Windows 7\Vista? Has anyone seen analogs? Is there such thing for mac\Linux? Has anyone just seen any browser which can ...
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How to change default desktop folder location on Windows Vista

Vista says now: "Desktop folder location is not available..." Its default location appears to have changed. How do I change it back? It should be simple in theory, however I cannot find a simple ...