Questions about the user interface of programs or machines.

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Augmented reality — How small can a marker be? [closed]

Does anyone know if it is possible to have a small marker for augmented reality? I need to wrap the marker around a metal cylinder but because of the way the bar is engineered it can only be 3-5mm ...
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Simulating mouse clicks at specific screen coordinates

I would like to be able to bind some keys to mouse clicks done in specific locations. For example: when I press F1 I should get a left mouse click at coordinates 300x350, F2 at 600x350 and so on. Even ...
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Reading line for Ubuntu users

Normally when I read a book I use a bookmark held horizontally under the current line I'm reading to help me keep my eyes on the right spot. When I read a PDF or other document on my computer I would ...
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How can I enable the “Mac-like” taskbar in Windows 7?

I recently got a laptop with Windows 7 installed, which is showing the normal taskbar at the bottom and one taskbar with a glass-like appearance (similar to one in either Mac or Ubuntu), that has the ...
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How to make VLC play a .vlm configuration file in “With no interface mode”?

How to make VLC play a VLM configuration file (.vlm) in "With no interface mode" on Windows? So I have a VLM configuration file that should stream audio from mic to localhost so no VLC user interface ...
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How to resize Yahoo Messenger window?

Yahoo Messenger is huge: And that's as short as you can make it, it won't shrink vertically anymore. How can I make it a more reasonable size, e.g.: In fact, if we're making it look better, ...
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Why do scrollbars stop working when the mouse is too far away?

Dragging a (Windows) scrollbar only works as long as the cursor is not too far away from the scrollbar itself. How can I 'fix' this bevaviour? Is there some kind of threshold in the registry? Tip: to ...
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Windows 7 forgets my default settings

I recently bought a new computer and Windows 7 Home Premium. I only have one small problem though. I have the option "Show Window Contents While Dragging" enabled, but everytime I restart the ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 User Interface errors

Hi Guys Using Ubuntu 10.04 Beta on a Sony Vaio laptop (slightly old PCG-4n7M). It was working wonderfully until this morning. After updating and upgrading the login screen images gave broken image ...
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How do I change the color of this area of my Windows 7 windows?

I see this color everywhere in my Windows applications. I can't find anywhere that I set a color that is this disjointed with the rest of the color scheme (which is gray, not blue). How do I change ...
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Making Ubuntu Linux pretty

Mac and Windows Vista have such pretty user interfaces with all the transparencies and stuff. Is there anything for Ubuntu Linux to improve the way it looks?
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Windows XP UI Jumpy

I have Windows XP Pro on a IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad T60 and occaisionally the UI is jumpy. This is all facets of the UI, including mouse cursor, video, and audio. I can't define when this starts, but ...
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No Firefox UI if launched during boot-up

At work I'm using Windows XP SP2. What I've noticed is if I launch Firefox while Windows hasn't finished booting up, it launches the firefox.exe process but fails to launch the associated UI i.e. ...
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Chrome Open in New Tab/Window Menu Items

Firefox and Internet Explorer both have "Open in New Tab" as the second option, whereas Chrome has it as the first option. This has become muscle memory for me by now, to the point that I don't use ...
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What's a good macro recorder for Windows? [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that can record everything I do with my mouse/keyboard and playback recorded sessions. I've found some softwares that can replay macro using a script but none that can also ...
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Meaning of asterisk following table name in MS Access 2007

In MS Access 2007, what does the asterisk indicate when it appears next to a table name in the Navigation Pane?
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Changing the interface language in Windows 7 Home Premium [duplicate]

A friend of mine has recently purchased a laptop in the U.S. that has Windows 7 Home Premium on it with an English interface. Not being a native English speaker, I'm trying to change the interface ...
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Is there a quick way to remove browser decorations

I'm finding that more and more applications use browsers as their user interface and I am caught in a dilemma. When browsing I want a browser window to have browser buttons, navigation icons, etc. ...
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How to eliminate unwanted sound (e.g., wav file executed on opening web page) while listening to music?

While i work, I listen to music using headphones plugged into the headphone jack on my MBP. Sometimes the music is streamed via iTunes radio, but usually mp3 files played through iTunes. Obviously, ...
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Problems with screen in Windows 7? Graphics gets stuck [duplicate]

I'm having problems with graphics that get "stuck" in Windows 7, usually when selecting an item in a menu. See screenshot. It's removed if I change the resoultion of the screen. How can I fix this? ...
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IM client with one window(contact list + message window) interface?

What me need ? mirc style interface with merged contact list window and message window jabber, icq protocols.. In miranda this not possible with currently available plugins.
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Exercise bikes and the computer

Are there any kits or products available for an exercise bike to connect to a PC so that you can get speed, calories, etc. tracked on a small application running in a PC (or Mac)?
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How to disable this useless message in Windows 7?

Every time I click Network, I get a message in a pale yellow drop-down box that says, Network discovery and file sharing are turned off. Network computers and devices are not visible. Click to ...
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iTunes UI artifacts

Two days ago I found out that iTunes interface become buggy. Here are some screenshots: UI bugs in listview headers: iTunes doesn't download app icons in App Store: CoverFlow doesn't show album ...
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Can the GUI be scaled down in Windows 7?

In Windows 7 there is the ability to scale the GUI size up by going to Control Panel -> Personalize -> Set custom text size. However, there is no obvious way to set the zoom to anything below 100%. ...
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Dell Latitude E5500 - Cannot change boot order with keyboard, must use touchpad

We just bought a few Latitude E5550 laptops. I wanted to boot from an installation CD, so I had to change the boot order. Instead of being a text-based BIOS configuration that is easy to navigate ...
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Menu select item stuck on screen after context or command menu has closed

Periodically when I select a menu command, the label or selected option gets "stuck" on screen and won't go away. I can close all open applications, including whichever one I was using when it got ...
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Make taskbar and title bar black when window is maximized (like in Vista)

Is there a way to make the taskbar and application title bar go blank when a window is maximized, like it was in Vista? I find it very distracting to see what's behind the maximized window (there is ...
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Are there any Windows operations that require a triple-click?

I've always used a triple-click on the ruler area in Word to access the page setup dialog and was wondering, are there any other bits of Windows or Windows applications that make use of this tricky ...
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What are healthy color settings for a terminal window? [closed]

What are good colors to use for a terminal window (text and background) to minimize eye strain/damage? I feel like someone, maybe a design or medical professional, must have done research on this ...
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Network Icon not visible on Windows XP

The network icon for my Local Area Connection has suddenly disappeared. I am using Windows XP Service Pack 2. Already tried: Open the properties window for the connection from the "Network ...
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How to swap Icon of running Application in Taskbar (on Windows)

I am using Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windos 2000. There is a windows taskbar where each running application is represented by a rectangular button with an icon and a caption, one button per ...
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Recommendation for Wiki that supports WYSIWYG?

Currently we use a MediaWiki installation for writing documentation, but several of us find the markup format horribly arbitrary and awkward, with a mixture of Wiki tags and XML in the text, and the ...
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Are there any good crontab syntax checkers, or entry tools?

Recently a user on one of our systems (linux Ubuntu, but any *nix would be the same) had a crontab file missing a terminating newline. It is common for *nix configuration files to require that ...
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Official studies/reports on Office 2007 Ribbon UI acceptance [closed]

Does anyone know of any official studies or reports on user acceptance of the Ribbon UI introduced in Office 2007. A quick search on the internet turns out individual-biased opinions that cannot be ...
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Windows program to remove titlebar, frame, etc from a window?

I like playing computer games in windowed mode, as opposed to full screen. I don't like staring at the title bar, frame, and other UI junk. I also don't like seeing other stuff on my desktop around ...
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How do I configure my XP to look like that (link inside!)? [closed]

I fell in love with this desktop, I want to reproduce it. Although he mentions the themes and applications used I have no idea how to do it. Any guides, tutorials, how-to's that brings me closer to ...
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Which is the best solution for shared database meeting these requirements?

Which solution would you recommend which has: a relational database with a user interface access for 20-50 users potentially working in parallel user authentication log of changes customizable ...
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Windows 7 UI annoyance: remove locked icon

How to remove the locked icon once a shared folder has been stopped from being shared?
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Make single clicks behave as double clicks

On the computer, you have to double-click sometimes to launch an applications or open a document, while in other places (buttons, dock icons) a single click is enough. On the web, you generally have ...
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Meaning of the clockwise/counter-clockwise rolling circle in Google Chrome

When using Google Chrome I've observed that the icon that holds the favicon.ico shows a rolling circle before a page is fully loaded. It appears as if the circle is rolling counter-clockwise when the ...
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'Un-select' a radiobutton? [closed]

I have always wondered if there is any way or trick to un-select a radio button once you have selected one. I'm asking this as a generic question, not regarding a specific program. it could be a ...
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Is there a way to reposition an entire toolbar in FireFox 3.5?

It seems like this should be simple, but I'm not finding an obvious way to do this. I'd like to reorder the toolbars (not individual items) vertically.For example my toolbars are now displayed as ...
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Firefox add-ons with a rich look and feel [closed]

I am looking for examples of the "best looking" Firefox add-ons. By "best looking" I mean usable and stylish look and feel. I am not necessarily looking for "must have" add-ons but for examples of how ...