Questions tagged [desktop-customization]

Tweaking the look and feel of the operating system's desktop. All OSes welcome.

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Is There any way to hide taskbar only on desktop?

As Title says "Is There any way to hide taskbar only on desktop?" I mean taskbar work like regular when open explorer,browser etc, in all cases taskbar always show except on desktop. Windows ...
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Change size of icon type in Windows 10

Windows view has LIST TYPE. Is there any way to change the icon size for those views? For example, I want to explore in LIST VIEW but I want the icon a little bit larger. In the above image can I ...
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Custom physical keyboard that launches apps

Is it possible to make a custom keyboard (or use one already made) and assign to each key an application to be launched when the key is pressed? Something that works like a physical dock (for Mac ...
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Any way to change icons of Chrome shortcuts pinned to taskbar? (Windows 10)

I have a bunch of websites "saved as shortcuts" from Chrome, and pinned to taskbar. But I would like to customize the taskbar icons, e.g., to distinguish Outlook Mail from Calendar: How do ...
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How to specify permament columns for music folder in Windows10?

When I create folder with MP3 files Windows changes folder template to "Music". Ok, but default columns for this template are: Name, #, Title, Artists, Album. I can customize that for one ...
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How to snap windows to each other?

On Windows 10 its possible to snap an application window to (left/right) size or to the corners, one have just to drag the window there. On macOS windows stick to each other, so its easier to position ...
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Resize copying window in Windows 10

Whenever copying large amounts of data, I get slightly mesmerized by the copying window in Windows 10: Even though this is often due to impatience, I find it strangely satisfying and interesting. Is ...
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Why do my apps scale incorrectly when I drag them onto a second monitor? [duplicate]

Google chrome scaling incorrectly from an ultrawide (3440 x 1440) to a 1080p monitor. I have one ultrawide the monitor on the right in the picture and one 1080p monitor (the one on the left). ...
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How to have Windows 7 store its desktop wallpaper file TranscodedWallpaper.jpg on a RAM disk (RAM drive)?

Windows 7 (and later versions, to my knowledge) stores the current desktop's wallpaper as a transcoded image file named TranscodedWallpaper.jpg. In Windows 7, the location of this file isX:\Users\<...
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Make wallpaper from Bing wallpaper app permanent

I'm using the Bing Wallpaper app on Windows 10. From time to time there are some quite nice one inside and I would like to make make them more permanent. (For those not familiar, the app switches to a ...
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KDE Plasma 5: Custom Manjaro Distro how to Customize

How do I Change Things like the Distro name(or is This changed based off the name in the profile for manjaro-tools) and The Splash Screen, Desktop Background, Start/Application Menu Icon, and Default ...
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macOS Big Sur - Change desktop wallpaper image (currently forced black)

I'm an admin on my macbook - And there's also an admin account that I don't have access to. I'd like to change my wallpaper image from a flat black image which I think is being forced on my by some ...
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Determine what changed my desktop wallpaper

How do I determine what caused the change of my background wallpaper? Identify the programm/process if that was a malware, get event information, anything? Somehow find out why that happened. My ...
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Bing Wallpaper : IsNetworkAvailable The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication Required

I use the Bing Wallpaper to change my desktop wallpapers. After the proxy configured, the app is not downloading new wallpapers because it cannot connect to internet. I have configured proxy thru ...
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How to show more than 4 applications matching a search string in the Windows Start menu (Windows 7)?

In Win7, how can you show more than 4 apps matching a search string entered into the Start menu's "Search programs and files" input field when Control Panel items also match the search ...
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Win10 How to Remove Background Picture For One Monitor Only

I have 2 monitors and inadvertently set the same picture as the background for each monitor. I wanted one solid color and the picture on the other but now I can only change them to both solid or a ...
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Is there a clever way to group a bunch of files together besides using a folder (for Windows desktop background images)?

I have many photographs, and I want to pick about 1000 of them to use as Windows desktop backgrounds (aka wallpapers). The easiest thing to do is copy the ones I want into their own folder, and then ...
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launchin programs on windows 10 on different virtual desktops, position them on startup, automatically. How?

When Windows starts I want programs A,B,C running on Desktop 1 and they should be positioned in a apecific way like A in Fullscreen on Monitor 1, B and C on Monitor 2 splitted. On Desktop 2 there ...
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How to allow desktop wallpaper folder to be changed when using the Windows 7 Personalization control panel has no effect?

A Win7 box is unable to have its desktop Wallpapers folder changed in the Windows 7 Personalization control panel. The Personalization control panel allows selecting a new folder, but it has no effect....
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What is the function of Windows 7 registry value “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpaper\LastScan”?

The function of values under registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers are well documented. But what is the function of values under registry key, ...
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Widows 10 background not working

I have a windows 10 PC. I recently connected it to two 49" ultrawide monitors and adjusted the resolution under display settings to the appropriate setting. Since the old background I had was set ...
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How can I get macOS like window edge to edge alignment in Windows 10?

Is there any utilities to get this windows behaviour in Windows 10? That's I'm talking about
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getting to a virtual desktop with different shortcuts and files on it than the base desktop

I have a very cluttered desktop, with many shortcuts and files on it. When I open up a new W10 virtual desktop the same icons and files appear on the virtual desktop as on the original. If I delete a ...
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Gnome/MATE Icon Folders

Is there a way to specify icons for the desktop independently from those for the file manager, panel and menu? Ditto for the aforementioned GUI elements in general. Since icons are not ordered in this ...
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High-res wallpaper does not work the same as a low-res one

I have a 4k display and attempted to set a 4k image as my desktop wallpaper on Windows 10. What happens instead is the wallpaper is not loaded and I am switched to the builtin "colour" ...
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How to change a desktop background more than once every 10 seconds?

The default windows, background-slideshow's lowest change time is 1 minute. Of course, opening regedit (WINDOWS + r and then type regedit and ENTER) then navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control ...
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How to set different sound for Logon/Logoff and Lock/Unlock on Microsoft Windows 7?

I want to customize the logon/logoff sound. But, the lock/unlock sound will be changed too. How to configure a different sound for logon/logoff and lock/unlock user? Operating System: Microsoft ...
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Can I force Firefox in the “background” on windows?

I want to have Firefox open on one of my secondary screens on windows, maximized and behind all other windows, and, if possible, ignoring regular clicks (so that I have to alt-tab to it to interact ...
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Is it possible to enable Windows aero inside a Ubuntu VM?

I'm trying to switch from Windows to Ubuntu, but some of my favorite programs don't run on Windows. Steam is fine because of the new Proton function etc. But unfortunately "Wallpaperengine" ...
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Is it possible to add new emoji to the windows emoji keyboard?

Win10 features an emoji keyboard. I would like to add some emoticons to it as well like ¯\(ツ)/¯ and (ノ ゜Д゜)ノ ︵ ┻━┻. I know it probably operates off of a text file or a registry entry or something ...
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Unmodalize Dialogs (Make Modal Dialogs Non-Modal)

I'm on Windows 10 and annoyed by many modal dialogs of built-in applications (e.g. Windows-Explorer's Options dialog) and third party applications (e.g. Eclipse's Run Configuration dialog). Example ...
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Howto: linux graphical login with restrictions (sort of like a hotel lobby screen)

I have seen such screens at hotels. But on windows systems. You startup, login and get a restricted screen. Things like getting a shell are not possible. A menu with only internet surfing and office ...
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Where in the Win7 registry is the wallpaper slideshow folder?

I want to schedule a .bat file to change the location of the wallpaper slideshow folder every evening (so I can use a folder of 'night' images at night). I can only find the registry location of the ...
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How to physically label hard-disks?

I installed several (six) hard drives over the years in my PC. Is it possible to physically label them with contents,drive label and the model label? What I have tried: A heat proof sharpie. But the ...
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Personal image accidentally ending up as desktop background (Windows 10)

I currently have two laptops, both with Windows 10. In the first laptop, I saved a picture I took during a holiday with my camera. Today I found the same picture automatically set as desktop ...
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Second screen - how to avoid a mess and offscreen windows (Windows 10)

I have successfully set up a TV as second screen (HDMI) - mainly to watch YouTube on. Selected 'Desktop extended mode', so I can move the YouTube/Twitch windows over there. Even full-screen works fine....
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Wallpaper crashes sometimes in Windows 10

Some days ago I re-installed Windows 10 on my laptop and now, sometimes, after: Quitting a 3d game Waking (Resume from sleep) Power on wallpaper become like this: Videocard info: GeForce MX230 ...
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Setup a specific background image (Desktop-wallpaper) for other user

I'm using a Windows 10 Entrerprise LTSC machine, currently logged in as default user with administrator rights. Fresh out the box. I'm not in a domain environment. Since we like to hand out the ...
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How does Rainmeter work behind the scenes?

I've recently come across this popular application called Rainmeter (https://www.rainmeter.net/), that allows users to create custom "skins" to display instead of the default Windows 10 Desktop and ...
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Is this RAM stick compatible with my motherboard?

I want this RAM stick (OLOy Memory DDR4 RAM 16GB (2x8GB) 2400 MHz). I have a B450M motherboard and a Ryzen 5 3600x. Is this RAM stick compatible with my motherboard?
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Unable to change lock screen wallpaper

I am unable to change my lock screen wallpaper. It just keeps going back to the one I set way before or the default wallpaper with green mountains. The usual way of changing the lock screen ...
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Prevent last logged on user's wallpaper from displaying on logon screen

I'm wondering how one can disable the last logged on user's background on the logon screen. Currently, bginfo runs as part of the logon script and writes the computer name and username to the desktop. ...
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VLC | video as wallpaper | wallpaper stays in foreground hiding the taskbar and desktop icons

I am using VLC to set a video as my desktop wallpaper on Windows 10. What is happening: VLC runs the video as desktop wallpaper, but the video stays in the foreground and is always hiding my ...
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disable Windows 10 random wallpaper (not activated OS)

there is a problem on one pc with not activated Windows 10. It automatically randomly changes wallpaper. If I go to personalize settings I can see it says wallpaper: presentation, album: Madagaskar. ...
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MX Linux remastering tools don't retain wallpaper setting

MX Linux (based on Debian stable with Xfce), contains a number of remastering utilities. Using MX Snapshot to create a "personal" snapshot .iso file is supposed to retain virtually all user settings (...
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Where does Xfce store the setting for the selected desktop wallpaper file?

On Xfce v4.14, in what configuration file is the setting stored for the path/filename of the user-selected wallpaper image? In 2008, the setting was stored in ~/.config/xfce4/mcs_settings/desktop....
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Lubuntu / LXDE with a weird left margin

I'm having an issue with My desktop manager (LXDE, with Lubuntu), Where the shortcut Super + left arrow key was supposed to put the current window against the left side of the screen, but leaves a ...
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How do I move the Windows 10 Start Menu apps list to the left edge?

I've seen the apps list permanently expanded at the very left edge of the Windows 10 Start Menu, rather than hidden or in a separate column. How is this done, please? I like the idea and it's ...
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clean up a windows 8.1 user profile

Is it possible to clean up a windows 8.1 user profile, so that all the customizations made after the creation of the profile itself, are deleted? As an example, the user changes the desktop ...
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Changing wallpaper using VBS on Windows 10 doesn't work

So I've been trying to use a vbs file to change my desktop wallpaper on Windows 10. The vbs file contains: dim shell Set shell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") wallpaper = "C:\Users\mypc\...

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