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USE WINDOWS IN FUNNIER WAY

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THIS ARTICLE CONSISTS OF FEW TIPS IN WHICH YOU CAN CUSTOMISE THE WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM IN MUCH FUNNIER WAY.

NOTE-Before making any registry edit or customization create a system restore point, if any abnormal behavior of the system occurs after editing, just switch back to restore point you have created. The figures that are shown in the article are not compressed, so you can zoom the pictures and have a better view. For any queries mail me:bristolmaverick@gmail.com

USE WINDOWS IN FUNNIER WAY
TIP: EASY TO MAKE WINDOWS SHUTDOWN AND RESTART QUICKLY.
After the use of computer you need to shutdown the computer in a regular manner i.e. you need to switch to start menu and then click on the Turn off computer icon and then switch it off, but this may consume lot of time certainly about few seconds for sure. So there is one more way of shutting down the computer easily and also restarting the system easily by creating your own desktop icon. First right click on the desktop, a tab appears scroll down to NEW option and you find a option as SHORTCUT. Now click this shortcut tab, you are prompted to type some text. In this field just type the syntax as follows SHUTDOWN -S -T -00 -F à This is to shutdown the computer. SHUTDOWN -R -T -00 -F à This is to restart the computer. In above syntax S indicates shutdown and T indicates the time needed to shutdown the system. Here you can vary the time limit from 00 to XX (xx is any value of your choice). F indicates the force shutdown of the system such any running process is killed by the system forcibly and then it shutdowns. In second syntax R indicates restart of the system and other variables are same as shutdown syntax. The text you enter is not case sensitive. Now rename the icon as you wish either restart or reboot and turn off or switch off for the icons you have created respectively. Now click on the icons either to restart or switch off respective to their syntax. By this method you can perform either turn off or switch off in much easier way.

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Right click on desktop.

Type the syntax as shown above.

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Rename the icon as you wish.

Customize your icon as you wish.

TIP: TO REMOVE SHORTCUT SYMBOL ON ICON CREATED BY USER ON D SKTOP

Shape of the shortcut symbol.

Shortcut symbol on the icon.

As mentioned above you people may create a desktop shortcut icon, but these icons consists of a shortcut symbol as shown in above figure and doesn t have a decent look unlike My computer icon. So you can remove this shortcut symbolized icon by editing a bit in registry. NOTE: Before making any edit to registry make a registry back up. To open registry in windows press WIN LOGO key and R simultaneously. In this RUN command box type REGEDIT.EXE and press ok.

Now you people are prompted with a window as shown below.

Figure showing piffile

figure showing lnkfile

In registry editor, navigate through My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\lnkfile Now when you click lnkfile, on the right field appears a binary word named IsShortcut . Delete this IsShortcut . Similarly now navigate through My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\piffile Now when you click piffile, on the right field again appears a binary word named IsShortcut . Delete this IsShortcut . Press F5 to refresh the registry and Restart the system. Wow, you find no shortcut symbol on the shortcut icons. Now the shortcut icons on the desktop appears as shown below.

No shortcut symbol after editing registry.

TIP: USING PRINT SCREEN KEY TO TAKE SCREEN SHOT IN WINDOWS
Many of a time you people have just come across the print screen key, but haven t used it or may not know how to use it. So the tip is to use the print screen key to take a screen shot in windows. Let us consider that you people may need to take the screenshot of desktop. So first open the desktop screen, now press the print-screen button. You are not prompted with any option right now. So just open the ms-paint in start menu or through run command by typing ms-paint. Now you are prompted with paint window, just press ctrl+v simultaneously. Now the screen shot taken by you is pasted on the paint window. Save the picture as you wish by pressing ctrl+s or using save as option in paint. once the picture is saved you can view the screen shot in any photo viewer software and in fact you can use it as desktop background. You can use print screen option one at a time.

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Press prt-scr button to take screenshot.

Open mspaint & press ctrl+v to paste screen shot.

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Save the screenshot to any location.

View the screen shot using any photo viewer.

NOTE: You can save the screen shot in many formats like .bmp, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .tiff, etc.

TIP: TO MAKE WINDOWS TO WORK MUCH FASTER.
Some people often complain about the slow working of the system though the hardware they are using are compatible with the operating system. The one reason to this problem is the fragmentation of the files in the hard-disk. So if you defragment the fragmented files the system can work much faster than its previous state. The defragment of the files can be made in windows with its built in software named as disk-defragmenter. Before defragmenting files, first you delete all the temp and bak files. Also delete internet explorer temporary files and also the history. To open the defragmenter tool, first click on the start menu and then navigate through tab named as all-programs then through accessories\system tools\disk defragmenter. Now you are prompted with a window and at the bottom you have option like analyze, defragment, stop etc. Now analyze each drives and continue defragmenting every hard-disk drive on your computer. After the defragment is completed refresh the system by pressing F5 button and exit the defragment tool. Now the system can be accessed much faster than its previous state i.e. before defragmenting.

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Select the defragmenter tool

Analyze & defragment the hard disk drives.

Defragment all the hard disk drives and remember to defragment the hard disk drive regularly at-least twice a month or after installing new programs that are more than 100 MB in size.

TIP: CREATE OR DELETE THE DRIVES OF HD DRIVE OR RENAMING OF DRIVES.
Many of us need to create extra drive when there exist a free space in hard disk or delete any drive that we may not need. So this can be done easily in windows. Click start menu and click on control panel. Now navigate throughPerformance and maintenance\Administrative tools\Computer management\Storage\Disk management Here you are prompted with a window which mentions the existence of number of partitions and also total memory of the hard disk. So if you need to create new partition just right click on the free space (if

there exists) and create a new partition. If you want to delete the drive select the delete option and delete the drive. Also you can rename this drives by selecting change drive letters & path options. NOTE: If you delete any drive, the data in that drive is lost and cannot be recovered.

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Navigate to the disk management

Right click on the drives and select the options.

TIP: TO ADD DRIVES IN SEND TO OPTION
If you people want to copy the file from one drive to other or from CD ROM to any drives, traditionally you first copy that file and then paste it to the required drive. This method is bit time consuming. So the alternate way is to add the existing drives to the send-to option i.e. when you right click on the file you are prompted with a send to option. If you select this option, by default you have few options like send to CD ROM or floppy drive, but you can customize this option by adding other drives also.

Before adding drives to send-to option it has few default options as shown in above figure.

Now open the drive in which the operating system is installed. Usually the default drive will be C drive. Navigate through c:\Documents & settings\username. Here you find send to folder. If it does not exist, it may have been hidden. So change the attribute by making hidden folder to be viewable. The hidden folders can be viewed by setting the options in my computer\tools\folder option\view and change the setting show all hidden files.

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Click tools in my computer window. Select show hidden files option in the new window. Now all the hidden files are visible, particular to that window screen. Open c:\windows\documents & settings\username\send to folder. In this send to folder you find some icons. These are the icons that existed when you used to right click and select send to option of any file. OK, now create a new shortcut in this folder. Right click on this window screen, select the new option and choose shortcut option. In the field that prompts, type the drive path and rename the folder name you want. Similarly create as many drives you need and refresh once. Now check the send to option by right clicking on any of the file. You are prompted with the drives that you created and also the default options.

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Create a shortcut for required drive

check the send to option after creating shortcut.

TIP: QUICK START UP BY USING BOOT DEFRAGMENTER
Many a times the system slows down during the boot up time for many reasons. The one reason may be due to boot fragment. So enable boot defragment which puts all the boot files to one proximity, hence increases the boot up time much faster. By default many systems have boot defragment enabled. If not, move on to registry editor. Here you navigate through My computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\Boot optimize function. On the right pane you find enable option. If this option is N make it Y. Now refresh the registry by pressing F5 and then reboot.

Change the enable value from N to Y. After these tricks I ask you people a question. The question is that can you people rename a folder in windows as con? If possible let me know how you did. If not, mail me: bristolmaverick@gmail.com

This article was developed by me to make you to customize the windows for your convenience and if there is any failure restore the computer to its previous restore point. If you know any different tricks do mail me. After reading this article if you are convenient about the tricks I have told you, then do mail it to your friends and let them enjoy the funnier way of windows.