Some windows Tricks

Creating Shutdown, Restart and Logoff Icons To create the icons, create a shortcut on the desktop. For Shutdown, the command is C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL.EXE user.exe,exitwindows For Restart, the command is C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL.EXE user.exe,exitwindowsexec For Logoff, the command is C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL.EXE shell32.dll,SHExitWindowsEx 0 Restoring a Lost Desktop If you ever lose the Desktop but Explorer is still running with the Start Button, you can do this to bring back your Desktop in a Windows box. Click Start Click Run Type a period " . " Then press Enter Creating a New E-Mail ShortcutTo create a shortcut that will open your default e-mail program starting a new e-mail, Right click on an open area of the desktop Select New / Shortcut For the Command Line, enter mailto: For the title enter something like New E-Mail When you click on this your default e-mail program should start with a new e-mail form. Creating 3D Window Effect You can create a nice 3D effect for your windows Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Colors Make sure the following setting are there: ButtonHilight=128 128 128 ButtonShadow=255 255 255 Having your Favorites and Start Menus Sort Alphabetically If your Start Menu Program or Favorites are not sorting alphabetically, it is easy to fix this: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/ Explorer/ MenuOrder Under here is are Favorites and Start Menu folders In each there is a value called Order Simply delete (or rename this) and restart Winodws Your Favorites or Start Menus should now sort alphabetically Increasing the Icon Cache Run Regedit Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\explorer Create a new string called Max Cached Icons Give it a value of 10000 This will increase response time in windows and give the Shellicon cache file more elbow room. Make Icons 256 Color 16-Bit Open the Registry Hit Ctrl+F Type Shell Icon BPP When found, right click the Shell Icon BPP icon Click Modify Change the value from 4 to 16 Click Ok Close the registry Restart your computer Removing Shortcut Arrows An easy way to remove those irritating arrows from your desktop shortcut icons and not change their properties Right click the Desktop / Properties / Appearance tab Select Item Scroll for Icon The default size is 32 Change this to 30 Clicking Apply Adding the Control Panel to the Start Menu Open up the Explorer Go to \WINDOWS\Start Menu Right click in the right-hand panel Add a new folder Name it Control Panel.{21ec2020-3aea-1069-a2dd-08002b30309d} This makes getting to the Control Panel items a little easier Making Desktop Changes Permanent To make changes to the Desktop like window size, positon after rebooting: Start Regedit Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\PoliciesExplorer Create a New Binary Value Name it NoSaveSettings Give it a value of 01 00 00 00 Easy Shortcuts on the Desktop Here is an easy way to put shortcuts on the Desktop where they can easily be moved to other group icons. Using the Explorer, create a SHORTCUT to the \Windows\Desktop directory in your \Windows\SEND TO directory. Now whenever you want to make a shortcut and move it to the desktop: Just make the shortcut you want using Explorer Right click on that shortcut In the pop up menu select the Send To and Desktop shortcut. Changing a Folder's Icon To change the icon of a Folder on desktop: Using the Explorer, move the folder from the Desktop directory to another directory on the hard drive Right click on the new folder and select "Create Shortcut" Move the shortcut to the Desktop Right click and select a new icon