Appearance and Personalization

Tutorials showing you how to customize the following: looks (resolution, colors, etc), the taskbar and start menu, Folder Options and Fonts.

Put the Volume Mixer icon back on your taskbar

Many of our readers asked us to help them put their Volume Mixer icon back to the notification area of their taskbar. Since this has been quite a common problem, we decided to publish this tutorial to help others having this issue.

How To Change The Font Size In Windows

Some people might have problems reading the text of the icons and menus in Windows. The font size can be too small and making it bigger might help. Windows gives users the possibility to make the text and other items easier to see by making them larger.
This can be done by increasing the so called Dots per inch scale or DPI. To adjust it, just follow the steps outlined below.

How to find the Folder Options menu

One of the first things I do after I install a Windows Operating System is to make sure I have access to all hidden folders and that i can see the extension for all files, including common files like ".txt" or ".doc". That is because I want to have complete access to every file or folder from my system.

To make these settings in Windows XP it was pretty easy - while I was browsing through the folders on my system, I selected Tools and then Folder Options from the top menu of Windows Explorer.

When I used Windows Vista for the first time I was a bit surprised to see that the Tools menu is nowhere to be found in Windows Explorer. So where did it go?

How to Organize Your Start Menu in Windows 7

Keeping an organized start menu is something that doesn’t even occur to most computer users. As more programs are installed on your machine, more shortcuts icons appear in the start menu until, eventually, it becomes frustratingly time-consuming to find the shortcut you need. Although, since Windows Vista, the new start menu design has helped to alleviate this problem to some degree, having an organized start menu still provides a number of benefits. It is far more convenient and easier to find things if all of the entries in your start menu are organized and arranged into categories.

Transform your Windows Vista into a Mac OS X Leopard - Part 2

This article continues our series about transforming Windows Vista to a Mac OS X Leopard look with instructions on how to do the following: move the title bar icons from right to left, emulate the MAC OS X ALT-TAB behavior and the dock, install Mac OS X icons, logon screens and boot screens. Once you have finished following all the instructions from this series you will have a Windows Vista which looks and feels very similar to a MAC OS X Leopard.

Transform your Windows Vista into a Mac OS X Leopard - Part 1

Many people are fascinated with Apple and their MAC OS X operating system. If you browse through the Internet you will find a lot of people stating that MAC OS X Leopard looks better than Windows Vista. Even though we do not subscribe to this opinion, we did manage to find a way to completely transform Windows Vista's looks and make it as similar as possible to MAC OS X Leopard. This is the first article of a series in which we will show you how to do this without compromising the stability of your Windows Vista PC.

In our first article you will learn how to: install a Mac OS X Leopard theme, install MAC OS X Mouse Pointers, add MAC OS X wallpapers, add the MAC OS X Back and Forward buttons and how to customize the Welcome Center to be as MAC like as possible.

How to use the Send To menu and how to customize it

In this article I will talk to you about a less known feature of Windows Vista, called the Send To menu. Even though it is also found in older versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, not too many people notice it and use it. Simply put, the Send To menu allows you to quickly send files and folders to another location. In this tutorial I will show you how to use this menu and how to add other useful entries (locations) to it so that you can be more productive when you need to move files to a certain location.

How to enable Natural Search and how to use it

One of the less known features of Windows Search and implicitly of Windows Vista, is the ability to search using natural language. What does natural language search mean? Basically, it means searching by using the same terms you would when asking a person to search for something. For example, instead of searching using 'kind:email author:Joe after:08/01/2008', you would type 'email from Joe received this month' or, instead of using 'kind:pictures location:London' you would use 'pictures in London'. Sounds more simple and natural, right?

In this tutorial I will show you how to enable the Natural Language Search and I will give you a few examples about how to use it.

Pimp My Windows Vista: How to install new themes

The new Aero interface of Windows Vista looks really nice, but after a while you get bored of the same colors and shapes. This is why in this tutorial I will show you how to install a new theme on Windows Vista. The process is not an easy one, as we need to install some additional software, but the result will be quite satisfying.

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