Category: Display


This tutorial was written to show all Windows XP users how they can add a shortcut of their most commonly used programs to the left pane of their “start” menu. Read below to find out how you can increase the capacity of the “Recently used programs” pane on the left of the “start” menu.

The first step you must take towards increasing the capacity of the “Recently used programs” pane on the left of the “start” menu, you must first single-right click the “start” button, which will open a small context menu like so:

Right clicking the start button

 

You will notice in the screenshot above contains a red circle, which encapsulates the text “Properties”. You must click the text “Properties”, which will open the “Taskbar and start menu properties” window, which will appear like so:

Taskbar and start menu properties - customize

 

Within the window that you are presented with you will have access to a button marked “Customize”. You must click the button circled in red marked with the text “Customize”. Once you click the “Customize” button, you will be presented with the “Customize start menu” window like so:

Customize start menu

 

Now as you can see in the screenshot of the “Customize Start Menu” window depicted above there is a red circle around a box filled with the number six. The number six can be replaced by using the up and down arrows in order to alter the number of most recently used programs that appear in the left pane of your “start” menu. The maximum you can set this to is thirty.

Congratulations! You have just changed the amount of recent programs in your “start” menu. Enjoy your newfound Microsoft Windows customization knowledge.

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This tutorial was written for all Windows XP users out there who are tired of coming to their computer to find that their screen is somewhat “distorted”. There is a simple way to fix this and it can be completed in just minutes. Read below to find out how you can stop your screen from becoming distorted at times in just minutes.

The first step you must take is one of which will determine whether the source of the distortion is your computer’s display settings or the settings on your monitor itself. To do so we must first try the display settings.

 

In order to change the display settings you must first open the “Control Panel”, which can be done by clicking the “start” button in the lower left corner of your screen and then clicking the text “Control Panel” like so:

Clicking the start menu - control panel

 

As you can see in the screenshot of my start menu above, the text “Control Panel” is circled in red. You must click this text, which in turn will make your computer present you with the “Control Panel”, which will appear like so:

Control Panel - display

 

In the screenshot above is the “Control Panel” window, within is the icon leading to the “Display Properties” window, the “Display” icon is circled in red. You must double-left click the “Display” icon. Once you have double-left clicked the “Display” icon you will be presented with the “Display Properties” window, which will appear like so:

Display properties - settings

 

Also in the above screenshot is a red circle, which encapsulates the “Settings” tab. You must click the “Settings” tab in order to alter the display settings of your computer. Once you have single-left clicked the “Settings” tab, you will be presented with the window shown below:

Display properties - troubleshoot

 

In the screenshot above is the “Settings” tab of the “Display Properties” window, which you must now use to access the “Advanced” section. To do so you must click the button marked “Advanced”, which is circled in red. Once you have clicked the “Advanced” button, you will be presented with the window shown below:

Display properties - advanced

 

You must now click the “Troubleshoot” tab, which is circled in red in the above screenshot. Once you have clicked this tab you will enter the window shown below:

Display properties - troubleshooting

 

You will notice that the screenshot above depicts the “Plug and Play” window. With this window you must use the slider circled in red in order to attempt to disable particular features on your display options in order to restore a non-distorted state. You will notice a couple lines of text beneath the slider on the right of the text “Hardware acceleration”. You must drag the slider towards the left, towards the text “None” in order to disable certain features. I will shown you in the screenshot below that the text changes depending on how far you slide the slider like so:

Plug and play

 

As you can see in the screenshot above I have slid the slider one notch to the left and in turn the text below the slider has changed and is now displaying the features that will be disabled when the “Apply” button is clicked. You must slide the slider to the left one notch at a time and click the “Apply” button after each movement. After each movement you must click the “Apply” button and then run a few programs that you would normally experience distortion with and see if the distortion remains. If the distortion remains then slide the slider one more notch to the left, click “Apply” and then retest the programs that would usually cause distortion again. If the distortion persists then slide the slider to the left once more and click the “Apply” button and then retest the program once more. If the problem is fixed then congratulations, you now have no distortion, although if it is not then you may continue to slide the slider to the desired position and click the “Apply” button, or you may proceed to the next method, which is explained below. Additionally you may wish to try checking or removing the check in the checkbox marked “Enable write combining”. Disabling or enabling this feature will deal a different result on every computer, although if you have tried altering the hardware acceleration and you are still experiencing distortion then you may use this at your own risk.

 

Now on to the other method, which is altering the settings on your monitor in itself. The instructions on how to do so will vary depending on your model, thus I cannot describe here how to change the settings on your monitor as you must refer to the user manual that came with your computer or perhaps another monitor’s manual assuming it is the same model or a similar model to your own. The best I can do in the way of describing how you are to change settings on your monitor is that there should be a series of buttons on the front, top or sides of your monitor that can be used to adjust the settings on your screen. If you are using an older monitor these buttons may be push buttons or more rarely rotating knobs.

 

You should finally check that the power and video cable connected to the back of your monitor and the back of your computer are connected at both ends properly. Upon checking you must connect all cables at all ends sufficiently.

Congratulations! You have just removed the distortion from your computer’s monitor. Enjoy your newfound hardware troubleshooting knowledge.

This tutorial was written to show all Windows Vista users how they can help maximize the performance and power of their PC by deselecting certain visual effects on their computer. Read below to find out how you can optimize the display settings on your computer for optimum performance in just minutes.

The first thing you must do is click the “start” button. Clicking the “start” button will bring up the “start menu” like so:

Clicking the start menu

 

From the “start menu” you must click “Control Panel”. Once you have clicked “Control Panel” you will be presented with the “Control Panel” window, which will appear like so:

Control Panel

 

You will notice a large list of icons in the window as shown above, if yours is appearing categorically then you must click the “Classic View” text, which is circled in the top left of the window as shown above. Once you have done so you must select the “System” icon, which you should have to scroll down to find like so:

Control Panel - system

 

Once you have found the “System” icon, you must double-left-click the icon, which will bring up the “System” window like so:

Changing settings - System

 

As you can see there is a red circle around the text “Performance”. You must click the text “Performance”, which will lead you to the “Performance Information and Tools” window. This window is used to change many aspects of your computer’s performance. The window should appear like so:

Adjusting visual effects

 

In the image above, you will notice that the text “Adjust visual effects”. You must click this text. Once you have clicked the text “Adjust visual effects” and accepted any security prompts, you will be presented with the “Performance Options” like so:

Performance options

 

From the “Performance Options” window you may deselect or select as many options as you choose, although in order to maintain a relevantly attractive computer at the same time as optimizing its performance, I recommend that you disable all of the effects except for the effects listed below, which should be kept in order to maintain a good looking desktop:

  • Show shadows under menus
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop

You must click within the small white box in each of the visual effects that are not one of the five listed above in order to remove the check from the box, thus disabling each effect.

 

Once you have deselected all of the effects except for the five listed above, you muse then click the “Apply” button and then the “OK” button, which are both located in the bottom right of the “Performance Options” window.

 

Once you have clicked the “Apply” and “OK” button, your desktop will appear to change. Once this change is complete, which should only take a few seconds, your desktop will be more responsive and your overall processor usage should drop slightly if not dramatically. Your computer may ask you to restart in order for the changes to take effect, if this is the case then you must restart your computer and once it restarts you will then notice the difference.

Congratulations! You have just modified the visual effects settings for your Windows Vista PC. Enjoy your newfound Windows optimization knowledge.

This tutorial is written for all Windows users who are sick of those boring old Windows sounds and would like to change those sounds to a sound file of their choice. Read below to find out how you can modify the system sounds on your Windows computer in a few easy steps.

The first step is to use the Win+R key combination in order to open the “Run” window, which can be done using the combination highlighted below:

Press and hold the “Windows” key (bottom right of keyboard) and then press the “R” key once. Now release the “Windows” and “R” key.       The “Run” window will now be open.

 

Now that you have opened the “Run” window, you must enter the text “mmsys.cpl” into the text box provided within the “Run” window, as shown below:

Running mmsys

 

Once you enter the text into the text box provided as shown above, you must then click the “OK” button or hit the “Enter” key, which will open the “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window, which will allow you to change the sound settings on your computer. The “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window will appear as shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties

 

Now that you have the window open, you must then left-click once the “Sounds” tab from the top of the window, which will bring up the window shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties - sounds

 

Now that you have the window shown above on your screen, you must then select the event you would like to change the sound for. For example if you click “Asterisk” and then use the drop-down box or the “Browse…” button to search for the .wav file you wish to play when the “Asterisk” event occurs, as shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties - sounds selection

 

All you must do is select a Windows sound from this drop down list for the event of which you wish to change, left-click the sound once and then click the “Apply” button and then click the “OK” button to apply the new settings. In addition you may click the “Browse…” button and then navigate to an appropriate .wav file stored on your harddrive and select it and then click the “Apply” button and then click the “OK” button, just as you would if you were to use the drop-down box method.

 

You may replace “Asterisk” with any other event sound you wish to change, as “Asterisk” was just an example. You may use the procedure above to change any of the event sounds in the scrollable list. Once you have selected and applied the sound for the event or events you wish to use, you may close the “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window and proceed with using your computer just as you normally would. Although, if you have changed startup sounds then you may restart whenever you like in order to test them.

Congratulations! You have just edited the event sounds on your Windows computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows modification knowledge.

This tutorial is written to explain to Windows users how they can change the theme on their computer, thus providing a more unique desktop experience. Read below to find out how you can change your theme in a few short steps.

The first step you must take in order to get that great, unique desktop you have been waiting for, is to right-click once on the desktop, which can be done once you have minimized or closed all currently open windows and then right-clicking once on any free space on the desktop. Once you have right-clicked on the desktop you will be presented with the context menu shown below:

Right clicking the desktop

 

Now that you have opened the context menu on your desktop, you must then left-click once on the text “Properties”, which is located at the very bottom of the context menu. Once you have clicked the text “Properties” you will be presented with the “Display Properties” window shown below:

Display properties

 

Now that you have opened the “Display Properties” window, you must stay within the “Themes” tab, which you will be presented with automatically and then click the small arrow beneath the text “Theme:” and then select your preferred theme, as shown below:

Display properties - themes

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, there are various theme options you can choose from. You may select the theme from the drop-down box in order to preview it in the small window in the centre of the “Display Properties” window. Once you have decided on which theme you would like to use, you must then select it from the drop-down box and then click “OK” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. Now that you have selected your theme and hit “Enter” or clicked “OK” your computer will begin to apply the theme, which can take a few seconds to complete. Once the application of your theme is complete your new theme will remain active until you decide to change it again.

Congratulations! You have just changed the theme on your Window computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows customization knowledge.

This tutorial was written to show all Windows users who enjoy a photograph or other high resolution image consisting of many contrasting colours being set as their wallpaper, although are not willing to do so for the sake of the visibility of the text below their icons. Read below to find out how you can improve icon text visibility in a few simple steps.

The first step is to use the Win+R key combination in order to open the “Run” window, which can be done using the combination highlighted below:

Press and hold the “Windows” key (bottom right of keyboard) and then press the “R” key once. Now release the “Windows” and “R” key.          The “Run” window will now be open.

 

Once you have opened the “Run” window using the key combination shown above, you must then enter the text below into the text window provided within the “Run” window like so:

Running sysdm

 

Once you have entered the text “sysdm.cpl” in the text box provided, as shown above, you must then click the “OK” button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. Once you have entered the text above and hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard or clicked the “OK” button, you will be presented with the “System Properties” window, as shown below:

System properties

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, I have circled the “Advanced” tab. You must click the “Advanced” tab, which will give you the window shown below:

Clicking advanced

 

Now you must click the “Settings” button, which is circled in red above. Once you click the “Settings” button you will be given the window shown below:

Performance options

 

Now that you have clicked the “Settings” button, you must then scroll to the bottom of the list of options and left-click once in the box on the left of the text “Use drop shadow for icon labels on the desktop” and then click the “OK” button. Also if you would like to disable the shadowed icon effect then you may left-click once on the box next to the text and remove the check.

Congratulations! You have now enabled/disabled the icon shadow effect for your desktop icons. Enjoy your newfound Windows customization knowledge.

This tutorial is written to explain to all Windows users how easily they can remove all of the icons on their desktop, whilst being able to make them reappear just as they were with two simple clicks. Read below to find out how you can remove your icons to remove unwanted clutter from your desktop in just seconds.

The first thing you must do is navigate to your desktop, which can be done by minimizing or closing all currently open windows.

 

Once you have navigated to your desktop, you must then right-click once on a free space on your desktop like so:

Right clicking the desktop 

 

Once you have right-clicked the desktop as shown in the screenshot above, you must then move your mouse pointer to the text “Arrange Icons By” like so:

Arrange icons by

 

Now that you have moused over the “Arrange Icons By” text, you will notice that the text “Show Desktop Icons” should have a ‘tick’ (check) next to it. In order to disable icons on your desktop all you must do is left-click once the text “Show Desktop Icons”.

 

Once you have clicked the text “Show Desktop Icons”, the ‘tick’ (check) will be removed, thus removing your desktop icons. In order to bring your icons back with the exact layout and placement they had prior to being removed, all you must do is right-click once on the desktop and navigate to the “Arrange Icon By” text and left-click once the text “Show Desktop Icons”, which will place a ‘tick’ (check) on the left side of the text “Show Desktop Icons” and after a few seconds your desktop icons will reappear.

Congratulations! You can now maintain a neat, fresh look on your Windows computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows customization knowledge.

This tutorial  is written to explain to all Windows users how they can fix the common problem “Everything on my screen is too small” in less than a minute, with absolutely no computer skills. Read below to find out how you can change the screen resolution on your computer to make everything on your screen as big as you like.

The first step is to get to your desktop, which can be done by minimizing all of the programs that are currently open on your computer. Doing this will provide you with your desktop screen. The desktop screen, in case you don’t know, is the screen that you can apply a background to, also it houses your “icons”, which you can use to open your files and programs.

 

If you would like to find out how you can add or change the desktop “wallpaper” on your computer then visit the link below to read my easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to do so in just 2 minutes:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/how-to-change-the-desktop-background-in-windows-xp/

 

Now that you have gone to your desktop, you can begin changing the “Resolution” of your computer. To begin editing the “Resolution” settings of your computer, you must right click on the desktop and click properties like so:

Right clicking the desktop

 

Once you have right clicked on the desktop you will notice that you get a context menu. From this menu you must click the text at the very bottom of the box, which is shown in this screenshot as “Properties”. Once you have clicked “Properties” from the context menu shown above, you will be presented with the “Display Properties” window. The window will appear like so:

Selecting settings tab in display properties

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, you must click the “Settings” tab on the far right. Once you click the “Settings” tab, you will be given the following options:

Screen resolution in display properties

 

Now, you will be given various options and button, in this case you will be using the “Slider” button, located under the text “Screen Resolution”, which is circled in red, to change the resolution of your computer. To change the resolution of your screen, so that everything on your screen appears bigger you must drag the “Slider” button towards the left.

 

As soon as you move the slider to preferred resolution (I recommend “1280 by 1024 pixels” for standard monitors), the “Apply” button, located in the bottom right corner of the window will become “Clickable”. You must click the “Apply” button in order to set your new screen resolution.

 

Perhaps you would like to make things on your screen appear smaller, if so you can visit the link to my tutorial on how to do so below:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/how-to-stop-everything-being-too-big-on-your-screen/

You have now decreased the screen resolution of your computer, which will make everything on your screen bigger and less detailed, which is useful if you are installing an older monitor that is not capable of higher resolutions. Enjoy your newfound Windows display properties knowledge.

This tutorial  is written to explain to all Windows users how they can fix the common problem “Everything on my screen is too big” in less than a minute, with absolutely no computer skills. Read below to find out how you can change the screen resolution on your computer to make everything on your screen as small as you like.

The first step is to get to your desktop, which can be done by minimizing all of the programs that are currently open on your computer. Doing this will provide you with your desktop screen. The desktop screen, in case you don’t know, is the screen that you can apply a background to, also it houses your “icons”, which you can use to open your files and programs.

 

If you would like to find out how you can add or change the desktop “wallpaper” on your computer then visit the link below to read my easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to do so in just 2 minutes:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/how-to-change-the-desktop-background-in-windows-xp/

 

Now that you have gone to your desktop, you can begin changing the “Resolution” of your computer. To begin editing the “Resolution” settings of your computer, you must right click on the desktop and click properties like so:

Right clicking the desktop

 

Once you have right clicked on the desktop you will notice that you get a context menu. From this menu you must click the text at the very bottom of the box, which is shown in this screenshot as “Properties”. Once you have clicked “Properties” from the context menu shown above, you will be presented with the “Display Properties” window. The window will appear like so:

Selecting settings tab in display properties

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, you must click the “Settings” tab on the far right. Once you click the “Settings” tab, you will be given the following options:

Screen resolution in display properties

 

Now, you will be given various options and button, in this case you will be using the “Slider” button, located under the text “Screen Resolution”, which is circled in red, to change the resolution of your computer. To change the resolution of your screen, so that everything on your screen appears smaller you must drag the “Slider” button towards the right.

 

As soon as you move the slider to preferred resolution (I recommend “1280 by 1024 pixels” for standard monitors)  the “Apply” button, located in the bottom right corner of the window will become “Clickable”. You must click the “Apply” button in order to set your new screen resolution.

 

Or perhaps you would like to to increase the screen resolution of your monitor, which will allow everything to display smaller and with a higher level of detail, if so then visit the link to my tutorial on how to do so below:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/how-to-stop-everything-being-too-small-on-your-screen/

You have now increased the screen resolution of your computer, which will make everything on your screen smaller and more highly detailed. Enjoy your newfound Windows display properties knowledge.

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