Use Windows at the office? Want to work faster?

If you’re under the rule of an iron-fisted system administrator you might not be able to implement some of these tweaks, but others you can put into practice right away.

Some of the highlights:

1. Streamline your startup. You can prevent unnecessary programs and services from starting up automatically  and slowing down your boot time by using msconfig to remove the sluggish culprits.

2. Learn keyboard shortcuts. Of course, you already know the basics like Ctrl+C to cut and Ctrl+V to paste, but there are dozens more Windows keyboard shortcuts that can make your life easier. More »

this post I will tell you about this trick just follow the steps and take the help of the snapshot mentioned in the post and then you will be able to perform this trick.

The steps are mentioned as follows:

1. Type gpedit.msc in the search menu at the bottom of the start menu, the location of that text field has been mentioned in the snapshot mentioned below.

2. Now follow the path mentioned below: User Configuration/ Administrative Templates/ Start Menu and Taskbar.

3. After you get to this page, click the option highlighted in Add Search internet Taks to Start Menu.

4. You will see another application window in which you are supposed to enable that setting and then click OK to save that setting. After these settings now search anything in the same search text field and then see a new option in your search results. You default browser will be added for the search results over internet.
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The notification area can display both application and system icons. Icons for appli¬cations appear in the notification area for several reasons. Some programs, such as Action Center, are managed by Windows itself and their icons appear periodi¬cally when notifications are pending. Some other types of programs, such as antivirus software, may be configured to load at startup and then run in the background.

You can often enable or disable the display of icons through setup options for the related applications. Windows 7, however, provides a common interface for controlling the display of icons in the notification area. You can specify whether and how icons are displayed on a per-application basis.

To control the display of icons in the notification area, follow these steps: More »

Mozilla is currently hard at work to integrate a new feature into the next iteration of its open source browser. Essentially, Firefox 4.0 nightly development builds will get Tab Candy, provided that the Tab Candy team is successful in the implementation of the new feature. At the end of the past week, Aza Raskin, Head of UX, Mozilla Labs, unveiled a new concept designed to revolutionize the way in which end users navigate and manage Tabs within the Firefox browser. Watch the video embedded at the bottom of this screen in order to get an idea of what Firefox Tab Candy can do.

“With one keystroke Tab Candy shows an overview of all tabs to allow you to quickly locate and switch between them. Tab Candy also lets you group tabs to organize your work flow. You can create a group for your vacation, work, recipes, games and social sites, however it makes sense to you to group tabs. When you switch to a grouped tab only the relevant tabs are shown in the tab bar, which helps you focus on what you want,” Raskin stated. More »

Remaining battery percentage, and time it will last is quite important for any windows laptop user, as if you know the exact battery level while using your laptop you will use accordingly to get the maximum in case you have a presentation ahead or some other important work to do on your laptop.

We have previously posted about how to show remaining battery status in taskbar and other tools like Laptop Battery Meter and other tips on how to get low battery alerts on laptop critical battery level. Today we will tell you about a small free utility called Windows 7 Battery Bar to show the current battery level in taskbar of windows 7

You can change the taskbar color to Red, Green, Yellow & Auto. If you change the color to Auto then it will change the color according to the remaining battery percentage:

100% – 50% = Green

49% – 11% = Yellow

10% – 0% = Red

You can also set it to display None, Remaining %, Remaining Time + % & Power Status

In order configure and change the settings of this application just double click the system tray icon to open and close the configuration settings window, don’t click the close button on the application windows as it will close the application itself. More »