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How to Have the Explorer view as the default view instead of the Common tasks pane in windows Xp

When you open My computer, the common tasks is listed in the left side pane of the My computer Window. But some people find it better if the explorer view was made the default view in the left pane.

To make the explorer view as the default view,

Open the registry editor, Start > Run > regedit.

Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell and in the right pane of the registry editor, set the value of default as explorer.

Note: To set its value, just double click it and in the Edit string resultant dialog, enter the value data as explorer.


Automatically align the column widths in Windows Xp

Some times when you browse folders in details view, the view may be cluttered and you might want to resize the column widths manually to get the complete details fit in a single screen in the horizontal direction so that you need not use the horizontal scroll bar to view the details which are off screen.

Alternatively, Windows Xp provides an automatic way to adjust column width.

Just select any row in the list and press they key combination, “ctrl + ‘+’of the numeric key pad”.


Blogger Reactions: Get feedback from your visitors

Blogger has got a good way for blog authors to get feed back on their content. Let the content be a picture, or an article or a review, you can get valuable feedback from your blog readers through blogger reactions.

Blogger reactions occur as check boxes below your blog posts, which helps the readers to vote freely for your blog posts. This is an alternate to commenting but very effective way to express what they think. You can also pick a range of virtues for your post. For example, if you are going to post a picture as a blog post, you can set the possible reactions as lovely, ugly, cute, funny etc…

The readers now just have to check the check boxes to vote.

To enable Reactions go to the layout of your blog and then under Blog Posts page element click the edit link and in the configure blog posts window, check the reactions check box and then you can edit the possible reactions you want to get from your readers.

Click the save button.

Now readers can give you feed back at a single click.


How to set priority levels for processes in Windows Xp

Each process which runs in windows has a priority level. The priority level may be low, high, normal, and real-time, below normal and above normal.

When the priority is set to low, that process is considered the least important, during processing and hence the instances of this process is low and the process runs slower.

A process which is set with a priority of high will have more instances and hence will run faster.

Similarly the case can be judged for normal, above normal and below normal. Real-time priority makes the process priority to vary according to needs. Especially games are played better with a real-time priority.

To change the priority of a process, you will have to open the task manager.
Press ctrl + shift + esc to open task manager.

Navigate to the process tab and then right click any process and select Set Priority and then set the required priority.

You must be careful not to alter the priorities of system processes as it might have negative impact on your computer. So befo…

Adjusting Windows Xp for the best performance

If you are a windows user who would like it to run with a better performance and if you are not interested in its visual styles then you should try disabling visual styles and graphics in windows.

These visual styles may attract your eyes but may cause a performance drawback.
You can adjust Windows Xp to the best performance by following the steps give below:

Right click My computer and the select properties.

In the system properties dialog, navigate to the advanced tab and then under performance click the settings button.

Now under Performance options dialog , under the visual styles tab select the radio button “Adjust for Best Performance”.

Click the apply button.

If you want certain styles you can also select the respective ones under the custom group box.


How to show Control panel icon in My Computer in Windows Xp

In Windows 98 a short cut for control panel was available in the My Computer itself. In windows Xp, the control panel icon is not available in My Computer icon by default.

To place the Control Panel icon in the My Computer in windows Xp follow the instructions shown below:

Open My computer and then go to tools > folder options.

(Note that folder options can also be opened through control Panel > folder options).

Under folder options, navigate to the view tab and then under the advanced settings, check the check box “Show Control Panel in My Computer” and then click the Ok button.

Now you will be able to find the Control Panel icon shortcut in My computer. No restart is necessary.