86. Use Virtual Desktops in
One of the great things about Linux is its ability to
use multiple 'virtual desktops.' These are desktop spaces held in memory which
can be switched in and out of the 'active' desktop window being displayed on
your monitor. In effect, you can have several different desktops with different
backgrounds, running programs and icons, and switch back and forth at will.
Microsoft has made a tool available that opens up the
same functionality for Windows XP. The Virtual Desktop Manager is available here.
87. Capture Screenshots in
Windows XP comes with a simple screen-capture utility
that is attached to the PRINT SCREEN button on your keyboard. A simple press of
the PRINT SCREEN button will capture the entire desktop to your clipboard, ready
to be pasted into an application. Pressing ALT + PRINT SCREEN will grab only the
currently active window on the desktop.
To use these captured images, you will need to open an
image-editing program like Photoshop or Microsoft Paint and paste the image into
a new file, then save it.
88. Create an Easy HTML
Picture Slide Show for Your Website
If you'd like to display pictures on your personal
website, Microsoft offers a free tool that will create an HTML slide show for
your pictures easily and automatically. Get it here.
89. Import Pictures from a
Many digital cameras, especially older models, include
software to enable you to transfer pictures from the camera onto your computer.
This software can often be difficult to use, and on Windows XP is just
unnecessary. Assuming your digital camera connects to the computer via a USB
cable, you should be able to use The standard USB mass storage drivers built
into Windows XP.
What this means is that you can plug in the camera, turn
it on, open 'my computer,' open the new 'removable drive' or camera icon that
has appeared then simply drag and drop your pictures from the camera to another
directory. Try it if you haven't already, it's simple!
90. Prevent XP From
Shutting Down Normally
While we admit this is an odd sort of tip, there may be
times when you want to ensure that no one can shut down your PC normally. This
can come in handy on a display PC, for example. A quick registry edit ensures
that anyone who wants to shut the PC down must go through the task manager
To prevent normal XP shutdown: Open Regedit and Navigate
Create a new DWORD value called 'NoClose' and give it a
value of '1'. Close Regedit and restart explorer or Windows. To reverse this,
delete the 'NoClose' value.