Windows Tips & Tricks (May 2012) - Part 2 : Adjust the size of the Desktop icons quickly and individually

5/24/2012 5:30:03 PM

3.    WINDOWS 7

Add some more useful buttons in Windows Explorer

The Spartan Explorer window is nice, but not as functional as it could be.

Description: Explorer window

This free tool gives you many more shortcuts and handy tools.

You can enhance the limited number of buttons provided for your Windows Explorer with the help of the free tool 'Explorer Toolbar Editor'. This can be downloaded from Save the '' file in any of the directories on your system. Now, extract the file 'Explorer Toolbar Editor1.0. exe'. You can activate the installation process by double-clicking on the file icon.

Now, you need to confirm this action by selecting a user account having administrator rights and must enter the relevant password. Now, all you need to do is follow the setup wizard. Once the installation is complete start the program from 'Start | All programs | Explorer Toolbar Editor | Explorer Toolbar Editor'. You need administrator rights again for executing it. The tool consists of two tabs, each having two fields. The 'Nothing selected' tab specifies the definition of the buttons that are visible only if you do not mark any files. In addition to this, as soon as you mark a file or a folder you will also see the buttons defined on the 'File or Folder selected' tab in Windows Explorer. If you wish to define new buttons you can select the following: the library folder ('Libraries'), standard folder ('Folder') and folder for search results ('Search Results') in a clear tree structure in the left field. The tool provides you with additional type of folders in each of these categories like for instance 'Music Folder' as the subcategory for 'Folders' for the directory that has the music files. In this case you can even make your definition of the folder content conditional to a certain extent. If you want to define a new button as

'Select everything' then mark the folder 'Music Folder' in the 'File or Folder selected' tab. This new button appears as soon as you select a file in a music folder. Now, click on 'Add Buttons'. Now, the tool will only display all the available buttons in the subsequent dialog. Now put a check in front of the desired buttons and then click on the 'Add' option. All the buttons that are directly assigned to the categories 'Libraries', 'Folders' and 'Search Results' will appear automatically for all the sub-folders.

4.    WINDOWS 7

Adjust the size of the Desktop icons quickly and individually

Many shortcuts in Windows are easy to discover, but not all of them.

Description: Many shortcuts in Windows are easy to discover

A spin of the mouse's scroll wheel is all it takes. Trackpads with scroll gestures will also work.

It is quite often that we feel the need to reduce the size of the desktop icons so as to fit more or see the background image more clearly. Sometimes the icons on the desktop are so small that you cannot differentiate them accurately. You can change things as you want in either case, simply by adjusting the icon size individually.

For this, first click on any unoccupied space on the Desktop. Then, keep the [Ctrl] key pressed and turn the mouse wheel. In this manner, you can enlarge or reduce the size of the icons as much as you like. You can use this to quickly change the size and then set it back to normal later.

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