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No Icons on Desktop on bootup

Twice in the last 2 weeks when I’ve turned on the PC, I am presented with a blank Desktop screen.

The first time, I did a C,A,D: No applications running, 35 processes. I did a Restart, got theEnd Program window showing explorer.exe. Restarted, everything was fine.

Today, when faced with the blank desktop, I went to Start, clicked Help & Support and then switched back to Desktop, the icons appeared (tho in Help & Support, no options were clickable- had to close it via Taskbar).

There are no other indications of anything amiss.

Is the PC telling me something dire?

Thank you.


Here is a quick, easy way to have ALL APPS in a Desktop window; no flipping screens from Desktop. List s ALL APPS, even if not being displayed on Start.

Result is a Desktop icon, tagged explorer.exe
I changed the name to APPs (As you like)
Rt Clk > Properties > Change Icon (I pick image of windows on a screen)
Icon can be left on Desktop, Pinned to Taskbar, added to Quick Launch.

Here is something, if you would prefer to work from your desktop without going back into the Metro tiles @ Start.

Right-click on desktop and select new , then shortcut

Enter or paste this into the "Type location.. etc." :

%windir%explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

Call it whatever you fancy (APPS or ....?)

When you click the shortcut, you will have a window with all your Start Metro icons - Just click and launch whatever from there. It's really an "All Programs" list. Along w/ Nav tree, of course. Becomes Pinned as or in (same ) place of Libraries Folded on Taskbar. Thus stays @ view one prefers.



Let's say you have 5 folder windows open but minimized. By holding mouse over explorer icon on Taskbar, all 5 folders display in mini windows across desktop. My issue is after a certain time of not opening those windows and then holding the mouse over the explorer icon on taskbar, instead of the 5 folders displaying mini windows of contents, the 5 windows are now blank. To get the contents to display back on the mini windows, I have to click on each one (which also opens each one back on the desktop). I don't like Windows decided when to blank them out. I don't want them blanked out no matter how long I have them open. How do I do this?

Hi all

I know there is a thread running round with issues regarding Win 7 desktop not showing icons and the solutions to it.

However as the title says it, even CTRL ALT DEL don't work. Just shows me a black screen which fades back to a iconless desktop. Solutions regarding finding explorer.exe and running it to show desktop icons don't work either. Just pops out the explorer window showing the desktop....

And don't even start on right clicking desktop and select show icons.... cause that's the first thing I tried. System restore in safe mode yielded no results. Virus and malware scans turn up a clean bill. I'm only short of reformatting the pc, and I'm not even sure if I'm able to run the reformat from windows...

So I'm quite at a loss here.... typing the forum from my gf's mac....

something happened, it was just a regular day, i was playing some games, went to the internet, and then everything started lagging, chrome hanged, explorer hanged, i started security options to start task manager, and then everything went downright to hell. preparing security options.....hanged..i did a restart as it was the only thing i could do, computer hanged at check-up,i turned the pc off, turned it back on and 'launch startup repair' appeared, i tried to start windows normally, it hanged on the boot animation,i restarted, and launched repair, it was running for 45 mins and it said no problems were found, i tried to do a system restore but there were no restore points..then it booted just fine, but still was lagging like hell, i uninstalled some programs(trying to solve the lag), and amongst them was custopack (icon, start menu, taskbar visual mod), it needed to reboot, after it rebooted there was something wierd at the logon screen..there was no text at all, after i logged in the icons were missing their names underneath, there was absolutely no text anywhere, not even the date and time, start menu was not working, security options were just one huge empty button (lock this pc as i found out),i looked around and found out that maybe it could be solved with sfc /scannow but it only said 'Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations' so thats no good, the pc still has no text and hangs at boot animation after what 30 mins of recovery scan occurs with absolutely no results, and now im stuck here in this loop..
so i need help, i cant reinstall windows because i have some important documents on my windows partition(desktop and such),and i saw that such a thing could be caused by malware but ofcourse i cant scan it because i dont have text on buttons so its like im blind guessing

so, how can i get the text, the start menu and everything else back to normal ?

When you have a Ferrari you might want to test drive it on a circuit, where there are none of the limitations of a town street. Well, when you have Internet Explorer 9 Beta you need a “circuit” on which to test it, something more than just your average Internet websites, applications and services.

Somewhere where you could really go “pedal to the metal” on IE9. Where the browser will show just what it is capable of.

Fortunately enough, a wide range of such sites designed for Internet Explorer 9 already exist, with a plethora of Microsoft partners introducing new IE9-related web projects with the launch of the Beta on September 15th, 2010.

The Beauty of the Web launch event for IE9 Beta earlier this week was a real show of force from Microsoft partners.

At the bottom of the screen I included a range of photos from the partner section of the event. Below you will also be able to find a list of links with some amazing IE9 websites from the software giant’s Beauty of the Web event.

“Richer Web experiences can blend into the consumer's desktop experience comfortably and consistently. So, today we have an A to Z, literally, of Web sites, partners, live with Web experiences that take advantage of IE9, even more than the A to Z of the Web,” revealed Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Internet Explorer, Microsoft earlier this week.

Users will be able to easily notice that IE9 can enhance the experiences associated with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Netlog.

But there is additional bleeding edge content from various web design firms, and new perspectives on entertainment and news from BBC, CNN, Hulu, Vimeo, and Daily Motion.

Over 50 projects were on display in total, many of them built in very short time, just a matter of weeks, in preparation for the event.

But all of them extremely impressive, and all of them already live on the web, and available to testers around the world.

It’s important to underline that although the Redmond company catalyzed the creation of the projects, it made sure to have them work not only across Internet Explorer 9, but also across rival browsers.

Superb projects such as Endless Mural will function in IE9, as well as any other browser that supports HTML5.

All the websites featured at the Beauty of the web event in fact, are set up to take advantage of modern web standards, such as HTML5, CSS3, SVG, etc.

And usage is in no way restricted to IE9, which is a brilliant move from Microsoft, showing its commitment to users, developers and partners alike, and a strong focus on driving the web forward by making the same markup vision a reality.

“Today partners around the Internet join us in releasing new experiences for the Web. Over 70 top sites and brands that reach over two-thirds of active Internet users. Together that's over 800 million visitors whose Web experience just got better on Windows with IE9,” Hachamovitch added on September 15th.

Here is the list of IE9 websites, with short descriptions from Microsoft:

“1. Amazon -, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company.

By integrating the pinning and Jump List features enabled by Internet Explorer 9, Amazon continues to enhance the on-line shopping experience for customers by giving them easy access to favorites such as Gold Box Deals and Best Sellers as well as enabling customers to manage their accounts and check the status of orders quickly and effortlessly.

2. Agent 008 Ball by Pixel Lab - Agent 008 Ball is an addictive game that combines billiards with the high stakes world of international espionage. Cutting edge HTML5 features (like Audio and Canvas) supported by Internet Explorer 9, combined with stunning graphics draw you in as you attempt to beat a timer and avoid the nefarious tricks of the terrorist organization CHALK.

3. Always Beautiful by Big Spaceship - Using the new features included in Internet Explorer 9, Big Spaceship created Always Beautiful, an interactive visualization set to music.

Users manipulate colors and objects that adapt to the song's rhythm and structure. At the end of the song, the user is shown the high-resolution artwork they've created using the powerful SVG capabilities and improved JavaScript performance of Internet Explorer 9.

4. AP News Reader by Vectorform - The AP News Lab "Timeline Reader" is a collaboration between Vectorform and The Associated Press (AP) exploring new ways of visualizing and reading online news.

We sought out to create a fully featured online reader application that showcases the beautiful high-res imagery from the AP side-by-side with a full article reading experience.

Users can browse through all of their favorite news categories simultaneously in a timeline visualization that frames the day’s events in a complete chronological sequence. The site is also a showcase of the latest advances in HTML5 and CSS3 supported in modern web browsers.

Some of the new technologies utilized were the HTML5 canvas tag to create a fast loading and snappy intro animation/splash screen, HTML5 local storage to keep track of read articles and a reading queue, and CSS3 support for embedding web fonts.

5. AMD Space Command - AMD Space Command is a fun game that shows the graphics acceleration of Direct2D technology in the Internet Explorer 9 browser.

Shoot as many space attackers possible, and use the “GPU capacitor” to adjust the intensity of the game. AMD Space Command is built in HTML5, leveraging the GPU in your PC to improve graphics.

You can see this first hand by keeping track of the Frames Per Second (FPS) as you adjust your GPU capacitor!

6. BeatKeep by Archetype - Community and creativity are the driving forces behind Archetype’s BeatKeep application.

BeatKeep allows drummers, musicians, and music enthusiasts to discover, create, and share beats of any genre. Through intuitive interactions and the power of HTML5 on Internet Explorer 9, BeatKeep allows users to create unique audio tracks and share them on social networks like Facebook.

7. Beautiful Explorer by Soleil Noir - Web is beautiful, spontaneous, ephemeral and so creative. The beauty of the web is the creative contents produced by everyday people. This website is a design trends daily overview. We hope you'll enjoy it.

8. BMW Vision by EMC - EMC Consulting and BMW have a created the BMW Car Configurator, a ground-breaking tool that shows off the extraordinary BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car.

The experience relies on the high performance of Internet Explorer 9, bringing together the awesome power of Chakra, its new JavaScript engine, and GPU acceleration to enable car enthusiasts to manipulate both the car and its environment with a fluid three-dimensional feel.

9. Brain Power by R2Integrated and Scientific America - R2integrated developed Brain Power, a website and interactive learning tool to introduce users to the many parts of the human brain and its functionality.

Brain Power uses HTML5, SVG, CSS3, and JavaScript. An animation layer produces real-time interactions with elements drawn within the HTML5 canvas.

The HTML5/CSS3 engine within Internet Explorer 9 makes full rich interactive applications practical for all new websites. In short, HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9 introduce end users to new levels of flexibility, capability, and expression.

10. Chinese Shadow Play by RedSAFI - Chinese Shadow Play is a traditional form of Chinese art. This demo lets users choose an iconic Chinese shadow puppets, play with puppets individually and organize the puppets in formations.

This demo shows off the power of the Internet Explorer 9 Canvas by featuring a physics engine and a bones system, as well as beautiful bitmap art to create an engaging viewing experience.

11. Also by RedSAFI: Chinese Kite Experiment - In this demo, a user can select a kite and choose a flight pattern.

The user can also add fans to the stage and add collision detection to alter the kite’s flight. This demo shows off Internet Explorer 9 Canvas performance by featuring a physics engine to create the flying environment.

12. Comicx Parallax by Steaw Design - As web technologies continue to evolve, we prepare to enter the age of HTML5. Created for Beauty of The Web in honor of the Internet Explorer 9 launch, “Never Mind the Bullets” offers the traditional comic strip experience enriched by parallax.

With a simple movement of the mouse, the strip is animated and the story comes to life. It unfolds at LongHorn Gush, a quiet town troubled by a band of outlaws, The Red Bandanas.

However, with the arrival of the famous Bill “One Shot” Collins, things are about to change.

13. by Demand Media - Pinning to your task bar allows you easier access to one of the fastest growing humor sites in the world.

Now all of Cracked’s award-winning content is only one click away – no matter where you are online!

14. DailyMotion - Dailymotion is pleased to announce the release of its new HTML5 Player Beta and Demo.

This development takes advantage of the latest web standards, and permits streaming video playback without the need for plugins," said Olivier Poitrey, CTO and Co-Founder.

"We are excited to partner with Microsoft for this announcement as the new Internet Explorer 9 shows commitment to both web standards and innovation. Internet Explorer 9 sets itself apart by supporting hardware accelerated graphics and offering users a more app-like experience with their new Site Mode.

15. Digital News Archive (DNA) by Nave - The web site provides Korean newspapers from various publishers dates starting from 1960's to 1990's.

Users can easily browse through the newspapers using simple UI. To maximize the user experience, the Canvas element was heavily utilized. With the Canvas, we could make zoom, page navigation and other transitions smooth and enjoyable for the users.

16. Discovery - As the world’s number one nonfiction media company, Discovery Communications is always looking for new ways to engage with our passionate fans.

By building new Internet Explorer 9 functionality into, and, we are able to give audiences even more ways to interact with and learn from their favorite TV shows and personalities.

17. EBay

18. eHow by Demand Media - eHow offers more than 2 million articles and videos, providing visitors with trusted solutions for completing life’s daily tasks or larger projects.

With Internet Explorer 9, users enjoy an optimized and more dynamic eHow, a faster loading and immersive video experience - without the need for 3rd party software - plus new tools to bring relevant eHow content straight to our user’s fingertips.

19. Facebook - More than 500 million people actively engage with their friends on Facebook each month.

With IE9, Facebook users will be able to more quickly access and manage their social activities through the browser and get back to their friends via a seamless and rich experience.

20. Flixster - Flixster is the largest online movie community and the leading movie application for mobile devices.

Flixster is using Internet Explorer 9’s new features to give users quick and easy access to great movie content right from the desktop.

21. Floweroscope by LA Surprise - Floweroscope provides users with a kaleidoscope-like online artistic experience that explores the new capacities of Internet Explorer 9 to create a unique animation experience.

Floweroscope provides symmetrical effects and randomly generated shapes, and the user controls the shape colors and sizes.

An HTML5-supported volume effect and the new Chakra JavaScript engine immerse the user into the experience. The Internet Explorer 9 Canvas element provides an innovative way to draw hardware-accelerated animations without plugins.

22. Gorillaz - has been optimised for Internet Explorer 9 to take advantage of some great new integration features with Windows 7.

Fans can now drag the Gorillaz favicon to their taskbar and access it like an app. Right-clicking on the Gorillaz icon in the taskbar provides access to site features like News or the G Player.

Gorillaz fans can even personalise this list by clicking the star to save any page. Powered by HTML5, Murdoc’s Reading Room is turned into an interactive space.

He'll talk you through it as you zoom up to the gallery wall and listen to tracks, bring up the Story So Far book off his coffee table with stunning pictures, html5 video and audio, and have a nosey look through the contents of his laptop. Click on the video to play an HTML5 video!

23. Hulu - Hulu on Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 will allow users to customize their Jump List menu with the most popular destinations on the site.

To customize, users simply select the menu items in their profile page and they become accessible whenever/wherever you are on

The site will also enable contextual menus on Show Pages and Watch Pages allowing users to Subscribe to shows or control their video watching experience during content playback.

24. IMDb - More than 100 million unique visitors per month turn to IMDb to discover which movies are coming out and decide what to watch.

IMDb’s new HD Trailer Gallery utilizes HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration to dramatically enhance the trailer viewing and movie discovery experience on IMDb.

25. Jack & the Beanstalk, an Animated, Interactive Storybook by Clarity Consulting - The site blends fantasy and realism in custom illustrations animated by physics-based JavaScript.

The GPU acceleration in Internet Explorer 9 allows for smooth rendering of animations, even when leveraging heavy physics libraries. Coupled with SVG graphics and embedded audio most are surprised to hear the entire site has been created using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

The newly supported features of Internet Explorer 9 allows for rich interactivity without the overhead of the traditional plug-in based model.

26. JitterBug by Cynergy - JitterBug is a fast, fun game built exclusively in HTML5. Showing off the rich media and rendering power of Internet Explorer 9, the game challenges the player to draw lassos around fast moving bugs to unlock the Band and start the show before the time runs out.

Relying heavily on Internet Explorer 9’s impressive Canvas abilities, this rich playing experience redefines what’s possible in HTML based game play.

27. Kaboodle - Kaboodle is the Internet’s largest social website for passionate shoppers. Kaboodle’s shopping tools allow users to add products from anywhere online to their Kaboodle lists and to share those products with others.

The site’s integration with Internet Explorer 9 will provide Kaboodle community members with easy access to their personalized shopping content via a custom Jump List, ensuring that it is always just one click away.

28. LinkedIn - LinkedIn is an Internet platform company focused on connecting the world's professionals.

The company is privately held and has a diversified business model with revenues driven from user subscriptions, advertising sales and enterprise software licensing.

The LinkedIn Web site launched in 2003 and is the largest professional networking site in the world with more than 75 million members, representing 200 countries and executives from every Fortune 500 company.

LinkedIn’s integration with Internet Explorer 9 will provide its members with one-click access to their professional network and business insights via a custom Jump List.

29. Live Strong by Demand Media - LIVESTRONG.COM inspires and empowers people to achieve their daily goals around living healthy.

With Internet Explorer 9, users enjoy a more dynamic experience including an expanded HD video browsing and improved recipe discovery.

A newly optimized experience of the popular MyPlate food and fitness tracking application keeps users engaged in real-time.

30. Lost World’s Fairs by Friends of Mighty - To celebrate Internet Explorer 9’s support for the Web Open Font Format (WOFF) Jason Santa Maria, Frank Chimero, Naz Hamid, and Trent Walton have teamed up to create a series of web broadsheets for World’s Fairs that never were.

Each piece uses fully live text (with some HTML5 and CSS3) to showcase what’s typographically possible on the web.

31. MONA (Museum Of Neverending Art) by groupeReflect - At the MONA, users work together to create the biggest online artwork ever.

Everyone can create, draw, write, upload pictures, and add and alter things on the canvas. It’s a user-generated piece of art, which is constantly in motion.

Using Internet Explorer 9 technologies such as HTML5 / CSS3, WebFonts, Canvas and the new Internet Explorer 9 JavaScript Engine, MONA makes you rediscover the beauty of the web, as well as recreate it.

32. MySpace - MySpace Video offers music videos, full episodes of TV shows, and user generated content and creates a social environment for users to view, create and share videos with friends.

In Internet Explorer 9, MySpace Video serves over 200,000 videos and UGC video clips in state of the art high-def H.264 in full compliance with HTML5. Jump Lists in Internet Explorer 9 offer quick content discovery and easy navigation.

33. National Museum Gallery China by NX - One of the most famous museums in China, National Museum of China (NMC) now allows visitors to explore the galleries on their feet or on the web.

Internet Explorer 9’s HTML5 support is just right for this scenario: easy to develop with great flexibility, smooth video and audio playback and a fast experience with the new JavaScript engine.

34. Netlog - Netlog is an online platform where users can keep in touch with and extend their social network and is currently available in 37 languages and has more than 69 million members throughout Europe, and this number increases every day.

Netlog is taking advantage of pinning site to the taskbar and thereby making sure users get to the activities within Netlog they care about via the Jump List.

35. One Day in Beijing by Toujie - One Day in Beijing provides a virtual tour of famous Beijing sites, including the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, Tian An Men, and National Stadium China (Bird Nest).

These are the must-go places for anyone touring Beijing. By harnessing the power of Internet Explorer 9 and HTML5 along with the Internet Explorer 9 Canvas 2D API, we created a multitude of interactive scenarios.

Users can experience flying clouds and mouse sensitive navigation, as well as other HTML 5 demos like flying kites, and piyingxi.

36. Photobucket - Photobucket is the premier destination for saving, sharing, searching, and creating images and video on the Web.

With Internet Explorer 9, Photobucket is using Jump List, which will allow users to access both their own content and content from topical “Find Stuff” categories directly from their desktop.

37. Quiksilver

38. Red Bull by Archetype - Archetype has created a next generation global media and social experience for Red Bull.

This interactive application allows users to browse Red Bull’s rich set of photos and video, dynamically surfacing content based on its popularity in social networking sites and on users' interests.

It takes advantage of HTML 5, SVG, CSS3, Jump Lists, Scaling, Audio/Video tags and custom font features and functionality offered by Internet Explorer 9 to raise the bar for interactivity and design in standards based websites.

39. Rough Guides by Metia - Members of this interactive community use an animated compass to navigate a map of the world; view geo-located photographs pulled from the Flickr database; and explore 200 travel experiences selected by Rough Guides.

Members can also submit their own images to the community, and share favourite experiences from their online travels using Facebook, Twitter and email.

40. RTL - RTL Group is a house of excellent content and powerful brands, which is able to deliver its content to all media platforms worldwide and to repeat its broadcasting success story in every country while fulfilling its obligation to society.

By combining pinning, Jump List and previews into the RTL experience, Internet Explorer 9 users get convenient access to the most popular RTL content.

41. Sohu NBA by Digital Hall - Sohu Sports is one of the most popular interactive sports information network among sport enthusiasts.

Being the NBA-licensed live video broadcast site for NBA events in China, NBA fans can access team schedules, game videos and team/player data, photos, chat rooms, voting and other interactive features. Internet Explorer 9 plus HTML 5 gives an unparalleled high performance hardware accelerated graphics and video experience.

42. - This showcase is a sneak peek at the future of

Core features are new picture and video galleries, a 360 degree view of consumer products and a fun and challenging online game, all completely realized in HTML 5.

This, as well as the implementation of the Internet Explorer’s Jump List feature, offers the user a glimpse of what a modern news website could be like when fully implementing the power and simplicity of HTML 5 in combination with the Internet Explorer’s unique way to surf the web.

43. The Doll Parade by Freetouch - The Doll Parade allows its users to assemble a wide variety of dolls by customizing their arms, legs, faces and apparel.

Once the doll is assembled the users doll along with other creations march smoothly via an HTML5 Canvas. The experiences takes advantage of HTML 5 (Canvas), SVG and CSS3.

44. The Killers by SparKart - The Killers' website chronicles the band's career, and offers users a seamless browsing experience of the band’s music and video content.

The website takes advantage of HTML5, Canvas & SVG across the site's panoramic landscape & internal sections, leveling the playing field in displaying content to users across multiple platforms & devices.

45. The Shodo by Business Architects - The Kanji Calligraphy website takes advantage of powerful new Internet Explorer 9 features to introduce users to the beautiful Japanese calligraphy known as Shodo.

Even better, Kanji Calligraphy allows users to create their own calligraphy-based art work and share it on Twitter and Facebook.

This site is based on several of the features supported by Internet Explorer 9 HTML5 (canvas, video element, audio element), SVG, and WOFF.

46. The Wall Street Journal - offers breaking news coverage, real time quotes, and in-depth analysis and commentary to the business elite.

Its high-end magazine, WSJ., emphasizes luxury and discerning lifestyle content. To make it easier for users to find and enjoy the content, WSJ is implementing favicons, pinning and the Jump List functionality of Internet Explorer 9 and employing HTML5 features for the visually enriched magazine.

Users can more quickly and easily access Journal content on their faster Internet Explorer 9 browsers.

47. by BBC - is the award-winning website of the world famous motoring entertainment brand, Top Gear.

Top Gear presenters, producers, magazine team, and contributors regularly post on The Cool Wall leverages the HTML5 and hardware accelerated graphics support in Internet Explorer 9 to provide amazingly smooth transitions, Deep Zoom functionality and slick video playback.

48. Twitter - Twitter lets you share and discover what's happening in your world. The Twitter pinned app in Internet Explorer 9 makes it easy to jump into your Twitter timeline, read and send direct messages, and more, so it's never more than a click away.

49. USA Today - As a part of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, USA TODAY built a multimedia project examining where things now stand in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

To build the site, we used a variety of web standards, including HTML5 video tag and several CSS3 features, that take advantage of the capabilities of cutting-edge web technologies in Internet Explorer 9.

50. Vodpod - Vodpod makes it easy to build your own video channel with your favorite videos from the Web, and to tune in to channels by other members who share your tastes and interests.

By pinning Vodpod to the taskbar in Internet Explorer 9, users will be able to jump right to their real-time Vodpod feed, to their video collection, or to their favorite channels.

51. WebVizBench by Stimulant and KEXP - WebVizBench lets fans of Seattle’s non-profit radio station KEXP explore historical airplay data, while putting HTML 5's new features to the test. Sift and sort through 6+ years of music, or use the benchmark mode to see how your browser, CPU and GPU stack up against a thorough battery of DOM, canvas, typographic, SVG and video rendering tests.

52. XING - XING is a social network for business professionals with more than 9.6 million members worldwide.

Using Internet Explorer 9 technology such as Jump Lists, XING members can perform tasks like sending messages faster than ever and also receive real-time updates about their network. This supports our XING Anywhere strategy and our efforts to provide our members with great usability.

53. Yahoo! Japan - Through Jump Lists in Internet Explorer 9, users of Yahoo! can enjoy the ‘People’, 'TV', 'Game/Animation', and 'Sports' categories of search ranking, and further enjoy it by switching to Yahoo! Auction, and Yahoo! Answer to see what is actively traded or discussed related to popular queries.

54. ZKM - “Exhibition and Archive” presents a historic online exhibition and a new experience of archival survey.

The side is driven by HTML5, CANVAS, CSS3, SVG and Jump List, which allow graphically rich, standard conform applications and avoids plugins. The pure implementation supports the modern claim of “form follows function” and adds sustainability.”

54 Amazing IE9 Websites You Have to Try - Softpedia

My W7 Home Premium has suddenly changed its behavior. Double-clicking on My Computer, or right clicking within disk management and selecting Explore, results in a new minimized icon on the taskbar. These icons, if clicked, replicate themselves. I've attached a screen capture of this thread preparation. Note the "Computer" icon in the task bar. Clicking on it places a new minimized "Library" icon alongside, that will not open either. They never allow the contents to be displayed on the desktop (i.e. cannot be opened or maximized). I have not installed SP1 or other Windows or Microsoft Updates since Feb 11, which is also the date of the latest restore point. I have taken no restore or other repair action, other than F8 and using "Last Known Good configuration" to no avail.

Win 7 does not lockup or BSOD or display any error message boxes. It just prevents me from getting inside my folders to view files. An application like Word 2010 can open a folder and load a file, and be minimized and then maximized, but not Explorer-launched folders.

Here is a quick, easy way to have ALL APPS in a Desktop window; no flipping screens from Desktop. List s ALL APPS, even if not being displayed on Start.

Result is a Desktop icon, tagged explorer.exe
I changed the name to APPs (As you like)
Rt Clk > Properties > Change Icon (I pick image of windows on a screen)
Icon can be left on Desktop, Pinned to Taskbar, added to Quick Launch.

Here is something, if you would prefer to work from your desktop without going back into the Metro tiles @ Start.

Right-click on desktop and select new , then shortcut

Enter or paste this into the "Type location.. etc." :

%windir%explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

Call it whatever you fancy (APPS or ....?)

When you click the shortcut, you will have a window with all your Start Metro icons - Just click and launch whatever from there. It's really an "All Programs" list. Along w/ Nav tree, of course. Becomes Pinned as or in (same ) place of Libraries Folded on Taskbar. Thus stays @ view one prefers.

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NB: Credit to Dave for this one.


For all those getting their knickers in a knot over the Win8 Start screen... do you realize w/ THIS (See below) on the Taskbar, visits to Start are reduced by a little over 99.9999999%

Start Tiles (APPs) in Desktop Window!!

Here is a quick, easy way to have ALL APPS in a Desktop window; no flipping screens from Desktop. List s ALL APPS, even if not being displayed on Start.

Result is a Desktop icon, tagged explorer.exe
I changed the name to APPs (As you like)
Rt Clk > Properties > Change Icon (I pick image of windows on a screen)
Icon can be left on Desktop, Pinned to Taskbar, added to Quick Launch.

Here is something, if you would prefer to work from your desktop without going back into the Metro tiles @ Start.

Right-click on desktop and select new , then shortcut

Enter or paste this into the "Type location.. etc." :

%windir%explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

Call it whatever you fancy (APPS or ....?)

When you click the shortcut, you will have a window with all your Start Metro icons - Just click and launch whatever from there. It's really an "All Programs" list. Along w/ Nav tree, of course. Becomes Pinned as or in (same ) place of Libraries Folder on Taskbar; Libraries, now, on Applications' Jumplist. Thus stays @ view one prefers.



I read, all over the web, comments regarding the dislike for the forthcoming Windows 8, and in particular, and in fact almost exclusively, criticism of the (as it was called) Metro.

I was urged to print my own thoughts on the subject, and I published an article which I have repeated here, in which I stated, imo, that "Metro" was a replacement for the start menu, and, for new users, if they accepted that concept, it becomes easier to use. You could regard the "All Apps" as the extra selections you get, if you open the default folders in the Windows 7 start menu.

When I booted up Windows 7 and earlier, I arrived at a desktop - fine. (exactly, even, as in a linux distribution) It has never crossed my mind that the little globe, bottom left, was any other than where I started to look to go further into my applications. ie. "The Start menu".(Unless, of course, I had all my shortcuts set up in the taskbar and desktop - not my practice.)

However, for what it is worth, this is how I see the "Metro"

My first comment is that, whilst, from the beginning, Microsoft and followers have touted the Metro as the new desktop, this was a mistake. I cannot see it as such. To me it is a new, graphical, start menu. It is designed, primarily, for touchscreens, but there is no reason why it cannot, with a little compromise, be adjusted for normal mouse use.

The following is based on those thoughts. I am indicating, solely, how I have found a use for it, or an alternative method of successfully using Windows 8. The OS is an advancement on Windows 7, in performance, but not enough, in my opinion, to warrant the purchase of it - particularly for mass purchasers.

However. here I go. two basic methods. One for those who would like to try and use the Metro Start menu, another for those who want to be more familiar in old surroundings.

Metro users.

Let me ask, here, do you, users, really have a daily requirement for all of those apps which are put into the old legacy menu, and now Metro. Those who are heavily into graphic operations may need more than me, and there are other aspects of computer use with the same need. But I have eliminated mine to ten programs I use in my daily work.

So, on the Metro screen, let us right click an app icon. A bar menu appears on the bottom, like this:

Attachment 524

Here, as you can see, you can Unpin it, which tucks it away. You can even Uninstall it if that is the way you want to go. Even better, which really is concerned with my next section, you can Pin it to the start.
When you have done this, you can rearrange the remaining icons, in your preferred order.

Now comes a partly hidden function. Click, over on the bottom right, the small minus sign. Now you will have a miniaturised picture of your Metro. Right click any of the groups, which you have prearranged. Another bar menu! You can name those groups.

As I stated, I have eliminated mine to a mere ten items, but for the purpose of this Demo, here is my full Metro, on a complete and new installation:

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So, there we have a graphical start menu. What about all those unused apps. - Just right Click on the Metro, and, bottom right, is some text "All Apps". Click there and you have a whole bunch of every app on your computer.
Now, if you click any app, on your Metro all "All Apps" Window, it will open in the normal way. But, if you close it, you will find yourself on the legacy desktop. Bu***ger. But click the "Windows" key, and you are back in your Metro Start menu.
That is all, in the context of this post, there is to say on the use of the Metro

You don't want Metro.

Fair enough. If you click the Desktop icon, in Metro, you will find yourself on the legacy desktop. Darn, its totally empty. No problem, it is customisable in exactly the manner to which you've been used to - right click and "personalise".

But where is the good old start menu? A big omission, on Microsoft's part, to omit that. But no problem again.
Download and install the well known "Classic Menu".

Welcome to Classic Shell

This is incredibly customisable,. It even has a choice of start orbs. Within the options is one which enables a user to boot straight through to the desktop, bypassing the Metro completely. Classic, can be set up almost 100% to emulate the old Windows 7 menu.

But maybe you would like to use one of the other third party start menus? There are several around, if you google, but I dont think, imho, that they compete with the Classic.

If, again, that is the road you wish to take, forget about the "Classic" download and install the attached little gem. Select the option to bypass the Metro. Install your own menu.

One last. If you want to persist, and use the facilities available, right click in the bottom left corner of the desktop.. This popup has become known as the "Power" menu. It is also customisable, but this involves a little hacking and manipulation, and I don't consider it to be the subject of this post.

That's about it, but a comment for your thoughts.
In Windows 7, for example, you are in and using an App. You close it and wish to go to another App.

1. Click the Orb.
2. Click "All programs"
3. Click your desired shortcut.
3 clicks.
In Windows 8
1. Click the "Windows" key
2. Click your shortcut Icon.

-See the difference.

I should also add that my personal use of a computer, often takes me to a situation where I need to have several windows open on the desktop. This cannot be done with Metro Apps - so far. To me, the solution was simple - I don't use them. You can find a wealth of alternative, non metro apps on the web, which can accomplish the same things. I have weakened and downloaded a couple of time wasters from the "Store". Card games and Backgammon as two examples.

There are other aspects of Windows 8, which users could comment on. IMO, it has a slightly improved performance. I would not consider that improvement enough to warrant its purchase, particular for an office with a multi purchase requirement. And, of course, even for a desktop user, I cannot grasp the idea of the average secretary typing on a touchscreen - lol. - but that is an otpion.

Good luck. I hope it will work for you, but do try and have fun exploring the possibilities I have mentioned

In Windows XP I put a shortcut to WindowsExplorer on the desktop resp. the QuickLaunchBar
and specified in the properties the following opening command:

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /n,/e,D:work

When I clicked on this shortcut WinExplorer opened with the pre-selected and auto-expanded directory D:work.

Now in Win7 this does not work any more.
When I right-click on the pinned WinExplorer icon in TaskBar there is no context menu entry "Properties" and hence no entry field where I can enter the opening command and pre-selected directory.

How else can I achieve the same effect as under WinXP?


A couple of days ago I was looking through my documents shall we say and I clicked out the window and remembered I forgot something so I clicked on my computer then went to click on my local disk icon when I get this message saying their no file extension to open the drive so I just shrug it of a couple of days and put up with the right click opening Until finally two days later I am about to burst a blood vessel in my head so tired of right clicking to open a god dam folder and So I try go through the motions to try to fix it and figure it out read a couple of forums try a couple of things and so then I click the start button type in the search bar windows explorer I right click on the tab that says (open with) I go to find the windows explorer exe in the windows folder and I click on that and then press the open with button The always open button checkbox was on I realized this after So long story short I Now have a computer running about 300 processes of windows explorer using 100 percent cpu and no way to change it back to the pop a blood vessel in my head **** up. I've tried taking the same steps I took to change it to begin with but I don't know what the default program association for windows explorer is...I have Uniblue registry fix I have run this didn't do anything to change the file association.All of my shorcuts are now showing windows explorer icons on my desktop same with the taskbar icons..

Please Help Oh Please

I'm running Win 7 64bit Home Premium and I have 3 problems that are driving me nuts.
The First one: On one of my flash drives I suddenly have three 0 bit files showing up. No names on the files, just symbols. One is like an upside down, backward "L". The other 2 are listed with a "C" with a small line hanging down the bottom of it. I can't delete these files or move them. When I try I get this message box: "Could not find this item." "This is no longer located in I:. Verify the item's location and try again." Had this flash drive for years and never seen these folders on it until a few weeks ago.
Second Problem: Under "Libraries" and under "My Music", I have a folder titled "My Pictures". This folder seems to be a copy of everything that is in "My Pictures" folder under "My Pictures". (Please see screen shot). Shouldn't I be able to delete this folder? It seems like a waste of space to have 2 folders, both containing all the same pictures.
Third (and last) Problem: When I used WinXP, I was able to click on the Icon of my flash drive and click on "Send to desktop". That would give me an icon of small HDD, which I would relocate to my Taskbar. In Win7 I can get the HDD icon on my desktop, but when I try to "pin it to the taskbar" the icon changes to an icon of Windows Explorer folder. Why? I've tried to change it but nothing seems to work.
Any help from this Forum would be very greatly appreciated!

Last week I installed Windows 7, build RC 7100 x86, as a dual boot with Vista. The installation went fine - but after finishing that I only managed to see the start menu just once (the first time after completing the installation). Now I get the blue background with the fish, but no desktop icons or taskbar. ctrl+alt+delete gives a black screen.

Booting in safe mode works fine.

I also tried to start from the dvd and fix the installation, but that didn't have any effect whatsoever. The dvd was burnt with Imgburn on 1x speed.

My specs:
Acer Aspire M5500 - 1E77
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
500 GB HDD (W7 is installed on a blanc, 50GB partition)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT

I haven't changed any settings or drivers (exept I bought a new mouse, but the problem existed before that.)

I'm having problems trying to fix my son's computer. It runs
Windows 7.
Yesterday, the task bar and Start button mysteriously disappeared.
I've also found that the "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" window
doesn't come up. There are two places to click on in Control Panel
that should bring up this window, but it doesn't. The Control Panel
border changes color as if something is starting to happen, but then
nothing happens, possibly indicating that some program starts to run
but then finds something wrong and exits. I didn't see anything
interesting in the error logs. The desktop icons appear normally.
The problem exists only when logging onto my son's account. When I
log on as administrator, the task bar and Start button appear
The usual tricks don't work: Ctrl+ESC, or bringing up Task Manager and
trying to rerun explorer.exe. I tried sfc to check for corrupted
files, but none turned up. I ran an AVG scan and it did find one file
it considered a threat, which it removed, but that didn't solve the
I found a web site that referred to the registry key
which has a NoSetTaskbar value that can be used to disable the
"Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" window. On the administrator
login, the Explorer subkey is there all right, but doesn't have
NoSetTaskbar. (It does have NoDriveTypeAutoRun.) But when I log onto
my son's account, the Policies key had no subkeys at all. I tried
adding an Explorer subkey without adding any values, but this didn't
solve the problem. I haven't yet tried adding a NoDriveTypeAutoRun
value, but since this seems to pertain to AutoPlay it didn't seem
relevant to this problem.
Any thoughts as to what might be going on or what might fix it?
(P.S. I prefer instructions on how to update the registry manually
over importing a file, unless the file is a text file that I can
read. If the solution is to fix the registry, I want to see what's
going into it.)
Thanks in advance.

This is my 3rd computer I have put win7 on and have had no trouble on the others and a ton of trouble this time around. I did a clean install...twice and am still having issues.

As you can see in the attached picture there are numerous icons on the desktop that have no picture...they are plain white. Also, the taskbar icons are can still click on the area they are supposed to be and get them to open. I am also unable to keep explorer continues to freeze up and stop responding.

Any help is appreciatexd!

Hi all,

I'm curious if anyone else has run into something like this. I've had Windows 7 Beta and RC and now RTM on my home desktop and have had no issues whatsoever, however they were all clean installs.

Now, I've gone ahead and upgraded from Vista Business to 7 Pro on my laptop. I haven't done an upgrade in a while so I didn't input a key just yet in case things went..bad.

And as a whole, things work just fine. The C: drive is a little messy, etc...but that's an upgrade for ya.

However--what Windows 7 calls the "taskbar buttons" in the properties are having some odd issues. Only when it's on "always combine" (which I prefer so far), the icons for certain programs will just...CHANGE. For example, I have on my taskbar: Windows Explorer, which is fine, then Firefox, which is showing the Windows Explorer icon! Then Pidgin which is fine, then Chrome with some sort of Windows upgrade-y icon...then Outlook with some sort of computer monitor / arrow thing. I'll take a photo to help explain.

This generally occurs when I close the cover of the laptop and reopen it. This will also fix the problem if I try it enough times--the icons will go back to normal.

Everything works 100% even when it's screwy--it's just quite the annoyance. Anyone have any issues similar to this, and is there a fix other than a clean install? Thanks!

EDIT: Also, the icons are normal as soon as I open the cover...then they 'transform' into the bad ones after a second or two. Almost always the same ones too!

This is a long story and I’m not sure where to start. I’ll start with the problem THEN explain what I’ve tried (for those who think they can help and want to keep reading).

I can’t get online. Icon in taskbar says I don’t have a network connection. Upon exploring, I find that Windows 7 Pro has me setup for a “public network”—which has a yellow exclamation mark on the left side between my PC and the network, and a red X on the right side between the network and the Internet.

Dell desktop PC. Was running Windows 7 Home, now running Windows 7 Pro (full install; not upgrade). I had a malware problem (images on webpages and links, etc. were not visible to me) with W7Home; cleaned it and went to W7Pro. However, now I have this whole new and far worse problem with W7Pro. (See “problem” above.) NOTE: I am the only person in my house and the only person using the computer. So I never had it set up for a network. I only own the desktop PC and don’t need a network. The “network” that is now set up on my computer was set up by W7Pro by itself as part of the problem. My IP is not static so I can’t input my IP manually—it’s set to automatically detect. Called cable modem service provider; they made the assumption my operating system came with my PC and told me to call Dell for support. When I explained my OS didn’t come with the PC, they then said “You need to talk to Microsoft.” Uh---no. The cable modem service provider said their server is talking to my PC…my PC is unable to get to them. (Makes sense, as that matches the pictures I’m seeing with the exclamation mark and red X.)

Researched online. Followed all possible fixes found in multiple forums. Removed Bonjour. There is now no trace of Bonjour on my PC. Disabled Windows Firewall. Tried disabling, enabling, etc. numerous times. Tried diagnosing, etc. No LAN connection. Network is set to Public and I can’t change it to Home. I don’t even want to change it—I want to REMOVE IT as I have no use for a network. Can’t figure out what to do.

Yesterday I booted to CD and installed W7Pro again, hoping to get rid of the problem. No change. I booted to my Dell disk to revert back to W7Home, hoping to get rid of the problem. No change. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! L

I even tried to go all the way back to W95, but the PC wouldn’t let me. (I have 64-bit on this PC; assume that’s why as the old W95, W98, ME, and XP disks were for 32-bit PCs.)

What can I do here? Any ideas? I’m at a complete loss. I need to delete the network somehow? I need to figure out what’s blocking me from getting to the Internet so I can get on. Or I need to delete W7 from my PC so I can install it again from disk---otherwise reinstalling it from disk over the old version isn’t changing my settings. L Is it even possible to go to C and “format” like you could in the old days…and if I did, would it then not boot from the CD? (Or recognize my keyboard, as the first thing it says to do when booting is press any key to boot from CD…) I’m desperate. This purple Dell computer has become a darned EXPENSIVE paperweight!!!!! I’ve been offline for 3 weeks…

Oh…and I can’t run any diagnostics and save the info as I can only get online at work M-F.

Any helps is appreciated!

I just upgraded to SP2. During the logon process my computer just shows the
background image. No desktop icons, no taskbar/start menus are displayed. I
press "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" to get to the taskmanager. All the processes are
okay. No one process in particular is taking up large amts of cpu/memory
usuage. I kill the explorer.exe process then manually run it again from the
taskmanager. Now my screen shows everything, all desktop icons,
taskbar/start menus are visible. I'm having to do this everytime. The logon
process is okay in "safe" mode. Any help will be appreciated. TIA...

Serenity's Shortcut Keys and Key Modifiers for the Windows ShellThis has now, finally, reached what I aimed for.

Serenity's Shortcut Keys and Key Modifiers for the Windows Shell
To move around the desktop toolbars, Taskbar, Notification Area and the Desktop - press Ctrl + Escape (or the Winkey) to activate Start, Escape to cancel the menu, then Tab and Shift + Tab to the various parts of the screen. Use the arrow keys to move within a section. Winkey + B jumps straight to the System Notification Area. To get a context menu of a blank part of the taskbar use the clock's context menu. Shift + F10 displays the context menu, Space or Enter activates.

Key Description
Delete key or Delete on the shortcut menu Deletes the file
Shift + Delete key or Shift + Delete on the shortcut menu Deletes the file and doesn't place it in the Reycle Bin
Dbl Click a drive shortcut, Rycycle Bin, Start Menu, or My Computer Opens an folder view of the double clicked item
Shift + Dbl Click a drive shortcut, Rycycle Bin, Start Menu, or My Computer Open an explorer view with the double clicked item selected
Shift + Close Button Closes the current folder and all parent folders
Shift + Drag Move a file (default when dragging on the same drive)
Shift + Right Click Opens the object's context menu with hidden verbs shown, if any
Shift + Send To menu Moves a file (default when sending on the same drive)
Shift + Insert a CD Prevents the CD from auto running
Shift + Starting Windows Doesn't run the programs in the startup folder
Shift + No in a file confirmation dialog Means No To All (XP)
Shift + View menu - Thumbnails Hides the label for the thumbnails. Repeat to Show (XP)
Shift + Favourites menu - Organise Favourites Opens the Favourites folder in a folder window.
Ctrl + Dbl Click an object (such as a document file) Opens in the object behind other windows. Doesn't work on all objects
Ctrl + Dbl Click a titlebar of an shell window (such as folder windows and web pages)
(Also F11) Changes the view to Full Screen.
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Changes the text size in web pages.
Ctrl + Close button Sets the system default settings, mainly sort order. Icon style is not affected
Ctrl + Close button in Picture & Fax Viewer Resets "Don't Show ... Again" dialog settings
Ctrl + Drag Copies a file (default for dragging between drives)
Ctrl + Send To menu Copies the file (default when sending between drives)
Ctrl + Send To menu Powertoys (except Send Contents to Clipboard) Sends the short name to the clipboard or run dialog
Ctrl + Send To menu Send Contents to Clipboard Powertoy Opens a dialog box to specify the data format
Ctrl + Shift + Drag
(also Alt + Drag) Creates a Shortcut rather than moving or copying a file (default when dragging only program files in 95, in later versions is the default for dragging program files listed in the App Paths key in the registry)
Ctrl + Shift + Send To menu Creates a Shortcut rather than moving or copying a file
Ctrl + Number Pad Plus Key in Explorer Auto sizes all columns
Ctrl + Alt + Delete Starts the Close Program dialog box (Windows 9x), Security dialog (NT, 2000, XP if Welcome Screen disabled), and Task Manager (XP with Welcome Screen enabled)
Ctrl + Alt + Delete twice on the Welcome Screen Presents the non Welcome Screen logon. This works on XP Pro only
Ctrl + Shift + Escape Starts the Close Program dialog box (Windows 9x) or Task Manager (NT, 2000, XP)
Ctrl + Alt + Shift and Close or Cancel in the Shutdown dialog Closes down Window's shell. Use Task Manager's File - Run dialog to start Explorer to restart the shell.
Ctrl + Click a Taskbar Button Select multiple Windows to tile or cascade (by right clicking the taskbar)
Ctrl + Click Run in Task Manager's File menu Starts a command prompt.
Ctrl (RHS only) + Scroll Lock twice Initiates a blue screen. Used for hangs to get a memory dump. Only works on PS/2 or older keyboards. USB keyboard users need to get an addin crash card.
Note: Keyboards have low priority so if another piece of hardware has caused the hang windows may not see this key sequence.
A registry key needs to be set to enable this key sequence.
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Alt + Space Opens the System menu
Alt + Hyphen Opens the Document menu in MDI applications
Alt + Enter or Alt + Dbl Click Open the Property dialog
Alt + Left Arrow Moves forward through the history list
Alt + Right Arrow Moves backwards through the history list
Alt + Tab Cycles through open windows, and switches to the window when the Alt key is released
Alt + Shift + Tab Cycles backwards through open windows, and switches to the window when the Alt key is released
Alt + Esc Switches to the next open window
Alt + Shift + Esc Switches to the previous open window
Alt + Home Home Page
Left Arrow Collapse the current selection if it is expanded or Select the parent folder
Right Arrow Expand the current selection if it is collapsed or Select the first subfolder
Num Lock On + Minus Sign (-) Collapse the selected folder
Num Lock On + * Expand all folders below the current selection
Num Lock On + Plus Sign (+) Expand the selected folder
Home Top of File List
End Bottom of File List
[Characters] tyed without a pause Goto the object that starts with the characters that were typed
[Single Character] after a pause Goto the next object starting with that character
Backspace Go to the parent folder
Right Click the System Menu or the Folder Icon in Web View Pops up the context menu for the container
Drag an object onto a Windows Titlebar Opens that object in that window (dragging into the window will often work, but in OLE documents this will insert the object into the current document)
Drag an object over, then hover over a collapsed folder in Explorer's tree view Expands the folder display
Drag an object over, then hover over, a taskbar button Brings the Window attached to the Taskbar button to the top
Drag an object over, then hover over, a blank part of the taskbar Minimises all open windows

Function Keys
Key Description
F1 Starts Windows Help
F2 Renames the selected file
F3 Starts Find Files or Folders
F4 Opens the drop down address bar
Alt + F4 Closes the current window in Explorer, exits an application, or if the shell has the focus (ie Start Menu or the Desktop), exits Windows
F5 Refreshes the view in Explorer, Desktop, or Start Menu
F6 or Tab Switch between left and right panes
F10 Menu access key (same to pressing Alt by itself)
Shift + F10 or the Application key Context menu access key
Shift + Ctrl + F10 or Shift + Right Click Add Open With.. to Right Click Menu
F11 Toggles full screen view

Control Keys
Key Description
Ctrl + A Selects all files
Ctrl + B Organise Favourites (in an Explorer window)
Ctrl + C Copies a file
Ctrl + D If a file isn't selected adds the current folder to Favourites
Ctrl + E or Ctrl + F Opens the Search pane in Explorer
Ctrl + G Goto (older versions only)
Ctrl + H Opens the History pane in Explorer
Ctrl + H Opens the Favourites pane in Explorer
Ctrl + P Prints the Web View template part of the view if the Web View has the focus (this isn't a useful feature)
Ctrl + R Refreshes the view
Ctrl + S Toggles the Volume applet between small and normal mode. Though in most circumstances it means Save the currently opened document.
Ctrl + V Pastes a file
Ctrl + W Closes an Explorer window
Ctrl + X Cuts a file
Ctrl + Z Undoes the last operation (if possible)

The Winkey
The Winkey works even if Explorer or the Shell doesn't have the focus.

Key Description
Winkey or Ctrl + Esc Opens the Start Menu
Winkey + B Set focus to the first icon in the System Notification Area.
Winkey + D Minimises and hides windows that can't be minimised or Unminimises/unhides all windows
Winkey + E Starts Explorer
Winkey + F Starts Find Files or Folders
Winkey + Ctrl + F Starts Find Computer
Winkey + M Minimises all windows that can be minimised
Winkey + Shift + M Unminimises all windows
Winkey + R Starts the Run Dialog
Winkey + F1 Starts Windows Help (F1 start help for the current application, if the focus is in Explorer or the desktop F1 also starts Windows Help)
Winkey + Tab Cycles through open windows with out bringing the Window to the top (press Enter)
Winkey + Break Starts System Properties
Winkey + a number Computer specific function set by the computer manufacturer. Very few computers use this.

Windows 2000/XP Only
Key Description
Winkey + L Lock Workstation or Switch User (if Welcome Screen is on)
Winkey + U Accessability Utility Manager

Key Description
Click an object Selects the object, cancelling any other selection.
Control + Click, or Control + Space Selects or unselects the object without cancelling any other selection.
Arrow Keys Moves the focus and selects the object.
Control + Arrow Keys Moves the focus without selecting the objects.
Shift + Arrow Keys Moves the focus and adds the object to the selected objects.
Click then Shift + Click Selects all objects between the two clicks.
Drag Drag a rectangle to select all objects within the rectangle.

Auto Complete
Key Description
Alt + Down Arrows (or double click) Opens the drop down list
Down Arrow Cycles from most recent to least recent Auto Complete suggestions. Will match suggestions that start with the characters to the left of the cursor. Only letters are able to be used for partial matches.
Up Arrow Cycles from least recent to most recent Auto Complete suggestions. Will match suggestions that start with the characters to the left of the cursor. Only letters are able to be used for partial matches. If no letters are entered then the Up Arrow is only valid after the Down Arrow has been used.
Right Arrow Goes to the end of the suggestion. Type or press up or down arrow to cycle through suggestions which begin with the characters to the left of the cursor.
Ctrl + Left or Right Arrow Moves cursor a word at a time, slashes and dots are considered word separators.
Ctrl + Enter Adds http://www. before the typed word and .com after it in the address bar.
Delete Deletes the highlighted suggestion for forms and passwords only.

Message Boxes and Error Dialogs
Key Description
Ctrl + C Copies the text of a message box to the clipboard.
Alt + D Shows details in an error dialog.

Copying the Screen
Key Description
Prt Scn Copies the whole screen to the clipboard as a graphic. Use MS Paint to paste the image.
Depending on Prt Scn key settings on the Misc tab of a Dos program's properties, a Dos program can still print to printer with Prt Scn key.
Alt + Prt Scn Copies the active window to the clipboard as a graphic.

Note: These keys can be disabled in Accessibility in Control Panel.

Key Description
Hold Right Shift for eight seconds Switch FilterKeys on and off.
Left Alt + Left Shift + Prt Scn Switch High Contrast on and off.
Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock Switch MouseKeys on and off.
Shift x 5 Switch StickyKeys on and off.
Hold Num Lock for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off
Winkey + U Starts Utility Manager

While Accessibility is geared to people who need assistance in using a computer it includes nifty features for everyone. Some things that can be done;

a.. Sticky Keys allows one to press and release a modifier key and have it toggle on. Instead of pressing Ctrl + S to save a file, pressing Ctrl THEN S will save the file.
b.. Toggle Keys makes the toggle keys (Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock) make a tone when pressed. See another tip about Caps Lock at the end of the next section (Entering International Characters).
c.. The Display tab in Accessibility in Control Panel can change the width of the caret (text cursor).
d.. Mouse Keys allow one to use the numeric keypad as a mouse.
e.. On Screen Keyboard (Start - All Programs - Accessories - Accessibility or Winkey + U) allows typing with only a mouse.
Accessibility - Mouse Keys
Note: All these keys are on the numeric keypad. Some keys are optional and are set in Accessibility in Control Panel.

Key Description
5 Click
+ Double Click
- then 5 Right Click
- then + Right Double Click
* then 5 Both Button Click
* then + Both Button Double Click
/ Restore normal clicking
0 Press Left Button
5 then 0 Press Right Button
. Release Left or Right Mouse Button
1 - 4 and 6 - 9 Move mouse cursor in the text cursor direction shown on the key
Ctrl + 1 - 4 and 6 - 9 Move mouse cursor at a higher speed in the text cursor direction shown on the key
Shift + 1 - 4 and 6 - 9 Move mouse cursor at a slower speed in the text cursor direction shown on the key

Entering International Characters
There is a number of ways of entering international characters and symbols.

a.. Use Character Map.
b.. Use Alt + the character code entered on the numeric keypad
c.. Use the US International Keyboard
Entering International Characters - Character Map
Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Character Map and transfer via the clipboard.

Entering International Characters - Alt + Character Code
Holding down alt and pressing the character code on the numeric keypad will enter that character. The keyboard language in use must support entering that character. If your keyboard supports it the code is shown on the right hand side of the status bar in Character Map else this section of the status bar is empty.

However there is two ways of entering codes. The point to remember here that the characters are the same for the first 127 codes. The difference is if the first number typed is a zero of not. If it is then the code will insert the character from the current character set else it will insert a character from the OEM character set.

E.G., Alt + 0 then 6 then 5 then release Alt enters the letter A

Entering International Characters - US International Keyboards
Install the US International keyboard. Start - Control Panel - Regional And Language Options - Languages - Details - Add. While here review the Key Settings to switch keyboards or turn on the Language Bar (Advanced Text Services must not be disabled).

This works in two modes. Right Alt or Shift + Right Alt + another key and also by pressing dead keys (such as accents). On non US Keyboards the Right Alt key is called Alt Gr.

Right Alt is the same key as Ctrl + Left Alt on the US International keyboards, and on almost all keyboards except the standard US keyboards where left and right keys are treated the same . This is a reason why Ctrl + Alt should not be used to set hotkeys. Also F12 should also not be used for hotkeys as it's reserved for attaching a debugger.

The Right Alt Keys
Key Description
Right Alt + 1 i
Right Alt + 2 ?
Right Alt + 3 ?
Right Alt + 4 ?
Right Alt + 5 ?
Right Alt + 6 1/4
Right Alt + 7 1/2
Right Alt + 8 3/4
Right Alt + 9 '
Right Alt + 0 '
Right Alt + - ?
Right Alt + = ×¼/TD
Right Alt + Q 伯TD
Right Alt + W 弯TD
Right Alt + E 鼯TD
Right Alt + R (r)
Right Alt + T ?/TR
Right Alt + Y ?
Right Alt + U ?
Right Alt + I í¼¯TD
Right Alt + O 󼯔D
Right Alt + P ?D
Right Alt + [
Right Alt + ]
Right Alt + Not Sign
Right Alt + A ἯTD
Right Alt + S ß¼/TD
Right Alt + D 𼯔D
Right Alt + L ?
Right Alt + ; Pilcrow Sign
Right Alt + ' ?
Right Alt + Z 漯TD
Right Alt + C (c)
Right Alt + N 񼯔D
Right Alt + M ?
Right Alt + , 缯TD
Right Alt + / ?
Shift + Right Alt + 1 ?
Shift + Right Alt + 4 ?
Shift + Right Alt + = ?D
Shift + Right Alt + Q ļ/TD
Shift + Right Alt + W ż/TD
Shift + Right Alt + E ɼ/TD
Shift + Right Alt + T Þ¼/TD
Shift + Right Alt + Y ܼ/TD
Shift + Right Alt + U Ú¼/TD
Shift + Right Alt + I ͼ/TD
Shift + Right Alt + O Ó¼/TD
Shift + Right Alt + P Ö¼/TD
Shift + Right Alt + ?
Shift + Right Alt + A ?/TD
Shift + Right Alt + S ?
Shift + Right Alt + D м/TD
Shift + Right Alt + L ؼ/TD
Shift + Right Alt + ; ?
Shift + Right Alt + ' ?
Shift + Right Alt + Z Ƽ/TD
Shift + Right Alt + C ?
Shift + Right Alt + N Ѽ/TD
Shift + Right Alt + , Ǽ/TD

The Dead Keys
The dead keys are the apostrophe ('), quotation mark ("), accent grave (`), tilde (~), and caret(^). If these are pressed the system waits for the next key. If it is in the list below then it enters the symbol character else it enters both keys seperately. These work with uppercase where appropiate.

Key Description
' then C Ǽ/TD
' then e 鼯TD
' then y ?
' then u ?
' then i í¼¯TD
' then o 󼯔D
' then a ἯTD
" then e 뼯TD
" then u ?
" then i OTD
" then o ?D
" then a 伯TD
` then e 輯TD
` then u ?
` then i 켯TD
` then o 򼯔D
~ then o ?D
~ then n 񼯔D
^ then e 꼯TD
^ then u ?
^ then i TD
^ then o ?D
^ then a ⼯TD

Like Accessibility there is a trick here with general applicability. Normally Caps Lock is on or off and stays on or off untill the key is pressed again. This can be changed to act like a typewriter at Start - Control Panel - Regional And Language Options - Languages - Details - Key Settings and one can select whether another Caps Lock press will turn off Caps Lock or if pressing the Shift key will turn it off like on a typewriter.

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