Guides, links, and useful stuff. Desktop tips and tricks The Desktop thread is getting pretty big, and I've noticed some questions that have been asked quite a few times in the ten or so pages, so I thought that I'd put (some of) them together in one thread. Style XP: Useful for themes in XP Note: StyleXP can be closed once you've applied the theme, it'll save memory! Themexp.org: A site with a lot of themes (Wallpapers, styles, login screns, boot screens, etc) on. Coolmon: Allows you to have stats (CPU Usage, HDD Free space, IP Address, Windows Uptime, etc onto your desktop. Motherboard Moniter Note: You can make the background of Coolmon transparent by right clicking on the tray icon, and selecting "Transparent". XPThemes.com: Very much the same as ThemeXP.org, seems to have more on it (like Windows Media Player skins, etc). Cleartype: A very nice way of making text look nicer by manipulating the colours around text, making it smoother. Format.zip: Photoshop plugin which lets you use icon and cursor files. Note: Unzip file into Photoshop's Plug-Ins\File Formats directory. Winamp Buttons: Lets you make shortcuts to Next, Play, Previous and Stop functions in Winamp. FauxS-X: This site has many modified Windows style icons - lots of people seem to use it. Note: The *.ip files downloaded can be renamed to *.zip files, and opened in Winzip if you don't want to download the IconPackager. Powertoys for XP: Very useful set of programs in XP, such as TweakUI which will let you get rid of the arrow on shortcuts. Link updated The Wonderful Icon: An immensely useful program which can be used to assign hotkeys to pretty much anything, including but not limited to: Toggle Window on top, Hide window, Increase volume, etc, etc... Assigned hotkeys can even include the Windows button, so you can do what I do, and have Win+W set to start Winamp, etc. MonZzz: A useful program (written by BeepCake) which allows you to turn off your moniter/screen without waiting for windows to do it - just run it, and after a one second delay, your moniter will turn off! Run it as MonZzz/L to lock your computer (i.e. password protect it) at the same time.. _________________________________________________ To get rid of the arrows in shortcuts: - Run TweakUI, go to Explorer, then Shortcuts - Select None as the Shortcut Overlay icon. Changing desktop icons: - Goto Desktop Properties, Desktop, then Customise Desktop, and you can change the My Computer, My Documents, Network Places, and Recycle Bin (Full and Empty) icons You can have icons on your desktop without any text on them if: - You rename them to Alt+255 (use the numeric keypad!). - Since you can't have two files with the same name, if you want to have another icon with no name, call it Alt+255 [space] Alt+255. - With each text-less icon, add on another [space] Alt+255 To have icons on your desktop (and everywhere else, by the way!) open with a single click: - Go to Folder Options (in Control Panel) - Select "Single-click to open an item (point to select). This is not recommended, though, as it's sometimes easy to accidentally open programs. You can make the icons on your desktop twice as big by: - Going to Desktop Properties, Appearance, Effects, then select "Use Large Icons". This, however will make the icons in some other places big, though - not just the desktop. You can show your windows version in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop by: - Running TweakUI - Go to General - Select "Show windows version on desktop"