windows tips

How to use a Web graphic to be the desktop background picture?

We all know today's internet has many many good resources, such as many beautiful pictures. If you found a good picture and you like it very much, you can right-click it from the webbrowser and save it to your computer, and then set it to be your desktop backgroud. Well, today I will show you a way special, by which you need not to download the picture and make it your desktop backgroud also.

Let us see the following image of the puppy, you can make it your desktop background, so that you can see it whenever you use your computer.

Steps to use a Web graphic as your desktop background picture.


Use Microsoft Internet Explorer to open the Web page with the picture you like.


Right-click the picture, and then click Set as Background.

Web image shortcut menu with Set as Background selected

Oh, really simple, right? Microsoft Windows XP displays the picture as your desktop background. For best results, use large pictures that are wider than they are tall.



How to set Windows so all the folders display in a same view?

Each folder in My Computer or My Documents can have its own view. That’s useful for folders like My Music or My Pictures, because you can look at your digital photos in Thumbnails or Filmstrip view, and see your song titles in Tiles view. But changing the view for every folder can be time-consuming. Yeah, it is really time-consuming, you have to click the button on the toolbar, or right-click the mouse and select view->thumbnails, etc.

While if you prefer to have all your folder contents displayed in a particular way, you can save yourself some time by changing the view for all the folders on your computer at once.

To set your windows so all folders have the same view setps:


Click Start, and then click My Documents.

Start menu with My Documents selected


Click the Views button, and then click the view you want to apply to all folders.

Note: For more information about views, read Specify how folders open.

My Documents window with Views menu displayed


Click Tools, and then click Folder Options.

Tools menu with Folder Options selected


Click the View tab, and then click Apply to All Folders.

View tab in Folder Options window


Click Yes.

Folder views dialog box


Click OK.

View tab in Folder Options window with OK button selected

The next time you open a folder, it will be displayed using the view you chose. To restore your original folder settings, repeat steps 1-3. Then, in step 4, click Reset All Folders.


How to use a single-click to open a file or folder and run a program in Windows?

When you browse My Computer or My Documents, a single click lets you select a file or folder, but you have to double-click to open it. How to make it into a state of hyper link? Just like to browse the web pages, only single-click and open a file or folder, and run a program?

Well, if you'd rather single-click to open files and folders, you can change the setting on your mouse.

To change the settings on your mouse


Click Start, and then click My Computer.

Start menu with My Computer selected


Click Tools, and then click Folder Options.

Folder Options selected on Tools menu


Click Single-click to open an item. Then, click OK.

General tab in Folder Options dialog box with Single-click to open an item selected

Now you can navigate folders and open files with a single rather than a double click. If you need to select a file, simply hold your mouse over the file for a few seconds without clicking.


How to use the keyboard shortcut to control windows?

If you like to keep four or five windows open while you work (or play) on your computer, you'll appreciate knowing these keyboard shortcuts. You can quickly switch between your Web browser, e-mail, instant message windows, and other programs without taking your hands off the keyboard.

Action Shortcut

Minimize a window to your taskbar


Maximize a window so it takes up your whole desktop


Restore a window so it's visible but doesn't take up your whole desktop


Close a window


Switch to the last window you had open


Switch to any window

Hold down the ALT key, and press TAB until the window you want is active


Programs often start up in a "restored" state, where the window takes up only part of the screen. To maximize the window so that it takes up the entire screen, press the ALT key, press the SPACEBAR, and then press X. This will feel natural after you do it a few times, and you will feel much more efficient while using your computer.


How to use the keyboard shortcut to navigate menus in Windows XP?

You can speed up tasks in almost any program by choosing menu items using your keyboard instead of your mouse. This operation is particularly handy when you're performing repetitive tasks.

To control menus using your keyboard


With your program open, press the ALT key. Notice that one letter on each menu name is now underlined. To open the menu, press the underlined key. For example, in Internet Explorer, the View menu name shows the V underlined after you press the ALT key. To open the View menu, press the ALT key, and then press V.

Menu bar with the V highlighted and underlined on View menu name


Now, each menu item will show one letter underlined. To access or activate the menu item you want, simply press the underlined key. For example, in Internet Explorer, after you open the View menu, the Privacy Report menu item shows the V underlined. Instead of clicking Privacy Report with your mouse, you can just press the V key.

View menu with the v in Privacy Report menu item highlighted and underlined


You can also choose menu commands by pressing key sequences quickly, without waiting for the menus to open. For example, to quickly view a Web page's privacy report in Internet Explorer, press ALT, V, V. Similarly, to save a Web page in Internet Explorer, you would normally click the File menu, and then click Save As. To choose the same commands using your keyboard, press ALT, F, A.


1. Before saving the web page, press the "ESC" key would accelerate the process of saving.

2. Press the "Enter" key would send the message in MSN. If you just want to wrap, you could hold down the "Shift" or "Ctrl" key when press "Enter".

3. You can debug a short HTML code in the browser's address bar. As follows: type "about:Hi Pagehello, my simple html page", then press the "Enter" key, you would see the result.

4. Windows Shortcut Keys:

  "Alt + F4": Close the current window. When there is no window opened, it would prompt the shut down dialog.

  "Ctrl + Esc": Equivalent to the "Start" or "Windows" key.alt

  "Ctrl + End": Move the cursor to the end of the text editor. If you just press the "End" key, the cursor would move to the last character of the line.

  "Ctrl + Home": Move the cursor to the beginning of the text editor. If you just press "Home", the cursor would move to the first character of the line.

  "Ctrl + S": Quick save the current project.

  "F2": Change the name of the selected file.

  "Shift + Delete": Completely remove, this means the files or directories deleted will not been put into the recycle bin.

  "Shift + F10": Show the right-click menu of current application.

  "Windows + D": Minimizes all windows, press this once again to return to the front window.

  "Windows + E": Runs the explorer.

  "Windows + F": Runs "Find" dialog.

  "Windows + M": Display the desktop;

  "Windows + M": Also means, minimizes all windows, press it once again can not return to the front window.

  "Windows + Pause": Show system properties dialog.

  "Windows + R": Runs "Run" dialog.

  Hold down "CTRL + Shift" and drag a file would create a shortcut for the file.

  Press "Shift" to prevent the CD from auto running when it was first time put into the driver.

  Quick restart: Press "Shift" before press "OK" to sure to restart. This does not fit to Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

5. "Start" > "Run", input "cmd" or "command".
You would see the DOS window. Click the icon in the top-left corner, you can see the drop-down menu, there are some functions you can use. To copy the text in the dos window, just select the text area, then right click the mouse, or press the "Enter" key.

6. To save a none-border windows page, please use the "CTRL + N" to open new window.

7. To find a file under a folder with lots of files in it, click a blank place in the folder, then press the first letter of the file name you want to find. If the focused file is not what you want, press it again, until the selected file is what you want.

8. Under Windows 98, to change the ip address while need not to restart, following the below steps:
  a. After change ip, select "Cancel".
  b. Open the "Device manager", disable the network card which you have changed its ip address.
  c. Enable the network card you disabled.
Ok, now your ip is valid.

9. Windows XP has a batch rename function, simply select a bunch of files, then rename the first file of these selected files, the rest files will automatically renamed.

10. The system will record the address you type in the address bar in the browser. If you do not want this action monitored, press "Ctrl + O(the letter o, not zero)", a dialog will prompt, input the address here, you would be fine.

11. Skip the boot screen.
Press "Esc" when start the system, or simply modify the "msdos.sys" file, append a line "logo=0" behind the options paragraph.

12. Tips on using "Shift" key.
  a. When using the "Tab" or "Space" key to switch the focus, the order will always be forward, but if you hold down the "Shift" at the same time, the switch order will be reversed.
  b. When input the letter, hold down the "Shift" key can convert the letter to a upper or lower case.