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Dell XPS 13: How to make a shortcut to toggle touchpad on and off?

Q: Dell XPS 13: How to make a shortcut to toggle touchpad on and off?

In W10, when i go to settings > devices > mouse & touchpad, there is an on/off toggle for the touchpad. Can I create a (command line) shortcut to this toggle on my taskbar (or desktop) so when i tap it the touchpad it switches between on and off. I want to be able to disable the touchpad from time to time when working on something.
Thanks for the help!

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I have a HP 6735s and he has no special key for enabeling/disabeling touchpad.
I tried every combination with Function key and its not any of them.
Is it any way to make something that turns it off and back on when i want with combination of some keys?

Help please.....


A:How can I make shortcut for enable/disable touchpad?

From google it looks like it is disabled when you plug in an extrenal mouse, but I may be wrong

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I sometimes want to turn aero off quickly for a short period of time (e.g. when runing 3dsmax 64bit, the "disable desktop composition" in compatibility options is grayed out) and the method for vista (rundll32.exe dwmApi #102) doesn't work. Any ideas?

A:Quick Aero toggle (shortcut?)

Try the compatability tab. There's an option to turn off visual themes when a program runs.

edit: I don't need to read no stinking OP!


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I always keep the box 'always show icons, never thumbnails' ticked in folder options to enhance vista performance but its a pain everytime im looking a pictures to go back & untick it
Ive been searching a way to switch between thumbnails & icons quickly after i came across a tweak to add 'toggle hidden files' into the context menu.
Please does anyone know a faster way to change icons to thumbnails ?

for anyone interested in adding 'Hidden Files Toggle' to your right click menu
Quick Access To Hidden Files, File Extensions, SelectAll - Vista, XP - Tech Support Guy Forums

A:Is there a shortcut to toggle icons & thumbnails ?

Click on the view as pane.

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Using Lenovo settings to switch off Hotkeys is slow and requires multiple clicks. Is it possible to switch on and off hotkey mode more quickly, e.g. with a shortcut key combination? How would I do this?

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I like to toggle Conservation mode in Vantage onwhen I game quite often to make sure the battery doesn't charge always to 100% but still preserve battery life by not gaming while on battery. Is there a way to easily toggle this without having to open up Vantage every single time I want to toggle it? My only interest is to use it while gaming exclusively, so having open Vantage everytime just for that occasion is a bit annoying to do. Any help is appreciated.

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The only built-in way to manually disconnect and reconnect in Windows 7 that I've been able to find, requires a lot of mouse clicks and even on my Core-i7 steel nerves when it starts "troubleshooting" to reconnect very slowly.

I found a better way and because lots of people in several forums have been asking for it I hope it's going to be a Sticky.

Download http://itsamples.com/downloads/network-activity-indicator.zip (always scan downloads for viruses)
Activate it, it will show up as the Windows XP network activity monitor in the tray.
Right click it and click Network Connections.
You've now opened an explorer Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Network Connections.
(I'm sorry, I found no other decent way to get to here)

Lets say you want a connect/disconnect Local Area Connection toggle on your desktop. You simply right-drag Local Area Connection from this control panel to your desktop, once you release your mouse button click on Create Shortcut. You can create such toggle shortcuts for every network connection that shows up in the list.. A simple double-click on the freshly made desktop item connects or disconnects whenever you like.

If you don't like the XP style network activity indicator, feel free to remove it now. But remember, once you close the Network Connections window, there is no decent way in Windows 7 to reopen it. As far as I know only the Network Activity Monitor knows how to do that. By the way, I do like the visual indicator of n... Read more

A:easy manual connect/disconnect toggle shortcut

Wow, is this what I've just been looking for to turn off / on my Win7 Internet connection w/ an icon on the taskbar??? I WILL post if works or issues found.

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I'm having some issues where the taskbar in Windows 7 occasionally is getting in the way while using Google Chrome. Is there a way to quickly hide it .. hit my desired button .. then turn the taskbar back on without moving it or using the auto hide feature?

Thank You

A:Right Click or Shortcut to Toggle Taskbar hide or show

Bump .. Still trying to figure out this tweak. Maybe it's not possible?

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I'm booting up with a 3rd party password recovery program and the touchpad and mouse disables on boot up so I'm unable to make selections on the software page. Is there a way to enable the touchpad or mouse at this point?

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I have Compaq Presario CQ62 and it has a touchpad toggle button (LED), double tapping on which toggles the touchpad on or off. The issue is when I double tap on it, it turns off the touchpad but when I double tap it again, it doesn't turn on the touchpad. How to solve this? The laptop had Windows 7 licence copy when I bought it but I've upgraded it to Windows 10 under free windows update from Microsoft. 

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I like to do maths exercises from online portal; so i keep my exercise book on the palmrest of my laptop and practise. But it presses keys and touchpad clicks. I use a external mouse to scroll the web page.

So I need a small utility which will allow me to disable/enable the built-in keyboard and touchpad only, with a mouse click.

Is there anything that can suffice my need?

I'm using dell inspiron 7537 with win8.1.

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There are forum posts all over the internet of people trying to find ways to install hacked drivers or trying to find workarounds to get 3 finger swiping for navigating webpages or whatever else they want to assign these gestures to.  I know Dell is best bro's with Microsoft and they worked with you to get the precision touchpad feature in Windows 8 working with the XPS 13 9343, but it has worked out miserably.  I have personally tested the new version of the precision touchpad driver in Windows 10 where it supports 3 and 4 finger gestures.  It does not offer the granularity that people have come to expect from ultrabook touchpads.  You still cannot use 3 finger swiping to navigate in web pages.

Can we just accept that going with the precision touchpad driver was a bad idea?  Can we accept the fact that people expect features found on $400 laptops to be included their highest end ultrabooks?  Can Dell please make their loyal customers happy and let us use our touchpads the way we want to and not how Microsoft thinks we should?

A:Dear Dell: The Microsoft Precision touchpad driver for the XPS 13 9343 is garbage. Nobody likes it. Please make your customers happy and release a good one.

Sorry but I have to disagree. Microsoft is trying to establish a new standard with their Precision drivers. If they have success, in a couple of years all notebooks might have the same touchpad driver with the same features, and by that unify the touchpad experience across all manufacturers.
Notebook touchpads in Windows have been a pain forever, and this issue is about to be solved. Wait for Windows 10 to come out, there will be more options for gestures.
Speaking about the precision and responsiveness of the XPS 13 9343's touchpad, it is already near perfect.

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I know there is a way through the BIOS menu but mine looks nothing like everyone else's. There is no advanced tab or Fn Key Behavior button. Also there is no option in the Windows Mobility Center. I've tried little tricks like Fn + Esc or Fn + Caps Lock, I've tried pretty much everything but I can't switch it no matter what I do.

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Hello All,
I have a Latitude E5470 on Win 7 x64 that I am not able to use the soft key toggle switch (FN + Prtscr) to turn on or off the wireless connection. This functionality works perfectly in the Win10 laptop, however seems that the driver does not allow or is not functional in the Win7 environment. (In Win10 the airplane mode appears when I toggle the option.)
Have anyone experience this issue or knows of a workaround to resolve this in Win7 ? 

Thanks in advance. - Ron

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I have purchase multiple xps 13 and inspiron 13 laptops and observe the same issues.  I tend to use the touch pad with my right hand's index finger, and click the touchpad button with my left hand's index finger.  It's a quick way to get things done.  Many in my organization do this, too and have been running into problems.
However, quite frequently (but not all the time) when I click the button with my left hand the cursor jumps to another location on the screen.  Frequently this is the lower-left corner of the screen, but sometimes it is the upper right, too. This causes different windows to come into focus, or it activates the start menu.  Really , really annoying, and it happens on both laptop models.  Our previous Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and Acer laptops did not have this issue. 
I think this has to do with the touch pad thinking that the user has two fingers on the touch pad and moves the cursor thinking the finger jumped around the pad.  Otherwise the gestures and movement of the touchpad is fine. 
Is this a known issue to Dell?  It's really aggravating and other users in my organization are complaining as well.  I may need to return the lot (3 XPS 13, 5 Inspiron 13 machines ) and look at different hardware.  

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I have a Dell Latitude D630 laptop that has issues. Sometimes the touchpad works, and sometimes it doesn't. I've noticed when it doesn't work, the icon in the tray has disappeared or never booted up to begin with. Sometimes it boots up and sometimes it just doesn't even boot up to the tray at all. And at other times, it does.
(Along with this, maybe it's just a coincidence, but I've been working on this for days and days but when the touchpad doesn't work, the keyboard acts up too!) This might have nothing to do with it at all.

I've done a complete reformat of the hard drive, installed Win XP Professional, reinstalled drivers over and over. Been to the Dell website and have all the newest drivers.
When I reinstall the touchpad drivers, it does work once again, but this seems to be short lived.
The laptop is 4 years old...seems strong otherwise, can handle multiple tasks fairly well, has a dual core installed.
I can't figure it out.
Can anyone help?

Thank you!!

A:Solved: Dell Latitude D630 touchpad icon in tray disappears, so does touchpad!

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Hello all - sorry in advance if this is a newbie question.

I'm running Windows 8 via Parallels 8 on a Macbook Pro. When typing on the laptop keyboard, sometimes my right hand accidentally swipes in from the right of the trackpad. This opens up the Charms Bar and interrupts me from my work. Is there any way to turn off this setting in Windows 8 so that I can remove this shortcut?

Thanks in advance!

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I am using an X1 Carbon 6th and would like to disable/enable the touchpad easily with a shortcut key (without going into Settings). This is to disable touchpad when I use the mouse to avoid accidentally touching the touchpad. Most other laptops have a simply button/key to toggle between enable and disable touchpad but the X1 Carbon doesn't seem to have it. Can anyone help?

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I've been looking for a shortcut key to make a new folder in Windows Explorer (I have XP). Is there one or can I create one?

A:Shortcut to make new folder

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I used to have a shortcut to a music software program that always runs as admin. It was ableton and it had a little uac icon at the bottom right hand corner of it now I cant remember how I got it like that. Any ideas?

A:How do I make a shortcut that will always run as admin?

Why does it need to run as admin all the time?
That makes no sense...

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Hi. I have been getting bothered by clicking on every messenger client every time i log into my xp account, and I hate trillian. how can i make one shortcut execute more than one exe?
thanks in advance

A:how to make a shortcut execute more than one exe?

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I hate the windows key. How can I remap it to run a program instead? I want it to run a "show desktop" shortcut I got.

A:Make windows key run a shortcut?

Would have to be done using Third Party software. Follow this tutorial Map Any Key to Any Key on Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista

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Hi!I bought my lenovo Yoga 720 about 3 weeks ago. Yesterday my touchpad stopped working for about 1h. After that left bottom part of  touchpad become kind off laggy, and unresponsive. (You can see that on the video - right side works like it should, but left does not.)https://photos.app.goo.gl/HKfeDhb1yjBt2iw72I've tried reinstalling Windows, updateing BIOS (None of those works). But after windows reinstalling I encountered new problems - not all shortcuts from the keyboard are working. Volume, brightness, refresh and screen switching works just fine but Microphone (F4), airplane mode (F7), and camera (F8) function buttons now doesn't work. (I've installed all drivers from lenovo's site, and lenovo Vantage).Are there any better drivers for touchpad and shortcuts?I'm not sure if that touchpad problem is software or hardware related.Does anybody have an apriopriate drivers for that keyboard?

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Ok im going to Show you How to make a Secret Shortcut on Your Dektop.

1: Create Folder Shortcut to your location.

Neu means New and Verkn?pfung means Shortcut!

2: Pick the Location of your folder. If i where you, put the secret folder deep in your system!

3: Rename the folder.

Umbenennen means Rename!

4: Press and keep pressing the Alt button. Type from your number pad on your right side of the computer (not the normal numbers) Type in while pressing Alt : 255.

5: Press Enter. Now you shouldt see any Letter or Number as the Name.

6: Change the Icon of the Folder.

[img]http://s11.**************/5trdi6t27/Icon.jpg[/img]Anderes Symbol means Another Icon or Change Icon!

7: Download the Icon.rar from my Attachments.

8: Then change the Icon to the Downloaded one.

9: Done! It Should look like this:


Youre Welcome. Any questions ask me!

Oh and By The Way My Computer is on German so dont worry read under the Pics to Understand!

A:[TUT] Make A Secret Shortcut on Desktop.

If someone have read that post please reply: Good or Not. Helpful or Not. And a simple thank would be appretiated!

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I'd like to have an icon or shortcut to Windows Update, preferably in the Start Window.

Currently I have to type "Update" in search to get there. 3 steps, very clunky.

In Windows 7 we had a link in the Start > Programs Menu. Something like that.

A:Make a Windows Update shortcut?

Mean left click start menu select Settings and click Update &Security is still to long of a process. To me way Windows update is on Windows 10 what is use having it so quickly accessible ?

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How can I make a shortcut to the Windows 7 Task Scheuler?

I'm using it often and each time I go to Windows Help and search for task scheduler. Then click through the results several times before I get to the window showing my actual scheduled tasks.

It would save tons of time, if you can help me by providing directions on how to get to that window quickly or creating a shortcut to it.

My thanks in advance,

/ Gary E.

A:How to make a shortcut to task scheduler

You can go to C:\Windows\system32 where you will find taskschd, you can right click on that to pin to taskbar or start menu, you can also right click on it and then send to, desktop (create shortcut)

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Hi, can anyone help jog my memory for me please. I use to have a shortcut to msconfig and remember I had altered the path info in the target box to ensure that the startup tab displayed as soon as I clicked on the msconfig shortcut instead of the General tab.
Yes i know maybe I'm being lazy but despite saving an extra click it helped remove the extra irritation of having to do so as I make regular adjustments in the startup section.
Please anyone?

A:How to make msconfig shortcut open at particular tab

Mine tend to reopen to the last place used but check this Microsoft page:

Should have added to look toward the bottom of the page.

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Is there a way i can make a service shortcut so i can start a service from my desktop?

A:[resolved] Is there a way to make a service shortcut?


Originally Posted by djw2009913

Is there a way i can make a service shortcut so i can start a service from my desktop?

Sure can.


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I have made a shortcut on my desktop to a web site, and I need it to open in a browser that isn't default. I have a browser I want to use Chrome as default, but this link goes to a work website, the company software I have on my computer will only work with Internet Explorer, which I hate with a passion, maybe it's a old outdated preference that should be changed, but for now I will use Chrome, just like I used Firefox for years until Chrome changed my preference.

Is it possible to do this, right-clicking and properties doesn't work. I've tried all the options listed in this thread, with no luck.

Can I make a shortcut open in NON default browser?

A:How to make a web shortcut open in different browser

There may be more than 1 way, try opening the 'other' browser and drag the shortcut to the page or Address Bar. Right-ciick it and choose Open with... and pick the program. Copy the URL in one browser and Paste in the other.

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I guess I'm not sure if this is the correct category for this, but it's to do with the mail app. I use it to manage my mail, and I want to set up a hot key for it for my drawing tablet, but I can't find it in file explorer. So I thought I'd just make a shortcut to the app on my desktop and set the hot key to that shortcut... but I can't figure out how to do that either. I've found most all the other applications in my start menu except for the mail. Where is it?

A:How to make desktop shortcut to mail app

Hello Fae,

Here you go:

"Mail" App Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

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My room mate and I want to play a game which uses the old style save system where there's only one "story" and no options for switching characters/profiles/etc. We want to be able to play at different points in the game and with different settings; to this end I'm writing a program that will quickly interchange the relevant save and settings files when the correct profile is loaded. However, I'm afraid that one of us will forget to run this program and end up overwriting the others' stuff.

Is there a way to make this program run when we click on the shortcut for the game, and have the game run after my program has closed?


A:Can I make a shortcut that runs two programs?

You can make a batch file for doing that. For example, the following batch script runs Windows Notepad waits for it to be closed and after that runs Windows Calculator :start /wait notepad.exe
start calc.exeType the code inside Notepad window, save the file with .bat or .cmd extension, like runme.cmd on your desktop.

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Hi, I'm really struggling with command prompt right now, it doesn't make any sense, and I have found ZERO info through repeated Google searches.

I'm on Windows 10 and for some reason my Photoshop CS6 refuses to open and throws the stupid "This app has been blocked for your protection" error at me. I already had UAC disabled because it's annoying and I run everything as admin. Right now I'm trying to simply create a shortcut that runs Photoshop.exe through command prompt so I don't have to mess with it every time I want to use Photoshop. The .exe is located at D:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 bit)\Photoshop.exe (my own program files location). If anyone can help write a shortcut command if it's even possible, it would be greatly appreciated.


A:Need to make a command prompt shortcut

See whether this can help


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I'd like to have an icon or shortcut to Windows Update, preferably in the Start Window.

Currently I have to type "Update" in search to get there. 3 steps, very clunky.

In Windows 7 we had a link in the Start > Programs Menu. Something like that.

A:Make a Windows Update shortcut?

Mean left click start menu select Settings and click Update &Security is still to long of a process. To me way Windows update is on Windows 10 what is use having it so quickly accessible ?

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Hi there,

I am struggling to change the 'three finger tap' touchpad shortcut from Google Chrome to Firefox - I've changed it before from Explorer to Chrome but now can't remember how and can't find any information on how to change this setting - anyone have any ideas please?


A:Satellite Pro L770: how to change the touchpad internet browser shortcut?

I don?t know if I understood you right but open please properties for Synaptics click pad and there you can find options for ?Three fingers press?, ?Three fingers flick?.

When you enable ?Three fingers press? you can select program which should be launched.

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I have Internet Protocol V4 settings:

IP adress:
Subnet mask:
Default gateway:
Preferred DNS server:

I want to know if there's some way to make shortcut for these settings so I can click on that shortcut whenever I want to configure the Internet Protocol V4?


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How do I make short cut icons for L.A.N. and Wireless Network connection
in Windows 7 ?

I wish to put them on Windows 7 Desktop or send to Windows 7 Desktop like
you can with Windows XP.


A:Make shortcut for LAN and Wireless Network connection

open network and sharing center, then left side of screen select change adapter settings then right click on local area connection and select create shortcut.

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I would like to be able to make one by just right clicking on a startmenu item and "Send to Desktop as a shortcut".. or similiar. ( as pre windows 7) I know how to "pin" but that's different.
As it is,the right button does nothing. If I try to drag the program icon across.. it loads the program.
I managed to do it recently by modifying something like Folder Behaviour but after having to resort to an earliier backup I lost both the function and the method of achieving it.

Anyone help?..please.

A:how to make desktop shortcut from Start Menu?

What happens when you right-click an icon? Doesn't a menu appear?

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Hello my Pc is infected with virus make the files shortcut and I do not know how to treat it. the virus came from my usb when I made scan for my usb by avast trial version it gives me vbs virus. is there any free tool or something free to fix it and for more information I cannot download win 7 updates on my computer or run win defender.

A:my Pc is infected with virus make the files shortcut.

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I have a new video card...and I am quite often tweaking its settings in advanced display properties...I have to right click an empty area of the desktop, then select properties, then select the settings tab, then select advanced and finally select Geforce 6800 GS...I want a shortcut to this...I know it's probably simple, but I have not found it. I do not want a program running in the taskbar for it...just a clickable shortcut.

A:Can I make a shortcut to my advanced display properties?

There should be a setting in there to "Display the Nvidia settings icon in the taskbar" I have that on my work computer and at home on my ATI card. There should be a checkbox for that somewhere in your advaced settings.

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I want to make a short cut to the desktop for Paint. In Vista, I would just right click on Paint, and select send to desktop. I just started using Windows 7, and that option does not appear when I right click on Paint. I googled the problem, and found instructions about right clicking on the desktop, selecting New then Browse. But Paint does not appear in the list.
I do not seem to be finding a clear explanation of how to create desktop short cuts for programs like Paint. Can anyone help me figure this out?
Thank you.

A:Solved: can't make a desktop shortcut in Windows 7

The path to Paint (mspaint.exe) should be C:\Windows\system32.

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I've decided to make a LivePE, but cant figure out how to run some portable apps thru a shortcut on the livePE desktop, if i could do that, i could just run the apps from the desktop, besides having to actually go into the usb and select the program, since the drive letter always changes, i cannot make a shortcut inside the PE, is there any way to do this?

A:How to make a shortcut from a usb drive to a windows livePE

Use \ which means root of the current drive, which in your case would be the flash drive you are booted from.

If you had a program in Tools\Subfolder\anytool.exe, then address it as \Tools\Subfolder\anytool.exe.

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as title said, is there anyway to do so?

i have a cyber cafe and planned to renew it.
so i want to make a folder that customers can't access but the file is executable/launchable through its shortcut.

let's say i have a game shorcut called Assassin Creed, i want to make this game executable through shortcut but the directory won't accessible if they decide to explore it. so they won't mess up its folder's contents or the game itself.

i've searched entire forum & google and didn't specifically find it, not sure i've tried hard enough.

big thanks in advance.

sorry for bad grammars.

A:How to make a shortcut's folder inaccessible but executable?

Hi ReeQo, welcome to SevenForums

As far as i know, .exe shortcuts will not run if the target folder is not accessible by the current user.

How about installing Deep Freeze, this help you restoring your system after every reboot.
And securing a system image of your workstations, in case some users intend to destroy your windows.

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Hello : I need to make a desktop shortcut to a running program . Is this possible ? Thanks .

A:need to make a desktop shortcut to a running program

Can you describe what you need in a bit more detail?
I'm guessing you have a running process like a media program or something similar and you want to make a shortcut to show it?

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How to make that shortcut to the desktop in the toolbar wider.

That hitarea is just way too small. (I know win+D does the same thing)

A:How to make the shortcut to the desktop in toolbar wider?

Hello Carsten,

If you like, you could create a separate "Show Desktop" shortcut to use instead that can be pinned to the taskbar.

Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

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i tried following the instructions on this site
Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Clear the Clipboard in Windows - How-To Geek

(creating a shortcut with the command cmd /c ?echo off | clip?)

but it doesnt seem to be working...

does anyone know why?

A:how do i make a shortcut to clear my clipboard contents

I saw that a while back, but it's my understanding that windows 7 doesn't store clipboard contents, if anyone else can confirm this that would be helpful.

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I have firefox as default, so if i create a shortcut it always opens in FF. But theres one i want to open in IE. Can this be done? I've even tried saving the page in IE's favorites then dragging that to the desktop from the fav menu but once thats done it opens in the default browser, FF.

A:Can I make a shortcut open in NON default browser?

Internet Explorer Desktop Icon - Create in Windows 7

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