Making Vista Apps Simpler And Quicker

Gnomie Sam Horne writes:

Have you ever decided that you want quick access to system programs that dont give you the option of installing quick launch shortcuts when you wish that you could? Say, if you wanted to have quicker access to your volume mixer? Well, there is a quick and simple way of doing it.

Open up your volume mixer, then right click on the taskbar and go to task manager. When task manager comes up, make sure you’re on applications, then right-click on volume mixer and click on “go to process.” Once on the process, note down the .exe file name (in this case, SndVol.exe). Then click on your start button and type in the program file name, and it will show up. You then have to drag it into your quick launch icons and place it where you like.

If you want to have a keyboard shortcut for the quick launch of your program of choice, put it within the first 9 quick launch buttons. A WINDOWS +1 shortcut is for the first designated quick launch (second quick launch button equals WINDOWS +2, etc.). So there you have a quick launch shortcut for a system program of your choice! Now enjoy getting to those programs that hide in the corner much more quickly!

Create A Shortcut To The Run Command

Normally when you want to launch the Run command, you have to do so from the Start Menu. This is obviously not difficult or time consuming since it only takes a few clicks. However, you can speed up the process and reduce the number of clicks required to open the command by one or two by placing a shortcut on your desktop or Quick Launch toolbar.

To do so, click the Start Menu, click the Run command and while holding down your mouse button, drag it onto your desktop or onto the Quick Launch toolbar. I prefer to place the shortcut on the Quick Launch toolbar to avoid a cluttered desktop. In any case, a shortcut will now be available to launch the Run command.

Do Icons Slow Down My Computer?

Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. Including an answer from Ken Colburn of Data Doctors! Lola writes:

My friend tells me that every icon on my desktop slows my computer, because each icon represents a running program. My argument is that if an icon is a “shortcut,” then it doesn’t slow the computer. Please explain to both of us.

Your friend had the right idea, just the wrong explanation.

The icons that they were referring to was not the ones on your Desktop, but the ones in the systray located at the bottom right hand corner of the Desktop (next to the clock).
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