Windows XP Tips & Tricks

Icons Without Text - Clean And Neat
Windows XP- All Versions

If you're like us, you probably know, by now, what each icon represents. You don't need the text beneath to tell you that it's "Internet Explorer", do you? Did you know it's easy to remove the text from an icon? It is and we're going to show you how.

First of all, this trick only works with icons, it does not work with folders. So before you go off right-clicking everything, stick with icons and this tip will work just fine :)

Right-click on the icon from which you want to remove the text

Click "Rename"

Hold down the ALT key and use the numeric keyboard and type 255

Release the ALT key and press the Enter Key.

Icons without text. Very neat and very clean!

Uninstalling the Uninstallable
Windows All Versions

Almost every Windows user can relate to this experience. You're going through Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel and removing programs you don't want any longer. Then you try to remove one and get an error message - something like "Uninstall.dat missing or corrupt"- or similar. So there you are, with a program on your computer you don't want, but can't uninstall. It's a frustrating experience and one most of us have encountered at least once.

If you ever find yourself faced with the situation with uninstalling the uninstallable, here's a tip that works 99% of the time. Re-download and re-install the program you want to uninstall. Yes, we know that sounds silly, but it works. Reinstalling the program you want to remove sometimes replaces missing or damaged files necessary to uninstall it.  After you've reinstalled the program immediately go to Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, locate the program in the list and try uninstalling it. More than nine times out of ten it will uninstall without a hitch. Try it - you'll like it because it works.

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