Add A Handy Shortcut to Add/Remove Programs To Your Desktop
Windows XP Home and Professional

OK, if you're like us, you install and uninstall a lot of stuff. Come on, admit it. We know you do! And if you're like us, you wish you had a more convenient way of accessing Control Panel's Add or Remove Programs applet. Right? You know, you have to click "'Start" "Control Panel" "Add or Remove Programs" and then wait for the list to be populated. That's a lot of clicking not to mention waiting.

Now here's a tip that will come in handy for almost everyone. We're going to show you how to create an nifty desktop shortcut that will launch "Add or Remove Programs" with just one click and it's very easy to do:

  • Right-click on your desktop
  • Choose "New" then choose "Shortcut"
  • In the command line that appears type (or paste) control.exe appwiz.cpl
  • Give it a name (whatever you like) - we called ours "Remove Programs"
  • Click "Finish" and you're done

Now you have a one-click way to access your Add/Remove Programs applet without doing all those clicks. It's easier on your wrist and faster too!

Do Not Highlight Newly Installed Programs
Windows XP Home and Professional

Are you tired of that annoying little window that pops up to tell you that you have new software installed? If you install new software, you ought to know it right. You don't need to be reminded of it every time you open your start menu, do you?

If you find this "feature" irritating too, here's what to do!

  • Click Start, right-click at the top of the Start menu where your name is displayed, and then click Properties.
  • In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, on the Start Menu tab, click Customize.
  • Click the Advanced tab, and then clear the Highlight newly installed programs check box.
  • Click OK, and then click OK again.

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