There’s a registry hack to restrict or disable mouse right click. The only catch is it only works at desktop and explorer. Not totally flawless as people can still drag files and folders and drop them everywhere but it does provide some level of protection.
Go to Start > Run > type REGEDIT and hit enter. Navigate to:
Right click at an empty area on the right column and select New > DWORD Value. Use the name NoViewContextMenu. Double click the name and set the value data as 1.
Adding the registry tweak above will disable mouse right click for ALL users. If you only want to disable for the current logged in user, you should add the registry tweak to HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
There’s a software called BasicMouse, used to call BabyMouse, which is allows parents and teachers (or anyone) to easily restrict several functions of the computer mouse and keyboard.
BasicMouse 188.8.131.52 –
Disable right mouse clicks! Allows parents and teachers to easily restrict several functions of the computer mouse and keyboard. The right mouse button can be switched off completely, all buttons can be set to send left-clicks, mouse clicks can be restricted to a particular area of the screen and much more.
This works in windows XP only.
To clear the contents of your Documents
Folder Click the Start menu Point to Setting
Click the Start Menu Programs tab
As you can guess with this trick you can make your folders invisible without using any software. This is a very unusual & easy trick to make your private folders invisible to others.
A folder contains two parts; an icon and a name.So to make the folder
invisible you will have to make both the icon & the name invisible.
These are the steps to do that:
1. For Making The Name Invisible
Select the folder which you want to make invisible. Press F2 key then type ALT+0160 and hit enter key. You will notice that the name of the folder has become invisible. See the snapshot below.
2.For Making The Icon Invisible
Right click on the folder whose name you made invisible. Go to Properties, then go to the Customize tab. Then click on the Change Icon button. Select any blank icon there. Remember there will be many blank icons (see snapshot). Just choose any one.Click OK.
your folder is invisible now (without any software). Now only you know where the folder is located. Enjoy.
Disable Error Reporting for Windows Vista
Open Control Panel
Open the Problem Reports & Solutions applet Under advanced options, disable error reporting
Disable Error Reporting for Windows XP
Right click on My Computer and select Properties
Click the advanced tab
Click the error reporting button down the bottom
Select Disable error reporting
Set My Computer to work like a menu for easier access to the drives you need.
By default, the My Computer item on the Start menu is configured to work like a standard folder window. If you need to access a specific drive, select My Computer from the Start menu, wait a moment for the window to appear,
and then double-click the icon for the drive you need to access.
When you’re in a hurry, this two-step procedure can be time-consuming and frustrating—especially if My Computer contains a large number of drive icons. However, Windows XP makes it easy for you to configure My Computer so it works like a menu, with each drive listed as a menu item.
1. click the Start button, and select Properties.
2. Click Customize, which is adjacent to the Start Menu radio button, and select Advanced.
3. Scroll through the Start Menu Items list box until you see My Computer.
4. Select Display As A Menu, and click OK twice.Now, when you select My Computer from the Start menu, you’ll see a menu of individual drives. To access the contents of that drive, just select the drive letter from the menu.
Learn how to switch from the Windows XP Search Companion to the basic search tool.
As you probably know, the Windows XP Search Companion provides users with a lot of bells and whistles designed to make searching for files on hard drives much easier. But sometimes all of these extra features just get in the way.
If you’re longing for Windows 2000’s basic search tool, it doesn’t have to be in vain. The basic search tool is still available in Windows XP, and you can activate it with a quick registry edit. Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.
1. Open the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionExplorerCabinetState.
3. Go to Edit New String Value.
4. Name the new value Use Search Asst.
5. Double-click the new value, type no in the Value Data text box, and click OK.
6. Close the Registry Editor, and restart the system.To switch back to the Search Companion, just go back to the Registry Editor, and change the Value Data to yes.
Windows XP is based on the same platform as Windows 2000, and shares that operating system’s robust file security options, at least when using the NTFS file system. Unfortunately this security system, which enables an administrator to decide exactly which files and programs any given user will have access to, is not actually
implemented by default in Windows XP. This is a concession Microsoft made to avoid confusing basic users of XP Pro, and to cripple XP Home.
The NTFS file security options can be enabled easily enough in XP Pro, but are apparently non-existent in the Home version. Fact is, the tools are there, you just need to look a little bit harder.
To enable NTFS file security in Windows XP Home: First you need to assure that at least your main hard drive is formatted with the NTFS file system. See tip #61 for instructions on this. Restart your system. Just after the memory and BIOS check screen, but before the Windows splash screen comes up, press F8 a few times.
When the Windows boot menu appears, select ‘safe mode’ from the list of options.
Once Windows has loaded in safe mode, right click the folders and files you would like to change access to. You will notice that the ‘security’ tab now exists, and thus you are allowed to assign or deny access to individual users for each file, folder and program. Once you are done, restart Windows normally, and your changes will be enforced.
Here’s a great tip to speed up your browsing of Windows XP machines. Its actually a fix to a bug installed as default in Windows that scans shared files for Scheduled Tasks. And it turns out that you can experience a delay as long as 30 seconds when you try to view shared files across a network because Windows is using the extra time to search the remote computer for any Scheduled Tasks.
The actual browsing speed of both the Internet & Windows Explorers improve significantly after applying it since it doesn’t search for Scheduled Tasks anymore. Here’s how :
Open up the Registry and go to :
Under that branch, select the key :
and delete it.
This fix is so effective that it doesn’t require a reboot and you can almost immediately determine yourself how much it speeds up your browsing processes.
Hey your Windows XP has a very good but hidden feature !
Trick Advantage :
You can leave your work in between and shutdown the PC and resume it next time as it is !
Even I switched off my PC while writing this article and when I reopened it I resumed my article from where i left !
When you want to stop your work and shutdown(Keeping your programs open)
Do The Following :
1. Click start>Turn Off Computer
2. As the Turn Off menu comes up press ‘Shift’ and ‘Stand By’ changes to ‘Hibernate’
3. Click Hibernate (Shift Kept Pressed)
Your xp will save the work and shutdown !
Now, when you switch it on again it will resume it again !
No loading of windows will take place and you will be resumed to your work as if you had just switched your monitor off and now on again !
Its Amazing !
Do you share a computer with other users and want some extra security on your folders? There are two ways to password protect a folder built into Windows XP (for other Windows flavors, there are some freeware/shareware programs out there).
#1. If you have a log in password for your account, this can be used to protect folders from other users. Your hard drive must be formatted using NTFS (which it probably is unless you’re dual booting with another operating system). Here’s what to do…
Right-click the folder that you want to make private and choose “Properties” (or Alt+Double-click). Go to the “Sharing” tab and check the “Make this folder private” box.
Click Apply . If you do not have a password on your account, a box will pop up asking if you want to assign a password. This must be done if you want to make the folder private, so click Yes . You will need to use your password to log on to your computer from then on.
Type in a password then confirm it. Click the “Create Password” button then close the Password window.
Click OK in the Properties dialog box.
Now anyone else logged on to your computer can’t access that file without knowing your password.
#2. If the Folder is Zipped you can give it a unique password.
Just double-click the zipped folder. In the top menu select File then click “Add a Password”.
Type a password into the Password box. Then again in the “Confirm Password” box.
Now, you are the only person who can access files in this folder. The folder can be opened allowing the files to be seen, but you are the only one who can access them.
Don’t you feel more secure now?