Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Windows XP Tips

Add a Restart Icon to the Desktop

Add an icon to the Windows XP Desktop that, when double-clicked, restarts the computer.

If you want to restart your Windows XP machine in a hurry, are you tired of clicking the Start button, selecting "Turn off Computer", and then selecting "Restart"? Or do you not wish to memorize keyboard shortcuts that may speed up the process? Instead, the following shows how to add an icon to the Desktop that you can double-click to restart your machine.

1. Right-click an empty area of the Desktop and choose "New" - "Shortcut".

2. The "Create Shortcut" dialog box appears. Enter the following in the "Type the location of the item":

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3. Click the "Next" button in the dialog box.

4. The dialog box title will change to "Select a Title for the Program". Underneath "Type a name for this shortcut", enter in a desired name such as Restart or Restart Computer.

5. Click the "Next" button in the dialog box.

A new icon will appear on your desktop. Double-click it to restart your machine. But you may not like how it looks, so change it to look like the icon shown at the beginning of this tip:

1. Right-click the icon and choose "Properties".

2. The Properties dialog box appears. Click the "Shortcut" tab.

3. Click the "Change Icon" button.

4. A dialog box will alert you that the file contains no icons. Click "OK".

5. A group of icons located in the %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll file appears. Find and click a desired icon or click the "Browse" button to choose a different icon.

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