How To Turn On/Off Thumbnail View in Windows 7 Folders

Working with images is an almost daily job for me and many others. It certainly helps if you can see what image files look like before you even open them. It’s also easier to scan long lists of images if you can see a thumbnail preview of each file in the list.

Here’s what I like to see:


Windows 7 typically has a thumbnail view of images turned on by default. You’ll may see this if you open up a folder of images. However, if you’ve played with Windows settings occasionally, the thumbnail previews can get turned off by accident. This happened to me recently and I’ve had to learn how to quickly return the thumbnails to Windows Explorer.

Here’s how to turn on or turn off the image thumbnails:

(Windows 7 and Windows Vista)

•  Open up a folder or double click Computeron your desktop.

• Click the Organizemenu to pull it down. Then select the Folder and search optionsentry.


• Click on the Viewtab to open up those options.


•  Either check or uncheck the Always show icons, never thumbnailsoption.

That’s all there is to it.

If you have any ideas or questions you’d like to share, be sure to add a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

Different Ways to Loop YouTube Videos

Quite sometime back we had covered a way to repeat YouTube videos. Here is another post, since there are several more ways in which you can loop videos since we wrote that post.


Here is a list of solutions to loop YouTube videos:

Loopy for YouTube – This userscript works in , (Steps), Internet Explorer and Safari. Check how to run Greasemonkey Scripts in IE, Safari and Opera.

Loop YouTube Videos – This website provides a solution that will work on any web browser. Just enter the YouTube URL or video ID and it will loop it for you.

Endless YouTube – Allows you to loop part or full video hosted on YouTube, has its own Greasemonkey script and bookmarklet too.

Do you use any other solution to loop YouTube videos? Do let us know through your comments.

How to Remove Yourself From Twitter Lists Created by Others

Groups or Lists have always been a good way to organize your contacts. In that sense Twitter Lists are no different. However, with lists, you cannot control whether you are on a good list or a rant list.

Say for example, you had a bad day with one of your Twitter friends and they in turn decide to add you to a list called Moronsor something like that. Officially, there is no way for you to get out of that list, however, thanks to TechicaVita, there might be a way to get yourself out of that list.


As you can see from the tweet above: If you block a user and then unblock them, you will not show up on their list anymore. So, if you have been wanting to get out of someone’s twitter list, try out the trick above. Do let us know if it works for you or not.

Don’t know how to block/unblock twitter users? Read our tutorial on How To Block or Unblock users in Twitter.

Disable Aero In Windows 7 and Windows Vista

and both include Aero, which include some really good graphics. However, if you are running either of these operating systems on a low RAM, it might feel a bit sluggish.

Disabling Aero in Windows, is one of the ways to help you run your system faster. To disable Aero on either Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you need to personalize your desktop and choose the basic themes for your OS.

Think Techno has a screenshot tutorial to disable Aero on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Take a look at it to disable Aero and improve your system performance.

How to add Windows Calculator to Excel 2007 Quick Access Toolbar

While working with excel 2007 worksheet, you would want to perform some calculation and make use of Windows Calculator. To access calculator you have to go through some steps, sometimes it could be a time consuming process. Adding Windows Calculator to the Excel 2007 quick access toolbar will help you reduce the hassle and save your time. It is pretty useful to perform quick calculations.

Below I’ve described how to add windows calculator in Microsoft Excel 2007 quick access toolbar.

How to add Windows Calculator to Excel 2007 quick access toolbar

It is quite simple process to add windows calculator in quick access toolbar. Follow the steps  below.

  • Open MS Excel 2007 and go to the quick access toolbar.


  • Click on the arrow and select More Commandsoption.


  • The Excel optionwindow will pop out. Now select Commands Not in the Ribbon.


  • The list will appear in the left side. Select calculatorfrom the list and click on Addbutton. Click on Okto apply this settings.


  • Now windows calculator is added in excel’s quick access toolbar and you can access it easily from toolbar.


If you want to remove the calculator from the quick access toolbar then right click on the item calculatorand click on Remove from Quick Access Toolbar.

Now you can perform all your quick calculation in the windows calculator from the quick access toolbar of your excel and save the time. You can also customize the quick access toolbar in MS excel 2007 adding more item in it and comfortably bypass the hassles and time consuming processes.

Note: There are some newer Microsoft keyboard that comes with a button which launches the calculator directly from it. It is even more easier to access the windows calculator.

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How To Switch Back to Old Google Search from New Interface

So you decided to try out the new Google interface to see how it looks and did not like it all that much. What is the easy way to switch back to the old Google Search Interface after using the new Interface?

The answer is simple, just clear all the cookies for your browser and you should be switched back to the plain old Google Search interface. You can also try out the handy tool called CCleaner to clear cookies and other temporary files from different browsers at once.

How To Access New Google Search Interface

The new Google Search interface we told you about a few days ago is apparently live and ready to be tested by the masses, albeit not through Google Labs, but through a tiny hack thanks to Gizmodo.


To try out the new search interface by Google, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Open in any web browser.

Step 2: In the location bar or omnibar copy and paste the Javascript code given below, as it it.

   1: javascript:void(document.cookie="PREF=ID=20b6e4c2f44943bb:U=4bf292d46faad806:TM=1249677602:LM=1257919388:S=odm0Ys-53ZueXfZG;path=/;");

Step 3: Reload the page and start searching to start using the new interface.

Unlock Locked Google/Gmail Accounts

Have you ever come across scenarios when you try to login to your Google or account and find out that your account is locked?


In many cases, there is not much you can do. You might have to wait between 1-24 hours to get your account working again. Thanks to, we came across an URL which could possibly unlock locked Google/Gmail accounts.


The unlock page contains a email and password field and a captcha, however, there is not indication whether this will actually unlock locked accounts. Nevertheless, if your account has been locked, you might want to try out this page to see if it actually unlocks your account. If you are interested in finding out the reasons on why Google blocks accounts, you might want to visit this Google help page.

P.S. If you are able to unlock your locked Gmail/Google accounts using the URL, please leave a comment on this page so that others can benefit from it.

Unlock Gmail/Google Accounts

Protect Your Important and Personal Data

Why to protect data?

These days most companies, large or small, store their data in computers and laptops. Maintaining paper files is not only cumbersome but also outdated. Some experienced computer users often take a backup of their important data to ensure that their data is safe in case of any untoward incident or unauthorized access. Storing confidential data on local network can cost your business a lot especially if it is accessed by an outsider or an unfaithful employee. Data security involves protecting the data by taking regular back-ups, providing restricted access and ensuring that an anti-virus program is in place.

How to protect important data?

1. Rename files: Rename the files and folders so that anyone who accesses it won’t get any clue as to what is contained inside just by reading the folder name. You can also move important file to deeper folders. One precaution that you must take here is to remember the location of the file because if you yourself forget where your files are, the whole purpose will be lost.

2. Encrypt files: Encryption is now becoming a popular way to protect data. Encryption transforms readable files into unreadable cipher and only after you provide a decryption key, you can access the data. You must always keep sensitive data encrypted to enhance security. Encryption also protects your files from Malware.

3. Disguise files: You can disguise files by changing its icon. This way no one will come to know what format it is or what is inside them. For example, you can disguise your important folder as Recycle Bin and the files as a picture.

4. Lock files: You can easily lock the files or folders by specifying a password. This way only you or anyone who knows the password will be able to access them.

5. Hide files: This is another smart move to protect confidential data getting into wrong hands. Hiding files is pretty easy. You can check the Help to know how it is done.

6. Put files in a encrypted virtual disk: Many software programs are available these days to help you create encrypted virtual disk where you can store all your sensitive data to avoid unauthorized access. You can easily dump all your important files and folders in this virtual disk. To an outsider, the encrypted virtual disk will appear only as something junk. You can also put the file in an encrypted dummy disk that needs a password to open it.

Pros & Cons of Different Methods of Data Protection

methodsProtect local dataProtect the data of removable medium(USB flash drive and CD)Speed of encrypting and decryptingDoes the safe mode work?Does the protection of Dos mode work?if it is no copy?If it is no renameIf it is no deleteEstimate security of the whole
rename filessupportsupportVery highYesNoNoNoNoBad
Encrypt filessupportsupportVery lowYesYesNoNoNoFine
disguise filessupportsupportHighYesYesNoNoNoFine
Lock filessupportNot supportVery highYesYesYesYesYesVery good
Hide filessupportNot supportVery highYesYesYesYesYesVery good
Put files in a encrypted virtual disksupportsupportLowYesYesYesYesYesVery good

What’s the best way to protect data?

This is a complicated question because every user has a different data security need. For example, some users have low security needs as their data is not highly sensitive whereas some users don’t mind buying an expensive data security software as they just cannot afford to lose the data. Let’s take a look at some common scenarios where a person would need data protection solution.

1) Free data protection software: The software for data protecting is mostly based on the principle of renaming files. It can not only protect local data but also store data in USB flash drive. You can choose it if you don’t have high data security needs.

2) Need to protect local data: You must use a software for locking files and folders, which based on the principle of protecting system for cored data. You can even hide data, to prevent unauthorized access and preventing modification, copying, and deletion of data. Such software programs can protect the data in a more secure way. One such program that is recommended is QIQI Folder Lock, which is safe, simple, useful, and costs only $24. You can download it right now.

3) Protect the data in USB: If USB is what you prefer, then you must choose a virtual disk software; actually software for encrypting data is also fine, but it takes long to encrypt and decrypt.

4) Protect the data on CD: If you want to save the data on a CD, a virtual disk software or software for encrypting is advisable. A virtual disk software helps in protecting data on CD and is convenient and safe. QIQI CD DVD Bit Locker (coming) is encrypted software for carving but has other specialty. It’s simple and useful when it’s being carved means being encrypted. And what’s most amazing is that it looks like an empty disk after carving is done. That’s why it offers high security.

In a word, you can choose the  appropriate software to protect your data according to the importance of the data and the way you like to  save the data. 

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Bypass Megavideo Time Limit

Update: February 16, 2011 – We have added another way to bypass the Megaupload limit at the bottom of the post.

Sometime back we told you about a trick to bypass the time limits imposed by Megavideo a popular site for watching videos. Megavideo imposes a limit of 72 minutes of continuous video watching till it pops up a alert saying that you need to wait for a certain time before you can watch the video.


This can be quite annoying when you want to watch longer videos continuously for free. The trick we told you previously helped many users to bypass those limits, however, we came across some new tricks to bypass the limit.


The first one includes getting a new video URL by visiting Mega Streaming and using it to watch the video instead of the regular Megavideo URL. The second one includes using a called IIIitmux.

You will need to generate the URL and use the add-on before you start watching the video. Have fun watching full videos at Megavideo without interruptions.  Bypass Megavideo time limits [via Life Hacker]

Update: You can now use a new site called to bypass the megavideo time limit or 72 minute restriction. The site also provides a Google Chrome extension which you can use to directly open the Megavideo videos in Mega Skipper.