Create/Add Custom Libraries in Windows 7

Libraries in are a cool new feature that allow you to access frequently used folders quickly and easily in file open and save dialogs. A library is pretty similar to a regular folder, but a library can either contain references to a single folder or multiple folders, you can learn more about libraries by referring to a post from Windows 7 team.

By default Windows 7 contains 4 Libraries for Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos, but you can add your own custom libraries that will allow you to access your favorite folders quickly and easily.

Follow the simple steps given below to learn how to add custom libraries to Windows 7.

How to Add Custom Libraries in Windows 7

Step 1: Click on the Library icon in the task bar to open the Library.

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Step 2: In the Library window, click on the New Library to create a new library. Give the library an appropriate name.

Step 3: Right click on the library you just created and click on Properties.

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Step 4: A new window will popup showing you options to add folders and customize the library. Click on the Include a folder button to add folders to your library, you can choose to add one or more folders. Once your done adding the folders click on Ok.

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Once you have created the libraries they will start appearing in file open save dialogs (you can change this behavior in the library properties). You can also access all your favorite folders by simply opening the library again, pretty simple and useful.

For Operating Systems like and Windows XP, we highly recommend you read our complete guide to Quickly and Easily access your Favorite folders.

Speedup Your Slow Computer for Free

A regular myth among users is that a slow computer is directly related to the CPU and RAM a system has, however that is not the case many of the times.

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Quite sometime back I had written about several ways to speedup your computer by deleting temporary files and also a useful that will speedup the computer, hard drive and internet access.

In addition to that there are several more ways to speedup your computer, for example by using startup managers to speedup startups, disk defragmentation to speedup hard drive, temporary file deletion to free disk space and improve speed among other things.

slow_computer_repair The How to Wiki has created a list of 12 steps that will allow you to speedup your computer and the best part is everything can be done without spending a dime, either using inbuilt tools in Windows or software.

So if you have a slow computer, before you upgrade your CPU or RAM, check out on How to speedup a slow computer.

How To Duplicate Session In Google Chrome?

There may be times when you want to duplicate your current session and reuse it in another tab or window.

provides you with a quick and easy way to duplicate session across tabs. Duplicate sessions preserve navigation history along with cookies making it easier to easily go back or forward in the session.

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To duplicate session in Google Chrome just right click on the tab that you want to duplicate and click on Duplicate from the menu, once you click on Duplicate it will open a new tab that will be a duplicate of your current session.

All is Green Here – New Gmail and Chrome Grass Themes

I’ve gone green. I don’t know how it happened. I don’t recycle much and I don’t ride a bicycle to work. I don’t even care much for the green grass in my yard, especially when it’s time for mowing. But I sure like looking at it on my laptop PC.

When I heard Gmail had added 4 new themes, I checked them out and found the Grass Theme. Once I picked that out, I remembered that my Google Chrome browser already has a grass theme. Here’s what it looks like now when I check my email.

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Now with all that grass growing in my web browser, you’d think I’d be happy to stop there. No, I didn’t. I went right out and grabbed a few grass wallpapers and now my desktop needs to be mowed.

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I hope this hasn’t made you green with envy. Worse yet, you could have gotten a little green around the gillsif you have allergies. If so, I’m sorry about that. In any case, have a good day and play it safe out there.

How to Enable DreamScene in Windows 7

DreamScene was a Windows Vista Ultimate extra which allowed users to have animated (video) wallpapers. In a way it was a dream come true for any users who wished to have a more dynamic desktop. Unfortunately, Microsoft dumped this feature in Windows 7 in favour of Desktop Slideshow. However, with a little bit of effort you can use DreamScene even on Windows Seven.

  • Before getting started make sure you have Aero turned on. The quickest way to enable Aero is to select any Aero theme from the Personalize options.
  • Download the Windows 7 Dreamscene patch (32 bit only) from here. Start the installer (you will need administrator privileges).

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  • Wait for the patch to finish. Once it is done, Explorer will automatically be restarted and you will get an option to set any supported video (WMV or MPG) as Desktop Background from the right click context menu.

That’s it! It was really as simple as that.

[via MyDigitalLife]

Windows Seven : Start Exploring From (My)Computer

Windows Seven is a highly polished release which gets most of the things right. However there are a few minor annoyances here and there. We already shared how to fix the Windows Seven Taskbar (Superbar) idiosyncrasies with Taskbar Overlord. Today we will share another little tip to improve your Windows Seven experience.

By default when you click on the Windows Explorer button in the taskbar your Libraries folder is opened. This is nice if you have your content neatly organized into multiple Libraries. However, most people that I know would simply prefer to begin exploring from (My)Computer.

Right click on Explorer Icon and then again right click on Windows Explorer entry in the Jump List. Select ‘Properties’ from the context menu. Change the target from %windir%\explorer.exe to %windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}. Click on OK to save the settings.

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That’s it. From now onwards, clicking on the Windows Explorer button would open (My)Computer instead of Libraries.

Windows Seven : Access Hidden Regional Themes

Windows Seven ships with several region specific themes and wallpapers which are hidden by default. Prior to Windows Seven installation you are asked to select the language, time and currency format. This information is used by Windows to determine which country/region you belong to.

Regional themes are available for United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Although Windows only displays the regional themes if you belong to these regions, all the themes are copied to your hard disk during installation. As a result, you can easily access these additional goodies even if you don’t belong to these countries.

Windows Seven Hidden Themes and Wallpapers

All the country specific goodies are stored at C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT (where C:\ is the Windows Seven partition). AU, CA, GB, UA and ZA are the country codes for Australia, Canada, Great Britain, United States and South Africa respectively. Open any of the sub-folders and double click on the theme files to apply them. If you are only interested in the wallpapers just copy paste them. If you are still not satisfied you can download more themes from the official Windows Seven Personalization Center.

[ via HowToGeek ]

How To Open/Mount .img and .ima Files?

Sometimes you may come across files that have weird extensions .img and .ima are couple of them, first of these files may not be regular image files, but actually image copies of a drive or folder.

Img/Ima files are very similar to , however many softwares use .img and .ima format to store information.

According to Wikipedia a IMG file format can be any of these things;

  1. A CD or DVD image file, essentially equivalent to an ISO file. On such a file, simply changing the extension from IMG to ISO can make it usable as the latter by most programs.
  2. An archive format used for creating a disk image of floppy disks and HDDs. This allows for digital storage, transmission, and replication of floppy disks and HDDs. Files created using this format typically use the “.IMG” file extension.
  3. A file in the Macintosh Disk Image format.
  4. A graphics image format used in various ways by many different graphics software packages.

To open a .img or .ima file or mount it as a virtual drive you can use a software called Magic Disc, you can learn about how you can mount img files in this tutorial on mounting ISO files as a virtual drive, though the tutorial talks about ISO files, .img and .ima files can also be mounted in a similar way.

Create Your Own JumpList in Windows 7

introduces a new feature called JumpList, which makes accessing application settings and features much more easier, however not all applications have this feature in them.

Windows 7 App Launcher is a that allows you to create your own JumpList in Windows 7.

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With the help of the Windows 7 App Launcher you can create and add applications to your JumpList and assign a keyboard shortcut to it.

To create your own JumpList you will first need to create a profile in the App Launcher and from there add your favorite applications to it, once you have added the application you will see them as a JumpList in your taskbar.

To add applications to the JumpList browse to the application executable to add it and optionally setup the and profile picture for it, once you are done click on the include button to add it to your custom JumpList. To save the JumpList to your profile click on the Save/Update button.

The app launcher also provides you with an option to launch the application on Windows startup.

Download Windows 7 App Launcher [via Jk Web Talks]

How To Find Out When Google Bot Last Crawled Your Website

Google Bot is a web crawler that crawls your website and indexes content into Google, this information was earlier available to users in Google webmasters tools.

In the recent changes Google made to their webmaster tools this information is no longer available, so how do you find out the last crawl date for a particular website or webpage?

Well it is not that hard, with a simple search you can determine the last Google Bot crawl date and time.

Steps to Find Last Google Bot Crawl Date

Google Search

Step 1: Go to google.com and paste the URL for which you want to find the last crawl date and hit enter.

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Step 2: In the search results instead of clicking on the URL itself click on the Cached link.

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Step 3: In the cached version of the webpage you will find the time when Google Bot last crawled your website.

Easy right? Alternatively you can bookmark the link so that you don’t have to perform steps 1 and 2 over and over again to find out the Google Bot crawl date.