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3 Windows Shortcuts Anyone Can Use

3 Windows Shortcuts Anyone Can Use

    I’m going to make a prediction here without a crystal ball, or a 900 psychic friend’s number. I predict that the majority of you are Windows users, correct?

    Eat that Dionne Warwick!

    Am I really a psychic? Heck no, but I’ll bet I’m more accurate than that Rapture guy! But I digress. Truth is, it doesn’t take the knowledge of splitting an atom to discern that Windows still holds the market on the PC OS.

    Being a likely Windows user (Macs are out of luck on this one), there is a good chance you’ll want to know how to tweak Windows to suit your style, run faster, and/or make you more productive (i.e. do things faster and better). If this is you, then do I have a trick for you?

    Buckle in and prepare to learn some sweet tweaks you can use to customize Windows.

    Want to reboot your PC from a desktop icon?

    If you hate the Windows XP, or Vista shutdown menu – and I’ll bet you do – this is something you are definitely

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      interested in. Windows 7 users probably aren’t as inclined, but may want it as well.  In order to make this happen:

      1. Right click on an open area of the desktop Select New/Shortcut. Enter in “shutdown -r -t 00” (no quotes)

      2. Select “Next” and enter Reboot or anything you like as a name.

      3. Click Finish.

      How about locking your PC from an icon on the desktop?

        The lock feature is a feature that is used a lot; especially in an office setting. When you leave your office – to go mind your own business somewhere else, you don’t need the cubicle gossip snooping in your stuff, or worse the office jester sending out prank emails offering to by everyone in the office lunch from your logged in account (Yes, I hate that guy too).

        Of course you can always use CRTL-ALT-DEL, a screensaver, or even WIN+L from your keyboard – but if none of those corn your fritter, then maybe an icon on your desktop will. Here’s how it’s done:

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        1. From the desktop “Right Click”, select “New” then select “Shortcut”

        2.  Type “rundll32.exe user32.dll” (no quotes)

        3. Select “Next” and enter “Lock PC” or anything you like as a name.

        4. Right click new shortcut and select “Properties”

        5. Select “Change Icon”

        6. Explore shell32.dll in the System32 directory and find a lock icon you like

        7. Click “Apply” and “Ok”

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        Now you can walk up; give Clyde “the Gossip” the finger and slap Lucien “The Jester” upside the head, as you’re on your way to mind your own business.

        Note: Use that last tip at your own discretion…

        Would you like an internet search in your Start Menu?

        Easily, the Start Menu is one of the more useful features in the Windows platform. It’s a central hub for searching you PC’s

          contents, but what about when you want to search the Internet? Wouldn’t it be more productive to add an Internet search option directly to your Start Menu? This way, you can bypass the browser, and search the net right from the start menu. Here’s the skinny:

          1. Click “Start” then “Run” (For Vista or Windows 7 user’s, click “Start” and proceed to step 2 typing in the search box)

          2.  Type “gpedit.msc” (no quotes) and press Enter

          3. Using the left panel explore to “User Configuration>Administrative Templates> Start Menu & Taskbar”

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          4. Double-click “Add Search Internet link to Start Menu,” and select “Enable” (May not be available in XP)

          5. Click “Apply” and “Ok”

          Now when you search for something in the Start Menu, a “Search the Internet” link will appear above the search box!

          There you have it; regardless of whether you are a seasoned Windows Pro, the most “green” of beginners, or anything in between these tips and tricks will prove to be useful. Feel free to print this out, write it down or share these tips with a friend; I am only here to help.

          Know some other tips or tricks suitable for the entire range of Windows users? Drop a line in the comments section and share – the more the merrier.

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          11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

          11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

          Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

          Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

          Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

          1. Lumosity

          This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

          Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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            2. Fit Brains Trainer

            This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

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              3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

              Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

              First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                4. Brain Fitness Pro

                The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                Buy for $3.99.

                5. Happify

                If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                Free to use.

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                  6. Clockwork Brain

                  You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                  Free.

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                    7. ReliefLink

                    Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                      8. Eidetic

                      Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                        9. Braingle

                        Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                        Free.

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                          10. Not The Hole Story

                          If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                            11. Personal Zen

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