Create Keyboard Shortcuts To Open Any Folder

Do you have a folder that you’d like to be able to open quickly and easily whenever you want? If you create a keyboard shortcut for that folder, you can open it anytime by pressing a key combination, no matter which other programs you have open.
To create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder, follow as below:
1. Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
2. In Windows Explorer (the program that appears when you open folders such as My Computer, My Documents, My Pictures, or My Music), right-click the folder to which you want instant access, click Send To, and then click Desktop.
3. On your desktop, right-click the new shortcut, and then click Properties.

On the Shortcut tab, click in the Shortcut key box. Now press the letter on your keyboard that you want to use to open the folder.
Note: In the Shortcut key box, Microsoft Windows XP automatically adds CTRL+ALT before the key you press, because to use the shortcut to open a folder, you have to hold down both the CTRL and ALT keys simultaneously, while pressing the letter you chose. This way, your folder won’t open every time you type that letter.

5. Click OK.
6. Now test your shortcut. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys, and then press the letter you chose.

This tip can be applied to folders, programs, and text file shortcuts that are placed on the desktop.

Open Icons In Vista With Single Click Instead Of Double Click

Well… many people have been used to the single click format in the previous versions of Windows. So here I am to show you people how to customize the same in Windows Vista. To do so, you need to follow the simple steps given below:

  • Open My Computer.
  • Click on the Organize drop down menu located at the top left corner of the windows just below the Back & Forward buttons.
  • In the dropdown menu click on Folder & Search Options.
  • A new dialog box will appear in which you need to select Single Click To Open An Item(Point To Select).
  • Click on Apply & then on OK and you are done.
  • Enjoy the Single Click experience……….

Make your Folders Private

•Open My Computer
•Double-click the drive where Windows is installed (usually drive (C:), unless you have more than one drive on your computer).
•If the contents of the drive are hidden, under System Tasks, click Show the contents of this drive.
•Double-click the Documents and Settings folder.
•Double-click your user folder.
•Right-click any folder in your user profile, and then click Properties.
•On the Sharing tab, select the Make this folder private so that only I have access to it check box.


•To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.
•This option is only available for folders included in your user profile. Folders in your user profile include My Documents and its subfolders, Desktop, Start Menu, Cookies, and Favorites. If you do not make these folders private, they are available to everyone who uses your computer.
•When you make a folder private, all of its subfolders are private as well. For example, when you make My Documents private, you also make My Music and My Pictures private. When you share a folder, you also share all of its subfolders unless you make them private.
•You cannot make your folders private if your drive is not formatted as NTFS For information about converting your drive to NTFS

Save Folder Setting Preferences

Save Folder Setting PreferencesSometimes when we customize a folder and upon restarting we realize that the changes haven’t been saved. In some cases the settings work for few days and then XP forgets it. Ever wondered why this happens? Well, this is due to that fact that Windows XP remembers the settings for only 400 folders, by default. When you customize more folders the old settings are lost. To prevent Windows XP forgetting the folder customization, we can increase the limit till 8000 (which is the upper limit). Set the BagMRU Size to 6000 (Decimal) in the following registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam Let me remind you that the value that we set is in Decimal and not hex.