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The Icons-Only Bookmarks Bar

Well technically, I have two folders with words, just to be picky.  But 2 with words versus 31 without is pretty good, I think.

Here’s my Firefox home page.  Note the bookmarks bar:
Full window

Here’s a close-up of the first half of my Bookmarks Bar:
1st half of icons close-up

Here’s how you do it.  I’ll show you how as I add Wolfram|Alpha to my Bookmarks bar, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

Step 1:  Go to the home page of the site you want
Wolfram Alpha
Step 2:  Double-click the little star on the right side of the address bar
Edit This Bookmark

Step 3:  Delete the name
Delete Name
Step 4:  Change ‘Unsorted Bookmarks’ to ‘Bookmarks Toolbar’
Bookmarks Toolbar

Step 5:  Click Done.
Et voila!  Have fun with your new icons-only bookmarks toolbar

Also:  If you want to change current bookmarks, press Ctrl+Shift+N, double-click ‘Bookmarks Toolbar’, then delete the names of all your bookmarks in the subsequent menu

Hide the Recycle Bin

I’ve got RocketDock (previously reviewed), and it comes with a Recycle Bin icon.  So I didn’t need the on my desktop anymore, but it won’t let me get rid of it – so I figured out how to hide it.

1.  Right click on the desktop and choose properties
2.  Go to the ‘Desktop’ tab
3.  Click the button that says ‘Customize Desktop’
4.  Click on ‘Recycle Bin (full)
5.  Click on ‘Change Icon’
6.  Pick one that’s clear, or blank
7.  Click OK to close the Change Icon dialog box
8.  Repeat steps 4-7 on ‘Recycle Bin (empty)’
9.  Click OK to close the Customize Desktop dialog box
10.  Click OK to close the Display Properties dialog box
11.  Click and hold just above the words ‘Recycle Bin’ that remain on your desktop.  Drag down until the words are under the Start Menu bar.
12.  Enjoy your Recycle Bin free desktop!

For instructions with screenshots to help guide you along, check out my Instructable here.

Cord Control

If you’re like me, your laptop connects with a power cord, a speaker cord, an external disk drive… some of these I don’t use all the time but want easy access to.  What I did was got a bunch of binder clips and took off one of the silver things that you push on to open the binder clip.  I stuck the cord into aforementioned silver thing and then put the silver thing back into the binder clip and then hooked the binder clip onto the edge of my desk.  Et voila! Best of all, the cord can still slide through the binder clip and so I just grab the end that goes into my computer and slide it out ‘till it’s long enough.  So there you have it.

Chairs

There are TONS of chairs out there.  Office chairs, swivel chairs, backless chairs, normal chairs, bizarre-looking chairs…

The most comfortable, most fun chair I have found is an exercise ball.  I’m sure you’ve seen them in the exercise section of your local store – they look like giant bouncy balls, usually the box has a picture of someone draped over the ball.  It turns out they’re nice to sit on.  So there you have it.

AWESOME program

It’s called Vista Inspirat (http://www.crystalxp.net/galerie/en.id.130.htm). What it does is alters some system files so that your computer looks like it’s running Vista – but it’s still running XP. (It only works for Windows XP, as far as I know). It gives you the toolbar, the transparent window tops, the works. Also, it gives you a bunch of themes so you can get Vista in blue, or in black, or green, or Aero (another style – it’s basically a white-color Vista)… It’s pretty awesome. Best of all, it’s a free download!