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How to Change the view of Taskbar in Windows 7

Taskbar is the most visible change in Windows 7, I am digging the new look and feel of it, however if you feel you want some change in the way it looks or not happy about it and / or prefer how it was in the earlier versions – it is not difficult to change at all. Windows 7 is all about giving you options and you have ways to make your new Windows 7 operating system taskbar to look or resemble way it way in previous versions of Windows.

All about properties

Most changes can be made in Taskbar properties. You can get to the Taskbar properties by simply right clicking at any free space on the taskbar and choosing properties. What is that bothers you, is it the icons instead of buttons? That is easily fixed, once you are in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, under the first tab, which is Taskbar, change the Taskbar buttons drop down menu either “Never Combine” or “Combine when taskbar is full”. These options are within the Taskbar appearance column. This will let you instantly see that the icons are now changed to buttons with their text written next to it. Within the properties you can also uncheck the “Lock the taskbar” option to allow it to show all icons and functions already set on it; alternatively change the position if you are used to the side rather than always at the bottom.

Unpinning icons

Some Windows tools like calculator, notepad, and QuickTime player are pinned to the taskbar, so you can quickly launch these programs. However, if you feel it is taking the space on your taskbar and want them removed, it is as easy as right clicking on the tool that you want removed and choosing the option “Unpin this program from taskbar”. Alternatively if you still need programs to quickly launch you can use a Quick Launch instead of having your programs listed as icons on the Taskbar.

Resizing and changing view

You can also adjust the icon size to either large or small icons, depending on your preference. By default the program buttons on the Taskbar is displayer as larger icons, you can right click on the Taskbar and change view to small icons; this will resemble the way program buttons were displayed in Windows Vista. Also if you want to change the whole Desktop theme and the taskbar, simply choose the Windows Classic theme to go back in memory lane.

Windows 7 lets you customise the way you want the taskbar to look and your overall experience with the Windows 7 operating system. I would recommend that you try the new features and the look so you can get a feel of the whole smooth finish look, rather than adjusting it back to the way it looked in the previous versions. Make use of Aero Snap, Aero Peek and Quick Launch option to experiment with the enhanced functionality that Windows 7 is giving it to you.

How to View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer for Windows XP

Event Viewer and manager

An event is any important occurrence in the system or in a program that demands users’ attention. It acts as a notification alert. The Event Log Service records application, security, and system events in Event Viewer. Due to the presence of the event logs in Event Viewer, information about hardware, software, and system components can be obtained and security events can be monitored on a local or remote computer.

The procedure to View Event Logs

There are few steps which have to be followed in order to view event logs. Firstly, Click start and then click Control Panel. Next, one has to click on Performance and Maintenance, then click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. Or, open the MMC containing the Event Viewer snap-in. In the console tree, click Event Viewer. The Application, Security, and System logs are displayed in the Event Viewer window.

The procedure to View Event Details

In order to view event details, one has to click Start after that click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, then click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. Or, open the MMC containing the Event Viewer snap-in. Next step is to expand Event Viewer in the console tree and then click the log that has the event that you wish to view. In the details pane, you must double-click the event that you wish to view. You will see the Event Properties dialog box that contains header information and a description of the event. In order to copy the details and description of the event, you must click the Copy button. This leads to the opening up of a new document in the program in which you wish to paste the event. Thereafter, you must click Paste on the Edit menu.

The procedure to interpret the details of an Event

Every Event Header has the following details about the event: It contains the Date when the event occurred. It contains the Time when the event occurred.

It also has the username of that user who was logged on when the event happened. It contains the name of the computer on which the event occurred. It also has the Event ID, a unique event number which identifies the event category. The Event ID is used to help comprehend what occurred in the system. The Event Header also has information about the source of the event such as the name of a program, a system component, etc. Then, it contains details about the type of event. The type is usually of five kinds: Error, Warning, Information, Success Audit, or Failure Audit. Lastly, it also has categorization of the event by the event source. This information is mostly used for the security log.

The Procedure to Find Events in a Log

The default outlook of event logs is to enlist all the entries that it comes across. To locate a particular event, or see a subset of events, you have the option to either search the log, or you can also apply a filter to the log data.

The Process of Searching for a Particular Log Event

In order to
search for a particular log event, you must follow the following steps: First, you must click Start. Thereafter you must click Control Panel. After that please click Performance and Maintenance, then you must click Administrative Tools. Thereafter you must double-click Computer Management. Else you may open the MMC that contains the Event Viewer snap-in.

Then in the console tree, you must expand Event Viewer, thereafter you must click the log that has the event that you wish to view. Then on the View menu, you must click Find. Then you must specify the options for the event that you wish to view in the Find dialog box. Thereafter you must click Find Next. You will see that the event that matches your search specification gets highlighted in the details pane. After this you should click Find Next to find the next incidence of an event as defined by your search specification.

The Procedure to Manage Log Contents

As a default, the preliminary maximum of size of a log is set to 512 KB. When this size is achieved, then new events overwrite previous and older events as and when needed. Then according to your requirements, you can alter or modify these settings, else you may clear a log of its contents.

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