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Windows XP and Vista expert tweaking guide

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Get a Caps Lock warning

Got a problem with Windows? There's no need to put up with elements that don't suit you. We've got the tools to help you get XP or Vista looking and acting just right.

One of the more annoying computing experiences is accidentally hitting the Caps Lock key and typing a lengthy chunk of text in capital letters.

There's a simple way to get Windows to beep a warning when this happens.

In Windows XP, select Control Panel, Accessibility Options. At the bottom of the screen, tick the box next to Use ToggleKeys and click ok.

In Windows Vista, select Control Panel, Ease of Access, 'Change how your keyboard works'. Then tick the box next to Use ToggleKeys and click Save.
Use your own user account graphic Don't want your user account picture to be a rubber ducky, a snowflake, a goldfish or a pair of horses? No problem – you're not stuck with what Windows offers. You can use any picture you want, so long as the picture is in .gif, Jpeg, .png or .bmp format.

In Windows Vista, choose Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety, 'Change your account picture'. You should see a screen that presents a few preset options.

To bypass these, click 'Browse for more pictures', then navigate to the picture you want to use and click ok.

To achieve the same result in XP, go to the Control Panel and choose User Accounts. Click on the account you want to change and choose 'Change the picture', 'Browse for more pictures'. Find an image and click ok.

For those interested in saving effort, there's a quicker way to get to the screen that lets you customise your picture. Click your account picture in either XP or Vista, and a screen will appear that lets you change your user account.

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