How To Auto Hide Icons On Your Desktop

I am real particular when it comes to the organization of icons (if any) on the desktop of my computers. What I have found over the years from assisting others (especially at home) is that people do not remove the icons on their desktop; thus, disorganization and clutter results. I truly believe, for most folks, it is out of fear of not knowing what is OK to delete and what is not OK to delete. Typically, most icons are shortcuts and are safe to delete; however, there are those occasions where you may have saved an important file to the desktop (which I would not do); where if you delete it, it will go to the recycle bin (for future permanent removal). Usually in that case, you need to move the file to another folder on your computer (such as your document folder).  If you want to learn what is safe to delete and what is not I encourage you to read this article from Microsoft — CLICK HERE — titled “Add or Remove Icons From Your Desktop…

If you are someone that adamant about not removing the icons from your desktop or you use the desktop as a launching point for the programs that you use on a regular basis, I encourage you to look at the small utility called AutoHideDesktopIcons.


This utility, after a period of time it will auto-hide the icons on your desktop so that you have full view of your wallpaper. If you want the icons to show, all you have to do is left mouse click on the desktop and icons will reappear. I typically use AutoHideDesktopIcons on my notebook computer to make launching of my programs easier when using the touchpad. Another feature in the program is that you can set the program to auto-hide the taskbar with the exception of the start button…

AutoHideDesktopIcons is a Windows based program that works on all Windows OS platforms from Windows 98 to Windows 10.


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TECH DEAL – I Believe I Got A Good Deal On This ASUS Desktop Computer

After nearly 8 years I decided it was time to changeout my HP computer… After a great deal of research and shopping around I ended up settling for the ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop (3.3 GHz AMD FX-8300 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1) at Amazon. Pricing on this computer at the time and date of this posting was listed as $519.00 with a $60 ASUS rebate = $459.00…

ASUS makes a really nice computer and this box is no exception. I am very pleased with not only the build; but also with the performance. What sold me on this PC is the AMD -FX8300 processor which is rated equivalent to an Intel i7 processor; that the memory can be upgraded up to 32GBs; and, there is 10 USB Ports (6-USB 2.0 and 4-USB 3.0). There is room for expansion in this PC; however, when I broke open the case to insert my Hauppauge WinTV card I found that insertion of the card to be tight due to the installed video card consuming a lot of the space. I did manage to get it installed and due to the power of this computer, watching TV on this computer is a much better experience than my older PC with better clarity and video performance.

There was one issue I ran into with the purchase with this computer. Amazon had it posted to indicate that there are two $30 rebates (from ASUS).  After processing the rebates I discovered that ASUS would only honor one rebate and apparently the two posted on Amazon are the same rebate. In the end, all was good…  I contacted Amazon, reported the issue, and they immediately credited me for the additional $30. I checked today when I posted this article and they are still showing the $60 rebate. So, if you want to chance it and buy this computer; you too may be able to take advantage of the $60 return on the purchase.

If interested in this PC, which is a relatively new posting at Amazon, with myself making the first customer review, reflected below is the specs, in much more detail than what is posted at Amazon:

ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop (3.3 GHz AMD FX-8300 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1)

ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop

Product Type: Desktop Computer

Cache: 8 MB

Processor Core: Octa-core (8 Core)

Green Compliant: Yes

Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS

Memory Card Reader: Yes

64-bit Processing: Yes

Processor Manufacturer: AMD

Number of External 5.25″ Bays: 2

Chipset Manufacturer: AMD

Chipset Model: 970

Graphics Controller Manufacturer: AMD

Graphics Controller Model: R5 235X

Number of Total Memory Slots: 4

Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer

Optical Media Supported: DVD-RAM/±R/±RW

Graphics Memory Capacity: Up to 1 GB

Graphics Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA/600

Hard Drive RPM: 7200

Keyboard Type: Physical Keyboard

Number of PCI Express x1: Slots2

Number of Processors Supported: 1

Number of Processors Installed: 1

Total Hard Drive Capacity: 1 TB

Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet

Number of Total Expansion Bays: 4

Number of 3.5″ Bays: 2

Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4

Number of PCI Express x4 Slots: 1

Number of PCI Express x16 Slots:1

Network (RJ-45):Yes

Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 300 W

Audio Line In: Yes

Audio Line Out: Yes

Total Number of USB Ports:10

Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 6

Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 4

Memory Form Factor: DIMM

Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital (SD)

Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)

Memory Card Supported: CompactFlash (CF)

Memory Card Supported: Microdrive

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick PRO

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick Duo

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick PRO Duo

Memory Card Supported: MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Card Supported: Reduced Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick Micro

Memory Card Supported: miniSD

Memory Card Supported: microSD

Processor Model: FX-8300

Memory Standard: DDR3-1600/PC3-12800

Height: 16.1″

Width: 6.8″

Depth: 16.5″

Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Operating System: Windows 8.1

Product Series: M51BC

Brand Name: Asus

Form Factor: Tower

Keyboard: Yes

Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International

Product Model: M51BC-US018S

Product Name: M51BC-US018S Desktop Computer

Pointing Device: TypeMouse

Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz

Processor Type: FX-Series

Controller Type: Serial ATA/600

Manufacturer Part Number: M51BC-US018S

Maximum Memory: 32 GB

Software Included

Anti-Virus Trial

Adobe Acrobat Reader


Microsoft Pack

Office trial



ASUS AI Manager

ASUS My Logo2

ASUS Easy Update

ASUS Q-fan


ASUS AI Charger

ASUS WebStorage

ASUS Music Maker

Standard Memory: 8 GB

Weight (Approximate): 19.80 lb

Graphics Controller Model: R5 235X

Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz

Processor Type: FX-Series

Controller Type: Serial ATA/600

Manufacturer Part Number: M51BC-US018S

Weight (Approximate)19.80 lb


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How To Skip The Windows 8.1 Start Screen When Logging In

If you have upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, there is now an option built-in that will allow you, when you log into the computer, to bypass the Start Screen and go directly to the Desktop.

I have been using Windows 8 since its’ inception and I am finding the Start Screen to be more of an aggravation than anything. Microsoft heard the complaints and provided this option in the Windows 8 upgrade (to 8.1).

Here are the steps to take to tell your computer to automatically go to the Desktop, when you log in…

  1. From the Windows Desktop, right mouse click the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen and choose properties on the pop-up menu.
  2. Click the Navigation Tab
  3. In the Start Screen section, select the checkbox labelled “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.
  4. Click Apply then OK

Taskbar and Navigation Properties

This does not disable the Windows Start Screen whatsoever. The easiest way to toggle between the Desktop and Start Screen is to hit the Windows key located on the left side of the keyboard between the Crtl key and the Alt key. You can also take the mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of the screen and click on the Windows logo when it appears.


Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 8, 2013

Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

– A small utility that will auto hide your desktop icons
– First impressions of the Google Nexus 5 Smartphone
– One inbox for all your email accounts (Android App)
– Nice selection of cases for the Nexus 5

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


Auto Hide Desktop Icons

If your Windows desktop is a sea of icons, then you need this little utility called AutoHideDesktopIcons that will automatically hide the icons on your desktop after 5 seconds (or more depending on what you configure it to do). To make the icons visible, simply left mouse click on the desktop. You can also configure the mouse click settings, as well.

Very nice, small and portable app that gives you the ability to actually see and appreciate your desktop wallpaper. To really appreciate this little utility, make sure you place a check in the box next to “Start With Windows”.



Google Nexus 5: First Impressions and Photos

@ Paul Thurrott’s Super Site For Windows

I am a proud owner of one of the Nexus 5 smartphone’s by Google. So far, I am loving it. I can see why the younger generation is walking away from desktop computers. Mix Google, Android and the Nexus 5 together and you have your computer in your pocket.

To give an idea of my first impressions, I found an article by Paul Thurrott that parallels my thoughts exactly…


First, and perhaps most important, this is a pretty special device. At just $350 for the 16 GB version and $400 for the 32 GB version, the Google Nexus 5 is an affordable and attractive device. It’s not a “hero” phone like the Galaxy S4, HTC One X, iPhone 5S or Lumia 1020. But it’s also not a bargain basement burner. This is a solid and well-made smart phone handset… READ MORE

An Android Email App With Fast Magical Search

I currently have a Gmail, an Outlook (Hotmail) and a couple of Yahoo email accounts that serve me well for various purposes. To pull down the mail from these accounts, into one inbox, on my Android devices, I use an app called Cloud Magic – Mail App. The strength in Cloud Magic lies in its’ ability to rapidly perform searches, but the part I really like is that it is very user friendly and it looks really nice.


Feature List

* Lightning fast, powerful email search – Search across all your mailboxes in one go, all the way back to your first email. Use the smart search suggestions to quickly get to the email you need.

* Works for all types of email  – Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail,, iCloud, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365,, GMX, AOL and other IMAP accounts.

* Unified Inbox – One inbox for all your email accounts.


Cases For Your Nexus 5

After getting my Nexus 5, one of the first things I did was go on the hunt for a case to protect my investment. It is still early in the game, since the Nexus 5 was just released, but there are some manufacturer’s who are ahead in the game with some really nice cases.



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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 13, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: If you are familiar with GlarySoft utilities you will be interested in knowing that they have started a new service called GlarySoft Giveaway featuring commercial grade software given away (for FREE) everyday. You only have a certain amount of time to take advantage of the daily offerings (see below);

Squeak #2: Did you ever get a large PDF file that was many pages and you wished you could extract only a few pages from the file? If so, take a look at PDF Splitter and Merger for FREE (see below);

Squeak #3: I bet you are familiar with the yellow and black “DUMMIES” books that are out there on just about any topic. One of my first Dummies book was “DOS for Dummies”. Create your own Dummies book cover using the online generator that is featured below; AND,

Squeak #4: You are in the market for a computer, which do you choose; Laptop or Desktop??? (see below)…


Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]

GlarySoft Giveaway


What’s GlarySoft Giveaway?

Basically, giveaway is for users to freely download for-purchase software. The giveaway software has no free technical support, no free upgrades to future versions and strictly non-commercial usage. It is a great way to get FREE commercial software and a great way for developers to promote their software… CHECK IT OUT HERE

Also, if you click on the DOWNLOADS TAB at the top of the blog, you can see what is given away on a daily basis…

PDF Splitter and Merger Free


A powerful and easy-to-use PDF utility that is designed to to split and merge PDF documents. It is able to split large PDF document into separate documents within seconds by page range or page numbers. And it is able to merge an unlimited number of PDF documents into one PDF file… GET IT HERE

The Official “FOR DUMMIES” Cover Generator


Customize your own For Dummies book cover and share them with your friends… CREATE YOUR OWN DUMMIES COVER HERE

Laptop vs. Desktop: Which is Right for You?


When you’re in the market for a new computer, one of your biggest decisions will be deciding between a laptop and a desktop. In a laptop vs. desktop comparison, it’s important to decide which features and benefits are consistent with your needs. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each, and you’ll be that much closer to finalizing your decision… READ MORE

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Two Options to Boot Windows 8 To The Desktop

Typically when you boot Windows 8 you will land either on the Lock (or Login) Screen or the Start Screen; depending on how you have Windows 8 configured. To get to the desktop, you have to click on the Desktop tile on the Windows 8 Start Screen. This change has really thrown a lot of folks off of their game.

Windows 8

There are couple of ways to fix this so that you will land on your desktop, instead of landing on the Start Screen. One option is to download (and buy) Start8 by Stardock. The advantages of this option is that there is a configuration setting in Start8 that will allow you to boot to the desktop; PLUS, Start8 creates a Start Menu (which is a missing component in Windows 8). So this option is really a win-win option, all the way around. There are many other third party options out there, but I lay my trust in Stardock’s reputation.

The other option that I came across is by WinAero. This option is a more techie type option that requires a little work on your part; however, this option does not require you to install any third party software. It modifies system policy and allows to Explorer to read the registry key which controls Metro behavior. If you think you may be interested in this option, [click here]. WinAero also has some other Windows 8 utilities that you may be interested in, as well.

In summary, I am thinking that Microsoft will eventually get this right by giving us an option to restore the Start menu and by giving us an option to boot to the desktop. Microsoft reminds me of many of the smart (intelligent) people I know. They are smart, but they lack common sense.



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