Introduction: Windows XP Tips & Tricks

Here are some Tips & Tricks For Windows Xp That will help you and Make your computer better.

*Note:Only works on Windows XP

Step 1: Trick # 1:how to Make an Invisible Folder

Step #1:Rename The Folder
When you want to name the folder click ALT + 0160 .if you do that the name of the folder will be invisible.

Step #2:Change The Icon
Right click on the folder > properties > Change Icon .go through the list of icons and then you'll see an invisible icon choose it and then click OK.

When you do that the folder will be invisible and cannot be seen only if it was selected .

*note:click CTRL + A to select everything you will see a selected space this is your invisible folder

Step 2: Trick #2:Hibernation

Hibernation is a cool Feature in Windows XP that is hidden in the Turn Off Box

How to enable Hibernation in Your Computer
Step#1:click Start > Control Panel > Performence and maintence > Power Options

Step#2:Click the Hibernate tab > enable hibernate support checkbox

*Note : if the hibernate tab is not available means your hardware does not support this feature

Step#3 click OK

Step 3: Trick #3:transparent Desktop Icons

Go to control panel > System > Advanced > Pereformence Area > Settings button Visual effects Tab"use drop shadows for icon labels on the Desktop"


*note: this trick also works on windows Vista too.

Note: maybe you can't see the diffrence in the picture but if you do it in your computer you'll see the diffrence

Step 4: Trick #4:Hide,rename or Remove the Recycle Bin

Hide it:open any folder > tools > folder option > view .unselect the box that says show Recycle bin on the desktop

Rename it:go to start > Run ,type in regedit > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/CLSID/{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} ,change the name "Recycle bin" to anything you want.

Remove it:Click Start > run > regedit > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/explorer/Desktop/NameSpace > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/CLSID/{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Click on the "Recycle Bin" string in the right hand pane. Hit Del, click OK.

Step 5: Trick #5:password Reset Disk

this is a way to change your password if you ever forgot it.

1.Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
2.Click your account name.
3.Under Related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.
4.Follow the directions in the Forgotten Password Wizard to create a password reset disk.
5.Store the disk in a secure location, because anyone using it can access your local user account.

*works on vista



SarahE5 made it! (author)2015-04-04

I really liked this part of the article, with a nice and interesting topics have helped a lot of people who do not challenge things people should know. you need more publicize this so many people who know about it are rare for people to know this. success for you !!!

Kwitmeh3 made it! (author)2009-04-21

when i do it, it won't hide the name

ELECTROfun made it! (author)ELECTROfun2009-04-23

Make sure You do it with NUMPAD not on the numbers on the top of the keyboard.

Kwitmeh3 made it! (author)Kwitmeh32009-04-24

thanks i already found out

IgnorantZebra made it! (author)2009-04-07

For the hibernation mode you can also just hit the turn off computer button in the start menu and you will see an option called stand by. If you hit the shift key It will say Hibernation instead of standby.

flataffect made it! (author)2009-02-11

I've never been able to get the invisible folder to work. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, but cannot figure out what it would be.

bwpatton1 made it! (author)bwpatton12009-02-11

Right click the folder, then, i think you hit advanced, then make invisible folder, or something like that.

ELECTROfun made it! (author)ELECTROfun2009-02-12

Right click on folder > properties > Change icon > choose the invisible icon > OK

Gamgee made it! (author)Gamgee2009-02-11

to make the invisible folder name a space, u need to use a numberpad. the # keys at the top of the keyboard wont work.

Gamgee made it! (author)Gamgee2009-02-11

other than that u should have no problems