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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition]

 

Introduction

Linux MintLinux Mint is one of the top free operating systems widely used in the world and currently receives the highest hits at DistroWatch.

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How to Customize the Windows 7 Notification Area (System Tray)

If you have been annoyed by the clutter of icons that always seems to be in the Windows notification area (system tray), there is relief in Windows 7. Microsoft added a way to remove some system icons or to hide icons that are not in regular use. If you’d like to tidy up your notification area, here is the procedure:

Customize notification area

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Easy Way to Securely Erase a Drive

Sometimes just deleting files from your computer or a USB flash drive isn’t enough. There are times when you want to really erase them. There are various programs available to wipe everything off a drive and Gizmo’s has a selection of free ones at this link. But Windows also has a feature for securely erasing drives built right in with no need for anything extra.

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Nifty Way to Safely Move Folders or Programs to Another Drive or Partition in Windows 7

Would you like to move some folders or programs off the C:\ drive to free up space or to reduce wear and tear on an expensive SSD? Unfortunately, moving folders or files off the C:\ drive to another drive or partition is not always as simple as it seems. The folder or file may be referenced in the Registry or in some script or application. If it is an installed program you are moving, you would have to uninstall it and then re-install it in the new location.

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How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive

Is your C:\ drive getting crowded? Would you like to move some things to another drive or partition to free up space? Maybe it’s one of the personal system folders like My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos or the Download folder that is taking up a lot of space. If you have another partition or hard drive, consider moving some system folders to a second volume.

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