Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances


Windows always has little things that can be annoying. They are not fatal but they can bug you. Although Microsoft often ignores these  lesser things, the developer community does not and there are often small utilities to fix the annoyance. Everybody has their own set of peeves they want fixed but here are free programs that take care of  three from my list.

Tool tips buried under Taskbar

This is primarily a Windows Vista problem but it is very common in that operating system and is a nuisance. Those little information messages called “Tool Tips” seem to get stuck behind the Taskbar. Fix the problem with this download from Neosmart.

Windows 7 does not remember window size and position

Before Windows 7, Windows operating systems would remember the size and location of previously opened windows but this is not necessarily so in Windows 7, especially 32-bit systems.  There is a very long thread about this problem at Microsoft Technet. The problem can be fixed with a little program called “Shell Folder Fix” from Windows SevenForums. One drawback is that you have to register for the forum before you can download.  However,  registration is free  and the forum is a good one for getting answers to Windows problems. 

Remove the arrow from shortcut icons

Personally, this has never bothered me but it seems that many people are annoyed by the arrows that Windows places on shortcut icons. Although Microsoft thinks the arrows are a good idea that keeps the shortcut from being confused with the executable, not everybody agrees and they want the arrows removed. This can be done directly with a Registry edit but there are several programs that will do the edit for you. A good one is called "Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor"This is  a little portable application that works in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 for 32- and 64-bit systems. It is available at WinAero.

And there you have it – fixes for three of Windows’s little annoyances.

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Thanks Vic for another really helpful article. While I'm one of those who prefers the arrow on my shortcut links, you reminded me that I hate having to remove the word SHORTCUT from the links.

A quick startpage search revealed the following article (sorry, can't remember if I'm allowed to post links or not)

Rgds Chig