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Google Chrome adds option to hide any extension's button

Google Chrome extensions can be truly handy, but there's at least one feature power users have been clamoring for since the beginning: the ability to hide an extension's browser action button. Good news, Chrome Geeks: the Canary build now lets you hide extension buttons. Just right-click the icon you want to disappear and select hide button, and it's gone. If you should happen to get removal...

IE9 Tweaker is an easy way to customize Internet Explorer 9

Looking for a way to make a few quick tweaks to your Internet Explorer 9 install? Download IE9 Tweaker from The Windows Club -- it's a small, portable app that provides fast access to a handful of useful adjustments. Among them: setting the menubar to always show, launching all new browsing sessions in fullscreen mode, and starting IE9 with InPrivate filtering enabled. You can also tweak...

Logon Screen customizes your Windows 7 welcome screen

The default Windows 7 welcome screen looks fairly nice, but it's not customizable out-of-the-box like the rest of your desktop is. There are, however, plenty of free apps that allow you personalize the background and add text messages -- and Logon Screen is a good option. Just install Logon Screen, browse for the picture you'd like to swap in, and configure any advanced options you'd like. In...

Make Firefox 4's UI slimmer than Google Chrome - no add-ons required!

Since the release of the Firefox 4 beta, I've been happily using it as my default Web browser once again. Google Chrome had been my primary browser for quite some time, but Firefox 4's improved speed and the fact that it can do three things I've wished Chrome could do for ages have won me back. The three things? A real download manager (plus great add-on options like DownThemAll and Automatic...

10+ cool Google Chrome themes you might not have seen

So, you want to change the look of Google Chrome, but you're not happy with the options available in the official Themes Gallery? Well, I've got good news for you: there are plenty of good themes available elsewhere. In fact, there are loads of themes in the Google Chrome Extensions Gallery. Wait, what? Yes, I know -- a theme is not an extension. Sure, they're the same file type (.CRX), but...

GTweak is a Windows tweaking app for CMD fanatics

There was a time when the vast majority of my time spent online was wrapped in the awesomeness of ASCII art and two-color interfaces. If you're anything like Sebastian or me, you get a little excited any time you come across a brand new app which harkens back to the days of the BBS. ... Like GTweak, which eschews the shiny, modern look most Windows tweaking apps go for in favor of good old...

Tab Utilities is the last tab management Firefox add-on you will ever need

Tab Utilities is not for minimalists. I can only imagine how much thought had to go into organizing the myriad options the add-on offers into a somewhat sensible Options dialog. Even so, going through all of the options the add-on provides took me several minutes. This add-on has it all. You name it -- it can do it. Protect tabs? Check. Faviconize? Sure. Locking and freezing too, but that's just...

Latest Firefox nightly adds tab bar-cramping customization

Firefox 3.7's user interface has already undergone a number of changes, from the new theme to the addition of the tab-on-top option. In last night's build, Mozilla has added more customization options to the Firefox toolbars. You can now cram everything into your tab toolbar. Right-click and choose customize, and you're now able to drag-and-drop navigation buttons, the address bar and search...

Customize the Windows 7 task switcher with Alt + Tab Tuner

I've never made the jump the the more modern, 3d-style task switching provided by win+tab on my system. Alt+tab works just fine for me, though now that I've got a larger display on my desk at home I would like larger thumbnails. Alt + Tab Tuner makes that tweak as easy as moving a slider. Margins, spacing, and icon position can also be adjusted, and Tuner can also change the transparency level...

Free program lets you easily change wallpaper images on Windows 7 Starter

Whether you're a novice user or you know your operating system inside-out, chances are good that you like being able to personalize things a little. Changing sound schemes, placing icons on your desktop, changing your wallpaper -- that sort of thing. Unfortunately, that last tweak isn't possible if you're running Windows 7 Starter on a netbook. At least, it's not possible without a little...

Google's Blogger gets a ridiculously easy template editor

Plenty of free blog services come with a selection of templates, but Google has decided to take the next step with Blogger. The popular blogging site now allows you to dress up its templates with colors and images of your choice by using a simple graphical editor. Blogger Template Designer includes fifteen templates, with one, two, and three column layouts for each. Besides adding colors and...

Skin your Windows 7 taskbar without patching with AeroWorks

Everyone loves a little skin - for their apps, that is. Want a simple way to tweak your Windows 7 superbar? Try AeroWorks, a simple theming program created by DeviantArt user Solo-Dev. It ships with seven skins which can be previewed with one click and applied with another. They're only active while AeroWorks is running, so be sure to click the green minimize arrow and not the red x after...

How to minimize Safari's UI to the bare essentials - Browser Tip

When it comes to paring a browser's UI down to the smallest possible size, the discussion always seems to focus on Firefox. Granted, Firefox is a very customizable browser, and with the right extensions cleverly applied, you can minimize its UI. But as John Holdun notes, often overlooked in this regard is the fact that Safari is very capable of being pared down to almost nothing, and you don't...

Custom Twitter backgrounds, only $100 unless you're popular

Is there anything more addictive than Twitter? If you're in full-blown Twitter addiction, you might be looking to spruce up your Twitter profile page. While you can change a few of the colors, the most effective way to differentiate your Twitter profile is to change the background image. If you want something professionally done that will really wow people, check out Twitter Image. They've done...

Taskbar Shuffle Tweaks Your Windows Taskbar

There are plenty of things the Windows shell does really well, but there are other relatively minute details that have been overlooked since Windows 95 that really piss us off - like the ability to click and drag taskbar buttons. Thankfully, this 600k app that will let you do just that. Taskbar Shuffle is 32-bit Windows-only (it works on all versions, 95 to Vista), obviously, and it gives you free...