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Open taskbar apps with Windows key + number

Something I accidentally discovered is that in Windows 8.1 (and probably 8 as well – and Windows 7) you can use the Windows key + a number to open an application from your task bar!

So lets say you’ve got Google Chrome at position 1, Thunderbird at 2 and Visual Studio 2012 at position 3. To open Thunderbird simply press Windows key + 2. For the other applications use their position number.

Useful? I don’t know, but it’s nice to know this shortcut exists to keep your hand away from your mouse I guess.

cmder – Portable console emulator for Windows

Looks like there’s finally a decent replacement for the Windows command line tool! It’s called cmder and comes with Git (optionally) and a bunch of other great command line utilities such as curl, cat, ls, less and even ssh!

I did run into a couple of issues with the console not responding and also couldn’t use tmux during an ssh session. But that’s fine for now, I’m willing to give it a chance. You can get it at


Reset Windows 8.1 screensize

I was happily running Windows 8 on my 17″ laptop with full HD screen and had no complaints when it came to the size of icons and texts. After I upgraded to Windows 8.1 I noticed that the icons on my desktop and taskbar were a lot smaller than before. After opening my text editor of choice (GVim) I noticed that the text was smaller as well.

Whilst I kinda liked the size of the icons I didn’t care much for the new font size so I started looking for a solution. Thankfully there is one.

Through system settings locate your display and check the checkbox numbered 1 in the picture. This picture is in Dutch but I suspect the location of these settings are the same in other languages. Next at number 2 select ‘normal 125%’ and save your changes.

Windows 8.1 screensize fixAfter these changes all should be normal again. It’s probably not required for bigger screens with a 1080p resolution such as a 24″ display. But on a 17″ laptop with a 1080p resolution it just gets a bit too small.

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How to automatically logon to Windows 7 and Windows 8

Recently I installed the wrong version of ShrewSoft VPN which changed the way my Windows 7 computer would let me login. Changing it to having to select a user at start up before logging in is not the way I prefer it. Windows 8 seems to do this by default, especially when you’ve got your Outlook account linked to it.

Since this isn’t a setting you change often I decided to document it for myself for future reference.

Luckily there’s a little tool in Windows to change this behavior. Simply run the program netplwiz and you’ll see the following screen (click to enlarge):


Simply sign the check box, which in English will probably be something like “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”. When saving you’re likely prompted to enter a password for the default account the computer should sign in with. If your account isn’t password protected you can leave this empty. On Windows 8 if you’ve got your Outlook account linked enter your Outlook password.