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windows annoyancesWe make do with Windows, but it isn’t perfect. In fact, Windows computers can be extremely annoying. They’re full of all sorts of annoying features that just get in our way and slow us down, distracting us from getting work done or doing whatever else we want to do. We’ll help you disable some of the worst Windows annoyances.

Many of these features exist for good reason and are useful to some people. However, for many people, these features just get in our ways. Disabling them gets Windows out of our way, making using a Windows computer a less annoying experience.

Delete Confirmation

Windows 7 asks for confirmation every time you delete a file. If you frequently delete files, this can be obnoxious. You can always get back accidentally-deleted files by restoring them from the recycle bin or using the undo option in Windows Explorer, anyway.

To disable delete confirmation, right-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop and select Properties. Uncheck the Display delete confirmation dialog option.

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Caps Lock

Does anyone actually use the Caps Lock key for anything? The only time most people press the Caps Lock key is by accident, resulting in accidentally capitalized text and backspacing.


Luckily, you can actually disable the Caps Lock key in Windows by changing a setting in the Windows Registry. Download the disable_caps_lock.reg file, double-click it, and you won’t have a Caps Lock key anymore. (When you press the key on your keyboard, nothing will happen.)

Multiple Clicks To Activate a Window From The Taskbar

Windows 7’s taskbar The 4 Neat Tricks You Can Do With The Windows 7 Taskbar The 4 Neat Tricks You Can Do With The Windows 7 Taskbar The Windows 7 taskbar is quite swanky looking, but it also packs a wallop in terms of functionality. Sure, anyone can activate an application by clicking its icon. But do you know what happens when... Read More is an improvement from the classic Windows taskbar, but it’s a step back in one way. When you have multiple windows open for the same program, clicking the taskbar icon will open a thumbnail list of the windows you have open. You’ll need to click a second time to activate a program’s window. In other words, it takes two clicks to restore a window you were using instead of a single click.

You can speed things up, making a single click on the taskbar icon restore the window you were last using. (You can continue clicking it to cycle through the other open windows.)

This also requires a registry hack. Press the Windows key, type regedit, and press Enter to open the registry editor What Is The Windows Registry Editor & How Do I Use It? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is The Windows Registry Editor & How Do I Use It? [MakeUseOf Explains] The Windows registry can be scary at first glance. It’s a place where power users can change a wide variety of settings that aren’t exposed elsewhere. If you’re searching for how to change something in... Read More .

Navigate to the following key:


Right-click in the right pane, create a new DWORD value, and name it LastActiveClick. Double-click the LastActiveClick setting and change its value to 1. (You’ll have to log out and log back in after doing this.)

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Windows Update Restart Prompts

After Windows installs updated automatically, it will prompt you to restart every 4 hours. (Windows 8 actually doesn’t harass you Five Surprising Facts About Windows 8 Five Surprising Facts About Windows 8 Windows 8 is full of surprising changes – whatever you think about Windows 8, Microsoft certainly isn’t being timid this time around. From integrated antivirus protection and less-disruptive updating to the removal of the Windows... Read More like previous versions of Windows do, but that’s a cold comfort if you’re still using Windows 7.)

Many tweaks people recommend to disable this pestering pop-up don’t seem to work properly. One sure-fire solution is to set Windows Update to “Download updates but let me choose whether to install them”. When you’re ready to install updates, you can tell Windows to download the updates, and then you can restart your computer. Windows will wait patiently until you allow it to install updates, so you can only install updates when you’re ready to restart, not when you’re in the middle of working.

To access this setting, open the Windows Update control panel and click Change settings in the sidebar.

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Windows Sounds

By default, Windows enables a lot of obnoxious sounds. Some people may like this, but other people would rather enjoy their music or silence in peace.

You can disable these sounds by right-clicking the speaker icon in your system tray and selecting Sounds. Select No Sounds in the Sound Scheme box to disable all sounds. You can also change or disable individual sounds from here, if you like.

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Action Center Messages

Windows’ Action Center messages Should You Pay More Attention to Windows Software Error Reports? [Geeks Weigh In] Should You Pay More Attention to Windows Software Error Reports? [Geeks Weigh In] Windows tracks every application crash and freeze on your system. It records detailed information about the crashes and even tries to provide a solution to each error report, helping you fix problems. With that in... Read More can be useful – for example, they alert people who don’t have an antivirus Free Anti-Virus Comparison: 5 Popular Choices Go Toe-To-Toe Free Anti-Virus Comparison: 5 Popular Choices Go Toe-To-Toe What is the best free antivirus? This is among the most common questions we receive at MakeUseOf. People want to be protected, but they don’t want to have to pay a yearly fee or use... Read More . However, the Action Center also provides other messages that may not be as useful. For example, it shows a message prompting you to enable Windows Backup. If you’re using another backup solution, this is annoying.

To disable such messages, open the action center by clicking the flag icon in your system tray Manage And Tidy The Windows 7 System Tray Manage And Tidy The Windows 7 System Tray Every Windows user has seen the Windows system tray (also known as the notification area) become cluttered over time. We’ve covered disabling distracting desktop notifications in the past, but what if the icons themselves are... Read More and selecting Open Action Center. Click Change Action Center settings in the sidebar and uncheck the types of notifications you don’t want to receive.

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Aero Shake

When you grab a window’s title bar and shake it around on your screen, Aero Shake minimizes other active Windows. This can be annoying if you only ever accidentally use this feature.

This also requires a registry hack to disable. Download the Disable_Aero_Shake.reg file and run it to prevent this from happening in the future.

Sticky Keys

Sticky Keys is a useful accessibility feature for some people. However, for most of us, Sticky Keys just gets in the way when we enable it by accident Oops, I Did It Again: 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting By Mistake Oops, I Did It Again: 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting By Mistake It happens even to the most experienced of users: the accidental keyboard shortcuts. No matter how often you use your computer, weird things can start happening when you’re going too fast, when you lean on... Read More . When you tap the left Shift key five times, the Sticky Keys pop-up will appear. Click the “Go to the Ease of Access Center to disable the keyboard shortcut” option when the pop-up appears.

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Uncheck the “Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times” option. The pop-up won’t appear in the future. (If the pop-up doesn’t appear at all for you, congratulations – you already have Sticky Keys disabled.)

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Filter Keys

Filter Keys works similarly to Sticky Keys. It appears when you hold down the right Shift key for 8 seconds. Once you do, you’ll see the Filter Keys pop-up.


You can then disable Filter Keys in the same way you disabled Sticky Keys.

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Cluttered Context Menus

Programs love adding context menu items, but your context menus can become longer and longer the more programs you install. To clean things up, you can uninstall some programs – or disable the context menu entries without uninstalling the programs.

Read our guide to disabling context menu entries Make Windows 7 Faster By Removing Context Menu Entries Make Windows 7 Faster By Removing Context Menu Entries Windows 7’s context menus can become cluttered over time, filled with different options from the various programs you’ve installed. Worse yet, badly behaved context menu entries can add delays before the context menu appears, slowing... Read More for instructions.

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Are there any other Windows annoyances you disable? Share your favorite tips in the comments!

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