I would like to remove my real (married) name on Gmail I send to others and have my professional name appear instead. Is there any way to do that?Log into your Gmail account, then click the little gear icon and select Settings. Click the Accounts and Import tab. In the “Send mail as:” section, locate the email address you would like to edit. Click Edit Info next to the address. In the Name: section, type what you would like to appear in the From: section of mail you send and click Save Changes. How do I create a Desktop shortcut to the Device Manager? I have two computers — one running XP and one running Vista.The executable or launch file for the Device Manager is DEVMGMT.MSC, so in Windows XP, click Start > Search > File and Folders and search for that file by name. When the file is located, usually in the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 folder, right-click it and select Send to > Desktop (create Shortcut). You can then rename the shortcut by pressing F2.In Vista and Windows 7, follow the same instructions (Start > Search > Filename) or if you cannot locate the DEVMGMT.MSC file, you can manually create a shortcut by right-clicking the Desktop and selecting New > Shortcut. Use the Browse button to navigate to the Device Manager folder and locate the file, or simply type DEVMGMT.MSC and click Next. Provide a name (“Device Mgr” will work nicely), then click Finish. How can I disable the Windows 7 startup sound on my desktop computer? I start my computer at night and the noise wakes up my wife. “Happy wife, happy life,” if you know what I mean.Indeed, I do. You can silence that sing-songy chime, though you might try turning the volume down (not effective on all systems) or leaving your computer on and avoid having to restart it. Another option is to restart it before your wife retires for the evening. If you prefer to boot your computer at night, however, you can stifle the start-up sound by clicking Start and in the Search field type MMSYS.CPL, then press Enter. When the Sound dialog window appears, click the Sounds tab. Remove the check mark beside “Play Windows Startup Sound,” then click OK. Enjoy the sounds of silence and your happy life.
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