Thursday, May 05, 2005

Removing whitespaces in services.msc

If you're an avid follower of my website, you probably know by now that I don't keep things exactly standard. Little tweaks here and there just to make the system mine. Sure if I was a VAP I'd use the cookie-cutter approach, but I'm not, so I don't.

One thing that has been driving me nuts is the amount of whitespace the services snap-in uses. I mean check out the whitespace in the services snap-in!

Now if you want to make it look more like this:

Just follow these simple steps!

  1. Open c:\windows\system32 and find the services.msc file in the list

  2. Right-click on services.msc and choose Author

  3. Make any changes you'd like to the snap-in, make it look EXACTLY how you want it to look when you open it next time

  4. Close the snap-in and save the changes

Now the next time you go Start-->Run and type in services.msc, the snap-in will open as you left it.

In fact, you can use this for just about any .msc file to customize the look and feel


Karl said...

In the Services console, I like to remove the Console Tree and the Taskpad Navigation Tabs (after making sure Extended is the current tab), and then removing the description column. It is already displayed on the left (and easier to read there also).

Sean Daniel said...

Cool idea! Yep, you can do anything you want to the snap-in