If you routinely keep a lot of windows open on your desktop, you know that to activate one (so you can interact with it), you have to click in it. What a hassle!

Fortunately, Vista and Windows 7 users can tweak a setting so that any window gets activated just by hovering your mouse cursor over it. Here's how:

1. Click Start, type Ease, then hit Enter to access Windows' Ease of Access Center. (Don't be alarmed by the computer voice you hear; robots have not infiltrated your PC.)

2. Click Make the mouse easier to use.

3. Check the box marked Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse.

4. Click Save or Apply and you're done!

I will say that this takes some getting used to, and I found it more of a distraction than a helper--but I usually work with maximized windows, not smaller ones littered across the desktop.

Indeed, while I was hoping this setting would prove to be software-free alternative to WizMouse, the freebie utility that makes your mouse wheel work in any window without activating it first, it's not quite the same thing.

If you find it useful, let me know! Me, I'm sticking with WizMouse, arguably the greatest utility in the history of Windows.

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