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  Thursday, February 25, 2010 – Permalink –

Convert Graphic Styles

Straight forward

Often you will have pictures in one format and want to explore using it in a different manner.
Built into Office 2003/7/10 is a mini app called Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

1. Go to Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office Tools > Microsoft Office Picture Manager
2. Browse to the images you want to convert and select them
3. Go to File > Export
4. Under Export with this file format, click the dropdown and select one of the formats (TIFF, PNG, JPG, BMP. . .)

Converting WMF's

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  Wednesday, February 17, 2010 – Permalink –

Temp Files

Where they live and breathe

Ed Bott discusses temp files; care, feeding, and cleaning.

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  Friday, January 15, 2010 – Permalink –

Name That File

Rules, more rules

There are still some restrictions on what a file can be named. Here are a couple of links that give more details:

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  Sunday, December 13, 2009 – Permalink –

Files do have Extensions

Smarten your machine

For some reason, the powers that be thought that the general public was going to be confused by those suffixes at the end of file names.

To help us all out, they hid extensions by default.

I like to see .Doc (or .Docx). Here's how to get that information back
  1. Open Windows Explorer

  2. Go to Tools>Folder Options.

  3. In the Folder Options dialog box, click the View tab

  4. Clear the checkbox to the left of the Hide extensions for known file types option

  5. Click OK to close the dialog box and return to Windows Explorer

Also see
Show or hide file name extensions

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<Doug Klippert@ 3:29 AM

Great advice! Seeing the extension is paramount to preventing infections. Lots of unknowing users clicking files that appear harmless, but aren't. Why, because they can't see the extension.
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  Wednesday, December 03, 2008 – Permalink –

Start Menu List

List programs

Here is an interesting macro, with instructions on how to install it and a template that can be downloaded.

I recommend using the template to avoid the problems that can occur when pasting code.

A Macro to List All Programs in the Windows Start Menu
by Greg Chapman, MVP

"TechTrax is a free, monthly Ezine (online magazine) published the beginning of each month. TechTrax is geared toward anyone who wants to learn more about using computers, with a highlight on Microsoft technologies. TechTrax also makes a point to focus on issues of accessibility. The range of overall subjects and user level articles here in TechTrax are far reaching to cover a wide audience. From newbie to black belt articles."

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  Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – Permalink –


I remember PKZip

Compressing files, folders, and programs decreases their size and reduces the amount of space they use on your drives or removable storage devices Drive compression decreases the amount of space used by all of the files and folders stored on that drive.
Windows supports two types of compression: NTFS compression and compression using the Compressed (zipped) Folders feature.

NTFS compression versus Compressed (zipped) Folders

NTFS compression

  • If you do not have an NTFS drive, this option is not available. To determine whether your drive is formatted with NTFS, open My Computer, right-click a drive, and then click Properties. The file system is indicated on the General tab.

  • You can compress individual files and folders using NTFS compression, as well as entire NTFS drives.

  • You can compress a folder without compressing its contents.

  • You can work with NTFS-compressed files without decompressing them.

  • You can display NTFS-compressed file and folder names in a different color to make them easier to identify.

  • You may notice a decrease in performance when working with NTFS-compressed files. When you open a compressed file, Windows automatically decompresses it for you, and when you close the file, Windows compresses it again. This process may decrease your computers performance.

  • NTFS-compressed files and folders only remain compressed while they are stored on an NTFS drive.

  • You cannot encrypt an NTFS-compressed file.

  • NTFS file encryption is not available on Windows XP Home Edition.

Compressed (zipped) Folders

  • Files and folders that are compressed using the Compressed (zipped) Folders feature remain compressed on both FAT and NTFS drives.

  • You can run some programs directly from these compressed folders without decompressing them. You can also open files directly from compressed folders.

  • Zipped compressed files and folders can be moved to any drive or folder on your computer, the Internet, or your network, and they are compatible with other file compression programs.

  • Folders compressed using this feature are identified by a zipper icon.

  • You can protect files in a zipped compressed folder with a password.

  • Compressing folders using Compressed (zipped) Folders will not decrease your computer's performance.

  • To compress individual files using Compressed (zipped) Folders, create a compressed folder and then move or copy the files to that folder.

This step-by-step article describes how to create and use compressed (or "zipped") folders in Windows XP. You can use compressed folders to store files in a compressed format that uses less space than normal, and if needed, you can protect those files with a password.

How To Use Compressed (Zipped) Folders in Windows XP

Newbie Guide to NTFS File and Folder Compression
Windows XP's "Compressed Folders" Feature

"In classic Microsoft fashion, a third-party feature—file compression in this case—has become so useful and widely utilized that Microsoft has decided to include it in the operating system.
Also in classic fashion, Microsoft implements this new feature with limited functionality—just enough to tantalize you, but if you want full functionality, you still need to get the third-party product. The new compressed folders feature in Windows Server 2003 provides similar capabilities as third-party add-ons such as PKZip and WinZip. But can it be used as a replacement? If you just want to be able to compress files, yes. However, the Zip programs (particularly WinZip) provide additional features that might make it worth the cost."

Compressed Folders Versus Zip

"Much like Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux operating system, the name Phil Katz isn't familiar to most home computer users of today. Mention his name to anyone who's been involved with the hobby since the very beginning, however, and you'll likely get a nod of recognition and a grin. Phil's story is fascinating but cut short by tragedy.

On April 14, 2000, Phil Katz was found dead in a Milwaukee motel room. An empty bottle of peppermint schnapps was still clutched in his hand, and five more empties were scattered about the room. It was a miserable, lonely end for a man who had created a product now in use by millions of people; a product that revolutionized computer data storage and made file transfers less complicated and more efficient. He was only 37 years old when he died."

Phil Katz
Defending Phil Katz

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  Tuesday, September 23, 2008 – Permalink –

List All Files

All files in a folder

Here is a macro that will produce a list of all the files in a selected folder.

  • The folder name for the listed files
  • The file names of the files found
  • The file sizes of the files found
  • The dates and times of the files found
  • The total number of files listed

Macro to List All Files in a Folder

Here are some other suggestions:

List Word and Excel Files

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  Friday, February 29, 2008 – Permalink –

Search for Vista File Nits

Refine the questions

You can use Vista search to locate metadata information. Such as the date on the file:

Searches for a date in the Date property between the values 2/7/05 and 2/10/05, excluding the end dates.

Or all of the photos on your machine taken with a Canon:

Camera make

cameramake (cameramake:canon)

Advanced Query terms

HowToGeek - Date Search

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  Thursday, September 06, 2007 – Permalink –

Vista Check Boxes

Select checks

Add check boxes to file views to make it easier to select several files at once, which can be useful if it is difficult for you to hold the CTRL key while clicking to select multiple files.

Step 1: Go to Control Panel>Appearance and Personalization>Click Folder Options.
Step 2: Click View tab and under Advanced Settings, Select Use Check boxes to select items

Enable checkboxes in Vista

Change folder views and behavior

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  Friday, June 22, 2007 – Permalink –

Convert Files

No add-ins needed

Here and there you pick up a lot of odd files. Some of them maybe for programs that have long since been sent to the great Recycle Bin.

There is a web site that will convert a great many file formats up to 150mb.

  • Raw text, HTML, XHTML, Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, PS, Open Office, Star Writer, Pocket Word, Word Perfect

  • CSV, dBase, Microsoft Excel, Pocket Excel, Lotus 123, Quattro Pro, Star Calc, Open Office spreadsheet

  • MathML, Star Math, Open Office math

  • Microsoft Powerpoint, Star Impress, Open Office presentation

Convert files into universal formats like Adobe PDF, PS (PostScript) or CSV to print, fax or simply read them on any computer, without special software.

Learn morse code with the text to morse converter ;-)

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