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  Friday, March 05, 2010 – Permalink –

Free Design Tools

Simple and free

Mauricio Duque has collected a list of 45 no cost design programs.
"Some of them are pretty decent alternatives, not only for those who are not willing to spend the big bucks, but also for those who need some specific tasks done, like resizing a batch of picture without needing to run the almighty Photoshop."

Snap2Objects.com






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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. . .)


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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.


EdBott.com








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  Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Permalink –

Flip Text

This text is right side up


uʍop ǝpısdn sı sıɥʇ

This site accepts your perfect prose and turns it around.
(with unicode)

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  Sunday, February 07, 2010 – Permalink –

Onscreen Keyboard

Tap or Click?


If you would like to have a keyboard on your screen that can be activated with your mouse you're in luck

Type osk in Start Run








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  Sunday, January 31, 2010 – Permalink –

Context Clutter

Registry mop


When you Right-click the desktop, a “Context” menu appears. Some programs like to sneak in and add shortcuts to their very important applications.
If your context menu has been cluttered up, here are some instructions and tips to clean it up.


HowToGeek.com







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  Sunday, January 24, 2010 – Permalink –

Clean PC

Wash and dry

"Your computer could fry if you don't keep it clean," says Jonathon Millman, chief technology officer for Hooplah Interactive.
Dust clogs the vents behind your computer, which causes your CPU to heat up—and heat is the biggest cause of component failure in computers. Regular cleaning could save you costly maintenance fees down the road.
Here are some suggestions for Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall cleaning:
Microsoft.com/athome




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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:

VLaurie.com

MSDN.Microsoft.com






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  Saturday, January 09, 2010 – Permalink –

TaskManager Look

You control


"If you want to leave your Task Manager showing on your desktop for a period of time, it can be nice to hide the title bar and gain that space for displaying more information. To do this, simply double-click on the empty area to the right of the tabs. Once it has switched views, you can switch back quickly by double-clicking anywhere on the border."



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  Friday, January 01, 2010 – Permalink –

Print Spool Cleaning

When all else fails

When you can't get a document out of the Print queue, here's a suggestion:

Type "services.msc" at the Command prompt. That will open the Services
Window.

Scroll down the alphabetical list in the right window pane until you come
to "Print Spooler"

Right-click this entry, then select "stop".

Open Windows Explorer.

The usual path to the spool folder is:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Spool\PRINTERS

Delete every file within this folder to empty the print queue

Close the explorer window.
Return to your Services window.
Right-click the Print Spool entry and select
"Start" from the list. Close the services window and try printing again.

(You can also go to a command prompt and type net stop spooler or net start spooler to start and stop the service.)

See TopFreeStuff.com

For the brave, here’s a macro that will do the job:

@echo off
echo.
echo Purging the print queue . . .
net stop Spooler
echo Deleting all print jobs . . .
ping localhost -n 4 > nul
del /q %SystemRoot%\system32\spool\printers\*.*
net start Spooler
echo Done!
ping localhost -n 4 > nul





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  Monday, December 28, 2009 – Permalink –

Hosts File

I've got your number


"...the Hosts file is like an address book. When you type an address like www.yahoo.com into your browser, the Hosts file is consulted to see if you have the IP address, or "telephone number," for that site. If you do, then your computer will "call it" and the site will open. If not, your computer will ask your ISP's (internet service provider) computer for the phone number before it can "call" that site.
Most of the time, you do not have addresses in your "address book," because you have not put any there. Therefore, most of the time your computer asks for the IP address from your ISP to find sites."

What is a Hosts file?

MVPS.org has a Hosts file that you can download and install. It includes a BAT file that renames the old file before it saves the new one.
Hosts

"Important Notice - 2K/XP Users

In most cases a large HOSTS file (over 135 kb) tends to slow down the machine. This only occurs in W2000 and XP. Windows 98 and Windows ME are not affected.

To resolve this issue (manually) open the "Services Editor"
  1. Start>Run (type) "services.msc" (no quotes)
  2. Scroll down to "DNS Client",
  3. Right-click and select: Properties
  4. Click the drop-down arrow for "Startup type"
  5. Select: Manual, click Apply/OK and restart.
BTW
If you want to see Google AdSense entries, you may want to edit the MVP list. One of the entries is:
127.0.0.1 adwords.google.com #[Gmail ads]
Plus other Google entries.


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  Sunday, December 27, 2009 – Permalink –

Time It Right

No need to wind your PC


Windows will go out to the Internet to verify or correct its time settings.


"If you wish to check your synchronization settings, look for the clock at the bottom right and double click on the time to bring up your time settings.
  • You can adjust your local time and date by hand on the first tab,
  • you can adjust your time zone location on the second,
  • and on the third, labeled Internet Time, you can view your current atomic clock sync settings."


Worldtimeserver.com:
Atomic Clock Sync Settings

National Institute of Standards and Technology:
Time and Frequency Division

NIST time servers

Time signals can also be heard on shortwave radio or by phone.
"The audio portions of the WWV and WWVH broadcasts can also be heard by telephone.
The time announcements are normally delayed by less than 30 ms when using land lines from within the continental United States, and the stability (delay variation) is generally 1 ms.
When mobile phones are used, the delays are often more than 100 ms due to the multiple access methods used to share cell channels.
In rare instances when the telephone connection is made by satellite, the time is delayed by 250 to 500 ms.
To hear these broadcasts, dial (303) 499-7111 for WWV (Colorado), and (808) 335-4363 for WWVH (Hawaii). Callers are disconnected after 2 minutes. These are not toll-free numbers; callers outside the local calling area are charged for the call at regular long-distance rates.

The telephone service is very popular. The WWV number receives over 1 million calls per year, and the WWVH number receives more than 50,000."


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  Monday, December 21, 2009 – Permalink –

No Home in IE

Blanked out


You can open Internet Explorer to a blank page.

Sometimes your normal home page may be too busy, or slow to load when you just want to pop out to a different location.

This trick will give you a blank slate to paste in a new URL.


  1. Create a new Desktop shortcut
    (Right click an empty spot on the desktop and choose New>Shortcut)


  2. Copy the following, and paste it as the target for the shortcut:


    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" nohome


  3. Name the shortcut something like Blank IE


[Edited entry from 12/21/2006]


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  Sunday, December 20, 2009 – Permalink –

Give Yourself a Tip

Take your own advise


If you still have Windows set up so that it shows a tip when you first sign in, you can add your own message, or change the ones the developers created.
  1. Go to start>Run and type in Regedit

  2. Find:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Tips]
    

  3. Create a new string value named by incrementing the existing value names and set it to the required tip text.

  4. The Data Type is REG_SZ (String Value)

  5. The Value Data: Your tip



[Edited entry from 12/20/2006]




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  Tuesday, December 15, 2009 – Permalink –

Change Insert Picture Target

File location


If you would like to specify the folder Word will default to when you go to Inset>Picture:
  1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. Select the File Locations tab.

  3. Select ClipArt Pictures from the File Types list.

  4. Click the Modify button.

  5. Navigate to the folder you want Word to default to.

  6. Click OK. OK.


In 2007-10, you'll find the entry by
  1. Click on the Office logo

  2. Go to Word Options>Advanced

  3. Scroll down to General

  4. Click the File Locations button


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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 EdBott.com:
 Show or hide file name extensions



[Edited entry from 12/12/2006]


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  Monday, December 07, 2009 – Permalink –

Hidden Macro Names and Shortcuts

Revealed


Word has built in macros to perform routine actions such as using the Format Painter to copy formatting.

Rather than trying to guess the name or look up the shortcut keys, use this seldom mentioned trick to find toolbar macro names.

Press the three key combination of Ctrl, Alt, and + (the plus sign on the Numbers keypad).

The mouse pointer changes to a 4-leaf clover.

Click on a toolbar icon. Word will display a form revealing the macro name and the assigned shortcuts.



(It works the same way in 2007-10)

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  Thursday, December 03, 2009 – Permalink –

Remote Access

Distance Computing


"There are lots of reasons why you'd want to access your PC remotely, and luckily there are also plenty of ways to do so. Crossloop is one of the simplest (it’s also free), but for those willing to venture further, you've got lots of options.

Excuse us while we get technical for a second. This list is divided into four main sections: VNC (Virtual Network Computing), NX, remote desktop and cross-protocol. If those terms mean nothing to you, you might want to skip to the 'other' section for the most straightforward applications."

Mashable.com







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For remote support, Mikogo desktop sharing is also a good choice. It's free, secure and very easy-to-use. Many functions are included, such as switch presenter, file transfer, whiteboard and more. If you would like, you can find more info at Mikogo remote support. Or feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks!

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  Monday, November 09, 2009 – Permalink –

Wipe it Clean

Works, but dangerous


"Cipher.exe is a command-line tool. Microsoft has developed an improved version of the Cipher.exe tool that provides the ability to permanently overwrite (or "wipe") all of the deleted data on a hard disk.
This feature improves security by ensuring that even an attacker who gained complete physical control of a Windows computer would be unable to recover previously-deleted data."

Support.microsoft.com:
Cipher.exe Security Tool

Using cipher.exe

File Shredder

Permanently delete data from your hard drive



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  Tuesday, October 06, 2009 – Permalink –

Unicode is Big

More symbols and letters


This free download lets you see and select more characters in the Unicode set. The Unicode Character Grid shows all assigned characters and private use characters in Unicode 5.2.




Here's a blog covering Scripts, Unicode, Character Encoding and BabelStone Stuff
BableStone Blog



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  Tuesday, September 22, 2009 – Permalink –

Online Crash Analysis

May you never need it



Windows Memory Diagnostic


The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard.

Windows Memory Diagnostic is designed to be easy and fast. On most configurations, you can download the diagnostic, read the documentation, run the test and complete the first test pass in less than 30 minutes.


[Edited entry from 8/26/2006]




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  Tuesday, September 15, 2009 – Permalink –

Thumbnail Sizing

Just right


You can change the size of your thumbnails by adding a new value to the registry. The range is between 32 and 256. Pick one that fits your prescription.


  1. Click Start and click Run.
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. Locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer. 
  4. From the Edit menu, point to New, and click DWORD Value.
  5. Type in ThumbnailSize and press Enter.
  6. Double click the new value. Enter in a hexadecimal value between 32 and 256.
  7. Close the registry editor.
This tip was brought up by Lockergnome.com:
 Change The Size Of Your Thumbnails




[Edited entry from 8/17/2006]


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  Tuesday, September 08, 2009 – Permalink –

Start Pics

Change your Welcome avatar



Windows allows you to choose the picture that is displayed on the logon screen and the Start Menu.

It is absurdly easy to change the picture.

Just double click the picture that appears on the menu (as opposed to the Classic menu) and follow the prompts to Browse to the location of the graphic you want to show.



Ed Bott:

Change your picture on the Welcome screen and Start menu


[Edited entry from 8/9/2006]




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  Monday, August 31, 2009 – Permalink –

Print Folder Listing

Get an inventory


Microsoft left out some useful features that you can add back in.
Here's one that might be handy.

This article describes how to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Microsoft Windows XP and Vista. After you follow the steps that are listed in this article, you can right-click a folder, and then click Print Directory Listing to print a directory listing of the contents of a folder.


Support.microsoft.com:
How to add the Print Directory feature for folders



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  Saturday, August 22, 2009 – Permalink –

Self Help

Get started in the right direction


The Office of Technology Services of Towson University, located in Towson, Md., provides Self-Help Training Documents for many applications.

They are available for many levels of knowledge. They’re clean, clear, and concise.
  • Access

  • Adobe Acrobat

  • Dreamweaver

  • Excel

  • FrontPage

  • Microsoft Office Tools

  • Outlook

  • Outlook Web Access

  • PowerPoint

  • Publisher

  • Visio

  • Windows

  • Word Art

  • Word
Tech Docs



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  Tuesday, August 11, 2009 – Permalink –

Auto Login

Sole user


If you are the only person using the computer, you can have it automatically log you on.

Go to Start>Run ; type in:

"control userpasswords2"

(no quotes)

Uncheck:

"Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer"

[Edited entry from 7/8/2006]




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  Monday, August 03, 2009 – Permalink –

Change the View

Adjust how it looks


Sometimes the performance of Windows XP can be tweaked by adjustinga few settings.

  1. Right Click the My Computer Icon

  2. Choose Properties

  3. Go to Advanced>Performance>Settings>Advanced
Pick one of these options:
Let Windows choose what's best for my computer
Restore settings to Windows choice.
Adjust for best appearance
Turn on all visual effects
Adjust for best performance
Turn off all visual effects
Or uncheck these settings:
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
  • Fade out menu items after clicking
  • Show Shadows under menus
  • Slide open combo boxes
  • Slide taskbar buttons
  • Use a background image for each folder type
  • Use common tasks in folders

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  Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – Permalink –

Stop Spock Salute

No more three fingers


If you are tired of crunching down three keys to logon your machine, here is the way to get rid of Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

It does involve a registry hack so be careful and back up the entries before doing this.

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

  2. Value Name: DisableCAD

  3. Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

  4. Value Data: (0 = Require Ctrl+Alt+Delete, 1 = Disable)
For more tricks try
Winguides.com:
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete Before Logon



[Edited entry from 6/22/2006]


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  Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Free Fonts, Free Drinks

Typographic connections


Fonts can be addictive. There can always be an imagined need for one more curly Q.

Here is a collection of possible links.

Luc Devroye joined the School of Computer Science at McGill University in 1977 as a young "snotnose."


" Please do not visit this disappointing web site. Most of the links are dead: they die faster than I can renew them, and there is nothing I can do about it short of giving up my daytime job and divorcing my family, and I love both of them too much for that.

Many link descriptions are boozy and fuzzy. Some opinions are simply pathetic, but I do not want to leave this world without making a fool of myself. To make up for the awful service, I am inviting any type lover visiting Montreal to my house for drinks."


Type Design, Typography, Typefaces and Fonts


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  Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – Permalink –

Print Problems

Some clues


"You've finished your report, presentation, or cost analysis using a Microsoft Office program. The information is rich with data and detail. Now comes the final step: printing it and showing the world your hard work on paper. This is the point at which printing can give you a headache. Right when you want to wrap up your work, project, or school assignment, questions start popping into your mind"

Troubleshoot your printing problems in Office


[Edited entry from 6/6/2006]




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  Tuesday, July 07, 2009 – Permalink –

Photo Blog

Daily shots


I don't see it mentioned very often, but Webshots.com has been expanding its offerings. They have a free screensaver/desktop background application.

They also have a spot to upload your own pictures.

Recently they started a Blog with a new shot each day.


Blog.Webshots.com

"With 7.2 Million monthly visitors and more than 520 million photos to explore, Webshots is one of the largest photo- and video-sharing sites.

Webshots provides you with a variety of ways to enjoy photos and videos:

  • Free and premium memberships with tons of storage—you'll never run out!
    Webshots provides you with a variety of ways to enjoy photos and videos:
  • Share photos, videos and slideshows on Webshots and your personal website.
  • Download professional photos in Webshots Pro Shots.
  • Access Webshots on the go with Webshots Mobile.
  • Easily manage your online photos with the FREE Webshots Desktop.
  • Order prints and make custom photos gifts that anyone will love.
And more! "


Webshots! Over 20 MILLION FREE screen saver and wallpaper photos!


[Edited entry from 5/30/2006]


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  Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – Permalink –

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Up close and free!


Brian Friesen has created a web site called Freezerware.

One of the clever pieces of free programming on the site is named ZoomIn

ZoomIn is a screen magnification program allowing you to view any area of your screen under magnification. ZoomIn allows you to control the amount of zoom, view a pixels location and color, and save it as a bitmap.

ZoomIn is a very simple program to use. Place your mouse over the main window and click and hold the mouse button then drag the "zoom" window over the area of the screen to enlarge. The scrollbar controls the zoom amount.

As an alternative to using a mouse, you can use the arrow keys to scroll the "zoomed" view, and the plus and minus keys control the zoom. Once you have selected the area of the screen, release the mouse button.

By placing your cursor over the pixel in ZoomIn you can see the pixels coordinates as well as the color (in RGB format).



ZoomIn


Some of the other free programs on the site are:

Briscola

a very famous Italian card game. Play against the computer in this one-on-one card game. There is included help with the rules of the game, for those who have never played Briscola before.
Dropper

allows you to get the exact color of any pixel on the screen and converts it to commonly used representations. .
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  Sunday, June 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Clip Art at Home

Install more


Do you remember all of the clip art that was available locally with Office XP?

When you have an Internet connection, you have access to the Office Online collection, but if you would like more clip art installed on your machine:


A small amount of sample clip art images was included The 2007 Office systems and Office 2003 and is part of the "local collection" that is searched when you do not have Internet access to the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site. Office 2003 no longer included a media content CD with additional clip art. However, the Microsoft Office XP Media Content CD can still be installed locally or on a network share.

The Office XP Media Content CD contains approximately 35,000 clips that are a subset of the clips that are available on the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site. The Office XP Media Content CD was included with Microsoft Office XP Professional, Microsoft Office XP Standard, and Microsoft Publisher 2002 Deluxe Edition.

To install the contents of the Office XP Media Content CD on a computer, follow these steps:
  1. Exit all programs that are running

  2. Insert the Office XP Media Content CD into the CD drive or into the DVD drive
    (Hold down the SHIFT key to prevent the program from automatically starting. If Microsoft Windows Installer automatically starts, click Cancel)

  3. Click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then click OK:
    msiexec.exe /i CD_drive:\CAG.MSI ADDLOCAL=ALL /qb
(CD_drive is the letter of the drive that contains the Office XP Media Content CD)
Support.Microsoft.com
How to add clip art to Clip Organizer in a 2007 Office system and in Office 2003



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  Thursday, June 18, 2009 – Permalink –

Über Updater

Universal

To check on the latest version of a piece of software, you can poke around Tools, Tasks, About or some other menu.
To check out your whole machine including programs that weren't written by Microsoft, or Adobe, look at CleanSofts Update Notifier
What is Update Notifier?
The Update Notifier is a small utility that scans your computer for installed software and displays a list of updates. Also you can see the latest updates for applications from your Watch List.
It will show you updates for programs you forgot you ever installed.
It's a simple download app that is not "installed".

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  Friday, June 12, 2009 – Permalink –

Frequent XP Problems

Windows XP answers


John Barnett has a nice site with over 100 good WinXP solutions.


"The Windows XP frequently asked questions section contains some of the more popular tips/tweaks. Obviously, this section will be updated pretty regularly so do keep visiting to check what new FAQ's have been added. All FAQ replies are supplied 'as is' I am unable to accept any responsibility resulting from the use of any of the FAQ replies. You use them at your own risk!'

Here's a sample:

  • How Do I Enable Show Hidden Files and Folders

  • How Do I Get XP To Empty The Temporary Internet File Folder When My Browser Closes (UPDATED)

  • How Do I Hide Icons In The Notification Area

  • How Do I Add/Remove 'Supplied By From Internet Explorer Title Bar

  • How Do I Replace a lost, broke or damaged Windows XP CD

  • How Do I Delete An Undeletable File

  • How Do I Create A Desktop Shortcut To The Windows Disk Defragmenter

  • How Do I Enable Single Clicking Of Icons To Open An Application

  • How Do I Disable The Windows XP Splash Screen

  • How Do I Change The Default Location Of The My Document Folder

  • How Do I Backup The Registry In Windows XP
Windows XP FAQ's


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  Monday, May 25, 2009 – Permalink –

Backup Tool

Free utility


Backing up files is a "was gonna do that" activity. To make it a little easier, here is a free VBScript that will back up a selected folder to another location.
You will be walked through the process.

Of course your anti-virus software will give a burp, but it does work.

Vic Laurie is a retired chemistry professor. He maintains a site called Windows Tips and Tricks.
" My experience with teaching has made it clear that a lot of people simply refuse to do anything on a computer that involves more than a few simple steps."


Back up Files

And

Microsoft AtHome:

Backup basics: What should you back up?

Jake Ludington's MediaBlab:

Backup to your DV Camera



[Edited entry from 4/3/2006]


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  Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – Permalink –

Byte, Nibble, Crumb, Bit

Umpty ump definitions and references — maybe even a googol.


We all know/knew that a nibble is four binary digits or half of a (eight-bit) byte and that a crumb is jargon for two bits (two binary digits). However, there must be some other definitions that don't pop into mind right away.

That's where Whatis, an IT-specific encyclopedia comes in.



"Every File Format in the World"

This is a list of file name extension or suffixes that indicate the format or usage of a file and a brief description of that format.

KAR
MIDI file (text+MIDI) (Karaoke)


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  Wednesday, May 06, 2009 – Permalink –

Who was that font I saw you with last night?

That was no font, that was my typeface


You can find the Fonts supplied with some Microsoft products
Select a product name from the list to get a list of fonts supplied with that product.

Microsoft's Typography is an interesting site to poke around in.

Here are some books I use for reference material:

Words into Type

by Marjorie E. Skillin, Robert Malcolm Gay ISBN 0139642625


Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works


by Erik Spiekermann, E.M Ginger ISBN 0201703394


The Elements of Typographic Style

by Robert Bringhurst ISBN 0881791326

A font can be defined as a collection of characters with the same style and size. A typeface is the design of the characters regardless of size or style. The terms are used interchangeably today.


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  Monday, April 27, 2009 – Permalink –

Change Your Name

Change your company


Ever work at a computer that had been assigned to someone else in the past and be bothered by seeing their name pop up all the time?

You can take charge of your own life!

  1. Go to the Start button and open up the Control Panel
  2. Select User Accounts and click on the account that you wish to Change
  3. Click the "Change my name" option
Another way is to:
  1. Go to Start>Run

  2. Type: regedit

  3. Find:
    HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version

  4. On the right pane, look for 'RegisteredOwner'

  5. Right click the RegisteredOwner key to edit it

  6. Right click the entry and select Modify

  7. You could also change the RegisteredOrganization.

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  Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Stop That Ballon!

Turn off pop-ups


There's a hard way and an easy way.

Sort of hard:


Balloon pop-ups typically appear when new programs and hardware are installed, when disk space becomes limited. If you do not want balloon pop-ups to appear, you can prevent them by setting values in the registry.

  1. Go to Start>Run, type Regedit

  2. In the Root list, select HKEY_CURRENT_USER

  3. Find Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

  4. For EnableBalloonTips, the value 2 enables balloon pop-ups and the value 0 disables them.
    For Start_NotifyNewApps, the value 1 enables balloon pop-ups and the value 0 disables them.

  5. Click OK
Note When EnableBalloonTips is disabled, enabling Start_NotifyNewApps has no effect.
Microsoft Developers Network:
 MSDN.Microsoft.com/


And, sort of easy:
  1. Right-click the Start button
  2. Choose Properties
  3. Choose the tab Start Menu and then the Customize button
  4. Select the Advanced tab
  5. Remove the check by "Highlight newly installed programs"
  6. Then OK your way out



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  Monday, April 13, 2009 – Permalink –

Windows Keyboard Tricks

Mouse-less motions


Here is a collection of shortcuts for Windows:
Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

One of the shortcuts is a way to minimize all Windows from the keyboard.

+M

Also see:

Kürzungen für jeder


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  Monday, April 06, 2009 – Permalink –

Logon Welcome Warning

Opening notice



You can write and display your own warning notice (up to 256 characters).

It takes just a little trip into the bowels of the Registry editor.

Go to the Start button.

Choose Run and type Regedit

Hit Enter:
  1. Registry Key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

  2. Modify or Create the Value Name
    [LegalNoticeCaption]

  3. Data Type:
    REG_SZ [String Value]

  4. Value Name:
    LegalNoticeCaption

  5. Value Data for LegalNoticeCaption:
    [Type the Caption for the Dialog Box]

  1. Modify or Create the Value Name
    [LegalNoticeText]

  2. Data Type:
    REG_SZ [String Value]

  3. Value Name:
    LegalNoticeText

  4. Value Data for LegalNoticeText:
    [Type the Data for the Legal Notice]
Exit Registry Reboot

Support.microsoft.com:
How to Enable a Warning Logon Welcome

TheElderGeek.com:
Create Legal Notice Logon Dialog Box

Winguides.com:
Legal Notice Dialog Box


[Edited entry from 2/8/2006]

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  Saturday, March 28, 2009 – Permalink –

Forgotten Password

Still sign on, or not


Forgetting your password can be an annoyance or a catastrophe. Here are ways to get back to work.
Note If you have not created a password reset disk, and you have also forgotten the password for all user accounts, you cannot log on to your existing Windows installation for security reasons. This information applies to starting Windows XP typically, to safe mode, and to Recovery Console. In this case, you must perform a "clean" installation of Windows XP, re-create all user accounts, and then reinstall all your programs.

Creating a Password Reset Disk in Microsoft Windows Vista
How to create and use a password reset disk in Windows Vista


Support.Microsoft.com:
How to log on to Windows XP if you forget your password or your password expires

Petri.co.il:
Forgot the administrator's password?

TechTrax:
I Forgot My Administrator Password!

ComputerHope.com:
Lost or forgotten Windows NT / 2000 / XP password


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  Friday, March 20, 2009 – Permalink –

It's Your Icon Too

Brand your own Explorer


Developers may consider it heretical, but the icon that appears in the upper right corner of Internet Explorer and Outlook Express can be changed.

You can use your own static logo and/or an animated one.

All it takes is MSPaint and Regedit.

For directions see: Winguides.com

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  Saturday, March 07, 2009 – Permalink –

Control Panel

Be empowered


"Control Panel provides a set of special-purpose administrative tools so that users can configure the Windows, applications, and services environment. It includes default items in Control Panel for common tasks, for example, Display and Add Hardware. User-installed applications and services can also insert their own icons into Control Panel.

There are two view options for Control Panel: Category View and Classic View.

Category View displays Control Panel icons according to the type of task that the user wants to perform.

Classic View displays Control Panel icons in a view that is familiar to users of previous versions of Windows."


  1. Click Start, and then Settings

  2. Click Control Panel.

  3. Click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options.

  4. Open Folder Options.

  5. Under Tasks, click "Show common tasks in folders", and then click OK.

  6. In the Control Panel box in the upper-left corner of Control Panel, click "Switch to Category" or "Switch to Classic View".
Go to View and choose how you want the contents to be displayed. "Icons" is the Classic view, but details will show the purpose of each entry. For more information about Control Panel icons, see:
  • Accessibility Options
  • Add Hardware
  • Add or Remove Programs
  • Administrative Tools
  • Date and Time
  • Display
  • Folder Options
  • Fonts
  • Game Controllers
  • Internet Options
  • Keyboard
  • Licensing
  • Mouse
  • Network Connections
  • Phone and Modem Options
  • Power Options
  • Printers and Faxes
  • Regional and Language Options
  • Scanners and Cameras
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Sounds and Audio Devices
  • Stored User Names and Passwords
  • Speech
  • System
Microsoft Product Documentation:
Control Panel


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  Monday, February 23, 2009 – Permalink –

Stars on Your Desktop

Space image wallpaper


NASA is wandering around space snapping photos with an advanced form of a Brownie SureShot.

Here is a collection of interstellar portraits and space art the can be used as wallpaper to be viewed as you warp thought the Internet.



Veil nebula

SpaceWallpapers.net



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  Monday, February 16, 2009 – Permalink –

Glossary

What does it all mean

We live in a world based on jargon and acronyms. For a little relief, try this site.

Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices are covered and more.
  • Security Glossaries
  • Multimedia Glossaries
  • Partner and Business Glossaries
  • Technical Glossaries
  • Non-English Language Glossaries
Microsoft Glossary Information Center


[Edited entry from 12/12/2005]  

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  Sunday, February 08, 2009 – Permalink –

Zapf Your Own Dingbat

Private Character Editor


Windows XP/Vista has its own, hidden, character creator, called the Private Character Creator .


Using Private Character Editor (PCE), you can create up to 6,400 unique characters (such as special letters and logos) for use in your font library. PCE contains basic tools for creating and editing characters, along with more advanced options.

If you want to create a new private character using an existing character as your model, you can copy the existing character to the Edit grid and then modify it to suit your needs, or you can display the existing character in a Reference window alongside your Edit grid for use as a visual reference. You can use any character from any font that is installed on your computer.



The Private Character Editor is accessed at Start>Run and enter "Eudcedit" without the quotes.

After you have constructed and saved the design of your choosing, you can access it from the Character Map by selecting Start>Run "Charmap".

Drop the Font selection list down and choose All Fonts (Private Characters), then click on the character you have created, copying and pasting it into any document.

Hermann Zapf designed some of the 20th century's most important fonts, including Palatino and Optima. He also produced a collection of decorative symbols called "dingbats", modeled after the accidental lead drippings collected by old style typesetters.

Also:
Private Character Editor — Eudcedit
By Vic Laurie

Keyboard Utilities for Windows
Alan Woods

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  Monday, February 02, 2009 – Permalink –

Don't Display

Logon, Logoff, Startup and Shutdown Status Messages


To turn these off:

Start Regedit
Go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system
If it is not already there, create a DWORD value named DisableStatusMessages

Give it a value of 1


To turn on:


Locate and then click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

Type verbosestatus, and then press ENTER.

Double-click the new key that you created, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.

Quit Registry Editor.

NOTE: Windows does not display status messages if the following key is present and the value is set to 1:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\DisableStatusMessages

Verbose Status Messages


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  Sunday, February 01, 2009 – Permalink –

MailTo Shortcut

Just a quick note


You can create a shortcut on your desk top that will start or switch to your default email application. You can also fill in parts of the message if you want.

Right-click an empty spot on the desktop and choose New>Shortcut.
In the box that says "Type the location of the item", enter something like:

mailto:All@Once.com.



The University of Nebraska at Lincoln has some other entries you may want to try. They are intended as HTML hyperlink references, but some of them work as shortcuts too.
MailTo

Outfront.net also has some information:
Getting More From 'mailto'

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  Saturday, January 31, 2009 – Permalink –

Kürzungen für jeder

Accessibility Shortcuts


Several resources are available to help increase speed and effectiveness for keyboard users. Here are keyboard shortcuts for leading Microsoft products that help save time and effort and provide an essential tool for some people with mobility impairments.

  • Internet Explorer 7/6/5/4
  • Office (2007/2003/XP/2002/2000/97)
  • PhotoDraw
  • PowerPoint
  • Producer
  • Publisher
  • Windows (Vista/2003/XP/2000/98/ME/NT)
  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Microsoft.com Keyboard Assistance.


[Edited entry from 11/26/2005]

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  Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Dvorak Anyone?

Alternative Keyboard Layouts

"Free keyboard layouts - called Dvorak layouts - are available for people who type with one hand or finger. These layouts make the most frequently typed characters on a keyboard more accessible to people who have difficulty using the standard keyboard layout (called the "QWERTY" layout).

Dvorak keyboard layouts reduce the amount of motion required to type common English text. Use of these layouts may also help avoid some types of repetitive strain injuries associated with typing.

Studies have also shown an increase in typing speed and accuracy when using the Dvorak layout for two hands. The left-hand or right-hand keyboard layouts can also be useful for people who type with a wand."


You do not need to modify your hardware keyboard to use these layouts, but you will need to change your keyboard settings to use the Dvorak layouts.

(A keyboard layout is a map or a definition of how keys are laid out on your keyboard. The keyboard layout you use is determined by software in your computer. The letters on your keys indicate the standard layout for your keyboard.)

Tutorials and downloads


Dvorak layouts

Introducing the Dvorak Keyboard
By Marcus Brooks

A Brief Primer
by Randy Cassingham


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  Monday, January 12, 2009 – Permalink –

Calculator Plus

Add, subtract, convert

Another free prize offered by Microsoft to reward users of legitimate Windows, is a neat calculator.

Besides all of the features of the built in calculator, both basic and scientific, this tool converts measurements and currency.


Microsoft Calculator Plus download.




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  Saturday, December 20, 2008 – Permalink –

Defeat Personalized Menus

A fast way in


Personalized menus display just your recently used menu items for a few seconds before the entire menu is displayed.

If you like this feature and have left it enabled, you can display a full menu by double-clicking the menu name when you open it.

To turn this off, go to Tools>Customize Options and put a check by Always show full menus.



For 2007, see:

Indiana University


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  Monday, December 15, 2008 – Permalink –

Who Needs a Mouse?

Finger tricks



Rather not use a mouse?

MouseKeys is designed for people who have difficulty using a mouse. MouseKeys allows you to use the numeric keypad to control the mouse pointer.


  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Accessibility Options.

  2. On the Mouse tab, under MouseKeys, select the Use MouseKeys check box.

  3. To turn off MouseKeys, clear the Use MouseKeys check box.

To turn on MouseKeys using keystrokes

  1. Press left ALT + left SHIFT + NUM LOCK.

  2. In the MouseKeys message dialog box, press SPACEBAR to clear the Turn off keyboard shortcut for this accessibility feature check box.

  3. Press TAB, and then press ENTER.


If you want to use the numeric keypad for data entry as well as for navigation, you can set the MouseKeys to be activated by pressing NUM LOCK.

If the Use shortcut check box in the Settings for MouseKeys dialog box is selected, you can turn MouseKeys on or off by pressing left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK

In Vista, Mouse Keys is located with the "Ease of use" icon. Then:




Mouse keys

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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."

[Updated entry from 9/10/2004]





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  Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – Permalink –

Zip\Compress

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


Also:
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


DonZeigler.com:

"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
and
Defending Phil Katz




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  Monday, November 17, 2008 – Permalink –

Path to Control Panel

Browser direction



Instead of leaving the IE browser, to open Control Panel, just type in the address bar
(without quotes).

"control panel\"

followed by whatever feature in the Control Panel you want.
For example,

"control panel\display"

takes you to the display settings.

Also:

How to Open Control Panel Folders from the Command Prompt


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  Monday, November 10, 2008 – Permalink –

WinPatrol Protection

Installation warnings


A favorite trick of spyware programs is to make changes to the Registry. They attempt to do this in the background without your knowledge. WinPatrol is like having a guard dog on duty to warn when intruders are skulking about.


Scotia, New York, August 9th, 2005

"BillP Studios announced today that results of recent tests show WinPatrol PLUS with R.I.D. will detect 100% of the top spyware threats on a Microsoft Windows-based PC. Recent results by independent testers confirmed WinPatrol's "Real-time Infiltration Detection" methodology is effective in alerting users to newly installed software."



"WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others download new reference files.

WinPatrol isn't the only software we recommend for complete safety but with Scotty on Patrol you'll find yourself informed on what's going on inside your computer. WinPatrol puts you back in control of your computer so you'll know what programs are and should be running at all times."

WinPatrol.com


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  Friday, October 24, 2008 – Permalink –

Security and the Net

Is any place safe?



This from PracticallyNetworked.com:
"One of the biggest misconceptions is that hackers will target only large companies. The truth is computers get attacked for a variety of reasons. Some of these include the following:


  • Snooping: Reading private mail and other personal files.
  • Destroying or corrupting computer data: Making files unusable, or making a whole computer unusable.
  • Stealing computer data: Taking credit card numbers, e-mail addresses, company information and so on.
  • Stopping computers from functioning properly: Blocking incoming traffic so that intended users cannot get access, etc.
  • Misusing computer resources: Sending spam without you knowing it, etc.
  • Pranks: practical jokes, breaking in just because it's a challenge.

The bottom line, don't think your network is safe just because you're not that important or well-known. Assuming that you aren't personally targeted, moderately secure networks usually cause hackers to attack elsewhere. Yet attacks can come from many different sources and your computer should be equipped to deal with each of these types of attacks."


CAN YOU EVER BE TRULY SAFE AND SECURE ONLINE

Check out your computers vulnerability at GRC.com.
(Gibson Research Corporation)


Also see:
StaySafeOnline.info

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  Monday, October 20, 2008 – Permalink –

Stop Program from Appearing

MFU list


To remove items from the Most Frequently Used Programs list, right-click Remove from this list. However, when you run the program again, it may reappear on the list.

You can stop a program from appearing on the Most Frequently Used Programs list. No mater how often you use the program it will never appear on this list.

  1. Click Start and select Run.
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. Look for the registry key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\
  4. Under this key are a series of sub-keys representing the installed applications.
  5. Choose the executable you do not want to appear on the list. (for instance Excel.exe)
  6. Click Edit, point to New, and select String Value.
  7. Type NoStartPage for the value name.
  8. Close the Registry Editor.
  9. Restart the computer.


Microsoft Support:

Prevent a Program from Being Displayed in the Most Frequently Used Programs List in Windows XP

and

Start Menu (MFU) list is empty

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  Friday, October 03, 2008 – Permalink –

Edit Open With

Pruning tips


"When you right click certain files, you'll see a selection to "open with," and when you click it, you'll see a list of programs to choose from. You can remove some of the applications from this list if you will never use them to open this type of file, or you can clear the list completely, by editing the registry.
  1. Open the registry editor.
    (Start>Run Regedit will do it)
  2. Go to the following key: HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts
  3. Scroll down the list of file extensions to the one for which you want to edit or clear the list.
  4. Click the + to expand OpenWithList
  5. In the right pane, you should see a list of programs (for example, Word.exe, notepad.exe, etc.).
  6. Click the one(s) you want to remove. Press the Delete key.

If this doesn't remove the program(s) you want to remove,
  • Go to: HKEY CLASSES ROOT
  • Scroll to the desired file extension
  • Click OpenWithList, and remove the program there

(The settings under HKEY CURRENT USER apply only when your user account is logged on. The ones under HKEY CLASSES ROOT apply to all users).

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  Thursday, September 25, 2008 – Permalink –

Free Fonts

More choices


Windows NT + no longer has a maximum number of fonts that can be installed. (Windows Me and before was limited to about 1000 or 64 KB.) The problem is that your machine will slow down if you go overboard. It's better to install the most used typefaces, and then move the fonts into and out of the C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts folder.

Here's one site that provides over 5,000 fonts. You can enter a short piece of text to see what it will look like:

"The fonts presented on this website are their authors' property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain, most of the time for non-commercial use. Look at the readme-files in the archives or check the indicated authors' website for details, and contact him if in doubt."


Dafont.com

6-17-2005 - Bill Reid comments:
"One little known fact about Windows' font handling. You don't necessarily have to move fonts into the Fonts directory to make them usable. If you store extra fonts in another directory, you can double click it, bringing up a dialog that demonstrates the font's usage. If you open your application at this point, it will recognize the font as being installed."


Bill Reid comments:

"One little known fact about Windows' font handling. You don't necessarily have to move fonts into the Fonts directory to make them usable. If you store extra fonts in another directory, you can double click it, bringing up a dialog that demonstrates the font's usage. If you open your application at this point, it will recognize the font as being installed."


[Edited entry from 6/17/2005]

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Nice collection. Also another free fonts for download at Free Fonts Collection
 
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  Sunday, September 21, 2008 – Permalink –

Window lost!

Open, but hidden



Has this happened to you? You dragged the window over to the far right of the screen it has disappears. When the application is started, the window does not open in the main screen but appears minimized on the Taskbar. Even a right click the window to maximize will not open the app.

Try this.

  1. Hold down the Alt key and tap the Tab Key. When you see the desired window, let go of the Alt key.

  2. Hit Alt+Spacebar

  3. Hit M and then use the arrow keys to get the window to the right spot.

  4. Hit Esc when it's near the right spot.

  5. Now drag on the edges of the window to size it. (do not use the Maximize button)


In the future the window should work correctly.

[Edited entry from 6/12/2005]



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  Friday, September 19, 2008 – Permalink –

Mouse Practice

Click quizzers


Unlike the kids today, not all of us were born with a mouse in our pablum glazed paw.

If you have a new user who needs practice using a Mouse, take a look at some of these links. There are some very well done games and some step by step instructions.


Ferry Halim:
Games


Seniornet.org:
Mouse Exercises

  • Placing the mouse
  • Clicking the mouse
  • Drag and drop
  • Drawing with the mouse


USA Quiz


Paper doll game


Queens Borough Public Library, New York:
How to use the mouse


Click tester

Shambles.net:
(This website is designed to support the international school communities in 17 countries in South East Asia.)
Mouse skills collection

[Edited entry from 6/9/2005]



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  Friday, September 12, 2008 – Permalink –

Create your own Screensaver

Choose your own images


Windows has a feature that allows you to create a screensaver from images saved in a folder.
You can use pictures you already have or use a PowerPoint slide show.


  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation. If you want to save a specific slide, select it in Normal view.
  2. On the File menu, click Save As.
  3. Select an empty folder or create a new empty folder in which to save your presentation or slide.
  4. In the Save as type box, click Device Independent Bitmap, and then click Save. You can keep the original presentation file name or create a new name.
  5. Click Every Slide or Current Slide Only, and then click OK.
  6. Your presentation or slide is saved to the folder that you selected. After you close your PowerPoint presentation, you will use Windows XP to open the presentation or slide as a screen saver.
    (Animations that you may have added to the original presentation will not play when you create the screen saver. )
  7. Close your presentation.




  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Display, or right-click an empty part of the desktop and choose Properties.
  2. On the Screen Saver tab, click My Pictures Slideshow (Photos in Vista).
  3. Under Screen saver, click Settings.
  4. Under How often should pictures change?, set the slider at the interval you want between pictures, or, if you are making a single slide a screen saver, move the slider to Less (three minutes) to avoid a distracting flicker on the screen during the transitions.
  5. Under Use pictures in this folder, browse to the folder in which you saved the presentation or slide.
  6. If you saved a single slide, clear the Use transition effects between pictures and Allow scrolling through pictures with the keyboard check boxes.
    (screen saver transition effects in this screen saver option are predesigned and do not include the transitions that you set when you created the presentation.)
  7. Click OK.


To preview your new screen saver, on the Screen Saver tab, click Preview

Create a screen saver from slides

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  Tuesday, September 09, 2008 – Permalink –

Save the Screen

Won't someone please!



"AJ Screensaver is a freeware clock screensaver. This screensaver is based on work of others.

Several very interesting clock shockwave flash files are packed in this screensaver."


A variety of clocks appear. The web site gives links to the original artists.

Freeware: AJScreenSaver


Anne Jan Beeks's site is part of a ring that includes:
Free Screensavers.com

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  Sunday, August 31, 2008 – Permalink –

Paint.NET

Cougar Gold



Washington State University was thought of as a primarily agricultural institution in the past. Now they have burst into today's IT scene with an improvement on an old product.

"Paint.NET originated as a Computer Science senior design project during the Spring 2004 semester at Washington State University.

Paint.NET v3+ is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with GDI+ extensions.

It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP."


Paint.NET free download



Tutorials



To order Cougar Gold Cheddar Cheese see:
The Creamery

[Edited entry from 5/18/2005]




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  Monday, August 25, 2008 – Permalink –

MS Groups

Web based Newsreader


We can't forget that, even with blogs and google, there are still news groups out there helping to solve common problems.

Microsoft has a site that organizes a number of groups and makes access easy on the web.

"The Web-based Newsreader allows you to participate in discussion groups directly in your Web browser; you don't need to install or configure anything. You can use the Web-based Newsreader to read, post, search for, and reply to messages in discussion groups from the part of Usenet that concerns Microsoft products and technologies."


Microsoft Discussion Groups

Help for the Web-based Newsreader

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  Wednesday, August 20, 2008 – Permalink –

Notepad

Really basic


There are hundreds of freeware substitutes for Windows Notepad, but you can still do some interesting things with the standard version included with Windows.


To create a file that time-dates entries, on the first line of a Notepad document, type the following extension at the left margin, making sure you use all uppercase letters and include the period:

.LOG

After making an entry, save Notepad. When you next open the file, the previous date and time will be displayed.


You can, also insert the date and time by clicking Edit and select Time/Date, or just press F5. The current date and time will automatically be inserted into your file.


You can also change the Font on the Format menu and change the page layout on File>Page Setup.


To work with Headers and Footers,
On the File menu, click Page Setup.
In the Header or Footer box, type the letter and character combination from the following list:


Insert the open file's name or (untitled) if the file has no name.
&f

Insert the date.
&d

Insert the time specified by your computer's clock.
&t

Insert page numbers.
&p

Insert an ampersand (&).
&&

Align the header or footer to the left, center, or right.
&l, &c, or &r


Note

  • You can use more than one combination in the Header or Footer box. Leaving a space or two between each combination will make the header or footer easier to read.
  • To align text to the left, center, or right, you must first enter &l, &c, or &r in the Header or Footer box, followed by any other combinations you want to use.
  • You can also incorporate text with the combinations. For example, Page &p will print out as Page 1, Page 2, and so on.


Product description

Replacing notepad in Windows Vista

Also see:

WebTech University:
Using Windows Notepad as an HTML Editor

[Edited entry from 5/6/2005]




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  Sunday, August 03, 2008 – Permalink –

Windows Tips and Hints

Both Desktop and Server


Jim Boyce puts out a newsletter that covers various computer topics.

His web site, Boyce.us, has a long list of topics.

Microsoft Windows XP / 2000 Professional Tips

Here are just a few of the 516 Windows desktop items:

  • A Better Calculator
  • Adding Options to the Send To Menu
  • Avoid reinstalling applications after a clean install
  • Changing Icons of Desktop Items and Documents
  • Cloning Your Current Configuration
  • Defrag a drive when not logged on as Administrator
  • Fine-tune Internet Explorer’s behavior
  • Give your middle button a reason to live
  • Lock your workstation with a keystroke
  • Locking Down the Registry
  • Prevent users from shutting down the computer
  • Sharing a dial-up Internet connection
  • Take control of Explorer
  • Taking your notebook home
  • Test your connection speed
  • Use Ctrl for opening folders
  • Use two or more monitors
  • Using the Last Known Good Configuration
  • Working with Safe Mode



(This has not been updated in awhile, but there is still good information.)



[Edited entry from 4/13/2005]




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